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Five New Year’s resolutions to make 2023 better in our Apple ecosystem

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The time of year has arrived in which we propose to make changes in our day to day. Resolutions to do something that we did not do before or to stop doing something that we did. This we can also extend to the world of technology and our digital life.

There are many small details, specific tasks, that sometimes we postpone due to laziness. Details that, although it is true that require a more or less large investment of time initiallyrepresent a considerable improvement both in the user experience and in our ability to easily organize ourselves.

Small details that take time, but make a difference

So let’s review five New Year’s resolutions so that 2023 is better in our Apple ecosystem. A small change in digital habits that contributes to better organization and use. We can start with something as simple as modify default Apple Watch responses. Yes, they can be modified. When we receive a message or an email, we can reply with a pre-established text by simply tapping the screen a couple of times.

It may seem like a small thing, but having those small texts well configured, we allows a very fast and comfortable interaction, ideal for many occasions. From the iPhone, we just have to open the app watcheswalk into Posts or in Email and then in Default responses to configure ours.

Another purpose is to configure well at least a couple of concentration states and keep them adapted to the new apps that we install on our devices. Thanks to the states of concentration we can define who or what apps can call our attention at any given time. We can define a black or white list for both people and apps and then configure extra options such as where notifications appear, home screen settings, etc.

It takes some time, yes, but going beyond marking four or five applications quickly is more than recommended. A good configuration, and maintaining it or modifying it to adapt it to new situations and apps, will allow us to fewer distractions while not missing important notifications. settings > states of concentration and ready.

We can do something similar in the Files app. Do we use labels? Probably not, and if we do, it’s all too likely to be in an unclear order. Defining the labels of the Files app well it allows us to gather documents and folders in an alternative way and quickly and easily access the information we need. Perhaps distinguishing between personal and work projects, perhaps marking the most important or urgent files… the options are many and all of them useful.

Along the same lines, let’s talk about the Music app. Specifically from the playlists we create. New Year is a good time to do a good cleaning of all the lists that we do not need. And it is also a very good time to put a cover to all of them. We can use the same pattern, perhaps with the name written big on an image, or simply use a representative photo. In any case, power locate our favorite lists just by looking at their covers I’m sure you’re more than welcome.

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Finally, 2023 will be a great year to discover the Shortcuts app. How do I know? Because every year is a good year to discover the Shortcuts app. The possibilities of automation that it offers us are really something to take into account. Let’s stop thinking of the app as something to open the camera faster, there are other options for that. The Shortcuts app can replicate the features of many apps or enrich and make them even better, allowing us to do things we couldn’t do on our iPhone or iPad before. At the same time, long operations become as simple as pressing a button. A good idea is, then, that we take a look at it.

As hard as I try to use to-do apps, I can't tear myself away from the calendar on my Mac, iPhone, and iPad

And here is the list of purposes for this 2023. Few, concise and really useful. The list could be much longer, certainly, because small tasks or changes in habits that simplify our digital day-to-day, even if they require a small initial investment of time, there are many. Whether these or others, let’s prevent laziness from impoverishing our user experience. A little order is the best way to start the year.

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Apple Pay in South Korea: this time it’s (really) coming soon

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After a false start and much procrastination from the administrative authorities, Apple Pay really getting ready to make its big debut in South Korea. The Financial Services Commission had looked into the exclusivity contract that linked Hyundai to Apple Pay, and it was finally decided to cancel this deal: “During the authorization process, Hyundai Card decided to remove the exclusivity clause that was included in the original contract. Therefore, other credit card companies may contract with Apple to provide Apple Pay service in Korea at any time. » thus specified one of the persons in charge for the FSC. Hyundai Card will only be able to benefit from the service a little in advance, in particular in the shops of Costco, Lotte Himart, Ediya, Mega Coffee, KFC etc.

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This new arrangement should not be so unfavorable to Apple since Apple Pay can now be compatible with all payment cards used in South Korea. As a reminder, the FSC had blocked the launch of Apple Pay at Hyundai Card almost at the last minute: advertisements announcing the availability of Apple Pay were even already visible in Seoul! Finally, in addition to Hyundai Card, Apple Pay will also be compatible with credit cards from Shinhan, Samsung (yes!) and BC.

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Magic Mouse VS Logitech Lift: Features, Differences, and Pricing

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Apple offers users two peripherals to control their Macs: the Magic Trackpad or the Magic Mouse. Those used to MacBooks and their large touch pad for gestures may choose the former, but those who prefer a more conventional experience are likely to opt for the latter. However, there are other mice that can make us question whether the Magic Mouse is the best option for our Mac. Like the Logitech Lift. We put them face to face to compare their features, differences… and prices.

