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WWDC 2016 Predictions.

‘Change my dear, and it seems not a moment too soon.’

Right now on social media, it’s a time where people speculate as to what they think Apple will announce in six hours from now at 18:00.
This is, in a sense, a follow up to a piece I wrote a few months ago, of how the iPad is going to be the focus of iOS 10. But with rumours now gaining traction, I thought I’d give my predictions and some hopes for tonight.

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Travelling with iOS.

Eventually, there’s going to be a time where you’ll find yourself unable to charge your device, leaving you without a way of communicating, taking photos, or finishing that level in Sonic CD.
The first week of May was spent abroad, so when you’re carrying two iOS devices that have great cameras, the inevitable happens of where you see the ‘Low Battery‘ notifcation appear. But instead of looking for a spare plug socket, it was a simple matter of plugging the iPhone into a battery pack I had bought a fortnight before. Now I can’t imagine a time without it.

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The Best of Both Worlds.

‘Chewie, we’re home.’

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For the last week, I’ve been going through old Apple events in the mid 2000’s, mainly the iPod announcements. The one that stands out for me is the reveal of the iPod Video. I remember hoping for one like that to come out ever since I bought an iPod Photo from a trip in America.
One thing that struck me, was that there was, in 2006, three iPod models with different screen sizes, storage sizes, and colours. All justifiable, all available. A year later, that went up to four with the new iPod Touch.
Ten years later, we now have the same, but with the iPhone. Customers’ tastes have varied so much now, that if there was only one iPhone model, with only one screen size available in 2016, there would be an uproar.

Since the announcement of the iPhone 6, I was hoping that Apple wouldn’t forget the 4 inch model, and hopefully update it with the speed of the current models.
That day finally came when they announced, as I’d hoped, with the iPhone SE.
As soon as pre-orders opened up, I reserved one on the following Thursday at 8am, and waited patiently for it to arrive the following week.

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The Intersection of Technology and Culture.

Originally posted here on 1st February 2016.

“Technology is not Enough. It’s in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough. It’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields the results that make our hearts sing.”

In 2011 when Steve Jobs announced the iPad 2, he spoke of the coming intersection of technology and art, of which he believed Apple was at the forefront of and beginning with the iPad.

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