Categories
Apple iPhone

iPhone 12 Review

I didn’t get an iPhone 12.

Instead I decided to save a few bucks and went with an iPhone 11 instead. In glorious purple!

What do I think about it? Glad you asked.

It’s fast! I’ve been using an iPhone 7 as my daily driver so this phone feels amazing.

The display is absolutely beautiful. Seeing everything edge to edge is sweet. I really love how Stream looks on it.

Face ID is really nice. It’s not like Touch ID was bad but this is definitely faster, unless you’re wearing a mask. That’s ok. I really like it.

I really struggled trying to figure out what to buy. I considered the iPhone SE (second gen), iPhone 11, iPhone 12 Mini, and iPhone 12.

The second gen iPhone SE was tempting because of the price. It’s using the iPhone 7/8 form factor with updated guts and the starting price is $399. That’s really hard to beat.

The comparison between the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 was tough. I love the design of the 12. It takes me back to my favorite iPhone design, the iPhone 4. The square edges, that sandwich look, is beautiful to by eyes. The iPhone 11 is also beautifully designed and I liked the color selection better than the 12 color selection. Both phones are larger and much faster than my iPhone 7.

The iPhone Mini really messed with my head. I was leaning toward this phone for most of the time I was considering what to buy. Great design, edge to edge display, fast, good camera, and it’s much smaller in the hand. I was considering the Product Red model but the blue on the Mini is fantastic.

In the end the lower priced iPhone 11 in purple won out.

I also put it in a case day one. While I love the feel of the naked device I’ve broken two screens over the years and I’ve only had four iPhones over that period of time. I cracked the screen on my beloved iPhone 4 and the same with my iPhone 7. Believe it or not the toughest phone I’ve ever owned was my green iPhone 5c. That thing hit the ground a few times and never cracked.

I’m a fan of Unicorn Beetle cases so I picked up a MetallicPurple Unicorn Beetle Pro Series Case to protect it. I love it.

Do I regret getting an iPhone 11 instead of an iPhone 12? Not one bit. It’s a marvelous piece of hardware.

Categories
Apple Indie iOS

I didn’t withdraw from the program. They withdrew me. 😂

Categories
Apple

Fired Up

Brent Simmons: “Somebody on Twitter will tell me that I should add that IAP right now so I can pay Apple for the privilege of being on the App Store. Fuck you in advance.”

Brent is obviously fired up and rightfully so. Look, WordPress has been selling domains and services for years. They know how to do it and they know how to do it safely. This isn’t Apple being the gatekeeper of secure transactions. It’s about greed. Apple needs to have a cut of everything, even if it doesn’t make sense.

Unlike Jobs, Tim Cook isn’t driven by making the best product he’s driven by money.

Apple knows they have developers right where they want them.

“So, kid, you want to develop for our platform? Sure, give it a go. You’ll like it.”

Then they put the squeeze on you.

Sure, my next product will have IAP. Sure I’ll give Apple 30%. I have no choice but to. It’s ok. I’m personally fine with it for the little apps I do on the side. If I were trying to survive off my apps I might feel otherwise.

Categories
Apple iOS Mac

My WWDC 2020 Wishlist

Time to [get in](https://beckyhansmeyer.com/2020/05/13/my-wwdc-2020-wishlist/) on the action.

Here goes: Custom Watch Faces, iOS stability and performance improvements, and macOS stability and performance improvements

That’s it.

I’d really love to have a Dumbledore watch face.

Categories
Apple iOS iPad iPhone

Xcode for iPad?

[MacRumors](https://www.macrumors.com/2020/04/21/rumor-mobile-version-of-xcode-for-ipad/): _‘because it “opens the door for ‘Pro’ applications to come to ‌iPad‌.”’_

Red sock.I picked that bit of a sentence from the article because it’s complete B.S. If folks want to bring Pro apps to the iPad they have the means to do it today on their Mac. Having Xcode on an iPad won’t magically make that any better. The Mac is the perfect tool for building Professional Mac and iOS apps.

Xcode on iPad would be fine. I can’t personally see using an iPad as my primary development machine. Mainly because I like using a bigger display for development. My 15in MacBook Pro display is about as small as I’d like to use.

If I could set the iPad on a stand of some sort, hook it up to my full size keyboard, mouse, and 24in display? That is something that may work.

