Coding… the new way of life?

This is something I am waiting for eagerly. If you have noticed or even been on Apple’s website recently they have this at the bottom of the page:

It’s called Swift Playgrounds

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Here is the breakdown according to Apple:

“Swift Playgrounds is a revolutionary new app for iPad that makes learning Swift interactive and fun. Solve puzzles to master the basics using Swift — a powerful programming language created by Apple and used by the pros to build many of today’s most popular apps. Then take on a series of challenges and step up to more advanced creations. Swift Playgrounds requires no coding knowledge, so it’s perfect for students just starting out. It also provides a unique way for seasoned developers to quickly bring ideas to life. And because it’s built to take full advantage of iPad, it’s a first-of-its-kind learning experience.”

To me, it seem’s like Apple wants everyone, no matter the age, to get a jump start on the technological world and get into coding. I definitely cannot wait to get started with it.

Why don’t we look more into it, shall we? I think instead of seeing a bunch of different pictures, the best way to show is to watch a video, which I have already incorporated down below, so go check it out!

 

 

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After watching the video and seeing what Apple has to offer I hope some of you are as excited as I am about this new coding app!

I personally have always wanted to learn code, but have never been able to primarily to its difficulty and lapse of time. But with Swift Playgrounds hopefully all of that can change!

Apple bringing BIG CHANGES

Today is a day filled with big news from Apple and I am excited to share it all with you. As you may have heard the WWDC16 is occurring from the 13th all the way through the 17th. Apple is bringing a lot of changes, and if you missed it I just want to give you a brief break down of what is going to be occurring in the up coming months!

Apple announced iOS 10, which will be coming this fall to the iPhone, iPad and iPod. A lot of different changes which I will pick a part for you shortly. Apple also announced macOS Sierra. If you read some of my previous posts you would know that the rumors were true and Apple did indeed dropped the famous OS X naming system and changed it to macOS.

iOS 10 “Big. Bold. Beautiful”

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After looking through some of the website, I noticed that a lot of the major features are coming directly to iMessage, if you think about it, it makes sense because I believe that is what users spend the most of their time on.

For instance here is an example of Write it Yourself, where it allows the user to write something and send it all at the control of your finger.

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There is a lot more! If you want to go check them out, click on any one of the pictures above and it will directly take you to the website, that will you will be able to interact with them and see what it’s all about.

iOS 10 is also bringing changes to Siri, which allow her to open up applications. I think this would be very useful, especially for all of you who use Siri on a daily basis, making multitasking to a whole new level. Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 4.50.03 PM

iOS devices will now even be able to pick up the iPhone and wake it up. Instead of always have to click a button to see what notification you got, simply picking it up will show you everything you need. Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 4.51.57 PM

There are plenty more features, probably even more than what will be displayed on the website and I cannot wait to try them all out this Fall.

 

 

macOS Sierra

The first and foremost is how they changed the name from OS X to macOS, which I think seems to make sense strictly because now it just goes along well with the product. There are a few changes coming to the macOS, one of the big ones being Siri.

  • Siri can do something for you while you are working on something else, taking multitasking to a whole new level.
  • Siri can locate files for you simply by just asking.
  • You can even ask it so many more things! Check it out below!

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I really cannot wait to try this out! The only problem is for those of you who have:

  • MacBook from late 2009 and later
  • MacBook Air from 2010 and later
  • MacBook Pro from 2010 and later
  • Mac Mini from 2010 and later
  • Mac Pro from 2010 and later
  • iMac from late 2009 and later

Apple is no longer supporting these systems. If you do not fall in the group of these products then it will definitely be something to try out when it releases.

 

 

I am excited about everything that Apple has planned and can’t wait to try it out. If you have any questions feel free to contact me or leave a comment below!

 

Major Apple Leak shows future changes in iOS!

AppAdvice has recently run through the meta data on iTunes, and Apple has finally set themselves up to deliver one of the most requested things by users: to hide Apps that already come on iPhone

This mean’s iPad/iPhone user will finally be able to hide the 32 apps that come pre-installed on devices. Yes! You can finally get rid of Tips, GameCenter, Stocks or any other app that you hate having to hide in that “Extra” categories folder.

