» ‘It’s time to stop using the iPhone SE 2 name now; it won’t be one’

I could not agree more with this sentiment from Ben Lovejoy.

There were those who wanted a relatively cheap, relatively modern iPhone. The SE met that brief by providing modern internals in an older casing, with (for Apple) a wallet-friendly price.

But the iPhone SE also sold to people like me. Those who wanted a more pocketable phone, and who loved the classic styling of the slab-sided design first seen in the iPhone 4. The fact that the model was relatively cheap was simply a pleasant bonus. Technically, I was downgrading from a more expensive phone, but I saw it as an upgrade because the SE gave me more of what I actually wanted.

I will probably buy an 8-sized iPhone if it does appear in the spring, but grudgingly and only because my SE will be four years old by then and I fear may not be able to run iOS 14. I had an iPhone 6 and then a 6S and I chose the SE because I simply prefer that size. In an era when Apple sells six different iPhones in a variety of sizes as unit shipments stagnate, it continues to baffle me that it refuses to sell me an iPhone in the size that I want.

» ‘Fuck Facebook’

John Gruber has some choice words for Facebook and their desire to wall off posts and force you into their service in order to read it comfortably. It’s actually worse than he knows since he doesn’t use Facebook.

My wife was trying to show me something a friend of hers had posted on Facebook. A cute shiba inu or guinea pigs jumping over CGI pits of fire or some political thing or something. She had seen it earlier in the day and wanted to share it with me and she knows the best way to do that is just show it to me on her phone because, while I do have a Facebook account, I’d rather cut my eyelids off and eat them than log into it.

But she couldn’t find it. She scrolled and scrolled and scrolled but Facebook’s shitty algorithmic timeline just kept showing her crap it wanted her to see instead of what she wanted to see.

So, not only can’t you access Facebook content from outside of Facebook, half the time you can’t access Facebook content from inside Facebook, either.

» Minecraft mods on Google Play rife with malware

Lukas Stefanko on WeLiveSecurity:

Minecraft players have been exposed to scams and aggressive ads brought by 87 fake Minecraft mods recently spotted on Google Play.

The apps appear to have originally provided mod functionality but requested administrator rights at the time of install. Now they just hijack the device to show ads system-wide. My kid would not think once, let alone twice before installing one of these. Which is probably one of the reasons he doesn’t have an Android device.

» ‘Living and dying on his own terms’

I owe a debt to Tom Negrino and Dori Smith that I could never hope to repay.

You may not know this because I only talk about it all the time, but years ago I wrote a dumb fake Apple news site. It’s true. I did it for seven years and then, only five years after it stopped being funny, I stopped writing it with any regularity and went on to write other things. For money, even. The reason I could do that was because of Tom and Dori, who introduced Jason Snell and others at Macworld to my dumb site back in the day, which they inexplicably seemed to like well enough to eventually let me write for the magazine. Writing for the magazine allowed me to go on and write and do other things that were more fun than corporate IT.

I met Tom and Dori in person for the first time in 2007 when we had dinner together the night before Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone. Tom had just bought a BlackBerry Pearl I think it was and the three of us mused on how in the world Apple could make a phone that was better than that. Somehow they did, if you haven’t heard. It was in all the papers.

Tom and Dori helped grease the skids that let me to quit my day job toiling away in the SQL mines which I had come to hate. They changed my life. They made it better.

Tom is dying and will shortly leave us. But the lives that he touched, like mine, will be a lasting and heartfelt legacy. Thank you, Tom.

» ‘Apple in 2016: The Six Colors report card’

I and a cast of thousands contributed to the Six Colors report card for Apple’s 2016.

» ‘Why I’m an (Almost) Everyday Apple Watch Wearer’

Jon Mitchell’s ode to his Apple Watch is a great read and, man, his Watch face game is on point. His prayer face blew me away in terms of customization to fit a specific need I had never considered. I’m going to have to step it up. I also picked up at least a couple of apps I’ll be checking out as well as these great-looking bands.

Still, the Apple Watch is a total flop. I read that somewhere.

» Do not collect them all, do not trade them with your friends

Patrick Wardle provides a comprehensive look at all the Mac malware of last year. Very well done list. I certainly don’t agree with his last sentence, though.

(Via Rich Mogull.)

» ‘Warm Takes on Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4’

Justin Searls gives his impressions after trying the Surface Pro 4. They’re very on par with my experience with Windows 10 on my son’s Lenovo (although, my son’s laptop doesn’t have a touch screen). Railing against Apple’s missteps is very in fashion right now (and rightly so in many cases). But it’s really not rosier on the other side of the fence.

(Via Rene Ritchie.)

(Also, holy shit, I still have a blog? Why didn’t someone remind me?)

» The Talk Show #171: Prisoner’s Dilemma multitasking

I joined John Gruber on this week’s edition of The Talk Show to speculate on tomorrow’s Apple event, talk baseball and, as always, bring up Apple lore of years gone by.

» Rubber Stamps

My pal Josh Olson made a sticker pack for iOS 10 of rubber stamps that can be placed on text messages often to sarcastic, encouraging or amusing effect. Take a look, won’t you? Just a buck!