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.

iPad Art: Johnny English

Johnny English iPad painting

Our featured iPad painting today is titled ‘Johnny English’ – based on the secret agent spoof movie character played by Rowan Atkinson.

This is the work of Álvaro Tajada Portalo, shared to our iPad Insight Flickr group.

I think this paining captures that deer in the headlights look that Atkinson is so good at.

You can see more of Álvaro Tajada Portalo’s work at his altapor Flickr stream.

And of course you can find plenty more great iPad paintings from a number of excellent iPad artists in our own iPad Art section.

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Great New App Store Collection: Pay Once & Play

Pay Once and Play

The App Store offers a wide range of featured sections and app collections to highlight some of the best and most interesting and useful apps.

One of its newer collections is Pay Once & Play – found in the Explore section this one features iPad games that do not include any In-App purchase options. Just buy the game and play it to its fullest without the need to be nickeled and dimed to get a better experience with it.

This is a great idea for an App Store collection, and one I’m sure many iPad gamers will welcome.

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iPad App of the Week: Vesper

Vesper 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 Vesper, a simple, clean and fun to use note-taking and idea collecting app.

Vesper is the creation of John Gruber, of Daring Fireball and Markdown fame, and his colleagues at Q Branch. It’s been a popular and critically acclaimed app on the iPhone for almost two years and as of yesterday it has a lovely new iPad version.

Here’s the Vesper Intro and sort of mission statement on its App Store page

Vesper is a simple and elegant tool for collecting notes, ideas, things to do — anything you want to remember. Organize your notes whatever way comes naturally to you, without complications. Vesper’s focus is on how it feels to use.

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iPad Art: Mis árboles

Mis arboles iPad painting

Today’s featured iPad painting is ‘Mis árboles’, My Trees in English.

It is the work of Albert Viladrosa, done with the Paper by FiftyThree app on the iPad.

I always enjoy Viladrosa’s light, abstract style and especially his colors. This one is just a lovely little tree.

You can enjoy more of his iPad painting at the Albert Viladrosa Flickr Stream.

And of course you can browse through lots more incredible iPad artwork at our own iPad Art section.

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iPad Magician Wows on the Ellen Show

iPad magician Simon Pierro managed to wow Ellen and her audience with a quick series of magic tricks involving the iPad.

I’m sure Penn and Teller and other magician types can probably explain how these are done, but they sure look impressive – and that last one with the audience selfie is amazing.

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iPad Art: In Love

Today’s featured iPad painting has about as appropriate a title as you could hope for on Valentine’s Day weekend: ‘In Love’. I’m not generally a huge fan of cats, much more of a dog guy – but I have to say that cat’s face is full of love. That’s an adoring look if ever I’ve […]

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iPad Art: Country Road

  Today’s featured iPad painting is titled ‘Country Road’. It was painted by Ron Grafe, a member of our iPad Art community on Google+, using the Procreate app. It’s a lovely and serene image for a Sunday afternoon. I really like the color of the road itself and the trees and sky around the first […]

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iPad Air 2 Giveaway Winner

Long overdue, but also hopefully better late than never, here’s our lucky winner of a new iPad Air 2 – given away as part of marking the 5 year anniversary of this site. Apologies for the delay in announcing this – I was down with flu-like nastiness this week Faisal Alnwimy Congratulations Faisal and please […]

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iPad Art: Procreate

‘Procreate’ is the title of today’s featured iPad painting. It’s the work of Jaime Sanjuán Ocabo, and I’m guessing from that title that it may just have been created using the Procreate app. I love to colors, reflections, and motion in this iPad painting. I also love that it’s a little spin on iPad painting […]

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