How to get an additional 30GB of iCloud storage for free


When Apple first introduced the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus back in September they also, without much fanfare,  increased iCloud storage plans. Although they didn’t upgrade the standard 5GB of iCloud storage that comes with every iOS device, Apple did drastically improve the cloud storage limits of their existing plans.

New iCloud Storage Plans

  • 50GB –> $0.99 / month (2.5X more storage for the same price).
  • 200GB –> $2.99 / month (cost reduced by 25%).
  • 500GB –> $9.99 / month (discontinued).
  • 1TB–>  $9.99 / month (cost reduced by 50%).

Finally, Apple’s new iCloud plans are much more competitive and can compete with the likes of Google, Microsoft and Dropbox. Unfortunately, these upgrades, while offered at the same cost or even lower than previous iCloud plans, do not upgrade automatically for existing users. So how can you upgrade your current iCloud plan to one of the new storage plans at no additional cost to you?

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Apple’s Magic Keyboard As An iPad Keyboard 

Apple’s new $99 Magic Keyboard comes with iMacs, but I think it also makes a great accessory for iPad owners. I went to the Apple Store yesterday to test one out and came away very pleased with the results.

The travel on the keys is much better than the previous generation wireless keyboards, which required a little too much force to register a key press. This new Magic Keyboard feels a lot more like the 12–inch MacBook keyboard, which I also really like. My hands just fly along the keys, and I was able to type at my standard 80–100 wpm (words per minute) within just a few minutes of testing. The slight tilt in the keyboard also makes long form typing a little more comfortable on my wrists.

It also no longer matters that the Magic Keyboard lacks a dedicated home button, thanks to the new keyboard shortcuts in iOS 9. Command + Tab switches between apps, Command + H goes to the home screen, and Command + Space triggers Spotlight search. These shortcuts work on any keyboard attached to an iPad, and so they work perfectly on the Magic Keyboard.

Finally, the Magic Keyboard also makes a great tablet companion because it’s lithium ion battery charges with a Lightning cable. This is a big improvement over the previous 2x AA batteries required to power the previous wireless keyboard, and it also means you’ll only require one cable (Lightning!) to charge your iPad writing setup. The latter could be a deciding factor for a lot of people, since most every other Bluetooth keyboard on the market requires micro USB to charge. If you’re the type of person who wants to reduce bag clutter, the Magic Keyboard could be a great addition to your gear kit.

The only caveat is that you’ll need another accessory to stand your iPad up. I’d recommend the Twelve South Compass if you’re looking for a flexible stand that will be useful anywhere in the house; I vastly prefer it to the Smart Cover for use in writing situations.

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Deals: Backblaze Unlimited Backup 1-Yr Subscription at 50% off


Today’s featured deal is especially useful for anyone who desires a reliable, effortless, secure online backup. You can protect your devices from unfortunate computer crashes and mishaps while also gaining piece of mind knowing that you have unlimited online backups for a full year. Right now you can purchase a 1-year subscription to Backblaze at 50% off! It’s a great deal that will run you only $24.99 – instead of its standard price of $50!  Here’s some info about Backblaze and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

When it comes to putting your faith in the Cloud, no solution is more reliable than Backblaze—the worldwide leader in unlimited online backup. This best-in-class solution not only allows access to data from all your devices, but it backs up automatically and continuously so there are zero tasks added to your plate. It’s a simple solution to a complex problem that can often end in disaster. Don’t wait for a computer crash or hacker incident, snag the solution trusted by millions.

“Backblaze is my favorite online backup service, mostly because everything about it is so simple.”

  • Back up all your photos, movies, music & documents automatically
  • Retain all deleted files for 30 days
  • Back up external drives (USB, Firewall & Thunderbolt)
  • Secure your data in data centers w/ 24-hour staff, biometric security & redundant power
  • Enjoy the security of native Mac & PC coding rather than Java (responsible for 91% of attacks)
  • Back up at optimized speeds so you don’t waste precious hours
  • Locate your lost computer to help recover it

Note: available for new Backblaze customers only

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

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Using iOS 9 Split View for Productivity

I’ve been trying out a few different iOS 9 enabled workflows on my iPad, and one of the ideas I stumbled upon was maintaining an always-on Split View app. The choice of this app would is very important, of course. One of the major advantages of working on the iPad has long been the one–app–at–a–time approach. The iPad is supposed to just become whatever musical keyboard, game, or writing machine you want it to be…and the rest is supposed to fade away. That effect is reduced by the presence of a Split View app on my Air 2, and that case is especially evident if the Split View app is dynamic in nature.

