How to delete apps in iOS 13

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Looks like 3D Touch is going away and deleting apps on your iPhone just got a little longer.

There are two ways to do this in iOS 13.

The first way is to tap and hold until you see the menu as follows

You can then tap ‘rearrange apps’ and then you’ll see them jiggling around as normal.

You can then tap the ‘X’ as you would in iOS 12.

The second way is to keep holding your finger down when the menu for rearranging apps has popped up. Apps will start to jiggle and you can delete as normal.

Owning the 12” MacBook

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As you mostly likely know I get work done on my trusty iPad Pro but do occasionally use my 12″ MacBook, yes the one that Apple discontinued this week.

I’ve owned my base model since Jan 2017 and had a love/hate relationship with it since. The elephant in the room is obviously that keyboard. For me the travel is a little lacking but the layout and keys themselves don’t upset me. I do however have sticking keys that I need to get looked at, which reminds me I need to book an appointment at Apple.

The next downside of owning one is the performance. It’s not great if you want to do anything other than web and email. Even using the photos app on my iCloud Photo Library (around 40,000 photos) makes it choke. It’s not particularly slow in everyday stuff I do like writing but as soon as you do anything with images or video it’s slow.

The main plus side is size and weight. I love the design and portability of this machine. It goes in my laptop bag and just feels like taking an iPad with me.

I wouldn’t recommend picking one up used or refurbished, it’s a machine with more negatives than positives and I’d save some money and wait or get an iPad Pro.

Letting my Apple Developer account expire

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Today’s the day my Apple Developer account expires, something I’ve kept going for about 7 years. Every year I pay my £79 to essentially beta test iOS. I’ve had good intentions to get into development but I’m admitting to myself I’ll never get there. With the increased issues of this years beta track I’m out and if I want to test I’ll just jump on the public beta.

A great Apple Store experience

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I’ve written a few times about negative experiences I’ve had at the Apple Store but after a trip yesterday I wanted to share a great experience.

As you can see I broke another iPhone (I won’t go into how) so I booked an appointment via the Apple Support app. For screen replacements the app makes a point of showing that they do it same day and also show a lot of third parties that I didn’t even know could do it. Luckily for me I have two Apple Stores within 45 minutes of where I live.

I made an appointment for the next day and for now just taped up my screen so I didn’t get any glass embedded in my fingers!

I arrived at the store and on being greeted was shown to a holding area. This is a great change, instead of just standing behind people waiting at the chairs having their appointments there was a separate table. I sat down and in front of me were a few wireless chargers and some iPhones that you could use. Yes it’s helping their sales to have them there but as someone that had a broken phone meant I could burn a few minutes whilst waiting. I also noticed they had Apple News+ enabled on them (not currently available in the UK) so I could try the service, maybe more on this in another post.

I waited for my appointment and on seeing my iPhone a diagnostic was run and I left my iPhone with them. I was told it would take an hour and was given a time slot.

I got some lunch and came back, I was only waiting 5 minutes before my iPhone came back out. In my case the screen was attempted but the adhesive to stop water getting in had run out. First off they gave me a replacement phone and only charged me the price of a screen replacement, putting the customer first for their mistake. This had to be approved by a more senior staff member so I waited another 5-10 minutes for this process to happen. I’m not sure if it was this extra waiting or to help me with their mistake but they also didn’t take this change of iPhone off one of my Apple Care + replacements.

I left the store feeling the best I had done for quite a while when using the store. Over the last few years I’ve really dreaded going in but the vibe of the store did feel different. There were more staff on the floor, they were greeting closer to the entrance directing people and had a definite split of Apple Today sessions and a table for people waiting for an appointment. The today at Apple sessions could happen without disturbing the queue of people waiting to get their devices sorted out. It was a much more pleasant experience and it looks like they are making moves in the right direction (in my store at least) of making sure you’re not left wondering where to go or feel awkward standing next to people having their appointment or getting a today at Apple session.

Nice work Apple.

I’ve had no contact from Apple on my data loss

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So I raised a radar around my data loss in iCloud (activity) data. I’ve listened to a few podcasts and it would appear that engineers are reaching out but I’ve had nothing. Yes I installed a beta but given the importance of this type of data I’m disappointed that I’ve had no contact at all.

This isn’t a moan just another warning to not use iOS 13 without a backup.

My most durable Apple product

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Using my Apple Pencil today I realised its the most used and durable product I’ve ever owned from Apple. As you can see it’s been nibbled by our cat, it’s been dropped lots of times and just gets tossed into my bag. I still have the cap and I’ve fitted a pen clip so that I can attach it to my iPad cover.

I’ve broke or had warranty issues with my very other Apple product I’ve had but my Apple Pencil keeps going.