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Thirty Years of Mac

Really nice timeline of how the Mac has changed in the last 30 years.

Grandpa’s iPad

This is a wonderful story that brought a big smile to my face when I read it. Well done Apple, you changed the world for a legally blind old man in a way that most people will probably never understand.

An Apple Christmas

It’s a TV ad, but it’s a beautiful TV ad and one I’m pretty sure a lot of people will connect with. This Christmas is a great time to spend with the people you love, and a great opportunity to switch off that glowing rectangle you stare at for the rest of the year, but it’s also a great time for making memories to share with your family. My favourite Christmas ad this year.

Omni’s 2012 Review

Interesting look back at the last year for the Omni Group. What’s so mind blowing is the number of releases they’ve made as depicted on their timeline.

iPad Mini: Good Things Come in Small Packages

The iPad mini doesn’t add anything to the iOS experience feature-wise, but it does make using iPad apps out in the real world far more likely. I never felt comfortable using my iPad outside the office or house, but I think I’ll be taking this smaller, lighter iPad with me more often.

I had a brief play with an iPad mini at the weekend. Unlike with the iPhone or the original iPad, I didn’t get a big wow moment, instead a more relaxed and confirming this feels right. Seems to be the general theme from the reviews I’m reading online.

The Verge’s iPad Mini Review

Interesting review of the iPad mini. I’m starting to think that it’s size and weight would be more beneficial to me than my iPad 2. Maybe when the 2nd generation comes out with a retina display I’ll think about upgrading.

iOS 6 and Every-Day Life by Shawn Blanc

Today, right now, we’re using the same mobile operating system with the same apps as the guys in Cupertino who dream this stuff up and make it happen.

And it seems to me that there are several things in iOS 6 which reveal just that. This version of iOS is not full of any one amazing new jaw-dropping feature that will have our minds spinning. Instead it’s filled with dozens of little things that will get used by real people ever day. And it will make our lives a little bit nicer and a little bit easier.

This is exactly how iOS 6 feels to me, a steady refinement, sanding off the rough edges and the bits of friction. It’s smoother, a little bit snappier on my iPhone 4 (except for the app store) and just a nice incremental progression.

The iPhone 5 on Daring Fireball

iPhone 5 in my hand, this talk of micron-precision, fine watch craftsmanship, and the computerized selection of best-match inlays sounds not the least bit bullshitty or blustery. It simply sounds like an explanation of the level of obsession that it takes to create a mass-produced device that feels this, well, nice.

Of course it’s a disappointment the iPhone 5. Sure sounds like one.

&AD">The Faces You Never See: Apple Flies Sir Jony Ive and Entire Design Team to London for D&AD

Sir Jonathan, who for all the acclaim bestowed upon him rarely makes public appearances, collected Apple’s awards for best brand and best design studio at D&AD’s 50th anniversary celebration in Battersea Park.

But rather than let one man take the plaudits, Apple took the unusual step of flying its entire design team over from San Francisco to celebrate the achievement as a group — a notable event given that Apple has seemingly never attended an awards bash before.

A lovely touch from Apple to ensure everyone who played their part in Apple’s design success gets the recognition they deserve as part of the best design team in the world. Congratulations guys.

One Year Later, the iPad Is Still My Favorite Computer

Up until a few weeks ago I’ve often found myself asking the question below:

Why won’t you admit that you can only use the iPad for real work because you’re a writer?

Perhaps one could be justified in asking it. A lot of the people demonstrating the iPad is good for working on tend to be writers, people who just require a text editor and a keyboard to produce something. Of course each time I come across answers similar to this:

I didn’t expect this self-interview to get so combative. But if you’re so sure that the iPad can’t be used for other creative expression, you might want to take it up with people like Cynthia Wick and Glen Mulcahy.

A couple of weeks ago I experienced this first hand. Each summer I do a beach mission in North Wales, every year we end up making things at the last minute to suit the needs which no amount of planning could foresee. This year what was the device I used to do the work? My iPad. My MacBook Pro sat upstairs in it’s case for pretty much the entire time. I wrote talks on my iPad, I made presentations and I planned sessions. My friend, he drew pictures to tell bible stories. Not once did we require a Mac or PC to do it. It was a real eye opener to the power of the iPad as a computer that can be used for work.

So will I leave my MacBook Pro at home next summer? As a freelance designer the only thing that stops me doing this, and perhaps my biggest disappointment with the iPad at the moment, is that there is no software akin to InDesign or Illustrator that would let me. Yet…

A Week With iOS Six

Of all the announcements Apple made at WWDC last week, iOS 6 is the one which excites me the most. Well, to be more accurate, Siri excites me the most. Chuck Skoda gives an interesting view of one week with iOS 6, further enticing me to upgrade (if I can) when the new iPhone arrives.

Are We Using Geofencing Wrong? — the Brooks Review

When Apple announced their reminders app, and a new API, that allows geofencing in iOS, I was pretty pumped. To be able to schedule a task to alert you the moment you enter or leave a location seemed pretty cool. But, as with many things, the demo proved to be much cooler than the actual real world use case.

Ben’s not alone with this feeling. I was excited when Geofencing was released, I always forget stuff at the supermarket so the notion of being reminded when I arrived to buy something sounded great. In practise not so much.

Since Instapaper with background update locations launched I’ve been putting it to use on my iPhone. It’s brilliant and I already want more developers to implement something similar (hint, hint Instacast). It feels like this is such an obvious thing to do that I’m baffled no one thought of it sooner. It feels like this kind of thing is what Apple created the Geofences for.

Retina Web Clip Icons and Reeder for iPad by Shawn Blanc

I’ve been meaning to link to this for a while. Since the iPad 3 arrived it’s time to update the images for your Apple touch icons and

Mountain Lion on Daring Fireball

We’re starting to do some things differently,” Phil Schiller said to me.

No kidding, not only are Apple surprising us with this announcement, they’re surprising us with how they’re doing it. A one on one keynote to announce the next major version of OS X for a select number of writers. Apple really do know how to work things to give the best impact.

OS X Mountain Lion. Even More Innovation Comes to the Mac.">OS X Mountain Lion. Even More Innovation Comes to the Mac.

For a moment yesterday when I checked Twitter and saw talk of Mountain Lion, I had to check it wasn’t April 1st. I quickly discovered it wasn’t a joke and Apple had announced the next version of OS X, bringing some iOS apps to the Mac.

I’m excited.

Troubleshooting Messages Beta

Important for making the new Messages app on the Mac sync with all your iOS devices.

(Via Jim Dalrymple.)

Mountain Lion Is Not More Like iOS by Jim Dalrymple

If Apple were trying to make Mountain Lion more like iOS we would be touching the screen of our computers to interact with out apps instead of using the keyboard and mouse.

Mountain Lion is about familiarity and integration. The new features and apps in Mountain Lion make sense for a desktop operating system.

(Via Jim Dalrymple.)

Misconceptions About iOS Multitasking

A great article from Fraser debunking all the myths behind multi-tasking on iOS. I’ve heard many people, people who should know better, making similar statements to the ones which prompted this article.

(Via Twitter)

Culture by Shawn Blanc

There is more than one person in Cupertino who cares about quality, craftsmanship, art, and innovation in Apple’s products.

This is exactly why Apple will continue doing what they have been doing for the last few years. I’m sorry to see Steve Jobs resign but I’m glad that he will be spending time with his family has he battles with whatever illness he has.

Inside iOS 5: AirPlay Mirroring Will Be Its “Most Exciting Feature”

This makes me really want to get an AppleTV, Real Racing looks awesome.

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