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Lawrence Gimenez’ Mac and iPhone setup

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Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Lawrence Gimenez, and I’m a Senior Mobile Developer based in Cebu City, Philippines. I develop mobile apps for both iOS and Android platforms. As part of my everyday work, I use a lot of Xcode, Android Studio, and macOS Terminal.

What is your current setup?

Lawrence's desk

My current setup is MacBook Pro (Mid-2012) running High Sierra, fully maxed out with 16GB and 256GB SSD and a Dell P2217H monitor. My current MBP is still decent enough, and has no trouble running both Xcode and Android Studio.

I’m planning to upgrade to a new MacBook Pro model sometime early next year as well as another Dell monitor.

I also use a Dell keyboard and a wireless mouse. I love coding with Dell keyboards because of its clacking sound that is not prevalent anymore.

Where can we find your macOS wallpaper?

My wallpaper is just macOS default High Sierra.

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

I use Xcode and Android Studio a lot for both iOS and Android app development respectively. Along with this workflow, I use Terminal a lot for source code management and for configuring my servers which I personally manage. I recently switched to Apple Music for listening to music while coding.

I just started writing my own personal blog, so I’m using Bear for writing.

How would your ideal setup look and function?

I would love to get back to using dual monitors, so in the future I would like to get an additional Dell monitor.


What iPhone do you have?

Lawrence Gimenez' iPhone

I have an iPhone 8 64GB in Space Gray. I think this is the most comfortable and rugged phone. I reply to a lot of emails, Trello tasks, and work chats like Hangouts, and iPhone 8 is a decent enough phone to be used for that. I feel like the iPhone X is just fancy and has so many gestures that I need to get familiar with that will ultimately disrupt my workflow.

Where can we find your wallpaper online?

My wallpaper is from our wedding with my wife last month. It’s one of the best moments in our lives! So no, you can’t find it online.

What apps do you use the most and why

Previously, I used Things 3 a lot, but because of its limited sharing capabilities, I went back to iOS stock Reminders. Same situation with Airmail β€” I’ve been using it for almost a year, but the compose feature is so buggy that I switched back to Mail.app.

For development, I have a folder called dev and it is for managing and testing the iOS apps I have developed.

For work, I switch a lot between Trello, Hangouts and Slack.

For personal stuff, I use a lot of Notes, Twitter, Medium, News, Feedly, Telegram, and Safari.

Which app could you not live without?

I have to say Notes and Reminders, as they keep my life and work in order.


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