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.

New iPads Names & Details Leaked … by Apple

New iPads

It looks like Apple themselves have leaked the names and some of the spec details for new iPad models to be announced today – the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3.

As 9to5Mac reports, the leaks are via the iOS 8.1 iPad User Guide in iBooks. A page in the guide showed images of the two new models that also revealed the widely expected Touch ID sensor added to the new iPads – although the page was removed shortly after being spotted.

The screenshots confirm that both new tablets will include nearly identical designs to their predecessors and the addition of Touch ID sensors in the Home button. Another new feature confirmed by this leak is a new Burst Mode (first introduced with the iPhone 5s) for the iPad Air 2 …

The naming convention (returning to numbering the iPad models) is interesting and this leak certainly takes a little more mystery out of today’s iPad announcements. I’m still hoping for some good news on RAM increases and more new features for these new iPads, though not necessarily betting on them.

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Canva: Beatiful Online Design Tool Launching iPad Version Today

 

So here’s one thing I know and one thing I just learned last night thanks to that one thing I know:

— The One Thing I Know: If I get an email from Guy Kawasaki, old school Apple evangelist and all-round tech legend and badass, I will be giving that email my undivided attention. Big time.

— The One Thing I Just Learned Last Night: Kawasaki is now the chief evangelist (super cool title) for Canva, which is an awesome looking online graphic design tool that I’d never run across before receiving the email tonight. I’m a little late to the Canva party – just shuffling in after some 850,000 users.

Why am I blathering on about which emails get my full attention and awesome looking online graphic design tools? Because Canva is releasing an iPad version and it’s coming to the App Store today.

Now, take a look at the Canva iPad app video and tell me you don’t want that on your iPad yesterday.

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New Photos Appear to Confirm Touch ID and Enhanced Processer for iPad Air 2

iPad Air 2

With Apple’s iPad + Mac special event on October 16 fast approaching, last minute leaks and speculation are increasing pace as expected.

Over the weekend, photos emerged that are said to show clear evidence of a Touch ID button for the new iPad Air 2 (or whatever name Apple gives the next gen of the iPad Air) and for an enhanced graphics chip, the A8X.

MacRumors has details on the photos and they don’t seem to be classing them as fake right now.

Apple.club.tw (Google Translate) has shared new images that appear to show a variety of components from the iPad Air 2, which include pictures of the logic board, home button flex cable, front panel, and volume control flex cable.

The home button flex cable appears to contain a space for a Touch ID home button, complete with the stainless steel ring.

Now all we need is a photo showing that the new iPad Air carries 8GB of RAM. Smile

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iPad Art: October Tree

iPad Painting

Well, if this iPad painting isn’t a perfect image for Autumn and October and Halloween, then I don’t know what is. I love how the colors and the movement in the image evoke this time of year.

It’s titled ‘October Tree’ and is the work of Helene Goldberg – created with the ArtRage app. As always

You can enjoy more of Godberg’s lovely iPad paintings at her hgberk Flickr stream.

And of course you can browse through the beautiful iPad paintings of numerous iPad artists in our own iPad Art section.

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Deals: World’s Largest iOS 8 + Swift eLearning Bootcamp at 95% Off

iOS 8 Swift Bootcamp

If you fancy learning how to be an iOS developer, then today’s featured deal might be just the sort of thing to help you get started, or to hone your skills and learn Swift. It’s the iOS 8 + Swift eLearning Bootcamp – offered at just $99, 96% off the standard price of $2,956.

Here’s the quick intro on the bootcamp and its most notable features:

This is the largest iOS 8 course out there today.

You get access to 24 Swift/iOS 8 courses in which you will be guided along as you learn app design fundamentals and build over 70 working apps in Xcode 6. The apps you’ll build include a Twitter/Facebook app, several children’s educational apps, lots of productivity apps and much much more.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT

By taking the courses offered in this package, you get a ton of app creation experience. This course is 100% practical and is intended to make you a rockstar Swift developer. The lectures offer step-by-step instruction with video – no work is done off screen. Every app is built right before your eyes.

TOP FEATURES
  • Build over 70 apps using Swift and Xcode 6 – Social networking, alarm clock, calculator, media player, educational, and productivity apps
  • 24 step-by-step courses
  • Over 80 hours of video content (1,000+ videos)
  • Great for coding novices and experienced programmers alike
  • Get tips on how to start your own business using Swift
  • Learn how to upload apps to the Apple app store
  • Learn app design fundamentals

You can see lots more detail and get your order in at this iPad Insight Deals page.

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New iPad (and Mac) Event Confirmed for October 16

Just as the rumors last week predicted, Apple has confirmed another special keynote event for next Thursday, October 16. As usual, the event invitation doesn’t give much away, but this is expected to be the event where this year’s new iPad models will be unveiled – likely alongside new Macs and  final preview of the […]

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iOS 8 App Updates: PhotoToaster

PhotoToaster, one of the very best photo editing apps for the iPad, was updated for iOS 8 over this past weekend. The new version of PhotoToaster is 6.6.2 and here’s what it brings: Complete iOS 8 and iPhone 6 and 6+ support! We made a Preview video but in 30 seconds it’s hard to show […]

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iPad Art: Herb (Jurassic Park, the quiet movie)

Today’s featured iPad painting has got a title that’s as much fun as the image itself: ‘Herb (Jurassic Park, the quiet movie)’. It’s the work of Deborah McMillion, aka Hotel Midnight, who creates striking and lovely iPad art with some of the very best back stories and descriptions to accompany them. Here’s her story on […]

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App Store Featured Collection: Zombies

Never let it be said that the App Store doesn’t do its best to highlight topical and trendy subjects in its Featured section. This week one of the notable featured app collections is Zombies. I’d say we could almost call this a celebration of Zombie Season – what with Halloween a few weeks away and, […]

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