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.

StackUp iOS App Bundle: Up to 83% Off a Dozen Top-Rated iPad & iPhone Apps

iOS Apps Bundle

Here’s a cool idea, and a sweet way to get some great iPad and iPhone apps at a big discount: it’s the first iOS apps bundle from the lovely folks at StackSocial.

On offer are 12 leading iPad and iOS apps at up to 83% off their standard prices. There are some top names in this bundle, including the superb Parallels Access app down from $49.99 to $14.99, TextExpander touch down from $4.99 to $1.99, Scanner Pro down from $6.99 to $2.99, and nine more similar big bargains.

The sale is just for a limited time, so you may want to hurry and check out the deals at the StackUp iOS Bundle page. These discounts are available only via this StackSocial page – not directly in the App Store.

Share this:

“Quitting Apps in iOS Can Actually Worsen Battery Life” – If This is Accurate, then It’s the Best Advert Yet for More RAM in iOS Devices

iPad Multitasking

Thorin Klosowski has a piece up at Lifehacker where he states that quitting apps in iOS can actually worsen battery life – and quotes a former Apple Genius Bar tech on the subject:

Yes, it does shut down the app, but what you don’t know is that you are actually making your battery life worse if you do this on a regular basis. Let me tell you why.

By closing the app, you take the app out of the phone’s RAM . While you think this may be what you want to do, it’s not. When you open that same app again the next time you need it, your device has to load it back into memory all over again. All of that loading and unloading puts more stress on your device than just leaving it alone. Plus, iOS closes apps automatically as it needs more memory, so you’re doing something your device is already doing for you. You are meant to be the user of your device, not the janitor.

I don’t feel 100% sure that his premise is right, and browsing through the comments thread I’m not the only one with doubts on it.

And even if the premise is right, then to me it’s just an excellent confirmation of why iOS devices desperately need more RAM. I don’t get any great joy out of being my iPad’s ‘janitor’ – but I sure as heck know that I *need* to be its janitor on a regular basis when it comes to managing memory. That is if I want apps to be able to refresh pages properly. Or to prevent apps freezing up. There are numerous times per week where I need to close out a ton of apps in order to allow one app to run correctly.

Seriously, biggest wish list item for the iPad 6 or whatever this year’s model will be: RAM. Lots of it.

Share this:

PhotoToaster for iPad Updated: New Custom Photo Picker & More

PhotoToaster for iPad

My favorite iPad photo editing / effects app, PhotoToaster, was updated at the tail end of last week – to Version 6.0.0.

This update brings a snazzy new custom photo picker that shows larger thumbnails when you’re selecting an image to work with and lets you zoom in on photos before using them. It also brings a number of imaging enhancements and makes all its features available with no need for In-App purchases:

No In-App Purchases! Everything is included.

• tint is now shadow and highlight tint to allow for split toning
• sharpen is now detail and can sharpen or soften depending on direction ( the algorithm has been improved to provide a better result particularly with larger values)
• the blur vignette has been separated from the brightness vignette so that each can have it’s own size
• shadows and highlights can now go in either direction so you can darken shadows and lighten highlights (the algorithm was rewritten for a higher quality result)
• there are several new global presets that make use of some of the changes
• the FX brushes has a new option for soft focus, this can be helpful for removing wrinkles or blemishes
• precision sliders are used in some cases and activated by moving away from the control to allow for more precise adjustment
• custom size for crop and save

[click to continue reading…]

Share this:

iPad Art: Paint on!

Paint On iPad painting

Wow, lots of reasons to love this week’s featured iPad painting. It’s titled ‘Paint on!’ and created by Hotel Midnight.

Apart from the fact it’s the work of a favorite iPad artist, of course I love the fact that it’s an iPad painting that’s all about painting on the iPad. Here. the artist herself can explain that far better than I:

Paint on!

I do not want a smaller tablet than the Air. I do not want to go back to being mired in one spot (desktop,etc.). How to go back to the easel when you’ve had such freedom. But I would not mind a tad more space. But only if it maintains its portability. An antigrav iPad AIR would be perfect.

So who’s on board with an antigrav iPad Air?

If you have even a little bit of interest in iPad art you should absolutely go visit the Hotel Midnight Flickr stream and enjoy more of her fascinating iPad paintings. And of course you can also check out the iPad Art section here at iPad Insight.

Share this:

iPad App of the Week: Ziner RSS Reader

Ziner RSS Reader for iPad

iPad apps are, and have always been, a big part of what makes the iPad such a powerful device. Great apps, and unique apps that you just don’t find anywhere else, are one of the hallmark features of the iPad. They have been since Day 1, and scores of great developers and publishers continue to produce apps that are exclusively for the iPad. Our weekly picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every Saturday.

This week’s pick is Ziner – RSS Reader that believes in simplicity, supports Feedly. That’s way too long a name, so I’ll call it Ziner RSS Reader or just Ziner for the remainder of this post.

Ziner is a very nice, clean RSS reader app for the iPad and for users of Feedly. That last part is important to note – because a Feedly account is required to use the app. That’s not a worry for me as Feedly has been my favorite RSS service by far ever since the demise of Google Reader.

[click to continue reading…]

Share this:

Happy 4th Birthday to the iPad

Four years ago today, April 3 2010, was launch day for the original iPad. Some said it was ‘just a giant iPod’ while Steve Jobs hailed it as a ‘magical and revolutionary device at an unbelievable price’. In these last four years the iPad has effectively created the tablet market, which has since seen tablets [...]

Read the full article →

iPad Art: Mr. Blue Sky

Today’s featured iPad art is this iPad painting of a car titled ‘Mr. Blue Sky’. It’s by Michael Acosta, and was created using the Paper by FiftyThree app. I have to admit, I’m not even a big car guy generally – but Acosta’s iPad paintings of them could easily turn me into one. These make [...]

Read the full article →

iPad App of the Week: MLB At Bat

iPad apps are, and have always been, a big part of what makes the iPad such a powerful device. Great apps, and unique apps that you just don’t find anywhere else, are one of the hallmark features of the iPad. They have been since Day 1, and scores of great developers and publishers continue to [...]

Read the full article →