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iResolution 2018

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My firm resolve for 2018: I will purchase no new Apple equipment. No new iPhone. No iWatch. No other iGadgetry. And don’t even think of torturing me with a Mac!


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31 December 2017 at 10:39 am

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Clean Homes

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A recent slip of a dragging finger got me experimenting far enough to discover that not only can all apps or folders be pushed off the main portion of an iDevice’s top home screen, but likewise the Dock – that border region at the bottom of any home screen. So in my never-ending reorganization of things on my stuff, I’ve redesigned all four of my top home screens —

iPod home screen iPod — my first iDevice, given to me as a birthday present the day before I first died. With the eventual addition of my other iDevices, the purposes for which I use my iPod have collapsed down to a small number of personal apps, most of those being Apple’s own pre-installed apps (notably, Mail and Music and iBooks). Since those key apps are always kept open and are typically first in the list of open apps reached via double-clicking the Home button, and since there is virtually no occasion any longer for anyone else to borrow my iPod for anything, there is no need to have any folders or apps cluttering the home screen at all, not even in the dock. So my iPod’s screen is the cleanest: simply the snapshot of me in Fitchburg at that pivotal moment in August 1998.
iPhone home screen iPhone — the second iDevice added to my collection in January 2012, after the iPod helped bring me through recovery well enough to win me over to Apple. Among my iDevices, my iPhone is the one most likely to be borrowed by a family member or friend for a quick call or some other emergency. But the apps any borrower might need can easily be organized into a single folder. So the Dock on my iPhone holds those apps in such a key folder. Past that, my iPhone Dock is clear of clutter, and nothing else is held on the iPhone’s top home screen.
iPad mini home screen iPad mini — my iPad mini was the last to join my four iHorsemen, an addition a few months ago when a Verizon special handed it to me almost free. My mini sits between my iPod and my iPhone in terms of potential use by other users, in part due to its built-in wireless (for instance, giving it GPS mapping capabilities when we’re on the road). But given the larger screen, I tend to use the mini more heavily than the iPhone for extensive reading, transcription and other writing, podcasts and other heavy lifting for my personal needs and interests. Those aspects are reflected in full use of folders placed on the iPad mini Dock. But like my iPod and my iPhone, the upper portion of the iPad mini’s top home screen is clear of all apps or folders.
iPad home screen iPad — third addition to my iDevice collection, the Dock and top screen of my iPad carries the most folders, in large part arising from my desire to retain the background collage I constructed for my iPad, which allowed for natural upper and lower spaces for my key folders.

Oh, but with how obsessive I get about remodeling and reorganizing, the next slip of my finger might give me yet another idea for shuffling things around, so it might not be very long before one or more of these images lose their resemblance to the active version.


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19 July 2014 at 1:17 pm

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