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.

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iPad Smart Covers Doing Work in London Apple Store

iPad Smart Covers are grabbing attention at the flagship Regent Street Apple Store in London – as they’re automatically opening and closing in a prominent window display. I guess that’s as good a way as any to put an iPad accessory to work selling the tablet itself – and apparently it’s working well and drawing questions from curious passers by.

This also reminds me that I haven’t used a smart cover yet with my iPad Air 2; I might need to remedy that.

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Love iPad Games? Want to Review Them Here?

iPad Games

So it looks as if we’ve got a bit of a job opening here at iPad Insight. Well, a volunteer job anyway – ideally suited for somebody who loves iPad games and loves telling other people about the games they love.

As in, we’d love to find one or two volunteer game reviewers to cover iPad games here. Although this is an unpaid gig, it does have a few notable perks: promo codes for games you review and a chance to build up your reviewing profile on a well-known and respected site for starters.

Here’s the sort of traits we’re looking for in the person or persons who will help us broaden our coverage of iPad games:

— The Obvious: passionate about gaming, and mobile gaming, iPad gaming in particular.

— Gift of the Gab: strong writing skills and perhaps a flair for video reviews too. Some online writing experience is also something we’d like to see.

— Fundamentals: you have to be solid on grammar – no YouTube comments level writing styles accepted.

— Happy to work with our small team here.

That’s about it. If it sounds like you’re a great fit, send us an Intro email to contact AT ipadinsight.com.

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iPad Art: A New Beginning

A New Beginning iPad Painting

Who doesn’t at least once in their life like the idea of just sailing off into the sunset? I know I have at times and this iPad painting definitely brings back those feelings.

It’s titled ‘A New Beginning’ – here’s a little more about it, via the artist himself, Google+ member Ron Grafe:

“A New Beginning” – Sailing into the sunset? Or the beginning of a new day? Doesn’t matter as long as you live each day to it’s fullest potential. Created with the Procreate App

I love the colors of the sky and the lines of the sailboat in this one. I’d like to be on that boat on that evening.

You can see more of Ron Grafe’s digital and photography at his site: http://ronaldgrafe.com/

If you’re keen to see more great paintings created on the iPad, then check out our own iPad Art section.

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Keyboards Still Buggy as Heck in iOS8

iOS8 Keyboard Bugs

My colleague Thomas wrote a good post a couple months back, on the sad state of 3rd party keyboards in iOS8.

So I suppose it’s a little sad to report that iOS8 and its handling of keyboards – 3rd party or otherwise – is still buggy as heck, even months after release.

Check out the screenshot above for one basic ‘fail’ issue that I see fairly often on my iPad Air2. It’s the Spotlight Search bar, and I’ve already tapped the search bar to place the cursor there. That should instantly invoke the on-screen keyboard – but it doesn’t. And when this happens, I’ll tend to find that I get the same result in a notes app, or the App Store, or elsewhere.

It sometimes takes just a sleep and wake of the iPad to get past it, other times it needs a restart. But the fact is, I don’t recall ever seeing this prior to iOS 8.

I was looking forward to support for 3rd party keyboards and swipe typing in iOS8 as much as anyone possibly could (as I love using these on Android devices) – but so far the experience on iOS 8 has been nothing been disappointing.

Here’s hoping it will improve very soon.

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iPad Art: Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Today’s featured iPad painting brings to mind scenes from a Hemingway novel, or even more so a passage from ‘A Moveable Feast’. It’s powerful and gripping, like any good Hemingway tale, and a little surreal and romantic too. It’s titled ‘Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder’, and is the work of Michael Seidman. Seidman has […]

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Best iPad Apps of 2014

(Apologies that this post is around a week later than usual. I had a bit of a health scare during Christmas week and very low energy for a fair few days. Feeling fine now.) This has been another year of notable milestones for the iPad – 225 million iPads sold, over 650,000 iPad apps in […]

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Happy New Year iPad Wallpaper

Happy 2015! Hope all of you are enjoying the holiday season and looking forward to a healthy and happy new year. Above is a fun Happy New Year iPad wallpaper, courtesy of the always excellent Pimp Your Screen app. I think it looks suitably festive on my iPad Air 2’s lock screen.

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iPad Art: Poinsettia

Here’s a perfectly seasonal, and lovely,  iPad painting for a late December, just past Christmas Sunday.  It’s titled ‘Poinsettia’ and is the work of a long-time favorite iPad artist, Pilar Humada – drawn freehand on the iPad using the Sketch Club app. Hope all of you are enjoying the holidays with family and friends and […]

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