The future is bright and mobile and just a couple weeks away
I just walked out of the house to do lunch at my favorite local Mexican restaurant carrying a small satchel and nothing but my iPad. It’s so light I have to double check to make sure I didn’t forget it.
My iPad is on the iOS 8 beta and our Verizon 4G plan so I can get anything I need almost anywhere I usually go in the U.S. (this is important to me partly because I increasingly distrust public hotspots). I have chat and project apps to stay in touch with coworkers. I have blogging apps and WordPress works decently in Safari now. I’m writing this post in Tumblr. Good photo editors do nearly everything I need now. News apps are better than silly websites on my Mac.
App Extensions in iOS are game changing. If you know me or have read me for any length of time, you know I think that term is an overused cliché but in this case it’s true. Apps will be able to work together and exchange information in ways that are more efficient and convenient than many desktop apps. You heard me. If you were testing some of the apps I have right now, you’d believe me, too.
I have really liked iOS since the beginning and have wanted to go iOS-only for a while. I love its simplicity, focus, and especially mobility. iOS 8 and the possibilities it opens for developers might actually let me do it some day soon.
Instead of leaving the house with a heavy backpack and having to hopscotch between limited, unreliable, sketchy wifi hotspots, I can grab a small satchel and do anything I want anywhere I want, including places where I actually need sunglasses.
Tumblr I will pay you $1,000 to let me update the avatar for I am Groot and Rocket honestly what the hell1. I even did it from iPhone and didn’t get an error, it just showed that it worked. But it didn’t. So now you’re lying to me.
Please stop lying to me I’ll pay you $1,000 to stop lying to me no I don’t see the error in this line of logic I just want to update the avatar.
1. No I’m not actually willing to pay $1,000 to do this are you nuts
“I want AAA games (and action movies, and pulp novels) to change because I love them, and I want to be able to keep loving them. I want to be a character in my own escapist fantasy, not a prop in somebody else’s.”—
“A decade ago, with no iPhone, no mobile Internet, and no apps to help me along the way, I would have probably ended up risking my life trying to stop a car on the highway to ask for help at 1 AM. Yesterday, the iPhone allowed me to stay safe, call the police, and give them my exact position in a matter of seconds. The apps that I use every day provided a solution to a real problem that could have turned out much worse. I was constantly connected with other people and information I needed was only a few taps away.”—Essential – MacStories