iOS 12 vs iOS 13

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Since my now well documented loss of iCloud data I’ve been back on iOS 12 and wanted to share my thoughts about some of the differences.


An obvious but big one, I’m really missing the new Reminders app. Since moving back to iOS 12 I’m bouncing between to do apps again. I’ve done Things, OmniFocus and Todoist and not been happy with any of them.

Dark Mode

I’m not missing dark mode as much as I though I would. It’s at night (when I probably shouldn’t be using it anyway) that I’m missing it most.


The new photos app is really nice and I’m missing just browsing my library to remember day trips.

Mouse support

I’m really missing mouse support on the iPad. As someone with RSI issues I’ve been using the mouse on my iPad almost exclusively.

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.

iCloud deleted my notes on iOS 13 (again)


Another beta warning post for everyone thinking about trying the public beta. I’ve lost all of my Apple Notes again, lost all of them in developer beta 1 also. Sync was initially slow but now it’s deleted them on my iPhone, which then propagated across my other devices. I do feel Apple have been irresponsible putting the public beta out so early this early but I’m not going to go off on a rant about this (I’m really trying to be more positive on the blog).

Back up, back up and back up again before installing anything.

Don’t use iOS 13 beta if you rely on DayOne


I’ve found an issue that might be specific to my use case but DayOne is having issues if you export as JSON.

The export looks to work but doesn’t give you an option to save it in Files. This is how I export my data and move between devices, also to back up. As any beta make sure you have a back up.