Yesterday, Apple hosted their annual event at the Steve Jobs Theatre and announced some new upgrades to their iPhone and Apple Watch. While I live Tweeted some of the event and the things I’m personally excited for, what I was really hoping for an iPad upgrade. But, I digress. Let’s talk about the new things coming to the iPhone and Apple Watch that I personally think are worth talking about.
The Apple Watch Series 4 comes with a hardware upgrade inside and out, allowing us to have more screen and more power on our wrist. We all kinda watch these Keynotes to see how much updated hardware they can fit into our devices right? So a hardware upgrade is to be expected. Quite honestly, I do love my Apple Watch I admittedly don’t use it enough. I used to use it all the time cuz I was more active. I used to walk 3 miles a day, work out 4 times a week, but not so much since we opened the new location. While I’m not rushing to the store to buy a series 4, my hope is more compatibility and apps available for the Apple Watch. I’d love to see ways we can make our watches part of our productivity workflow!
Ok, now let’s get to the meat and potatoes – the iPhone XS.
First, let’s talk about the name. IDK what’s wrong with me but to say “iPhone ten x-max” is a tongue twister! I even misspelled it while typing just now lol!! Just me?!
So as expected, this puppy gets a new hardware upgrade. Biggest upgrade – 2 sizes. A 5.8″ and 6.5″ Super Retina OLED Display to choose from. I won’t bog you down with the tiny details, you can go to the Apple website for that.
The things I’m most excited for? In no particular order…
Better water resistance. Up to 2 meters for 30 minutes.
Better photo. Once again, I won’t bore you with the details. Feel free to read those specs on the Apple website. I’m excited for better bokeh, better low light photos, and Smart HDR. I mean, we’ll have to see how much better it is, especially compared to the iPhone’s competitors but I’m sure it’ll be better than what I’ve got.
But the thing I’m excited for the most? Better video quality. I use my iPhone as my main camera for both my blog and YouTube channel so this is a really important one for me. I’m trying to get better and dip my toe deeper into video. Since I don’t have the budget for a high quality camera, my phone’s going to have to upgrade. Big time.
So, the ultimate question. Which one am I getting – the XS, XS Max, or XR? I’m going to probably go with the XS. I can’t make any promises, but for me the determining factor was the size of the phone. Since I have such small hands I don’t need size, I need portability. Which one are you getting?
I don’t know if you remember, but at the end of the month in May I bought a couple house plants. I have a history of killing even the easy to keep plants so I made it a goal of mine to keep them alive for at least a month. I’m so happy to say that my plants are still alive! Look at me, 3 months later! I’m so proud I can’t even tell you lol.
I’ve named my first 2 plants that I bought Romeo and Juliet. Don’t know why I did, but we’re going with that. They’re both doing well and have grown a bit since I bought them!
Shortly after I bought a rosemary plant from Lowes. I wanted to name him Sergio but Charlie named him Rosemario and it somehow stuck. I’ve had a rosemary plant in the past and it died within a couple weeks of me having it so I was really really determined to keep Rosemario alive. He’s also doing well! He has a home on our back patio where he keeps the flies away and gets all the sunlight he needs.
I’ve always wanted to keep plants in our house but could never keep them alive. Plants just add so much life, softness, and color to a home – especially ours that leans more to a modern aesthetic.
If you have any recommendations for easy to maintain house plants please let me know! I’m starting to grow my collection!
I thought I’d weigh in on 2 popular journaling apps. From what I know these are the top 2 annotation/journaling apps out there for the iPad at the moment. I wanted to give you a list of pros and cons of each and then weigh in on which one I prefer to use. But first, let’s talk about what I use these apps for so the pros and cons will make a bit of sense.
I’ve been experimenting with my work flow for a few years now. I’ve tried using everything. From to do lists, notes, and calendar apps native to my iPhone to paper planners. I’ve tried carrying around a notebook. After much trial and error I’ve found that for me a combination of apps and a planner works best for me, but more on my workflow later. In April I tested out turning my bullet journal into a digital one and I’ve never looked back. Journaling apps like Notability and Goodnotes are great for taking your planner or bullet journal digital.
I have to admit that I felt like I was betraying the stationery world a little bit by taking my planner digital. Don’t get me wrong, I love paper. I mean love. But a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I actually prefer my digital bullet journal to my paper planner!
When I first converted over to a digital planner I used Notability. I had purchased it in the past (it costs $5.99) so I decided to give it a try.
A few pros to Notability:
Great UI, easy to figure out.
Ease of writing. My penmanship doesn’t look butchered like it normally does on digital screens.
Pen options. I like that I can change the stroke of my pen and highlighter with a couple of taps.
Eraser tool. It’s a smart eraser so if I erase part of a shape or letter it’ll erase the whole thing.
Handwriting is searchable. I don’t use this feature, but I imagine a lot of people will find it useful.
Side-by-side notes. This is pretty cool, might play around with it to see if this will alleviate my need for a landscape mode. More to come on this feature.
A few cons to Notability:
Ease of moving images. Every month I have a memories page in my planner and while it’s easy to add images into the notebook it’s really hard to move it. Maybe I just couldn’t figure it out lol!
Landscape mode. This was the biggest con for me. I like to use the app in landscape mode but the actual “paper” itself can’t be rotated to landscape. My planner templates that I designed are all in landscape mode so they feel a little small and have a lot of extra paper room at the bottom that I feel goes to waste.
Notability’s cons were enough for me to try Goodnotes (it costs $7.99).
A few pros about Goodnotes:
Good UI, easy to figure out.
Smart drawing. Makes it easy to draw circles and straight lines.
Different papers. I like that I can add different paper types to 1 notebook. I can import a template, use grid paper, lined, or blank. I noticed in Notability it’s 1 type of paper for 1 notebook.
Landscape. Freakin. Mode. HECK YES! If I import a landscape page, it imports as landscape! Also, the papers that are available in Goodnotes are by default portrait but I can easily rotate the paper to landscape in a few taps.
Ease of importing templates from Procreate. I like that I can import files directly from Procreate and it’s formatted the way I intended it without much effort.
A few cons about Goodnotes:
For some reason I don’t like the pen UI on Goodnotes compared to Notability. I like that Notability has more colors to choose from, not just shades of the same color. I also like that the pen size is visual on Notability vs. a slider on Goodnotes. I guess that’s just a preference thing.
As a lefty, I notice that when I write in Goodnotes it’s kinda glitchy when I drag my hand toward the top left corner. It’s rare that it happens, not a deal breaker, but I use the app so much that I do notice it and it gets a little annoying.
Pricier than Notability. But only by $2.
After using both for quite some time my current fave is Goodnotes. The biggest deal breaker for me was the lack of landscape papers on Notability. I do have to try, though, the side my side notes feature in Notability to see if that’s a good alternative. I just couldn’t convince myself to be ok with portrait planner pages. If it weren’t for that I think i’d use Notability. So Notability, if you’re reading this get on that landscape mode!