I use Notes everyday so I’m really happy that Apple has brought paper options to Notes.
- Tap Settings app on home screen
- Tap Notes
- Tap Lines & Grids
In watchOS 4 we have a new Siri watch face. This is supposed to show you the most relevant information as you need it. In my testing it’s been a mixed bag so far but has potential.
To change it's sources:
- On your iPhone load the watch app
- Tap the Siri watch face
You’ll now see some options for sources to turn on and off.
This morning I received this email from Apple. I was surprised to say the least but after checking they have indeed given me double my storage leaving the monthly cost the same.
This is a great move, has yours been doubled?
Update: Seems it’s just for 1TB owners.
Amazing how much iOS is improved using the new iOS 11 dock.
Here's my last post on what I'd like to see coming out of WWDC on Monday. This time I want to talk about watchOS.
I've been an Apple Watch user since day one and come to rely on it daily. watchOS 3 was a massive change when it was introduced last year so I'm expecting a quiet one this year. Nevertheless here's what I'd like to see.
If Apple continues to push it's focus on health then sleep tracking is inevitable. Whether it'll be an app or simply built in I'm not sure but I'd like to see sleep tracking functionality added.
More watch face options
I don't think we are at the point where we get third party watch faces but I'd like to see new face options. The ability to create my own through a new GUI would be amazing.
Removal of app picker
I hardly ever launch apps but when I do I'm always mystified why Apple went with the blobs of app UI that it did. I don't know the answer but a rethink on how apps are launched could be good.
Reposition of theatre mode
I use theatre mode a lot, it's not just for going to the cinema. You can use it with sleep tracking apps so the screen doesn't wake and also to save battery when you are out and about. The problem is that to enable it the button is right next to the one that plays an alert on your iPhone. Not ideal...
What are you looking for in the next watch update?
We are only a week away from WWDC and iOS 11 so as is traditional I wanted to share my thoughts on what I'd like to see.
It's been rumoured for a long time but I'd really like to finally see a system wide dark mode. If we do in fact get OLED with iPhone 8 it would make sense. I'm thinking it will more likely come in 11.X though along with the new phone in September if it happens this year.
Reminders is long overdue for an update ala Notes in iOS 9. It can be so much more than a simple list app if Apple put a little more focus on it. I'm not expecting OmniFocus but with a little work on the UI it could be a lot easier on the eyes, especially on iPhone.
The carded view isn't quick to navigate if you have more than a few lists. I'd also like to see a consolidated view of the Calendar and Reminders so that you can see everything going on in your day.
Text based SIRI
SIRI is still a struggle to use for me but at the very least I'd like it to take a leaf out of Google assistants book and allow me to type to it.
I still feel self conscious about talking in public with my devices, especially with how hit and miss SIRI is. I normally try once then give up if it doesn't work straight away.
iPad improved multitasking
If you use an iPad then I don't need to tell you how bad the current app selector is in multitasking view. This has to be updated with iOS 11 or Apple may as well give up on iPad being a productivity device.
Drag and drop between windows is also something that has to come with iOS 11. This is basic computing and again if iPad is the future it needs to be there.
As someone with others using my iPad I really want user login. At the moment there isn't a convenient way to lock down your iPad when passing to others.
Enable downloads over 100MB
This bugs me when I have unlimited data. Please let me choose if I want to allow apps to download on cellular if it's over 100MB. You let me do it for Music so please trust I can manage my own data.
Shared iCloud storage
I pay for 1TB of iCloud storage that I use to backup my devices and iCloud photo library. With family sharing a thing it's annoying I can't share this data with my family. With Apple giving a paltry 5GB free most of us end up having to pay for extra space.
Why not improve the user experience with a shared iCloud space.
More landscape apps on iPhone Plus
I recently picked up a Plus sized iPhone and was immediately struck by how buggy switching to landscape is. Home screen stutters and multitasking view breaks often but it's the inconsistency of apps that gets me.
Several of the core apps including Music doesn't support this mode. I've raised this with Apple as a radar so hoping I'll at least get it acknowledged.
When apps work it's nice using them in landscape and I feel more productive but it just isn't consistent enough.
Revised home screen
I'm probably wishing for the impossible but 11 revisions in and we still have the same grid of icons. I'd like to see some customisation options. Give me information or widgets that I can glance at. I'd like a list of what I need to do that day always in my eye balls.
Using an Android phone as my work one I've come to really like the customisation it gives me. I have widgets of information right there on my home screen without doing anything.
Today view on iOS is a good start but it's not enough.
Enhanced Apple Pencil support
I use the Apple Pencil all the time for taking notes and creating mind maps. I often find myself using it for navigation also.
This got me thinking that with the Pencil supporting pressure why can't we get 3D Touch functionality brought to iPad via the Pencil?
This is my wish list, what's yours?
Since sharing my experience using Google Wifi I've noticed that there is a lot of confusion about what it actually is.
Here's what it means to me.
If you have an existing router supplied from your broadband supplier the Google Wifi hooks onto it adding coverage throughout your house.
Yes, it does more than this but at it's core this is it's purpose.
My setup is BT Homehub 4 router (supplied by my provider), connected straight to my connection coming into the house. The first Google Wifi is then connected to the BT Homehub via an Ethernet cable (the one that comes with the Google Wifi). This is located in our office.
I ordered a twin pack so our second Google Wifi is in our living room connected wirelessly to the one in the office.
You manage your network via a new Google Wifi App that is available on iOS and Android. It's well designed and allows you to see everything connected to your network, if anything has a priority (that you can set manually if you want to E.g. I prioritise my PS4 when I'm playing online) and shows various testing options including speed.
So, key points:
- You still need a router
- Coverage throughout our house is now everywhere at the same speed
- I haven't had to restart anything since owning it (used to restart my BT router at least 4 times a week)
- I've stopped experiencing random drop outs and lag
So, I'm a fan - if you are looking to extend or manage your own network yourself then I can't recommend Google Wifi highly enough.
I'll check back in as I spend more time with it.
With the release of Things 3 I decided to give it a try again. Things was the first productivity app that I got into on iPhone back in the 3G days so it kind of feels like coming home. It fits with the loose GTD methodology that I have adopted, sync works well and although pricey if you get it on all platforms I am happy supporting a good development team.
The first problem I ran into was how to create a repeating task.