#WeekendCoffeeShare (September 10, 2022)

Hi everyone. I’m joining #WeekendCoffeeShare today. I just had my afternoon coffee, but I’m pretty sure there’s still some left for you. Let’s have a cup of coffee and let’s chat.

If we were having coffee, I would start out by sharing I had quite an active week again. Today, I went for a 5.8km ride on the side-by-side bike again. We rode it faster than last time: 13.4km/hour. Still slowly judging by what I know is a normal bike riding speed, but then again a side-by-side bike is probably harder to ride.

If we were having coffee, I would share that I also finally gained some of my crafty mojo back. That is, I only did one polymer clay thing, but it worked out okay. I created a cat’s head charm. It still needs to go into the oven, so I can’t show you all yet.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you today is my oldest niece Janneke’s third birthday. I sent her a coloring book, some paint and a kids’ umbrella. I may try to video call my sister later to sing “Happy Birthday” to her too. In fact, I think I’m going to text my sister now to ask when she’s got time.

If we were having coffee, lastly I’d complain about the fact that Apple won’t release an iPhone 14 Mini. Then again, this makes the decision about what phone to buy once my current iPhone battery dies rather easy. After all, I wasn’t completely convinced I wanted the 14 Mini even if Apple were going to release it, but now I’m certain I’m going for the SE 2022. Not that that one appeals to me that much, but well, I’ve got to have something and I don’t want a regular 14. Not because of what the so-called experts say (they claim it’s not worth your money but I haven’t read the articles explaining why), but because it’s too large for my liking.

I do really hope iOS 16 is going to be relatively bug-free from the start though, as some of its new features sound cool. Not just that, but I badly want WatchOS 9 and you need iOS 16 for that. I’ll wait for one particular member of the VoiceOver forum to voice his opinion though. He’s claimed each year except the year iOS 12 got released that the new big iOS update was the worst one ever and usually he’s been right at least that updating right away isn’t wise.

How have you been?

24 thoughts on “#WeekendCoffeeShare (September 10, 2022)

  1. Getting the 12 mini was a game changer for me. I have very small hands to go along with my smaller than the average high schooler body and within a week of switching to the 12 mini, so much pain was gone from my thumbs. I can comfortably use this phone and don’t drop it all of the time. I think when this one dies, I’ll just be getting a 13 mini.

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  2. Hi Astrid,
    I’m not a fan of Apple products and sometimes joke that the only Apple thing I’ve ever owned was their stock for a while. I’ve not owned anything I had to plug in.
    An odd note though – I finished a trade school for Electrical Engineering in 1975 and joined a company in Silicone Valley. It was great, but that company eventually failed and faded away.
    A new company bulldozed the building and built a huge new complex on exactly the same site as where I worked.
    The company ? Did you guess it ?
    Yep – That site is now Apple’s headquarters.
    Odd how things happen sometimes. yes?

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    1. Thanks for entertaining me with your Apple story. I completely understand you don’t want much to do with Apple. I mean, everything is several hundrends of bucks more expensive just because it has their logo on it. The only reason I went for an iPhone and hence subsequently an Apple Watch rather than Android products is that Apple is much farther along with respect to accessibility for the blind. I owned a Macbook once though but that was a big mistake.


    1. I’m glad it’s working okay for you. I likely won’t go for the 13 Mini, though my reasoning is mostly rather illogical. Like, the SE 3 is only slightly newer (and not newer in the sense that it’ll be supported longer than the 13 series) and it doesn’t have nearly all the features the 13 Mini has. However, it’s a lot cheaper and I’m not sure my reason for wanting a 14 Mini was rational (since I mostly wanted it for its hypothetically better camera, while I, being blind, can’t snap great photos anyway).


  3. I hope you had a nice video call with your niece if you already got to chat to her. 🙂
    yeah, I’m a little bit bummed by no iPhones Minii anymore too. I’m not planning to buy a new iPhone just yet as my current one is doing just fine and is just over two years old, but I still try to keep it at the back of my brain which phone I’m going to go for next. Se 3 sounds good enough for me and I really like that it still has Touch ID and a Home button, but it’ll probably be getting old-ish by the time I’ll be getting a new phone, so I was thinking that perhaps an iPhone Mini would be a viable alternative given the smaller screen, but obviously now that Apple has officially ditched producing Minis that won’t be an option.
    I’m also fairly excited about iOS 16 and heard it’s going to be a relatively stable release accessibility-wise, by the sound of it it definitely seems more stable to me than iOS 15 had been, but I’m not updating right away anyway as I never do with major releases. I’ve heard that there are still a few new annoying Braille bugs and since I use my Braille-Sense nearly all the time with my Apple devices I’d rather wait a while longer even if they aren’t huge bugs.

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    1. I completely agree. The SE 3 is likely going to be old’ish by the time my current SE dies too, so either I wait for another year (which my current iPhone likely won’t manage) and hope for some miraculous new insight for Apple or well, buy the SE 3 anyway.

      Just saw the list of accessibility bugs resolved and introduced in iOS 16 too. I use my Braille display all the time with my iPhone, so I’m not updating right away either, even though most bugs are with typing on the Braille display’s keyboard, which I don’t do.

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      1. I also have a glimmer of hope that, despite what self-proclaimed iPhone experts keep saying since the release of SE 2 and what they’d probably like to happen, Apple will still have mercy on people and release SE 4 with a Home Button.
        Yeah, I do actually type almost exclusively on a Braille display when using the iPhone, but I’ve also heard that Braille is very laggy on iPad for some people so since iPad OS and iOS are very similar I’d be worried about that on iOS as well.

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        1. Oh, that’s annoying that Braille is once again laggy at least on iPadOS. I don’t personally care that much for a home button. I mean, it’s an advantage but not such a big one that I would’ve preferred the SE 3 over the would-be-should-be 14 Mini. It’s huge screens that are the bigger problem for me, honestly, although the reason for that is mostly their price tag since I hardly ever type on the iPhone’s screen itself.

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  4. I have an iPhone SE I bought almost 2 years ago that’s still going strong. The iPhone I had before that lasted over 4 years, so hopefully I won’t need to upgrade for awhile. I am half-tempted by the higher-quality cameras in the newer, high-end models though.

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    1. I know, the better quality camera was why I would’ve gone for a 14 Mini had they released one. Now that that’s not going to happen though, I’m not going for the 13 Mini either I think though. My original SE that I had before this one lasted me nearly three years too.

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    1. Thanks so much for commenting. Yes, my niece did have a great birthday and I indeed managed a video call with her and my sister this morning. I’m not really sure I’ve truly found a lasting sense of crafty inspiration, but at least that one piece was something.


    1. Definitely! I mean, a big factor in why I chose an iPhone anyway over an Android phone is its more advanced accessibility features for the blind and, in this sense, I can’t really compare notes to anyone who isn’t blind like me. Thanks so much for stopping by.


  5. Oh I hope your niece had a wonderful birthday and I bet she loved your gifts and thoughtfulness. So glad you got some of your crafting mojo back; I’m struggling to motivate myself to start scrapbooking again. I have all the photos from this year to go through and I keep putting it off. I know once I start I’ll get a bunch of pages done in no time but I just never bother to take the time to do that anymore.

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    1. Thanks for your kind comment. Yes, my niece had a great birthday. I completely feel you about the scrapbooking. Often, once projects start piling up, they feel even more overwhelming, but then once I start actually crafting, I move through the projects like a breeze.


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