Evernote has been a hugely useful app on iOS and just about any other platform for years now. With yesterday’s update for iOS 8, this excellent app just became a whole lot more useful.
The new app extensions feature in iOS 8 means that now you can pull content into Evernote from anywhere in iOS – from web clipping a page from Safari to sharing a photo or document from any app you like – and choosing which notebook to add the item to. Since Evernote excels at acting as a sort of second brain and storage vault for all sorts of information, this new capability is perfect for it.
Other cool new features in Evernote now include the option to add Evernote’s quick note bar to Notification Center and (for Evernote Premium users) the ability to use TouchID (on devices that support it) instead of a passcode.
The new sharing to Evernote throughout iOS 8 is the big killer feature here though. I know I’ll be making tons of use of that right away.
You can check out this Evernote blog post for more details on their iOS 8 update.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.