Apple Appears Ready to Restructure the iPad Lineup

· · Analysis

iPad Pro with Apple Pencil

A recent report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Quo suggests that Apple appears ready to restructure the iPad Product line.  The goal is, apparently, to clearly correlate increasing size and sophistication with price to make sure customers can update or enter the market at the desired level. Ming-Chi Quo believes sales and ASPs will benefit, but there may be more going on. John explains.

The Unspoken Limits of Apple’s iPad Are Strangling its Evolution

· · Editorial

iPad Pro & pencil

Like the original 128K Mac, the iPad was conceived as a closed, simple appliance device needing little maintenance. But the original Mac evolved out of its childhood, flourished, and supplanted the Apple II. Today, the iPad is also being strangled by its early vision and limitations.  To supplant the Mac, the iPad has to become not just its equal but dramatically better. John explains.

iOS 10: Three Tips on Notes!

· · Quick Tip

iOS 10 Logo

Today’s Quick Tip gives us a few nifty tricks to use in the Notes app under iOS 10. Wanna save some items only on one device or another? Would you like to add any pictures you take within the app to your photo library? We’ll tell you how to do that stuff and more!

iOS 10: How to Prioritize Downloads

· · Quick Tip

iOS 10 Logo

If you’ve ever been stuck waiting for an important app to download when you’re doing a bunch at once, then you need to know about iOS 10’s “Prioritize Download” feature. It’ll let you tell your iPhone or iPad to push the one you need to the front of the line, pronto!

How to Transfer Files Between Mac and iPhone With iTunes

· · Tips

imovie transfer in itunes

There are multiple ways to share files between Apple devices. You can use AirDrop, iMessage or even email. But an oft-overlooked feature is iTunes File Transfer. Andrew Orr explains how to use this feature to transfer files between your iPhone and Mac.

Super Mario Run Available for iPhone and iPad

· · Product News

Super Mario Run on the iPhone

As promised, Super Mario Run for the iPhone and iPad launched on Apple’s App Store on Thursday. The game marks Mario’s first official appearance on Apple’s mobile devices and was first teased this fall, and if the hype is any indication productivity is going to take a serious hit for the rest of today.

Brydge Keyboards for iPad Go on Sale at Best Buy Starting 12/15

· · Cool Stuff Found

Brydge 12.9 Keyboard for iPad Pro

My favorite accessory for my iPads has been the line of Brydge aluminum keyboards.  These are first-class, full featured, Bluetooth keyboards that use a unique, secure hinge attachment to the iPad. The result looks a lot like a MacBook. Now, Brydge is offering reduced prices at Best Buy only starting 12/15. I’ve reviewed these keyboards in the past and love them all. The link here is to the latest reviewed product, the Brydge 12.9 for the iPad Pro 12.9-inch.  Here are the new Best Buy prices. These new prices will propagate to all sales locations over the next week.

  • iPad mini 2 and mini 4 keyboards (BrydgeMini and Brydge 7.9) US$99 (was $129)
  • iPad Air, Air 2 and Pro 9.7 (Brydge 9.7) to $129 (was $149)
  • iPad Pro 12.9 (Brydge 12.9) $149 (was $189)

TMO Background Mode: Interview with Co-Founder of Brydge Technologies Nicholas Smith

· · The Mac Observer's Background Mode Podcast

Nicholas Smith

Brydge Technologies makes outstanding aluminum, color matched keyboards for most iPads. Co-founder Nicholas Smith took over the original, failing company founded on Kickstarter and breathed new life into it. That was in the form of an outstanding customer relationship and order fulfillment systems. In this episode I chat with Nick about how he turned the product around, moved his company, with 15 people, from SIngapore to Park City, Utah (more consumer focus), decided not to use Apple’s Smart Connector and flourished in a market that now embraces iPads with keyboards. Nick also talks about what prepared him for this kind of venture, his turn-around artistry, and his vision for keyboards on our beloved iPads. He also provides a glimpse of his next new keyboard project. Bonus: we talk about skiing.

How to Stream the Clinton/Trump Presidential Debate on Your iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV

· · How-To

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump presidential debate

The first presidential debate between Democrate candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump is scheduled to start at 9PM easter time on Monday, September 26th, and there are plenty of ways to watch even if you don’t have a cable TV subscription. Read on to see which iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV apps are ready to keep you in the political loop.