How Apple Could Bring Back the Glory to the iPhone?

As soon as the iPhone 11 series of iPhones hit the shelves in September, rumors about the next iPhones hit the rumor mill, like the new offerings don’t at all tickle the fancy of most people, the normal iPhone users and tech bloggers (and vloggers) alike. After all, except for the triple rear camera configuration, not much has changed in the design department from the previous iPhone.

MacRumors suggests there will still remain 3 varieties of the iPhone next year, and following this year’s naming convention, they’ll be called the iPhone 12, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max, shunning away from the S-intermediary name.

iMore is saying Apple might bring back the metal frame just like that in the iPhone 4. That metal frame is iconic. I used to own an iPhone 4, and I loved it. I would have kept using that phone if not for its outdated specs.

The iconic iPhone 4

According to SBD, there is a good chance that the new iPhone generation brings in a 3D camera. I wonder if Apple will once again lead the innovation in the smartphone arena with this feature, if ever this comes to fruition.

Of course, we can’t ignore the obvious — 5G connectivity. Telcos might not be ready with the widespread connectivity given their current infrastructure, but Apple wouldn’t want to wait that long to keep in line.

For me, though, I liked the idea of a metal frame iPhone. Also, what kept the iPhone ahead of its competition in the past, in my opinion, is the idea of One iPhone to rule them all. I mean, if you get an iPhone, you get the iPhone. If you’re a little short in your budget, you get the older earlier versions.

Lastly, the price. It’s hard for me to stomach paying for a phone for more than $1,000. With how the market received the iPhone 11 series prices, as reflected in their sales figure, Apple should know better next time.

What Happens Now to Tumblr?

It has been like 3 months since Matt Mullenweg announced that Automattic acquired Tumblr. Until now, though, I have not seen any developments in my Tumblr Dashboard, nor any announcement for plans by Automattic on what to actually do with Tumblr. So what now? What current Tumblr functionalities will be dropped, and which WordPress features will be added?

The WordPress Bloat — Ten Years Later

Dumitru Brinzan of ilovewp.com writes:

Currently WordPress powers over 60 million websites, that is an estimated ~33% of the Internet. Some of these websites are large websites with tens of thousands of content pages. But a vast majority of WordPress websites are run by regular people and small businesses, many of them with probably less than 20 pages of content.

Now imagine that these millions of WordPress websites rely on thousands upon thousands of files, hundreds of megabytes worth of scripts and libraries, just to output a few hundred of cached kilobytes of “Hello World” content.

This has been my predicament 10 years ago. If I thought WordPress was bloated back then, more so it is now! My suggestion: have a 1.) WordPress full install script and 2.) WordPress core (or call it WordPress Lite, if you will), taking away functionalities like Gutenberg, Custom Post Types and Formats, and Multi-Site support.

The Ridiculously Exaggerated and Overrated YNAB Savings

With Dropbox gone the 3-Device Limit route, I needed to re-evaluate my YNAB Classic use.

YNAB has obviously abandoned the classic app in favor of its online, subscription-based platform. But the YNAB classic, at least the mobile app, only supports Dropbox for its cloud sync option — no Google Drive, no OneDrive.

Looking at my options, though, I came across the YNAB pricing, and the page suggests a ridiculously exaggerated savings of US$6,000 — that’s only in the first year, the YNAB culture can bring you:If you’re a common Filipino earning in Philippine Pesos, the $6,000 would probably be more than what you’ll ever earn in a year. If it ain’t ridiculous, tell me what that is.

Yet, if you’re an upper-middle class Filipino earning way more than that, the $84 per year fee is still not worth it. There ought to be a better free alternative.

Dropbox – 3 Device Limit for Free Accounts

Dropbox is probably the first-mover in the cloud service business. That’s its primary advantage. Heck, I’d be bold to say that probably that’s its only advantage.

I was early to adopt the cloud syncing service. My free Dropbox account’s allowed storage has gone up to more than 18GB from referrals. Other services have sprung up ever since Dropbox. More importantly, Google got into the game with its Google Drive. Yet, I stuck with Dropbox because it was my first cloud service and they were doing a fine job at desktop syncing and backing-up my important files.

This week, though, I got a new office laptop. And I was surprised to discover that Dropbox is now limiting syncing up to 3 devices only, including mobile apps, for free accounts. The three devices limit would probably be enough for most people.

However, I’m not most people. Thus, I’d probably drop Dropbox soon and switch to Google Drive altogether. Even with paid storage upgrade, Google Drive is still much cheaper than Dropbox. The only thing that worries me are the apps that only have Dropbox integration as option (e.g. YNAB Classic).