David Sparks’ IPhone Field Guide Now Out

iPhone Field Guide
David Sparks is back with a new mega field guide. His Markdown field guide really helped me get my head round writing in Markdown when I first moved to the mac and iOS and I now use it everyday for writing. I’ve also found his email and presentation field guides to be really useful too. I picked up a copy because his past ones have been so good, and I’ve got so much value from Mac power users.

Apple’s Education Efforts Miss the Mark

Making The Grade: Why Apple’s education strategy is not based on reality | 9to5Mac

Apple’s problems in education actually have less to do with the iPad being $299 or $259. They have a lot more to do with the story that they are framing in education being considered a pipe dream for a lot of the education market.

Education didn’t need a faster iPad. Education didn’t need Apple Pencil support. Those are great features for a consumer-friendly iPad, but education needed a clearer signal from Apple that they understand how school districts actually operate around the country and around the globe

Bradley hits the nail on the head here. As a teacher myself (in a very different situation from US teachers in public/state schools) I face some different challenges and yet still have the same reaction here. It feels like the kind of things when someone from outside an industry tries to “disrupt” it, and solves a non-existent problem. Sure the smart annotations features are nice, but I’d happily exchange them for the solutions Bradley hints at.

Workflow is continuing to get updated

Workflow 1.7.8 Adds ‘Mask Image’ Action, Things Automation Support, PDF Text Extraction, and More – MacStories

In the first update since November 2017, Apple today released version 1.7.8 of Workflow, the powerful iOS automation app they acquired last year.

Last year I shared an article which certainly looked like workflow was not getting any new features. That rumour was wrong and I’m very glad. This has to be a good sign for iPad Pro users and certainly makes me wonder what the long term future holds for workflow.