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!

 

 

Swift Playgrounds

 

 

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!

 

Apple’s next MacBook Pro? Something completely new?

It’s been a while since I’ve made a post, but it also has been quite some time since some good information has come out for me to be able to share with all of you. Now reports have been coming out and it seems like Apple has slowly revamped all of its devices, except for their MacBook Pro line, and that may change in the up and coming months.

According to an article recently released by MacRumor, Apple is planning on introducing a completely changed MacBook Pro line containing a Touch ID sensor along with an OLED display panel located above the keyboard. The OLED display will be implemented as a replacement for the traditional function keys. The touch bar would sit above the keyboard and would  “replace the physical function keys” that are currently at the top of the computer’s keyboard, according a 9to5Mac and Kuo report.

I’m not quite sure how I feel about getting rid of the traditional keyboard, I personally enjoy typing and feeling each and every key, but then again I may be too judgmental too quick. It would definitely have to be experienced in order to really grasp.

Other than that no other major changes are reported to occur as far as the news goes now. But I am anxiously anticipating the release of future products!

What do you think about the news? Any thoughts, comments concerns?

Facebook Bots AKA App Killers

I’m sure many of you are familiar with Facebook, I mean honestly who really isn’t. It’s where you stay connected with your friends and family, sharing pictures and life time memories.

Now what if Mark Zuckerberg planned on changing it and changing the way you interact with Apps? See Zuckerberg believes that individuals are suffering from app overload and he has devised a solution, and he refers to it as chatbots. 

According to Wall Street Journal, Chatbots—or bots, for short—are stripped-down software agents that understand what you type or say and respond by answering questions or executing tasks. Apple’s Siri is a bot, and so is Amazon’s Alexa. To Zuckerberg and Facebook, bots are a fresh alternative to apps.

See the thing is, they allow a way to connect the company’s business partners with its 1.9 billion Messenger and WhatsApp users. The key is Facebook bots have an added bonus: They run in the background on the company’s Messenger service. Meaning there are no apps to download. Users get convenience, and Facebook gets to challenge Apple and their massive app store.

It would be very interesting to not have to download an app for every business and to try an even multitasks through numerous apps at once. Not only would that save storage on phones but it would also make life a lot easier.

Maybe what Zuckerberg has planned isn’t too bad, I’m not entirely sure, what do you think?

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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