Apple Watch and email

Apparently watchOS 5 requires you to separately sign into Gmail and other oAuth mailbox providers. It doesn’t use the tokens used by your iPhone’s Mail anymore.

Fix by opening the Watch app on your iPhone and navigating to Settings,Mail and entering your password in any account that shows an error.

Hide 1Password One-Time Password notifications

1Password allows you to add two-factor authentication codes or one-time passwords to its database. Very convenient cause it’s safer then using sms, can be shared across a family or team and allows you to delete the Google Authenticator app.

Since one of its latest releases the app automatically copies the code to the clipboard when you fill in a username and password. That way it’s ready to use on the next screen where most apps ask you to enter the code. You just select the text field and paste the code. No more juggling between apps.

1Password alerts you of the clipboard action via a notification. A notification that, if you don’t tap or dismiss it, will remain on your lock screen or Notification Center long after you need it.

Quick tip: since 1Password only uses notifications for the one-time passwords, go into settings and disable all options except for the pop up banner.

You’ll still be notified but the alerts won’t linger.

Apple Keynote 2018

Pretty cool overview of what Apple announced this week. If you ask me, the Apple Watch was the star of the show, and the Xr was the product I enjoyed the most.

If people ask me what iPhone I’d advice them to buy it’s the Xr, no doubt about that

For me personally, if history implies patterns, you’d expect me to buy a 256GB iPhone Xs Max in black.

But the iPhone X was next years phone today when they released it, so it’s still awesome.

And although the Apple Watch Series 4 sounds awesome, if you consider the realities in Belgium it paints another picture:

  • No cellular option
  • No Apple Pay
  • Like everyone outside of the US no new heart monitor features

Which makes my Series 3 not that different. And, based in the photos, the 44m model seems a bit too big for me, and I’m not going to a 40mm. That would mean throwing out a lot of watch bands.

So.. did their new products impress me?

Sure.

Will I buy any?

 

Apple Books

Stray thought that has been going through my head for a while now:

Considering:

  • The complete redesign and rebrand of iBooks in iOS 12.
  • The ability to mark any book, being it one you own or one you haven’t purchased yet, as want to read.
  • The ability to add unowned books to collections in Apple Books.
  • Apple’s focus on selling subscription services and increasing services revenue.

Wouldn’t Apple releasing Apple Books as a monthly subscription similar to Apple Music not be a logical step?

Indiana Jones & Echoes from the Past

Easily toggle between light and dark mode in macOS Mojave

Apple has added a new dark mode, Dark Aqua, to macOS Mojave. Since there's currently no easy way to toggle between the two modes, I've created a button you can add to your MacBook Pro's Touchbar that allows you to quickly move from and  to the dark side.

Steps

  1. Create a Contextual Workflow in Automator and add the code below.
  2. Set the input to none, and pick a good icon.
  3. Save the workflow and give it a clear name like Dark Mode.
  4. Go to System Preferences > Extensions and choose Touch Bar.
  5. Enable your newly created workflow
  6. Go to System Preferences > Keyboard and choose Customize Controlstrip
  7. Drag the Workflow button to your Touchbar

The code

tell application "System Events"
    
    tell appearance preferences
        
        set dark mode to not dark mode
        
    end tell
    
end tell

Screenshots

The result

WWDC 2018 Aftermath

It’s a weird WWDC this year. On one hand Apple released tons of features. On the other hand there were only a few big tickets items.

All in all I’d summarize as: Apple went for all the low hanging fruit this year, filling obvious blanks in their platforms but they left the big changes for another time.

Highlights

The biggest change for iOS will be the Shortcuts app. Integrating Workflow into Siri and seriously expanding upon the Sirikit capabilities.

Marco Arment hoped for “tell App to do thing” during last weeks ATP.fm. This is basically it.

Speaking of Podcasts, the availability of the app on watchOS was long overdue and will make going out without your iPhone a lot more fun. This combined with the automated Workout detection are two cool new features  for the Apple Watch.

