Surviving with Apple Pay

We’ve all done it – left your wallet at home and you’re in a dire need for money, groceries, gas, etc.  How do you get by if you can’t get your wallet with your ID in short order?

I was thinking about this problem and thought of a simple solution.  Go to a merchant that accepts Apple Pay and sells general gift cards.  A place like Walgreens sells gift cards for restaurants, gas stations and other merchants.  They even sell Visa and MasterCard gift cards (with an activation fee).  Walgreens also typically sells transit passes for buses and trains.

This may not help you immediately when you’re in line at the grocery store with a cart full of groceries.  But, if you’re stranded away from home and have an immediate need, this is a possible solution.

I’d also suggest putting a high-resolution scanned image of your ID and Passport into a safe application like 1Password.

If you run Unit Tests in Xcode

If you run unit tests inside of Xcode, you may wish to turn on the behavior to show the test results after they run.


  1. Go to Preferences in Xcode.
  2. Click on the Behaviors tab.
  3. Click on Succeeds.
  4. Check the box shown and select “Show” then “Test Navigator”.
  5. Repeat step 4 for Fails as well.

Now when your tests finish (failed or succeeded) you’ll see the pretty green or red marks.