We’re getting closer to that day, we’re just not quite there.

Categories
Apple iOS iPhone

Not all nerds carry the latest iPhone

Do all Apple related podcasters believe every nerd carries around the latest greatest iPhone?

I’m a professional iOS software developer. Have been since 2009. Prior to that I made my living writing Windows and Linux based video viewing workstations. Prior to that I worked on a an extremely popular Windows desktop drawing and diagramming software. I’m approaching 30-years as a pro.

I carry an iPhone 7.

Categories
Apple Design

On Jony Ive’s Departure

Ben Thompson[Stratechery]: “Again, though, I think Ive is in part a cautionary tale: he did his best work under Jobs, while the last few years have been more fraught from a design perspective; if Ive was not entirely up to the task of being the ultimate arbiter of all things Apple, who can be?”

That captures it for me. It always felt like after Steve Jobs passing Ive was free to do what he wanted. The checks and balances provided by Steve Jobs were gone. The obsession with thin and light was more pronounced than ever which lead to gluing components into the computer body making Apple designs less repair friendly.

Maybe that wasn’t Ive that decided to go thinner and lighter at the expense of all else? I have no idea, I’m just spitballing here. But Ive does get the credit and blame for all designs in the post Jobs era.

Categories
Apple iPhone

Consider iPhone 7

I’ve been meaning to write about this for quite a while. When Apple shipped the amazing iPhone X Apple enthusiasts couldn’t wait to have them. Those enthusiasts are the kinds of folks some would refer to as fanboys. I think they just love to have the latest greatest device they can get their hands on. Maybe that does make you a fanboy? I don’t know. It does mean these folks either have a lot of disposable income or, like a meth addict, are willing to do anything to get the latest device.

I love Apple products but don’t feel the need to purchase the latest greatest device on the market. As Apple enthusiasts go I’m a failure in that regard. I own a 2015 MacBook Pro, an iPhone 7, an iPad Mini (first generation), and an Apple Watch (first generation.) On the Ticci Scale I’d rate an Inferior, or worse. That brings me to the purpose of this post.

If you’ve always wanted an iPhone but the prices seem ridiculously high to you consider getting an older model. Yes, an older model. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 are wonderful devices. I’m still using my iPhone 7 everyday and I don’t see upgrading for quite a while. Apple focused on performance and stability with the release of iOS 12 and it shows. The OS is really fast and fluid, even on older devices. I purchased an iPhone 5s for testing purposes and it performs really well on iOS 12. The OS is the important part of the equation and iOS 12 is an exceptional OS.

If I were to purchase a new iPhone today I’d pickup an iPhone Xr. The starting price is not as offensive as the price of the Xs, I prefer the aluminum body over glass, and I like being able to choose a color. Yellow sounds nice.

Bottom Line

If you want a new iPhone but don’t want to spend a lot of money consider purchasing an iPhone 7 or iPhone 8. The pricing is pretty good and you’ll have a great phone for the next two to four years.

MODEL PRICE
iPhone 7 $449
iPhone 8 $599
iPhone Xr $749
iPhone Xs $999
Note

As I’m writing this Apple is offering a great deal on the iPhone Xr if you trade in your existing phone. Of course that comes with an *. If you get the full trade in value on your existing phone you can get the iPhone Xr for $449. That’s a wonderful deal.

As for me the best value I could get for my iPhone 7 is $250. That drops the price of an Xr to $500 for me. Not bad at all.

Categories
Apple Development iOS

Old Devices

I don’t like to install beta versions of iOS on my daily driver device so I tend to use old devices I have left around from years past. This year, however, I didn’t have a device capable of running iOS 12, so I bought a used one on Letgo.

For $60US I was able to purchase an iPhone 5s with a cracked screen that works just fine. I decided to pickup a new screen from iFixit for another $40US. All in, $100US and I have a great new test device. It actually runs iOS 12 really well.

So, if you’re short on cash, try a used device for testing.

Categories
Apple

Robbing Apple

Gizmodo: “On July 7, four thieves reportedly nabbed over $27,000 in iPhones and MacBooks from the Fashion Fair Apple Store in Fresno, California. Surveillance footage of the robbery shows the men hurriedly entering the store, walking up to display tables, and grabbing a bunch of devices as customers and employees stare on with placid astonishment.”

Sigh. This just had to happen in Fresno, didn’t it?