All posts by 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.

iPad Art: Round Midnight

Round Midnight iPad Painting

“Round Midnight’ is the title of today’s featured iPad painting.  It was created by Helene Goldberg using the ArtRage iPad painting app.

I think this one makes you think about jazz or blues and late nights and music at midnight – and those are some fine things to think about.

You can see more of Helene Goldberg’s excellent artwork at her hgberk Flickr stream.

And of course you can check out lots more incredible iPad paintings in our iPad Art section.

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Deals: 30% off the Tego 3-in-1 MFi-Certified Cable

Tego 3 in 1 MFi Certified Cable

This ‘Power Trio’ Cord Charges Your Micro-USB, Lightning & Apple 30-Pin Devices

Today’s featured deal is a versatile 3-in-1 charging cord that should work with the vast majority of popular mobile devices. It’s the Tego 3-in-1 MFi-Certified Cable – on offer for $20.99 – 30% off its normal price of $30.

Here’s the skinny on what this handy cord brings to the table and some of its standout features:

Do you always have your smartphone, e-reader, and trusty iPod on hand? Now you can easily power them all with one simple cord. The Tego includes USB to micro USB, Lighting, and 30-pin adapters; i.e. you’ll have a hard time finding a device from the past 5 years this handy cable won’t charge.

  • Certified through Apple’s MFi program for guaranteed safe charging
  • Includes:
    • USB to micro USB tip
    • USB to Apple 30-pin adapter (older Apple devices)
    • USB to Lightning adapter
  • Cut down on cluttered cables

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

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iPad Art: Steph Curry Portrait

Steph Cury iPad Painting

This iPad portrait of the presumed MVP and definite MEP (Most Entertaining Player) in the NBA this year, Steph Curry, is our featured iPad painting today.

It was created by Google+ user Devin Booker, using an iPad mini and the Procreate app. I actually cheated a little here and screen captured the final image from Booker’s iPad speed painting video on YouTube.

I hope Booker may decide to provide a final version and then I’ll replace the above image.

In any case, I love this portrait of Steph Curry, who has been my favorite basketball player to watch ever since he was tearing up March Madness with Davidson.

To see lots more excellent iPad paintings, take a look through our iPad Art section.

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iPad Insight: New Look

iPad Insight New Look

As some of you may have already noticed, iPad Insight has a fresh new look today.  The site’s design hadn’t changed in a number of years and it was time for a refresh.

The new theme we’ve chosen highlights more featured posts, consolidates our site logo and navigation bar areas, and works beautifully on the iPad and mobile devices in general (as you’ll see any time you switch to the desktop theme on your devices). It also offers a cleaner look all round.

We’ve only just made the final theme changeover late last night – so please bear with us as we iron out some kinks with it over the next few days.

I hope you’ll like the new theme and that it will help you to continue enjoying our insight on all things iPad.

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iPad Art: Insouciance


Today’s featured iPad painting is titled ‘Insouciance’. It was created by Flickr member nini_nini using the Zen Brush app.

It reminds me of long ago black and white movie star actresses, someone like Bette Davis. Though I’ve never actually watched one of the movies she starred in, this portrait and the title word seem to evoke her or some of her contemporaries.

Seeing this iPad painting was also a great reason to look up the word insouciance and improve my vocabulary a little today. In case you’re wondering, here’s what the Webster dictionary has for it:

a relaxed and calm state : a feeling of not worrying about anything – lighthearted unconcern : nonchalance

If you’d like to browse more of nini_nini’s work check out her Flickr stream.

To see more great iPad paintings from a number of wonderful iPad artists take a look at our own iPad Art section.

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iPad App of the Week: Adobe Slate

Adobe Slate iPad app

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 Adobe Slate, which promises to ‘Turn your next newsletter, report, invitation or travel adventure into a gorgeous story that delights readers on any device.’.

And the app does a good job of living up to that promise. It makes it super easy to create a slate with a simple interface that’s completely intuitive. There’s zero learning curve and you can dive in and start making a magazine-style slate right away.

