iPad and iPhone for the Birds

Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 1.14.53 PMPeachpit has posted an article I wrote about bird watching and bird identifying apps for iOS: iPad and iPhone for the Birds

This is a great time of year to put up a bird feeder and start trying to identify your local visitors. The beauty of iOS bird ID apps is that not only are they portable (especially those on iPhones), they include color images and and bird songs you can listen to via a headset to help ID all those birds you hear and can’t see.

I notice the my personal favorite bird field guide, The Sibley Guide to Birds, is about to be released in a second edition; I have hopes for a similar update to the The Sibley eGuide to the Birds of North America – mydigitalearth.com iOS versions. Note that there’s a free “Lite” version too.

Managing The Holidays With Your iPhone or iPad

I have a new article up at the Peachpit Website:

I eagerly look forward to the holidays every year, but increasingly I rely on my iPad and iPhone to help deal with holiday tasks in ways that free me to enjoy time with friends and family. In my case, the holidays include cooking and entertaining and gift-giving, which means both shopping for gifts and creating gifts.

There’s an app for that.

iOS Released Today

Before you update, assuming your iOS device is supported, make sure you’re running the latest version of iTunes (11.1 for OS X Mountain Lion) by launching iTunes and going to the iTunes menu and choosing Check For Updates…. . Alternatively, you can download iTunes from Apple. Then, connect your iOS device to your computer with the USB cable, and backup your device to your computer.

Once you’ve updated and backed up, connect your device to a power source, go to the Settings App, then General, then Software Update to update your device.

After the iOS update arrives, update any apps that need it, then read this excellent TidBITS article by Tonya Engst: iOS 7 Pre-flight Checklist.

Apple Announces iOS 7 Release Date

Apple has announced that the iOS 7 release date will be September 18. iOS 7 will run on iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, and the iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad 5.

Apple’s official iOS 7 page lists the features and updates, but I’m especially looking forward to iTunes Radio, AirPlay and some subtle but smart improvements in support of multitasking.

It does look very different, especially in terms of overall design concepts and icons, so I’ll be interested in seeing what it’s like to work with and the updated version.