Deals: The Mobile Cloth Z5 Pack: Wipe Away Touchscreen Fingerprints & Germs at 40% Off

Mobile Cloth

If you’ve followed this site at all over the years, you know I’m a huge fan of Mobile Cloth – and have relied on it to keep my iPad and touch screen devices free of smudges, fingerprints, and germs for years now.

So I’m happy to say today’s highlighted iPad Insight deal is for The Mobile Cloth Z5 Pack: Wipe Away Touchscreen Fingerprints & Germs – for $11.99, 40% off its standard price. This is the intro to the Mobile Cloth deal description:

Mobile Cloth is simply the safest, fastest and most effective way to wipe off fingerprints and germs from your constantly used touchscreens and lenses. Its advanced split micro material is safe to use on even the most sensitive of surfaces.

Instead of wiping around and moving the dirt and germs, Mobile Cloth quickly and completely removes smudges in a few swipes and has been clinically shown to remove up to 98% of germs with no chemicals.

These cloths are durable and completely washable, so you can keep all your devices clean and sparkling like new for years to come.

And here’s my review of Mobile Cloth from way back in 2010.

You can see more deal details and place an order at this iPad Insight Deals page.

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An iOS 8 Review for iPad Users

iOS 8

I’ve been running the beta on and off for a few months now, and I’ve spent the last few weeks on Beta 5 and the GM, so I feel like I’ve got a good enough handle on the OS to write a quick review for launch day. Let’s get one question out of the way right up front: should you upgrade to iOS 8 today?

Hrm, let me think about th — yes, absolutely, yes. The only warning I have is to refrain from upgrading to iCloud Drive when prompted (the dialogue shows up after you upgrade and restart). iCloud Drive will take over iCloud sync for all apps that previously used it, and OS X Mavericks won’t support iCloud Drive, so any iOS app that moves to iCloud Drive will no longer be able to sync with its Mac counterpart. OS X Yosemite will work properly with Drive, but it’s not coming out until later this year.

But let’s get back to the good stuff. I think iOS 8 is the single biggest jump forward for iOS since the introduction of multitasking in iOS 4. The operating system has opened up in so many ways this year, and it’s a godsend for power users who have been eyeing Android’s awesome share menus and custom keyboards with increasing envy.

If iOS 7’s mission statement was “Shut up, use this: it’s colourful and different and you’ll like it”, then iOS 8 says “Actually here’s that app integration and third-party keyboard support you’ve always wanted, Thomas. Would you like a massage?”.

There are going to be a lot of iOS 8 reviews out today, so I’ll cut down on as many of the repeats as possible. This is an iOS 8 review with a focus on the iPad experience. I’ll focus on the stuff I loved, the changes that feel mediocre, and then mention stuff I don’t feel like I can properly discuss yet.

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Today Is iOS 8 Release Day

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Just in case you haven’t been avidly following Apple sites or even mainstream news related to the brand new version of the iPad and iPhone operating system, today is the day that iOS 8 will be released to the public. It is expected to be released at 10AM Pacific / 1:00PM Eastern.

iOS 8 brings a number of exciting new features to the iPad that greatly improve its interaction with the Mac, beefed up Photos and Messages apps, health-focused features, a much-improved iCloud, and third party keyboards.

Apple has a big, bold page devoted to what’s new in iOS 8 – it’s well worth a look to get yourself a little excited about what’s coming a little later today.

I’d also recommend taking a look at this short, sweet rundown of how to prep for iOS 8 at Macdrifter – it offers some simple steps to make the upgrade to iOS 8 as fast, easy, and effective as possible.

Happy upgrading.

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The iPhone 6 Plus As An iPad Alternative

iPhone 6 Plus

Right now my iPhone is charging on my dock, and my iPad Air is beside it, charging on the desk. That’s two devices, two chargers, two Lightning cables, and two AC slots taken up. I also tend to upgrade my iPhone and iPad every two years, so I’ll likely be making two large purchases in the Fall of ’15.

It’s this kind of setup that could be simplified by a single mobile device, and that’s why I think the iPhone 6 Plus comes at an interesting time. Despite my initial reaction to the very first Galaxy Note, Phablets are a thing, and there actually might be some great use cases around them.

The 5.5” screen on the 6 Plus isn’t terribly far off from the iPad Mini’s 7.9” screen. For users, like my sister, who really just want to be able to browse enough of the web while away from home, a single device with a very large screen will likely do the trick and keep her happy. I also find it interesting how Apple is blending elements of the iPad and iPhone in the 6 Plus, as shown in the split-screen Mail and iMessage apps. Then there’s the financial fact that one device keeps you on a single easy upgrade cycle: one new phone every two years, and nothing more.

iPhone 6 Plus Mail split screen

As for me, I still like the idea of a larger iPad screen and a more portable and pocketable iPhone. The iPhone is easier and safer to use on public transport, and the iPad is far more fun to write on at cafes. Comics are just legible enough on an iPad mini’s screen, but they’re awesome on an iPad Air. I’m happily going to keep my current combo until next year, but I’m really interested to see how many potential iPad buyers — or even current iPad owners — decide on an iPhone 6 Plus over owning a smartphone and iPad.

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iOS 8 *Does* Allow Paypal as a Payment Method, Even If the App Store Says It Doesn’t

iOS 8 App Store

Last Wednesday night I installed the iOS 8 GM (gold master) build on my testing iPad mini. The GM should be identical or very near identical to the public release of iOS 8 coming this Wednesday. It took a while to get installed due to some issues with iTunes on my iMac, and then once I did I immediatley hit an awkward problem.

When I tried to download a new app in the App Store I was greeted by a message telling me that Paypal was not an accepted payment method on this version of iOS, and recommending that I go to iTunes on a PC in order to rectify the situation.

That sounded like nonsense to me, largely because I’ve seen similar messages stating that Paypal won’t be accepted on the App Store over the years, and they have always turned out to be untrue. So I chose to ignore this one and see what happened after a restart of the iPad and just leaving it alone for a while. I had installed the GM late one evening anyway, so I figured I’d just reboot and see what was up the next day.

And sure enough, the next day everything was fine and back to normal in the App Store on this iPad. I could buy new apps, make In-App purchases, and use the App Store just as I always have – without making any adjustment to Paypal as my payment method.

I don’t know whether this will turn out to be just a little glitch in the GM or whether it’s just Apple continuing to press people to add to the hundreds of millions of credit cards numbers it can throw up on screen in presentations.

In any case, I hope this may help some of you out if you happen to get a warning about Paypal not being accepted on iOS 8.

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iPad Art: Godzilla

Another wonderful iPad painting by Rafael Co is our featured iPad artwork today. This one is titled simply ‘Godzilla’ and it’s a great side profile take on the big fella. I’d even go so far as to say it’s a monstrously good portrait.  I’m a huge fan of Raffy’s always striking and often funny images […]

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Hiding Purchased Music On Your iPad

John Gruber linked to this awesome MacWorld article that details how to use iTunes to hide the free U2 album on your iOS music app. I actually want to listen to this latest U2 album, but I do want to hide the crappy singles I’ve gotten from Starbucks, so this really came in handy for […]

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