Aaron Fisher

Front-end web developer from the UK, currently at The Outlook Creative Group.
Podcasting weekly at munchtech.tv.

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“On Switching from an iPad Pro and a Macbook to a Pixelbook”

Came across this fascinating blog post from Fraser Speirs who is a recently promoted head teacher at a school in the States, Fraser is making the Switch from Apple to the Chromebook (specifically, the Pixelbook) and he lays out some of the reasons why. I’ve highlighted some of my favourite points below, but I highly recommend you check out the full article here.

…although I could make a strong case that every change made to multitasking in iOS 11 worsened the experience in every way.

Bingo! I 100% agree with him here. This way of thinking seems to go completely against the usual grain if thinking in the tech/iPad user community, most people welcomed the changes made in iOS 11/12 with open arms and whilst yes, it was a step in the right direction, it definitely made a lot of stuff more difficult for me. For example, to open an app in split screen you’d simply have to select it from a list of all apps (this did need to be improved, the list made a terrible use of space) but now (and someone please correct me if I’m doing it wrong) you seem to only be able to choose from an app in the dock which is a pain in the ass!

It seems that as laptops get more tablet-y, tablets are getting more like laptops

Another spot on quote, and it was highlighted so much with this years iPads Pros. The prices are now competing with laptops (I.e. going the wrong way) and we are adding these hideous keyboard cases, basically making them a touchscreen laptop.

One other thing that hurts to say but I believe is true is this: ChromeOS is getting better faster than iOS on iPad.

I think this is an observation even the biggest Apple fans have been making recently. Apples schedule is all over the shop at the moment, not that they’ve ever been predicable, but we are now left guessing year-to-year whether we are going to get a new Mac mini or a new MacBook etc.

I think 2019 will be a very interesting year for software on the iPad, it’s like Apple has laid the groundwork with the Pro hardware in 2018 and the only thing holding it back now is iOS, which still feels like a larger version of the iPhone software.


#NowPlaying Coffee Talk with David Kennedy

For anyone who knows me, it’s no secret how much of a Blink/Box Car Racer/Angels & Airwaves etc. fan I am, so you can imagine how excited I was to learn that Angels & Airwaves were working on new stuff this year!

I came across a link to this interview with David Kennedy on Twitter this week and it has some absolutely fascinating content, especially if you like coffee and music!

Direct link


Happy 20th Birthday iMac!

Yesterday, the iMac turned 20 and we thought we’d dig out some of our collection and boot them up for the first time in a while.

From left to right: iMac G3 Ruby DV+, 2013 27″ iMac, iMac G4, 17″ iMac Intel Core 2 Duo.


The Two Techies 411: Information Required

A little late this week but a new episode of ‘The Two Techies’s is out! We talk about online tracking being brought into the real world, Dropbox and it’s IPO along with some more Snapchat talk!

Geo-privacy with your smartphone, Dropbox officially files for IPO and the iPhone SE 2 could create further fragmentation.

munchtech.tv/two-techies-411-information-required


Blink-182: A Letter To Elise

A song (cover) I basically have on repeat at the moment (starts around 40 seconds in).


The new Snapchat

The new version of Snapchat sucks. There, I said it. Now you probably haven’t been able to visit any tech news site in the past few weeks without seeing something about the new version of Snapchat, but I’ve been wondering what all the fuss was about, and this week I was graced with the presence of the new update!

I wasn’t an avid user of Snapchat before, a few snaps here and there directly between friends and I would occasionly scroll through the stories feed but oh boy does the new update ruin all of that. Upon first open I was definitely a bit taken aback by how little had changed (upon initial impression) but the more and more I’ve used it over the past week, the more and more I’ve realised how much less content I’ve been watching. I still use it for sending Snaps directly to friends but I don’t think I’ve watched a single story since! I still don’t understand why some stories are on the left and some are on the right?

Despite peoples best efforts, the update is more than likely here to stay.

/rant


Greetings!

This is my first post of the new site!


Mornings are for…

New “Stranger Things” t-shirt!