I’m not a big macOS fan but I can’t wait for the Finder Actions to come to iOS. Desktop stacks on Mac feel like they belong in the iPads home screen too. Replacing the app grid with documents and widgets and moving all apps to the iPad dock seems a logical move someday.

The iPad also got a little love. Control center is now an overlay of the home screen. The menubar is less cluttered and contains a date now. And the combined notifications are yet again an example of finally.

Wishlist

I had a wishlist. Let’s see how I did:

  • ✖️New reminders app that forgets the cards concept
  • ✔️Integration for third party apps in Siri watch face
  • ✖️iOS Safari Desktop Mode which would makes site backends like Squarespace or Zendesk finally work.
  • ✔️Podcast.app for Apple Watch
  • ✖️Time Machine backups to iCloud, or expand synced iCloud Drive Folders in macOS.
  • ✖️Change Flashlight shortcut on iPhone X to app if choice
  • ✔️True black mode for iBooks
  • ✖️Sync Home.app Room photos
  • ✖️The ability to receive more than one document at once via AirDrop
  • ✖️The ability to change photo album cover photos on iOS
  • ✖️Background downloads for iOS Safari.
  • ✖️Shared iCloud Drive folders with family members
  • ✔️Shared iCloud Photo a library albums with family members
  • ✖️A way to distribute IAP via VPP
  • ✖️A way to push macOS releases to devices via MDM (installhighsierra)
  • ✖️SAML integration for Managed AppleIDs for easier deployment via OneLogin, Okta or Google or AD.
  • ✖️Apple Pay in Belgium
  • ✖️Apple News Worldwide
  • ✖️TV app to replace Movies
  • ✖️Predictive keyboard in Dutch
  • ✔️NMBS in Apple Maps
  • ✖️De Lijn in Apple Maps

NMBS Belgian Rail Support in iOS 12 and iOS 11

iOS 12 Maps.app shows Belgian trains routes and schedules now.

Pretty awesome.

Update:  this is already live in iOS 11!

WWDC 2018

More as a reminder for myself than a real useful thing, but below you’ll find my Keynote wishlist.

iOS, watchOS, macOS

major bits

  • New reminders app that forgets the cards concept
  • Integration for third party apps in Siri watch face
  • iOS Safari Desktop Mode which would makes site backends like Squarespace or Zendesk finally work.
  • Podcast.app for Apple Watch
  • Time Machine backups to iCloud, or expand synced iCloud Drive Folders in macOS.

little bits

  • Change Flashlight shortcut on iPhone X to app if choice
  • True black mode for iBooks
  • Sync Home.app Room photos
  • The ability to receive more than one document at once via AirDrop
  • The ability to change photo album cover photos on iOS
  • Background downloads for iOS Safari.

iCloud and Enterprise

  • Shared iCloud Drive folders with family members
  • Shared iCloud Photo a library albums with family members
  • A way to distribute IAP via VPP
  • A way to push macOS releases to devices via MDM (installhighsierra)
  • SAML integration for Managed AppleIDs for easier deployment via OneLogin, Okta or Google or AD.

Localization

  • Apple Pay in Belgium
  • Apple News Worldwide
  • TV app to replace Movies
  • Predictive keyboard in Dutch
  • De Lijn and NMBS in Apple Maps

Wishful thinking

  • iCloud Movies Library, making all your movies available everywhere
  • Desktop mode for iPad with support for keyboard, trackpad and display.
  • Siri available on any device with the same feature set without the need for third party apps to be installed on that device.

1Password 7

I’m not the first to write about 1Password, and I certainly won’t be the last. But if you don’t already use 1Password to manage your passwords, logins and licenses, download the latest release and give it a spin. You won’t regret it.

I currently have a Team account running for Work, and a Family Account shared between me and my wife. Honestly, I’d have no idea how my IT Team could work without shared vaults. One Time Passwords, SSH keys and certificates safely shared and available to all team members, continuously updated? That alone is worth its money.

Awesome app.