I wouldn’t be surprised to see Apple move from a monolithic iOS release cycle to two major iOS releases in the span of six months – one focused on foundational changes, interface refinements, performance, and iPhone; the other primarily aimed at iPad users in the Spring.
This makes sense, though I’m still hoping they’re laying the groundwork for a full split between iOS on iPhone and iPad.
Overhauled Mail.app with modern features like snoozing, filtering and better support for Gmail’s unique features
I’d like to see this on iOS, too, but I’d settle for consistency between account types so that a left swipe is always for delete and a right swipe is always for archive.
omg yes pls
Running a self-hosted blog in the age of social networking used to feel like building a fragile Rube Goldberg machine, especially if you wanted to syndicate your words across multiple services. This is increasingly less of a problem. It’s by no means simple—definitely not as simple as creating Tumblr account—but we’re getting there. Glad to see it happening.
Last week, my internet-buddy Sam asked for a workflow that would scan some text for incomplete Markdown links and present a way to fill in the missing URLs. The links look like this:
Something [to link to]().
The goal is to let you write without having to stop what you’re doing to hunt down a URL. You can be lazy. This is my kind of challenge.
This workflow lets you leave the URL out of your Markdown links until you’re ready to publish. When you run it, you’ll be prompted to fill in each missing URL.
If you choose to find a URL, you’ll be sent to a Google search for the link’s text in Safari to get you started.
Browse to the URL you want to link to, copy it, and return to Workflow. The copied URL will be placed into the appropriate Markdown link, and you’ll be asked to fill in the next link. This search-and-insert process continues until the end of the document is reached.
If you write with Drafts, this action will run the workflow on your current draft. Once you’re done filling in the links, it’ll create a new draft with the URLs in place (while automatically deleting the original draft).
Half the fun of Workflow is seeing how other people rebound your ideas. My other internet buddy Tim created an even better version that lets you choose how to find a URL. Your options are:
Search, which works as above, but Tim uses the Safari View Controller so you’ll never have to leave Workflow. Use the Share menu to copy the page’s URL.
I thought I’d do something similar, but this is an assessment of whether I personally would pay to subscribe to these apps.
I wouldn’t use either the existing Family or Teams plans, though, as the current options are either underpowered or offer too many options that I wouldn’t use. But if I had to subscribe, I would. This app is indispensable.
I’d likely switch to a simple Dropbox-based text file journaling system. Maybe this one?
Drafts is essential to how I write my blog. If I ever stopped blogging, I wouldn’t need it anymore.
I could get by with the default calendar app.
Google gets enough of my data anyway. They shouldn’t need money on top of that, and Apple Maps is good enough.
I already pay $3/month for Premium access.
I can’t do my job without this app. Like 1Password, it would be hard to get by without it.
I currently pay $2.99 for 3 months of patronage at a time just to get access to the dark theme.
I already pay Slack a recurring yearly fee.
Twitter is the last social network I still use regularly, but I wouldn’t use it if it weren’t for Tweetbot.
I could probably find a way to pipe RSS feeds into Apple News if necessary. I do pay an annual fee for an RSS service, though (FeedWrangler).
Although I’ve already paid to have the ads removed from the app, and that fee recurs every year.
Going even further, here are the other third-party apps on my phone:
For some reason, I never remember to use Apple Pay when I’m at the Apple Store, and according to an Apple Store employee I spoke to today, I’m not alone. She said it’s a common problem that they recognized a couple weeks ago, and they’re working to encourage people to use it. Weird.