My Top Apps of 2016

Alright, lets take a look at the apps that I used the most in 2016. I’ll also make note of the apps that have been replaced by another app in the same category.

Apps that I use the most

  • Fantastical – Calendar app of choice on iPhone for 2 years now. Use it a ton on my Mac.
  • Snapchat – Used nearly every day.
  • Simple – still love my bank.
  • Camera – use the built in iOS app a ton now, sorry Camera+.
  • Wallet – formerly Passbook, built in iOS app. Use it for flights, movie tickets, Coca-Cola rewards, and more.
  • Audible – favorite way to read.
  • Instagram – posting more again.
  • Inbox – use this daily. Tried using the new Gmail app. Wish it either had the option to delete ( swipe left ) or archive ( swipe right ). Having one or the other is a ‘meh’ option for me.
  • Facebook + Messenger
  • Swarm – checking in. Helps build my minimal journal.
  • Safari
  • Slack
  • Twitter – find myself using the native app more. Mainly due to the variety of notifications it gives.
  • Way of Life – routines app.
  • Castro – new podcast app. Organizes by feed instead of podcast. So far, great.
  • Paprika – organize my favorite recipes.
  • Lose It! – health app, used since 2009.
  • Apple Music – Updates have made the service better, still not great though.
  • Robinhood – no fee stock trading.
  • Trello – use it at work, and less at home. This wasn’t always the case. Pro tip: don’t create too many boards 🙂

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.

Pro-tip

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.

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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.

Sketch 39 Top Features Including Symbol Resize

Resize Layers in Groups & Symbols

“You can now define how layers within groups and Symbols should move/resize when the user resizes a group or symbol.”

This is what excited me the most about the update. I have been wanting this for a long time.

Not only can you change the label of a symbol dynamically. You can now smartly resize symbols and groups. This will save so much time in day to day design activities.

Sketch Cloud (beta)

“Introducing the first version of Sketch Cloud (Beta) — a free service that lets you upload Sketch documents and share them with the world.”

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Grandbeing® V4.0 Bluetooth Earbuds

At the time of this writing, it’s been two weeks since I purchased the Grandbeing® V4.0 Bluetooth Earbuds. I’ve been using them for listening to audiobooks whenever I have pockets of free time. 15 minutes here and 15 minutes there really does add up.

Even though it is so small and comfortable, it stays in place for me. There are times that it is hard to tell it is even there.

It has the latest bluetooth V4.0 chipset, steady signal and lower power consumption. It has a wireless transmission distance of up to 33 feet. It also contains the CVC 6.0 noise-canceling technology which allows you to talk clearly in a noisy environment.