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Apple Watch & iPad, sitting in a tree…

I wasn’t hoping for much this year at WWDC. The writing has been on the Apple Wall that there’s been a greater need for improvements in quality towards all of their Operating Systems as of late.

With watchOS, this wasn’t needed, just some features that have been requested since we’ve all become accustomed to those taps on our wrists since 2015.

With version 5 announced at WWDC, the time has now come to say goodbye to a model of the Apple Watch, namely the ‘Series 0’ model, which began the Apple Watch when it first launched, and one that I also own.

To me it’s understandable, but also slightly puzzling, as i was hoping for some kind of service to help update the Watch you’ve spent hundreds (or thousands when it came to the gold edition), so that it’s still relevant on your wrist.

Alas, I’m now looking at current models, alongside the standard rumours of what could be coming for Series 4, to see what these new models could benefit me, to ease the pain of spending all that money on one again.

In all honesty, I’ve struggled.

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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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WWDC: iOS 11 iPad Wishlist.

Each year, I like to do a few words on what I’d like to see for the next versions of iOS, macOS, and watchOS before they’re announced at WWDC on Monday from 6PM.

Last year was all about the three, but this year it’s a bit different; iOS 11 for iPad.

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