The Phone-on-a-Break Edition Sunday, September 26, 2021

If You’ve Got 15 Minutes, Here Are 6 More Productive Ways To Spend Time On Your Phone, by Elisa Silverman—Zapier, Fast Company

When I would take a proper break, too often I found myself doomscrolling through news or social media on my phone. Hardly the most energizing or invigorating experience.

We don’t need to hide our phones during a break. We just need mobile break options that improve our state of mind—not bring us down. With a lot of personal trial and error, I’ve found six different ways to use my phone on a break, each one that refreshes me, clears my head, and re-energizes me.

How To Easily Automate Your Tasks: 5 Useful Tools, by Sadaf Tanzeem, MakeUseOf

You spend hours doing everyday tasks at your workplace. You think that's the part of your job. But what if it could be done on its own, and you could invest your essential time in creative thinking or solving other major problems? Wouldn't that be great?


iPad Mini 6 Exhibits 'Jelly Scrolling' Display Refresh Issue, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

Colloquially referred to as ‘jelly scrolling’, it seems that one side of the iPad mini display is refreshing slower than the other side, which appears as a noticeable wobble effect down the middle of the screen when content is moving quickly — like scrolling a web page.

The Best Siri Easter Eggs: How Apple’s Voice Assistant Can Entertain You, by Carrie Marshall, TechRadar

Sometimes it’s nice to have a bit of fun, and Siri can help here too. There are lots of Easter eggs in Siri’s code that are there for no other reason than to make you smile. Here are some of our favorites, although there are plenty more for you to discover.


Apple Tells Developers How To Use 120Hz ProMotion For iPhone 13 Pro, by Malcolm Owen, AppleInsider

The page explains that developers can set animations to work at higher or lower refresh rates, and how to do it. While some framework animation features can handle frame pacing for developers, such as UIKit and SpriteKit, developers can take advantage of CADisplayLink to specify the timing for an animation.

As part of the documentation, it also confirms there is a greater array of refresh rates available o the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max, compared to the iPad Pro.

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It is encouraging that there is still a iPad mini and a Mac mini. I'm disappionted that there isn't a MacBook mini and, if the rumors are true, soon there will not be an iPhone mini either.


Thanks for reading.