WordPress App Update for iOS Makes the iPad Pro an Even Better Tool for Bloggers

I’ve mentioned it before, but I do about 99% of my work on this site using my 12.9” iPad Pro, a Bluetooth keyboard, and the iOS WordPress app. I have been doing this since I resumed writing here back in February, and it’s been a really good experience so far. The WordPress app is a simple, WYSIWYG affair, but it had most of the major features of the web interface and got most of the job done before the most recent update that came out on Monday.

However, there were a few features lacking in previous versions of the app that kept me going back to the web interface to finish each article. The previous versions of WordPress did not have a “Read More” button or a selector to choose between font sizes. Every article here has a Read More break, with only the intro section of the text seen on the Home Page, and any article with section headings requires the font size selector. Now, these could both be added by switching over to “Code Mode” in the app, but I prefer to stick to the editor for everything that I can.

The web interface has always had these features, but it doesn’t work well at all as a writing tool for entire articles if you are using a Bluetooth keyboard. If you use the arrow keys to try and navigate within the text, the screen automatically scrolls down underneath the text editor box. That gets REALLY old when you are trying to write and need to move around the page, and its why I started using the app for all my text work. I have just been using the web interface to add the Read More break, font sizes if necessary, and embed videos when needed before posting.

However, after the most recent update that was released on Monday, the WordPress app for iOS now has all of the main features of the web interface, including the Read More and font size features that I’ve been waiting for.

I also found that the Quote function is now easier to use with the app, and Underline and Strikethrough are now included now, as well. Also, all of these features, which are technically still in Beta for now, are all available on the iPhone version of the app, as well. That makes getting ideas down and editing while on the go much easier.

I can remember a time several years ago when the iOS WordPress app was a buggy mess that was hardly worth the free download. Hats off to Automatic for taking the time to make this app what it can be. After this update, it finally feels like a complete tool for bloggers in combination with the iPad Pro and a keyboard. Now I can post entire articles with no need to work anywhere else but the app. It certainly makes foe a neater workflow.

Are there any other bloggers or writers out there who also use the WordPress app? If so, I would love to hear what you think about their iOS app. Let me know in the Comments, on Flipboard, on our Facebook page, or on Twitter @iPadInsightBlog.

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Deals: Gravity X Car Mount

I am in the car a lot as part of my job, and have been for years. As a project manager for a contracting firm, I am also very reliant on my iPhone to keep in touch with customers, fellow employees, and sub-contractors who are working for me. Even when I am in the car, my phone is still my lifeline to keep my projects moving forward.

Because of this, I have tried MANY different kinds of smartphone car mounts, none of which I have found to be particularly foolproof or durable. I’ve used the dashboard suction cups mounts, vent mounts, cup holder mounts, and most recently, a rear view mirror mount. I’m usually lucky to get six months out of them, no matter how much I spend or how careful I am with them.

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iPhone 8 Rumors- Apple Involvement?


We are likely at least two months from the release of the iPhone 8, assuming that’s what Apple actually settles on calling it. However, this is the time when the rumors of a device usually start taking shape into something more substantial than just conjecture over fakes and prototypes. So we should start to see a clear picture of the coming iPhone emerging, right? This year, the normal rules may not apply.

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Deals: Ginger Page Premium Lifetime Subscription


I wish I could say that I don’t need this particular product, but a connected service that checks not only your spelling, but your grammar and work use sounds pretty compelling. I wish I could say I’m never guilty of such writing sins, but anyone who reads this site knows I am not above reproach.

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Cool Things- The Power Packer


Now that I have recently backed a Kickstarter (The PaperLike iPad Pro screen protector) and an Indiegogo campaign (The Love Notes to Newton Documentary), I am now getting emails from both more than ever before. I typically don’t bother looking at them, but I noticed one recently for a product that looked like it was specifically designed for me. The Power Packer from Side by Side, which has already been fully funded and completed on Kickstarter and is also in the midst of a very successful Indiegogo run, is an accessory and cable organizer designed with the gadget-obsessed in mind.

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Deals: Nomad Ultra Rugged Charging Cables


Some of the most popular items I have recommended from our Deals store are Lightning cables. If you are an iPhone and/or iPad user, it’s hard to have too many. Between the living room, the bedside table, the car, and maybe the office, it certainly pays to be covered and have a cable standing by at the ready. And don’t even get me started about kids wearing their cables out and coming to borrow yours. If you have children with iOS devices, you know what I’m talking about.

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The iPhone 8- Touch ID is Not the Same as the Headphone Jack


I have taken a pretty hard stance of avoiding all of the too-early to mean anything rumor madness surrounding the coming iPhone 8. We are getting close to the point where the rumors will start to become more and more consistent as the device that will become the new flagship iPhone heads toward final production. Until then, we still have a few back and forth debates raging over whether certain features will be either disabled at release to be turned on with a later update, or cut from the device altogether. I discussed three of these features in question in yesterday’s article, The iPhone 8- A “Sense of Panic” Might Be Just What the Doctor Ordered, and Touch ID was among them.

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The iPhone 8- A “Sense of Panic” Might Be Just What the Doctor Ordered


I read an article by Mark Sullivan of Fast Company today about rumors of a “sense of panic” surrounding unfinished hardware and software features of the coming iPhone 8. There has been absolutely no shortage of rumors about this device, and that will only get worse as we get closer to the Fall, so that doesn’t make this piece remarkable. However, most of those rumors are coming from leaks in the supply chain overseas. The difference here is that Mr Sullivan is actually claiming that this information is coming from a source from within Apple. Whatever you think about that, the article itself is far more balanced and informative than most iPhone 8 rumor pieces, so I recommend taking the time to read it.

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Deals: The Complete iOS 11 Developer Course + iOS Mastery Bundle

Have you ever found yourself interested in learning to develop apps for Apple’s iOS? Ever had an idea that you would love to see become a reality, but no one else is working on? If so, then Mammoth Interactive’s Complete iOS 11 Developer Course and iOS Mastery Bundle may be just the thing.

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Review: Ztylus Revolver RV-3 Lens Case for iPhone 7 Plus


Ztylus has stepped forward as an interesting competitor to olloclip in the market for higher-end enhancement lenses for iPhone cameras. There are plenty of knockoffs and cheap alternatives available from Amazon, eBay, and other online outlets, but Ztylus’ products show a level of creativity and polish in their designs that the lesser products don’t. However, good design alone does not a good picture take. Does the picture quality from Ztylus’ lenses match up to their case and lens design? Read on to find out.

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Deals: Layze Phone Holder


There is no shortage of stands that work with the iPhone, but flexibility of positioning  isn’t a feature that you often find. Most simply hold your phone in one orientation at between one to five different angles. Most are also only designed to be used on a flat, stationary surface. The Layzee Phone Holder from RAWtronics breaks this mold, allowing almost limitless positioning options and the ability to anchor to all kinds of different surfaces. Continue reading

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