Features Magic Mouse and Logitech Lift

Logitech Lift

Specifications

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dimensions and weight

2.16 cm (height) x 5.71 cm (width) x 11.35 cm (depth), and 99 grams

7.1 cm (height) x 7 cm (width) x 10.8 cm (depth), and 125 grams

CONNECTIVITY

Bluetooth and Lightning

Bluetooth and USB Logi Bolt

sensor technology

Logitech Advanced Optical Tracking with up to 4000 dpi

buttons

Multi-touch surface and one click

Six buttons, four of them configurable

wireless operating distance

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about 10 meters

battery

Month or more of operation per charge

up to two years

Compatibility

Mac with Bluetooth and OS X 10.11 or later, and iPad with iPadOS 13.4 or later

Windows, macOS, iPadOS, Chrome OS and Linux

price

85 euros

€79.99

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  • Design: the Logitech Lift aims to solve a problem that many of the people who work glued to the computer end up suffering: wrist pain. Have a 57 degree angle relieves pressure on the wrist, so that the arm and upper body have a more relaxed position. In addition, there is a left-handed version and a right-handed version. The Magic Mouse goes for a minimalist, low-profile look, the opposite of the Lift, and you love it or hate it. This type of design does not suit some people because of the pain.
  • connectivity: Magic Mouse connects to Mac instantly via Bluetooth, and is recharged by Lightning. The Logitech Lift can be used both by Bluetooth and by the Logi Bolt USB receiver if our equipment does not have Bluetooth or we prefer this type of connectivity.
  • sensor technology: Apple does not provide information on this, but Logitech assures that the Lift can be configured with up to 4000dpi for users who want more speed (without sacrificing precision).
  • Buttons: Magic Mouse, to the *text muted* eye, does not have buttons, because its surface works like a big button, and it depends on whether the click is on the left or right side to do certain functions. However, this has a problem, especially when playing games, since you can’t do both clicks at the same time. On the other hand, the surface is tactile and allows gestures, something that is not common in a mouse. The Logitech Lift has six buttons, and four of them are configurable. In addition, the SmartWheel allows comfortable movements of speed and precision.
  • Compatibility: Magic Mouse only works with Mac. Period. By your side, the Logitech Lift offers compatibility with all major operating systems: Windows, macOS, Linux, Chrome OS and iPadOS. Plus, it can be paired with up to three devices at once and quickly switch between them with the push of a button, making it highly versatile.
  • Battery: Apple promises a month or a month and a half of autonomy in the Magic Mouse depending on the use, but Logitech claims its Lift can last up to two yearsand uses one AA battery.
  • Price: The recommended retail price of both mice is similar: 79.99 euros for the Logitech Lift and 85 euros for the Magic Mouse. Of course, the Logitech Lift can be found around 50 euros with usual offers.

Magic Mouse VS Logitech Lift, which one to buy?

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Since its release, Apple hasn’t revamped the Magic Mouse (other than adding a built-in battery in place of the battery compartment in a revision), and seems to have no interest in doing so. It is a mouse that enters through the eyes and attracts attention due to its design, since there is no other like it. But It is not very practical for many users (or comfortable). Yes, it allows you to perform gestures such as movement and has a range that is not bad, but it is not for everyone.

The Logitech Lift is a more conventional proposal, although not classic, since it is committed to a vertical format with which to help us improve posture and reduce wrist pain, something that those of us who spend working in front of the computer all day have suffered ever. Also has customizable buttons and dpias well as the ability to connect it to three devices at once and jump between them quickly.

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Apple would not have planned a Mac Studio M2 Ultra because of the new Mac Pro

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Apple is due to launch a new Mac Pro with the M2 Ultra chip this year and that could mean there won’t be a new Mac Studio with the same chip, according to information from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman.

The problem for Apple would be that a Mac Studio with the M2 Ultra chip and a Mac Pro with the same processor would duplicate each other. The interest in taking a Mac Pro would be more than limited, especially if we are to believe the rumors that the machine will not be really modular. Apple would therefore prefer to set aside the Mac Studio and not renew it, at least for now.

It could therefore be that Apple is waiting for its M3 or M4 chips to offer a new version of the Mac Studio. Suffice to say that we will have to wait a little while. As a reminder, the existing computer was born a little less than a year ago now and is entitled to M1 Max and M1 Ultra chips.

Regarding the Mac Pro, Apple had initially planned an M2 Extreme chip, but the project was finally abandoned to focus on the M2 Ultra chip. The computer would keep the same design as the 2019 model with Intel processors. Users would not be able to change the RAM or graphics card (GPU) themselves. The release would take place in the spring, although the exact date is still uncertain.

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