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.

Dashlane Password Manager App Adds Touch ID Support for iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3

Dashlane for iPad

Dashlane, one of the very best password manager apps for iOS and other platforms, was updated again this week – to Version 2.8.7.

It’s not a big update with lots of new features, but it delivers one major new option for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 – support for Touch ID.

As an iPad Air 2 user, this is an extremely welcome new feature for Dashlane. As with any password manager app, I use a crazy long master password for Dashlane – being able to use Touch ID makes it much easier to get quick access to my passwords.

This update also brings unspecified bug fixes and stability improvements to Dashlane for iPad.

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How To See Which Apps Are Using the Most Battery on the iPad

iPad Battery Percentage

Nothing wrecks the experience of using a great mobile device like having poor battery life. You can have the latest, greatest iPad Air 2 or a flagship smartphone, but if your battery life struggles to keep up with your useof the device, it can quickly become frustrating and also put a dent in your productivity.

iOS 8 gives us a greater ability to manage battery life on the iPad – in addition to standard best practices for improving iPad battery life (adjust brightness, keep unused services turned off etc.), we can now also see which iPad apps are using up the most battery.

Here’s how to do this on an iPad running iOS 8:

— Open the Settings app

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iPad Art: Monster Blues

iPad Painting Monster Blues

‘Monster Blues’ is the fitting title for the tearful creature shown in today’s featured iPad painting.

This iPad painting is the work of SKR Imaging, sketched and painted using the Art Studio app.

I know this iPad artist from back in the days when I ran a site solely focused on iPad and iPhone art, and now look forward to sharing more of his excellent work here.

In the meantime, you can check out more of his iPad artwork at the SKR Imaging Flickr stream.

And you can enjoy the iPad painting of numerous great iPad artists at our own iPad Art section.

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iOS 8 App Extensions: Pocket

Pocket iOS 8 Extension

One of the best new features in iOS 8 is Extensions – which allow 3rd party apps to interact and hook into each other to a degree never seen before in iOS. This has been available in Android for years, and it’s a huge time-saver and productivity boost to now have it on iOS.

Plenty of apps have been updated to use iOS 8 extensions, but one of those that I find most useful is Pocket – the excellent ‘read it later’ app – because there are numerous things I want to save to Pocket on a daily basis. Before iOS 8 extensions you could only save things to Pocket in apps that connected to your Pocket account for authorization, and there was a very limited number of such apps.

Now sharing to Pocket is widely available in iOS 8. You can share to it directly from Safari, one of the ideal places for read it later type content.

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iPad App of the Week: Pimp Your Screen

Pimp Your Screen 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 Pimp Your Screen, a long-time favorite here that offers custom themes, backgrounds and wallpapers for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

There are lots of places you can find good iPad wallpapers, but the Pimp Your Screen app is one of the most frequently updated sources, and has been for years.

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Sponsor Thanks: Tublet & Toplet iPad Stands

Thanks to the makers of the Toplet and Tublet iPad stands for being a site sponsor this week. These are handmade, handsome wooden stands for the iPad with adjustable angles and cutouts for optimizing the iPad’s speakers. They’re compatible with the iPad generations 2, 3, Retina, Air and Air 2. They’re available on Etsy and […]

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CNN Puts Surface Pro to Work, as an iPad Stand

As Gizmodo and a slew of others have noted on mid-term election night CNN found a special purpose for their Microsoft Surface tablets on their anchor desks: Last night, CNN wasn’t just covering the mid-term elections. It was also pimping the Surface Pro 3, conspicuously placing a kickstand-ed unit in front of a bunch of […]

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Sponsor: Adjustable wooden iPad stands: TUBLET for your bathtub – TOPLET for your desk

Fine Craftsmanship from rainy Northern Germany meets modern technology from sunny California. High-grade materials and flawless manufacturing ensure an appealing surface feel. Our elegant iPad holders always offer you an optimum view on your iPad due to the multiple angle feature. Small cutouts within the holding arms of the stand allow for optimum sound from […]

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iPad App of the Week: Spotify Music

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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