No one needs any reminder of Apple’s controversial (or courageous, if you take their word for it) decision to remove the headphone jack from the iPhones 7 and 7 Plus. However, as with everything in technology, we all adjust and move on. Apple was good enough to include a Lightning Headphone Adapter in the box with the newest iPhones, but that still leaves us with the issue of how to play music or audio and charge a the same time. Anyone who listens to music or podcasts in the car via an Aux port in their car audio system like I do knows this is not a trivial matter.
I don’t usually follow Kickstarter that closely, but this is the second notable item for the iPad Pro that I’ve seen this week. While this product has a higher price tag, and will likely take more effort, time, and money to build than the PaperLike screen cover we looked at previously, it is definitely worth consideration. It looks like a creative solution to a problem many users have with the Pro.
I vividly remember reading Mat Honan’s horror story in Wired magazine about being hacked and having his devices, some of which weren’t backed up, wiped out and his social media accounts taken over. I also haven’t forgotten that one of the players in that very complex chain of events that lead to the unraveling of his digital life was Apple They were hit with a social engineering attack that ended up being the last domino to fall, giving the hackers free reign over Mr Honan’s Apple devices, and in turn, all of his information. The fact that Amazon, Google and Apple were ALL involved in this hack in various ways was definitely eye-opening.
Internet security has never been more important and more prevalent than right now, as seemingly every day brings us fresh reports of new security breaches, cyber-attacks, and unpatched exploits. We also continue to be bombarded with stories of user tracking by ISPs, advertisers, Google, Facebook, and our own and other governments.
A recent Kickstarter campaign caught my eye that I thought might be of interest to several of our readers. The PaperLike screen cover from Jan Sapper is exactly what it sounds like- a simple screen protector-like cover for both models of iPad Pro. It is made of a proprietary film that gives the screen a feel closer to that of paper when using the Apple Pencil. It’s a very good idea that I was surprised to learn hasn’t really been addressed by any mainstream accessory manufacturers to this point.
As iPad rumors have cooled in the wake of the release of a new device and a wait until the release of rumored devices possibly still to come, another oldie but goodie has popped back up over the last couple of days. There have been Apple and Disney merger, purchase, and partnership rumors going back several years, but they have really picked up some momentum this week.. We all know Apple has a massive $200 bilion plus pile of cash (although most of it is currently trapped overseas), and that they are starting to look for and produce their own media content, including video. Both brands are also iconic and synonymous with quality and attainable luxury, so the companies do align in certain areas, which is probably why these rumors make sense in a lot of ways.
Follow the link above to the first of what will be a recurring feature here at iPad Insight. I will be periodically recording Facebook Live video recaps of what we’ve been covering recently, and taking a look at some things that are coming up on the site. Since this is the first time, I would welcome any feedback that you may have on what we are covering, things you might like to see covered or reviewed, and any other feedback that you may have. I would love to be as responsive to what you, the readers, want.
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 what do you have to lose? These items are the real thing, and some of the best of Apple’s own accessories for the iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch.
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Even as “unlimited” data plans are now making a roaring comeback, the majority of iOS users are still on either tiered data plans, or have data thresholds past which they get their speeds throttled. However, with the use a few features built into iOS, and various free data monitoring apps, it is possible to stay on top of your monthly usage, and to know exactly where your hard-earned data is being used.
There is no shortage of stands made for various models of the iPad, Pro models now included. However, finding ones of good quality for an iPad Pro that can help you get real work accomplished is a different story entirely. Into this vacuum stepped the DraftTable. This was the first stand designed with the original iPad Pro in mind, and it is built for real work. It has unique features, such as wide-angle adjustment and spring-loaded hinges. Also, while it is primarily designed with the iPad Pros in mind, it will actually work with other iPad models, as well.
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.