Home Screens — Jake Pugh

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Meet Jake Pugh. So, Jake, show us your home screens.

What are some of your favorite apps?

Day-to-day, my most used apps are definitely Overcast (for what might be termed a small podcast addiction) for entertainment, Foreflight as the one-stop shop for all of my aviation needs, and Home+4 to really dig deep into managing my setup.

Which app is your guilty pleasure?

I’m not much of a gamer, so I’d have to say that getting rid of Twitter would probably save me a depressingly large number of hours per week. I also spend way too much time messing around creating playlists in Apple Music.

What app makes you most productive?

The latest version of Fantastical is the app I’ve been waiting for to manage both personal and work calendars, and I’ve recently tried to simplify my to-do management by mostly moving to Reminders, from OmniFocus.

What app do you know you’re underutilizing?

Drafts. So much power, and I use like 1% of what it’s capable of. I’m trying to retrain old habits and making an effort to really use it for all text input (like answering these questions!).

What is the app you are still missing?

Since being forced to move to full-time work from home, I would very much like Overcast for the Mac. Other than that, the main thing that keeps me from 100% iPad use is the lack of ability to easily create podcasts on the iPad with a remote co-host.

How many times a day do you use your iPhone/iPad?

I use them basically all day long. At my physical office, the iPad is my primary working device as I can move around, read and edit documents, and take notes in meetings. Now working at home, the iPad has taken up residence as a permanent second screen to my Mac Mini via sidecar.

What Today View widgets are you using and why?

CARROT Weather – Fun and snarky weather to tell me when I should take a break and walk the dog or go for a run.

Fantastical – Integrates calendars and reminders together in one widget.

HomeCam for HomeKit – Allows me to keep an eye on the kids from the (home) office while, at least nominally, getting work done.

What is your favorite feature of the iPhone/iPad?

With two little kids, the camera gets used everyday to capture the littlest things. At this point, it really is my upgrade driver each year, and I am AMAZED by what I can capture and how far we’ve come. I am as far from a pro photographer as you get, but the iPhone hides that a bit:)

Do you have an Apple Watch? Show us your watch face tell us about it.

I’m all in on the Apple Watch. I’ve used it is since it was released, as a fitness tracker (WorkOutDoors and Activity), sleep tracker (AutoSleep) and to keep up with important notifications throughout the day without relying on the phone as much. There’s a real part of me that would love it to be independent enough to survive with Watch/iPad and forego the phone, but that’s a ways off yet.

I want ALL the complications on the Watch face, so I currently use the Infograph, with a mix of productive (Reminders, Fantastical) and fitness (Activity and WorkOutDoors), along with CARROT Weather, Messages and FlickType for easier text entry. One of my wishes for a future WatchOS would be automatic face switching, based on time or location. I would love a “work” face to show up at the office, a “home” one at home and a “sleep” one at bedtime.

What’s your wallpaper and why?

On the iPad, the wallpaper is a high-res shot of the local area VFR aviation sectional chart because I’d almost always rather be flying!

On the iPhone, it is a monochrome Hamilton wallpaper that I keep since my mom passed away last year, and the last thing she and I did was see Hamilton in Chicago.

Thanks, Jake!