I recently bought an iPad with the thought of being able to do some of my work, which includes blogging, on the go without having to carry around a laptop.
But to my dismay, I discovered that not all the same functions are available on iPad’s Safari browser, and on an iPad in general, that are on a laptop, whether it be a Mac or a PC.
One of the things I can’t do is upload photos from the iPad to WordPress,which is what I use to write this blog. Well, this, as well as many other Apple delights for iPhone, iPad and Mac laptops, will be changing soon.
Apple C.E.O. Tim Cook on Monday in San Francisco unveiled new Apple features that will be available within weeks, and others by fall.
The new iOS 6 operating systems (available by fall) for iPad and iPhone will allow WordPress users to upload media, including photos and video, via their iOS mobile device using the standard WordPress format available on laptops. Right now, the only function to upload media is by using the HMTL file input element from any web site.
Other hot Apple changes:
The new MacBook Air will be faster, store more, have USB2 and USB3 ports, and cost $100 less.
A super laptop weighing only 4.5 pounds, with Retina Display and two microphones for better speech recognition at a cost of $2,200 and up. The Retina Display allows for the highest screen resolution ever for laptops: 2,880 by 1,800 pixels.
The new Mountain Lion operating system will allow for dictation to text from any program on a Mac. Just tap the FN key twice and the Dictation button will appear. You must be connected to the Internet in order for this feature to work.
The Mountain Lion system will be available by next week, Cook said, and will cost only $20. And, you can use it on as many Macs as you own, without worrying about serial numbers and copyright protection.
Eliminated from future Mac laptops: Discs (no more iDVD), Ethernet jacks and hard drives.
Apple Maps will now rival Google Maps and other portable device GPS systems: New features include local point-of-interest search; Yelp integration with reviews and photos; more than 100 million business listings; real-time traffic data; and integrated, turn-by-turn navigation.
The real-time traffic data is sourced from other iOS users’ devices, anonymously. Siri, the voice-controlled virtual assistant, will also enable spoken requests and directions.
There are tons of more changes and new features for everything Apple, much of which will make it easier and faster for bloggers, media users and busy worker bees to do their thing.
Perhaps, as a journalist from The New York Times mused, the future of Desktops may go the way of the dinosaurs, as no mention for changes to the iMac of Mac Pro were made on Monday.