Apple Watch Series 5 Impressions

Apple Watch

I’ve had the Apple Watch Series 5 for just over a day now and I thought I’d write a few of my impressions. I upgraded from the Series 3 so keep that in mind as you read below.

The always-on display is really nice. I didn’t realize how much I want to just glance at the time and now I can!

I’m really digging the case size and display, coming from a Series 3. The touch targets and overall readability are a great improvement.

Battery Life

When I set up my new Watch, I intentionally picked a dark face as opposed to a light one for now. I’ll have to test the light face in the future to see how that plays into battery life.

I went to bed with battery at 100%. I set Theater Mode and DND and slept with the Watch on all night, for sleep-tracking purposes.

I woke up at 5:15am with 95%.

I performed a 28-minute HIIT workout.

After the workout, the battery was at 88%.

I placed the Watch on the charger for about 20 minutes while I showered and got dressed.

The battery was at 99% at 6:30am.

I went for a 15-minute outdoor walk workout at 11am. The battery was at 83%.

After lunch, during the “afternoon slump”, I went for a 13-minute outdoor walk workout at 2pm and the battery was at 67%.

 At 6pm, the battery was at 48%.

At 8pm, the battery was at 33% before putting it on the charger for the night.

Overall, the battery isn’t as good as my Series 3, but with the always-on display and the 3 workouts I did today, I’d say it still served me very well.

iPhone 11 Pro Impressions

I just got the new iPhone 11 Pro and spent the weekend with it. I decided to write up a few thoughts and impressions.

First of all, check out what’s new with iOS 13.

Night mode is legit 👏

Night mode OFF
Night mode ON

It’s gonna take me a while to get used to all the new camera controls — they are pretty different and extensive!

Selfie portrait on iPhone 11 Pro. Shout-out to ATP.FM 👋


I already miss 3D Touch 😭. Thankfully, there’s still sort of a way to do some similar things with regard to text selection on iOS. Check out
How to Use the New Text Tools in iOS and iPadOS 13 on Daring Fireball.

I did a “slofie” test that I’m not particularly proud of but seemed like the only natural way to test it out 😆. This may be the very first and last time I ever use this feature.

The clear Apple case is pretty slippery. It looks a lot like the $9 case on my wife’s iPhone 😑. I’m returning the clear case and just ordered a Clementine Apple Silicone case instead.

I’m sure the novelty will wear off, but taking three photos from the same distance with the iPhone 11 Pro is pretty fun.

2x zoom
1x zoom
.5x (ultra-wide zoom)

Another set of three photos with the different lenses:

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1x zoom


All taken from the same distance. That’s some range!

Also, I’m digging the Noir filter in the Camera app…no idea if it’s new with this phone or even iOS 13 but yeah…here are some favorites from today:


Overall, this is a great upgrade from my previous iPhone X. The battery life is great but the camera’s are the winning feature in my opinion.

Apple’s WWDC 2019 Keynote Recap

Watch the keynote


watchOS 6

  • New Apple Watch faces — meh, they look OK at best.
  • Voice Memos and Calculator.
  • Ability for developers to create independent apps that do not require an iPhone.
  • Can stream audio directly to the watch.
  • App Store for Apple Watch. Can purchase and install apps right from the Watch.
  • Noise app will take samples of noise around you to alert you of harmful noise levels.
  • Cycle tracking to track a woman’s menstrual cycle.

iOS 13


Overall Keynote Impressions

A few terrific podcasts breaking down the Apple keynote:
– Upgrade 248: Seven Layer Burrito of Innovation — Upgrade
– 329: Mac Pro Day — Accidental Tech Podcast
– Mac Power Users 485: WWDC and Interview with the Mac Pro Product Manager — Mac Power Users https:/
– Connected 246: The Ultimate Dark Mode is a Crash — Connected
– 254: Live From WWDC 2019 With Craig Federighi and Greg Joswiak — The Talk Show With John Gruber

The Email Workflow for People Who Hate Email

This is a great little productivity course from the brilliant Mike Schmitz over at Faith Based Productivity. I’ve been processing email this way for a few years and it really helps me avoid being a slave to my email any more than I have to be.

The course is FREE! Check it out.

iOS Shortcut for Logging a Workout To Day One

I created an iOS Shortcut for logging a P90X3 workout with prompts on how the workout went and logging all the information collected to a new entry in the Day One app.

Of course, this can be modified for any kind of a workout.

Improvements are welcome.

Download the Shortcut

Workout glyph

Episode 317 of ATP

This might be the single greatest achievement to-date of the entire run of the Accidental Tech Podcast.

What an incredible opening interview! Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, spent all of 52 minutes of his valuable time shooting the breeze with Casey Liss, Marco Arment, and John Siracusa as if he was just a regular part of the show. Wow, what a treat it is! 👏

The discussion centers around Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) as they ask Phil about what it’s like planning and executing essentially, the super bowl event for the Apple community.

