After patiently waiting for a year, I am now frustrated with Apple’s stock e-mail solution on macOS, and e-mail and calendar applications on iOS. To add fuel to the fire, the iOS apps are defaults that cannot be replaced: you can “delete the app” which really just removes the icon from the home screen, but you cannot pick a default. Thankfully macOS is more mature, which means I can actually pick an alternative as my default.
I have been using Airmail on all my devices and it leaves me little to complain about. My calendar of choice on iPad and Mac is the stock app and only because, one, I rarely use my calendar on my iPad; and two, the stock macOS calendar app has natural language input and laptop screens are bigger so the app is inherently more usable. On my iPhone I use Timepage.
Unfortunately, this is not where my frustrations with either OS ends. The new RAW support effectively renders the stock camera app useless for me, and with it the incredibly convenient quick access from the lock screen which had become second nature to me. First, the gesture was changed for no apparent reason (and this is not what bothers me — a few weeks and the new gesture becomes muscle memory) but second, and worse, the fact that there exists no DNG support means I simply have to use a third-party app now and that means unlocking my phone. Widgets are a sound option, but when you consider the unlocking requirement, it is effectively moot: raise/power — swipe to widgets — select camera option — unlock. Continue reading