So here is AppAdvice’s metadata evidence. Where it say’s “FirstPartyHideableApp” meaning the function is present in iOS, but since it says “false” it is currently turned off but it has the ability to be “enabled.”

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iTunes metadata showing the new option to hide unwanted apps. Image credit: AppAdvice

But why just the ability to hide the apps? Why not delete them? Tim Cook actually addressed this issue when he was speaking to Buzzfeed, “There are some apps that are linked to something else on the iPhone. If they were to be removed they might cause issues elsewhere on the phone.”

We are most likely looking at iOS 10, but it is definitely something to look forward to! I honestly can’t wait for this feature to be presented and released, it will just give me more control over personalization.

If you have any questions, comment below, or email me at simpletechlifeblog@gmail.com

iPad Pro 9.7: Week 1 Update

So far i’ve had my iPad Pro for about a week and all of my lovely accessories have come in and I’ve had plenty of time to use them. Last week you saw the few perks of the iPad Pro, including the Apple Pencil, the Silicone Case, and just some on display features. This week I want to talk about the Smart Keyboard, the Speakers, and the overall Speed of this device.

Smart Keyboard

So from the first glance it looked fantastic. I think you’d agree with me that it just looks to have a very pristine condition. The only think you need to note is that it doesn’t feel like a laptop keyboard, instead it feels like a material you’re typing on, but it didn’t take too long to get used to. I love typing on it, especially with how quickly it pairs with the iPad. It takes less than a second, and you are all set!
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Next think I want to talk about is the different positions this Keyboard Case can go. It fits really well in this vertical position if you just want to watch a video or maybe a TV Show on Netflix.

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Here below you can see how the iPad looks when it is connected to the keyboard. It isn’t too far up right and not too far back. The best condition to type something up.

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I also wanted to show all of you what the inside of it looked like. I though this was super creative. The inside is super soft, almost like a microfiber type of feel, and the keyboard folds into it, and this material you see to the left covers your iPad giving it maximum protection.

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Down below you can see how it looks when the cover is place on top of the screen.

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Overall the Keyboard is absolutely fantastic. I think Apple did a wonderful job with the design and feel and I would definitely buy it again if I had to.

Speakers

The speakers on this device are all you need anymore. Honestly with 4 speakers on this device, other portable speakers aren’t even necessary. If you have a small group of people this would be all you’d need. Check out the video below, and tell me it doesn’t sound great!


Speed

The last thing I wanted to talk about briefly is the overall speed of the device. I’ve heard people having issues with the fact that the iPad Pro 9.7 only has 2GB of RAM unlike the bigger Pro has 4 GB. I honestly can’t tell a difference. This device to my is very fast, from the highly responsive Touch ID all the way to flipping through apps when multitasking. I think it is more than enough for me and it is very quick.

 

I hope you enjoyed my update on the new iPad Pro 9.7! Next post about this device will get more into some of my favorite apps, other features I seem to enjoy and anything I think Apple should fix in the future.

If you have any questions feel free to comment below or email me at simpletechlifeblog@gmail.com

You don’t need to upgrade your iPad Air 2!

This is a post for all of you who have an iPad Air 2 but don’t know if you should spend the money to get an iPad Pro 9.7. Well I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to!

The iPad Pro does have the exquisite features such as the Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard, and if those are the only reason you want to get an iPad Pro, then I want to show you another route you can do, and a much less expensive one at that.

First things first, you don’t need to purchase an iPad Pro if you want to be able to use the Apple Pencil. The other option is buying a FiftyThree Pencil for only $49.99, and comes in the colors of Gold, Graphite, and Walnut. You also don’t need to upgrade for the Smart Keyboard, instead you could buy the BrydgeAir Keyboard for $149.99 available in colors of Silver, Space Gray, and Gold to match your iPad perfectly. But let’s dive into these products individually!

