Apple has some big features coming to iOS, but they won't be holding out until iOS 10 is released, presumably some time this fall. Instead, they're coming in iOS 9.3 as a mid-cycle update which isn't Apple's typical modus operandi.
Apple shipped a lot of great products in 2015, most of which Dr. Mac owns and uses daily. They’re all darn good, but which one did he think was number one -- the best of the best? There's only one way to find out!
Check out the iSafe Drive Lite, a storage device with a Lightning connector on one side and a USB connector on the other. Use that slider to pick which one is out. It's MFi-certified, and it's designed to let you transfer data between your Mac or PC and your iOS device. You can stream music or movies from it, and it's protected with AES 256 bit encryption. Pretty slick, and through our deal you can get it for $69. Check out the deal listing for details.
Astro HQ updated its Astropad app on Monday with improved support for the iPad Pro's Apple Pencil. Astropad lets you use your iPad like a pressure sensitive graphics tablet for your Mac.
When resting an iPad Pro or MacBook/Air/Pro on a desk, having it inclined at a comfortable angle is desirable for many users. The ParcSlope from Twelve South is a beautifully made steel stand that achieves this. It's especially useful for drawing with an iPad Pro. John Martellaro takes a closer look.
Dr. Mac tests a lot of iOS apps every month and says the vast majority of them are garbage. He's collected thousands of apps but says there are fewer than a hundred he considers extraordinary and exceptional. Here are three of his current favorites:
SkySafari is an excellent sky simulation and charting app for iOS. With it, you can view the sky at any date and time, identify objects in the sky, read about celestial objects, learn the constellations and even control an amateur telescope. On December 15, SkySafari 5 Pro was released, with the Basic and Plus versions to follow soon. The suite of apps has impressive list of new features.
Today's article by Melissa Holt is about iOS 9.2's new Mail Drop ability. Since Yosemite, we've been able to use this fine feature on the Mac, but with the latest version of iOS, we can now send large attachments through email quickly and simply from our mobile devices, too. Come find out how in this Quick Tip.
Samsung has appealed its landmark patent infringement loss against Apple to the U.S. Supreme Court. The South Korean copier giant not only wants its verdict overturned, it wants the Supreme Court to effectively change the way design patents are handled by the courts so that it will be free to copy at will.
iOS 9.2 added support for AT&T's NumberSync feature, which is pretty cool because it lets you send and receive calls to your AT&T phone number on your iPad, iPod touch, or Apple Watch even when your iPhone is on a different Wi-Fi network or shut off. Setting it up takes a few steps, but don't worry because The Mac Observer worked through the process for you.
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