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: The Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course (Pre-Order) at 90% Off

Complete iOS 8 Plus Swift Developer Course

If you’re looking to learn or improve iOS 8 app development skills, the today’s featured iPad Insight deal might be a very good fit. It’s The Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course (Pre-Order) – which offers the opportunity to build 14 iOS 8 Apps Using Xcode 6 & Apple’s New Programming Language – 36+ Hours of Elite Training.  And it’s available right now at 92% off – at just $79 instead of its standard price of $998.

Here’s a more of the deal’s description and notable features:

JUMPSTART YOUR iOS 8 APP DEVELOPMENT

Once released, this iOS 8 Bootcamp teaches you the tools needed to develop iPhone and iPad applications for iOS 8.

You’ll learn the syntax of Swift, the language used to develop for iOS, as well as important design patterns and best practices. By the conclusion of the course, you’ll have an understanding of, and the ability to recreate many popular iOS app features in apps of your own.

And it’s the ultimate learning by doing experience: build 14 apps during the course, with the final app being a full featured dating app: A Tinder Clone.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT

The release of iOS 8 is right around the corner, don’t you want to be ready?

If you want to create a new app for Apple’s latest mobile platform as soon as it’s released this fall, this is the course to get you there.

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS
  • No Coding Experience Necessary
  • Over 350 videos and 36.5 hours of content
  • Swift: Learn the language used to develop all native iOS and Mac apps
  • iOS 8 and Xcode 6: Learn the latest technology platforms from Apple
  • API Integration: Connect with third party APIs like Facebook and more with NSURLSession
  • Storyboard: Learn how to create beautiful interfaces using Apple’s graphical interface builder
  • Designing responsive interfaces for the myriad of iOS device screen sizes
  • Core Data: Store data on your device with the core data database
  • Git: Learn how to use Git for version control and collaboration
  • CloudKit: A revolutionary new tool from Apple that allows iOS developers to create database in the cloud right from the iOS client app
  • Intro to the Metal Framework. Harness the full power of the A7 chip in your iPhone 5s
  • In-app analytics
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
  • Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X Snow Leopard or later

Please Note: Due to an Apple NDA, you will not receive full access to this iOS 8 course until Apple releases iOS 8 to the public. Bitfountain will release this course to all purchasers as soon as iOS 8 is available to the general public in August/September.

Check out all the details and place an order at this iPad Insight Deals page.

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iPad Art: The Zombie Banker

The Zombie Banker

‘The Zombie Banker’ is the title of today’s featured iPad artwork. This image is the creation of José António Fundo.

Here’s the artist’s own overview of the piece:

Part of the Zombie Economists collection, “The Zombie Banker” is a caricature of Ricardo Salgado, former CEO of Banco Espírito Santo, fallen in disgrace after leaving the financial institution with major debt and serious allegations of fraud.

Adonit Jot Touch, Sketchbook Ink, Sketchbook Pro and Pixlromatic on iPad.

I have to admit, that’s pretty much how I picture all those horribly corrupt bankers from Wall Street and around the world who have done so much harm to so many individuals and national economies.

You can see more of José António Fundo’s work at his Flickr stream.

And of course you can enjoy lots more beautiful iPad paintings in our own iPad Art section.

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Deals: ChargeKey – Key-sized Lightning Charging Cable for iPhone 5, iPad & iPad mini

ChargeKey

Today’s featured iPad Insight Deal is a great looking always-with-you charging accessory for the iPhone 5/5s/5c & Lighting iPad & iPad Mini. It’s the ChargeKey, it fits on a key ring , and it’s on offer at 13% off and a price of $24.99.

Here’s the into for this slick looking product and its feature rundown:

CHARGE WITHOUT THE MESS

ChargeKey is your iPhone lightning cable, just downsized to fit on your keyring. Its minimal design is perfect for always having a charging/sync cable on hand.

Use ChargeKey to charge from any USB port, it even works for your iPad and iPad Mini, as long as you have a lightning compatible device, you can charge from any USB port.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT

We love products like ChargeKey because they fix a common problem. Bringing around your tangled mess of cords is annoying. You carry your keys everywhere anyway, why not always have a charging cable as well?

The best type of charging cable is the one always you have on you. So stay prepared and leave that tangled mess behind.

TOP FEATURES

  • The world’s thinnest USB phone cable
  • Always have a cable on you, fits in nicely next to the rest of your keys
  • Charge and Sync your lightning devices

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

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Latest iPad Rumors: Next Gen Already in Production

iPad Air

Well, it’s around that time of year, when we can expect new iPad rumors to heat up and, eventually, Apple announcements to come. The latest news / rumor, via Bloomberg news, is that production for the next-gen full-size iPad is already underway:

Mass production of a full-sized iPad with a 9.7-inch screen is already under way, with an unveiling projected for the end of this quarter or early next, said two of the people, who asked not to be identified because the details aren’t public. A new version of the 7.9-inch iPad mini is also entering production and will probably be available by the end of the year, they said.

According to 9to5Mac, the feature list for the next iPads (full-size and mini) will include faster A8 processors, the TouchID fingerprint scanner, improved cameras, and (at least on the full-size model) a new anti-reflective coating that’s said to make the iPad easier to read in sunlight or similar conditions.

A faster processor is always welcome, TouchID would be a nice addition, but my one BIG wish list item remains the same as it has for years: More RAM. This is long overdue and is an area where the iPad is extremely weak compared to several rivals and even many high-end smartphones by now.

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New iPad TV Ad – Jason’s Verse

This is my favorite iPad ‘Your Verse’ ad so far.

Jason Hall inspires thousands of people to witness the revitalization of Detroit from two wheels. As the cofounder of the Slow Roll city bike ride, Hall taps into his community spirit and his iPad to turn an idea into a movement.

Cool idea, cool ad.

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iPad Art: Don Diego with Amoeba Nose

Our featured iPad painting for this fine summer Sunday is titled ‘Don Diego with Amoeba Nose’ and is the creation of Roberta Hancock. The image was created on an iPad (of course) using the Procreate app. I love dogs of nearly all breeds and especially Labradors. Don Diego is one heck of a handsome dog […]

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iPad App of the Week: NFL Now

Great apps make great platforms, and iOS and iPad are a great proof of that. One of the most captivating things about the iPad is the incredible range of great apps we are able to use and enjoy on Apple’s tablet. Each Saturday we share a favorite outstanding app as iPad App of the Week. […]

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iPad Art: Hipster

Today’s featured iPad painting is ‘Hipster’. It’s the work of another of our long-time favorite iPad artists, Helene Goldberg. I love how this image manages to keep Goldberg’s abstract style while also being quite a clear portrait of  a prototype hipster. It’s just fun to look at I think. You can see lots more of […]

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