About Patrick Jordan

Founder and Editor in Chief of iPad Insight. Husband, father to a lovely daughter, Commander of the Armies of the North, dog lover (especially Labs), Austinite, former Londoner, IT consultant, huge sports nut, iPad and mobile tech blogger, mobile apps junkie.

Deals: ZeroLemon SolarJuice 20000mAh Battery at 50% Off

ZeroLemon Solar Charger for iPad

The Epic Shockproof, Rain-Resistant, External Battery w/ Solar Charging+ Free Shipping

Our highlighted deal today is a powerhouse charging solution for our iOS and other mobile devices – the ZeroLemon SolarJuice 20000mAh Battery – available for just $49.99, 50% off its standard $100 price.

Here’s a little introduction to it:

Power up your iOS, Android, and USB-compatible devices over and over again with a massive 20,000mAh of portable juice. The high-quality Lithium Polymer SolarJuice is designed to charge at home or with just the power of the sun, for an enormous amount of extra battery fuel for life on the move.

Hand-selected from the coolest innovative products at CES 2015!

  • Top Grade A cell, built-in 20000mAh Lithium Polymer battery charges via a powerful 1.2W monocrystalline solar panel
  • Dual output allows for simultaneous charging of multiple devices at high speeds
  • Anti-explosion, lightweight, compact, and reliable
  • 1000+ recharge cycles over the life of the battery
  • Solar charging capabilities with any light condition
  • 4 LED indicators reflecting charging & discharging process
  • Fast charging 2.1 & 1A power output for maximum iOS & Android charge rates (more than 7x charge for iPhone 6)
  • Ultrabright LED flashlight

You can see more details and place an order at this iPad Insight Deals page.

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iPad App of the Week: Microsoft Outlook

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Who doesn’t like great iPad apps? At iPad Insight we definitely do. With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of an excellent iPad app, or a few great iPad apps, here each week.

Our weekly picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every Saturday. Check out all out picks below and you’ll soon have a collection of stellar apps for your favorite tablet.

This week’s pick is Microsoft Outlook, the official Microsoft Outlook app for the iPad and iPhone. Microsoft finally brought Office to the iPad early last year, but this new release this week is the first time an official Outlook app is available in the App Store.

And it’s quite a good 1.0 version too. One thing that puts is ahead of many rival apps right away (apart from just being the official app) is that it offers not just mail, but also calendar and contacts. Here’s a slice of its App Store intro:

Outlook is a free email app that helps you get more done from anywhere with one unified view of your email, calendar, contacts, and attachments. Outlook automatically surfaces your most important messages – across all your email accounts. Swipe to quickly delete, archive, or schedule messages you want to handle later. Easily view your calendar, share available times, and schedule meetings. And attach files from your email, OneDrive, or Dropbox with just a few taps.
Outlook works with Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, Outlook.com, iCloud, Gmail, and Yahoo Mail.

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5 Years, Crazy iPad Insight Numbers, and an iPad Air 2 Giveaway

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5 years of iPad Insight

On January 27, 2010 Steve Jobs announced the original iPad. On January 29, the first post on this site was published – there’s a snippet of it in the image above.

Wow. There’s that saying about how time flies when you’re having fun. I guess I’ve had way too much fun then, because these 5 years have flown by. I was fascinated by the iPad right from the start, and had a feeling it might be my ideal mobile device – and I was already a big-time mobile geek. It lived up to and exceeded all my expectations –  and I’ve enjoyed the heck out of using it, singing its praises and showing off its magic to family, friends, work colleagues, and anyone who would allow me to in person. Needless to say, writing about it here on a daily basis has been a great, great pleasure.

Over the years, I’ve posted quite a few times on ‘Crazy iPad Numbers’ – units sold, market share dominance, and more. Today I’ll share some crazy iPad Insight numbers racked up over these first 5 years:

— Over 5,000 posts

— Over 13,000 comments – and nearly 1.5 million spam comments blocked (yuck)

— Over 28 million page views

— 44% of visitor sessions from the iOS operating system coming in as Number 1 by some distance – followed by Windows as the second biggest, and we even have 2.35% from Android OS

— 50.58% of visitors from the US – I love that right about half have been from outside the US

— Male 54.5% – it’s good to see a fairly decent balance on this demographic too

— We’re a featured site on Flipboard and average close to 100,000 monthly active users there

— Our Google+ site page has had over 20 million views

Ok, enough of those. As a small gesture to try to express BIG gratitude to all of you who are iPad Insight readers – we’ll giveaway a new iPad Air 2 next Monday, February 2. Hit the break for details on how to enter for a chance to win that …

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Why Tim Cook is Bullish About the iPad

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The latest iPad sales numbers – reported by Apple yesterday in their Q! 2015 financial call – were down on the same quarter the previous year by around 20%. Even though Apple sold 21 million iPads in the quarter, a number many rival tablets haven’t reached in all their time on the market, those results will not doubt generally be viewed as disappointing.

In the Q&A session that followed Apple’s rundown of results, Tim Cook was asked about how optimistic or bullish he remains about the iPad, following a couple of ‘disappointing’ quarters. His answers indicated that Yes, he’s still very bullish about the iPad. Here are some of the reasons he gave for that view:

– First-time buyer rates are high – above 50% in some parts of Europe and in China

– Customer satisfaction is off the charts and in usage and commerce share for tablets it holds dominant positions

– Although he says Apple is still learning what the upgrade cycle is for the iPad, he says it is clearly longer than that of the iPhone and is likely somewhere between iPhone and PC

–  Apple’s partnership with IBM and work being done in the enterprise is going very well, and that ‘can move the dial there’

– He doesn’t think we’ll see very different results in next few quarters’ results, but over the long haul he is very optimistic and bullish

All good points, and good to know.

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Latest iPad Sales Numbers Are Down: 21 Million Sold in Q1 of 2015

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This afternoon Apple is reporting their results for Q1 of their financial year. While there were insanely large iPhone sales numbers reported, the iPad numbers were down.

21.4 million iPads were sold in the quarter – down from 26 million in the same quarter last year. Meanwhile, the iPhone smashed all its records – with 74.5 million sold in the quarter. Tim Cook noted that they sold 34,000 iPhone per hour, 24 hours a day, for the entire quarter. That’s unreal sounding.

I’m sure the iPad numbers will be looked at as disappointing, and Apple definitely didn’t seem to want to dwell on them. Tim Cook did not even say the word iPad in his introductory comments, while he talked a lot on iPhone, Mac, iOS, Apple Pay, Apple Watch, and even Project Red.

While there’s no reason to celebrate the iPad results this quarter, it’s worth keeping ‘disappointing’ iPad numbers in perspective. I don’t have numbers in front of me, but I’d venture an educated guess that there are very few other tablets (if any) that have sold 21 million in their entire history.

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iPad Art: Fly Free

Today’s featured iPad painting is titled ‘Fly Free’ and is the work of Deborah McMillion, aka Hotel Midnight – a long-time favorite here. Here’s the artist’s own introduction to this one, along with her listing of tools used in its creation: Oh that first initial feeling of freedom as the cables snap and the carousel […]

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iPad App of the Week: Kickstarter

Who doesn’t like great iPad apps? At iPad Insight we definitely do. With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of an excellent iPad app, or a few great iPad apps, here each week. Our weekly picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every Saturday. Check out all out […]

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iPad Art: Rhino

I love this iPad painting, love Rhinos, and love the theme of this series of iPad paintings by Jaime Sanjuan Ocabo. It’s just titled ‘Rhino’ and here is the artist’s own intro to it and to the series””: This is the fourth painting in the series dedicated to endangered species. Now is the turn of […]

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