You can even hear what Phil has to say about his ideal box lunch meal! 😋

This may be one of those episodes that I occasionally revisit because it is such a treat to hear the ATP guys get the opportunity of-a-lifetime to speak with such a fantastic guest on the air.

Listen on Overcast or at

Accidental Tech Podcast logo

My Travel Tech Bag

I don’t travel a whole lot but when I do, I always make sure to bring along my little tech bag. The contents include:

Sure, there are other things I could probably add to my bag but I try to keep everything pretty minimal while still being able to charge and power my tech gear.

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Mac Power Users Podcast #435

On episode #435 of Mac Power UsersDavid Sparks and Katie Floyd interview Don McAllister of Screencasts Online. Don creates fantastic video screen casts on Apple technology like Mac, iOS, Apple Watch, and even Apple TV. If you’re looking to learn something about using these devices or the apps that run on them, there is really no better place than the Screencasts Online. There’s a 10-day free trial to check it out.

Don is an incredibly smart guy that has some very impressive workflows for producing his video content.

Take a listen.

New Drafts 5 Screencasts

I love Drafts on iOS. I use it a lot. Here are some great new video screencasts created by David Sparks.

Getting Started With Meditation

I’ve been curious about meditation lately. I’ve been looking for a way to help my mind focus and after reading a few recommendations from people, I decided to give Headspace a try. They have a nice 10-session free trial and a “Basics” pack that helps introduce meditation. After my trial ended a few days ago, I decided to sign up for a month to see if it was worthwhile, both emotionally, and financially. Then today, I saw the Wirecutter posted their Best Meditation Apps

WWDC 2018 Keynote Hot Takes

WWDC 2018

Watch the keynote.

iOS 12

  • The David Attenborough-narrated The Developer Migration video was hilarious and completely delightful. I was grinning ear-to-ear the whole time the video was playing 😆
  • Apple has 1-billion active iOS devices. One B-I-L-L-I-O-N! 😲
  • Focuses in iOS 12 offer performance improvements on older devices. Specifically, it can offer up to 2x performance improvements in some actions.
  • LEGO augmented reality demo was incredible! I can totally see my son and I playing and bonding over something like that in a few years.
  • The For You feature comes to Photos on iOS that offers a flashback feature showing you photos you took on this day in years past. I’m really excited about this feature. It’s one of my favorite features of Google Photos and in Day One.
  • Siri Shortcuts is a really welcome improvement. Some of the Siri suggestions features have me less hopeful that they will work as advertised but only time will tell.
  • Turns out the Siri Shortcuts app is where the Workflow team has seemingly spent their time since they were acquired. It looks awesome and the demo was impressive! 👏
  • Stocks app comes to iPad 😴 (how about a calculator?)
  • Do Not Disturb improvements are now context-aware, yes!
  • Screen Time generates a weekly activity summary on how you use your iPad or iPhone. This is going to be really important as time continues.
  • App Limits let you control how long you can spend in apps. I like how this is self-controlled. If you find yourself spendint too much time in social media apps, you can set a limit for yourself.
  • App Limits and Screen Time are also built into Parental Controls and connected to other people in your family.
  • New Animoji (ghost 👻, koala 🐨 , tiger 🐯 , and t-rex 🦖 ). Meh 😑. Was I the only one who thought there was way too much awkward silence during the new Animoji demo?
  • Memoji is such an awful name but the tech is pretty cool, I’ll admit. The live Memoji in Messages is also pretty impressive.

watchOS 5

  • Walkie-Talkie feature sounds neat on the surface but there are lots of implications about how that will work. Will they just come through anytime regardless of notification settings? 🤔
  • 3rd Party apps on Siri watchface, great!
  • The Connected podcast highlighted on stage! 😳👏. I bet Myke, Stephen, and Federico and a bunch of the folks were all losing their sh*t!
  • Background audio on watchOS 5!!! Could this mean native support for Overcast?

Apple TV 4K

  • Apple TV 4K will support Dolby Atmos for high-fidelity sound.
  • Ariels screen-savers can display the location information with the tap of the Siri button on the Apple TV remote.

macOS Mojave

  • Mojave Preview
  • System-wide dark mode! 🏴
  • Screenshots now provide the ability to record a video of the screen. I’m dying to know more on how this works. I use Droplr all the time for this and I’m wondering if this will offer anything better.
  • Apple News and Home app comes to Mojave. These are some of the first apps that Apple has built to utilize some of the UI Kit frameworks.
  • Mac App Store overhaul is long overdue but seems to be a very welcome change.

Apple Releases iOS 11.4 Update

Apple Releases iOS 11.4 with AirPlay 2, Messages in iCloud, and More – MacStories

iMessage is a valuable service, but until today, people using it on multiple devices had a common frustration: messages didn’t stay in sync across devices.