Tag Archive: Apple

For those facing issues with enabling pasting of items from Mac (Mavericks to be specific here) to an NTFS drive…just follow the steps mentioned at OSXFUSE Wiki about enabling NTFS-3G and hence write access on the drive. It works just perfectly.

I recently was working on making a webpage compatible with the portable devices specifically iPhone & iPad. And when I say compatible, there are only 2 things to keep in mind:

  1. The graphical elements should maintain the layout or gracefully adjusted to remove the horizontal scroll.
  2. The functionalities are preserved – this would include all the dynamic aspects like server side calls, animations, etc.

For the first requirement, we have a really great solution – “Twitter Bootstrap”. Just add it to any page and making it responsive becomes super easy. Of course, it does require the programmer to still have a sense of a front-end designer i.e. just putting the framework in place is not going help, it requires some effort still. I am going to refrain from going into details about the styling aspect in this post and talk about the issues I dealt in terms of functionality.

The second requirement is tricky and get really annoying at times. Some components required replacing, tweaking while somethings were not supported at all. Below, I’m going to mention all the challenges I faced:

  • Custom scrolling solution like jquery.slimScroll had some rendering/processing issues, though iScroll is a good replacement.
  • If you are using text controls than the virtual keyboard can create mayhem for your user experience, the primary reason is when the keyboard opens, the page automatically scrolls up but the original position fails to restore when the keyboard is closed.
  • Sounds & Videos – while on the desktop you can play these as and when required i.e. on page load, based on an event, the iOS web engine only allows the playing of these files as consequence of a user action ONLY. This can totally ruin your UX if you have a auto-playing media files.
  • If the user puts the browser in the background or is working with multiple tabs, then in pre-iOS 7 devices, the pages state will be lost i.e. when the user goes back to the page it’ll open up like you hit refresh. While the query string params in the URL are retained, the post params are lost. In iOS7, I guess there’s a better handling of this particular case where the page is kept in memory but maybe its only for a limited time.

One good thing is jQuery works nicely and the socket.io also is not blocked although Apple only wants to use APNS for their push notifications but then again when the browser is in the background, the page is dead and no processing is done.

How do we handle these cases where we dont want to create a Native App due to lack of time, resources, experience, etc? Well one solution can be PhoneGap, it allows you convert your existing web app into a iOS installable application. Please see that it doesnt cover all the cases mentioned above directly, you would still have to write some native code as an hybrid solution but it reduces a lot of pain. Also, you’ll have to go thru Apple Developer Program and App publishing guidelines to ensure the app is available at the AppStore. It sounds like more of a mess but its a one time investment, for a solution that works!


The new Apple Mac Pro

So, it was brought into my attention from a colleague of mine that Apple is building a server-like hardware which I was complete oblivious about. But apparently they have been doing it for pretty long time now. The product I am talking about is the upcoming Apple Mac Pro. This beautiful thing is best described in this caption:

Apple Mac Pro


Now, I am not really a big apple fan as my friends know it but when it comes to innovative technology…there’s no barrier for brands in my mind. Considering what I saw on the website…I have only two things to say:

1. This piece of hardware is a kind of a masterpiece. I mean can you imagine having one machine which is brilliantly designed with latest state of the art techonologies in a amazing innovative yet simple design? I am so excited here that I am already contemplating what I can do with this amazing hardware? Use it as a single shared computing hardware among a complete development team that includes designers, developers and testers, etc and it not only hosts the development sandbox but also the staging and product enviroments thanks to virtualization and what not at the same time?

2. Apple is always know to have that UX oomph factor in their UIs…but the website design for this particular page is totally out of the box! I kind of spent 2 hours just admiring it! What would be the best way to design a page like that? Any ideas?

I am definitely adding this amazing machine in my wishlist and if apple prices it nicely, I might actually end up buying it! Or maybe not because to buy a machine like that and not respect it by heavily using it would be an insult to the bright minds who created it! Kudos guys.