Apple 1 – my wallet -0,99€/mo

You have to admire how subtle and – in some way – kind is Apple on making you spend money, and then some more money, on their products.

I took a 64GB white iPhone 6 this last December, and managed to have all my data successfully back-upped over iCloud. Yesterday I had a warning of low space on it, and after a check I found I had only left 180 MB.

I don’t use any of the Streaming Photos feature, and at least for now I am not a heavy user of apps requiring lots of iCloud Drive space. The apps eating up my space are actual photographs on my device (something near 6 GB of data) and 1/2 GB eaten by Whatsapp [in my family we use it a lot, and we enjoy making photo and vocal jokes with my very young nieces].

I was a bit confused by the how iCloud showed me how actually I use its space. First it tells me it needs ~4.4 GB of data to backup my iPhone, then another ~ 800 MB to Whatsapp and other iCloud Drive files. Digging into the iPhone backup I saw again Whatsapp, this time with more space used, and then the apps on my phone.

Thinking about an incremental backup (a la Time Machine) I deleted my backup and started it anew. At the end of the process I gained only 350 MB of space.

So, seeing how somewhat limiting myself with photos I already took over 6 GB of my phone which had to be saved in my backup I made my mind and moved to OS X iCloud Preference panel to buy the cheapest upgrade to iCloud Drive.

iCloud plan upgrade

Per se it’s a small investment, so I can afford to set up and forget it. But at least I have to admit defeat to those evil marketing strategies by Cupertino …

Apple: Introducing the New System Fonts

Suggested reads for June 11th, 2015

A small change of habit today… just four news, instead of the usual five!

San Francisco as default font for OS X? Done

Months ago (Oct, Nov. 2014) I’ve played with my freshly installed Yosemite system and some scripts to change the default system font. I’ve tried Helvetica Neue, Input and San Francisco. Here’s how it looked like:

Using the San Francisco font in Yosemite as the System Font

Do you like it? Personally I liked more Input, but after a while I’ve switched back to the Apple’s defaults.

For the record I’ve achieved that result using this GitHub repo, which in the meanwhile has undergone a DCMA takedown notice.