Cool Things: Paperlike 2 Screen Protector for the iPad

Two years ago, I covered an interesting Kickstarter product for the iPad Pro called the Paperlike. It was a screen protector that made the iPad’s screen feel more textured like a piece of paper. I backed the Kickstarter and reviewed the product after it arrived a few months later. It made a big difference for me using my Apple Pencil, as the added texture made writing and controlling the Pencil easier. I liked it enough that I kept it on my 2017 iPad Pro until I sold it last Summer.

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Apple TV+ and Arcade are Coming Soon. Do You Care?

Thanks to Apple’s services-focused event back in the Spring, we already know the broad strokes when it comes to Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade. The former will feature Apple’s original video content, which they have been investing increasing amounts of time and money in, while the latter is the company’s gaming subscription service that is geared toward breathing new life into paid gaming titles on the App Store.

We also know that the release dates for both are closing in as we get closer to the release of the new iPhone. However, other than the occasional preview, trailer or rumor, news of these coming subscription services has been scarce.

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How Do You Feel About a Green iPhone?

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We are near the end of the yearly iPhone rumor cycle, as Apple’s announcement is now less than a month away. However, there are still a few minor details left to trickle out. This time, they supposedly come from a former Foxconn employee.

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Let the Apple Watch Series 5 Rumors Begin with New Finishes

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There have been plenty of iPhone rumors over the last few months, but that isn’t anything new. However, things have been significantly quieter on the Apple Watch front. That’s the thing about the iPhone. Even with its sales and profits hovering between stable and decline, it still tends to hog the spotlight.

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Deals: Apple MacBook Air 11.6″ 128GB Silver (Refurbished)

Are you a macOS user looking for a backup machine, or something to use for the basics around the house? While this MacBook Air has a few years on it, it is still capable of handling most home and school tasks at a reasonable price. Take advantage of the fact that Apple builds Macs to last.

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Donald Trump is Playing Quite the Game of Tariff Cat and Mouse with Apple

Whether you love or hate Donald Trump (and there seems to be very few people who don’t feel one way or the other), he certainly isn’t uninteresting. Whether he’s making up policy and new words on the fly, threatening to level entire nations, or drunk tweeting at 2 AM, the man is a constant stream of breaking news. One such off the cuff item was his announcement of a new round of tariffs on goods manufactured in China that goes into effect September 1st.

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Is the iPad Underappreciated?

I noticed an article at analyst site Seeking Alpha last week that caught my eye. It was titled Apple’s Accelerating Tablet Dominance Is Underappreciated and it went over several points that Apple’s tablet lineup now has in its favor. Writer Zvi Bar makes some pretty convincing arguments, but does it matter?

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Is the iPhone About to Go Pro?

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Rumors of an iPhone Pro have come around before, but never actually come to pass. It makes sense when you consider that Apple has a Mac Pro, a MacBook Pro, an iMac Pro and even an iPad Pro. However, they have held out from using the Pro label on a smartphone to this point.

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Deals: Apple MacBook Pro 13.3” 1TB Wi-Fi Silver (Certified Refurbished)

Normally, I wouldn’t recommend buying an 7 year-old computer, even at a significant discount. But bear in mind this is coming from a Windows user. Macs are a different story, so if you are looking for a backup machine for basic home use, you could do FAR worse than a refurbished MacBook Pro. MacBooks are built to last.

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Apple’s Move to Restrict Battery Replacements is Petty and Tone Deaf

Oh Apple, here we go again. Two years ago, Apple updated iOS with measures to throttle processors of devices with failing batteries. That part isn’t so bad, because such programming could actually save a device from either random instant shutdowns, or worse, a total failure of the processor. Unfortunately, Apple forgot to tell everyone what they were doing until some enterprising users figured it out and called them out.

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The Dog Days of Apple Summer are Here

The new Apple Card is starting to slowly roll out to a few selected fans who were pre-selected. Sadly, I was not among them, but the full rollout should come in a few weeks. And this is just the tip of the Apple iceburg. Continue reading

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