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Tally 2 is a helpful eyes-free counter for iPhone and iPad

Agile Tortoise’s Tally 2 for iPhone and iPad (universal, free with in-app purchase) is a no-look, incremental counter app that’s simple and useful. It does one thing, really — count up or down — in a super simple manner. I can think of two perfect uses for Tally 2, but first let’s look at this update. 

Using Tally 2

Tally 2 is beyond simple to use. You’ll start by creating a new “tally.” Tap the hash marks in the upper left-hand corner to bring up the Tallies screen. Then, tap the “+”, again in the upper left. That’s it. Tap the “<” in the upper right to get counting. 

Now, whenever you need to add a point of data, just tap the screen. An audible “pop” confirms that the app has recorded the data, so you can concentrate on what you’re recording, and not the device’s screen. That’s really handy, especially in one of the scenarios I’ll describe later. 

You can customize a tally’s settings. Tap the gear icon (or swipe right) to bring up the settings screen. From here you can:

  • Give a tally a title.
  • Set the current value.
  • Decide on the step size (each tap increases or decreases by one, two, three…whatever  you want).
  • Set a reset value.
  • Choose a direction: will you be counting up or down?
  • Finally, enable the Today widget

One of the newsletters that I look forward to reading each week is the Monday Note, edited by Frédéric Filloux and ex-Apple executive Jean-Louis Gassée. Not only is the Monday Note fascinating to read, but it provides a level of insight and analysis that’s much more reasoned and believable than most tech blogs. That’s why I refused to write anything about the much-ballyhooed Apple Car last week when many of the other Apple sites were all over the “story” until I read what Gassée had to say about it. His take? “The fantastic Apple Car is a fantasy.”

Yes, I know that this goes contrary to popular opinion, but I’m in Gassée’s court on this one. I don’t think Apple is going to be selling a car. Sure, Apple may have “400 people” working on an auto-related project, but as Gassée points out, they could just as well be working on better CarPlay integration as well as a way to produce better “Street View”-like images for Apple’s Maps.

Let’s look at a quote from Gassée:

Apple’s life today is relatively simple. It sells small devices that are easily transported back to the point of sale for service if needed. No brake lines to flush, no heavy and expensive batteries and cooling systems, no overseeing the installation and maintenance of home and public chargers. And consider the trouble Tesla faces with entrenched auto dealers who oppose Tesla selling cars directly in some states. Apple doesn’t need these headaches.

So, how did the rumors about an Apple Car get started? It seemed to start when pictures of a van with cameras on top started circulating around. Word had it that this was an Apple-owned vehicle, probably set up like Google’s Street View cars to capture imagery. But the rumor quickly took a life of its own, with people reporting that this was an autonomous self-driving van, and then other sites threw fuel on the fire by reporting that Apple had hired a number of auto industry engineers and executives.

Yes, they have hired some big names — Johann Jungwirth, former president and chief executive of Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America is foremost on the list. There’s also word of engineer poaching going on between Tesla and Apple. But all of this seems to have become gospel when the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple was gearing up to challenge Tesla

To me, though, Gassée’s point about Apple selling “small devices that are easily transported back to the point of sale” is key. Unless the company is planning on totally disrupting the huge worldwide auto industry with something that is so completely different that it doesn’t need a maintenance infrastructure, it just doesn’t make sense that it would choose to jump into a business that it doesn’t know. 

I’m agreeing with Jean-Louis Gassée on this one. How about you? Leave your comments below!

Steve Sande
the authorSteve Sande
Steve is the founder and former publisher of Apple World Today and has authored a number of books about Apple products. He's an avid photographer, an FAA-licensed drone pilot, and a really bad guitarist. Steve and his wife Barb love to travel everywhere!