iPadOS 13 in Action: External Storage Support is Hit and Miss So Far

Before I get into this, I want anyone reading to bear in mind that I am talking about beta software in this article and ones to follow. This is not meant to be a review, but more of a changelog for anyone following along. I am definitely not throwing stones at Apple here, as development of iPadOS and iOS are ongoing, but simply relaying my experience with the beta so far.

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Apple Betas Take to the Air Again

I was a little worried that Apple was going to make things harder on us this year, with Developer Betas that all required loading restore files to upgrade. They went that route with the first betas for iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, which made testing difficult for me being a Windows user. I was able to get around my lack of a Mac while I was on vacation a couple of weeks ago, but I had little interest in doing it again.

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Apple is Dabbling in Multi-User Support. When Will it Come to iPad?

At WWDC, Apple announced that they would finally be adding multi-user support to one of their mobile operating systems. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the one most of us have been asking for. The first round goes to the tvOS and the Apple TV, which will now have separate recommendations and favorites for different users. An honorary mention also goes to the HomePod, which will now be able to recognize voice commands from multiple users and respond with information from their iCloud account.

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Deals: Joyroom 2-in-1 Dual Headphone & Charger Adapter

Even though I use my AirPods and other Bluetooth headphones for the most part these days, there are still times when it’s necessary to use wired headphones or aux cords. Unfortunately, that means using an adapter with the last two generations of the iPhone. That also means choosing between audio and charging without the right adapter.

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Will SwiftUI Make watchOS Apps Worth Using?

While there is no denying that the Apple Watch is a hit, even if getting there has been a little bit of a slow burn. However humble its beginnings were, the device is the current standard by which all other smartwatches are judged. However, while its health and wellness features coupled with notifications are big strengths, the app situation has always been mixed, at best.

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Foxconn and Apple Play a Little Chicken with China

According to both Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal, Foxconn has gone on the record saying that they can shift US iPhone production out of China so that Apple can avoid a hit on tariffs, if necessary. While it was made clear that Apple hasn’t yet asked them to do this yet, these comments were calculated and aimed directly at Beijing.

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It’s the Little Things: The New Share Sheet In iPadOS

There are a lot of major changes and new features in both iOS and iPadOS 13. However, sometimes it’s the little things that initially go unnoticed that have a big impact on everyday usage. For me, the new redesigned Share Sheet is one of those small but impactful changes that just clears things up a bit and makes a good feature that much better.

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Deals: PaMu Scroll True Wireless Earbuds and Case

Apple made truly wireless earbuds mainstream a couple of years ago with their first AirPods and they similar products of all shapes, sizes and price points can be found everywhere. If you are style-conscious and want your buds to reflect that, then you should check out the PaMu Scroll True Wireless Earbuds from Padmate.

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Apple’s iOS 13 iPhone Optimized Battery Charging is a Smart Step for Apple

A year and a half ago, Apple was taking shots from all sides over their handling of “optimizing” the performance of worn iPhone batteries by throttling the processor. While throttling processor performance to prevent problems is common in different areas of the tech sector, it was the fact that Apple wasn’t forthcoming about what they were doing that got them in hot water.

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Zombie iTunes Still Lives on in Windows

The rumors that Apple was killing off iTunes and replacing it with multiple apps for Music, Podcasts and TV made the rounds in the weeks leading up to WWDC. Because of this, the actual reveal of the new apps was expected during the Keynote and drew minimal fanfare.

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Safari in iPadOS is Really Close to a Full Desktop Browser

I’ll start off by saying that I’m not complaining. I really like the revamped Safari in iPadOS 13. It is a smoother and more powerful browser that takes you were you want to go without the extra fuss of requesting desktop sites or the annoyance of still getting a mobile site afterward. It works about 98% of the time in my limited experience. It just isn’t quite all the way to what I get with Firefox or Chrome on my Windows laptop. At least not yet.

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