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:

2x zoom
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 Event September 2019

Apple event logo

Here are a few thoughts and a brief summary of what went down in the Apple event for September 2019. Watch the entire keynote event or watch the condensed 2-minute event recap.

As always, the opening video is delightful and so much fun!

Apple Arcade arrives on September 19th. $4.99 a month for a family subscription with a 1 month free trial.

Apple TV+

  • Worldwide premiere trailer for Jason Mamoa’s ‘See‘!
  • The first shows on Apple TV+ will be available on November 1st, adding other originals every month in over 100 countries.
  • Pricing is $4.99 a month for a family subscription.
  • 1 year included for free with a purchase of a new Mac, iPad, or iPhone!


  • New 7th generation iPad with 10.2-inch display.
  • Includes Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil support.
  • Now the enclosure is made from 100% recycled materials.
  • Pricing starts at $329. $299 with education pricing
  • Available at the end of September.

Apple Watch

  • A very touching video of how Apple Watch is truly changing and improving lives.
  • Apple Watch Series 5 with a new always-on display!
  • Continues to support all-day, 18-hour battery life.
  • All watch displays and workout app support automatic dimming without the need to raise your wrist to see the display.
  • New compass app to show your directional heading and longitude and latitude.
  • Watch cases are now also made from 100% recycled materials.
  • New titanium enclosure option.
  • Pricing for GPS models start at $399, Cellular start at $499, available today.
  • Series 3 watch available for $199.

iPhone 11

  • iPhone XR replacement is now the iPhone 11.
  • New colors for iPhone 11!
  • Supports Dolby Atmos for immersive sound.
  • Includes 2 cameras: 12 MP wide camera and 12 MP ultra wide cameras.
  • Night mode for low-light images.
  • Selfie camera can now record slow-motion video…”slofies” LOL
  • New chip inside the phone is A13 Bionic.
  • Starts at $699.

iPhone 11 Pro

  • Matte textured finish on the back of the device.
  • Colors for iPhone 11 Pro — Midnight Green, Space Gray, Silver, Gold
  • Larger of the models is called iPhone 11 Pro Max…barf
  • Battery in iPhone 11 Pro lasts 4 hours longer than iPhone XS
  • Includes 18W power charger.
  • New 12 MP wide camera, new telephoto camera, and new ultra wide camera with 120-degree field of view.
  • All 3 cameras shoot 4K HDR video.
  • New video editing tools available in Photos app on iOS 13.
  • New cases for all iPhone 11 Pro models, with clear cases available for each.

Apple Retail

  • Deirdre O’Brien is taking the stage!
  • Apple Watch studio lets you pair your Apple Watch with a band to find the right combination for you. Available in-store and online.
  • Apple Trade In lets you trade in an old iPhone towards the cost of a new iPhone.

Overall, this was a pretty interesting event. The pacing went really fast and I kept thinking they were saving time for a “one more thing” kind of announcement at the end but nope, they ended with twenty minutes left in the hour. The diversity of the speakers on stage continues to improve and we saw a few new faces, which is good to see. I’m eyeing up a new Apple Watch Series 5 and an iPhone 11 Pro for myself in the next few weeks, which I’m pretty excited about!

Use a Meeting Notes Template

If you’re anything like me, you might have to attend a bunch of meetings at work. Part of what is often missing is a way to leave a meeting with a clear set of action items for others and for yourself.

The other tricky part is some people prefer to capture meeting notes electronically with a device and others prefer capturing notes by hand with pen and paper.

So, I created a meeting notes template (that I swiped from 512 Pixels) that might help solve both of those sticking points when in a meeting. I have a version for capturing notes electronically and a version for printing.

Meeting Notes Template – Make a Copy for Typing (requires Google login)

Meeting Notes Template – Print for Writing

I intentionally left it pretty plain in hopes it will appeal to a broader audience.

Share as you wish!