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Warning for those upgrading to iOS 5

As I mention more on our support forum the new iOS 5 did sneak in a bit of a nasty surprise for My Vacation which could impact how you import images until our fix is approved. Read here for more details:

An update was sent to Apple on Thursday and I'll update you when it's approved.


Steve Jobs

I never use this blog to talk about topics unrelated to my apps, and this article is no different.

There were smartphones and apps around before the iPhone. However, it was Apple, driven by Jobs' vision and principles who created a device to capture the affection of the masses, not just the nerds.

An opportunity was suddenly there for me to break out from working for a large corporation to directly having control and autonomy over my own project, and potentially make a living out of it. That has to be the dream scenario for a lot of developers. It was for me!

I think it's fascinating to consider that such a controlled company created an ecosystem that let imagination run wild. Indeed, it's possible Apple didn't anticipate the demand for native apps over web apps. Then, once the native app took off, with the App Store approval process they also acted as more of a restraining 'parent' than Google. However, this was only to encourage high standards to complement the device's high standards and attention to style and detail.

High standards and attention to style and detail perfectly sums up what was special about Steve Jobs.

I have him to thank for the opportunity to change my career, and making it possible for apps like My Vacation to be created. There will be thousands of developers around this world sharing the same thoughts today.

Regards, Tony


iPhone 4S, iOS 5 and My Vacation

Like many others I was yesterday eager to find out about the latest iPhone incarnation from Apple. Whilst being labelled 4S rather than 5, it sounds like a solid update which will have me in the queues to buy.

What does this mean for the app? Let's recap firstly on iOS 5 which will be installable on 3GS and 4 too. Nothing has been added to the features I blogged about in June. The key features that will boost the use of My Vacation are:

  • iCloud
  • Photostream
  • Airplay and display mirroring
  • New camera features

Onto the iPhone 4S. It's faster, has more memory and a better camera.

The main feature for those using My Vacation will surely be the improved camera. It will shoot photos at 8 megapixel, allowing images with a resolution of 3264x2448.

From the Apple product page:

Great photography isn’t just about megapixels — it’s about light, too. The all-new, advanced optics in this camera work together to make sure whatever light you have gives you the best image possible. The custom lens uses five precision elements to shape incoming light, which makes the entire image sharper. The larger f/2.4 aperture lets in more light, so photos look brighter and better. And the advanced hybrid infrared filter keeps out harmful IR light, so you’ll see more accurate and uniform colours.

ars technica have published an article about the new iPhone 4S camera which was interesting to read. I'll follow up with actual photos once I've got my hands on one!


Gadget Feature: The olloclip

The olloclip is another innovative add-on for your iPhone 4 to add more creativity to the photos you import into My Vacation.

The olloclip contains three compact lenses: fisheye, wide-angle and macro lenses that clip onto the iPhone camera.

As they say, the best camera is the one you have with you. That said, camera phones are not quite out of the zone of being 'limited', even the iPhone 4 camera - which is impressive for its size.

I imagine this gadget will appeal to those who have embraced the iPhone as their main everyday camera. You can use photo-editing apps to recreate a little of what's on offer here but you will lose out on photo detail.

To see some examples of photos taken using the lens see:

You can purchase the olloclip for $69.95 from this link.

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