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Finally getting round to sorting a few things for the blog so that I can get back into the habit of posting regularly. I don’t read a lot on my iPhone but my I do my iPad, hopefully this will he.

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.

The New Mr. Reader Icon

Nice insight into the design of the new Mr. Reader icon. Mr. Reader is an app I’ve seen and heard a lot about but I’ve never tried, largely because I’m a snob and judged the icon, deciding it would never appear on my iPad. That may change if I ever get discontented with Reeder.

Google Finds Its Design Voice on iOS

Fascinating look at the way Google are vetoing the design language for their iOS apps. I have to say I’ve been impressed recently, the new search app and the new maps app are now residents on the home screen of my iPhone 4. Of course it probably helps that they provide me with some features that Apple have held back from the iPhone 4, mainly Siri and turn by turn navigation.

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.

Two Weeks With iPad Mini

That’s when it clicked. When I realised I had — without really thinking — done all the things I need an iPad to do for a whole week without being forced back to a full-size iPad, I saw that the iPad mini is just that: an iPad.

When it comes to iPad, Fraser is one of those people whom I make sure to take note and listen to what he’s saying. He uses iPad a lot more than most people, so I believe his judgement on the device is one to be taken note of. I’ve played with iPad mini for about 30 mins in total over a couple of visits to the Apple store here in Cheltenham. The weight of the device and how easy it’s been to hold in one hand has me considering selling my iPad 2 to upgrade to a mini, my only reservation being could I continue to use it in my work the way I’m finding I use my iPad 2?

I have not found the mini to be unusably small, even with iOS being scaled down to fit. There have been occasional apps where certain operations have been fiddly, and I found drawing precisely with a stylus was difficult because of the relative size of the stylus tip. This might be something that can be overcome with a bit of practice but I’m not there yet.

This is now my only reservation. I use a stylus and the Paper app to scamp ideas, it beats my Moleskine because I can use subtle colours to guide my thinking. I can see a trip to the Apple Store armed with my stylus coming to maybe confirm or deny that nagging that the reduction in weight is worth me seriously considering upgrading (and curing the pain I get in my wrists after reading for extended periods).

Autumn Desktops

Autumn is my favourite time of year. I live the colours and the chance to layer up. Around this time I always find myself trying to find some nice shots for my various wallpapers. My iPhone and iPad are now rocking a couple of these shots.

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.

Evernote 5 for iOS

I’m finding myself more and more drawn to the Evernote world. This coming update looks like it could be really nice to use and finally push me into using the app more regularly. The only thing that’s not show is the home screen icon, hopefully they’ve improved that as well, the current one is ugly.

Paper Is Alive With Colour.…

Great new update to one of my favourite iPad apps. I use it regularly to sketch out ideas for projects I’m working on. Looks like I may be using it more and more, might be time to invest in a stylus.

Fixing the AirPrint Conundrum — Shawn Blanc

Shawn Blanc with a good roundup of the options for enabling AirPrint on your Mac so you can print from your iOS devices. I’m currently trying out Printopia because of it’s flexibility to print to PDF on my Mac as well as my printer.

Sakura Quick Math

Because the iPad is only for consuming right? You can’t use it for productive tasks, like maybe improving your maths, or teaching your kids in a way they are used to. This app looks great, I’m sure I’d have enjoyed maths more had I been able to learn it in a more relaxed fun way.

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.

Things Cloud and Local Push

The cloud sync that is now finally in Cultured Code’s Things is fantastic. This little addition has made it even more awesome, best of all it works like the video shows it does.

That’s where Local Push comes in. Now, every time you make a change on one device, Things sends an encrypted notification of that change across your local network. All your other devices on the same local network pick this up and request the changes from Things Cloud.

In other words — you can have Things open on all your devices, make a change on one of them, and see that change applied on your other devices almost immediately.

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.

Blogsy 3.4 Released

The iPad blogging app Blogsy has just released a new version which includes the ability to set/edit custom fields for WordPress blogs. For those of you like me who like to blog from the iPad this could be just up your street. I’ll be checking it out this evening.

(Via Jim Dalrymple.)

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 Reeder.app

Troubleshooting Messages Beta

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

(Via Jim Dalrymple.)

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