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Son of the Windy City, and proud Father to two awesome boys. Rob is a displaced Chicago Bears fan living in the Orlando Florida area. When not obsessing about everything Apple, he can usually be found outside boating across Florida's natural resources and taking the road less traveled.

How to upgrade or downgrade the iCloud storage on your iPad

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When you first purchase your iPad you automatically get 5 BG of free iCloud storage to use for things like your email, iCloud backups of your devices, your Photo Library, and iCloud Drive.  However, items you purchase from any of Apple’s stores like movies, music, apps and books do not count against the free storage totals.  If you ever need more iCloud storage you can increase the amount at any time  by selecting a new plan that best suits your needs.  To do this in iOS 8 go to Settings–> iCloud–>Storage

Here, you will get a snap-shot of your current available storage along with a pathway to manage your storage needs.  When you click on manage storage you will see a listing of all your devices that are currently being backed up to iCloud along with how much storage all of your documents and data are currently occupying on your account.  You can reduce the amount of storage that is being used by deleting individual documents and data, or by deleting your iPad back-up from iCloud. If neither of those are viable options for you, then change/upgrade your storage plan.

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How to set-up iCloud Keychain on your iPad

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One of the more useful features in iOS is called iCloud Keychain.  With iCloud Keychain, you can save your passwords and credit card information on all the iOS devices you approve.  Privacy is not a concern as all your confidential information is encrypted–even Apple cannot view what is stored in your iCloud Keychain.  Setting up and configuring iCloud Keychain is easy, and starts in the Settings app.

Open the iCloud Setting and scroll down to the Keychain icon.  If you haven’t already, turn the tab to the on position. Once activated, you can open the Advanced tab to further configure your settings.  The first choice you all tasked with is whether or not you would like your iCloud security code to be used to set-up iCloud Keychain on additional devices.

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iPad App of the Week: Sunrise Calendar

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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 Sunrise Calendar.  Acquired by Microsoft in February, Sunrise has always been one of my favorite calendar apps because of its clean, uncluttered look and simple to use user interface.  Earlier this week, Sunrise received an update with a intriguing new feature called Meet.  The premise of Meet is that you can now schedule one-on-one meetings with people with just a few clicks from within the calendar app.  Available as a free update, the addition of Meet makes Sunrise an even more appealing replacement for Apple’s stock calendar app.  Meet is actually an extension of the Sunrise calendar in the form of a keyboard–hence why your iPad needs to be running iOS 8.  You add the Meet keyboard the same way you would any other 3rd party keyboard from the Settings App.

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Learning with the iPad

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Last week Apple released a video highlighting the versatility of the iPad under the umbrella title; Everything Changes with iPad.

iPad can change the way you do things every day. Take on a new project, pick up a new skill, or start a new hobby. We put together some of our favorite apps and ideas to help you get started.

There were six sections in all, and they covered topics from cooking to small business–traveling to learning, and even redecorating.  Each section covered one main topic and explored how using apps, accessories and tips & tricks geared toward those topics can enhance the lives of those who use their iPads in these creative ways.  With bright, colorful images and recommended apps with links to download them directly from the App Store, Apple showcased what they do best–present solutions and suggestions to real problems and questions people ask everyday.

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How to create a HTML signature and add it to your email accounts on your iPad

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File this one under something I’ve thought about many times, but never actually looked into how to complete.  I came across this tutorial from our friends over at iDB from last week, and thought that it was such a useful feature, I wanted to share it with everyone here.  I don’t know about you, but I’ve often thought about creating an email signature that had links in it to direct people to my personal or work social sites.  Previously, I would simply create an image in my signature with the important information saved within the image, and perhaps a logo.  Now that works fine for providing the information you might want to share with recipients of your email.  However, you can make it a lot easier on yourself and those you email by simply creating a HTML signature on your computer and saving it to your iPad to use for the account(s) of your choice.

How to create an HTML signature on your computer

Start by launching your favorite email app on your computer.  For demonstrative purposes, I am using Gmail in my Safari browser.  Create a new message and list yourself as the email recipient.  Next, choose the style and content of your email signature, and then add a link right on top of each item you would like to link to.

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iPad App of the Week: Flickr

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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 Flickr.  A classic iPad app that recently went through a major update.  With Flickr you can upload, access, organize, edit, and share your photos from any device, from anywhere in the world.  Flickr has always had a special place in my heart as I initially used it to share all of our baby photos with family members when our first son was born over 12 years ago.  Since then, there have been so many other resources available to store your photos, especially in the cloud, that I haven’t used it in years–that was until the recent version 4.0 update caught my eye.   The newest update brings with it a welcomed addition of features to an already powerful app.

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• Put your free 1000GB to work like never before – auto-uploadr now grabs all photos and videos on your device, privately storing them in your Flickr camera roll.

• A timeline view with improved browsing, organization and sharing.
• Flickr got a facelift with an all new elegant, approachable look and feel to match your spiffy new camera roll.
• Unleash your creativity with photo edits straight from your Flickr photos.
• New and enhanced photo filters to help get your snaps share-ready.
• Share to Instagram.

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How to set-up Family Sharing on your iPad

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Family Sharing is Apple’s answer to providing a family of up to six people an easy way to share all their purchases from the App Store, iTunes and the iBooks store through one main account. Now, family members can share purchases from each of their own individual accounts without having to use the same username and password. Everyone has access to all the purchases made by each and every member of the family. This provides the family with a one-stop location where they can share all of their photos, app purchases, books and calendar items—as well as their location.

