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It would be cool if the iPad or iPhone was a Mac also

I was thinking, it would be cool to carry around an iPad or iPhone that was dual featured as a Mac. For example, you open your iPad out of the box, turn it on and do everything you do with one today. But we also love Mac’s! I was thinking about how cool it would be if OS X and iOS merged, and not merged as in iOS on the desktop. I mean as in one OS but has a “mode”. “tablet/phone” and “desktop”. The iPad could be plugged in to a monitor or wirelessly beamed to a TV. you grab your Bluetooth Apple keyboard and mouse and put your iPad in “desktop” mode. A OS X styled desktop comes up. You’ve been busy working on some project on the train coming home in some app. The same app is for Mac. It has a shared folder within the sandbox with your data. No syncing or duplicate data. You edit it, save it. Go to sleep. Wake up, put your iPad in “tablet” mode and later review the data with your coworker.

So the same device running OS X and iOS, but switching between OSes instantly and shared data between them. I doubt this will happen anytime soon, but it was a little idea that popped in to my head. I guess the first steps towards this would be porting OS X to arm. I’m not even sure if a iPhone or iPad could run the full OS X, even if it ran on ARM, maybe in the future. Do you think this would be a cool thing if it happened? Have your iPhone be your phone and power your desktop in the same device?

Rules for iOS device upgrades

wpid-Photo-Jan-16-2012-948-AM.jpgAs most of us know Apple comes out with a new iOS device about every year. Some people feel like their current iOS device is slower or crap when a new device comes out and rushes to buy the newer one. Some of us wait.

I would buy a new one right away if I had the money. So here are some rules I set for myself.

For iPad and iPod Touch

For iPod Touch’s and iPad’s I would recommend upgrading them every 2 or 3 years or Apple no longer provides software updates.

For iPhone

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I got an iPad!

I recently got an iPad 2 as an early graduation present from my wonderful grandparents.

My iPad 2!This is my first tablet computer. After using it for a few days. It’s amazing. I haven’t been this excited about an Apple product since I got my first Mac. Continue reading

A look at Lion

After waiting every day for the last month checking Apple.com to see if Lion is available, it’s finally here! Lion is available as a download from the Mac App Store for 29 bucks! That kind of scared me at first due to being a large 3.74 GB download. Downloading and installing an operating system from the internet is not so mainstream. You can get Ubuntu my favorite Linux distribution but it’s under a gigabyte and you have to burn it to a disk.

With Lion, you buy it in the Mac App Store on Snow Leopard, and it downloads an “Install Mac OS X Lion.app”, which self destructs after Lion is installed. So if you don’t want to redownload it, make sure you back it up before installing Lion. I copied it over the network to my other Mac mini(Mid 2007), to install later on without another big 1-2 hour download. It took about 10 minutes to copy it, but this is good for people who has more than 1 Mac, and might have a bandwidth cap or impatient(like myself). Lion installs it self, without the need to burn a disk. Most full operating system downloads requires you to burn a disk.

The Install Mac OS X Lion guides you through a small wizard to prepare your Mac to install Lion.

 Then it requires you to agree to the EULA that no one ever reads(I hope I didn’t agree to give up my first born or be a Human CentiPad), and then select the disk you want to install Lion to.

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iOS 4 Overview

iOS 4 is Apple’s Mobile operating system System for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Apple renamed it to iOS, It was iPhone OS but it does not just run on iPhone so the new name is better suited i would say.
Two features that i really like is Folders and Multitasking. One downside is not all hardware is supported, and some is supported to run it but not multitasking and wallpaper.
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