Here’s one completely out of left field. However, believe it or not, there is actually a strong Apple connection. Smithsonian.com ran a piece last weekend on a very unique museum in Helsingborg, Sweden dedicated to memorializing notable failed products. The museum is the brainchild of Samuel West, a psychologist who according to the article, “specializes in studying creativity and work.”
If there is one major issue that eventually plagues all of Apple’s first party charge cables, it is that the cover will eventually pull away at the ends, and then the cord will fray and cease to work. This can begin anywhere between the end of year one and somewhere in year two of use, depending on well you take care of them. Don’t even get me started on cheap, third-party, non-MFi cables, either. You are lucky to get three to six months out of one of those.
If you are a working professional who requires a laptop on a day-to-day basis, you know that a good bag or backpack that fits your work environment is absolutely essential. Somewhere between 90-95% of my job is performed between my laptop, iPhone, and iPad Pro, so having a reliable bag that can hold all my gear and stand up to some wear and gear is absolutely essential. I have been through many such bags over the years, and have built up a solid collection that meet various needs. However, when it comes time to take your show on the road, the requirements change, and for those who travel often, they may be different enough to require a completely different approach.
The Rundown is our recurring Facebook Live video segment that covers the site’s posts from the previous week, some Apple News, and some things that are coming soon on the site.
In this week’s Rundown, we look back at:
- Rumors of Apple looking at purchasing Disney
- Enabling Two-Step Verification and Trusted Devices on your Apple devices
- The PaperLike screen cover for the iPad Pro from Kickstarter
- The ProBack 12.9″ iPad Pro cover that holds and charges the Apple Pencil from Kickstarter
A couple of specials on our Deals site:
- Private Internet Access VPN from London Trust Media
- 2-in-1 Lightning to Headphone Jack Charging Adapter from Sky Innovations
Some Apple News:
- A few current iPad Pro rumors
- Apple’s purchase of the Clive Davis Documentary for Apple Music
And some items coming up on the site:
- eBags TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertable Junior Travel Bag Review
- Carved Wood Power Bank and Acorn Bluetooth Speaker Review and Giveaway
- iOS 11 Wishlist- Taking Siri Seriously
If you have any questions or comments, either on the Rundown, or things you would like to see covered on the site in the future, feel free to let me know. Thank you for tuning in, and see you next week!
No one needs any reminder of Apple’s controversial (or courageous, if you take their word for it) decision to remove the headphone jack from the iPhones 7 and 7 Plus. However, as with everything in technology, we all adjust and move on. Apple was good enough to include a Lightning Headphone Adapter in the box with the newest iPhones, but that still leaves us with the issue of how to play music or audio and charge a the same time. Anyone who listens to music or podcasts in the car via an Aux port in their car audio system like I do knows this is not a trivial matter.
I don’t usually follow Kickstarter that closely, but this is the second notable item for the iPad Pro that I’ve seen this week. While this product has a higher price tag, and will likely take more effort, time, and money to build than the PaperLike screen cover we looked at previously, it is definitely worth consideration. It looks like a creative solution to a problem many users have with the Pro.
I vividly remember reading Mat Honan’s horror story in Wired magazine about being hacked and having his devices, some of which wheren’t backed up, wiped out and his social media accounts taken over. I also haven’t forgotten that one of the players in that very complex chain of events that lead to the unraveling of his digital life was Apple They were hit with a social engineering attack that ended up being the last dominoe to fall, giving the hackers free reign over Mr Honan’s Apple devices, and in turn, all of his information. The fact that Amazon, Google and Apple were ALL involved in this hack in various ways was definitely eye-opening.
Internet security has never been more important and more prevalent than right now, as seemingly every day brings us fresh reports of new security breaches, cyber-attacks, and unpatched exploits. We also continue to be bombarded with stories of user tracking by ISPs, advertisers, Google, Facebook, and our own and other governments.
A recent Kickstarter campaign caught my eye that I thought might be of interest to several of our readers. The PaperLike screen cover from Jan Sapper is exactly what it sounds like- a simple screen protector-like cover for both models of iPad Pro. It is made of a proprietary film that gives the screen a feel closer to that of paper when using the Apple Pencil. It’s a very good idea that I was surprised to learn hasn’t really been addressed by any mainstream accessory manufacturers to this point.
As iPad rumors have cooled in the wake of the release of a new device and a wait until the release of rumored devices possibly still to come, another oldie but goodie has popped back up over the last couple of days. There have been Apple and Disney merger, purchase, and partnership rumors going back several years, but they have really picked up some momentum this week.. We all know Apple has a massive $200 bilion plus pile of cash (although most of it is currently trapped overseas), and that they are starting to look for and produce their own media content, including video. Both brands are also iconic and synonymous with quality and attainable luxury, so the companies do align in certain areas, which is probably why these rumors make sense in a lot of ways.
Follow the link above to the first of what will be a recurring feature here at iPad Insight. I will be periodically recording Facebook Live video recaps of what we’ve been covering recently, and taking a look at some things that are coming up on the site. Since this is the first time, I would welcome any feedback that you may have on what we are covering, things you might like to see covered or reviewed, and any other feedback that you may have. I would love to be as responsive to what you, the readers, want.