On the ninety-seventh episode of the Hemispheric Views podcast, which has gathered a storm of infamy and controversy, hosts Jason and Martin squared off in a no holds barred competition over who might be the most default in their app choices, “helped” by Andrew.
Now, I am very late in participating, I understand this. As they say, the best time to plant a tree was 150 years ago, the second best time is now.
Let’s be honest, there were no bad choices from either competitors. Thank goodness Andrew wasn’t a competitor.
But enough banter! For your consideration, here follows my answers to each of the questions posed.
📫 Mail server: iCloud+ (with custom domain)
📥 Mail client: Mail
📝 Notes: Notes
☑️ Todos: Reminders
📷 Photo taking: Camera (usually Control Center, but maybe the icon on the Lock Screen)
🎞️ Photo management: Photos
🗓️ Calendar: Calendar
☁️ Cloud file storage: iCloud Drive
🗞️ RSS: None, intentional trips to sites only.
📇 Contacts management: Contacts
🌐 Web browser: Safari
💬 Chat: This is a bonkers category, because there is no default, so I refuse to play Andrew’s ridiculous game. The only reasonable answer is Messages.
🔖 Bookmarks: Safari
📚 Read later: Reminders
⌨️ Word processing: Pages
🔩 Spreadsheets: Numbers
🛒 Shopping list: Reminders
🧆 Meal planning: Again, balderdash. This category has no default. But being real, it’s Notes.
🏦 Budgeting and personal finance: Sigh, there is no real… nevermind, I’ll not chew my spinach thrice. Apps for the banking institutions with which I have accounts and a set of Numbers sheets.
📰 News: Apple News, do you need to know the feeds, really? Oh wait, is this kind of RSS? Hm.
🎶 Music: Music
🔊 Podcasts: Podcasts
🔐 Password management: Keychain/iCloud Passwords
Also, my favourite app for shortcuts is Shortcuts. ❤️