FiftyThree Pencil

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The applications the Pencil works with include:

  • Paper (FiftyThree)
  • OneNote (Microsoft)
  • Adobe Illustrator Draw
  • Adobe Photoshop Sketch
  • GoodNotes
  • Noteshelf
  • Sketchbook and many more

There are also many features with the FiftyThree Pencil that you may enjoy. The first is Surface Pressure. Depending on how hard you press down, you will be able to control the thickness of your lines without having to change any sort of setting, all managed by your finger tips. Screen Shot 2016-04-03 at 4.10.24 PM

 

You can also Erase with this pencil! This is a feature that is slightly better than the Apple Pencil, because in order to erase with this device, all you have to do is flip it over and use the other end to erase, without having to change any sort of settings. Screen Shot 2016-04-03 at 4.10.27 PM

 

Also you may even enjoy the fact that certain applications use Palm Rejection. Yes that’s right, you don’t need to have the iPad Pro in order to have Palm Rejection incorporated, it comes a part of some apps. Screen Shot 2016-04-03 at 4.10.33 PM

Here are also some technical specifications if you are interested in them:

  • Pencil’s battery charges off any USB port in under 90 minutes and delivers power for up to a month of normal use on a single charge.
  • Bluetooth connection: no settings menus, no confusing pairing rituals. Just press Pencil’s tip to the screen and it will automatically connect.

I think that this is a great alternative to the Apple Pencil, especially with the price being at $49.99. Next up, let’s talk about the best keyboard to get for your device.

 

BrydgeAir Keyboard

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The BrydgeAir Keyboard is possibly one of the best attachable keyboards you can get for your iPad. The first thing that I think is quite awesome is the design. Not only does the color match up quite well with whatever iPad you may have, but it is also designed to feel like any keyboard. It is very versatile as you can see below, and can go to as much as a 180 degree view.

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It also has backlit keys. Not many keyboards have this feature, something that would come in very useful if you were working in a darker location like in your room at night, a cafe, or even on an airplane.

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To top it off this keyboard also includes its own set of speakers. So now you wouldn’t have to listen to your built in iPad speakers when they come a part of the keyboard. I think they also make up for the fact that the keyboard isn’t connected like the Smart Keyboard by giving it extraordinary battery life. A single charge can hold up 3 Months of Use, and to charge it, all you have to do is plug in a Micro USB Cable.

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The FiftyThree Pencil and the BrydgeAir Keyboard are great alternatives for your iPad Air 2 if you are contemplating upgrading your device strictly for he means of the accessories. You would save plenty of money too. A new iPad Pro ranges from $599- $1229 depending on the size, and Wifi or Cellular capability. The Apple Pencil is $99 and the Smart Keyboard is roughly $150 on top of that. That’s a lot of money to invest just if you’re looking for a few simple accessories to be able to use. So instead of buying all that you could just get the  FiftyThree Pencil for $49 and the BrydgeAir Keyboard for $149 and you would be all set!

I hope this helped in your decision regarding upgrading your device if you were only looking to get the use of the Pencil and Keyboard! If you have any comments or questions feel free to comment below or email at simpletechlifeblog@gmail.com 

Please note that credit for these products and images are due to the websites of FiftyThree and BrydgeAir.

iPad Pro 9.7 Day Opener

Let me give all of you a quick update on the NEW iPad Pro 9.7 I just got in the mail today.

The list of items I currently so far have are as follows:

  • iPad Pro 9.7 inch Wifi 128GB
  • Silicone Case
  • Apple Pencil

I’m still waiting for the:

  • Smart Keyboard
  • ZAGG HDX Screen Protector

But I just wanted to give you guys the day 1 experience I’ve had with this new iPad Pro, and want to show you the difference between a few things.

So the first think I wanted to show you was how great the Apple Pencil works. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but Apple really nailed it. It feels and works like an ordinary pen/pencil/marker, even if you press down hard enough it gets darker in color. Check it out below!

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The next thing I wanted to talk about was this True Tone Display option. I didn’t realize how much of a difference it made until I switched it off. So the first one image below is just the regular display you would see on the iPad Air 2. The one below it is with the True Tone enabled. You might not see a big difference based off these images, but it’s a big difference in real life, trust me. 4661D4E6-D3F8-4346-B873-D7FDE910AAD3A48E99AE-9BE3-4957-B598-CC3501833144

Last think I want to bring up is the side by side feature. So in the iPad Air 2 you could only really get the side by side to go so far, the iPad Pro really makes multitasking so much better, I absolutely love it.

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That’s all I really have for all of you right now! I will be doing another post regarding the Smart Keyboard and just after a few days if I find any problems or any spectacular features.  So far, I love it.

If any of you have any questions or thoughts, comment below, or email me at simpletechlifeblog@gmail.com