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iOS7

So we’ve finally been given a sneak preview of iOS7 and the internet is now aflame with opinion. I find the reaction to iOS7 as interesting, if not more interesting than the changes they’ve announced.

Since the announcement that Jony Ive was getting involved with iOS speculation about what he would do to it was rife. Skeuomorphism was dead [hurrah!] and iOS, which is getting to be a venerable OS, would be given a facelift. The irony is that, although large portions of both Haters and Fanbois could agree that iOS needed an update, now it’s come everyone is up in arms claiming Apple has screwed the pooch.

The cries of “you’ve ruined it, change it back!” seem to be a common theme for the Facebook generation – just look at every single Facebook update ever – and it’s not just limited to Facebook. Those people I know who have actually used iOS7 have been pleasantly surprised; even those who were secretly hoping to hate it. This is a big change for Apple and one of the first big steps in a post Jobs world. The sensible people are sitting up and taking notice, including those on the opposite side of the fence in Camp Android. Apple have a tendency of upsetting the apple cart [if you’ll excuse the pun] with these kinds of moves and people generally didn’t notice until it’s too late. The smart money has cottoned on to this.

Yes, Apple may have screwed the pooch – I don’t know, I haven’t used it. The baying hounds who proclaim Apples downfall at every turn may be right this time (after all, it stands to reason that they will eventually be right), but lets get iOS7 released and into the hands of everyone for a few months before we call it. I suspect that after the shock of change has worn off people will be asking why Apple didn’t do it sooner. I certainly can’t wait to get my hands on it.

Mobile Office

Part of the reason for relaunching my blog was to document and track the start of a few personal projects I want to undertake. Finding time to work on these projects is always fun, especially now there’s a little one running round the house. What I do have, however, is two consistent blocks of 30+ minutes on the train each and every working day. Can I turn this into a mobile office and develop some applications in my spare time?

Well lets look at what I need. Firstly there’s space. Somewhere to actually do the work. While, by habit, I tend to sit in an ‘airline style’ seat (i.e. not a table seat) out of habit there’s no shortage of table seats, even if I have to share it with someone for part of the journey. This is one of the many perks of no longer working in London and living in the sticks.

Secondly I need a development environment. I usually have my MacBook Pro with me, it’s loaded with the tools I generally use (and more can be added) so I’d say that’s sorted.

Thirdly I’m going to need internet for reference, looking for libraries, getting unstuck and humorous cat pictures when things are going badly. That’s not going to be so easy. While I have two iThings with mobile connectivity, both with the ability to tether my laptop to them, the mobile signal on the train is intermittent at best. Between my iPhone and iPad, which exist on two different networks, I have coverage for perhaps 50% of the journey. Annoying if you need to look something up now.

This is not, however, an insurmountable problem. I’m pretty sure that making sure I have a much as possible available to me locally, and by planning what I’m going to do in each chunk I can minimise downtime.

First things first though, I need to decide what I’m going to work on first.