The iPhone SE

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Last week, after much discussion, my wife and I decided to switch out our iPhone 6ses (and my mother-in-law’s) for the iPhone SE.

The reason for doing so was a pretty simple one–cost. We currently lease all three of our phones through T-Mobile and have their JUMP On-Demand feature with our plan. This means we can switch/upgrade our phones 3 times a year at no extra cost. Since we’ve been looking for ways to save some extra money, switching to the iPhone SE from the 6s would end up saving us about $30 per month in lease fees. Add that on top of the $30 per month savings I managed to get by tweaking our T-Mobile service plan, and our total savings is around $60 per month. Not too bad.

As for the phones, they arrived yesterday and I set them up last night. If you’ve ever used an iPhone 5 or 5s, you’ll already be familiar with the iPhone SE. It’s been a few years since I had a phone this size, but while setting it up last night I quickly remembered how great it felt in my hand and how easy one-handed use is–something I couldn’t do easily when I had the 6+ or the 6/6s. It took a little while to get used to the screen size–everything felt huge for a bit–but now that I’m used to it, the smaller screen doesn’t bother me.

My only complaint so far–and it isn’t really a complaint–is that I forgot how loud the vibration motor was in this design of iPhone. It startles me every time it vibrates on my desk and even though I turned the ringer volume way down, it still vibrates like crazy. That’s going to take some getting used to after a couple of years with the far more subtle 6 and 6s vibration, but if that’s not a first world problem, I don’t know what is :)

My wife is still adjusting to it–I’ve heard “I FORGOT HOW TINY THIS SCREEN WAS!!!” a few times since I handed it to her last night–but I expect she’ll get used to it in another day or two. I still need to switch my mother-in-law’s over tonight and drop the iPhone 6ses off at our local T-Mobile store next week, but switching to the smaller model has been a pretty painless process so far.

You can learn more about the iPhone SE on Apple’s site.

Workflow 1.5

Workflow 1.5 is out. From the release notes:

  • Twenty two new actions, including integrations with Trello, Ulysses, Apple Music, and the App Store
  • A completely rewritten workflow composer with greatly improved performance
  • A search bar at the top of My Workflows and in the Action Extension

There’s also a bunch more. See their blog post for more info.

I use this app daily and it’s a huge part of my iOS workflow. Workflow is available on the App Store and is an absolute steal at $2.99.

From CSS Tricks:

The purpose of a sticky footer is that it “sticks” to the bottom of the browser window. But not always, if there is enough content on the page to push the footer lower, it still does that. But if the content on the page is short, a sticky footer will still hang to the bottom of the browser window.

On this site, I’m using the table-row method mentioned in the comments, but have been considering switching to using flexbox instead.

iPad indecision

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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about my ideal iPad. In that post, I wrote that I had settled on using the 9.7″ iPad Pro:

The main thing that factored into my decision to stick with the 9.7″ Pro (for now) is the True Tone display. I can’t say enough about it–it’s one of those features you don’t think will be a big deal but then after seeing it for a while you can’t stand looking at a display without it. It really is amazing.

My comment about the True Tone display still stands–I love it. However, my “(for now)” has come to fruition. Since that post I’ve sold the 9.7″ iPad Pro and went back to the 12.9″ model. I also wrote:

One thing I feel like I go back and forth about constantly is the size. I love the size of the 9.7″ for portability and ease-of-use in bed, but I also loved the size of the 12.9″ Pro for using at my desk or on the couch or patio or really anywhere but in bed :)

I realized that I spent most of my time working on my iPad either at my desk or dining room table or couch and not really in bed, and the 12.9″ model is far better for my workflow. I typically have Coda for iOS open on 3/4 of the screen and then either Twitterrific or another app open in the other 1/4. With the 12.9″ model, I can still comfortably work in Coda at 3/4 width. On the 9.7″ model, it quickly starts to feel cramped.

So, there’s my reasoning. I’m sure in another two weeks I’ll regret selling the 9.7″ and wish I had it back, but for now the 12.9″ iPad Pro is back to being my “main computer” once again.

From redsox.com:

BOSTON — Jackie Bradley Jr. is now halfway to Joe DiMaggio’s record 56-game hitting streak.

It took the Red Sox’s center fielder all of one pitch to extend his streak to 28 games, as Bradley clubbed a 91-mph fastball by Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa for a double off the Green Monster in left-center to lead off the bottom of the second inning on Tuesday night.

Halfway there! Go JBJ!

From Gawker:

A tipster who claimed knowledge of Trump’s hair recently came to Gawker with a potential solution to the enigma: Trump’s hair is not his own, costs tens of thousands of dollars for installation and upkeep, and comes from a man as mysterious as Trump is bombastic.

I feel dirty linking to Gawker, but this is too good to not link to.