The iPad and Mac Refresh

Bloomberg put out an article talking about the release of new iPad software, hardware, and Mac hardware.

I found this really interesting that Apple will move to a flip-flop cycle of iPhone software features and then iPad software features. Plus deeper support for the Apple Pencil is really interesting to me. The whole reason I bought one was for annotations and navigation so more of that sounds great. Bloomberg also talked about having an iPad with a faster display. I think this will play a long the line of more Pencil support for the iPad.

They also mentions the Mac and that there will be new MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs, and iMacs. The MacBook Pros and iMacs don't surprise me at all, but refreshing the MacBook Air does, that seemed like a product at the end of it's days. Also no mention of the Mac Pro or the Mac Mini the two computer that haven't been refreshed in over two year. That doesn't mean there wont be new ones but if there isn't new Mac Pro's soon Apple may have riot in the streets from the professional community.

Apple Event Predictions For Sept. 7th

Apple announced a keynote for September 7th today. It is quite obvious that it will be in regards to then new iPhone and maybe a few other products. I put together a list of all my event predictions.

  • The plus model will have duel camera system.
  • The new iPhone will come in a blue model.
  • No headphone jack. (time to accept this one people and welcome or new Bluetooth overlords)
  • Apple Watch 2 will be announced but will ship later this year.
  • The new iPhone will start at a 32 GB model. (Finally)
  • No physical home button. (there will be a dedicated force touch area for these interactions where the home button was)
  • I will not be called the iPhone 7. My guess is iPhone 6 SE and iPhone 6 SE Plus.
  • And finally I hate to say this one because it needs to happen soon, but no new Macs.

Swift Playgrounds Is The Biggest Annoucement From WWDC

On Monday Apple had their annual WWDC Keynote at the Bill Graham center. In my opinion Swift Playgrounds is the biggest piece of news to come out of it. I will be honest I was hoping for something a little more like Xcode to be announced for iPad, but this is so big that it is at least a couple years out. But what we got might be better.

The first part of Swift Playgrounds is really geared towards the younger audience for people that want to want to lean how to program. They have great detailed animated lessens for people to interact with and really learn what the functions of Swift are. I am really impressed and as somebody that is teaching them self how to code I can't wait to try it.

They also have full playground projects like the one you would find in Xcode. But Apple has gone in and reworked the whole thing to work better with touch. In the State of the Union yesterday the developer showing the demo never launched the keyboard and just used quick type suggestions. But there is a keyboard for those that want to get their hands dirty. It has been designed with coding in mine. So common special characters in coding are on the letter keys and just require a long press to select them.

I am so impressed with this and will be installing the beta on one of my iPads to try it out.

Apple Software Update Day 5/16/16

Today Apple released OS updates for all of their platforms, though it is all minor updates it is always a good idea to stay up to date. Released today was OS X 10.11.5, iOS 9.3.2, watchOS 2.2.1, and Apple TV. The one notable change is now night shift works while in low power mode. Other then that there is nothing crazy in these updates mostly security updates and bug fixes. With new major OS release on the horizon there is nothing shocking in this.

Also Apple released a new version of iTunes that is suppose to help with the non reproducible iTunes bug that deletes users music. I still think this is user error and not an iTunes bug though.

Happy Updating!

Apple Music Gets A Revamp

According to Bloomberg Apple Music will be getting a major revamp and 9 to 5 Mac who has a great track recorded says the app is due a for a full overhaul. Apple is suppose to be focusing on features like lyrics, black and white design, and artwork. I will wait to pass judgment until I see it, but this is great news for those of us that stuck with Apple Music after the three month trial.

To be honest I am not a big fan of any one streaming service, I find all of the layouts very cumbersome. I don't ever use Apple Music Connect or Radio, though I doubt they will drop those feature I wouldn't mind being able to hide the features I don't use. So if Apple does makes a solid UI in the app I will be very excited. Right now I mostly use Apple Music with Siri, and that for me is the biggest compelling feature to keep Apple Music around. Reports say we will see something come June at WWDC.

PRO Tip: If you go into the restriction in the settings app and turn off Apple Music Connect it will be replaced by the far more useful playlist button.