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iPad Art: Mis extraños amigos

iPad painting My Strange Friends

Our featured iPad painting today is titled ‘Mis extraños amigos’ – or My Strange Friends in English.

It was created by Albert Viladrosa, one of our big favorite iPad artists, using the Paper by FiftyThree app.

This iPad painting grabbed my attention and kept it as soon as I saw it in our Flickr group. I’m gripped by the angles in the strange friend’s face, the orange hat, and the colors throughout the image.

You can see lots more of the prolific iPad painting work by Albert Viladrosa by visiting his Flickr stream.

If you want to browse a broad selection of incredible iPad paintings by a number of great iPad artists, check out our own iPad Art section.

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MLB At Bat iPad App Updated for Opening Day

MLB At Bat iPad app

MLB At Bat, the official Major League Baseball app for iPad and iOS, has been updated right on time for Opening Day of the 2015 season.

The app was updated to Version 8.1.1 yesterday and is looking great and all set with previews of tonight’s opening matchup of the Cardinals vs the Cubs and all the rest of the slate for tomorrow’s games too.

Here’s the change list for the 8.1.1 update:

• General Performance Improvements
Version 8.0.0
• Apple Watch: Introducing support for At Bat on Apple Watch, beginning April 24, 2015, to get live scores, statistics, pitch tracking, player cards, notifications and news
• Pre-Game Lineup (iPhone)
• Up-to-the-moment game analysis feed with play tracking data, game tweets and inline video highlights (iPhone, requires Premium subscription)
• General Performance Improvements

And here’s an App Store link for MLB At Bat; it’s a free app with subscription options starting at $2.99 per month, and a universal app designed for both iPad and iPhone.

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Happy 5th Anniversary to the iPad

iPad mini

The original iPad went on sale in the US for the first time on the morning of April 3rd, 2010. I was standing near the front – Number 7 in line – of a reserved line outside my local Apple store.

It was an exciting morning, talking with lots of people in the line about their iPad expectations and waiting to get my hands on Apple’s game-changing new tablet.

The iPad was such an unknown on that morning. Did anyone really need a device that was ‘in between’ a smartphone and a laptop? That was just one of the big questions about the iPad and whether there would be any market for it back in April 2010. Since then over 225 million iPads have been sold and over recent years they’ve had a sales rate far ahead of traditional PCs.

It feels a little hard to believe that it has already been 5 years since that original iPad launch day. Where were you on that April morning? Did you buy an iPad that day? That month? In 2010?

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iPad Art: A Portrayal of Their Love

iPad painting a Portrayal of Their Love

Our featured iPad painting this weekend is titled ‘A Portrayal of Their Love’. It’s the work of Woon Tien David Chong – and here is his brief description of his iPad finger painting:

A portrayal of their love.” An original iPad finger painting of Mr and Mrs Lee done with Procreate app. A tribute to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, the founder of Singapore, and forever a source of inspiration to Singaporeans.

I like that this iPad painting feels full of love and happiness.

I’m ashamed to say I had not even heard of Lee Kuan Yew before seeing this painting. A quick read of just his Wikipedia page has taught me that he was a hugely impressive man. And that just makes this piece even more compelling.

To see more of Woon Tien David Chong’s excellent iPad paintings, check out his Facebook art page.

And of course if you’d like to see lots more beautiful iPad paintings from a number of superb iPad artists, then you need to take a look at our own iPad Art section.

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iPad Art: Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad iPad painting

Today’s featured iPad painting is titled ‘Breaking Bad’ and it’s a powerful portrait of Walter White, aka Heisenberg. Here’s the brief background detail on it from the artist himself, Jon Cappuccino:

original ipad painting , created freehand using artrage on ipad 2

It’s great to see he’s still getting good use out of an iPad 2, the 2011 generation of the iPad.

I love how this portrait brings out the scarier, darker side of Walter White.

You can check out more of this artist’s work at his Jono Cappuccino Flickr stream.

If you’re keen to see even more lovely iPad paintings from a number of great iPad artists, take a spin around our own iPad Art section.

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