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Hi! My name is Cédric Bozzi, I make websites and iOS apps, and this is my blog about technology (mostly a Twitter archive, really).

 

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1 October

Actionable notifications in iOS 8 lose a lot of their appeal if third-party apps can’t do a proper “Reply” action. I’m disappointed.

I had never understood the appeal of mind maps, but I think it just clicked and I’m gonna have to buy iThoughts on all platforms.

“It looks better IRL” is becoming such a common refrain with Apple’s smaller devices, maybe it’s time to forsake the white-box aesthetic for product shots?

30 September

Good thing I already spent my disposable income for the month on headphones — would’ve been silly to buy a newly discounted Pebble for just six months of use.

La déprime, c’est tester un Bowers & Wilkins à 400€ en croyant que c’est celui à 200. Merci la Fnac qui n’étiquette pas les casques en démo.

Can’t say quite how much from Colette’s restricted window display, but the ᴡᴀᴛᴄʜ definitely looks better in person, as expected.

26 September

Déçu par le clavier Logitech K480. Il fait beaucoup plus toc que le K811, et la fente / dock est trop large pour les iDevices.

24 September

Holy shit, could Ello be any more hipster?

I bought a silicone case because I didn’t enjoy the cheap, undignified “clack” every time I set the phone down on my desk.

Like many of Apple’s recent designs, iPhone 6 cases look much better in person. It’s kinda great that they don’t need to optimize their designs for product shots.

Tous les vendeurs du rayon accessoires débordés, c’est le vigile qui me renseigne puis m’aide à payer sans attente avec l’app. Only Apple.

RT @stevenf: This is probably not as bad as the iTunes installer bug that wiped people’s hard drives, but I don’t think Apple’s going to have a good day

What’s really inelegant about iOS 8′s brightness slider is the dark overlay coming back. It should just stay off until you dismiss Control Center.

1Password’s switch to freemium on iOS worries me. People are so cheap, I don’t see how it can be sustainable.

Comment Hornet s’est débrouillé pour paumer mon profil à la migration ? Il ne devrait plus pouvoir être lié directement à l’appareil, si ?

23 September

PSA: Apps that don’t enable the swipe to navigate back are absolutely intolerable on the iPhone 6 — and I don’t even have the 6 Plus.

RT @tomstandage: When you take exactly the same photo with every model of iPhone, how do they compare? [snapsnapsnap.photos] [pic.twitter.com]

iPhone 5s vs. iPhone 6 low-light photography

iPhone 5s at the top, iPhone 6 at the bottom. iOS 8’s noise reduction is pretty aggressive in both cases, but in equal amounts, it seems to me. The iPhone 6’s lines don’t look noticeably muddier, yet it’s incredible how smooth all the gradients are.

And adding some texture to try and trip up the noise reduction filter (I’m not really a specialist in camera comparisons, so I’ll stop there). 5s at the top, again:

Pour transmettre une photo de mon iPhone à mon Mac : aller dans le couloir pour avoir un wifi correct, et l’envoyer en FTP par Transmit \o/

Le formulaire de confirmation d’AppleCare+ à renvoyer signé ne contient aucune information identifiante. Je.

Oh, nice. If you send iCloud’s 2FA verification code by SMS to the phone itself, the setup process accepts it automatically.

22 September

Seriously, this is 2014 and CSS doesn’t have a straightforward way to change the color of a list’s bullets?

Hands on the iPhones 6

I waited until today to brave the Apple Store crowds (they’re manageable now if you’re not buying — except for how all batteries are running low by mid-afternoon), and it all went pretty much as I expected:

  • The back of the device doesn’t look nearly as bad in person, just like most iPhone designs of the last four years, at least in space gray (I don’t remember seeing any other color on the tables, but I didn’t look for them either). It’s still inelegant; you can just easily decide to ignore it.

  • Both iPhones look and feel smaller than they really are, because Jony Ive has really become a master at that game.

  • The 6 Plus is a lovely device, and I wish it was right for me, but the main reason I want a bigger iPhone is for a better typing experience: I touch-type with two thumbs in portrait orientation (with both autocorrect and predictive suggestions off, basically because I’m a control freak), and the 6 Plus is too tall and heavy for that — in that setup, you can definitely feel that the center of gravity is pulling the phone away from your hands, which is… dangerous. The 4.7-inch iPhone, on the other hand, is pretty much the goldilocks size for that usage: typing was noticeably easier than on my iPhone 5s, and the weight distribution was fine in my hands.

