I've been thinking a lot about this lately as I have been switching between an iPad mini (an old one stuck on iOS 12) and my 3rd gen iPad Pro. As a strictly consumption-focused device the mini is so much more comfortable (at least for reading which is the majority of what I do with it) than the Pro. I wish I had an iPad Air to compare with because the iPad Pro is definitely too heavy to comfortably read on without resting it on something. The mini weighs in at just 0.66 lbs whereas the 12.9" Pro is around…

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For some reason the iPadOS app for Medium does not support the either the traditional zoom mechanism or changing the font size. When reading a story it does appear to honor the system-wide preference of Text Size (accessible from the Display & Brightness System Preference page.) However, it does not seem to honor that selection when browsing through story selection. Even with the system-wide font size it would be nice to be able to change the font while viewing an individual story. …

Sneaker-clad feet and lower leg shown jumping up from leaf-strewn ground
Sneaker-clad feet and lower leg shown jumping up from leaf-strewn ground
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What is Tim Cook going to wow us with at the Apple Spring 2021 event? Will it be new iPads? Or maybe new AirPods? An Apple silicon iMac? All are possible and most may even be likely but what about something completely different? Is there a hint in the logo or the title for the event?

Safari on iOS and iPadOS has a nice way to quickly capture the current webpage title and URL into either the Reminders app or the Notes app (and other targets as well). This sharing sheet, which looks like a box with an arrow pointing upward, is present in other application as well. When you share from Safari you will be prompted with a dialog where you can add your own text and select the target list to add the information to. This works fine, but by default it does not use any existing text selection you may have made on…

Apple Watch studio shot
Apple Watch studio shot
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I believe, if you zoom out into the future, and you look back, and you ask the question, ‘What was Apple’s greatest contribution to mankind?’ it will be about health — Tim Cook, Apple CEO

I’m out of shape. I freely admit it. I cannot blame the pandemic and staying at home. Though I’m certain that hasn’t helped, I was out of shape before Covid. It has been years since I have done anything that would be considered regular exercise. My massage therapist, who I’ve been seeing monthly for years, has given up prompting me to get out and at…

Best read as a continuation of A Surprising Point

My eyes fluttered open. I saw a man hanging from chains with a tube extending from his arm. I traced the tube to my chest. It was copper and opaque but I imagined seeing a viscous red liquid flowing through it.

“Ah good, you are back”, a voice said from below. I shifted my gaze from the tube to a small round man with thick glasses looking up at me. I realized I too was hanging from chains and began to struggle.

“Oh, don’t bother with all that. …

The stake through the heart was a surprise, I’ll admit. It came from behind; the roughly hewn point sticking out of my chest. Black and tarry blood oozing over the point, dripping to the ground to sizzle in the grass. “So much for immortality”, I thought as I slumped forward, still surprised.

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