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Does Anyone Want an Updated Apple Pencil with a Glossy Finish?

Photo Source: @laobaiTD on Twitter

A rumor has been making the rounds over the last month and a half that a new refresh of the 2nd gen Apple Pencil design is coming. likely next week. I’m all for that, as it should provide a spec bump and also a feature or two we’ve seen described in patent applications over the last couple of years. However, there’s one aspect of these rumors I’m not as excited about.

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Music Notation App StaffPad Brings Pro-Level Composition to iPadOS

In what sometimes seems like another life, I was a music student and then a professional musician (for a little while) and a teacher (for longer). I was a percussionist all through middle and high school and absolutely loved it. I won some awards over the years and made several honor bands, including All State my senior year. I got scholarship offers to several schools and ended up attending Louisiana State University for four years to study music. I got a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance and then got my Masters’ Degree from Florida State after that.

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A Decade of iPad

We are just a few hours from the close of another decade and it’s a natural time to look back and see just how much things have changed in the last ten years. One of those big changes for Apple fans like myself has been the iPad.

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Apple Pencil Patents Point to Interesting Future Possibilities

Photo Source: Patently Apple

I tested more capacitive styli than I care to remember back in the early years of the iPad. I always loved the idea of using a tablet as capable as Apple’s as a digital drawing pad or notebook. However, those early products, no matter how good or expensive, always had tradeoffs associated with them and were usually exercises in frustration.

As such, once the Apple Pencil was released, I was all over it. Apple’s own stylus was a perfect match with the iPad Pro, with virtually no latency, accurate pressure sensitivity and a smooth and easy stroke. I may not be an artist, but you don’t have to be to take advantage of its versatility paired with a compatible iPad.

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The 2019 iPad: More of the Same, But in a Good Way


Back in March of 2017, the iPad lineup was a total mess. You had the iPad Pros, which touted Apple Pencil support  and the option of a larger screen as primary features, and had the high price tags to match. The iPad Air 2 was far too close to the 9.7″ Pro in both specs and price, crowding the top of the lineup. Then you had the iPad Mini, which was languishing at the bottom of the heap. It was still too expensive for a low-end model and was suffering from neglect.

With the announcement of the new iPad on March 21, 2017, Apple started to change all that. They created a better low-end tablet by updating the processor, but going backward from the Air 2 in terms of size and screen. The result was a more competitive entry price of $329, renewed interest and Apple finally stabilizing tablet sales, which had been in freefall for a couple of years. What we have gotten in the two years since is a slow but steady progression that keeps this value option relevant and quite popular.

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Can a Case Render Will iPhone 11 Pro Pencil Support Into Existence?

The short answer is probably not. We know pretty much everything there is to know about the iPhone 11 Pro at this point. The heavy hitters have weighed in and given us all kinds of inside scoop, with Mark Gurman of Bloomberg polishing it all off with a detailed report last week. However, other than a single mention from a lone analyst with no track record, Apple Pencil support hasn’t been among the credible rumors.

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Apple’s Free In-Store Classes Are Worth Taking Advantage Of

If you live near an Apple Store, you may already be aware of the fact that they offer free courses covering all kinds of topics. Whether you are interested in learning more about your devices, investigating new things like coding, or maybe looking for something more creative or artistic, Apple has you covered. If you weren’t aware that these programs were available, I would definitely suggest that you take a look. There is a schedule for your nearest store at Apple.com and in the Apple Store app under Sessions.

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Living with the New iPad Pros- First Impressions

For whatever reason I can’t catch a break when it comes to my job and Apple events and device releases lining up. I got both the 12.9″ and 11″ iPad Pros and the new Apple Pencil yesterday, but all I had time to do was record an unboxing video. I set both devices up, restored them from backups and tested them for just a few minutes, but unfortunately, that’s all I had time for. I ended up working until the wee hours, so I didn’t have a chance to share any first impressions of Apple’s latest and greatest

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Details of Apple’s New Pencil Leak Ahead of Tomorrow’s Event

Photo Source: Ben Geskin on Twitter

I’ve got to hand it to Ben Geskin. The man waited until the last minute to play his card and ruin a big reveal. Apple had a solid surprise still left in the bag until today and company execs may have thought they were home free…until they weren’t. The Apple Pencil 2 has been rumored off and on, but no real details have come out up until Mr Geskin’s big scoop. Now it looks like we know everything.

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A Month with the Surface Go: Hardware Design and Build Quality

As I mentioned in a previous post, I picked up the higher end of the two Surface Go models right after release, along with a Type Cover and a Surface Pen. I’ve taken my time with the device, and used it in different situations to try to get a feel for it. Being that I am already a Windows user at work who’s had a Lenovo Yoga (original), Yoga 2, and Yoga 720 spanning the last five years, the experience certainly isn’t unfamiliar. The Yoga has been a very good touchscreen ultrabook line since the original, and I have no complaints with it as a laptop.

The Yogas can also be used as tablets, although that experience certainly leaves something to be desired. Frankly, a LOT to be desired. Ultimately, my ambivalence toward touch on Windows based on my experience with what is a good, high-end touchscreen convertible device kept my interest in Microsoft’s Surface products low over the years.

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Education Aside, Expect the New iPad to Sell Very Well

While the new 6th Generation iPad was framed almost exclusively in terms of its usefulness and capabilities for the education market at Apple’s release event this week, the reality of its appeal promises to be FAR broader. Between the current focus on education and the robust features and specs of the iPad Pros, it is easy to forget about the iPad’s more general reach. However, it was the release of the new iPad’s predecessor and its new focus on delivering solid features at a more competitive price that finally reversed the fortunes of Apple’s tablets last year.

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