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How to save and edit your Safari passwords on your iPad


These days most websites you open in your Safari browser have a password associated with them. I don’t know about you, but I find it tough to keep track of them all. This is especially true if you don’t use a password utility app like 1Password to manage your growing, overwhelming unmanageable list. Luckily, Safari offers a solution where you can store your passwords so you don’t have to remember them each time you visit a website requiring further authentication. You have to opt-in each time a new password is entered before Safari will save the info, and you also have to activate Safari in iCloud to share your passwords across multiple devices. Here’s how to get started.

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Deals: MOS Cable Organizer at 51% off


Today’s featured deal is for anyone who wants to bring some order to the disorder of their tangled cords. See if this sounds familiar–you tend to charge your electronic devices in the same general area of your home. However, every time you need to plug one of them in, the cord is either tangled with other power cords, or it has fallen behind the table or couch–or wherever, and you have to dig around to find the right one. Finally, there’s an excellent solution for this common problem. For a limited time you can purchase the MOS Cable Organizer at 51% off! It’s a great deal that will run you only $11.99 – instead of its standard price of $25!  Here’s some info about the MOS and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

Keeping organized is a struggle with that mess of tangled cords atop your desk, but the MOS Cable Organizer offers a simple, elegant solution to this issue. Simply place your cords on the surface of this sleek organizer, and they’ll latch onto the magnetic surface and stay in place. With a minimalistic and stylish triangular design, this handy organizer doubles as a decorative accent that will fit right into your workplace or living space.

  • Keep your cables, earbuds, flash drives & other magnetic items in place
  • Enjoy an elegant & minimalistic triangular design that complements any decor
  • Take advantage of a scratch-resistant finish
  • Secure to your desk using a microsuction-padded bottom
  • Mount to a wall w/ the mounting circle to hold your cables vertically
  • Use the included magnetic cable ties to give stubborn cables an extra stick
  • Keep your workspace or living area clear & organized

Available in white! See drop-down above for details.

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

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Balancing the iPhone 6S Plus and iPad Air 2

balancing iPad Air 2 and iPhone 6S Plus

I went large this year and bought the iPhone 6S Plus with 128 GB of storage. For the first week I ended up tucking the iPad away in the corner of my desk and doing 100% of my mobile tasks on the iPhone. The landscape column view of the 6S Plus coupled with the larger screen is just enough for me most of the time, even for couch surfing. It’s really empowering to have all of my photos and files so close at hand.

This new iPhone has made me re-evaluate the positioning of the iPad Air 2 in my life. I’ve been leaning hard on the idea of the iPad as a most-of-the-time computer. It’s not enough for everything — it can’t download video files from my camera and it can’t pull of what Final Cut Pro X can do — but it does most of what I need it do in just one pound. But then comes along this little upstart phone that can do most of the iPad’s job…and it fits right into my pocket (well, mostly).

However, over the weeks I’ve been finding the niche spots the iPad still really excels at, despite the presence of the iPhone 6S Plus.

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Deals: iOS 9 & Xcode 7 Guide at 90% off


Today’s featured deal is for those who love to program and code, but want to fast track their training with real life experience rather than spend all their time reading about it. With the iOS 9 and Xcode Guide you will have everything you need to build iOS 9 apps, code in Swift & Objective-C, Master UI Design, and more. If this sounds like something you’ve been looking for then we’ve got you covered. For a limited time you can purchase the iOS 9 and Xcode Guide at 90% off! It’s a great deal that will run you only $19 – instead of its standard price of $199!  Here’s some info about the Guide and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

You can spend all the time in the world learning the theory behind coding apps, but the most effective path towards mastery? Getting your hands dirty building real, working apps. This course walks you through the essentials: programming in Objective-C and Swift, using the Xcode IDE, and much more. You’ll apply those lessons in creating 20 iOS 9 apps throughout the course—a giant step towards building the next hot app to light up the iTunes Store leaderboard.

