Very Late to the New iPad Party This Year

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This has been the strangest year yet for me when it comes to the launch of new iPad models. I’ve been under the weather for the last week is my only excuse. I didn’t manage to keep track of exactly when the new iPad Air 2 would be available in Apple retail stores – I kept only seeing details for pre-orders online and store pickup for those who went that rote.

I’ve never been a fan of doing the pre-order routine. I’m lucky enough to have a very nice Apple Store a 10 minute drive from my house, so I have always chosen to go line up (in the years when you needed to) or just get to that store early on launch day morning. It seems less stressful to me that way – no constantly checking package tracking status or watching out the window for Fedex or UPS.

Well, this week I was apparently off kilter enough to not even take notice when the new iPads became available in stores – and didn’t realize they were until I got a promo email from Apple. Then I ordered one for local store pickup right away with the Apple Store app.

Anyway, long story short, I acquired the new iPad Air 2 last night – a 64GB Space Gray WiFi + Cellular model.

Even though I’m still not feeling all the way back to normal, I’ve had time to get the new iPad Air 2 setup and give it a bit of use. It’s the first time I’ve used a full-size iPad in a few years – and I’m enjoying it.

Hope you’re all enjoying your new (and old) iPads this weekend too.

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Great Tool for Sports Coaches and Schools: Nexstar for iPad Review

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Nexstar, iPad, Apple TV and Coaches Eye used to coach swimming.

We use iPads a lot in the school I teach in. In fact, we have issued one to each member of staff and each student. iPads are amazingly useful in the classroom in a variety of different ways, and certainly one of the best features is the camera. Back in the day, you’d have to book a video camera, film what you wanted, download the file, and hope that it was compatible with your creaky PC video editing software. Now, students can just shoot, edit and they are done all on one device. We use iPad in sports coaching in school and while it works great, it relies on either a student holding the iPad still, or the coach filming, rather than coaching. The Nexstar Training system offers a custom made solution to this issue, and it has certainly been thought about with sports training specifically in mind. [click to continue reading…]

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Deals: Mac Dream Desk Giveaway – Contest

Mac Dream Desk Giveaway

Step Up Your Desk With A 27in Apple Thunderbolt Display, Wireless Keyboard, Magic Mouse & Laptop Stand

Our featured iPad Insight Deal today is a fantastic giveaway contest for Mac users, with these items up for grabs in the contest:

  • A 27in Apple Thunderbolt Monitor
  • An Apple Wireless Keyboard
  • An Apple Magic Mouse
  • An mStand by Rain Design

That’s one heck of a power-up for a Mac desktop setup – and a package worth around $1,200. And it’s easy to enter for a chance to win:

ONE Step to Win:
  • Submit your email address and click ENTER NOW on the giveaway page. (Make sure it’s valid as this is where we’ll contact the winner.)
Increase Your Odds with More Entries!
  • After entering your email address above, share on Twitter for additional entries. The more your friends and followers enter, the more entries you receive. Good Luck!

Check out the Deals page for this contest to get yourself entered.

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LINE Is Finally Here On iPad!

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It wasn’t that long ago that I was lamenting the absence of LINE Messenger on the iPad. It’s the one app that my family uses for group chatting, and it was one of the few things that tethered me to my iPhone at home or at coffee shops, when I would rather have just replied from the iPad.

However, unbeknownst to me, LINE for iPad was released almost a week ago. It’s not as full-fledged as the iPhone LINE app, but that’s really okay by me. That app has far too much going on inside of it anyway. I don’t need timelines or games or extra editing suites built into my messaging app. I just want to talk to my family and send stupid stickers (but not through the Facebook Messenger app, because my dad isn’t on Facebook at all).

LINE for iPad doesn’t do anything terribly original. It’s got an extra-wide sidebar that can look a little strange when you’ve only got one chat going (as I do), but that doesn’t matter much. I just turn the window to full-screen and revel in the glory of stickers and stupidity that is my family chat.

There is one other way in which LINE for iPad is optimized for the tablet, though: the option to have the Enter key become the “Send” button. This is a godsend if you use an external keyboard often, and it’s something I’m surprised that iMessage still has absolutely no option for.

But, in truth, the only thing I’m really trying to say is that my main complaint is gone. LINE is now truly cross-platform support as far as I’m concerned. It was out for the Mac, PC, iPhone, Android, and now, at long last, the iPad.

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The iPad Air 2 Has A Confirmed 2 GB of RAM

Gruber Says iPad Air 2 has 2GB RAM

 

iPad Air 2 reviews (TechCrunch | The Verge) are just hitting the Internet now, but I got all the news I needed earlier at 9pm EST when John Gruber tweeted the information above. It’s now confirmed that the iPad Air 2 has 2GB of RAM, which is double what the iPad Air had. I’d seen the rumours abound before Gruber’s tweet, of course, but I wanted to share that info only after it was vetted by someone who’d really check their sources.

I’m excited to test my Air 2 later this week and see what kind of difference this extra memory makes. I’m really hoping the memory can help Safari out.

 

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iPad Art: Bestiario

‘Bestiario’ is the title of today’s featured iPad painting. I believe the Spanish word refers to a collection of fables about animals, and this painting is part of a series with that same theme. It was painted by iPad artist Albert Viladrosa, using the Paper by 53 app. I love the colors here and the […]

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Writer Pro 1.4 for iPad

Writer Pro was updated once again this past week, and it now makes a lot more sense to use. Folder support was added in the last patch, but it was confusing because I couldn’t actually create any folders from the iPad (only take advantage of folders I’d created on the Mac). However, as of Writer […]

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