Going from “It Just Works” to “I Just Work”

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The “it just works” message pushed by Apple and the company’s fans in the early to mid 2000s was a sometimes tricky pitch to pull off. Of course at the time, Macs were much more intuitive to the average person than Windows1, but it opened them up to criticism when any little thing went wrong. “I thought you said it just works,” PC fans would snidely remark. And as annoying as those PC fanboy were, those digs stung just a little best they had a semblance of truth to them: the Mac didn’t always “just work.”

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The New Timer App in watchOS 3 is a Disaster

It sounds quaint, but one of the most common tasks I use my Apple Watch for is to set timers. I have timers for everyday things around the house (coffee, laundry, cooking, etc.), and it’s also wonderfully helpful when you just need to time something randomly throughout your day. Seriously, I use this feature all the time. That is why I’m so upset by the change to UI that the app has taken in watchOS 3.

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Should You Install the iOS 10 Beta on Your iPhone or iPad?

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No

You might be tempted to install the iOS 10 beta on your iPhone or iPad, but trust me when I tell you it’s not worth the risks or headaches yet. We’re not even to the public beta yet, and by then I would expect things to be in better shape, but this is not a release that Apple wants in the hands of everyday people.

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Blogging Overnight Success Story (or not)

As you probably know from this site’s description, I’ve been writing this site since 2010. It’s never been a full time job, or even something that made me any money at all until recently, but it has been a great hobby from which I’ve gotten a ton of pleasure. You either enjoy writing or you don’t, and apparently I fall into the camp of people who just can’t stop.

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One More Batch of WWDC Wallpapers

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So this should be the last set of WWDC16 wallpapers. I really loved the theme of this year’s show, so I had to make one more wall based on the Apple logo from Apple’s session videos. I think they look great, and you should put them on your iPhone to remember this year’s WWDC.

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Should You Install the watchOS 3 Beta on Your Apple Watch?

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No.

It’s tempting to get a little crazy this time of year and install all the betas on your iDevices and Macs, because you want to play with the new cool stuff Apple announced this week at WWDC. I was a big fan of what Apple showed off for watchOS 3, and if you’re reading this, you probably were too. Did I install the beta? Yes. Do I think anyone else should? No. Here’s why:

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The Opposite of “Trust Us, We Know What We’re Doing”

Apple gets a lot of criticism for forcing users to change their behaviors to fit Apple’s view of the world. The company routinely removes hardware features before the rest of the industry and they create software platforms that tend to give you fewer options, but Apple’s entire pitch is that they have taken the time to make the right choices so you don’t have to. The “it just works” campaign was born out of an industry that allowed infinite choice and little clarity. “It just works” doesn’t mean that every feature works 100% of the time1, it means that you don’t have to think about how something gets done, you just do it.

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Safari 10 Demotes Flash, Java, Silverlight, and QuickTime…Good!

Next Steps for Legacy Plug-ins in Safari for macOS Sierra

On websites that offer both Flash and HTML5 implementations of content, Safari users will now always experience the modern HTML5 implementation, delivering improved performance and battery life. This policy and its benefits apply equally to all websites; Safari has no built-in list of exceptions. If a website really does require a legacy plug-in, users can explicitly activate it on that website.

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The Watch-ification of iOS

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I watched the Apple keynote yesterday and thought the new features of iOS 10 looked good, but it wasn’t until I installed it on my iPhone that I realized just how eerily similar a lot of these new features feel to what I enjoy everyday on my Apple Watch.

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