  • Build 20 iOS apps using Objective-C & Swift 2
  • Create a wide range of apps: simple games, random value generators, etc.
  • Develop your apps within the Xcode IDE
  • Purchase a developer’s license, create an app ID, build on the iOS simulator & more
  • Master all objects, actions & outlets possible in app development: displaying text, using if statements, detecting shake gestures, etc.
  • Customize apps w/ visuals, audio, social media integration & more
  • Effectively monetize through ad integration
  • Publish your app to the App Store

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

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Quick Look: Paper 3.0 for iPad

Paper 3.0

Where did the time go? Paper grew up so quickly. It started off as a great drawing app, then it got a sweet custom stylus with innovative drawing and erasing features, and all of a sudden it’s a universal app for the iPhone and iPad…and it now supports text in Paper 3.0!

Text in Paper

Truth be told, I haven’t really embraced this latter feature, even a few weeks into this release. Text in Paper is interesting because it’s a text attachment to a particular sheet. Every file within Paper is essentially a sheet of paper, and the new text notes are like variable-length sticky notes that you can add to each sheet. The controls for the text are very interesting though: you can swipe on text to format it as a bullet point, checklist, or header. Basically every other note app I know of requires a specialized shortcut bar for those controls, but a horizontal swipe on a line of text within Paper will format it. Very slick.

Text doesn’t seem to be just an afterthought for Paper, either. In the few weeks following the release of Paper 3.0, FiftyThree added Spotlight support to the app. This means you can now search Paper straight from your homescreen for any text within the app.

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Deals: Filebasin Cloud Backup Lifetime Subscription at 91% off

Filebasin Cloud Backup

Today’s featured deal is especially useful for those who need the extra security of an offsite backup, with the convenience and peace of mind that goes with automatic, scheduled file encryption–for life! Filebasin Cloud Backup even saves a copy of your deleted files just in case you accidentally delete a one. If this sounds like something you’ve been looking for then we’ve got you covered. For a limited time you can purchase Filebasin Cloud Backup at 91% off! It’s a great deal that will run you only $79 – instead of its standard price of $900!  Here’s some info about the Filebasin Cloud Backup, and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

If thumb drives and hard drives take up all your workspace (or you’re constantly misplacing them), look to the cloud for all your backup needs. Set a date to backup your files, and then forget about it—Filebasin takes care of all the dirty work. And if you accidentally delete a file? No worries, the Backup Platinum plan keeps an extra copy on hand.

  • One platform to backup, restore & view your files
  • Backup scheduler backs up your data so you don’t have to
  • Data is stored in the cloud w/ a raid configuration so that if hardware fails you still have uninterrupted service
  • Filebasin Backup is accessible from your laptop, desktop or smartphone
  • Unlimited bandwidth for streaming music & video
  • Deleted files are easily restored
  • Easily edit backed up files via web browser
  • AES-256 military-grade encryption for peace of mind

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

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iOS 9 Spotlight Search Is Working Really Well

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Let’s take a bit of a break from criticizing iOS 9 and shine a light on one aspect that has been working really well so far: Spotlight Search for third-party apps. I honestly had my doubts about this one when it was announced. It’s an exciting prospect and could prove to be a new, extremely powerful way to navigate your information, regardless of the app. That’s because it’s often easier to remember a piece of information (“pie recipe”) rather than which app you’ve placed that information in. Swiping between different home screen pages and opening app folders can very quickly become disorienting, and I’ve often found myself entering apps only to ask: what was I looking for again? Spotlight search for third-party apps addresses this issue by letting you type into the search bar and find relevant results, organized by app.

Once implemented by an iOS 9-compatible app, specific developer-specified strings of your data become indexed for Spotlight search. Some examples of apps doing this are:

  • Drafts
    • search the inbox (but not archive) for the title or contents of any note
  • Evernote
    • search for notes by title in any notebook available on your device
  • OneNote
    • search for notes by title + content in any notebook available on your device
  • IMDB
    • enter the name of a movie and see IMDB results in Spotlight

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