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With iOS 6 And More – The New IPhone Is Going To Be Phenomenal!

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The announcement of the iOS 6 upgrade at 2012 WWDC had all the markings of Steve Jobs’ enormous influence. The sad news: he wasn’t here to live and breathe the ongoing phenomenal product releases that he so impeccably envisioned.

Thankfully, he nurtured a remarkably gifted Apple team with the noticeably improved charismatic presence of Tim Cook at the helm.

On Monday, June 11th, 2012, Tim Cook and his team of engineering magicians walked us through the jaw-dropping breakthroughs at Apple.

  • A newly-improved and powerful MacBook Air
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  • A monster computer via the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display, the best ever built according to product designer, Jon Ives
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  • An OS X upgrade – Mountain Lion with over 200 new features – scheduled for purchase in July 2012 from the MacApp Store at a measly $19.99
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  • And the crème de la crème – iOS 6 upgrade – scheduled for release in the Fall of 2012 and available for the IPhone 3G, IPhone 4, IPhone 4S, IPad 2nd and 3rd generation, IPod 4th generation.
    Update: Some features, such as Mapping, Siri, Flyover, will be limited to the IPhone 4S and new IPad. Read the fine print or just buy the new IPhone in October. 🙂
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    All this and Apple has yet to mention the upcoming new IPhone release this Fall. But, with yesterday’s breakthrough announcements, one can only imagine how powerful this new IPhone is destined to be.

    This Phone will obviously come shipped and ready to impress via iOS 6 installation. But, what else can we expect? What else?

    What else indeed! Expect a revolutionary new camera that will put an end to the point-and-shoot cameras once and for all. We know that the late Steve Jobs wanted to revolutionize the Photo Industry and, according to all reports, this new IPhone was the last project he worked on before his untimely death.

    And if you think the IPhone 4S had record sales, just you wait Henry Higgins, just you wait! This Phone is going to shatter all previous sales records and become the best-selling product of all-time.

    So, connect the dots – this camera is going to be awesome. And, with the evolution and continued refinement of the Photo Apps, why in heavens name would one want to buy a $2000 camera?

    I designed stellar Apple photo books and calendars for my grandchildren comprised of IPhone pictures only and the photos were remarkable. Granted, some were clearer than others, but that was my fault rather than the fault of the camera itself.

    If you want to see a cool voodoo concept for the new iPhone, check out this video below. It will make you drool like a teething baby. It may not happen in Fall 2012, but it is not far into the future. Not by a long-shot.

    Saturday Video Tutorial: A Look-See At The IMovie App For The IPad

    I came across this great video tutorial about the amazing editing features of the iMovie IPad App.

    It leaves out one small – or large – detail, depending whether or not you are a control freak, as am I,

    If you are, then read this article after watching this excellent video.

    Also, it gave me the idea to start a “how-to” category on the GrannieTheGeek.Com site – whether they be mine or someone else’s, such as Brennan Spark’s excellent video tutorial in this blog topic.

    The important thing is to give readers quick access to technical assistance.

    Now, I know many sites already provide this, but this site is aimed for the geeks in process – those who have a passion for technology as I do but have no idea where to start!

    Are you an avid IMovie App fan? Do you have any other suggestions? I’m all ears – or fingers – so sock it to me in the comments section.

    Also suggestion: Troubleshoot The Placement Of The Audio Clip In The IMovie IPad App

    Adobe Photoshop Touch For IPad Now Available On The App Store

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    Hey there photo buffs.

    Adobe Photoshop Touch for IPad is now available on the App Store.

    This is a long-awaited release and further enhances the collaboration between Adobe and Apple.

    The price is higher than the norm -$9.99 -but it comes packed with features that will keep all of us busy into the early hours of the morning.

    Here is what you can expect:

    Use Photoshop features designed for the tablet such as layers, selection tools, adjustments, and filters to create mind-blowing images. Use new Scribble Select to easily keep and remove elements of an image.

