The current homescreen on my 10.5” iPad Pro running iOS 11b2.
The current homescreen on my 12.9″ iPad Pro running iOS 10.2.
Sometimes, change is unexpected. More often than not, change sneaks in until it feels grand and inevitable. Gradually, and then suddenly. iOS users have lived through numerous tides of such changes over the past three years.
As always, Federico Viticci at MacStories hits it out of the park with his yearly iOS review.
Mail did get a few tweaks that make wrangling the unwieldiest of inboxes easier than ever. I’ve been using the iOS 10 developer beta on a 12.9-inch iPad Pro for the last couple weeks, and the public beta since its launch. Here are four of my favorite new Mail features. If you’ve found any other changes in the Mail app, share them with us in the comments.
The three-pane view in Mail and Notes is really nice on the larger iPad Pro.
Ever since the WWDC announcement a few months ago, I’ve wanted to get my hands on the font they used–which appeared to be a monospaced version of the San Francisco system font–but it wasn’t available anywhere.
That changed on Monday with the release of the Xcode 8 beta. Not only is SF Mono a real thing, I’ve installed it in Coda on my iPad and it’s glorious. If you’d like to grab the font, you can find it inside the Fonts directory in the Xcode 8 beta package:
In what has become normal practice after the WWDC keynote, I’ve installed the latest iOS beta on my devices. This year is a little different than the few previous as I’ve installed it on both my iPad and my iPhone. This the first time I’ve run a developer beta on my phone since the iOS 6 betas a few years ago–typically I only install it on my iPad. I’m not sure what made this year different, but oh well :)
Some quick thoughts:
- I love the new 3-pane interface for Mail and Notes on the iPad Pro (9to5Mac has more info and screenshots)
My favorite feature that I’ve come across so far are the videos you can generate for each person’s photos in the People section of the Photos app. They are awesome.
I really like the updates to the Maps app.
Spotlight search is super-fast.
I like the system UI updates (notifications, etc).
The Apple Music changes are great. Also, IT NOW WORKS WITH SPLIT SCREEN!!!
Overall, some apps are a little crashy, but I’m not complaining–that’s to be expected, especially with the first beta build. I definitely feel like the changes so far are a step in the right direction and can’t wait to see how things progress as they stabilize over the course of the additional betas up to release in the fall.
The current homescreen on my iPad Pro (12.9″ model) running iOS 9.3.2.
Workflow 1.5 is out. From the release notes:
- Twenty two new actions, including integrations with Trello, Ulysses, Apple Music, and the App Store
- A completely rewritten workflow composer with greatly improved performance
- A search bar at the top of My Workflows and in the Action Extension
There’s also a bunch more. See their blog post for more info.
I use this app daily and it’s a huge part of my iOS workflow. Workflow is available on the App Store and is an absolute steal at $2.99.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about my ideal iPad. In that post, I wrote that I had settled on using the 9.7″ iPad Pro:
The main thing that factored into my decision to stick with the 9.7″ Pro (for now) is the True Tone display. I can’t say enough about it–it’s one of those features you don’t think will be a big deal but then after seeing it for a while you can’t stand looking at a display without it. It really is amazing.
My comment about the True Tone display still stands–I love it. However, my “(for now)” has come to fruition. Since that post I’ve sold the 9.7″ iPad Pro and went back to the 12.9″ model. I also wrote:
One thing I feel like I go back and forth about constantly is the size. I love the size of the 9.7″ for portability and ease-of-use in bed, but I also loved the size of the 12.9″ Pro for using at my desk or on the couch or patio or really anywhere but in bed :)
I realized that I spent most of my time working on my iPad either at my desk or dining room table or couch and not really in bed, and the 12.9″ model is far better for my workflow. I typically have Coda for iOS open on 3/4 of the screen and then either Twitterrific or another app open in the other 1/4. With the 12.9″ model, I can still comfortably work in Coda at 3/4 width. On the 9.7″ model, it quickly starts to feel cramped.
So, there’s my reasoning. I’m sure in another two weeks I’ll regret selling the 9.7″ and wish I had it back, but for now the 12.9″ iPad Pro is back to being my “main computer” once again.
From Six Colors:
Some days all the OS updates arrive. Today it’s OS X 10.11.5, watchOS 2.2.1, iOS 9.3.2, and even an Apple TV update.
Go get ’em.