Thoughts and concerns about Apple: An opinion by James Ormiston (@MacJim)

I’d like to begin by saying the following are purely my personal thoughts (and worries) about Apple and where we are heading with them. I have no insider knowledge, or any other connections to Apple. Since Steve Jobs died, there’s been a lot of speculation and rumour, with many saying Apple is doomed and will not survive without him at the helm, but so far, these have proven untrue. That doesn’t mean there’s no reason for us fanboys/fangirls to be worried about the future of Apple.

For some time now, I’ve been saying that macOS and iOS will become one and will be the  only Apple provided OS for their computing devices. But, I hear you saying, Apple has categorically said they will not do this and have even made this clear with a big “NO.” being shown at the last keynote. However, I have to say look back at the things Apple have said they wouldn’t do, but did anyway. And now we see iOS apps will be coming to Mojave.

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Affinity Designer From Serif For ipad

Essential Apple Podcast 97: An interview with Serif Affinity

On the week that Serif launches the awesome Affinity Designer we have 2 guests. Joining us this week is none other than Ashley Hewson, CEO of Serif Affinity. We talk about Serif, Designer for iPad, the Affinty apps, winning awards, the Publisher Beta, developing for iPad, Metal acceleration and a whole lot more.
Why not come and join the Slack community? You can now just click on this Slackroom Link to sign up and join in the chatter!

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Press Release: Affinity Designer for iPad has landed!

Affinity guested on the show on the 19th July and talked about this and more!

Professional graphic design on iPad takes a giant leap forward today, as we launch Affinity Designer for iPad – the first full blown, desktop-grade graphic design solution available on iOS.

The culmination of years of meticulous development and innate determination to revolutionise the creative workflow on iPad, Affinity Designer is without a doubt our most ambitious and game-changing project to date.

Built with input from some of the world’s leading designers, and based on Apple Design Award-winning technology, Affinity Designer for iPad takes all the power and precision of our outstanding desktop app and converts it into a fully immersive design experience, you can take with you on the go. Making the dream of a full, end-to-end creative workflow on iPad finally a reality!

Check out Affinity Designer for iPad in action:
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Essential Apple Podcast 82: A Basket of Easter Treats

With Mark still on his vacation/birthday bender, Simon is joined by Slackroom member Suffolk Pete to talk over some of the week’s Apple and Tech stories. Whilst it has mostly been about Apple and the Field Trip Event and the new iPad with Pencil support there have been some other stories too!
Apple put out a host of updates. Cloudflare introduced a new free public DNS service, Microsoft want to monitor your language, the US want to check your social history and Uncle Tim would welcome privacy legislation.
Also Slack finally introduced sharable links so you don’t have to get a personalised invitation anymore. Now you can just click on this instead!

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Can The iPad Replace Your Mac For Photo Editing?

Being an old geezer, I’m a little set in my ways and can be a little resistant to new fangled apps and software. It’s not that I don’t like technology or the latest toys and software, I’m a Mac user after all, but when it comes to my photography work, I’ve always been in the Mac and OS X/macOS universe, so when it was suggested that the iPad could some day be my main photography editing device, I’d have laughed at you… but not any more.

I’ve listened to podcasts for a long time and on many, professional photographers have said that the iPad would never be a viable device to produce professional work on but… yes, it’s that ‘but’ word… maybe it could.

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Crop-Size iPad Pro

App Review: Crop-Size

The iOS App Store is a wonderful thing. So many apps to choose from for virtually every conceivable use. However, as there are now just so many applications in there discoverability can sometimes be a challenge. Case in point, Mark has often lamented about the inability to crop photos in iOS to specific dimensions. He was not alone in this search as I have heard other users complain about this apparent lack of the seemingly most basic ability.

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Microsoft Office For iPad Is Now A Reality

Microsoft have finally shown us the much vaunted Office for iPad in their. Microsoft is using a “freemium” model for Office for iPad. The base suite, which includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint, is free. Users who don’t add an Office 365 subscription to the offering still can do some basic tasks. But to do more advanced tasks, users will need an Office 365 subscription.

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Apple Confirms 128GB Retina iPad. Due Febuary 5th

Apple on Tuesday announced plans to introduce a new fourth-generation iPad model with 128GB of storage, twice the capacity of its previous high end model. The new version goes on sale Feburary 5, 2013 for $799 for Wi-Fi only and $929 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model.

Besides the additional storage capacity, the iPad is a standard fourth-generation model. It comes equipped with a 9.7-inch “Retina” display with 2048×1536 pixel resolution. Under the hood is Apple’s A6X dual-core microprocessor, with quad-core graphics. The iPad comes with front and rear-facing cameras and a Lightning connector.

Pricing & Availability

The new 128GB versions of the fourth generation iPad will be available starting Tuesday, February 5, in black or white, for a suggested retail price of $799 (US) for the iPad with Wi-Fi model and $929 (US) for the iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular model. All versions of the 128GB iPad will be sold through the Apple Online Store (, Apple retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

The 128GB model will be available for $100 more than the 64GB model, which will remain in production.

Source (Apple)

Apple v Galaxy SD Connection Card Kit

Apple Ordered To Tell World “Samsung Didn’t Copy Us”

Apple v Galaxy Apple Ordered To Tell World Samsung Didnt Copy Us
Judge first insists Samsung Galaxy not as cool as iPad, but then wants Apple to promote Galaxy on their site??

For those not familiar with the goings on, a UK judge ruled that Samsung couldn’t of copied Apple’s iPad design citing “Samsung aren’t cool”  Samsung win the case due to ” real commercial harm,” Apple are now forced to run notices in the Financial Times, the Daily Mail, Guardian Mobile magazine, and T3.

Source (Bloomberg)

Some Of The Best And Cheapest Samsung Galaxy s3 Tariffs Compared

Samsung’s Galaxy S3 might is probably main contender to the smartphone crowd given the dearth of Android handsets.  Granted in our experience “normal” users seem to prefer the more diminutive size of the Galaxy S2, yet there is the same old problem, what’s the best phone tariff to get with your Galaxy s3 phone.  We’ve taken a look at all the UK mobile providers and come up with a handy comparison chart so you get the best tariff out there.

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