Ok, so with the addition of dual sim support in iOS 12.1.2 I went and got an iPhone XS Max so I could consolidate my iPhone X (personal) and iPhone 8 (work) into a single phone.
My Cellular Accounts
When I initially called T-Mobile to setup my primary number as the eSIM, I was told it is “not possible to do with post paid accounts at this time”. Fast forward, that was bullshit and it’s totally possible. Once I got that going, I then popped in my work AT&T physical SIM card as the secondary line. This was now working, but there was one major caveat. Only one line on a phone can be associated with iMessage and FaceTime. This was unfortunately a deal breaker since I needed iMessage for both of my numbers.
It was definitely weird to see two sets of signal bars in the iOS status bar! It was also interesting to see how the system handled the distinction of your primary and secondary number when it came to calls, messages, etc. The system added a distinct “P” or “S” logo prepended to entries to identify which line they belonged to. This also carried over to my Apple Watch.
Unfortunately because of the inability to use iMessage with both numbers, I had to go back to two separate phones. For now..
I am going to revisit this in September with the next batch of iPhones and iOS 13.
This is a weird one that almost no one cares about, but it’s been on my mind lately for some reason. 🤷♂️
Ranking Cable Connectors! Strictly on the physical connector itself, not its speed or capabilities.
Disclaimer: 100% opinion and nowhere near a complete list
Data Connectors (speed not a factor)
USB Type A / USB 3.0 Type A
USB Mini A
USB 3.0 Type B
USB Micro A
USB Type B
USB 3.0 Micro B
Video Connector (video quality not a factor)
Apple Display Connector
The interesting thing is that we are finally at a place in time where a single cable can do everything! USB-C is great and I am trying like hell to get everything I own converted over to this connector.
I ordered a Keytron K1 87 Mac Mechanical Keyboard from a Kickstarter and it just showed up this past week!
*They changed their name to Keychron at some point.
Wireless or wired
Mac and Windows layouts available
19RGB led effects
87 and 104 Key versions available
One key activate Siri
Can be connected to 3 devices with ability to switch between them with keyboard shortcut
The mechanical keys feel nice. They are a good level of “clickyness”. It is taking me a little bit to get used to them as I have been using the iPad Pro Smart Folio case mostly lately.
The visual and physical quality is very good on this keyboard. I would have expected this to cost a lot more than it did.
Some people like lights, some don’t. I had the option to get no lights, only white lights, or RGB lights (at different price points). I went full RGB because I am in the camp that likes lights! The lighting effects are really cool. Each key seems to have an LED under it, rather than zones, which is great. The only time this isn’t good is when a key has two rows of text on it (example: Page Down). In these cases, only the top row is fully illuminated.
The top row is dedicated to F keys and Media keys. It also has a dedicated key for: Screenshots, Dictation, and Siri.
I am sure I will have more to say about this thing as the weeks go on, but it’s looking good so far. Also, it works well with both my MacBook Pro as well as my iPad Pro. 👍
I have been using the Bose QC35 (series 1) noise cancelling headphones for travel for the last couple years. Recently both Valerie and I were going to be traveling internationally at the same time and I wanted her to have the joy of noise cancelling while on her flight. Because I know the Bose are great, I gave her mine since she was going to be leaving on her trip before I did. I then set out to see what else was out there..
So what did I look at?
Bose QC35 (Series 1) Headphones 🎧
Purchased: July 2016
Tells you the battery level (in hours) and what device it is connected to when you turn them on. 👍
Tap controls on both sides so it doesn’t matter which side you tap. 👍
Turning rings on each side. Volume on right, NC on left. 👍
You need to tap lightly or the noise is irritating in the ear cup. 👎
Long pressing the controls will activate voice assistant (Siri for me). 👍
Pretty good battery life: 15 hours. 👍
Wired connection is a 3.5mm jack. 👍
Automatically pauses playback when you take off headphones. 👍
So what’s the verdict? Well, I ended up returning both the Sony and Microsoft headphones. Overall, after weighing the the pros and cons, neither were good enough for me to justify the $350 they each cost.
The Bose QC35 (series 1) aren’t perfect, but I will hold on to them a little bit longer until something else comes along that is worth the upgrade.