eXtensions - Monday 24 October 2022
Monday Comment: Updates Imminent; Apple's Strange iPad Directions; Streaming TV
By Graham K. Rogers
As I do most of my work on the iPad Pro these days, I do notice when things are better on macOS, such as presentations in Keynote and managing/editing content in Pages. For example, this week I wrote an internal document for work that included screen shots. Late at night while editing in bed on the iPad I had an idea that included swapping two complete sections including a couple of screen shots.
When I tried moving those images, I found it impossible to make the images and text sit as I wanted. I got up and woke the MacBook Pro. In two minutes I had solved the problem that I should have been able to fix on the iPad Pro. Keynote has similar behavior quirks; and as I mentioned above, Photos needs re-working to behave more like the Mac version: the iPad Pro is not a large iPhone; but a trimmed down macOS is not the answer.
With the M-series chips these services are accessed using the power key. If the machine is shut down and the lid closed, the system automatically starts when the lid is opened, so with the lid open press and hold the power key. Wait until a message appears. For a first rate description of this and the options that are available if you know what you are doing, The Eclectic Light Company has a valuable run down of the process including a PDF link so that the information is readily available. It is worth subscribing to the email links; and there are also some good utilities for download.
I ran Disk Utility and it took a few minutes on the 512GB SSD I have. In the end, after going through all 10 snapshots, all was well. I am not expecting any problems when Ventura arrives (fingers crossed), although I am not sure of the time it is expected here. If it is in line with most other Apple products, it will probably be late.
On the plus side, in initial reports the Apple Pencil seemed to be the same device I have already, so I was keeping my fingers crossed that that would save me some expense (about the same as the increased price), although a look at the M2 iPad Pro by Brian Heater, TechCrunch, reports that this has "a new (2nd gen) Apple Pencil" which made me pause. On first look it was also not clear if the folio case had changed. Rumors had suggested a new 4-connector linking mechanism, but that does not seem to be the case (no pun intended). Another debunked rumor. My Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil 2 would both work with this new device.
M2 iPad Pro - Image courtesy of Apple
iPad with 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display and A14 Bionic chip - Image courtesy of Apple
One of the interesting features announced for Ventura, was Continuity Camera with the ability to use an iPhone as camera. That sounds sort of obvious, but part of that was the ability to have a meeting and easily show the keyboard or working surface like a desk while presenting. Joe Rossignol (MacRumors) reports that the Belkin iPhone mount for this is now available at $29.95 on Apple's online store. Not here however. I have checked the local online store several times in the last few days, and also looked at online sites, including Amazon, but no luck. It is available in the UK Apple Store, however. This is par for the course here.
Continuity Camera in Ventura - Image courtesy of Apple
I have seen a couple of movies with Latin speakers, but these are rare and usually there are only snippets, although some, for example, in Mel Gibson's Passion of Christ, speakers use "Hebrew, Latin, and reconstructed Aramaic". Gibson also directed Apocalypto in which most speakers use Mayan. A search online shows that a number of movies have included Latin speakers.
I listen to Latin fairly often with some of my favourite classical music: as well as Mozart, Bach and others, there is Carl Orff's Carmina Burana (based on a medieval manuscript) with words mainly in Latin and German. This is popular partly because of its heavy percussion. It is a delight to see a live performance. I introduced this to my Latin tacher at Illinois State University (Carl Springer) and although he was highly dubious at first, he warmed to it and enjoyed the performance. So when Barbarians first appeared I was delighted and the second series pleases me still. The ending had a twist that (hopefully) leads into a 3rd series.
I am also looking forward to the Second series of Slow Horses from Apple that is due in early December. Seasons 3 and 4 have already been slated. There are several outlines of the next season online, but David Snow (Cult of Mac) has a useful run down and a link to the trailer.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. After 3 years writing a column in the Life supplement, he is now no longer associated with the Bangkok Post. He can be followed on Twitter (@extensions_th)
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