How the iPad Has Changed My Life

· John Martellaro · Editorial

In the 10th year of the iPad in his tech life, John thinks it’s time to ponder how it has changed him. And where it may be going in the next 10 years.

iPads, Trackpads, China, and Censorship – TMO Daily Observations 2020-02-28

· Dave Hamilton & Charlotte Henry · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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This week we saw rumors of Apple releasing an iPad keyboard with a trackpad, and news that Apple will be requiring paid game developers to comply with Chinese censorship laws. Charlotte Henry and Bryan Chaffin join Dave Hamilton to sift through it all for you before the weekend. Press play and enjoy!

TMO Editor-in-Chief Bryan Chaffin (#2) - TMO Background Mode Interview

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Bryan Chaffin

Bryan Chaffin is the co-founder and Executive Vice President of The Mac Observer. He is also our Editor-in-Chief. He’s been working lately as co-author of a new edition of iPad For Dummies, and so I enlisted him to discuss the future of the iPad.

We chatted about how the iPad has made enormous gains in CPU and graphics power over the last 10 years. But iOS and then iPadOS not so much. In the early days Apple wasn’t quite sure where the iPad would go, and that’s perhaps a factor in its development. We examined how multi-tasking has been implemented, the prospects for larger displays, home screen operations, consumption vs. productivity, the stagnation of sales, and whether there needs to be a new product between the iPad and Mac. Bryan resurrects the notorious concept of the ::gasp:: toaster-fridge. There’s much more.

The First Few Days With a 2019 10.2" iPad

· Charlotte Henry · Analysis

New 2019 iPad

The new iPad has a lot of features to explore, but a few things immediately stand out as you as you turn it on for the first time.

4 Cloud Services to Torrent Files on iPad

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

Andrew found four cloud services that let you torrent files on iPad. All of them have free accounts and with two you don’t need an account.

Ten Years of iPad – TMO Daily Observations 2020-02-03

· Kelly Guimont · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Andrew Orr and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss a decade of iPad, how it surprised the Windows team, and how it has evolved.

One Eight Hundredth Geek Out! – Mac Geek Gab 800

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

What to do for the eight hundredth episode? Share tips, answer your questions, and solve your problems, of course! Today learn about HDMI adapters, iOS backups, mounting network shares, Copying from Screenshots, and a cool edit to the iOS Share Sheet. What more can you ask for? Well, maybe a rant about Neil Young, too! Listen and learn five new things with John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton, that’s what!

Questions I Would Have Asked During Apple's Earnings Report

· John Martellaro · Editorial

Apple and a Big Pile of Cash

Apple conducted its Q1 2020 Earnings Report on January 28. After the opening statements by CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri, the session was opened to Q&A with financial analysts. But there were some questions that didn’t get asked.

How the Windows Team Was “Blinded” by the iPad

· Andrew Orr · Link

Former Windows chief Steven Sinofsky wrote a blog post about how his team were caught off guard by the iPad.

The success of iPhone (140K apps & 3B downloads announced that day) blinded us at Microsoft as to where Apple was heading. Endless rumors of Apple’s tablet *obviously* meant a pen computer based on Mac. Why not? The industry chased this for 20 years. That was our context.

It’s a good read. Everyone expected Apple to compete with netbooks. They did, but not by creating their own Mac netbook.

Apple History: Steve Jobs Revealed the iPad 10 Years Ago

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad on January 27, 2010. Since then it has remained a steadfast product in Apple’s ecosystem, although only recently has Apple pushed the device forward with the introduction of iPadOS. Tim Cook once said: “The iPad is the clearest expression of our vision of the future of personal computing.“ Here’s to the next ten years to see what the iPad becomes.

—Sent from my iPad

iPads Can’t Kill Laptops But They are a Viable Alternative

· Andrew Orr · Link

It’s the tenth anniversary of the iPad. Steve Jobs introduced the device on January 27, 2010. Nathan Ingraham writes about the iPad but insists Apple is still trying to kill laptops. But I think he disproves his own point when he shares what Mr. Jobs said:

Shortly after the iPad launch, Jobs nailed his famous metaphor, comparing iPads to cars and traditional laptops and PCs to trucks, saying he believed that for most people, a car met all their needs. That clearly has not come to pass for a majority of computer users, but that doesn’t mean Jobs was wrong.

The metaphor is correct. Apple isn’t trying to kill laptops, they’re saying that for many people iPads are a good alternative. Alternative, not replacement.

Luxitude Tablet and Phone Holder Stand: $33.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

We have a deal on Luxitude, a tablet and smartphone holder and stand, combined. It features adjustable arms that fit most tablets and phones from 4″ to 11″. It rotates 360° for the best viewing, and has suction cups that make it easy to pop off and fold up to move from surface to surface. A padded holder protects the device from scratching, falling, or slipping. It’s $33.99 through our deal.