All posts by James Rogers

I am a Christian husband and father of 3 living in the Southeastern US. I have worked as a programmer and project manager in the Commercial and Industrial Automation industry for over 19 years, so I am hands on with technology almost every day. However, my passion in technology is for mobile devices, specifically Apple's iOS and iPadOS hardware and software. My favorite is still the iPad.

Should Apple Get Into the Search Engine Business by Purchasing Duck Duck Go?

The suggestion was made earlier this week that Apple should buy the privacy-centered search engine Duck Duck Go. It came from Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi, who believes that the company can use such a move to keep the pressure on Google to continue to work with them in the future. They could also use the move to break away from Google and try to compete head-to-head with them. However, while Apple and Duck Duck Go have a shared interest in user privacy, I have my doubts that such a marriage is in either company’s best interest.

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Emergency Multi-Function Radio and Flashlight

Deals: Emergency Multi-Function Radio & Flashlight

Emergency Multi-Function Radio and Flashlight

Whether you are hitting the trail this summer or just want a little insurance at home when the power goes out, an emergency radio/flashlight combo is handy thing to have.

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Magic Keyboard Closed

A New Leaker Says Apple’s New Magic Keyboard Will Move Beyond the iPad Pro

Magic Keyboard Closed

WWDC is closing in and the rumors are flowing. A fresh one from a newer leaker with an impressive track record says the Magic Keyboard may be going semi-pro in the near future.

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Deals: BentoStack

For some, travel is a way of life. For other, it only comes on occasion. Either way, if you are going to be hitting the road with your Apple devices soon, the BentoStack from Function 101 is a great way to organize and carry your accessories.

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Apple’s Move to ARM on the Mac Could Bring Big Benefits

A13 Processor

If the rumors are true, we will finally be getting some details from Apple regarding one of the longest running predictions for their hardware- the ARM Mac. Several sources have reported about this one for some time, but Mark Gurman from Bloomberg has the scoop that Apple will pull the curtain back on the beginning of this new act at WWDC. Moving macOS to their own A-Series ARM chip architecture is the company’s biggest technological leap in a while and this sounds like the perfect time and place to kick it off. Continue reading

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New Hardware Keyboard Shortcuts are Coming to iPadOS

One of the primary complaints with Apple’s Magic Keyboard is the lack of a row of function keys. It’s a small gripe with an otherwise very strong accessory, but it is legitimate. Most competing Bluetooth keyboards have function keys that allow users to change basics like the volume, screen brightness and backlight intensity without having to touch the screen or open Control Center. In the case of the keyboard backlight, we are talking about having to either trigger a shortcut or dig a few layers into Settings to make that change.

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Apple Card

Apple Will Unveil Interest-Free Apple Card Payments for iPads, Macs and More

Apple Card

If Apple’s plan for their credit card wasn’t obvious when it was announced, it should be after the latest reports. Sure, it seemed like a good way for them to offer some enticements for loyal fans like myself early on. Getting an almost immediate 3% back on all Apple purchases via Apple Cash is certainly nothing to sneeze at. However, that was just the tip of the iceberg.

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My AirPods Pro Have Started Having Some Issues

AirPods Pro

I have been really happy with my AirPods Pro since I got them right at launch. They were the first earbuds I’ve owned with noise cancellation and definitely were a big step up in terms of sound quality, isolation and features. As much as I liked my original AirPods, the Pros are definitely the way to go for listening to music. I’ve also been using them in the car to cut down on road noise and for lots of Skype, Zoom and Microsoft Teams meetings during the COVID-19 lockdown.

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Deals: TP-Link Kasa Smart Home WiFi Plug 2-Pack

Are you looking to get started with a little Home Automation, or maybe add to what you have? This 2-Pack of WiFi smart plugs can integrate with Google or Amazon products, or can be controlled directly with an iOS or Android app.

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IPad Air

The New iPad Air May Have USB-C and a New Look

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It also looks like I may be 4 for 4!

Just yesterday I was feeling pretty good because I got a third 2020 prediction right. The first was full trackpad support for iPadOS. The second was a new Apple keyboard accessory with a built-in trackpad. Lucky number three was the AirPods Studio arriving at or right around WWDC. Now it looks like we have number four.

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Human Rights and Justice Are Not Political

Other than a few posts on Twitter and a couple of general references, I have tried to refrain from political commentary during the two and a half years that I’ve written here. That’s mostly because, while I am the managing editor of this site, I am not the owner.

While the owners of iPad Insight have not explicitly restricted me from commenting on my personal politics, it’s just not my place to do that. I appreciate how hands off they are and the latitude they give me to write about Apple products and beyond and don’t want to take advantage of that.

However, I’ve been thinking a lot about all that’s gone on over the last week and the thing is, this isn’t political. Human rights aren’t political. They are supposed to be a guaranteed part of the social contract here in the United States, but that contract isn’t being fulfilled for a large number of our fellow citizens. Justice, or the complete lack of it in the case of George Floyd’s murder at the hands of a policeman isn’t political, either. He was killed by someone who is supposed to protect us over whether a $20 bill was a fake. That can’t be ignored, and again, it has nothing to do with politics.

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