Tag: WWDC 2022

The one about Stage Manager 🖥 (#99)

The WWDC keynote this Monday showed us what’s in store for iPadOS this fall. One of the new features is Stage Manager, which revamps multitasking on iPadOS, but also brings proper fullscreen support to external monitors. Yeah, you knew I’d write about that, right?

I’m writing this on my M1 12.9” iPad Pro, but I’m not looking at its screen. Instead, I have hooked up to a 27” BenQ display via Thunderbolt, something I rarely do. That’s because you get those pesky black bars on the side, and just a mirrored version of your iPad screen.

Or rather, that’s what it used to be like. You see, I’ve got the developer beta of iPadOS 16 installed, and the main feature there is external monitor support with Stage Manager. I’ve got to tell you, it’s pretty sweet. No, scratch that, it’s bloody brilliant, that’s what it is. At least I think it will be, when the bugs have been ironed out.

Apple announced iPadOS 16 at WWDC this Monday. It’s very much in beta (with improved developer tools), and just for developers at this time. The public beta is due in July, if that’s your thing, with the actual release coming sometime this fall.

So, what’s it like to work on your iPad using Stage Manager?

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News on Affinity Publisher for iPad coming soon

Remember how Apple seemingly ”leaked” the iPad version of Affinity Publisher? Well, now it’s official that news of the long-awaited app is coming soon.

Free yourself from the confines of your desk, without compromising the quality of your work with Affinity Publisher for iPad. A professional page design app that allows you to create on the go, it has everything you need to produce stunning brochures, posters, portfolios, magazines and much more, no matter where you are.

Affinity Publisher is a great app for laying out, well, just about anything for print. I’ve personally used the Mac version for apps and books, as well as billboards and posters. It’s great, and I can’t wait to see how it translates to the iPad.

And no, it’s probably no surprise that we get this just before WWDC 2022 hits. Might we see Affinity on stage, perhaps? If the pro apps rumors are true, then it surely is an obvious choice. It doesn’t get much more pro than desktop publishing, after all.

Don’t miss tomorrow’s WWDC keynote

How’s your Sunday going? Mine’s just fine, some kind of summer finally reared its beautiful face here in Stockholm, so I’m going outside to enjoy that, sans iPad, but with my camera. But before I go, I just wanted to remind you that WWDC, Apple’s developer conference, starts tomorrow, and while most of the things there are strictly developer-focused, it’s also a glimpse into the next big update for iPadOS. There are rumors aplenty, talking about better multitasking, and possibly some sort of windowed controls, but the truth is that we just don’t know.

The keynote will be live-streamed on the Apple Event page, as well as through their various channels, including the TV app, of course. It starts tomorrow, June 6th, at 10:00 a.m. P.T., which is in the evening for yours truly. Next week’s issue of the Switch to iPad newsletter will surely be about what the future holds, but if you can’t wait, I did a hopes and dreams issue with some friends of mine that is free to read.

Call to code: WWDC 2022 announced

This year’s WWDC, Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference, has been announced, subtitled Call to code. Mark June 6-10th in your calendar, with the sixth being the most interesting for most people. That’s when Apple will lift the lid on all the cool stuff they’ve got lined up for iPadOS, and all their other platforms (i.e, iOS, watchOS, tvOS, macOS, and whatever new OS they’ll possibly launch). 

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