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🔗 iPad Multitasking - Everything You Need To Know

The iPad celebrated its 10th Anniversary a few weeks ago and various blogs were alight with retrospectives about how far the device had come over this time. Others, such as John Gruber, felt the device had not moved on far enough.

The crux of John's post focused on the intuitiveness, or lack thereof, with the recent multitasking changes. I shared my own thoughts on this matter and essentially made the point that if a user takes their time to learn the device it can be as powerful, and intuitive, as a Mac, PC or any other piece of technology. This was an oversimplification of the issue, however. The iPad in general feels intuitive to me, because the majority of actions you can take on it make a lot of sense to me, but that isn't going to be the case for others. Intuitiveness feels like quite a subjective thing. It's not black and white and will vary between users, based on past experiences and assumptions about how something should work.

This got me thinking about how, if it doesn't feel intuitive, would someone ever go about learning how these things work. I then received a notification from YouTube that Christopher Lawley, of Untitled Site / A Slab of Glass fame, about his new video, all about iPad Multitasking:

Christopher's channel is the only YouTube channel I receive notifications for upon the release of a new video. They are always exceptionally well produced, but what really makes them stand out is Christopher's ability to make a video which is informative and useful to both iPad newcomers / light users and heavy users such as myself. While I consider myself quite an adept iPad user, Christopher is on another level.

This post is, first and foremost to share a link to this excellent video which will help all iPad users better understand and use iPad multitasking to its upmost. Secondarily, however, I wanted to share this as a link to Christopher's channel in general. If you're an iPad user, of any level, there will definitely be a plethora of videos in the back catalogue that you will find interesting. I can't recommend this channel enough, and I hope Christopher continues to help me, and others, grow our knowledge of my favourite Apple hardware device.

🔗 And You Are?

Greg Morris:

Thats right, the podcast is back – bigger and better than ever. There are some awesome guests coming up over the next few weeks from all sorts of interesting fields. Technology, sports, development, radio, and some completely new people.

I was a big fan of the And You Are? podcast during it’s initial run, so I was sad to see Greg shut up shop last July. As you can see above, however, like a phoenix from the flames, the show is back and I couldn’t be happier.

For some time now I’ve been slowly moving my time away from podcasts and into audiobooks during my long commutes. I found myself getting bored of the usual tech podcasts I followed religiously, which is why I think I found Greg’s podcast so compelling when I started listening to it. While the content of each episode can, and often will, veer into a tech sphere, it’s not the focus of the show.

Greg is an excellent podcaster, and he really does a great job of getting some interesting insights from his various guests. It’s always a fascinating deep dive into a multitude of topics and there have been a plethora of impressive guests so far, though they can’t all be winners.

If you’re after a relaxing, yet intriguing listen, you can’t go far wrong with this show.

🔗 Clicked: A Jeff Perry Production

I’ve always been a big fan of newsletters, for one reason or another, so I was pleased to see the recent resurgence of the humble newsletter as a way for a blogger to either consolidate their content into a single, regular digest, or to supplement it with extras. It’s something I’ve often considered myself, though my poor track record on consistency for both my blog and podcast has held me back.

Jeff Perry, blogging at JeffPerry.blog has today announced the launch of his new newsletter, Clicked. On the subject of Clicked, Jeff writes:

One common thread I have harped on over the years on my blog has been consistency. I tried to blog everyday for one month, which got me about 6 days in a row before I fell off the wagon. The way that I see it is that if I have a deadline I will make it so I meet that deadline. I have always worked better under pressure, and I think the having a weekly newsletter is exactly what I need.

Jeff is a fantastic writer, so if a move to a newsletter format helps him get the content he wants out there I’m all for it. I can appreciate that Jeff can thrive under pressure of a deadline, and I’m often the same way, though I hope he doesn’t put too much pressure on himself. While consistency is always important, side projects should also be enjoyable to do, or there’s no point. That being said, I enjoy receiving my regular emails including the content I enjoy, so I’m looking forward to the first issue starting on the 21st January.

If you want to follow along for the ride also, you can sign up here.

If you’re looking for some other newsletters while you’re at it, I can highly recommend the following:

If you run a regular newsletter please feeL free to get in touch and let me know.

Good luck with the launch Jeff!

🔗 The iPad Goes Full Circle - Greg Morris

Greg Morris, writing on his blog gr36.com:

I don’t need an iPad to be a working machine any longer; I need it to fill a gap of reading blog posts, my pocket feed and watching videos when I want to relax. So the iPad returns to its starting position. Nestled in among other Apple devices, and one I use to consume. Waiting its turn amongst threes Macs and an iPhone. Sure I could pick up a pencil and a keyboard to go with it – but there is little point as the iPad has gone full circle.

There’s been a lot of posts over the last 12 months either lamenting the fact that ‘you can’t get real work done on an iPad’ or about the iPad suddenly becoming the best thing since sliced bread. I’ve been guilty of this multiple times myself, often spouting off about how much I love my iPad Pro and how I don’t need a real computer. The truth is, on that point, that’s not strictly true. I still use, and have to continue using, a Windows PC laptop for my day job and that’s not going to change. So, really, my iPad is purely for personal time. In that circumstance, unless you’re doing programming or the like, which I’m not, chances are an iPad can certainly do what you need.

Photo by Patrick Schneider / Unsplash

The issue I have, however, and have to keep reminding myself about avoiding, is that it really doesn’t matter. This constant tribalism is rampant right now, and it’s literally tearing the world apart. When discussing this you think about Pepsi vs. Coke, Apple vs. Android, Windows vs. macOS, but this basic tribalism has extended to the dreaded Brexit with Vote Leave vs. Remain and Republicans vs. Democrats in the U.S. and further afield. On issues both big and small this needs to stop, though I’m worried this is really just the start of it all.

I’m clearly feeling the effects of letting my podcast die because rambling, disconnected thoughts was the order of the day there. I’ve shared Greg’s post, and this specific quote, not to complain about Greg finding his way back to finding a niche for the iPad. Quite the opposite in fact. It was more to highlight the fact that people seem be getting too caught up in the iPad replacing X, Y and Z in their lives. If it can replace your laptop, then great. For others, however, it’s purely a device to relax with, to enjoy some browsing and reading with and nothing more. And that’s just great too. The world is decided enough as it is. There’s no room for tribalism in every little thing right now.

🔗 Initial Thoughts on iPadOS: A New Path Forward

Federico Viticci:

What truly matters, however, is that the message Apple is sending with iPadOS is the kind of trajectory I wanted to see for the future of iPad. There are functionalities such as multiwindow and file management that the Mac figured out decades ago; in bringing them to iPadOS, however, Apple isn’t simply copying and pasting the same features from one platform to another: instead, they’ve taken those features’ underlying concepts and fundamentally rethought them for the iPad’s touch nature and iOS foundation.

It goes without saying that Federico Viticci’s latest ode to the iPad is a must read, especially for fans of the iPad. The excitement Federico has for the platform is palpable throughout and it’s something I can completely appreciate. While the current iOS 13 beta is extremely buggy, it adds so many huge, yet subtle enhancements to iOS / iPadOS that I can’t help but enjoy every moment I’m using it. The debut iPadOS release doesn’t revolutionise iOS on the iPad, but it truly is tackling so many niggling little problems many people have had over the years. These niggles are suffering from a death by a thousand cuts, small yet important updates that set iPadOS up for some very powerful and exciting changes to come over the next few years. I, for one, can’t wait to see where Apple take iPadOS next.

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