Last month Apple announced its newest model, the iPhone X, and it’s had me thinking about things that have become commonplace with smart phones. My kids were toddlers when I got my first iPhone, and I really don’t remember parenting without it.
My kids have always reached for my phone to use as a stopwatch for races, and for selfies. I’ve set more “just 5 more minutes” alarms than I care to count.
I’ve always had the school lunch menu saved to my home screen, and my iCalendar programmed with helpful alerts like “pick up children from school” and “swim lessons.”
I’ve also had email on my phone this entire time. At first, it was novel — but was it really necessary? Would I ever use my phone so much that having email there was more convenient than on my home or work computer? And why the default signature line “sent from my iPhone” there?
Eight years later, I say yes; email on my iPhone is necessary. It’s handy referencing things on the go, and I also often send simple replies on my phone.
For the longest time I didn’t know that “sent from my iPhone” line could be changed, but then I started seeing people send their responses with an inspiring quote or a comment about pardoning the typos, because of the minute keyboard.
I’ve never actually changed my signature
I’m still “sent from my iPhone” after all these years. If I’m being honest though, I could have a rotating bevy of choices including:
- Sent from the carpool line, where I conduct most of my business on school days.
- Sent from the treadmill. Yes, I’m going slow enough to type and walk at the same time.
- Sent from the pediatrician’s office. Yes we’re here again; no, it’s not contagious.
- Sent from the darkest corner of my kitchen, where I’m sitting unnoticed. Please don’t rat me out.
- Sent from the soccer field. Because I’m always at the soccer field.
- Sent from the checkout at the grocery store where I check all of my email boxes. I’ve unsubscribed to 15 newsletters already and there are still 10 people ahead of me in line.
- Sent from my iPad, because my kid finally put it down long enough for me to have a turn.
- Sent from the bathroom. Don’t judge.
Email on my phone is here to stay, and I’m fine with that. And as much as multitasking is part of parenting, soon enough my signature could read:
Sent from my empty nest.
So I’ll enjoy conducting answering emails in the carpool line and at the soccer field for as long as I can.