Apple Contacts is confusing, but it gets easier and even useful if you understand how it works. It’s not as hard as you think.

Screenshots of Apple Contacts on iPhone, iPad and Mac Big Sur
Screenshots of Apple Contacts on iPhone, iPad and Mac Big Sur
Apple Contacts on iPhone, iPad, and Mac (created by author)



It can get confusing if you message a non-Apple using friend. I take a closer look to understand why

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Photo by Clique Images on Unsplash


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5G at the Apple event was amazing, but is it worth the extra battery drain? Yes! A new world is opening-up

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Photo by Aaditya Ailawadhi on Unsplash
  • Peak download speeds of 4Gbps, and that was just the start!.
  • Peak upload speeds of 200Mbps, so that was great too.
  • Latency was so low that communications were effectively real-time.
  • Post-pandemic, thousands of people could use their phones at busy airports or a packed stadium, and it wouldn’t be a problem.


Apple Numbers can now do pivot tables, so I road-tested it by working out my chances of surviving the Titanic

Drawing of the Titanic with a spreadsheet in the background.
Drawing of the Titanic with a spreadsheet in the background.
Apple Numbers and the Titanic (illustration by author)




NFC is available on iPhones since the iPhone 6. Use cheap NFC tags from Amazon to track how much water you drink or when you take pills

Figure showing NFC tags, a water bottle and a pill bottle with tags on them, and Shortcuts screens used to detect NFC tags.
Figure showing NFC tags, a water bottle and a pill bottle with tags on them, and Shortcuts screens used to detect NFC tags.
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Mind maps boost productivity but can get very messy. Choosing the right approach and apps will give you an edge. Here’s my go-to strategy

Mind maps on sheets of paper, blown in wind, with brick background. The best is at the front.
Mind maps on sheets of paper, blown in wind, with brick background. The best is at the front.
Image created by author


I’m a returning exclusive Getty contributor who is using AI and the cloud to get back into stock photography. Here’s how, including bruises

Four albums of Iceland, Australia and New York created by Apple Photos
Four albums of Iceland, Australia and New York created by Apple Photos
Themes picked by Apple Photos (images by author)
  • Yes, get back into stock photography.
  • But, also build an online community. …

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Will J Murphy

I write about tech, photography and economics. I’ve a degree in Computing Science and a MBA. I’m a hobby stock photog. See https://www.justonewordfromme.com/

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