Tag Archive for ‘Fraser Speirs’

‘Playgrounds Is Genuinely a Full Swift Interpreter Built Into an iPad App’ ➝

A great piece by Fraser Speirs regarding Apple’s newly announced Swift Playgrounds app and whether the language is good for learning to program.

Apple Classroom First Impressions ➝

Fraser Speirs shares his impressions of Apple’s newly released Classroom app for iPad. If you work in education, especially as a teacher, I encourage you to read it all the way through. There’s a good chance you’ll be using this at some point in the future.

iOS 9.3 and Education ➝

Fraser Speirs, writing for MacStories:

Two things are happening with iOS 9.3. Firstly, it brings important user-facing features, such as Night Shift, in a point release. Secondly, it brings a beta of major features for education. It is important to remember that the education features will still be in beta after 9.3 is released. I was informed by Apple that the long lead-time is intended to give schools time to thoroughly test and provide feedback on these features before the start of the 2016-17 school year in August/September.

Fraser goes in depth on all of the education features, but this is the first time I’ve heard that they would still be in beta after 9.3 is released.

‘All-in on iPad Pro’ ➝

Fraser Speirs:

I’ve been wanting to do this for five years now and it’s finally happened. I sold my MacBook Pro to go all-in on iPad as my main personal computer. Yesterday, I packed my 2015 13″ Retina MacBook Pro back into its box and sent it off to a new owner.

People have lots of questions about this so I thought I would write a bit about the thinking and experimentation that went with this.

He cites iOS 9 multitasking as the primary feature that turned the iPad into a viable alternative to the Mac. And I agree with him, it’s probably the most significant feature Apple’s added to iOS since the app switcher. But unlike Fraser, I’m not quite ready to jump ship on the Mac yet. There’s still a few tasks that are painful, yet possible, on iOS that I’d rather keep a Mac around for.

The best example I have off the top of my head is all the work I’ve spent on the site redesign over the past few weeks. Jumping between uploading files in Transmit, viewing the finished product in Safari, and editing files in a text editor — this type of work is just so much easier on OS X. I could have done it all in iOS, and some of which I did, but each task might as well have taken me twice as long to complete.

If Journalists Reviewed Macs Like iPads ➝

Great piece by Fraser Speirs from last week that I finally found the time to read. I especially enjoyed this bit:

If you speak multiple languages – and who among us is not at least passably familiar with that other great world language Emoji? – the MacBook Pro has one serious, glaring flaw. You have to commit to a specific keyboard layout and language from the factory that can never be changed. Yes, you can remap some of the keys in software but then you’re using a keyboard where the key caps don’t match the keystrokes.

Absolutely brilliant.

Fraser Speirs on iPad Pro ➝

9 to 5 Mac’s Chance Miller recaps Fraser Speirs‘ comments regarding the iPad Pro in education after spending some time with the device at a preview event in London.

We Need to Talk About iOS 8 ➝

Fraser Speirs regarding Apple’s rollout of iOS 8:

We have seen problems with apps not being updated in a timely manner. We have seen issues with crashing, devices rebooting, rotation glitches, keyboards playing up, touch screens not responding. Indeed I’m typing this while babysitting the full restore of an iPad that one pupil “broke” – through no fault of their own – while updating to iOS 8.

This isn’t Apple’s best iOS release. And, I’m hoping that at some point in the next few years they release a Snow Leopard-like version of iOS — adding nearly zero new features and instead focusing on refinements to existing ones.