I, too, noticed this bit in the Apple keynote and was trying to figure out my thoughts about it.
This article puts it’s all so succinctly I just have to bookmark it.
It is true that as smartphones become more capable and the market matures, a lot of lay people are finding less reasons for upgrading on a 1-2 year cycle. Instead of artificially limiting the lifespan of its products, Apple is dedicating themselves to creating devices that lasts the mileage.
In this age of consumerism, I think this attitude should be commended.
Of course, this comes at a cost. If Apple is to encourage people to buy at a lower frequency, they’d need to increase the cost of each individual unit.
I’m sure a lot of people would feel my way of thinking to be too optimistic and is attributing too much to Apple. And that may be true. But this doesn’t negate the fact that at the increased cost (which the other brands would follow, I’m sure), people would slow down their tech purchasing. And that, can only be good for the environment.
Edit: And I forgot to credit @bennomatic for originally linking the article.
Ooh, it would be interesting to see how this would affect normal 1Password users. 😮
Also interesting that Apple uses the standalone version of the app.
I got a chuckle out of this piece – a short script showing a couple of Apple keyboards drinking at a bar when the Touch Bar walks in.
Seeing the personalities given to the different Apple tech was fantastic.
I’m thinking of using this for podcasting while I’m traveling – I wouldn’t want to bring my whole kit around with me.
Added to Wishlist Glif (Studio Neat)
I have the old version of the Glif, which requires an Allen Key to adjust. Since I use the glif between many different devices, I’m really tempted by this version of it.
Can I just say how much I appreciate this app’s pricing model?
One of the things I hate the most about “subscription” models is that no matter how many years I’ve supported an app, the moment I stop paying the subscription, I lose access to the entire app – even features I’ve paid for years ago.
It doesn’t matter if I don’t want any future updates, it doesn’t matter if I don’t care about new features; if I want to continue using an old app on an old device, I have to continue paying for the subscription.
Agenda’s developers have come up with a new model – the base app is free, but you can unlock premium features for a one-off cost. This one-off cost would also give you any new features that they bring out in the next 12 months.
After the 12 months have elapsed you have two choices:
- pay for another 12 months of new features, or
- don’t pay, don’t receive any new features, but keep all the features you’ve already unlocked, and still continue recieving updates to the app (so it’ll continue to work on new devices and receive bug fixes).
This model is more than I could have hoped for; I don’t expect basic updates or bug fixes after I’ve stopped paying, but Agenda’s development team are making this and the base app free for all users.
It doesn’t have to be said, but I’ll definitely be supporting this app.
Drew McCormack also included a small write up on how they implemented this pricing model and I can only hope other app developers start considering alteranatives to the subscription model.
I’ve always been fascinated by one-handed keyboards. But they have a huge learning curve, so I want to find a system that I’m sure would work before I invest the time in it. My latest find is the Twiddler. Has anyone used this? Or have other recommendations?
Just spent three hours trying to wrangle my DayOne json file into something that I could put import into WordPress (hey, I finally started reading up on regex), when I find out that the image references in the “text” field aren’t the image file name, but an image id. The image name are referenced in a separate column.
I’m going to bed.😫
So I’ve been trying to export my Day One entries and been hitting a snag.
The app asks if I want to download all my images, I say yes, and the progress bar gets stuck on 0%.
I contact Day One, they say they know there’s an issue, but there’s no workaround and no ETA. 😣