Showing an iOS screencast over the internet



Until recently it was very difficult to present a screencast of the iPad or iPhone over the internet using webcasting applications such as WebEx or GotoMeeting.

Although both of these applications are available on iOS, they only allow viewing meetings, not actually screen casting.  This allegedly due to the inability of 3rd party applications to access the apis required to do this without “Jail Breaking”.

It seems however that a company has finally delivered the impossible.  The “Reflection” app gives users of PCs and Macs the ability to view a screencast from an iPad or iPhone. From there, a conventional desktop based screencast application can be used to record or webcast the demo from the device.

Reflections works by using the new Airplay Mirroring capability built into more recent versions of iOS.


Find more about Reflection here:

Article about broadcasting to Google Hangouts:


iPad mini in the workplace, does 7 inches really work, and does size really matter anyway?



The speculation about the iPad mini has moved from the usual optomistic rumours to “fact””. Allegations have been made that Apple is “leaking”the news to leading newspapers in order to rain on Google’s Nexus 7 parade. If they are making that kind of effort, maybe Nexus is worth looking at.

Android Tablets

The Nexus 7 has been described as a “game changer””. It has been described as being “far ahead”of existing android tablets with it’s high quality hardware and relatively inexpensive price. It is also the only tablet so far to ship with “Jelly Bean”, or Android 4.1.

In the last quarter of 2011, Android tablet shipments reached 39.1%, with iPad accounting for 58% of the market. Interestingly of the Android tablet sales, 40% of these were Amazon Fire or the Nook, which are eReaders. These devices use the 7 inch form factor and show that there is substantial consumer demand for the form factor.

Will we see 7 inches in the enterprise?

The Samsung Q1 UMPC, released in 2006 was a 7 inch tablet designed for enterprise use. It ran Windows XP and used a stylus and buttons for cursor manipulation. Like it’s competiors and successors, the lack of tablet based applications prevented widespread adoption. Interestingly though it’s portability and battery life made it popular with field workers.

Perhaps this will be the case for the Nexus 7 and the iPad Mini.

According to an article in CIO Magazine, Kyle Wiens, founder of iFixit and an iOS developer, says Not only will the iPad mini have a smaller, eye-straining screen, It probably won’t have a Retina display, either.”

Wiens, though, believes that the iPad mini will be used extensively in the field by service technicians, where mobility trumps everything else. Such employees don’t have much use for fancy Retina displays.

“With service manuals, you need to see pictures to do repairs, which makes the iPad much more usable than the iPhone,” Wiens says. “Yet you might be in tight places, so something in between would be reasonable.”

In the same article Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi says that a small tablet probably won’t have much of an impact on the enterprise. Milanesi covers the tablet market at Gartner and is very familiar with small tablets such as the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7, which she says are too small to get much work done.

Milanesi says a 7-inch Apple tablet, along with a cheap price point, will resonate with consumers, which somewhat undermines her anti-enterprise adoption argument. The thinking goes: If an iPad mini is a consumer hit, then it will likely ride BYOD to the enterprise anyway.

iPad software won’t work at 7 inches

There are fears that scaled down iPad applications wont work well with the new form factor. This is unlikely, considering the efforts developers already go to support multiple form factors on other platforms.

Useful productivity applications have been made to work on smartphones, so enterprise applications that use the new form factor (rather than just scaling down 10 inch) will adapt the new form factor.

For those that believe you can’t fit enough text on this screen, keep in mind that this form factor is already the leading size for eReaders.

The future is bright for the 7 inch form factor. Its affordabilty and ubitquity in the consumer market will mean it’s adoption into enterprise is inevitable. The software applications that win will be those that take advantage of this “mid” screen size.




The good news about the new iPad 4G and Australia



Unfortunately it seems that the “4G” supported by the “new iPad” will not support existing Australian 4G networks such as Telstra’s NextG network.  (It is predicted however that this will be available in 2015)

This seems to be due to a limititation in the chipset used in the new iPad.  Nevertheless it seems that users of bandwidth hungry business applications may still benefit from the new device.

But the news isn’t all bad for iPad users needing mobile network connectivity. The inclusion of High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) plus 850MHz and 2100MHz means the new iPads in theory are capable of much faster download speeds on Telstra’s NextG network, and Optus and Vodafone networks.

That means the iPad will be more attractive to businesses seeking to use them for data downloads and uploads while out and about.

It seems that at least for a while,  the mobile applications that enterprise use should still be responsive regardless of network performance.


How the “new iPad” will change the way we read forever


The “new iPad” finally brings the retina display technology the worlds leading business tablet computer.  This will have a powerful effect on the way work is done, by revolutionising print.

The Retina Display

The “retina display” packs more pixels into a smaller area than anything before it.  The following image from the apple website shows how the resolution compares to a HDTV:


Keep in mind a HDTV is designed to be rather large (eg 42 inches), yet this is put in a relatively small tablet display.  (10 inches).  Some claim such high resolution is unnecessary.  What is this actually for?

Some media claim that the retina display is about photos, video and games.  Another view could be that the retina display is equally about type.:

Apple’s head of worldwide marketing, Philip Schiller, also pointed to the display’s clearer, sharper text — none of the blocky pixels that would show up when users wanted to take a closer look. (Washington Post)


The iPhone’s LCD screen includes Apple’s “in-plane switching” technology. This is the same technology used in the iPad and the Apple LED cinema display. It provides a wider viewing angle so that you can see the screen even if it is tilted away from you.  As any book reader will tell you, we rarely stay looking at the screen at a single angle.

The new iPad delivers an unprecedented level of high-quality type.  Take a look at the comparison from the Apple website:


The Revolution of Type

With the move to the retina display you are now able to view high quality type combined with fast graphics.  Combine this with the existing iBook announcements and you can see that this device change the world of text forever.

“Throughout the campus,” he remembered Steve Jobs at an address to students at Stanford in 2005, ‘”every poster, every label on every drawer, was beautifully hand calligraphied.” So, having dropped out and finding himself a free agent, he decided to take a class in this art. “I learned about serif and sans serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can’t capture, and I found it fascinating.”. 

He went on to talk about his love of type and how he was able to express this in the Lisa and Macintosh computers of the era.  The “new iPad” continues his legacy by moving the consumption of excellent type to a new level.

The iPad adds to amazing type, moving beyond other eReaders by also offering high speed graphics, sound and video. 


Already some amazing “books” have been created combining multimedia and conventional type.   Imagine if the print quality was equal to a paper book. 


The iPad brings about new ways of experiencing books.   “Booktrack” for example is a way of authoring eBooks to allow readers to experience sound whilst reading type.  It is able to determine your reading pace using queues such as page-turns to ensure that the sound stays up to date.

Booktrack is a new technology which lets you experience books in a whole new way. By adding sound effects, musical score  and ambient audio, readers are immersed in the sounds of the story, adding a whole new layer to the reading experience. 

For organisations concerned with the quality of books on a tablet computer, the “new iPad” now offers a real alternative paper books and reports.   Everywhere that print is experienced today we will see even more of these devices.  I believe that the “new iPad” represents nothing less than a revolution in print.