I received the long awaited email – the iPhone X is available for pre-order! Its time to replace my old iPhone 6. Or is it? I was about to preorder, but decided to wait.
Since reading the book Deep Work Im on a distraction diet. It means that, among other things, I use my phone only when I truly need to. Apple says that on average we unlock our phones 80 times a day. I probably unlocked mine twice as many time before, but do much less now. It turns out I don’t need my phone that often. Heres what I do use it for: – Take or make a call – Check my calendar (Apple calendar) – Check or create todos (Omnifocus) – Log baby related stuff1 (BabyConnect) – Check the weather (Apple weather) – Text, WhatsApp and slack – Take pictures
Not much use, and it definitely not warrants a 1099$ new phone.
But the truth is my phone doesnt work great. I mean, it looks new, but doesnt function as one. I’m using iOS 11, which apparently doesnt play well with iPhone 6. My phone is slow. It hangs and lags frequently, mainly when I open iMessage or the camera app. It also has some serious battery issues. I might have more than 50% battery, but then a second later the battery drops to 13%. Another minute and my phone shuts off. Moreover, to make it through the day, I need to charge it at least twice.
And yet, Im reluctant to give up on it. I dont like the conditioning of buying a new iPhone just because mine is 2 years old, and I want to pull myself out of the Apple marketing machine. More importantly, I dont want to risk my distraction diet.
So, Im making an attempt to revive my iPhone. My strategy:
Im going to remove every app I don’t use on a daily basis. I will keep rescue apps, which I dont use often but rely on in case of emergency. For example Uber.
If removing apps wont get my phone to better behave, Im going to do a hard reset. That will downgrade me to iOS 10 (or even 9), which I hope will be more usable.
I acted on step 1, and removed most of the apps I had on my phone. It looks slimmer, but will it also act that way? Here’s the before and after of my home screen:
Feel free to make other suggestion in the comments. Ill update this post with more findings, on performance, battery and next steps.
1My wife and I track every bottle and every diaper of our little one