The Flipboard iPad app got a major update yesterday – adding a much deeper range of topics to follow and a new curated daily news section called The Daily Edition.
The update takes the app to Version 3.0 and also includes a design refresh for one of the long-standing flagship iPad apps. The new deeper approach to topics, with over 30,000 available to follow, is a very welcome addition – and one that Flipboard has adopted after buying Zite, which pioneered this approach.
Now when you browse articles in Flipboard you’ll see a topic tag on each one – fitness, gadgets, iPad, beer, Google are just a few examples. Tap on the topic button and then with one more tap you can choose to follow that topic. I always enjoyed this feature in Zite and it’s great to see it come to Flipboard. Gadgets was the first new topic added to my first home screen in Flipboard.
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This has been the strangest year yet for me when it comes to the launch of new iPad models. I’ve been under the weather for the last week is my only excuse. I didn’t manage to keep track of exactly when the new iPad Air 2 would be available in Apple retail stores – I kept only seeing details for pre-orders online and store pickup for those who went that rote.
I’ve never been a fan of doing the pre-order routine. I’m lucky enough to have a very nice Apple Store a 10 minute drive from my house, so I have always chosen to go line up (in the years when you needed to) or just get to that store early on launch day morning. It seems less stressful to me that way – no constantly checking package tracking status or watching out the window for Fedex or UPS.
Well, this week I was apparently off kilter enough to not even take notice when the new iPads became available in stores – and didn’t realize they were until I got a promo email from Apple. Then I ordered one for local store pickup right away with the Apple Store app.
Anyway, long story short, I acquired the new iPad Air 2 last night – a 64GB Space Gray WiFi + Cellular model.
Even though I’m still not feeling all the way back to normal, I’ve had time to get the new iPad Air 2 setup and give it a bit of use. It’s the first time I’ve used a full-size iPad in a few years – and I’m enjoying it.
Hope you’re all enjoying your new (and old) iPads this weekend too.
Step Up Your Desk With A 27in Apple Thunderbolt Display, Wireless Keyboard, Magic Mouse & Laptop Stand
Our featured iPad Insight Deal today is a fantastic giveaway contest for Mac users, with these items up for grabs in the contest:
- A 27in Apple Thunderbolt Monitor
- An Apple Wireless Keyboard
- An Apple Magic Mouse
- An mStand by Rain Design
That’s one heck of a power-up for a Mac desktop setup – and a package worth around $1,200. And it’s easy to enter for a chance to win:
ONE Step to Win:
- Submit your email address and click ENTER NOW on the giveaway page. (Make sure it’s valid as this is where we’ll contact the winner.)
Increase Your Odds with More Entries!
- After entering your email address above, share on Twitter for additional entries. The more your friends and followers enter, the more entries you receive. Good Luck!
Check out the Deals page for this contest to get yourself entered.
‘Bestiario’ is the title of today’s featured iPad painting. I believe the Spanish word refers to a collection of fables about animals, and this painting is part of a series with that same theme.
It was painted by iPad artist Albert Viladrosa, using the Paper by 53 app.
I love the colors here and the abstract nature of the image. I’m looking forward to seeing more of this series.
You can see more of Albert Viladrosa’s work on his Flickr stream.
And of course you can browse the work of many great iPad artists in our own iPad Insight iPad Art section.
The iWork suite for iPad – Keynote, Numbers, and Pages – has been updated this week. Each of the apps is now at Version 2.5 following this latest update.
This update brings support for iCloud Drive, a major part of Apple’s upgrade to iCloud in iOS 8. It also makes it easier to share documents from Keynote, Numbers, and Pages to other services like Dropbox and Gmail.
Here’s the full list of what’s new in the update to Pages, the list is similar for Keynote and Numbers:
Support for iCloud Drive
• Support for third-party storage providers
• Updated file format makes it easier to send documents via services like Gmail and Dropbox
• Instantly switch between iPad, Mac, and iPhone with Handoff
• More color options including new custom color mixer on iPad
• Use the color picker to sample and apply any color available in your document
• Take photos and videos right from the app
• Insert inline images in tables, headers, and footers
• Inter-table alignment guides
• Column and row labels in tables
• Usability improvements for resizing and positioning charts
• Improved accessibility
• Improved bi-directional language support
• Export ePub files with video
I’m sure we’ll soon be writing more about iCloud Drive once we’ve spent some time using it.