In what seems to be a universally-felt sentiment across the internet this week; I can't believe it's October already. Here in my home-state of Michigan things have already begun to cool down, I've been struggling to transition to a cold-weather wardrobe, and leaves are already starting to change and drop to the ground. I'll have to shoot a fall wallpaper soon.
It's also almost hard to believe that for the most part this year's iPhone news cycle is beginning to spin down again. For a couple weeks a year there's so much flurried activity that you can barely follow it. It all passes so quickly, and before you know it you're left with your head spinning and a full Instapaper Queue.
While I love that time of year, I think I love what comes after even more. There's a shift that comes over the sphere of online writing, where authors are less focused on getting their hot-take out there and riding that initial rush of traffic and instead spend their time coming up with even more excellent ideas and refining them into even more truly great pieces. It's a great time to be reading and writing on the internet, both because there's a multitude of great pieces to read and enjoy, and because you get to try and add your voice to the medley as well.
I hope you all enjoy getting this week's links, and thanks again for stopping by and reading with me.
iPhone 6s Teardown - iFixit - Another year, another new set of iPhones, and another iFixit tear down. These are always fun pieces to thumb through and enjoy the great shots of Apple's most detailed internals. I also had a good time comparing the 6s and 6s Plus when torn down to see if the differences would be anything interesting. There was, and I wonder if the 6s Plus's smaller Taptic Engine will be weaker as a result. I don't know how well these sorts of teardowns would hold my interest if I was reading them regularly, but through only looking at a small handful of them a year they definitely remain a little special - and part of the tradition of iPhone-season for sure.
Surface 3 vs. Surface Pro 3 - Marius Masalar - A link coming to us from the tail-end of last week, Marius Masalar put out a terrific piece both reviewing and comparing Microsoft's Surface 3 & Surface Pro 3. Im solidly settled into using an iOS only iPad+iPhone setup for my daily work, but if I was ever in a situation where I needed a dedicated Windows device I'm convinced it would be a Surface. It's an attractive, refined product with a minimal, utilitarian form factor - a whole lot like the iPad that I write on every day. I'd had little thoughts to that tune for awhile now, but Marius' piece brought them into solidarity, and it's really a well put together review of both devices. Cheers Marius, I can't wait for more.
Content Blockers Testing Update No. 334.71 — The Brooks Review - I know I linked to one of Ben Brook's pieces on content blockers last week, but the man has continued to churn out the best (and most level-headed) information I can find on them. After Marco Arment pulled Peace I began looking for another content blocker that would continue to be developed in it's stead. Ben's pieces have made that process an easy task, and he should be commended for doing a public service like he has with these extensive comparisons.
Tweetbot 4 Review: Bigger Bot – MacStories - One of the biggest - and certainly most hyped - moments during my week was the launch of Tapbot's Tweetbot 4 update on Thursday. I've been waiting along with many others for this update, and from my time with it so far I'd say its very much worth the wait. Federico Viticci was one of a fortunate few to have early access to the app, and of course had a stellar (and in-depth) piece ready to go on launch day. If you're a Tweebot user and are looking for the definitive review of the team's latest, or if you're a complete newcomer and need some convincing on why anyone would care about a different Twitter app, then look no further. Federico continues to set a gold standard for app reviews, and I always end up looking forward to reading his work just about as much as the products themselves.
OS X El Capitan Review — 512 Pixels - A lot like John Gruber's iPhone 6s review appealed to me last week, Stephen Hackett's review of Mac OS X El Capitan this week was easily my favorite piece on the OS update that I read. Just like Gruber's piece, Stephen's review felt aimed more at people who would already know the general idea of El-Cap's additions - and instead of being an overview it's a lot more about Stephen's well-thought-out impressions. I've begun to realize that I'm coming at reviews of big-ticket products and updates looking for something a little different than the feature recaps that you can find on larger publications. Gotta love the little guys, especially when they write great stuff like this.
The Beginner's Guide to Fountain Pens (By a True Beginner) — The Pen Addict - I really enjoyed Adam Di Stefano's guest piece on The Pen Addict blog this past week explaining some of the bare-bones fountain pen basics to beginners. This piece brought me back to the frame of mind I had before starting out buying fountain pens, and I bet this piece will serve a great many people well in helping them explore the weird little world of pens for the first time. If you've been curious about fountain pens and are just starting out, then this is a great place to start.
With that, I'll bid you all adieu for another week. I'm off to go write about some of my favorite pocket notebooks and then make a lot of espresso drinks at work. Life never fails to be busy, but it sure can be fun.
Talk to you all later. Cheers,