How to view the Apple Media Event from your iPad


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As with other recent Special Apple Media Events, this one will be live-streamed for your viewing pleasure.  This means that if you have access to an iOS device or Mac, or even a Windows computer–that’s right, I said it, you can watch the event live.  Here are the minimum requirements and the devices that will support the live-stream…

  • Live streaming uses Apple’s HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) technology. HLS requires an
  • iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with Safari on iOS 7.0 or later
  • Mac with Safari 6.0.5 or later on OS X v10.8.5 or later
  • A PC with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10.
  • Streaming via Apple TV requires a second- or third-generation Apple TV with software 6.2 or later.

Make sure to have your snack bowl and beverage next to you, and your iPhone on mute by 1 PM EST.  Most importantly, point your Safari browser here to watch a live feed of inside the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium before the event, as well as the live-stream of all the big announcements.  For a list of what we expect to be announced at the keynote click here.  Enjoy the show!

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What we expect Apple to announce at their live-stream Media event


Unless you’ve been living under a rock or something over the past couple weeks, you already know that Apple has a major Media Event scheduled for tomorrow.  They will be taking over the vast expanse of the  Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco to unveil what is expected to be “the motherland” of product announcements.  Multiple outlets have been reporting that Apple will announce and/or release the following products at the event

  • iPhone 6S
  • iPhone 6S Plus
  • iPad Pro
  • iPad mini 4
  • 4th Gen Apple TV
  • iOS 9
  • watch OS2
  • New Apple Watch bands
  • New Apple Watch finishes

Typically, with iPhone announcements like this we expect to be able to pre-order the new models starting as early as this Friday (9/11), with updates to iOS 9 and watch OS2 coming a couple days ahead of in-store iPhone sales a week from Friday (9/18).  New Apple watch bands and finishes will most likely be available immediately or perhaps along side the new iPhones.

While the Apple TV could potentially be available as early as this week, we do  not expect an iPad Pro to go on sale until October potentially anchoring the release of El Capitan and the iPad mini 4.

This should go down as one of the most packed Apple announcements in keynote history.  Make sure you have your calendar cleared at 1pm EST tomorrow afternoon.  In addition, be sure to stop back here in the days that follow to get up to speed on all iPad related goodness!

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Deals: Titan Loop MFi-Certified Lightning Cable at 33% off


Today’s featured deal is for those times when you need a fast and convenient way to charge your iPad, but don’t want to carry around a long unwieldy cord. The Titan Loop MFi-Certified Lightning Cable is now on sale at 33% off! It’s a great deal that will run you only $19.95 – instead of its standard price of $30.  Here’s some info about the Lightning Cable and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

Too long? Too short? Try the perfect charging cord length. This keychain cable is long enough to extend to your power source, but short enough to fold in half and attach to your keychain or belt loop. Wrapped in industrial-strength steel, not only is the Titan Loop virtually indestructible, but essential for your on-the-go charging needs.

  • Loop in half & attach to your keychain, belt loop, bag, etc.
  • Easily extend to your USB port & plug in
  • Enjoy durability of industrial strength steel
  • Avoid dealing w/ easily frayed & damaged cables
  • Keep your devices safe w/ MFi certification
  • Always have a handy iPhone charger within reach

To see more details, and to place an order, visit this iPad Insight Deals page.

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Searching For Faces Within Photos for iPad

Faces Support in Photos app for iPad

There’s a lot that you can accomplish within the Photos app on your iPad on iOS 8:

  • Built-in tools help edit the exposure, contrast, saturation, and more with non-destructive edits
  • Videos in the library can be trimmed so that you’ll always fast forward straight to the best parts
  • Third-party photo extensions can spice up images, or even show you the EXIF information of your shot (e.g. ISO, shutter speed, etc.)
  • Photos are auto-sorted by Moments, Collections, and Years; but you can also create albums out of hand-picked collections of pictures and videos

However, Faces are still strangely only half-supported on iOS. I love this feature on the Mac because it helps me identify and tag the faces of friends and family in my shots. The first few times require some manual tagging, but the algorithm quickly picks up on who “Po”, “Nicole”, and “Leona” are, and their names start to appear automatically as suggestions for me.