In order to set-up the the Family Sharing account, one person needs to be the main account holder. This person sends out the invites to everyone that will be included in the family. He/she is also responsible for providing the credit card information for all payment arrangements made by the family. The process is initiated with email invites that family members can accept to become part of the Family Sharing account.

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My favorite part of Family Sharing is that I can add my children to the plan—although you will need to create an Apple ID for your child in order to add them.  Children under the age of 13 will automatically be added to your Family Sharing Plan, and the “ask to buy” feature is automatically turned on for purchases made with their device. All purchase requests made with this feature active will have to get approval from the main account holder. This is true for free and paid purchase requests.

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Are you in the market to buy a 12.9 inch iPad Pro?

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Apple is rumored to be announcing a larger screen iPad sometime later this summer–possibly during WWDC, with a release date expected somewhere in the fall.  This has been a persistent rumor that has been around for a while but has gained some momentum since the beginning of the year.  Some potential rumored hardware features include an Apple supported stylus, support for Force Touch technology in the screen similar to what is now found in the new MacBook, and possibly even a USB-C connection in addition to, or instead of a Lightning connector.

Most of the tech media has been anticipating a larger iPad form factor for months.  Last weekend, Apple Insider reported that someone familiar with Apple’s future products has indicated that in addition to the afore mentioned features, a larger iPad “Pro” will also include the following

  • 12.5-13″ screen size
  • NFC Radio to be used as an Apple Pay terminal
  • New touchscreen to coincide with pressure sensitive, Bluetooth connected Apple Stylus
  • Upgraded A-Series processor

So this begs the question–If this limited amount of “rumored” info resembles what Apple releases this fall, are you interested in buying a larger screen iPad?  If so, what would be the appeal for you?  Are you an artist by trade, and are intrigued by the possibility of a pressure sensitive stylus and improved touchscreen that also responds to levels of applied pressure?  What are the advantages of a device that’s as large as a MBA, but isn’t as powerful or versatile? One would expect Apple to bring the same ForceTouch technology to it’s whole iPad line in addition to the iPhone–unless it would be reserved for the top of the line products such as the iPad Pro and the iPhone 6S Plus we expect to be announced later this summer.

I can’t help but think such a device would hover around the $1000 price-point, too.  Is there enough appeal/up-side to use iOS over OS X on a similar sized form-factor?  A larger device with a steeper price tag would probably warrant a case of some sort for protection as well–further increasing care and investment costs.  Who is the target consumer here?  Does the Pro label indicate a niche audience like the Mac Pro?  Seems like for the most part it would be too large to be effective as an education/demonstrative tool in schools, too.  Perhaps when/if Apple releases this device they will have a price tag and a use-case scenario that will make sense–but right now, I just don’t see it.  Am I in the minority here?  Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

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How to backup your iPad to iCloud

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When you finally decide to buy that sleek new iPad, one of the first tasks you are presented with is whether or not to turn on iCloud back-ups.  Whether you decide to turn them on when you first purchase your iPad or later on is up to you.  However, for demonstrative purposes, and because I bought and activated my iPad quite a while ago, I will quickly walk you through the set-up process from within the settings app.  One thing to note with iCloud backups is that with iOS 8 Apple moved the backups to a different location within the settings app.

To navigate to the them now go to Settings–> iCloud and then scroll down to Back-up–> iCloud Backup.  Here you can turn back-ups on and initiate a new back-up immediately.  If you choose not to initiate an immediate backup, your iPad will backup on its own when connected to Wi-Fi and plugged into a power source.  Usually this heroines during times when the iPad is middle for an extended period of time.  Fo r me, this usually happens overnight.  This is especially helpful the first time a backup commences, as it will take longer to complete.

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How to view your iPad Photo library by Geolocation

Napkin 04-29-15, 10.57.50 PMThere are various ways that you can search, organize and view your photo library on your iPad.  You can choose to view your photos based on when they were taken, or by how you grouped them into albums.  You can even view them based on when and who you shared individual or groups of photos with.  But did you also know you can view your photos based upon where they were taken?  Let me preface this by saying that this will only work if you have allowed the Photos application on your iPad to have access to your location.  To check this setting and/or change it, go to the Settings App–> Privacy–> Location Services–> Photos.  Here you will have two options to choose from–allow the Photos App access only while you are using the app, and not allow at all.

To view your photos based on their geolocation, this feature must be set to “while using the app” or the pictures won’t even have a location to sort them by.  Once you have the setting updated, all of your photos taken on your iPad moving forward will now have a geolocation stamped into the metadata stored within the photo.  Armed with this knowledge, you can now sort and search your photos based upon their location.

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Review: Chisel iPad dock by iSkelter

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The Chisel iPad dock is made by the folks at iSkelter.  These guys caught my eye a while ago on KickStarter with their unique collection of wooden docks, desks and accessories.  A quick visit to there website, and I knew I had to get my hands on one of their iPad docks to review.  I love that their mantra is–hand built by people who give a damn.  You can’t help but love their tenacity.  You really feel like they love what they do, and that desire to make good products is obvious in the results.  Luckily, they don’t have to rely soley on witty slogans to sell their products, as their hand-built designs sum up a pure, simple design philosophy spear-headed by industrial designer, Nathan Mummert.

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With the Chisel iPad dock, it’s all about the design.  It’s the design that draws you in, and makes you want to buy one in the first place.  It’s the design that makes you proud to display the dock on your desk–and it’t the design that makes it functional and useful as an iPad dock.  The Chisel is created from a beautiful selection of renewable bamboo.  It uses a simple design philosophy that holds your iPad in both portrait or landscape mode.  Assembly is a snap, too.

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