“Here’s a great rule of thumb: until you create something yourself and then actually ship it, try to first find the positive in the products around you. Those products are the result of someone’s passion, hard work and innate genius. When we compare them to our own twisted, entitlement-driven expectations, we do nothing but insult their creators.”—Entitlement — Aaron Mahnke
The story Apple is telling is not for the self-important technology journalist or the anal specification-driven onlooker, it is a story for the unknowing end-user. Picking up an iPhone 5, even the most familiar of users will be delighted by the experience they are tendered. Perhaps most importantly, however, such a user will not quite know precisely why the experience is so different.
Shortcuts let you create short combinations of letters that will produce a larger word or phrase when typed on your iPhone or iPad. Think of it as TextExpander lite. For example, you could type “omw” and have your device replace it with “On my way!” (Incidentally, that one is enabled by default. Try it.). Here’s how to create typing shortcuts on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Dave does a great job of explaining how to use this little known built-in feature in iOS.
“The iPhone is boring only to the rumor mongers who published every blurry picture of a motherboard they could get their hands on and the simps who think a feature checklist determines a gadget’s merit. However, isn’t it hypocritical that the gadget blogs that drowned their readers with post after post containing every little unconfirmed detail leading up to the iPhone 5 announcement are now the same gadget blogs lamenting how boring it all is because “we’ve seen it all”?”—
This is why I avoid most gadget “news” sites at all cost. This is also why I avoid mentioning most of it here. Most, at best, are link-baiting sensationalist hypocrites who specialize in spectacle for amusement and profit.
To many, a Time Capsule backup, a SuperDuper backup at home and work plus a cloud backup will sound excessive. Fair enough. But it sucks to have gone through this experience and it really sucks to have lost our valuable family memories. So if you’re not nearly as crazy as I am (lucky you), let me at least urge you to have at minimum one backup at home and another up in the cloud. If you have sufficient bandwidth, $3–5 a month is a small price to pay for this kind of peace-of-mind. If you live in an area with slow service or worry about leaving your computer running for days on end churning away sending a massive amount of data to the cloud, $124.99 might seem steep, but I hope you never have to know just how good of a deal that price seems in hindsight.
“One of the best things about being here is getting to meet all the incredible people here — they’re shaping our future. Just like getting to meet someone like Little Richard or Tom Petty or Jimmy Page, you realize these are just people who took it upon themselves to do something different and reshape our future. But they’re people, flesh and bone, and it’s totally inspiring.”—Dave Grohl at today’s iPhone 5 event (via Live iPhone 5 launch coverage – gdgt live)
It’s just over a week into using an iPad as my tool of choice for taking notes in class and I’ve already grown extremely fond of the setup… The iPad - whether on it’s own, or paired with the Apple Wireless Keyboard - is exactly what I needed. While some may consider the vague multi-tasking a fallback of the iPad, I would easily consider it the strength of being used for a note-taking device.
Nice account of how the iPad fares for one college student.
If you have not listened to my podcast, Enough, in a while (or never before) now might be a good time to start up again. It has recently changed in format and length in ways that the listeners have told us is for the better. Whereby we used to discuss a single topic on a shorter show, we now discuss a variety of topics and allow ourselves to go a bit longer.
For instance, this week we discuss personal inboxes (and how to make them more personal), checking off items your bucket list (and doing it today), why Myke would love baseball (I avoided mention of apple pie and Chevrolet), and iPhone 5 Predictions (there will be one).
I’m pretty sure it’s not just journalists who are using iPads as computers. I see people doing it in airplanes. I’ve seen them doing it on the subway. When I’m out and about, strangers run up to ask me about my keyboard. Something’s happening here, and it’s happening quickly — and so I thought I’d update you on my experiences as of the one-year mark.
Great update from Harry McCracken about using the iPad as his primary machine.
Sure, you can turn off your smartphone when you want some alone time, but when it’s turned back on, like the grand finale of a fireworks show, the phone will boing, chime, trill, marimba and vibrate erratically with text messages, voice mail, app notifications, e-mails and a cannonade of messages from all the social networks you’re connected to.
For decades, your Inbox has been under the control of others, who have had the power to interrupt your flow and take over what you are doing. Today, you control when messages appear in your Inbox. With INBOX PAUSE, you can put new messages on hold, making it so they won’t appear in your Inbox until you are ready for them.
It’s for Gmail only but those using Mail.app know you can set it to check for new messages manually and, thus, achieve a similar and, perhaps, even more sane effect, right?