Stuck on iOS

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I feel more and more uncomfortable with iOS because of many reasons, some of them not even related to the system itself but everything around it. I wanted to see lately, whether I can find something else instead. I searched, but as you can imagine, there’s not that much to search for. Today it’s either Apple or Google. I tried to find a way to use Ubuntu Touch as a replacement, but as noble and cool as I might find the project and its idea, it‘s really light years away from anything real ... [Read More]

Dreaming of Xcode on the iPad

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Let’s imagine the iPad was a device for real work. You know… stuff that professionals do. Not only media consumption for fun and stuff. That’s what we’re all waiting for isn’t it? I think we’re well past that point. Not only are there lots and lots of people that do actual work on their iPad – people that are real professionals. There are less and less tasks that an iPad isn‘t capable of ... [Read More]

Why f.lux and Night Shift on iOS will change your life too

A few weeks ago, Apple released the beta version of iOS 9.3 and announced a feature they named Night Shift. This feature adjusts the screen colors of your iPhone or iPad to a softer and warmer range in the evening and to a normal hard, blueish color during daytime. This is nothing new and it is certainly not invented by Apple. The one tool that got the ball rolling is called f ... [Read More]

Apple’s Future of the Mac and its Pricing

I’m a little bit worried. Apple’s keynote yesterday was great! But it was basically about every product but the Mac. Even the release date of El Capitan was only shown as an easter egg during a demo of iOS. I start to get drawn to the group of people that think the Mac has no bright future at all. Apple often said that the future of PCs is the iPad. I can see this in many scenarios and for lots of use cases this might be the right way to go ... [Read More]

iOS 9 Multitasking Support for iPads

I read a lot of articles and listened to some Podcasts covering iOS 9 multitasking support on the different iPad models. It is clear that only the iPad Air 2 will support Split View, which allows you to run two apps next to each other at the same time. Sometimes the assumption is though, that also Picture in Picture and Slide Over are not supported by older devices. This is not true! ... [Read More]

End-To-End Testing using Cucumber, Frank & Kiwi – Part 1

A few days ago I was talking about Test Driven Development on the Cocoa Pulver Podcast. I mentioned that I like the idea behind TDD but that there are some quirks about it when it comes to testing view controllers (especially in Objective-C). I also mentioned Behavior Driven Development (BDD) and shortly explained the gist of it. Now I don’t want to write too much about TDD and BDD here ... [Read More]