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The case for iPadOS. Alongside a Wishlist.

This year, my hopes for iOS 12 will be earlier, mainly because the rumours usually come around this month, and rumours of a ‘Modern iPad’ hinted at from iOS 11.3 has now begun.

Even last week, news broke of Craig Federighi deciding on holding some features back for another year while they fix issues and refine other attributes.

Yet right now, we’re using the latest release of iOS 11, and embracing it. Now that both Christmas and New Year are over, there’s an amount of people who are learning the basics of iOS 11 from their new device given to them over these holidays.

But as I use the iPad and use some of the apps I’ve bought thanks to a post on MacStories, it’s made me think more of how that line between an iPad and a computer can blur.

There’s so many OS types with Apple that one more wouldn’t hurt.
There’ll probably eventually be tableOS, shelfOS, breadOS, everything that will manage what you’re using. It sounds crazy now, but also seems inevitable.

An iPadOS wouldn’t be a bad idea to fully embrace the device as a laptop replacement.

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How I use iPad.

There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t use the iPad.

I spoke about it in detail on an episode of Bring Your Own Device, the initial impressions of when I bought the new model back in June, and The Outpost Show, which is coming back soon.

My MacBook has been reduced to a media centre, a games machine and a backup device. I can’t justify upgrading to a newer model when its only these three things I use a Mac for now.

All of these apps can be used on an iPhone as well, but I find them better suited to the iPad, alongside some methods I use to better differentiate how I use it from the iPhone.

All the posts I write come from the iPad. They’re written, edited, and moved from Ulysses to WordPress to make sure the layout has no bugs in the post.

Below, you’ll not only know of the apps I use, but how I use it on my new workspace, which makes the iPad look like an iMac Mini.

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The Final Curtain of iPhone.

This is the epilogue of the first chapter of the iPhone as we know it this year.

Some were surprised as to why I wasn’t going to wait for the iPhone X.

It was essentially three reasons.

  1. I’ve never owned a ‘Plus’ model before, and I’ve slightly regretted not buying one last year when I started using the Portrait Mode for customers in the previous day job.
  2. Compared to the iPhone X; FaceID, slight improvements to the same camera as the 8 models and Animoji do not justify waiting and spending money on the model for me. I also imagine it won’t be easy to acquire one until January 2018 at the earliest.
  3. I use the iPhone almost all day, alongside it being connected to my Apple Watch, and now the AirPods, something which will have its own post soon. I needed a bigger battery without purchasing a battery case or having a socket nearby.

Since driving to Lincoln to collect it on Saturday, I’ve been using the iPhone 8 Plus around Manchester and to see how these first impressions would go.

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WWDC ’17 Thoughts.

‘You’ve taken your first step into a larger world.’ – Obi-Wan

The iPad grew up last Monday. Finally.

I’ve purposefully held back from writing this the day after or even the same week as WWDC. Out of the products announced on Monday, iOS 11 is full of small updates that people are still finding out now. A different volume overlay on videos wasn’t found until Thursday for instance.

But first, as Marvin Candle once said, a little history.

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Short Thoughts: iPhone is Ten today.

The 9th of January 2007 was when the iPhone was first announced. I remember watching the first part of the keynote, where Steve Jobs announced a ‘Widescreen iPod with touch controls‘. I had been hoping for one for so long, I was so excited to see one finally confirmed.
But then I had to go to work, and it wasn’t until I got back around midnight, that I could see what an ‘iPhone’ was.
I remember buying one from eBay not long after its June 29th launch. It even came in an AT&T bag, and using some ‘methods’, got it unlocked. I haven’t owned another smartphone since.

Reading Apple’s ‘Newsroom’ post from this morning, I believe it when they say it’s still only the start of things. We really are still closer to the starting line than the finish line ten years on.

Some posts from around the web:

Steven Levy’s interview today with Phil Schiller.

Marco Arment’s thoughts.

John Gruber’s Daring Fireball Thoughts.