#iOS 7

Scotty Loveless:

One thing I found in my Genius Bar experience is that people that are anxious about their iOS device battery life are constantly checking it to see the percentage and how much it has dropped from the last time they checked it. So if you check your device twice as much, simply to check on the battery life, you are essentially halving the time your device will last.

Stop freaking out and enjoy your life. There are more important things to worry about than your device’s battery life. The control freak inside you might freak out the first few days you do this, but you’ll get used to it.

I’m a much happier person since I turned off the battery percentage indicator. Also, it looks like iOS 8 is going to go a long way towards alleviating the (major) battery woes of iOS 7 — but these are all still great tips.

Anonymous asked:

I am not a Windows user, but almost everything you say about Windows 8 strikes me as also being true of iOS 7, and I have been using iOS (and Mac OS X) since the very beginning. For example, iOS 7 is the reason I did not buy a new iPad and iPhone this year. I know Apple is hot and Microsoft is not, but other than that, are Windows 8 and iOS 7 really that different to you?

While I see where you’re coming from with this, and I actually agree about iOS 7 being kind of a nightmare, the difference in my mind is that one is about bugs (in particular with the interactions between the OS and the new 64-bit chips), the other is about a fundamental miscalculation of what the software should be.

I’m confident that Apple will be able to fix the bugs (word is that “iOS 7.1 is the true vision of iOS 7”), I’m not confident that Microsoft will be able to fix Windows 8. In fact, it sounds like they’re already admitting they can’t.

Bottom line: I’m a fan of the vision of iOS 7, I just can’t believe how buggy it is. When you consider that they were trying to keep the new 64-bit chips a secret leading up to launch, you likely have some sort of explanation for the bugs (though still incredibly un-Apple-like from a quality perspective).

Windows 8 should never have shipped the way it is. The “no compromise" approach was actually the opposite — it was a huge compromise. They should have picked one vision. Instead, we have traditional Windows users who hate all the Metro stuff and new Surface users who hate the traditional Windows stuff. It’s the worst of both worlds. A shitshow.

I Got Bugs

Since the moment it was unveiled at WWDC in June of last year, I’ve been a big fan of iOS 7. While I certainly understand the people who hate change, I am not one of those people. In technology, I welcome change — especially big, bold changes. At the very least, it shows that a company isn’t afraid to experiment. More importantly, it shows that a company isn’t content to rest on its laurels.

So I embraced the gaudy neon and I entered our newly flat world excited. And I remain convinced that in just about every way, iOS 7 is a huge upgrade over the previous iterations. Except one. And it’s a big one.

The software is so inexplicably and inexcusably buggy.

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Darrell Etherington:

Pebble’s creators didn’t just make a functional smartwatch when they designed their device, they packed it with a lot of potential for the future, too. Much of that potential has lain dormant while Pebble focused on ramping up production and building an enthusiastic community of dedicated independent developers, but today, the startup is activating some more of its smartwatch’s superpowers, and laying the groundwork of the next generation of Pebble apps.

I’ve had my Pebble for a few months now. I like it as more of a proof-of-concept for a smart wearable, but don’t love it. Mainly, it has been nice to have a watch that shows you your text messages without having to pull out your phone dozens of times a day. 

But I do love that Pebble keeps iterating and adding functionality to the base layer. In particular, the ability to check in to a venue on Foursquare right from the device sounds intriguing — especially if you then got a push notification back to the device telling you what to try there.

Still, I’m more than a little worried about push notification overload. There needs to be more granular controls for exactly which types of notifications you want sent to your wrist (it won’t be the same as the phone).

Matthew Panzarino:

One major, very subversive feature of Tweetbot 3 is the way that it prominently displays Twitter’s Verified check mark. There’s something about seeing the blue badge right in the timeline that makes verification a bigger deal than Twitter ever has. Those avatars jump out at you and the badge is even more of a status symbol now. I have this theory that Twitter is slowly working its way toward verifying all users, but until it does, the blue check is going to become insanely sought after among users of Tweetbot.

It’s sort of fascinating that it was Tweetbot and not Twitter itself that did this. But yes, perhaps as Panzarino implies, it’s because Twitter eventually wants get most users verified and realize that if they pushed such an in-your-face feature before they could handle that flow, it could be a shitshow.

Overall, Tweetbot 3 is extremely well done (and well worth the price at either $2.99 or $4.99). And yes, like everyone else, I would like to see an option to make the fonts smaller (aside from changing the font size for the entire OS).