Stephen Biggerstaff’s Mac and iOS setup

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Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Stephen Biggerstaff, a freelance iOS Developer from sunny Scotland.

What is your current setup?

Stephen Biggerstaff's desk

I have a 27-inch 5k iMac at work, a 27-inch 2013 iMac at home, a 13-inch 2013 MacBook Pro, an iPhone 7 Plus with 128 GB, and an iPad Pro 9.7” WiFi with 128 GB. I also have numerous test devices, a Google Pixel phone for messing around with Android Development, and a monster of a gaming PC. No games on macOS for me, folks!

Where can we find your macOS wallpaper?

I don’t change my wallpapers often at all to be honest. I usually find something on Wallhaven or Google Images every few months.

What software do you use and for what do you use it?

  • I use Xcode/Simulator every day. Even on the weekends when I’m not working on client stuff, I’m usually coding my own things.

  • I use Spotify for music, Wunderlist for lists and shared shopping lists/house chores, and Tumblr for procrastinating!

  • I use 1Password to enable me to never re-use passwords. For notes, I use the stock Notes app, but I’m definitely considering switching.

  • I have quite a cool lighting set up with Hue, and I have Hive to control my heating system — Alexa ties them together in one place (HomeKit isn’t supported on Hive).

How would your ideal setup look and function?

I don’t really use my iMac at home any more. I’d prefer a really nice 4K screen and a new 15-inch MacBook Pro along with a Mac mini for Continuous Integration builds and a home server. That’s probably on the cards this year (if Apple release new MacBooks and Minis).

I like to keep things minimal. My desktops are always clear of icons. I use my desktops as a sort of short term memory where I dump things I’ll need in the next hour or so. I clear it very frequently. I also have a mantra on “less taps is better,” so I attempt to have as few folders as possible on the first screen of my iOS devices. Everything on those home screens is audited frequently too.


What iPhone do you have (color, size, etc.)?

Stephen Biggerstaff's iPhone

I currently use a Silver iPhone 7 Plus with 128 GB of space.

Where can we find your wallpaper online?

These wallpapers are both from Google Images. “City rain night” and “minimal iPhone background” are the things I usually search for.

What apps do you use the most, and why?

I use Wunderlist every day. I probably work/commute for around 12 hours per day on client stuff and do a couple of hours on my own stuff. Wunderlist lets me keep on top of things I may have missed while rushing around. It doesn’t work with my Echo Dot/Alexa at home, nor IFTTT, so I’m considering switching. For free shared lists, nothing beats it.

I also use Feedly a lot on the go for following my favorite RSS feeds, and I have Tumblr for the same reason. These two apps are my go-to when I have some downtime.

Which app could you not live without?

Wunderlist/Calendar for sure. The amount of times I would’ve forgotten events or things I need to do is crazy.


Which iPad do you have (color, size, etc.)?

Stephen Biggerstaff's iPad

I have a 9.7-inch Silver iPad Pro with WiFi and 128 GB of space.

Where can we find your wallpaper online?

I’m sorry; I can’t remember where I got this from. Most likely it was Wallhaven.

How are you using your iPad on a daily basis?

I use it to write notes, draw diagrams to explain things to colleagues, etc. I also do all my company spreadsheets on there for accounts/mileage tracking. In the evenings, I prefer to chill out browsing Feedly/Tumblr/Facebook/the web on the iPad rather than the laptop. macOS always has me in “work mode.”

What apps do you use the most, and why?

Which app could you not live without?

Wunderlist and Calendar – same two as my iPhone.


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