What if the iPad ran iPad OS? | iMore

06.02.2015 01:00


The Apple Watch runs WatchOS. It’s a stripped down version of iOS, optimized for a much smaller screen and much smaller battery. It also has its own, distinctive look and feel, including its own take on the Home screen, its own interaction methods like the digital crown and force touch, and its own, distinctive capabilities like the Taptic engine, optimized for a wearable.

In contrast, when Apple decided to launch the iPad, they used iPhone OS. It was originally suggested they use the exact same single-column interface, but because it wouldn’t make efficient use of the much larger screen, they decided to implement a dual-column interface instead. Yet the Home screen and design language remained the same as the iPhone, as did the interaction methods and capabilities.

Imagine instead, like the Apple Watch, the iPad ran its own distinct version of iOS: iPad OS. Rather than a stripped down version for smaller screens and batteries, imagine it ran an amped-up version that really took advantage of bigger screens and batteries, with a Home screen, interaction methods, and capabilities optimized for a tablet.

I’ve had the same though, and done the same thought experiment a few times. And I don’t think the answer is to have a iPad OS on its own. But I think it is to have a common core, shared by iPhone, iPad and iWatch, combined with a really focused design language for each one.

I think the iPad is great, but it still feels like a big iPhone. I would love to see a iOS version that really took the iPad serious.


iPad Air 2 Review

06.02.2015 01:00

Federico Viticci:

I have a very mobile lifestyle, in the literal sense of the word. My post-treatment physical therapy requires me to move often and avoid sitting for several hours a day whenever possible. And every day, I have to leave my house at least twice to drive around Rome for errands, buy fresh groceries, or just pick up my girlfriend at class. I can’t afford to sit at a desk for 8 hours and, truth be told, I like the freedom of not being constrained to a desk and use a desktop computer. One of the best takeaways from my journey so far is, without a doubt, a newfound appreciation for movement and the feeling of being free. This, I believe, has deeply changed how I work and slice up work times during the day.

I need and want to be able to work on an iPad. I could use most of my iPad apps on the iPhone, but, even with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, I wouldn’t have the extra room for content and overall enjoyment granted by a 10-inch display. I’ve bought five iPads since 20104, and the iPad Air 2 provides the absolute best combination of screen size, comfort, and performance I’ve seen to date.


Neil Youngs PonoPlayer

05.02.2015 01:00

David Pogue:

I’m 51 and a former professional musician. I know how to listen. But when I bought Pono’s expensive remastered songs and compared them with the identical songs on my phone, I couldn’t hear any difference whatsoever.

I got worried. Is the Pono story a modern-day “Emperor’s New Clothes” fable? Were those famous rock stars just imagining things?

There was only one way to find out: conduct a blind trial, using identical songs on identical headphones, comparing the Pono with a standard audio player — an iPhone. So that’s what I did. You can watch the process in the video above.

Check out the video. Audio and screens, there is a point where you just can’t see the difference. MP3 files back in the 90’s was bad. But what we get with modern MP3, AAC or just any streaming service is pretty good. It’s not perfect.

Pono was a bad idea from the start. A lot of people hate digital music because of what they think it is; this is the result. A player that delivers audio with a level of quality that most, if any human can distinguish from a high quality iTunes audio file.



05.02.2015 01:00

Realmac Software:

Typed.com is a blogging service for writers, journalists, artists, storytellers, and for anyone with something to say. It’s the online writing platform that we’ve been wanting to create and use for years.

Online services come and go, but we want to make something that stands the test of time. We want Typed.com to be around for decades to come, and with your help we can make this happen. We can build a blogging platform that’s sustainable and enjoyable to use.

Interesting, very interesting. Squarespace is great, but I think it’s a little bit too much for people that just want to write. And I think there is enough options for people that want something self-hosted. Everything from WordPress to my beloved Jekyll. But there aren’t enough good options, when it comes to hosted solutions. Typed looks good, really good.

Check out the Kickstarter if you are looking for a new CMS.


Brought to you by TUAW – BrettTerpstra.com

04.02.2015 01:00

Brett Terpstra:

It seems like everyone has written a retrospective in light of AOL shuttering The Unofficial Apple Weblog except for me. Odd, considering I owe just about everything I have now to TUAW. So here’s mine.

A great post by Brett, about his history with both AOL and TUAW, and more important, why TUAW was so important to him.

This is without doubt the best blog post I have read this year, and I’m pretty sure it will end up as one of my favorite things this year.


Google, Microsoft, and Amazon are paying to get around Adblock Plus | The Verge

04.02.2015 01:00

The Verge:

Some of the web’s biggest companies have been paying to get around Adblock Plus, according to a new report from Financial Times. Microsoft’s Bing search ads and Taboola’s “recommended links” box are among the ads that are currently slipping through Adblock Plus’s filter, and FT confirms that it’s the intentional result of a paid deal between the makers of Adblock and the owners of the ads. According to FT sources, the companies have paid Eyeo (the maker of Adblock Plus) to be added to an official whitelist, which allows them to bypass the plug-in. Google has a similar deal, as has been previously reported.

Seriously? This is both extortion and bullshit. I have mixed feelings about parts of the ad industry and the “ad blocker” industry.

Just deal with the fucking ads.



04.02.2015 01:00

I can never make up my mind about the Midori Travelers notebooks. They look cool. And it isn’t that expensive. But I prefer having notebooks, that look more like a book. I can just stick them in the bookshelf.


Three Questions With Patrick Rhone — The Pen Addict

04.02.2015 01:00

The new “Three Questions” series at the Pen Addict is great. And this is my favourite this far. Some great tips in there.


Why WordPress Should Be Your Only Choice — The Brooks Review

04.02.2015 01:00

Ben Brooks:

I’ve been a long time defender and lover of WordPress, and I could recount some pretty terrible stories of things that have happened to me, or people I know, running WordPress. The thing about WordPress is that it is big, like really big — it’s used everywhere. And it has gotten a bad wrap in nerd circles, mostly because it used to be that a link from John Gruber would bring a WordPress site to it’s knees.

There are a lot of really good points there. I’m not a huge WordPress fan, it’s a good CMS, it isn’t for me.

There aren’t one reason why I use Jekyll, and there aren’t one reason for why I don’t use WordPress or Squarespace; but the key reason is that my workflows for managing Jekyll is way more efficient.


Choosy – A smarter default browser for Mac OS X

31.01.2015 01:00

Interesting app. I’m not in the market for it right now, but this is something I would have paid a lot of money for back in the day.

This is also a good tip for people that want Safari as their default browser, but want to use Chrome for everything related to Google.

Check it out, I know I will, the moment I need it.