What’s Happened to Apple’s HomeKit?

The technology for iOS which launched over 18 months ago and was purported to seamlessly link your home security, technology and heating, has gone cold.

Announced in June 2014 at WWDC (94 mins in), HomeKit was much heralded in the home technology market, with Apple’s keynote speaker Craig Federighi declaring it would “bring some rationality to this space”. Alas, this is yet to materialise, with Apple having little very impact in this market at all since.


My iPhone 4s Home Screen

The home screen is the pinnacle of iPhone personalisation, the thing that separates our individual generic devices from each others. Which few apps do you choose as the most precious? It’s the modern day equivalent of MySpace’s ‘Top Friends’ (look it up, kids).

I think the first person I saw regularly sharing shots of their home screen was Shaun Blanc, but this has now become a fairly standard thing to do. For me though, it’s more about why people choose the apps they do and its evolution over time, as demonstrated by this 37signals blog post and indeed more broadly throughout Shaun’s regular series of Sweet Mac Setups.


What To Do If Your iPhone Is Stolen Abroad

Back in July we ventured to Morocco – it’s a wonderful place, but unfortunately during the trip we were mugged and had a handbag stolen which contained my iPhone. We’re fine, thankfully, but I did learn a few valuable tips about having your iPhone stolen abroad, and the precautions you can take before travelling.

Jump to:  Before You Travel  –  Safety Abroad  –  After Your Phone Is Stolen

iPhone Security – Before You Travel

None of us want to lose our iPhone, but by being prepared in advance you can make life much easier if the worst does happen.


Reset ‘Trust This Computer’ Alert on iOS

Have you ever accidentally hit the ‘Trust this computer’ pop-up message alert on your iPhone or iPad and can’t undo it? Fear not, there is a way to solve the problem.

Most of the time the Apple ecosystem is brilliant, making your devices work seamlessly without you having to worry about them. Of course, the downside of this is when something doesn’t function as you expect it, the result is even more frustrating.

While it is annoying though, the flip-side is to have an non-closed system that you can tinker with, but is susceptible to attack and security threats.


How to View External Drive Encryption Progress in OS X

We all know you should have a rigorous backup system in place for your Macs, which may well include cloning your data to an encrypted external hard drive.

But, while encrypting an external drive in OS X has been a fairly simple process since Mountain Lion, unfortunately there’s no easy way to show the progress status of the encryption. Given that large drives can take days to encrypt, this can be incredibly frustrating.

Having searched around for solution I found this excellent tip from StackExchange, which uses the Terminal to display the encryption status.