Monday, June 23, 2014

Design Inspiration: Second Screen Developments

A few of the very cool design ideas that I discussed in my blog article Design Inspiration: Second Screen Designs are starting to appear.  Since I wrote that article, Apple's CarPlay has been launched and now Avatron has released Air Stylus an app that lets you use your iPad as a touch screen tablet for your Mac.  And Apple announced that iOS 8 and Mac OS X Yosemite will have several app functionality sharing features like Hand Off and Continuity.

Second Screen Designs are coming more and more.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Yosemite Dev Preview 2 Update

Apple updated the  Mac OS X Yosemite Developer Preview today to Dev Preview 2 (DP2).  This article gives a quick update on my first observations and some useful links to learn more about Yosemite.

For Yosemite Dev Preview installation steps, tips and more check out my blog article How To Safely Test OS X Yosemite Beta.  Also check out all articles on Yosemite in this blog.

iOS 8 Beta 2 Update

Apple updated the iOS 8 Beta today to Beta 2.  This article gives a quick update on my first observations and some useful links to learn more about iOS 8.

For iOS 8 Beta installation steps, tips and more check out my blog article How To Safely Test iOS 8 Beta.  Also check out all articles on iOS 8 in this blog.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

How To Safely Test OS X Yosemite Beta

Last year when the first Mavericks Developer Preview was released after WWDC 2013, I wrote an article on How To Install Mac OS X Mavericks in VMware Fusion.  This year I've added a lot more information, lessons learned and methods to test Yosemite that I've discovered.  Also check out all articles on Yosemite in this blog.

This article covers:
  • How To Install Yosemite in VMware Fusion & on a local partition.
  • High performance USB 3 flash drives.
  • Be safe by backing up your Mac and using VMs.
  • All the things I've tested regarding Yosemite installs, VMware and Time Machine.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

How To Safely Test iOS 8 Beta

iOS 8
This year installing the iOS 8 Beta is much easier than it was last year when I detailed out How To Install iOS 7 Betas in one of my blog articles.  This year is much simpler and in this article I detail out the steps you can take to install iOS 8 betas, take precautions to do it safely, recommendations for testing iOS, and even how to downgrade a device back to iOS 7 (something that the Apple Developer site still warns is not possible).

In this article I've updated the content from my How To Install iOS 7 Betas blog article for use with iOS 8.  And through some experimentation, I've also discovered how to downgrade to iOS 7 from iOS 8, so I detail out those steps as well.  

This article covers:
  • How To Install iOS 8 on a Device
  • How To Downgrade to iOS 7 from iOS 8
  • How To Recover a Device
Also check out all articles on iOS 8 in this blog.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Funny secret session titles in WWDC App

WWDC App Schedule
WWDC App Schedule
Apple’s WWDC app is showing a lot of session placeholders throughout the week that are still secret.  The secret sessions have funny titles like “Wouldn’t you like to know”, “Shhhh, Can’t tell you yet”, “This one’s a doozy” and more.

Nice to see the humor :-D  Well done Apple’s WWDC organizers.