I’m with Matt on this one in terms of touch with macOS but I think that we’ll see new hardware rather than touch being added to a Mac. I’m thinking iPad/Mac hybrid with removable keyboard. Actually an iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard will fit the bill perfectly thanks.
If there’s one thing Apple likes under Tim Cook it’s money. Their profit margins are massive and they are making more money than ever. So when I read this I was like of course Apple is going to do this.
I do get concerned they have lost their way, chasing money over user experience. Too many models in the iPad line up and now the iPhone looks to be going the same way. Personally I think they should sort out their software and stick to a more simple iPhone line up, but who am I.
This has zero appeal to me as an iPhone Mini fan.
As you know I’m focusing more on video and for the last week I’ve been doing mostly shorts. What I’ve observed is very random. Although I’ve more than doubled my subscribers there’s no pattern for which content gets views. My least effort content seems to get more views than ones I spend more time on.
I think it’s at the whim of when YouTube puts you in the feed. Not even time of day seems to matter.
I’m at the point I don’t overthink I just share what and when I’m feeling like it.
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I’m trying to be positive on this blog but I’m writing this because I’m getting nowhere with Apple.
I use display zoom mode on my iPhone and I’ve been reporting the same bugs for years. Apple does generally do a great job for accessibility settings but display zoom isn’t one of them.
Above is just an example of the type of problems that I encounter when using display zoom.
I’ve no idea what to do next.
One thing I’m not missing about being so close to tech right now and doing some guitar stuff is the need to put others down, be it a platform or a writer.
Especially on the Apple side there seems to be a need for some to defend this trillion dollar company and stoke the flame wars, I don’t see the need. We have enough going on in the world right now so why do some feel this need to incite bad feelings towards others? I just don’t get it.
I do see this on YouTube “why brand X sucks” videos are there for almost any topic but I’m trying to be more positive this year.
Not everything is black or white, most things are shades of grey.
I’m starting to realise that with me picking up a little more focus on growing my YouTube channel again that this blog, sharing photos, time on social media, gaming and my actual guitar playing falls by the wayside. With my commitments at home and a full time job I’m realising I don’t have capacity for it all.
I’ve needed to focus on just one or two things over the last week. YouTube and guitar are my focus right now but I’m going to check in here more than social media. Twitter has made me realise that my content is better here than on any social media platform.
How do you find time to fit everything in?
Trading devices with Apple just got a bit worse but it’s not a surprise. Apple used to be ok a few years ago but since this time their value for trade in has been terrible. I’ve recommended using Music Magpie and in all the trades I’ve done their value and process is the most straightforward. (Not a sponsored post, I just like their process 😀).
As you would have seen I’ve started to jump into creating more guitar focused content again on YouTube after a long break. I’m recording a bit bare bones but I’m enjoying it. I’ve got a lot of stress to manage in my day job and I’m finding that I’m genuinely excited to do content creation again. It’s a great distraction.
I’ve bought some basic gear to help light my room and record guitar and my editing skills are basic but I’m having fun.
I’m not at a level where the channel supports me in purchasing stuff for review but you have to start somewhere.
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Now I’m looking at getting back into video again it’s time to look at my niche. Back when I did YouTube (2008ish) I focussed on guitar and music, something I’m looking at getting back into (I think). I gained a good audience and a few industry connections.
I’m a little burned out by tech and I don’t feel I can add anything to an already over subscribed niche.
When it comes to guitar I can talk gear, reviews, lessons, tech that helps me with guitar and more. I also work in the tech sector all day. I’m not on any review list and I don’t feel I can add much. Looking at stats on what I have done there’s nothing stopping me dropping in tech videos every now and again.
Do you want to see a creator who sticks to a single niche or happy for them to upload whatever they are interested in?
When you start or already run your own blog it’s easy to fall into the trap of feeling pressure to update it regularly. You’re not competing with anyone, your readers will read your site as you update it. There’s absolutely no pressure to add to it daily.
For me, I blog when it comes to me. That’s why 90% of the content you see here is done from my iPhone. I have a thought (like this one) and I just post it.
In the past I’ve felt pressure to update it regularly but now I’m a bit wiser (and older) I realise there’s no point in adding this pressure to my passion projects.
Just enjoy, don’t feel the need to post regularly and know your readers will read your stuff.
I’ve been thinking about the lock in for Apple apps and how I could be choosing cross platform apps instead. This would make it easier to swap platforms should I want to try something different.
Only photos and notes on iOS are worth using in my opinion but iMessage lock in is definitely real. You can swap out both of these for Google photos and keep but there’s no message equivalent. I use signal with friends on Android but iOS is so integrated with messages, it’s a hard nut to crack.
Reminders is easy to swap out for something else like Todoist or TickTick. There are free tiers available for these apps.
Calendar is a little tricky if you have shared ones, I think checking this on the web would be the best way via a non Apple product.
Just some thoughts for now but I’m definitely more conscious of using an app that’s only on iOS or made by Apple.