The cat is set out of the bag by Apple.
I am particularly excited and impressed by iPad Air though it is slightly off-putting that it lacks the TouchID. Also I am slightly annoyed by no refresh to the Apple TV.
I wish someone could point that the following slide indeed lists New Zealand.
However this tweet is little relieving.
While I eagerly await 1 Nov, I will put my hands on Apple TV.
*** This is no longer an issue with my weather app of choice. ***
It seems Yahoo! Weather app is not daylight savings aware. Its clock is running an hour late as I spotted just now. It erroneously shows NZST rather than NZDT.
Thankfully I don’t use weather app to track the sun. I reckon, so must be most people. However it’s a rough edge on an otherwise immaculately designed app.
I was chuffed this evening to look at a banner in my Flickr app because as part of its latest update to iOS app, among other features, Flickr now allows users to auto upload iPhone camera roll to their 1 terabyte share of Yahoo!’s servers somewhere in the ether. I think this is a fantastic feature that is going to change the game for all other services. This is a great news for users like me who are actively seeking ways to insure their priceless photos against potential device failure, theft and few other risks.
Traditionally most of the popular cloud offerings had one or other shortcomings. I have been using Dropbox which offered a reasonable 10 GB with a very convenient auto upload feature but both my accounts are nearly maxed out. Skydrive offered 25 GB [for early birds] but lacks auto upload feature from my HTC 7 Trophy that is stuck on Windows Phone 7 and the third party apps are sub-standard. I have 4 Box accounts worth 50 GB each but similar to Skydrive, there isn’t yet a nice and easy way to auto upload. Apple’s Photostream has limit of either 1000 photos or 30 days which is only good enough to sync photos across iOS devices but not for permanent storage. Facebook’s 2 GB is next to nothing and I always hated the aggressiveness of Google’s push to sign me up for Plus.
For all these reasons, I had to delete some photos of my little one- which, by the way, are the best part of the photos on my iPhone- to manage within the limited space. Despite that, I had to be a bit moderate with the number of my clicks or review and delete the similar photos.
This is why a 1000 GB of storage with auto upload sounds like music to my ears. However there are at least two shortcomings which I am more than happy to overlook at this stage. I can’t upload my earlier photos and I can’t upload videos. But I am hopeful they will be on the road map. Even otherwise, I am delighted with what I got now. Thumbs up to Flickr for being generous with storage. Because personally, I can’t explain how much joy I experience whenever I take a look at the chronologically arranged photos of my little one.
Hopefully others will follow Flickr’s lead. I am sure, within few years even 1 TB sounds like puny and everybody wonders how we used to manage with only few tens of GB of cloud space “in those days”.
I had to let go of 4 iPads.
iPad 1 was too basic to justify the cost. I almost bought iPad 2 if not for the lack of retina display. iPad 3 sported a retina display but my funds were engaged elsewhere. I exercised a bit of delayed gratification with iPad 4.
I think that’s enough of delay before gratification so I can’t wait more for next iPad. So when I saw a tweet pointing to this story on All Things D, I was delighted. I am hopeful that Apple will host an iPad event in next few weeks.
Besides being thinner, lighter and faster than current iPad, I expect Apple will port some of the flagship features of iPhone 5S into next generation iPad. I am specifically hoping for Touch ID , 64-bit chip architecture and better lenses on front and rear. And not to mention, iWork, iPhoto and iMovie which are free on all new iOS devices. This feature lineup sounds very exciting. There has never been a better time to own an iPad.
Love each one of them in that order.
Today I had to access iCloud.com only to be pleasantly surprised that it got a cool new flat look that is inline with iOS 7. That is not the only thing I found amusing. Once I logged in, I noticed icons for beta versions of Pages, Numbers and Keynote which are collectively known as iWork. I don’t know how long will Apple keep iWork for free for current Apple users but it is great that they are available right now to use. Usually Pages, Keynote and Numbers are each $13.99 NZD.
About 9 months ago I chose not to spend a third of my new laptop’s cost to buy Microsoft Office for my personal use. I explored various free alternatives to Office suite. I did try Office 365 which is cloud based and got awesome flat look with sharp corners. However Office 365 is not free beyond 30 days. So I currently rely on OpenOffice which is good for basic use but can’t really say it is a great software. And so is Google Drive where I maintain few spreadsheets.
Given this background, I welcome Apple making its Office counterpart available at no cost to Apple users, new and current (though current users have to wait until next upgrade). It is a no-brainer, this move is going to put pressure on Microsoft Office for Tablets. I think this is a threat specifically, for Windows Tablets.
To me, Tim Cook announcing that Apple is now offering iWork, iPhoto and iMovie available free of cost to all new iOS customers has been one of the interesting tidbits in the recent Apple event that introduced iPhone 5C and 5S. I believe giving away utility software for free makes Apple users- new and current- a degree or two more happier. I never had second thought belonging to the Walled Garden. It’s real beautiful inside. Jump in.
To me iPhone 5C looks like an iPhone 5 in colored shells. iPhone 5S is really cool looking and power packed. Given I already have a 4 and 5 in the house, I am not going to put my limited funds on 5S.
However I will most likely queue for next iPad which I believe is going to be out next month with most of the coolness of iPhone 5S.
I am impressed with the way Apple positioned and marketed the 5C. Not to mention 5C’s design and specs.
So I discovered Medium via this interesting post on Deliberate Practice. I was appreciative of Tony Stubblebine who wrote that piece. Subsequently learned he is building Lift App. Ended up on Lift website and instantly connected to what is there on it. All I can say is it is just a cool way to build and live your habits. You can read rest of the story about Lift on their website.
So I installed the app on my iPhone and logged in with my twitter account and added few daily habits I have been living and a few I want to add. It is pleasing to see two of my role models I follow on twitter, Anil Dash and Owen Williams are already using Lift.
I am about to check off today’s writing assignment. Cheers.
Continuing my yesterday’s story: Just when I was about to close the google results tab, another result right beneath the Lifehacker article piqued my interest. I clicked on the hyper link and ended up on a web page which is suggesting just two tips anyone can easily follow to practice whatever craft they care, deliberately.
In addition to the ideas offered, I instantly liked the typography of that website. It felt like it is the great typography referred by Steve Jobs in his famous inaugural speech at Stanford in 2005. So I started exploring more and eventually discovered many thoughtfully written essays by people from all walks of life and fields of study.
I instantly fell in love with that website. The typography is pristine. Page layout is minimal. Content is brilliant. In addition to the regular stuff like ability to tweet, share on Facebook, one can also highlight just a part of text and leave a note to author or even tweet just the highlighted part of the text. That website happens to be Medium. Here is their story: About Medium. I just wanted to belong there but they aren’t open for everybody yet. I couldn’t wait more.
And this is the article that has two tips on Deliberate Practice.
However, this chain of discovery isn’t complete just yet. There is one final part of discovery that I think is very cool and is worth sharing. I will save it for another day.