This review over at Robservatory is one of the best I've seen.
In a nutshell, the new machine crushed the other two—nearly eleven hours remaining, against 2.5 for the old Air and just over six for the MacBook Pro. The short run time for the 2012 Air, with its smaller 35 watt-hour battery, isn’t overly surprising (though 3.5 hours of total usage time is quite short). The 2013 MacBook Pro, though, has a 50 watt-hour battery…yet the new Air’s smaller 35 watt-hour battery has no trouble outlasting it.
Rob goes through pretty much everything I'd care about: the bulk, the power cord, the keyboard, battery life, and the performance, all in comparison with two other well known Apple notebooks. They keyboard is slightly louder. The notebook is almost as small as an old 11 inch model, and the performance is great. This seems like a landmark release for Apple.
I've linked to 1Writer several times in the past week but not specifically called out the iOS 12 update released last week. The update was not a major overhaul but did add the following notable features:
- Support for Siri Shortcut actions for creating or opening documents
- There's now ...
I'm still not completely comfortable with Siri Shortcuts. They come with a bit of embarrassment in public places and occasionally fail to actually run. But, I can already tell that this is the future of interacting with my mobile device.1
My problem soon became that I had more ...
I write everything for this site in MultiMarkdown. Text is pretty easy to create on iOS but some of the subtleties of creating images and working with my Pelican host is more difficult than on a Mac. Here are a few of the apps I use to make it easier ...
I'm still looking for a convenient way to edit text files that I archive in DEVONthink To Go. While I love the organization and intelligent search in DEVONthink the built-in text editor is anemic. I developed a pair of Shortcuts that move text between Drafts and DEVONthink.
The first ...
I still miss the mind of Kurt Vonnegut. His ideas shaped my own.
Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.
Kurt Vonnegut, Hocus Pocus
I think of that idea often. It explains the state of the world. How did ...
After less than 24 hours with iPad Pro, here are the reactions I'd give anyone considering an upgrade.
TL;DR: The 12.9" is still huge, the pencil is better, and the keyboard case is a big improvement. It's a pro-level iPad that's more than most people ...
Speaking of independent Apple blogging, it's nice to see that Thomas Verschoren is back at it.
But, even with all those new bells and whistles, it’s still the same iPad running the same iOS. It’s an iPad. A device that was perfect ...
The talent pool writing about Apple products and platforms from outside the company’s walls is getting noticeably shallower. And on a personal level, this trend is not good for me, because I can’t link to App ...
While I'm frustrated by some of Shortcuts gaps, it has solved some long standing problems. I use apps like Drafts less because I can do basic clipboard transformations with Shortcuts, triggered by Siri. Here are a few the clipboard Shortcuts I use the most.
Paste to Drafts
This is ...
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