The iPhone 12 Review Everyone Reads

Daring Fireball…

I try to keep two distinct readers in mind with these annual reviews of new iPhones. First, you, today — you probably want insight to help you decide, to some degree, whether you should upgrade from whatever iPhone you currently own (and you probably do own an iPhone already) to one of this year’s new ones, and if so, which one? Second, me, in the future — I want to look back and use what I write now as a resource to remember what was new with the 2020 iPhones.

As always…great review over at DF.

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro

SETAPP for the Save…Again!

Such a great service…

I’ve written about Setapp a couple times…and that is because it keeps saving me money on applications that I use so often.

Just the other day a mac app that I use on a daily basis, Better Touch Tool, had a paid upgrade come up. Well I’ve been trying to pinch pennies recently, and wasn’t sure if I wanted to pay for the upgrade. I checked Setapp…and there it was! Part of the every growing library of applications.

About 5 minutes later I got the new version downloaded and running and all without costing me anything more than what Setapp already costs.

So amazing. This “Netflix of Apps” service is becoming more worth it every day.

I don’t get anything from writing about Setapp…I just really like their service.

Better Touch Tool

How To Transfer Playlists Between Music Services

One of those quietly amazing apps…

Ever heard of Songshift?

My guess is probably not.

Have you every wanted to transfer a music playlist from one streaming music service to another?

Yup…me too.

I discovered Songshift a couple years ago and I absolutely love it. To be honest I am still surprised that some of these big stream service companies have not shut off access to the free service since it makes it super easy for me to transfer good Spotify playlists to Apple Music (where I subscribe).

In a weird way, there is not a lot for me to write about. This is an app that makes it easy to connect various music services like YouTube, Apple Music, Spotify, Digster, Tidal…yes Tidal is apparently still around.

The process is intuitive, straightforward, and you can even combine a bunch of playlists in to one massive playlist if you like. Plus, once you set it up to do these transfers, each time you open the app it will scan the original playlist for any updates, then send those new songs over to the playlist you previously set up (if you want it to).

Pretty slick if you ask me.

There’s some upgrade options, but you don’t need them if you’re just looking for a quick solution on how to get your favorite playlist from Spotify to another service.

Check it out their website for the links to go download it.

Links of the Week (6/29/2020)

All the Apple links you need to wet your iOS14 appetite….

In our reactions webinar, Josh, Rose, Mike, and I discussed the new features of iOS, iPadOS, and macOS that we are most excited about, including some of of the biggest and most exciting features that didn’t get airtime during the keynote.

The folks over at the Sweet Setup know what they’re talking about.

WWDC 2020 Announcements Reaction, Thoughts on Apple Notes and iPadOS, and More – The Sweet Setup


Apple earlier this week confirmed that future Macs will boast Apple silicon as opposed to Intel-based processors. The transition away from Intel, which Apple categorized as “historic,” will take about two years and will start with new Macs set to hit store shelves later this year.

Crazy to think that this move could speed up these computer “Ferraris” even more.

Former Intel engineer sheds light on Apple’s decision to design its own chips


Apple Notes and Reminders are two of my most-used apps, and each has received significant updates in iOS and iPadOS 14. Though neither app’s improvements have been held up as tentpole features of this fall’s releases, Apple has nonetheless given noteworthy attention to making the user experience for each app better

​I’ve always wanted to use the native apps more, but they were never feature rich enough. Maybe this is the year.

Everything Changing in Apple Notes and Reminders in iOS and iPadOS 14


Apple debuted the trailer for the extravagant sci-fi series at its developers conference on June 22. Based on the 1951 book series of the same name by prolific American writer Isaac Asimov, Foundation tells the story of the fall of a vast far-future Galactic Empire. If the trailer looks a bit like HBO’s “Game of Thrones in space,” that is very much intentional.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to keep Apple Tv+ when my free subscription ran out…but if this is as promising as it looks…?

Honestly, my money is on Amazon and the Wheel of Time series they picked up. If you have read those books, those are ripe for a “next Game of Thrones” type show if it can be done right.

Apple is hoping “Foundation” can be its “Game of Thrones”

Behind the Curtain of Today’s Biggest Apple Leaker

Everyone has a story…his is fascinating.

I’ve been listening to the Cult of Mac podcast for quite a few years now. It’s one of the few podcasts out there that is funny, interesting, non-political, and I honestly feel like I could just hang out with the hosts.

They recently had Jon Prosser on their podcast. If you don’t follow the Apple world closely, he has been publishing some of the most accurate Apple leaks in recent memory. He has received a lot of good and bad press from it…as the apple writer world can be a bit possessive of their territory.