Unfortunately, aside from albums, there isn’t any way to tag sets of pictures on iOS — but don’t worry, as long as you’ve got a Mac, specifying Faces in Photos for OS X will sync that same metadata over to iOS. The only catch is that you’ll have to search for the names in the search bar, because they won’t appear as albums on your iPad.

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Deals: AluPen Digital Fine-Point Stylus at 30% off


Today’s featured deal is for those of you who love to sketch and draw, but desire a smooth digital equivalent to using a pen and paper.  With simple ease of use you are instantly off and running in no time.  The AluPen Digital Fine-Point Stylus is now on sale at 30% off! It’s a great deal that will run you only $34.95 – instead of its standard price of $50.  Here’s some info about this AluPen Stylus and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

Use the AluPen Digital Stylus to write and sketch on any touchscreen with unparalleled precision. The stylus requires no setup, so you won’t have to connect it via Bluetooth or download a proprietary app before getting to work. Just twist the stylus to reveal the nib and use it with painting, note-taking, and other apps. You’ll find yourself knee deep in creativity and productivity like never before.

iLounge ‘The Best iPad Stylus Award’ 2014

  • Write & sketch on your screen w/ ease & precision
  • Write on your device screen as naturally as you would w/ pen & paper
  • Protect the tip w/ a retractable head
  • Twist the body to reveal the nib
  • Use immediately: no Bluetooth pairing or use of proprietary apps required
  • Save battery w/ auto-sleep feature: turns off after 3 minutes on idle

To see more details, and to place an order, visit this iPad Insight Deals page.

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Super-simple spending tracker: My Finances for iPad

The generically named My Finances app for iPad is an easy way to track everyday expenses and generate simple, clear reports that will show you what you’re spending your money on. In a world of automated and complicated finance apps, My Finances does one thing and does it easily and well.

IMG_0645I had a simple question: “Where the heck is all my money going?” Maybe you’ve been there, too: at the end of the month I have a giant hole where my paycheck used to be, and I can’t, for the life of me, figure out where it all went. Also, I plan to move soon and wanted a handle on my spending so I could make a realistic budget for the future. Knowing that as for all things in life there’s an app for that, I started to browse the app store for some help. Yikes! Talk about app overload: I think there are as many finance apps as there are weather apps or to-do lists. Many of the apps are very sophisticated, automated, and comprehensive. Probably the best known is Mint, which has many good reviews and happy users: you connect it to your accounts and it automatically tracks incomes, spending, investments, etc. But I was looking for the opposite of automated—I was on a mission to see where every dime went; if I let it all happen behind the scenes, how would I get that granular level of awareness? So I downloaded the free versions of three apps that seemed the most simple, looked like they would generate the clear report I wanted, and got decent reviews. After trying them all for a week, I settled on My Finances, and then ponied up for the paid version.

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Still Waiting For A Decent Instagram Solution for iPad


[I’ve been meaning to get to this for a little while now, and it’s not news about Hootsuite; it’s really more of a rant about Instagram because I’m having more fun with the service now.  I also thought it deserved some follow-up since we had a number of very helpful commenters chime in on my last post.]

I got really excited when  I first heard that Hootsuite could schedule  Instagram posts, but that feature isn’t quite what it’s touted to be. Hootsuite did gain the ability to add streams, posts, and searched hashtags as columns, but it doesn’t actually post anything to Instagram from within the app.

What Hootsuite can do is schedule posts and place them into a queue with the text already in place; later on, at the appointed time, you’ll then head to that queue and use the iOS share feature to copy that text and picture into the Instagram app (which you must have installed). This is decent for users with a single Instagram account, but it isn’t useful for managing  multiple brands across different Instagram accounts — which is what I had wanted it for. Hootsuite is also only optimized for iPhone users, as there is currently no iPad-optimized version of the official Instagram app. If you want to schedule posts from the iPad, you’ll have to use a blown-up version of the iPhone app.

