Are you in the market to buy a 12.9 inch iPad Pro?


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Apple is rumored to be announcing a larger screen iPad sometime later this summer–possibly during WWDC, with a release date expected somewhere in the fall.  This has been a persistent rumor that has been around for a while but has gained some momentum since the beginning of the year.  Some potential rumored hardware features include an Apple supported stylus, support for Force Touch technology in the screen similar to what is now found in the new MacBook, and possibly even a USB-C connection in addition to, or instead of a Lightning connector.

Most of the tech media has been anticipating a larger iPad form factor for months.  Last weekend, Apple Insider reported that someone familiar with Apple’s future products has indicated that in addition to the afore mentioned features, a larger iPad “Pro” will also include the following

  • 12.5-13″ screen size
  • NFC Radio to be used as an Apple Pay terminal
  • New touchscreen to coincide with pressure sensitive, Bluetooth connected Apple Stylus
  • Upgraded A-Series processor

So this begs the question–If this limited amount of “rumored” info resembles what Apple releases this fall, are you interested in buying a larger screen iPad?  If so, what would be the appeal for you?  Are you an artist by trade, and are intrigued by the possibility of a pressure sensitive stylus and improved touchscreen that also responds to levels of applied pressure?  What are the advantages of a device that’s as large as a MBA, but isn’t as powerful or versatile? One would expect Apple to bring the same ForceTouch technology to it’s whole iPad line in addition to the iPhone–unless it would be reserved for the top of the line products such as the iPad Pro and the iPhone 6S Plus we expect to be announced later this summer.

I can’t help but think such a device would hover around the $1000 price-point, too.  Is there enough appeal/up-side to use iOS over OS X on a similar sized form-factor?  A larger device with a steeper price tag would probably warrant a case of some sort for protection as well–further increasing care and investment costs.  Who is the target consumer here?  Does the Pro label indicate a niche audience like the Mac Pro?  Seems like for the most part it would be too large to be effective as an education/demonstrative tool in schools, too.  Perhaps when/if Apple releases this device they will have a price tag and a use-case scenario that will make sense–but right now, I just don’t see it.  Am I in the minority here?  Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

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The Apple Watch Has Made Me Hungrier For More Device Awareness

I got an Apple Watch last week and it’s showing me how amazing it is for devices to be more aware of one another. The iPhone is smart enough to stay quiet when I’m wearing the Watch, but the Watch will stay quiet when my iPhone is unlocked (because it knows I’ll see notifications on that screen). 

The odd man out is the iPad. I’ll get notifications while I’m using the iPad and still get occasional buzzes on my Watch because those two devices aren’t specifically linked at the OS level. I understand why the Watch doesn’t pair with the iPad (it’s not something you carry on your person all the time), but I also think there was a missed opportunity to pair with an iPad when the tablet is present. The Watch shouldn’t buzz while I’m using the iPhone or the iPad. 

The Watch has almost created a wedge in my family of iOS devices. The iPad and iPhone used to be best pals. I’d write text messages to my mom on the iPad, which I could send via the iPhone’s cellular connection and the Continuity features introduced in iOS 8. My iPhone and iPad were in sync using iCloud, often even more so than the iPad and Mac (because some iOS apps like Drafts just aren’t available on the desktop). However, with the Watch on my wrist, that dynamic has shifted. It’s the synchronization between the Watch and my iPhone that I now trust the most.

I’m being dramatic here because I still send texts through the iPad (it’s awesome), but the Watch has definitely shown how Apple can step up their game in terms of device awareness. I’d love to see a continuity of the thinking behind Continuity in iOS 9 this summer so that the iPhone, iPad, and Watch start to feel more like a system, and less like a series of devices. 

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iPad Art: The Dragon vs. The Bavarians

The Dragon vs The Bavarians iPad painting

Here’s our featured iPad painting for this weekend. It’s titled ‘The Dragon vs. The Bavarians’ and is the work of José António Fundo.

Here is the artist’s own little back story for this iPad painting:

Adonit, Sketchbook Ink and Sketchbook Pro on iPad.

Celebrating the 3-1 victory of FCPorto over Bayern München.

I think it’s a great, fun bit of celebrating your favorite team’s victory. Too bad about that second leg though, where the Bavarians triumphed.

You can see more of this artist’s work at his José António Fundo Flickr stream.

To enjoy even more great iPad paintings, check out our own iPad Art section.

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Bushel: Manage and protect your Apple devices anytime from anywhere

Bushel MDM

Thanks to Bushel for being a site sponsor this week. Their MDM (mobile device management) service looks excellent. I’ll definitely be keeping it in mind for any of my day job clients who are deploying Apple devices.

The service’s key features include  tracking of device inventory, easy distribution of apps, device security management, corporate email configuration, and more.

It’s aimed at letting business owners focus on their business, while making device management easy.

Check out the Bushel site for lots more detail on their features, advantages, and pricing.

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Deals: 63% Off Veho Retro Leather Bluetooth Speaker

Veho Retro Leather Bluetooth Speaker

Today’s featured deal is on the Veho Retro Leather Bluetooth Speaker, with its aluminum plus leather strap retro looks.  It’s on offer for $65, 63% off its standard $180 price.

