As Patrick mentioned, Apple’s upcoming iPad event will very very likely feature some new iPads to unleash on our unsuspecting wallets (Oh, who am I kidding, our wallets totally expect them). I haven’t even had my iPad Air for a full year but already my sense of Consumer Disgust is acting up. You know what I mean: that creeping feeling that makes you want to stop eating Sandwich 1.0 the moment that Baguette 2.0 is announced.
In this case, the #1 feature that could get me to upgrade to a next-gen iPad is something that Apple won’t even talk about on the stage: RAM. I just want more than 1GB, which is what we’ve had since the iPad 3. What RAMifications will this have on the iPad experience? It would absolutely improve the experience of browsing within Safari, allowing it to hold more tabs open at once without having to refresh them. The iPad is supposed to be this incredible browsing machine that chews up the Internet and spits it out, but what often happens is that the iPad loses its place after the first five tabs. I’ll surf for a little while, switch apps to reply to a message in Hangouts, and then return to Safari only to have the webpage reload right in front of me.
Put another way: it would feel strange to return to my desktop browser after doing some work in Excel and find half of my tabs refreshing themselves. We expect a sense of consistency when using a PC or Mac. Let’s hope this is the year that becomes true of the tablet as well.
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 latest version of OS X.
Here’s what 9to5Mac thinks in terms of iPad content at next week’s event:
We’re expecting new versions of the iPad Air and the iPad mini. The new Air will be slightly thinner, but come with a more efficient (and slightly snappier) A8 processor, new M8 chip from the iPhone 6, Touch ID, enhanced camera features, animproved screen design, and, of course, a gold color option. It’s likely that the new Mini will pick up some (if not all) of the Air’s new features. Hopefully at least the gold.
As the iPad mini is my preferred iPad size, I’m hoping it will get a similar level of refresh as the iPad Air. The good thing is, now there’s only a week to wait to learn all about this year’s new iPads.
Today’s featured iPad Insight deal is for the LithiumCard wallet-sized hypercharging power pack – on sale at $39.99, 27% off its normal price of $55.
There’s nothing worse than watching your battery life ebb away when you’re away from a charger and trying to finish off an important work document – or even just playing a favorite iPad game. External chargers can be great accessories to keep our mobile devices going, but many of them are more than a little bulky and awkward to carry.
LithiumCard is a wallet-sized hypercharging power bank that promises a slimmer solution to on-the-go battery woes. Here’s a little intro it and some of its key features:
THE THINNEST HYPERCHARGER AROUND
The LithiumCard Portable HyperCharger has all the cables you need, generates the power of a wall charger, and at only 5 credit cards thick it will fit in most wallets with a luxurious billet aluminum housing.
With its HyperCharging technology, the LithiumCard pumps up to 2 amps of power to charge your device FAST, at up to 1% of battery life per minute. 15 minutes of charging equals a 15% increase in battery life. It’s that quick and easy!
The design is beautiful and fits in nearly any wallet, so you can carry it on the go no matter where you are. Plus, the intuitive design features all-inclusive cables which flip out when you need them, giving you a smooth feeling power unit that can be stored and used at a moments notice.
- HyperCharging capabilities. Up to 2 amps of charging power
- All inclusive cable design, Flip out the USB charging and lightning cable
- Simultaneous charging capabilities to charge the LithiumCard and your device if necessary
- Comes with NanoStik pad to keep the charger stuck to your device if your wallet doesn’t work
- 1200mAh of capacity
- Ultra-thin credit card design
There are two versions of the card – one for Lightning cable devices like our latest iPads and iPhones, and another for Android and other Micro-USB devices.
You can check out more details on the LithiumCard and place an order at this iPad Insight Deals page. The offer runs out at the end of tomorrow (10/8).
I just finished my major trial run of Evernote as a task manager. The service is really great, but I learned that there are downsides to having all of your notes and tasks in the same place. Evernote doesn’t make it easy to filter tasks by date, and I found it cumbersome to re-schedule tasks once I’d set the dates. The biggest takeaway, however, was that I don’t tend to choose the same kinds of titles for notes as I do for tasks. That’s because Evernote doesn’t actually create tasks in the same way as other apps (like the iOS Reminders app). Reminders in Evernote are simply notes that have reminders grafted onto them.
I might name a task “get signoff for iPad Insight budget”, whereas a note title would simply be “iPad Insight Budget”. I was finding that a lot of my finished tasks were still useful as notes, but it was a bit of a pain to remember to re-name them once I was finished acting on them.
Evernote was fantastic for allowing me to have sub-tasks and files right within the task, but moving away from the service for task management won’t mean I’ll lose those advantages. Instead, I actually think of Evernote in much the same way as the company is marketing itself: as a workspace. It’s where I go for adding quick job notes, referencing files on-the-go, and it’s a remarkably reliable archive for pulling up invoices when my boss is asking me how much we’ve spent in the past month.
As for tasks, I’ve headed back to dedicated task managers. I’m currently deciding between Wunderlist and 2Do. I’d prefer to use 2Do, but it’s missing a PC client, and its option for manual-only syncing with Toodledo is a bit too limiting. Wunderlist has a lead simply because of its cross-platform support, but I’m also really impressed with the level of polish in the app. I’ve tested every major version of Wunderlist, and Wunderlist 3 is really something else. It’s got great animations, sub-tasks, comments, and even Dropbox integration (although this doesn’t feel fully baked in iOS yet).
One thing that’s common to both 2Do and Wunderlist is that they’re both genuinely fun to interact with. Evernote always lacked that spark in its approach to task management. It was a definitely efficient, but it wasn’t nearly as satisfying to tick off the boxes.
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 the depth of the product (Non-destructive Editing, Multi-level undo, Saved sessions, Custom presets, Lighting brushes ,Fx brushes, full size export, etc).
PhotoToaster has been among our choices for Best iPad Apps for several years, and was even the pick for the best iPad app of the year for us in 2012. It’s easy to use and full of excellent features to get the most out of your photos. Just in case you haven’t seen the app, here are some of its notable features:
- 60+ one click effects that can instantly improve or completely alter a photo
– 80+ one click settings in Lighting, Fx, Vignette, Texture and Border categories that allow more creative control
– 26 live slider controls that allow for exacting control of all image adjustments
– 45+ tasteful borders
– 20+ creative texture overlays
– Lighting Brushes for a new level of control with brush-on exposure adjustments
– FX Brush to brush in areas of color or focus
– Non-destructive editing (you’ll see why this is important when you experience it)
– Multiple undo (many apps don’t even bother with undo but we can’t help it)
– Professional level lighting adjustments to lighten shadows and recover highlights
– Separate channel processing lets you to bend colors in new and interesting ways.
– Black & white conversion controls to create the exact look you want.
– Sophisticated Noise reduction to remove unwanted grain in low light photos
– Blazing performance
– Recent edits list that maintains recently edited photos so that you may continue an edit session later
– Save your own presets (if you create a look you like, save it for future use)
– Crop, rotate, flip and straighten
– Complete EXIF support
– Export to the usual social media suspects or at full resolution to your Photo Album
– Non-square Instagram posts are automatically matted on a white background
– Send a real Postcard with Sincerely
In a nutshell, it’s guaranteed to make your incredibly handsome Labrador even handsomer.
And here’s the App Store link for PhotoToaster; it’s priced at $2.99 and is a universal app designed to run on both iPad and iPhone.