This podcast was interesting because he debuted some exclusive leaks…but it was more interesting because at one point Jon starts talking about his younger years and the incredibly hardships he dealt with in the death of his mother, his grandmother passing from cancer, being 19 and the legal guardian for his younger brother, and his drive to create a successful YouTube tech news channel called Front Page Tech.

I actually stopped working in my office and sat slack jawed at what I was listening to. (click on episode 441…his backstory starts about 30 minutes in but I’d encourage you to listen to the first 30 min too. episode 442 is interesting as a follow up)

#463 – iPhone 12/Pro first impressions! The CultCast

This week: the reviews are in, let’s talk about iPhone 12! Plus—the honest truth about of 5G, HomePod gets a game changing new feature, and Jony Ive gets a brand new job. Join us in the CultClub! discord.gg/BrKdnSK This episode supported by Easily create a beautiful website all by yourself, at Squarespace.com/cultcast. Use offer code CultCast at checkout to get 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Cult of Mac’s watch store is full of beautiful straps that cost way less than Apple’s. See the full curated collection at Store.Cultofmac.com CultCloth will keep your iPhone 12, Apple Watch, iPad, glasses and lenses sparkling clean, and for a limited time use code CULTCAST at checkout to score a free CleanCloth with any order at CultCloth.co. @erfon / @lkahney / @lewiswallace This week’s stories iPhone 12 and 12 Pro first impressions: Apple does it again The first reviews of iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro landed online Tuesday, and the devices’ marquee feature — 5G wireless connectivity — largely went unnoticed. iPhone 12 sees strong start with twice as many preorders as iPhone 11 iPhone 12 has seen twice as many preorders as last year’s iPhone 11, while iPhone 12 Pro is proving more popular than iPhone 11 Pro, according to new estimates from reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Early iPhone 12 and 12 Pro battery tests suggest 5G comes at a cost The new iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro bring 5G to Apple’s smartphones for the first time. But it comes at a cost to your battery. iPhone 12 Pro vs iPhone 12 vs iPhone 11 Pro Camera Test HomePod will soon have Dolby Atmos support for Apple TV 4K An upcoming home cinema feature will soon enable Apple HomePod to blast Dolby Atmos audio from Apple TV 4K. The feature, which is on the way as part of a future firmware update, will also support 5.1 and 7.1 channel audio (via The Verge). Only the regular HomePod will get the option, however. The new HomePod mini won’t support Atmos.
  1. #463 – iPhone 12/Pro first impressions!
  2. #462 – iPhone 12/Pro/Mini and HomePod Mini — our reactions!
  3. #461 – Our “Hi, Speed” Apple event…. PREDICTIONS
  4. #460 – Apple’s own leaks confirms iPhone 12 Mini!
  5. #459 – Apple Watch Series 6 – our one week review!

Best USB-C Hub for MacBook Pro

One hub to rule them all…

One of the reasons I waited so long to trade in my 2015 MacBook Pro was all of the glorious ports that it had. From the SD card reader to the HDMI port, it had everything that I needed in that department.

However, as I leaned more heavily in to my Vlog, I began to see the need to upgrade my Mac for speed, hard disk space, RAM, and more.

When Apple came out with the 16 inch MacBook Pro (MBP), it fixed all of the major gripes people had (keyboard, ports, battery life, speed) since the legendary 2015 MBP. It was time for me to upgrade…and upgrade I did.

The only accessory I needed was one hub to rule them all.

I jumped over to Wirecutter for the best recommendation and decided on this hub. It does the trick, feels and acts high quality, is incredibly portable, and has every port I will probably ever need.

If you are in need of a great USB-C hub for your laptop, I highly recommend this one.

Links of the Week (4/06/2020)

Mind mapping, a replacement app for Notes, and building your blog email list…

Shawn and Mike hosted a webinar to teach more about our Idea System and how to better use mind mapping.

They covered not only the basics of mind mapping, but also a handful of mind mapping workflow examples.

Idea Magic: How to Capture, Manage, and Develop Your Ideas (Video Replay) – The Sweet Setup


But two apps rise above the others as the true cream of the crop: MindNode, with a stunningly beautiful user interface, and iThoughts, with powerful features and impressive flexibility.

​I used MindNode extensively when I was in the thick of my Masters degree. Really helped me with outline is and structuring all those papers I had to write.

iThoughts vs. MindNode: A Comparison of the Two Best Mind Mapping Apps – The Sweet Setup


I can’t think of a single other notes app that looks as good as Noto. Appearance isn’t everything, but it sure is important, and Noto nails the look of what I consider a modern interface. It’s clean, elegant, and vastly superior to Apple Notes’ textured notebook style. And just look what happens when adding notes to folders.

I moved over to Noto from Apple Notes. It gorgeous.

