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Apple Faces Multiple Decisions in the Face of COVID-19’s Impact

I don’t envy Tim Cook right now. His Chinese supply chain, the one-time envy off the tech world and backbone of Apple’s amazing growth over the last 15 years, is still moving slowly as SE Asia recovers from COVID-19’s initial round of effects. However, even as things gradually return to some kind of normalcy on the other side of the world, the pace of production will be slowed for months to come. Now Apple also has the potential impact of this new threat here at home to deal with, as well.

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Deals: TROVA Go: Discreet Biometric Storage

If you are a frequent traveler who caries a few small items that you need to be sure stay completely secure and under your control, then we have just the thing. The TROVA Go is a portable biometric storage solution that you can take anywhere for added peace of mind.

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Ming-Chi Kuo Predicts Two Additional Mini-LED iPads for 2020 and 2021

This along with two more iPads and two more Macs

Last Fall, Ming-Chi Kuo made a prediction that Apple was developing a new 16″ MacBook Pro and a new 12.9″ iPad Pro for release in the Fall of 2020. Now he is back (via MacRumors) with a new report that Apple will have four additional devices to go with these, including two additional iPad models.

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I Hope Apple Ignores John Gruber’s Rants on the iPad

Contrary to what you might think after reading that headline, I am not a hater. Not at all. I have actually been a fan of John Gruber’s writing and podcasting for several years and I typically agree with his point of view regarding Apple and the tech world, in general. However, I can’t say that’s the case when it comes to the iPad.

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Deals: Acer C720P 11.6″ 16GB Touchscreen Chromebook

If you are looking for an inexpensive device with a laptop form-factor and a touchscreen, you would be hard-pressed to find a better value than this. As long as Chrome OS isn’t an issue, then this Acre Chromebook is a solid choice.

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Apple May be Adding a Trackpad to the Smart Keyboard- Called It!

I will be the first to admit that I don’t have a great track record with predictions. That’s probably because I tend to swing for the fence a lot. No guts, no glory, right? Well, that philosophy leads to a fair amount of strikeouts. However, it will also net you some home runs, as well.

I can’t help but feel like I got one thanks to yesterday’s report from The Information that Apple will be adding a trackpad to the Smart Keyboard. Before getting into the details of that, let’s check the tape for a moment.

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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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There Are Fresh Mini-LED iPad Pro Rumors

I have a feeling I’m going to end up eating my words.

So I have been pretty adamant that, short of splitting up iPad Pro sizes across several months, or creating an additional model, there is NO WAY that Apple would release upgraded iPad Pros twice in one year. However, despite my skepticism, the evidence that another iPad Pro is slated for a Fall release just keeps mounting.

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New iPad Pro Case Leaks Look Pretty Legit

Photo Source: Ben Geskin on Twitter

Before new Apple devices arrive, we usually start to see some evidence of production from the supply chain. It may be photos, diagrams or descriptions, but they usually show up once a device is in open production and out in front of more people. All it takes is one with a smartphone and a free moment.

A second reliable source that has emerged over the last few years is case leaks. Case manufacturers go all out to get their hands on the specs and designs of new Apple devices early so they can be one of the first to market. They know Apple device owners are interested in protection and that most iPhone and iPad users have cases. Even if it’s just as a temporary stand-in, I always get a case along with a new device if I don’t have an existing one that will work. Sounds like the case manufacturers know what they are doing.

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Apple’s Smart Battery Case Is Worth It If You Need It

Apple’s Smart Battery Cases certainly aren’t anything new. They have been around since 2015 and the iPhone 6S. However, since I have had really good success with all-day battery life using Plus and Max-sized devices since the iPhone 6, I never bought, or even tried one. Until recently, that is.

Even though the iPhone 11 Pro Max has delivered some of the best battery life that I’ve ever enjoyed, I decided to pick one up a month ago. I had some work travel coming up at the time and I can’t always count on easy charging in meeting venues. You never can tell how much you might need to use your phone to take pictures, stay connected, or for your own Internet connection. All of that can take a big toll on your battery life. I figured a little insurance would be a good idea.

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Deals: Naztech Fast Multi-Port Wall Charger

It often feels like there are never enough outlets or jacks to charge all of the devices we have. I have a family of five, and plugging in and charging, especially in our living room, can be a challenge. If you live in an older home like I do, this is only a bigger challenge, as they tend to have far fewer outlets than homes built in the last 15 years.

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