Here’s the short intro for the Veho Retro Leather Bluetooth Speaker and its list of notable features:

Bluetooth speakers don’t need to look like plastic toys, or sound like slightly amplified cellphone speakers. This retro-style Veho speaker is made to look great, sound great, and is ultra-compact for maximum portability. With a whopping 6 watts of high-fidelity sound and sleek brushed aluminum housing, the Veho combines flawless old-school style with premium modern sound.

  • High-quality brushed aluminum housing
  • Clear Bluetooth connectivity
  • Stylish retro leather strap
  • Built-in microphone for hands-free calls
  • Dual acoustic drivers & two powerful speakers for a wide audio spectrum
  • 1800mAh battery for up to 8 hours of playback time

You can take a closer look at the product, see its specs, and place an order at this iPad Insight Deals page.

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How to backup your iPad to iCloud

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When you finally decide to buy that sleek new iPad, one of the first tasks you are presented with is whether or not to turn on iCloud back-ups.  Whether you decide to turn them on when you first purchase your iPad or later on is up to you.  However, for demonstrative purposes, and because I bought and activated my iPad quite a while ago, I will quickly walk you through the set-up process from within the settings app.  One thing to note with iCloud backups is that with iOS 8 Apple moved the backups to a different location within the settings app.

To navigate to the them now go to Settings–> iCloud and then scroll down to Back-up–> iCloud Backup.  Here you can turn back-ups on and initiate a new back-up immediately.  If you choose not to initiate an immediate backup, your iPad will backup on its own when connected to Wi-Fi and plugged into a power source.  Usually this heroines during times when the iPad is middle for an extended period of time.  Fo r me, this usually happens overnight.  This is especially helpful the first time a backup commences, as it will take longer to complete.

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Evernote Introduces New Plus and Premium Accounts

evernote plus and premium

Evernote recently introduced a new set of pricing tiers. You can still use the services for free across all your devies, but if you become a power user who wants to keep more notes and have more access to your notes (even while offline), you’ll want to invest in Evernote Plus or Evernote Premium.

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Get your felt on: Byrd & Bell and Mujjo iPad sleeves

iPad-sleeve-simple-ss-charcoal-felt-3I love how light my iPad Air is, so I usually use it naked or with just the smart cover. But I travel a lot and need to protect the iPad before I throw it place it carefully in my bag. Growing up in the frozen north of Michigan I learned to love wool clothes, so picking a wool felt iPad sleeve was a natural (pun intended) for me. I love the look and feel of wool felt, and like that it’s renewable. I tried two of the most prominent brands of felt iPad sleeves and both have their merits and limitations. Keep reading to see if one of them might be right for you.

Just the basics: Byrd & Belle Simple iPad Air Sleeve

Being a minimalist at heart, I started with the Byrd & Belle Simple iPad Air sleeve. I also figured a Minnesota company should know how to do wool. The sleeve is as simple as it can get: no closures, and no hardware to possibly scratch my iPad. The wool is thick, beautiful, and will protect your iPad from bumps and scratches. Of course it won’t protect from extreme calamities the way a hard case like a Pad & Quill would, but my iPad always goes in some kind of bag when I’m traveling. The stitching on the Belle & Byrd sleeve is extremely precise: my iPad fits perfectly with the smart cover on. Without the smart cover, the iPad could theoretically slip out if I put it in the bag upside down and grabbed the sleeve by the bottom and gave it a mighty tug. If placed in the bag with the opening up or to the side, however, there’s no way the iPad will slip out.

Cost: $36

Pros: High-quality wool and stitching, precision fit, allows for use with smart cover, made in MN

Cons: Cover-less iPad could slip out

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How to view your iPad Photo library by Geolocation

Napkin 04-29-15, 10.57.50 PMThere are various ways that you can search, organize and view your photo library on your iPad.  You can choose to view your photos based on when they were taken, or by how you grouped them into albums.  You can even view them based on when and who you shared individual or groups of photos with.  But did you also know you can view your photos based upon where they were taken?  Let me preface this by saying that this will only work if you have allowed the Photos application on your iPad to have access to your location.  To check this setting and/or change it, go to the Settings App–> Privacy–> Location Services–> Photos.  Here you will have two options to choose from–allow the Photos App access only while you are using the app, and not allow at all.

To view your photos based on their geolocation, this feature must be set to “while using the app” or the pictures won’t even have a location to sort them by.  Once you have the setting updated, all of your photos taken on your iPad moving forward will now have a geolocation stamped into the metadata stored within the photo.  Armed with this knowledge, you can now sort and search your photos based upon their location.

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Deals: 10% Off WatchStand Apple Watch Charging Dock


Today’s featured deal is for a handy looking Apple Watch companion from Griffin Technology. It’s the WatchStand Apple Watch Charging Dock, available for $26.99 – 10% off its standard $30 price. Here’s the quick intro to the WatchStand and its feature list:

We can’t predict the future, but you and your Apple Watch are bound to be inseparable. Keep it close while it charges thanks to this sleek, convenient charging dock and stand. WatchStand seamlessly holds the magnetic Apple charging cord in place, so you can simply lay your watch against the cradle and get charging.

  • Holds your Apple Watch at an easily viewable angle as it charges
  • Keeps the charging cable in place & ready to charge
  • Hides excess cable length inside its post
  • Stays in place on a desk or tabletop w/ non-slip base & no-scratch padding
  • Holds iPhone on its molded base

You can see more detail (including a product video) and place an order at this iPad Insight Deals page.

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