Apple is on a yearly cadence for releasing new operating systems. Despite all of the troubles of 2020 and 2021, Apple has continued this cadence. This year’s releases of iOS 15, iPadOS 15, tvOS 15, watchOS 8, and macOS Monterey are somewhat lighter on new features that one might expect. However, the new features the operating systems have are big changes.

The biggest change is with a new Focus system, which will allow you to customize how your iPhone, iPad, and Mac all function when you need to concentrate on a particular type of task. The iPad has seen a significant change with the ability to place Widgets on the home screen. This will create a whole new experience, particularly with the extra large widget size.

For developers there are significant changes with Swift’s new async/await pattern, a whole new button system for customizing buttons, and a new continuous integration service called Xcode Cloud. Xcode itself has some improvements like inline commenting and the ability to review, merge, or close pull requests.

SwiftUI, Apple’s Swift-only UI framework has some enhancements with a new refreshable modifier, new button options, a new primitive called AsyncImage.

These topics just barely scratch what is covered in iOS 15, iPadOS 15, tvOS 15, watchOS 8, and macOS Monterey. The information within will provide details about all of the new features of each operating system and has something for everyone, no matter what level of expertise.

Site and App 2021 Year in Review


I do not normally do a yearly “recap” blog post, for the site, but I thought I would do so for this year. It’s been an interesting year for the site and the Here are some statistics.


Posts

Total number of posts: 193
Number of non-‘availability’ posts: 70 (including this one).
Number of Reviews: 12, which is an average of one a month.

Total Word Count (not including “availability” posts): 81,704 / average of 1,167.20 words

Average Word Count: 1166.80 words per post
Number of “Availability” posts: 123

  • AirTag: 13
  • iPad Pro: 10
  • iPhone 100

Page Views

Total Page Views from 2016 to 2021:

  • 2021: 13,860 / 37.97 per day
  • 2020: 9,594 / 26.21 per day
  • 2019: 13,475 / 36.91 per day
  • 2018: 11,573 / 31.71 per day
  • 2017: 29,126 / 79.80 per day
  • 2016: 34,166 / 93.35 per day

Most popular post: Account Locked after updating macOS Big Sur – 3,933 views
Most Popular Review: A Review of the 5th Generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro – 809 views


Book Statistics

I don’t normally post about how well my books sell, but here are those statistics: Total Books sold from 2019 to 2021:

  2021 2020 2019 Total
Apple 322 475 561 1,358
Amazon 48 130 251 427
Paperback (B&W) 21 32 115 166
Hardcover/Color Paperback 0 8 10 18
Total 391 645 937 1,973

I’m not sure why I sold significantly fewer books this year as opposed to previous years, but that seems to be the case. I am not sure if it just that I have not been linked from other sites, or if I did not promote my books well enough, or if it is because I only wrote one book this year instead of two so people presumed I did not write a book this year. It is also entirely possible that is for another reason that I could not think of. 

I hope next year’s book sales will be higher, closer to 2019’s numbers.


App Statistics

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App Updates: 9, with an average of 34 days between each release. Here are the new downloads of wwriteLite per year:

  • 2021: 69
  • 2020: 56
  • 2019: 66
  • 2018: 136
  • 2017: 101
  • 2016: 132

There are some big changes coming in the next update to the app. So if you want to be one of the first to get access to the features, go and sign up for the TestFlight.


Closing Thoughts

Overall 2021 was not too bad for the site, app, and books. Of course I would have preferred to have sold a few more copies of the books, and had a few more downloads of my app, but alas, it is what it is. I hope the numbers improve for next year, but only time will tell on that.

What kind of content did you enjoy? What would you like to see covered that was not? What would you like to see changed? Let me know via twitter.


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