  • If the next-generation 5.5-incher became more bottom-heavy, I’d probably upgrade. (As a bonus, I’ll have been spared the first-generation woes of stuttering animations, loud vibrator, etc.) It’s pretty unlikely, though, because that would make it awkward to hold in landscape orientation, and the iPad-like landscape mode is one of the 6 Plus’s best features: I quickly checked it out in Mail, and the screen’s big enough that it felt completely usable that way. (I should have experimented more with typing on the 6 Plus with the landscape orientation, but… I just like portrait better. And there will always be portrait-only apps. Cough, Grindr, cough.)

  • I wish I weren’t missing on optical stabilization (which is reportedly worth about two additional f-stops), but it’s not enough to make me deal with the size and heft of the 6 Plus. For me, it’s a breakthrough-internet-device first and camera second. But, with only a 0.2 mm difference in thickness between the two models, I’d really like to know why the hell optical stabilization isn’t available on both. I hope Apple is not arbitrarily restricting features to make you spring for the bigger phone, because that would be quite wrong-headed — the price range should be designed in such a way that they don’t care which iPhone 6 you pick.

  • For the first time since the original iPhone, the flagship phone feels awesome in hand. So, for the first time in four years, I’ll go without a case — at least until my first AppleCare+ incident.

  • The 3.5- or 4-inch keyboard has felt cramped since the very beginning, but oh my god I loathe using it now.

20 September

I enjoy UX design. How did I get tied down with maintaining a social website? I should be launching a different new app every month.

Actually, maybe we should blame Dropbox for all of our iCloud woes. How much better off would we be if they had sold out to Apple?

I don’t know which is worse, trusting iTunes to back up and sync your phone, or trusting iCloud. Maybe Dropbox could release a phone OS?

Pretty underlines in iOS 8 and Safari 7.1 are so pretty <3

RT @jkleske: “A 3D printer consumes about 50 to 100 times more electrical energy than injection molding to make an item…” [medium.com]

19 September

RT @DrPizza: Apple’s large screen iPhones seem very space inefficient. 4.7” 6 is bigger than the 5” Lumia 930. 5.5” 6+ is almost as big as 6” Lumia 1520.

RT @maxvoltar: There are UPS trucks on the road right now with a payload more valuable than a small money truck.

RT @rustyshelf: So I should stop using the Home & Lock Screen and I can save 30% of my battery? I’m in!

[d.pr]

I can’t quite decide if I need Transmit on my iPhone or not. After seven years of living in the iOS jail, my brain has a hard time imagining uses for all those newfound freedoms.

18 September

RT @rafifyalda: Cannot un-see this folder corner radius bug in iOS 8. Just open a folder and watch the corners…

Oh, the satisfaction of finally having a single switch to turn off all notifications for an app.

As a competitor I shouldn’t say this, but I would totally use Keymoji if it supported non-qwerty layouts. Very well done. (Implementation note: I would never ever “Allow Full Access” for a free keyboard, so it would have to allow switching layouts from within the keyboard extension, not in the accompanying app.)

RT @stroughtonsmith: For those who wanted to see the iPod nano beside the printed Apple Watch [pic.twitter.com]

Everybody’s said it already, but here goes: 1Password for iOS is now freemium for new users, it’s awesome, and you have no excuse anymore.

17 September

Trying to switch to Auto Layout for my keyboard extension, so I can use size classes, and I can’t remember the last time I wanted to die so much.

RT @duckduckgo: iOS 8 is launching now! Update to use DuckDuckGo in Safari by going to:

Settings —> Safari —> Search Engine

My roommate hasn’t updated his iPhone since iOS 7.0, for lack of space on his iPhone. With a 6GB update I’m not sure what the adoption rate will be like.

Ah, turns out iTunes silently fails partway through transferring apps from the device during sync. So that’s why my iPad is running half as many apps as it was before I wiped it to install iOS 8 GM.

RT @olebegemann: What if Appleʼs advantage of fast customer adoption of new OS versions slowly erodes over time due to too many bugs in new APIs/build tools?

RT @jcieplinski: Emoji keyboards are the new Weather apps.

RT @macworld: When iOS 8 drops tomorrow, you should click “Not Now” on the iCloud Drive upgrade. Here’s why: [macw.us]

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