iOS 14, iPadOS 14, tvOS 14, and watchOS 7 for Users and Developers somewhat mirrors macOS Big Sur in that there are some design tweaks like the new Widgets and your ability to place them on the home screen for device running iOS, the new App Library system, which can help you organize your home screen. Along with the home screen changes, search and Siri have seen some improvements as well, and those are covered. Safari can now help keep you informed about who is tracking you across the web.

Communications is a big part of today’s society, so the updates to Messages is covered, and there is a whole new help to help you translate text, called the Translate app. Users will be able to learn about the new updates to Notes, Reminders, and Maps. If you prefer to handwrite items there is a new feature just for you called called Scribble, which will take your handwriting and covert it into text.

Health is a huge topic and there have been some big changes like the renamed Fitness app on the iPhone and a way of tracking Sleep on the Apple Watch. These are both covered along with updates to Face ID and masks, as well as new ways to protect your hearing.

The Music and Home apps have been slightly changed and updated and the Shortcuts app gets some new tricks to help automate things even better than before.

Developers will learn all about Apple Silicon, because their iOS and iPadOS apps can run natively on Macs running Apple Silicon. Along with Apple Silicon, developers can learn about changes to Xcode, the new Swift, SwiftUI, and Swift Packages, as well as how to implement WidgetKit, some things to keep in mind about AppClips, how to implement the new Color Picker and how to support PencilKit and Scribble with their custom interfaces.

Reading List for September 2021


Three quarters of the year is now finished and as I have done for the other months I have compiled the list of books that I have read.

The books I have listened to during September is a lot fewer than I did in August. In fact I only listened to eleven books, three of which were new. One of the reasons that there were so few is because the first four books I listened to totaled 140 hours and 34 minutes. Of course since I listened to them at around 2x, it did not take that long to listen to everything.

Overall, the average length of time per book for the month is approximately 20 hours and 2 minutes in length. With the longest being “The Company” and the shortest being “Blueshift”.

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Title Author First Listen
Fall of Giants (Century Trilogy Book 1) Ken Follett No
Winter of the World (Century Trilogy Book 2) Ken Follett No
Edge of Eternity (Century Trilogy Book 3) Ken Follett No
The Company: A Novel of the CIA Robert Littell No
The Once and Future Spy Robert Littell No
The Industrial Revolution (Great Courses) Patrick Allitt Yes
The Ultimate History of Video Games: From Pong to Pokemon Steven Kent Yes
Gray Mountain John Grisham No
The Reckoning John Grisham No
Painted House John Grisham No
Blueshift Joshua Dalzelle Yes
Total   11

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