The whooping at Apple Stores is so unseemly

  • I was at the Covent Garden store a couple of months ago.
  • The iPad Pro 2018 keynote was on the big screen; people were sat watching the stream in the seating area.
  • It’s bad enough when Americans do the whole whooping thing, but there were pockets of it on the shop floor — coming from Apple retail staff.
  • I’ve never felt more ashamed and embarrassed to like Apple.
  • It’s cringey enough when Americans (Apple staff and customers) cheers and holler, but discomfort was palpable when pockets of staff in the London store whooped.
  • It’s so grotesque and undignified.
  • Everyone in the area was uncomfortable.
  • I got the impression that even the few staff who were doing it felt embarrassed.
  • If management are telling staff to do this, they need to fucking stop.

I hated the iPad Pro 2018 as it was being announced

  • No home button — hated the thought — but after using it for several weeks I admit it’s a fucking amazing iPad.
  • Price hike — I was disgusted by this — in the moment it felt like Apple was being even more gratuitously greedy.
  • I actually got the iPad Pro 2018 with the intention of returning it to Apple for a full refund after Christmas (their return period is super generous)
  • It turns out that I was wrong. This iPad — the first with FaceID — is actually fucking amazing. It took a few weeks to get used to — but oh man, it’s so good. And, worth the extra money.

I’ve had the iPhone 7 Plus for 2 weeks and I’m fucking love it!

  • The iPhone SE was my main phone until 2017.
  • I’ve always just wanted a pocketable phone and nothing more.
  • It also helped that the SE was the cheapest.
  • I got an iPhone 7 in 2017 to use for videography.
  • Loved the beautiful 4.7in screen, wide colour gamut.
  • I thought surely I’d never want anything bitter than this.

Late 2018

  • I made that iPhone 7 my main phone and sold my iPhone SE on ebay.
  • I decided to then get a 7 Plus for videography.
  • Way to cumbersome and unwieldy to be my daily driver.
  • The 7 plus arrived and I thought I’d return it to Apple for a refund after a couple of weeks (Christmas has a very generous return period.)

What I hated about the 7 Plus + the remedy

  • Large, somewhat slippery back

  • Even with the AmazonBasics case it didn’t sit right in my hand.
  • So I got a “caseology” case from ebay which has a very textured back.
  • Yes, this phone is too big to be in my jeans pocket + be my daily driver — but after forcing myself to use it for many weeks, I concede that it does let me be more productive.

Would I get an iPhone X or IPhone XS

  • I don’t have a grand to spend on a phone.
  • The x and XS are too big for my trouser pockets.
  • Even if I had a grand I don’t want to be look like a cunt.
  • FaceID is shit — it doesn’t work sideways (like on the iPad Pro) and I really love the home button

Would I consider an iPhone XR ?

  • I don’t want a heavy, thick phone.
  • This is the worst iPhone ever made; I fucking hate it.

The iPhone XR is big and heavy; I hate it

 It looks good in photos. I love the screen. I hate the size and heft.

It looks good in photos (and in real life).

I love the screen!

I hate the size and heft.

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The red iPhone XR looks amazing
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I love the yellow XR — it looks amazing (shame it’s hideously big, thick and heavy)

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the black XR looks very similar to the black XS! I had trouble telling them apart in the Apple Store — they look very similar from the front.

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Magnet. 99p.

[Currently evaluating this.]

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https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/magnet/id441258766?mt=12

magnet keeps your workspace organised

copy, compare, multitask

corners for the quarters, sides do halves

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work spaces vary. Magnet rules them all

Every time you move a content from one app to the other, compare data side by side or multitask in any other way, you need all the windows arranged accordingly. Magnet makes this process clean and simple.

In one drag to the edge, you size a window into half of your screen. And by dragging windows to the corners, you snap them into quarters. Slide them to the bottom edge of your display to create thirds. Taking advantage of such arrangements eliminates app switching and greatly enhances workspace efficiency.

Magnet supports keyboard shortcuts as well, for every command it has to offer. There is that little icon sitting in the Menu Bar where you can find a predefined set or create yours.

Features:

・Left/Right/Top/Bottom Halves of the screen supported
・Left/Center/Right Thirds of the screen supported
・Left Two Thirds & Right Two Thirds of the screen supported
・Fullscreen & all four Quarters of the screen supported
・Activated by dragging (optional)
・Activated by keyboard shortcuts (customizable)
・Operated via Menu Bar icon
・Runs both on Retina and regular displays
・Up to six external displays supported
・Built to run on all macOS versions since 10.9 Mavericks
・macOS 10.12 Sierra optimized

What’s New in Version 2.1.0

・Left/Center/Right Thirds of the screen are now supported – Drag a window to the bottom edge of your screen to create third. You can also use default keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+Alt+D/F/G or create yours.
・Left Two Thirds & Right Two Thirds of the screen are now supported – Drag a window to the bottom edge of your screen and slide on it to create two thirds. You can also use default keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+Alt+E/T or create yours.
・Adobe Creative Cloud apps are now supported (since 2017 version).
・macOS 10.12 Sierra performance and stability is improved.
・Backward compatibility with OS X 10.9 Mavericks is fixed.