Justin Kaplan’s Mac and iPhone setup
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Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Justin Kaplan, I am an energy consultant and entrepreneur in the health industry.
What is your current setup?
My current set up is a fully loaded 2018 13″ MacBook Pro with 2.7GHz i7/16GB connected to a LG 5k monitor. The MacBook Pro sits on the Twelve South BookArc and the LG monitor on the Twelve South HiRise Pro. I use an Apple Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad 2 (spacy gray, of course). I also have a LaCie Porsche Design USB-C 4TB hard drive inside the HiRise Pro. Everything is plugged into an Oneac 600e Power Conditioned UPS. My setup is on a VARIDESK ProDesk 60 Electric. I alternate between the standing and kneeling positions on a Topo mat with frequent breaks creating a true dynamic workstation.
Where can we find your macOS wallpaper?
I am using the default Mojave wallpaper.
What software do you use and for what do you use it?
- Apple Mail: I’ve looked at third-party email apps, but find it easier to just stay in the Apple ecosystem.
- Things: Switched to Things about a year ago from 2do. The UI is one of the best I have experienced, and after version 3 feel it has fully matured.
- Safari: Like Mail, I prefer to stay in the Apple ecosystem instead of using Chrome like many others are migrating to.
- Fantastical: Have used this calendar app since the day it came out.
- Photos: I do quite a bit of photo and video editing. While I used Lightroom for years, I have found using Photos has simplified things.
- Tweetbot: My twitter app that I have used since they launched (@justinpkaplan).
- 1Password: For managing all the passwords.
- Evernote: I use Evernote for many things. Quick note taker, keepsake organizer, track workouts, business notes…and many more. I attempted to switch to Bear, but while the interface was nice, it was lacking in functionality compared to Evernote.
How would your ideal setup look and function?
If Apple made a 27″ 5K display, I would be set!
What iPhone do you have?
I currently use an Space Gray iPhone XS 256 GB sitting on Belkin Boost Up special edition wireless charging pad.
Where can we find your wallpaper online?
I made the wallpaper using Wallpaper List app.
What apps do you use the most, and why?
I use Things, Fantastical, Tweetbot, and Evernote for all the same reasons as mentioned above with the Mac apps.
- Pocket Casts: I have gone back and forth between this and Overcast for years. I like them both and am a podcast fanatic, so I use these apps every day. Most recently I have been using Pocket Casts.
- Nest: I check on my dog regularly!
- Audible: I love listening to books.
- Instagram: I started using this more about 6 months ago. I enjoy creating content that is informative with my @justinpkaplan account and sharing family photos/videos with my @kodakaplan account.
Which app could you not live without?
Nest — have to check on my boy!
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