Cool iOS Detail: Swipe Right To Preview More While Searching Photos

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Here’s a little Photos app detail that I hadn’t noticed until I’d loaded my iPad with enough photos that I actually *had* to use the search function to find what I was looking for. When you search for a set of photos — by describing an album name, place, or date — the Photos app will show a single thumbnail to represent each search result it displays. Tapping on a single set of search results will load up a filtered view that shows only the relevant pictures. However, if you swipe right on the search results, you’ll see that you can actually “peek” into more of the results without having to tap on any of them. It’s a nice easy way to quickly sample more of the results without having to reset your search.

This isn’t any sort of game-changing feature, and I actually think it’s more useful on the iPhone with its limited screen real estate, but it’s a great example of the delightful little details that Apple includes in iOS. I like that some things are included not because they add incredible utility, but simply because they’re plain fun to discover and use.

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Deals: The 10 Ft. Apple-Certified MFi Lightning Cable at More than 50% Off

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Today’s featured deal is the 10 Ft. Apple-Certified MFi Lightning Cable – the handy charging cable that will help you keep your iPad charged even from across the room. It’s on offer for $18.99 – a full 52% off its standard $40 price tag.

Few things are more annoying than having a charge cable for the iPad or another favorite mobile device not reach comfortably to where your device is. So having a 10 foot lightning cable around for those occasions where you need a little extra stretch is a very good thing.

Here’s a little of the intro for this handy iPad accessory and its compatibility details:

With this handy Apple MFi-certified 10-foot cable in your tech arsenal, you’ll never have to compromise your chillaxing multi-tasking again. It can easily stretch across the room to conveniently give you power wherever you decide to be.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT

Let’s face it, the stock Lightning cable that comes with your iPhone is just too short. This 10 ft. (3M) cable is just downright more convenient, and who doesn’t appreciate that?

COMPATIBILITY
  • iPhone Models: iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, & iPhone 5s
  • iPad Models: iPad w/Retina display, iPad mini, iPad mini w/Retina display, & iPad Air
  • iPod Models: iPod nano 7th Generation, iPod touch 5th Generation, & iPod touch 5th Generation

You can see more details and place an order for the 10 Ft. Apple-Certified MFi Lightning Cable at this iPad Insight Deals page.

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Osmo for iPad Review: Magical and Educational

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We are all used to interfacing with a computer through mouse, keyboard, and in more recent times, touchscreen. Osmo has created an educational game system that allows you to interface with the iPad through physical objects. It’s a new way of using the iPad to engage children in learning and it is as close to a magical experience as I have come using an iPad. [click to continue reading…]

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iPad Art: Cottage

Cottage iPad Painting

‘Cottage’ is the title of today’s featured iPad painting.

It’s the work of Rafeal Co, aka Raffy or Cheeky Raffy, created using the Procreate app.

I always love how so much seems to be going on in Raffy’s paintings, although this one is  little less hectic than many others of his. The colors are what have me fascinated with this one. They’re powerful and create a bit of a feeling of foreboding as well.

You can check out more of Raffy’s excellent work at his Rafael Co Flickr stream.

If you’d like to explore lots more beautiful iPad paintings from a number of great iPad artists, take a look at our own iPad Art section here at iPad Insight.

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Penultimate 6.0.1 for iPad

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Penultimate 6 has had a pretty rough start. I like the cleaner look of the app, which matches iOS 8 a lot more. It’s also a good step to represent each notebook as a giant scrolling list of pages, which makes more sense in a digital format.

Unfortunately, the praise ends there.

Penultimate is marketed as this tech-laced love letter to the art and form of handwriting, but there are other apps that do a much better job of simulating the feeling of putting pen to paper. The writing experience in Penultimate just isn’t smooth on my Air 2, and the Jot Script can often miss strokes as I try to write in Drift Mode.

I really want to love Penultimate, but have always been disappointed with, even back before Evernote bought it. It’s a great concept and could do wonderfully with Evernote’s handwriting recognition, but their inking engine just seems nowhere near as good as some other apps. Paper and Noteshelf, for example, do a much better job of quickly drawing smooth lines.

It’s good that Evernote is acknowledging what a bungle the initial 6.0 update was and I’m glad to see them responding so quickly, but until the engine itself is overhauled, I just don’t see any use for Penultimate on my iPad. I’ll be sticking solely with Paper until something better comes along.

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The Sad State of Third Party Keyboards On iOS 8

One of the absolute most exciting things about iOS 8 was its announced support for third-party keyboards in almost all areas of the OS. There are some limitations. Every time you reach a password field, the default Apple keyboard pops up just to make sure users enjoy maximum privacy. Voice dictation through Siri, which got […]

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