This is disappointing, although it isn’t Hootsuite’s fault. Instagram has relaxed when it comes to content (no more square picture restrictions!), but they still insist that content has to be posted straight from their own app. So, until that changes, all that social media management apps like Hootsuite can do is essentially ease the pain of cutting and pasting content into Instagram.

It doesn’t make sense to me that the iPad is treated as a second-class  device in the Instagram world. Visual apps thrive on the iPad, and browsing experiences, especially pictures, are much improved on the larger display. It’s really surprising to me that, given the popularity of the service, that Instagram still has no official presence on the iPad.



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iPad App of the Week: Lara Croft GO


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 picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every week. 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 Lara Croft GO by SQUARE ENIX INC.  As soon as you launch this new rendition of Lara Croft, you will be taken back in time to the nostalgic days of double fisted pistols and grunts as Lara glides through the jungle solving puzzles and interacting with the stunning graphics.  With easy to use controls, beautiful scenes, and intuitive gameplay, Lara Croft will bring you hours of fresh gameplay that gets exceedingly harder and more challenging.

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Deals: ‘Twenty’ Digital Audio Bluetooth Amplifier at 20% off


Today’s featured deal is for those of you who are looking to revive  your outdated, aging speakers.  Now you can transform those  nostalgic gems into something you can be proud of by adding this quality digital amplifier.  The ‘Twenty’ Digital Audio Bluetooth Amplifier by Griffin is now on sale at 20% off! It’s a great deal that will run you only $119.99 – instead of its standard price of $150.  Here’s some info about this Digital Amplifier and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

Twenty is a digital amplifier that lets you crank up the volume without compromising the sonic integrity. Rather than spring for the newest, high-tech Bluetooth speakers, use Twenty to connect your phone or tablet wirelessly to your current speaker setup.You’ll be serenaded with beautiful, wireless, and most importantly—loud, audio that will impress even the neighbors.

  • Increase audio volume while preserving sound quality
  • Easily set up to immediately start streaming audio
  • Power your subwoofer
  • Wirelessly connect to devices w/ Bluetooth
  • Physically connect to devices w/ optical cable
  • Enjoy a minimalist design compatible w/ any room decor
  • Listen to your audio as it was intended to be heard

To see more details, and to place an order, visit this iPad Insight Deals page.

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Dispatch Email App Hits The iPad

Dispatch 3.0 for iPad

I originally bought Dispatch so that I could triage emails on my iPhone a little faster for work. I make heavy use of flags for emails, but I find those often aren’t enough for me, as they don’t have any categories or due dates attached to them. The differentiating factor for Dispatch was that it could share (“dispatch”) entire emails and send them to other apps on my device, which was really handy for quickly turning emails into tasks in Things or 2Do. The catch was that Dispatch was iPhone-only when I bought it, so I couldn’t take advantage of the larger screen on my iPad at work.

That has changed with today’s 3.0 update, which turned Dispatch into a universal app that works on iPhone on iPad. As a result of having owned the previous iPhone-only version, I gained Dispatch on the iPad for free.

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Fun arcade-style racer: Horizon Chase-World Tour for iPad

Horizon Chase is an engaging arcade-style racing game with hints of greater complexity and better graphics baked in. It hits the sweet spot between being too complicated or too simplistic, and has no in-app ads or distractions to detract from your driving enjoyment.

IMG_0636I love driving games, and it seems they bifurcate into two categories: simplistic arcade types like Pole Position, or sophisticated, super-realistic simulations like Real Racing. That’s great when you have a few minutes to kill, or when you’re ready to settle in for the long haul of car configuration, long racing series, and chasing points for a life-long racing career. But what about the in-between times? That’s why I love Horizon Chase: it offers some of each world. In Horizon Chase you’re a race driver starting out his or her career with a basic car and no understanding of what it takes to win. Still, Horizon Chase is fun from the first race, with almost no learning curve. If you’ve played any kind of first-person driver on your iPad, you’ll instantly understand this one.

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