The iPhone 4S: The First Fall iPhone »

Yours truly, over on MacStories:

We are used to a fall release schedule when it comes to iPhones, but that hasn’t always been the case. The first four iPhones came out in the summer, usually after being announced at WWDC.

2011’s iPhone 4S changed that for good, and in some ways that phone draws parallels to the new iPhone XS. Both are the second generation of a radical new design, and both boast improved cameras, networking, and battery life. That’s not to mention how Siri is at the heart of the iOS version they both ship with.

Such a good phone.

T2 Data Recovery »

Jordan Kahn has details on how Apple can recover data from a T2-enabled Mac:

Apple notes that the process for data transfer for Macs with the T2 chip will be used when its repair staff are presented with a customer’s machine in need of a logic board repair and when the logic board is “partially functional.” The process also requires that the system can be powered on.

To complete the process, Apple’s repair staff will use a Thunderbolt (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) or Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to USB-A cable and another host computer as well as an external hard drive where the data will be transferred. From there the machines can be put into DFU mode and the data recovery process can be initiated from within Apple’s internal diagnostics tool.

I really love my iMac Pro and new notebook, but this makes my heart hurt for the days where I could just pop a drive out of a MacBook with three screws.

Connected #210: Cold Feet Apple Blogger »

This week on a jam-packed episode of Connected:

Federico has published his iOS 12 review, and the boys get nerdy talking about Siri Shortcuts and some updated apps before Stephen pontificates about macOS Mojave’s launch.

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Space Alert »

Marcel Wichmann has made a text adventure game inside Shortcuts. I cannot wait to dig into this.

The St. Jude LIFE Study 

One of my favorite things about St. Jude is that hope is built into every conversation, including those about post-treatment life for kids like our son, who has been off of chemotherapy for eight years. This is where the LIFE Study comes in:

Pediatric cancer treatments save lives, but can increase health risks for survivors during adulthood. St. Jude LIFE is an unprecedented research study that brings long-term childhood cancer survivors back to St. Jude for regular health screenings throughout their adult lives.

To date, more than 4,300 participants and 580 controls have undergone comprehensive health evaluations through St. Jude LIFE. We track a wide range of health outcomes, using measures of cardiac, reproductive, neuromuscular, neurocognitive, and psychosocial function, among others.

The unique findings from St. Jude LIFE are helping our survivors learn more about their individual health needs, and providing our researchers with novel insights into the late effects of cancer therapy.

Josiah is entering his first year as a LIFE Study participant, and the program will help us (and him) make better decisions about his healthcare in the future.

It’s an amazing part of an incredible hospital, made possible only with your support.

Hands-on with Multiple HomePod Timers 

One thing that has kept the Amazon Echo in our kitchen — and the HomePod in my studio — has been Siri’s lack of multiple timer support. With today’s iOS 12 update, the HomePod now supports multiple timers.

In practice, this works basically the same as it does on the Echo.1 You can ask Siri to set to set multiple timers with custom names, then ask Siri to check in on them or cancel them. I recorded a little back and forth with my HomePod to show you how it works:

Annoyingly, this support seems to be limited to the HomePod; the iPhone is still unable to set more than one timer. When you ask Siri to create a second timer, it tries to replace the existing one:

Worse than that is the Apple Watch, where the second timer just automatically replaces the first.

Apple really should make this sort of thing consistent across devices.


  1. Sadly, Apple doesn’t give you anywhere in the Home app to visually review your running timers, like Amazon does. 

Overcast 5 »

The best podcast client for iOS keeps getting better. Marco Arment’s latest updates includes offline, local playback on the watch, in-app search, Siri shortcuts, a refreshed Now Playing screen and more.