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The 2019 iPad: More of the Same, But in a Good Way


Back in March of 2017, the iPad lineup was a total mess. You had the iPad Pros, which touted Apple Pencil support  and the option of a larger screen as primary features, and had the high price tags to match. The iPad Air 2 was far too close to the 9.7″ Pro in both specs and price, crowding the top of the lineup. Then you had the iPad Mini, which was languishing at the bottom of the heap. It was still too expensive for a low-end model and was suffering from neglect.

With the announcement of the new iPad on March 21, 2017, Apple started to change all that. They created a better low-end tablet by updating the processor, but going backward from the Air 2 in terms of size and screen. The result was a more competitive entry price of $329, renewed interest and Apple finally stabilizing tablet sales, which had been in freefall for a couple of years. What we have gotten in the two years since is a slow but steady progression that keeps this value option relevant and quite popular.

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CASA i4 USB-C 4-in-1 iPad Pro Hub

Apple’s newly split-off iPadOS has finally set their tablets free. The current-gen iPad Pros have a USB-C port, but it wasn’t good for much beyond charging and AV adapters. iPadOS 13 changed that, opening the port up for access to external storage.

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More Evidence that an Apple Event is Coming Soon

Photo Source: SlashLeaks

I was starting to wonder about whether Apple might pass on a Fall event this year. Last week there was a Ming-Chi Kuo report claiming that Apple would have a new iPad Pro in the first quarter next year, which would line up with the usual 16-18 month cycle that the device has kept to since release. Considering the lack of iPad Pro hardware leaks, this one made me wonder. Then Neil Cybart tweeted Apple’s event announcement timeframes over the last few years a couple of days ago and we are now outside of the shortest one, which was 11 days.

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Apple’s New Triple-Lens Camera System On the 2019 iPad Pros

Everyone is expecting an Apple event in the next two weeks and the star of the show is likely to be updated 11″ and 12.9″ iPad Pros. The highlight feature for this year according to months of rumors is the new triple-camera system found on the iPhone 11 Pro.

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Deals: Deals: Slope Universal Tablet Stand

Tablet stands come in all shapes and sizes. In the case of the Slope, that shape is sleek and that size is very slim and light.

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Living With the Apple Watch Series 5: Starting from Scratch


It’s been several days and I have been very happy with my new Apple Watch so far. The performance is great. The always on screen is useful. I absolutely love the look and feel of the stainless steel model and don’t have any buyer’s remorse there. Everything else is just as you would expect. However, battery life is still just ok.

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Apple Arcade is Starting to Restore My Interest in Mobile Gaming

 

I’ve always been the busy sort. I’ve never tended to have tons of free time and always have plenty to do. However, lately I’ve been crazy busy even by my own standards. As such, there hasn’t been a lot of time for gaming over the last year. However, even when there was, it’s been a long time since I was doing much of anything on mobile.

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Ming-Chi Kuo Predicts a Huge Early 2020 for Apple

Photo Source: 9to5Mac

According to a chinese-language report (via 9to5Mac), Ming-Chi Kuo is predicting a monster first half of 2020 that would really shake up the company’s hardware portfolio, as well as change up some of their typical release schedules.

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Deals: myGEKOgear’s MagiClaw Smartphone & Camera Mount

I’ve been through more device mounts in my time using PDAs and smartphones than I can count. Most of them lasted between two to four months and broke down like the cheap plastic they were made of. Between the high heat of Summer and the brief but real cold of the Winter, life is hard hanging out in a vehicle in the Mid South.

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Tim Cook’s Hypocrisy Comes Home to Roost

I will state up front that, despite the title of this article, I am not looking to stray into a political discussion here. I will say that I don’t personally agree with the stances that Apple is taking in regards to China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, but I do understand them. Like all companies, Apple and its CEO are responsible to their shareholders, which puts them in some difficult situations. I also understand that Apple’s business there is part of a much bigger and more complex situation that involves many large US and Western corporations, spans decades, and can’t be easily unraveled.

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Tips and Tricks: Managing iOS 13 Bluetooth App Access Settings

 

If you recently upgraded to iOS 13, you may have noticed some new pop-ups asking you to approve an app’s access to Bluetooth. You may be shocked at just how many apps do this. Unfortunately, most of them are using Bluetooth for one reason alone- as an additional way to track you.

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