    Choose images from multiple sources, including social sites like Facebook, online image searches such as Google Image Search, or a live feed from your tablet’s camera — all directly within Adobe Photoshop Touch.

    Entertain friends and family by easily sharing your new images on Facebook. See their comments right in Adobe Photoshop Touch.

    Browse an inspirational gallery for the styles and results you’d like to achieve, and then follow step-by-step tutorial guides to easily learn techniques the pros use for great-looking results.

    It is available now, so slap down $9.99 and you are good to go.

    Creating Memorable, Frame-Worthy Photos On The IPad Or IPhone

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    I love printing pictures of family members and then framing them for all to see and enjoy. It has become a full-time passion for me.

    I am sure many of you enjoy it as well. So, I decided to share some tips on making what I think are spectacular pictures to hang on your wall.

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    Also, I decided to use a picture of Steve Jobs to demonstrate my work. I am a stickler for privacy here, so my personal pictures, unfortunately, are inaccessible for mainstream internet.

    First of all, if you don’t have all your best photos on your IPhone or IPad, it is best to transfer them from your computer to the Photo App on your chosen device.

    There are many ways to do so and ICloud has made this very easy. However, for those of you who do not have ICloud and/or want to use less current pictures, there is a wonderful App out there called PhotoSync

    I first learned of PhotoSync from my friends at IPhoneInCanada.Ca. It has been a lifesaver for me, seamlessly and wirelessly transferring photos and videos between computers and devices.

    And as a bonus, the PhotoSync Companion is available for Windows or Mac OS X

    Plus, it comes packed with features aplenty.

    The Mobile Apps are also quick and easy to install on your IPad or IPhone.

    Then, once the transfer process is complete, you can further refine your photos before you add additional enhancements.

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    So, I always access a solid image editing tool like Photoshop Express for IPhone or IPad. It has the basic but all-important tool refinements like, noise reduction, sharpening, exposure, contrast, crop, rotate.

    I am big on Noise Reduction. It is a thorough cleanser for the majority of pictures, adding a smooth, flawless texture. And the cropping feature is an important element as well. I used both on the Steve Jobs photo, pictured above.

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    Then, if you want to get down and funky, download the Camera+ App for IPhone. Unfortunately, there isn’t an IPad App for this photo imaging tool, but the IPhone version is just as efficient on the IPad.

    You can achieve some really neat looks with the various options available via this neat image editor. I just love it. But be forewarned-it is terribly addicting.

    For the Steve Jobs picture, I used the Diana effect with 84% intensity. But, there were many, many choices within this wonderful App. Just you wait!

    And, save many different versions of the same picture. You’ll be glad you did. Depending on the color of your chosen frame, one version of an edited picture may work better than others.

    Following this, the fun truly begins. There is a wonderful framing App out there call Imikimi for IPhone and IPad. Once downloaded, you will be treated to vast array of categories to suit every mood or event.

    I can’t stress enough how exceptional this App is-it is the closest thing I have seen to digital scrapbooking.

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    You simply select a photo from your photo library and add it to the empty square box in the frame. Once you do so, you have more options at your disposal to position or enhance the picture.

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    I often save many different versions within the Imikimi App so I don’t clutter up my Photo App, but you can easily save all your framing projects to the Photo App on your IPad or IPhone.

    If there is one drawback to Imikimi, it is the fact that the vast majority of the frames are sized for a square photo, as opposed to a 4×6 or 5×7 etc. Up in my neck of the woods, I found fairly reasonable frames at Michaels, but, depending where you live, you may have more options for purchasing these frames.

    And the square formation is perfect for scrapbooking. It is totally your call.

    Once you are done, you merely have to print out your picture, using premium photo paper of course.

    Let the ink dry overnight, pop it into the frame or scrapbook and you are done. Except for the squeals of delight on the faces of family members and friends once they see your digital work!

    Happy Framing! Happy Scrapbooking! And please leave your ideas and thoughts in the comments section.

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