Noto Review: Beautifully Modern and Versatile Note-Taking


Creating a newsletter for my blog has totally changed the blogging landscape for me. It’s my best blogging asset.

​One of these days I’ll explore doing this more in depth.

How to Create a Newsletter For Your Blog #GrowYourBlog Series

Links of the Week (3/09/2020)

Deep dive on my WP theme, mesh WiFi routers, and that company that raised their minimum salary to $70k a year…

I’m the Grinch who grumbles about every WordPress theme. Except one. After years of resisting change, I finally switched FilterJoe to a modern, responsive theme: Twenty Sixteen—the new default theme included with WordPress 4.4.

My only temptation has been to leave WordPress for a simpler and more writing-focused platform like Ghost or Medium. While WordPress was for blogging at first, it expanded over the years into content management and an online application platform. The original focus on blogging has been diluted, and WordPress themes often reflect that.

However, WordPress now offers Twenty Sixteen for modern blogging, and it is good.

In this post, I detail how Twenty Sixteen makes me comfortable with it as a wonderfully content-focused blog theme.

This is the Theme I am running right now. This guy nailed it in so many levels.

The Grinch who Changed to the Twenty Sixteen WordPress Theme


A few new opportunities have arisen recently, offering up an equally exciting opportunity to reassess my camera kit. Now, I have friends — knowledgeable friends, very wise friends — who have made it clear I have very little rational reason to make any changes. But want is a pretty significant factor, specifically when it comes to photography kit.

Many of us can identify with this.

First Impressions of the Canon EOS R, a Reader’s Setup, and More – The Sweet Setup


Amazon’s Eero routers are the first out of the gate with HomeKit support, which promises to provide greater security to your Internet-connected HomeKit devices.

The update, which appeared today via an update to Eero’s iOS app, walks users through the setup process of adding their Eero gateway to the Home app. Along the way, the Eero app explains that enabling HomeKit support allows Eero to firewall off each HomeKit device, so they only communicate with approved devices and services.

I bought an Eero mesh WiFi router when I moved to a bigger house. Totally worth it.

Eero WiFi Routers Add HomeKit Support


Remember a few years ago when the owner of a credit card payment processing company based in Seattle raised the minimum wage of his employees to $70,000/yr while taking a huge pay-cut himself and capitalists the world over, afraid of their beloved & apparently suuuuper delicate system collapsing from such madness, flipped out?

🤔

What Happened to the Company That Raised Minimum Wage to $70k/yr?

Links of the Week (2/24/2020)

Awesome apps, subscription pricing, and why site stats matter…

Last year when Apple Music Replay was introduced, Apple specified that the feature wouldn’t just serve as a year-end collection of your most-played music, but it would also become a weekly-updated playlist that you can enjoy throughout the year. Up until this weekend, however, the 2020 version of that playlist hadn’t yet been made available. Our Federico Viticci first discovered its debut on Sunday:

This article has a link to where you can find your own 2020 playlist. I love mine.

Apple Music Replay 2020 Playlist Now Available


Today I’m thrilled to announce the release of Dropzone 4.

Dropzone 4 is a big release not just in terms of the app itself but also the business behind it and how I plan to run Aptonic moving forward.

Great app just got powerful but also switched to subscription pricing. I don’t use a lot of the advanced features Dropzone 4 offers, but if you read my Setapp article from last week, you can try Dropzone 4 for free here.

Dropzone 4 Released « Aptonic – Blog


People ask me all the time if forever transaction business models are ethical. And I think the reason they ask me is because they’re dealing with subscription fatigue right now. A lot of people are really frustrated with subscription business models for a few reasons. The first reason is what I call product market fit. In other words a lot of companies build subscription models that aren’t very good business models requiring you to subscribe in order to access something that you only need one time, for example. Or bundling in a lot of stuff that you don’t want and then requiring you to pay for it. So a lot of people feel like hey, I used to love this product and now I have to subscribe to it and I have to pay more and I’m not getting what I really need. That’s the first problem and that creates a lack of trust between the individual and companies. The second thing is what I call subscription overwhelm which leads to subscription guilt which is they say something like this. I love this business model. I love this subscription. It’s really great except I never use it.

Speaking of subscription pricing, this article digs in to just that concept.

Is the ‘forever transaction’ business model ethical?


These sorts of stats do matter to me, because I want to see when and where people stop reading and understand how to keep people engaged with me. Not because I want to manipulate them and monetise them like the standard technology obsession. There is no attention economy here. I do want to build up a conversation with them and encourage replies to my posts.

​I’m slowly exploring SEO more and this blogger has the right mindset when it comes to why SEO and site stats can help make a blog/website better. Conversation. I love it when people comment and I get to converse with them on something we both find interesting.

When Site Stats Do Matter