Jason Fox made an Military Spec MacBook Air Case with an additional power supply out of a Pelican Hardcase and a Hyperjuice Battery Pack.
Background Fetch looks like an interesting feature of iOS 7.
For Facebook and other social media apps, background fetching means you’ll see an updated newsfeed the moment you fire it up. And for content apps like The New York Times or Instapaper, background fetching means you won’t have to wait for today’s edition or saved articles to load — the latest content should already be there when you open the app. Apple’s guidelines for iOS7 developers actually demand we avoid splash screens ‘or other startup experience.’
Another great example of why we can’t have nice things on the Internet because of patent trolls.
This time Apple’s FaceTime an Audio and Video communication platform based on open standards (that was device to device instead of systems like Skype which require a middleman (aka a server)) that until this they lost this trial were going to release as an open protocol.
It looks like Apple hide a Dropbox-like folder in iCloud:
If you want to try out the trick yourself, make sure “Documents And Data” is turned on within iCloud settings, then navigate to Library inside your Home folder, and then find Mobile Documents.
Then, throw some files into the folder. These files should sync to any Macs where you’re signed in using the same iCloud credentials.
Right click to create an “alias” of the Mobile Documents folder on your desktop, and you’re good to go.
(via Clayton Morris)
Apple’s vision of the cloud makes native apps better. Others see the cloud as a substitute for native apps.
I keep thinking of the ways the iCloud file storage API will help with native applications on iOS and OS X. Seeing what having a Dropbox can do for mobile development something full interagted with the OS is pretty cool.
(via Daring Fireball)
Just so you know Apple didn’t copy Dropbox for this feature, they copied Ubuntu One and CouchDB.
People on Twitter keep posting that Apple essential copied everything from Android in their new iOS 5. While they went further than that:
Apple’s new iCloud (formally MobileMe (formally .Mac (formally iTools))) service copies one of my favourite features of the now dead Microsoft Kin (what Microsoft did after they bought Danger the maker of the popular Hiptop/Sidekick) when you take a picture that picture is automagically uploaded to Apple’s iCloud service.
When editing a document in the iWork suite (Pages, Keynote, and Numbers) your document will be uploaded to their iCloud service to be easily accessed from any of your iDevices. Also AirDrop in Mac OS X Lion is basically a Peer-to-Peer file share that will allow you to share entire folders between multiple computers and users.
The notification system.
iMessage is a blatant copy of BlackBerry Messenger.
Remember the Milk
iOS 5 will include a new application called Reminders for tasks. One cool feature will you will be able to setup a Location Reminder for when you arrive or leave a location. Apple has never been able to do tasks while, iCal has probably the worst task management of any system ever developed (it’s also the worst calendar management system ever developed).
Readablity and Instapaper
Safari will have a feature called Reading List where you will be able to save unread Web site that will sync between your iDevices. iOS 5 Safari will also have the same feature as Safari for the Mac where with a click of a button you will get an easier to display version of the website.
If you aren’t following me on Twitter than you might not know that I -watched- followed (Apple doesn’t provider a live stream so you have to follow live blogs) Apple’s Developer Conference this afternoon.
Mac OS X Lion
Lion is the seventh iteration of the Mac OS X operating system (which was released on the 24 March, 2001). To say Mac OS X is getting long in the tooth, would be an understatement, especial up against Windows 8’s Metro U.I.(Metro is Microsoft answer to WebOS with a card layout system (if you had a beer or coffee with me in the past year or so and we were talking about U.I. design I would have brought up how awesome I think it is)).
One interesting feature of Lion is the full-screen API. It’s nice to see a company finally get that humans can’t multitask (no you can’t (I know you think you can but you can’t (it’s scientifically proven))). Right now I am actually writing this journal entry in a full-screen text editor called iA Writer.
Launchpad and Mission Control look cool but I have to use them to see if they are actually going to be useful.
Apple has now copied ever great feature from BlackBerry and Android and put them into iOS 5.
Notifications were one of the weakest points in iOS. They are similar to Twitter tweets where you will only get information out of them when you are actually looking at your phone. The new notification system is pretty much a clone of Android (they actually got something right the first time).
iMessage is a clone of BlackBerry Messenger which is a private, securer, and proprietary chat client. It is heavily used by suites and like Facebook if you aren’t on it you have no social life (I am a little bitter about this). I will never use iMessage because out of everyone I know (clients, colleagues, friends, enemies) I am the only one who uses an iPhone (I am also a little bitter about this).
Like the idea of a Dropbox clone more integrated to the Operating System but I am a little scared of something I am not playing for.
I will probably buy the upgrade.
Apple released iWork (Pages, Keynote, and Numbers) for the iPhone (and iPod Touch) today and coincidentally I had to write an actually print on a dead tree, lick a stamp, and put in an envelope letter.
Just before exiting the stage and after Systrom answered the Android question Karp was quick to add that Android “Absolutely Sucks To Develop For”
(via Daring Fireball)
Litigation is serious business, and the App Store is one of Apple’s crown jewels. Right or wrong, Apple’s stance is that they’d rather err on the side of taking too long to respond than to risk making things worse by responding poorly too soon.