Gary Bacon

Deep Linking into the iMessage App Store

When working on Mister Bacon, I realized that the app could be viewed in two different stores. You have the overall app store and then you have the App Store within iMessage itself.

If you install it from the main app store there is a chance that the user might not be able to find it after. More details on that in another post.

When using your iTunes link to the app store be sure to include &app=messages.

This will make it so that when the user clicks on the link via their mobile device, it will pop up in the iMessage App Store automatically.

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How to Use Stickers in the iOS 10 Messages App

With the launch of the iPhone 7 also came the debut of Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 10. This latest version of the OS brought with it a ton of new changes, improvements, and added features.

One of those new features is the ability to add stickers to text messages in the Messages app ( or iMessage ).

I’ve had a few people ask me where to find them so I decided to make a short video to walk you through it.

Mister Bacon – delicious bacon stickers for Messages. ( app store )

Apple Watch Not Unlocking a Mac

Setting up the feature that allows you to unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch ( must have OS X Sierra & iOS 10 ) has been a bit more tedious than I had anticipated. I believe this is due to a bug.

Two-factor authentication is new. This needs to be set up prior to attempting to use Apple Watch to unlock.

If you have Two-step authentication disable it first.


Do not try and check the box in System Preferences > Security & Privacy before setting up Two-factor authentication correctly.

There are plenty of guides online for setting this up, however, none have pointed out the bug. I found a few other folks that had the same issues in forums.


The issue is that once you check the box and authenticate, and if Two-step is still on, then OS X hides the checkbox. There is no way, that I’ve found, to re-try this.

Update: To get the checkbox back, simply reboot, reauthenticate, and it should work again.

Headphones You Can Buy Right Now for iPhone 7

The iPhone 7 or iPhone 6SE is fast approaching release. With that, one of the largest rumors around the device is that Apple is discontinuing the 3.5mm jack in favor of using the lightning cable for headphones.

Personally, I’m not a fan of the 3.5mm jack on headphones. After a pair of my Bose did this:

However, Bose being an amazing brand in both quality and customer service, hooked me up with a free replacement pair. Plus, two days later, they upgraded me to Bluetooth so it would never happen again. #winning

While the switch to lightning may seem groundbreaking, or even startling, Apple has actually supported lightning headphones since 2014.

Brilliant Iteration

The wonderful thing about design concepts and patterns is that they can be reused. Whenever you hit on a core idea, it can be expanded to many different applications.

Recently, Apple has introduced Force Touch or haptic feedback into their products.

On the iPhone, as you press harder, you get a slight buzz on your finger and then a contextual menu pops open for a given app. As well as a feature called “peek and pop” that allows, on a harder press, the app to render a bubble with a contextual preview.

On the Mac, when you “click” something, the trackpad feels as if you are pushing it down, but it’s not moving. The click sound is coming from the speakers. It is tricking your brain into thinking that there was a click.

How to Backup and Rollback iPhone Apps

I recently had an issue with an iPhone app in which the latest version caused a bug that prohibited the basic function of it.

After contacting customer service, I was told the best thing I could do was wait and they were working on an app update to fix it. The app store approval can take days, sometimes weeks.

I knew the previous version worked. So I would just rollback an old version. Did I have one? Well luckily, in iTunes I did have one. In this post I’ll show you how to find an old version, restore it, and use a tool to create backups for the future.

Finding an App in iTunes

I use iCloud for my primary phone sync. However, if you can, you should sync with your computer in iTunes from time to time. In iTunes you’ll see the following: ( press the image to zoom )

iTunes Backup Preferences

Press, the “Backup Now” button to make an initial backup. Also in Options, it’s good to have “Automatically sync when this iPhone is Connected” checked.

Once you’ve done this, in the top left hand corner of the screen you’ll see a menu. Press “Apps”.


In iTunes your apps should show up. I don’t constantly update my apps in iTunes, so as you can see “Update” banner appears on app icons. This means its an older version. In this case, perfect, we want an older version.

OSX Mavericks’ New Features

The little details really add up to an overall great experience. These are my favorite new features in OSX Mavericks. Be sure to upgrade, you can’t beat the price: free.


Holidays calendar used to live in the Downloads section of Apple’s website. It quickly became outdated and required the user to have to understand what it took to subscribe to a calendar in iCal. Now, the newly redesigned Calendar app allows you simply check off “Show Holidays calendar”. Just go to Calendar > Preferences > General and look towards the bottom.

Holidays Calendar

The add calendar sheet has also been revised. Makes it incredibly simple to add a new Exchange, Google, or even Facebook calendars.

Add Calendars

Being Artfully Frustrated

There are times where I find myself utterly passionate about my work, my art, to the point where I’m frustrated to no end. Why can’t it be this way? Isn’t it obvious. Yet I push on, refine, and labor to birth that vision into the world. Bit by bit.

In order to whittle down an experience to the essential it must be beat with “the simple stick” as described in Ken Segall’s Insanely Simple. Anyone who cares about “the work” and acts on upon that care is performing a work of art.

“The magic of Steve Jobs wasn’t being right. It was being sure.” – Seth Godin, The Icarus Deception

Tim Cook said of Steve Jobs, “He would flip on something so fast that you would forget that he was the one taking the 180 [degree], polar position on it the day before,” onstage at the D10 conference interview. “It was an art; he would never know that he fought the opposite. I saw it daily.” ( Source video. )

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iOS 7 Lock Screen Pain Points

The smallest interactions add up over time to give our work personality. They can convey positive or negative emotion just as verbal communication can do the same.

Apple has released iOS7 beta 5 at the time of this writing. There has been a monumental shift in the user interface and user experience of the platform. Many of the little details have been updated, some forgotten, and you get a sense that Apple is going for a non-intrusive, overall lightness in the new OS.

Out of all the changes, my biggest pain point has been the lock screen. It’s almost there but not yet.

When showing it to others, and myself, many would swipe up due to the up arrow under the phrase, “Slide to Unlock”. In beta 5, Apple has updated this to include a right arrow to give the motion context.

Chrome Causing New 2012 MacBooks to Crash?

Recently on my 13″ MacBook Pro ( mid-2012 ), I’ve noticed that when using Google Chrome the screen will freeze up. At other times when using Chrome I will get the standard “kernel panic” message. Thankfully Lion restores everything that was open upon reboot but that does not excuse the problem. Everything else about the machine has been fine and seems very snappy.

The error logs point reference Google Chrome and Intel HD 400 Graphics Card. Others have experienced this problem as well. A few contacted Apple and are told to use Safari until the issue is resolved.