Posts Tagged iOS

Friday, 4 March 2016

I had the great honor of having my Mac and iOS setup featured on The Sweet Setup, one of my favorite websites ever. If you’re (somehow) not familiar with them, I consider them to be The Wirecutter of Apple software.

While my setup has changed a bit since the interview, conducted in May 2015, you’ll still find that a lot of the things I use on the software side remains the same. If you’d like a more recent perspective on what I use every day, allow me to point you to my previous article on my favorite software of 2015.

Baby Steps

Friday, 11 September 2015

I’m taking the first step into iOS development.

A huge dream of mine is to make cool apps. I’ve dabbled in iOS app development before. I made a few apps based on tutorials, but it was never anything serious.

Last June during WWDC, I looked at the student scholarship page once again.

I could have been there.

I want to be there.

Looking through those pages, I’m feeling a pang of regret. I could have been there — I could have tried, had I started seriously learning a year ago.

The scholarship is available for any student, but to be honest, I want to be in there before I’m 18. But there’s no chance of me getting in there if I don’t start.

Today, instead of setting another goal I won’t complete, I’m publicly promising that I will learn iOS before next June. I’ll do that by learning a bit every day, looking at tutorials, trying it out myself, and taking the plunge. I’ve only got a few years left of being in high school, and I don’t want to spend them wishing I’d spent a few hours here and there learning how to make apps.

Every day, I want to spend at least an hour learning iOS. Today, it’s September 11. The deadline for the WWDC student scholarship will probably be April 25. That’s 227 days, or 7 months, 14 days.

That should be enough time to at least start cracking.

Thursday, 9 July 2015

A great app I recently found that allows you to scan a book's ISBN at a brick-and-mortar store and return metadata, reviews and other information from GoodReads.

This is a must-have for me as an avid reader (although I hardly ever visit physical stores anymore). You can read the Beautiful Pixels review here.

Altershot is a great app. I’ve been using it for a while now, and it completely removes the need to connect my phone to my Mac to get better looking status bars in screenshots. Best of all, it’s free.

Monday, 15 June 2015

This is amazing. I guess iPad Pro is confirmed. This is a big win for productivity on the iPad.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Finally. The WhatsApp iOS development team has seen fit to add a few features to their app, the most critical being the addition of the iOS 8 share extension, allowing you to send text or other media straight to WhatsApp in a compatible app.


Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Juli Clover for MacRumors:

iOS 8.4 introduces a newly-revamped Music app, which includes a new design that shows pictures of artists in the Artists view and offers personalized playlists. It also offers a new MiniPlayer, a redesigned look for “Now Playing,” global search capabilities that make it easier to search from anywhere within the Music app, and a streamlined design for iTunes Radio to improve music discovery.

While I don’t use the Music app at all, I presume these changes will be welcome to many. Despite the iOS 7 redesign1, really didn’t have any modern interface changes that apps like Spotify feature. The MiniPlayer, reminiscent of Marco Arment’s Overcast, but featured in many other audio apps is also a welcome addition.

  1. There really should be a broader term for this change, especially since we’re already heading for iOS 9. 

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

From Signore Viticci’s excellent review of Todoist for iOS’ latest update:

Todoist 10 doesn’t have a list of hundreds of new features and changes, but the major additions it brings are laying the groundwork for the app’s next steps on iOS and Apple Watch. Intelligent input, gestures, and visual customization are going to be some of the app’s pillars going forward, and I believe Todoist has chosen the right functionalities to build upon.

Ever since reading Viticci’s original article covering his switch to Todoist, I’ve used Todoist daily, and I’m glad to see some of the new features introduced today.

While it’s definitely worth reading the full review, here’s a summary of the main new features Todoist brought to its iOS app:

A New UI

A UI revision introduces themes, more icons over text labels, and bit of UI enhancement to make sure you can get where you want faster.

Natural Language Input, and Faster Task Creation

Todoist 10 brings Fantastical-style natural language parsing for task creation, so you can input a task type, date and repeat, and Todoist parses even the most complex types of deadlines. Instead of opening an advanced task creation screen, instead it opens a Messages-esque input bar for natural language input.

Gesture Support and Bulk Editing

Before, Todoist only allowed you to swipe from the right to complete a task — deleting was far more advanced; you had to go into yet another screen to remove a task. Now, there are many more gestures you can take advantage of.

The latest version of Todoist brings enhancements that make sure you save time in Todoist — faster task creation, natural language input, UI enhancements and gesture support make sure you can quickly add a task and leave, allowing you to save time actually doing those tasks.

(Not an April Fools prank).

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