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LTE Is Rapid & Rapidly Becoming a Favorite Feature on My iPad mini

LTE on iPad mini

I’ve had an iPhone with WiFi + Cellular capabilities since 2008, and several iPads with cellular over the years as well. My iPad 3 now has no regular data plan on it, since I’m much more likely to grab my iPad mini when I’m out and about and away from guaranteed home WiFi.

And I have to say now that cellular means LTE, it is becoming one of my favorite features on the iPad mini. 3G was always nice to have around for always-on connectivity, but I never found its speed anything to write home about. 4G and LTE is a completely different story – the speed is truly impressive. In fact, I find that in a number of public places LTE gives me much faster performance than the available free WiFi networks.

It’s becoming my habit to turn off WiFi and choose LTE as my first option a lot of the time now – though I should mention that I’m using the iPad mini for almost entirely work related activities when doing so. I’m checking and replying to email, keeping up with news feeds, browsing the web, testing apps and taking notes for reviews, working on and publishing blog posts, and so on. I am not watching videos or streaming music or anything similar – so my data usage is still pretty low and well within my monthly 3GB plan.

I’m fortunate that here in Austin 4G and LTE coverage for both AT&T and Verizon is superb – I can get it nearly everywhere within the city and it’s fast and reliable. My iPad 3 used an AT&T plan and my iPad mini is now using a Verizon plan and I’m very happy with it.

What’s your experience with the iPad and LTE been like? Have your results been as good as mine?

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How To Manage iCloud Storage & Backup on the iPad

iPad iCloud Settings

Want to know how big your iCloud backups are? Or how to manage iCloud storage and backup right on your iPad? This is easy to on the iPad.

Here’s how:

— Open the Settings app.

— Tap on the entry for iCloud in the sections listed in the left sidebar. You’ll see the iCloud screen shown above.

— Then tap on the Storage and Backup bar, just above the Delete Account bar at the bottom of the page.

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3 Years Ago Today Steve Jobs Unveiled a Giant iPod Touch


On January 27, 2010 Steve Jobs unveiled the original iPad. Here’s one of the ways he summed up the new device that stood out for me on that day:

Our most advanced technology in a magical & revolutionary device at an unbelievable price.

The words ‘magical’ and ‘revolutionary’ in particular really stuck with me. I setup this site on that same day and launched it 2 days later. I knew that those two words were going to be awfully hard to live up to, especially when many people were quickly writing off the iPad as ‘just’ a giant iPod Touch – but I also thought it was the most exciting mobile device I’d ever seen and it was going to be lots of fun seeing whether it could live up to the hype.

And boy have these 3 years flown by. Last October Apple reported they had sold 100 million iPads – and that was before the release of the iPad 4th gen and the iPad mini.  This week they reported sales of 22.9 million iPads last quarter. The iPad is a huge consumer hit, has a massive presence in the enterprise, and has had great impact in the healthcare and education spaces as well.

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Learning with Lynda.com on iPad

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Even if you have been following trends in online education only casually in recent years, you will have noted that the advent of the iPad (and rivals) has opened up many avenues towards new interactive and mobile learning methods. It is sometimes hard to believe that we once lived in a world where YoutubeKhan academy or TED Talks were unknowns or did not enjoy broad appeal. Coupled with the popularity of iPads and the beginning of the Tablet Age, we are now in the lucky situation of being able to find a video tutorial or range of online courses on a vast array of topics. With quick and easy access to these platforms, we can educate both ourselves and children using our mobile devices. Continue reading

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iPad : 4 Out of 5 Space Travellers Recommend It

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iPad: four out of five space travellers recommend it. :)

Never let it be said that the iPad doesn’t get around a bit – and not just on this planet. It’s good to see the iPad is getting put to use in space too, at least by one NASA astronaut.

As you can see in the above Twitter exchange, Commander Chris Hadfield, @Cmdr)_Hadfield, confirms that there are iPads onboard the International Space Station – and he’s been using one to record with GarageBand.

I spotted this at The Loop this morning and thought it was worth a share.

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An iPad Chistmas

Christmas Tablet Tweets

A pretty informal survey via @waxpancake on Twitter – but even so, those numbers are quite striking – especially for Microsoft.

Did any of you send a first tweet from a new tablet over the last 36 hours? If so, which tablet and which Twitter app did you use?

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ZAGG Giving Away 24 iPads in 24 Hours on Black Friday

ZAGG iPad Giveaway

ZAGG are going to be giving out free iPads all day on Black Friday. They’re giving away one free iPad 4 every hour starting at 12AM MST this Friday, November 23.

