Friday is one of those days where I like to do something special, whether it’s a Friday Freebie Mac utility or app, or some insightful analysis of a trending topic, or just some kind of strange, quirky change in the technology marketplace.
This time you get both. Oh, except for the freebie part. What I want to highlight today is a blast from the Mac past, a utility I’ve used and loved since the last century, a full 20 years. It’s a floating palette app launcher called DragThing. The name probably is derived from the option to drag app icons, documents, even Mac volumes onto a floating palette which lets you access files and folders, launch apps, and do it all with a single click.
As simple as that sounds DragThing remains one of the most configurable, flexible, customizable Mac utilities I have ever used. Nothing compares with both capability and functionality, and getting started literally is just a drag and drop.
There are preferences built-in for every setting you can imagine, and multiple docks– the floating palettes– can be customized to infinity and beyond. In an age where the Mac’s Dock gets cluttered and remains mostly a non-customizable option to launch apps, DragThing goes beyond with a simple flick of the wrist to bring a palette to the front of the screen (using a hot corner) and a single click to launch an app, open a folder, browse through the Mac’s folder hierarchy, and even do the same with connected storage devices. One click.
DragThing is easy to get started because, as the name implies, just drag and drop files, folders, or app icons to a floating palette and you’re ready to use it. Or, you can spend hours customizing every dock page to match your workflow. The trial period gives you that opportunity. So, my recommendation is, well, just try DragThing. Even the Dock itself isn’t this easy or as capable.
Alright, back to the main show.
Some have argued that we may have hit peak iPhone, that position in the space time continuum where Apple does not sell as many iPhones next year as it did last year. Of course, there is some saturation in the smartphone market and that can account for the plateau, and Apple accounts for about 100-percent of the entire industry’s profits, so I’m not worried too much about peak iPhone. Yet.
Over the past year or so we’ve seen Apple introduce an entry level iPhone with iPhone SE, start an iPhone Upgrade Program with iPhone 6s, and launch an even better pair in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus with dual cameras.
Same old, same old, right? Not so fast. Apple also has used phones from the iPhone Upgrade Program and those are showing up as Apple Certified Refurbished models. That’s right. Apple’s newest product isn’t the MacBook Pro. It’s not the Watch Series Two. It’s used iPhones.
Don’t get too excited. This is Apple, right? So don’t expect humongous discounts. For example, a brand new iPhone 6s Plus with 32GB retails at $649. A refurbished but used iPhone 6s Plus with 64GB sells for $589 on the Apple Refurbished iPhone Store. A similar model but with a mere 16GB of storage is $449, so the price differential remains as it always has. Models and storage.
Yes, Apple needs to do something with all those refurbished iPhones from the upgrade program, and they might be attractive to Android users who want to switch to iPhone, but I don’t see how a refurbished program helps Apple overcome Peak iPhone.