All things must come to an end at some point, and another ending is upon us as the departure of Christopher Stringer became news last week thanks to a report from The Information. Apple has gone though MANY changes since the original iPhone was announced in early 2007, including the departure, brief return, and then death of Steve Jobs, Tim Cook’s subtle changes to the company as CEO, the firing of original iPhone project manager Scott Forstall, the elevation of Jony Ive to lead software designer, and a huge shift in iOS’ design language starting in iOS 7. However, this is one of the last ones before all of the major players involved in the device that started Apple’s move into mobile computing are gone. Jony Ive and Richard Howarth are left as two of the last men standing from the original design team that changed computing.
I am a huge sports fan, and have been since I was a child. I played a few when I was younger, and I still watch just about any team sport you can think of in some amount today. As we head into the middle of Spring, College Baseball is going strong and the Major Leagues had their Opening Day just a week ago. As such, it felt right to break out a little National Pastime parlance to describe Apple’s newest addition to the iPad family.
- An Apple Smart Keyboard for the iPad Pro
- A set of Apple Airpods
- An Apple Pencil
- An Apple Classic Buckle Leather Strap
The total retail value of these accessories is around $600, so entering this giveaway is a no-brainer. Also, these aren’t third party or cheap knock-off products. These are the real deal, and some of the best of Apple’s own accessories for the iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch.
Sign ups for this contest end in 13 days, so don’t delay. You can sign up for The Elite Apple Accessories Giveaway right here. Good luck!
In the first installment of the iOS 11 Wishlist, I took a look at some ways that Apple can improve its existing Multitasking app selector on the latest iPads. This week, its time to look at a feature that is long overdue, but may finally get the attention it deserves- User Accounts.
Separate User Accounts has been one of the most common unfulfilled requests for the iPad for the last two or three years for a couple of reasons. FIrst off, all of the competition already has some sort of User Account system. In fact, both Android and Amazon’s skinned variation of the same have both had this feature for a while now. Of course, Microsoft’s Windows has had this feature for decades, and since the Surface runs full Windows, it has the advantage of such proven power user features. Whatever the case, it isn’t an exaggeration to say that Apple is very late to the party here.
Just like last week’s tip on controlling the iPad’s cursor for selecting and editing using Trackpad Mode, the iPad’s multi-touch navigation features are easy to miss or forget about. In fact, I hadn’t used this feature in a couple of years myself. Since I use a Bluetooth keyboard so often, I tend to use the available keyboard shortcuts to switch apps and return to the Home menu. Thanks to @skrimaging for the great suggestion via Twitter to highlight this feature.
Today’s deal is perfect for those who want to take their music on the go, and want more umph than a small wireless speaker can deliver. The G-Boom Wireless Bluetooth Boombox delivers big sound and solid battery life in a rugged, but still very portable package. iLounge’s “Speaker of the Year” serves up seven hours of sound on the go from virtually any device that can hold a tune. Between Bluetooth and a standard headphone jack, the G-Boom has you covered. Continue reading
With the new iPad just released, I expect that we will have some first-time iPad users stopping by looking for help with their new devices. Also, some of you who may be upgrading from an iPad 2 or 3, or an original iPad Mini may find some of the tablet features in the latest version of iOS unfamiliar. With more new iPads likely still on the way, this is a good time to get back to some basics and brush up on some of the handy features of the current iPad lineup and iOS 10. As such, I will be posting a new Tips and Tricks article each week for a bit. For this first installment, I want to take a look at an unsung feature that came to us in iOS 9.
Have you ever tripped over a short mobile device charging cord, or had someone trip over yours? It’s easy to do when outlets aren’t in a convenient locations, especially in public places like airports or your local coffee shop. What Apple did for laptops with the MagSafe, ARMOR-X is doing for all of your mobile devices. This cable has a magnetic connection right at the charge connector that stays in place during normal use, but can break away quickly if stress is applied, protecting both the cable’s charge connector and more importantly, your device.
In my opinion, multitasking is the single biggest feature that has been added to the iPad since its more humble beginnings in 2010. While it was certainly possible to use earlier iPads as tools for creation, rather than just consumption, it was this feature that allowed users to take the greatest advantage of tablet’s the screen real estate and increasingly powerful processors. For me personally, this is the feature that makes my 12.9″ iPad Pro more than just an oversized tablet. As much as I love using the Apple Pencil, I use multitasking multiple times a day, every day.
Apple has just released new hardware, are now we are rounding the corner toward WWDC and then on to the real iPhone rumor silly season. With the recent dust settling, there are new iPhone deals to turn our attention to. At the moment, Target, BestBuy, and T-Mobile all have various sales and offers that can save you money or bring you extra features.
Today’s featured deal is for anyone who wants to take their iPhone photography to the next level. There have been all manner of camera lenses for iPhones dating back to at least the iPhone 4. The issue with these lens kits is that they very often get in the way of using screen protectors or cases in tandem. Ztylus has designed a system that solves those problems with a full coverage case with a mount for a snap-on lens storage system. This holds four different lenses: wide angle, fish eye, CPL, and macro, covering all of the major bases to expand your iPhoneography possibilities.