They did this last year too and if I remember right you can keep on entering for a chance to win every hour. I don’t normally cover iPad giveaways here, but this one from ZAGG is pretty special, so I thought I’d share it.

Check out the ZAGG promo page for the contest – you can enter your name and email address to get a reminder when the contest kicks off. There’s also a text number to use to get hourly reminders once the contest goes live.

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Cool Things: Baby’s iPad Love

Ha Love this Game

Well here’s more proof that there’s really no age barrier when it comes to the iPad. This baby seems pretty fascinated by the game she’s checking out. Kevin Whiting added a little set of photos of his granddaughter and her reactions to the iPad to our iPad Insight Flickr group this week.

The one shown above is titled Ha, ha I love this game.

Hit the break for a couple more fun shots from this set …

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iPad Models: What’s in a Name?

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The new iPad isn’t new anymore; in fact it’s not even on sale anymore. The newer new iPad is the iPad 4th generation. No wait, it’s the retina iPad. Those of us who bought its predecessor now own the old new iPad, or is it the retina iPad 3rd gen? No, that sounds absolutely wrong. How did the iPad naming convention get so crazy on us?

When Steve Jobs first unveiled Apple’s ‘magical, revolutionary’ tablet it had a simple, catchy little name: iPad. Despite all the jokes about other sorts of pads, the name was a great fit in the iDevices lineup and seemed to fit the device quite nicely.

A year later a new, improved model launched – and the name stayed simple: it was the iPad 2.

Then in March of this year, we saw the release of the latest, greatest iPad right on the annual release schedule – but the naming for the magical tablet went a bit off the rails, or perhaps in a new direction. I remember following  the announcement event for this one and I, like lots of others, kept thinking ‘when are they going to say the name of it?’. Because throughout the unveiling event they constantly referred to it as ‘the new iPad’ – not iPad 3 or iPad HD or any of the other names that had seemed like obvious choices for the 3rd gen iPad with the amazing new retina display. So we all thought they were holding back the new name for some odd reason.

The event ended and it was still just the new iPad, which seemed quite odd. For starters, if Apple carried on with a yearly release cycle, then in 2013 would we have ‘the newer iPad’? And would 2012’s model be the old new iPad, or the almost new iPad? Then of course these new iPads started shipping and the box they came in just said iPad, not ‘new’ iPad – and the consensus seemed to be that Apple would likely stick with just iPad. As with their Mac PCs, iPads wouldn’t need numbers anymore just as we don’t have a MacBook Pro 2 or an iMac 4. Fair enough.

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The Darkest Lie: the First Published Novel Written Entirely on an iPad

The Darkest Lie

Here’s a big poke in the eye for all those who still claim the iPad is just a ‘consumption’ device: a novel written entirely on an iPad. It’s called ‘The Darkest Lie’ and its author is Angela Day.

Angela was kind enough to email me and let me know about the new book and its Kindle edition yesterday. I have to admit I was initially interested purely because of the written on an iPad angle – but once I read the first paragraph of the Prologue I was hooked by the writing and the story. I got through a couple chapters last night and I’m finding it a very exciting page-turner so far.

It’s also very hard not to love the backstory for this novel that Angela shared with me:

My iPad made my lifelong dream possible for me in a way that no other device could have. I’ve always wanted to be a novelist. By always, I mean it was a clear goal by the time I was 7 years old and my passion has only increased. But life was too busy for me- in college I was double majoring and we had a surprise pregnancy 6 weeks after I got married. Two children and a teaching job later, my passion has never dimmed but my time is all used up.

Getting the iPad and putting Pages on it changed everything for me. The iPad is portable, more so than even my 10″ netbook was. It doesn’t click when I type on it so I never had to worry about making noise or interrupting during a boring PTO meeting. It boots literally at the push of a button, so I could write a few sentences in line at the grocery store or waiting in the parking lot to pick up my kids. I typed everywhere. During my kids lessons, waiting in line, one handed while making dinner- internet research, spell checking, iCloud backups, everything I needed to finally write a novel in one device I could carry in my purse.

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Apple’s new iPad Family shows they’re “just getting started”

After almost every Apple keynote I like to step back, try to see the big picture and get my bearings on where Apple is positioning itself and its products. A way to review things we saw that were surprising as opposed to things that were expected. Here are my first impressions of the Apple media event, which was already dubbed “iPad mini Launch” event by many in the tech press, but which surprised in the diversity of its additional announcements and thus turned out to be more significant, in my view. Continue reading

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