Plex Adds Live TV Viewing to iPhone, iPad

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

Live over the air HD TV viewing now available in Plex apps for iPhone and iPad

Plex’s latest up date lets you watch over the air HD TV shows live instead of having to record them first.

iCloud and iWork: Using On-Demand Downloads

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Using iCloud Drive? Then you need to know how to download all of your Pages, Numbers, or Keynote files to your iOS devices automatically. This’ll definitely save you some headaches if you need access to your spreadsheets when you head out into an area with sketchy cell coverage!

Apple's $200M Advanced Manufacturing Fund Investment in Corning Means No Sapphire iPhone Displays

· Jeff Gamet · News

Corning gets $200 million from Apple's Advanced Manufacturing Fund

If you’ve been waiting for a sapphire glass for iPhone display, stop holding your breath because Apple’s $200 million investment in Corning says that’s not going to happen. The investment comes from Apple’s recently announced Advanced Manufacturing Fund, and is going to be used for Corning research and development, capital equipment needs, and state-of-the-art glass processing.

How to Prevent Photos and iTunes from Opening Automatically

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

If you’re getting sick of watching programs bounce in your Dock just because you plugged your iPhone into your Mac to charge it, then boy, have we got a Quick Tip for you! Melissa Holt’s going to tell us how to stop Photos and iTunes from opening automatically.

iOS: What To Do When Your Public Wi-Fi Won't Connect All the Way

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

Public Wi-Fi

Public Wi-Fi hotspots are terrific, when they work. Unfortunately, sometimes they get hung up and won’t deliver the proper login page. Jeff Butts shows you what to do when your favorite public Wi-Fi hotspot won’t connect to the internet, and you really want to get back to surfing the web.

iOS 10: Get Started with iCloud Keychain

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

iCloud Keychain

If you’re smart with login information, you set a different, highly complex password for every site you use. Remembering all of them can be a real pain, though. Jeff Butts shows you how iCloud Keychain can help with that struggle.

iPad's Downward Trend, Fitbit's Wearable Decline - TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-05

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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iPad sales are on the decline, and John Martellaro thinks that fits into Apple’s master plan. John, along with Bryan Chaffin, join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Apple’s long term iPad plans, plus they have something to say about Fitbit losing its place as the top wearables device maker.

Why Apple is Letting iPad Sales Drift Downward

· John Martellaro · Editorial

iPad Pro & pencil

Apple has watched the iPad sales numbers drift downward since 2013. Apple has smart executives. The only conclusion John can draw is that in 2013 and again 2015 Apple embarked on an aggressive, multi-phase program to breathe new life into the iPad. It’s just taking some engineering time, and so during each quarterly Earnings Report, CEO Tim Cook just has to roll with the punches until it’s done. John makes his case for a big surprise in store.

Imagination Technologies Triggers Dispute Resolution Over Apple GPU Designs

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple dropping Imagination Technologies for its own mobile GPU chip design

It looks like Imagination Technologies and Apple haven’t found a way to kiss and make up because now they’ve entered into a formal dispute process. Imagination said on Thursday it started the process because it hasn’t been able to reach an agreement with Apple over licensing its tech for iPhone GPUs.

Hulu with Live TV Streaming Service Launches on iOS, Apple TV, Xbox One

· Jeff Gamet · News

Hulu with Live TV available for iOS, Apple TV starting at $40 a month

Hulu launched its live streaming service, called Hulu with Live TV, on Wednesday with 60 channels and a 50-hour cloud-based DVR system. Hulu Live will cost you US$39.99 a month unless you also want Showtime, which adds $8.99 to the price.

Apple's Q2 Earnings Report, Microsoft Surface Laptop - TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-03

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Apple reported some big numbers during its second quarter earnings report yesterday, and raised a few questions, too. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet look share their reactions to Apple’s iPhone and iPad sales, plus they have some thoughts on Microsoft’s just announced Surface Laptop, too.

iPads, Robots and the Future of Tablet Computing - TMO Daily Observations 2017-04-26

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Future iPads are going to be designed in part based on changes in society, according to TMO’s own John Martellaro. John, along with Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet look at what’s coming for the iPad, and whether or not it’s evolving fast enough.

Emergence of Robots Will, Remarkably, Force a Change in iPad Design

· John Martellaro · Editorial

Apple using internal magnets to attach Apple Pencil 2 to iPad Pro

The iPad was developed, in the Macintosh era of maturity, as a simpler alternaive for content consumption. It nicely eliminated the headaches of PC complexity and security concerns. Today, things are radically different, and the need to be able to create content and generate personal revenue is much more pressing than when the iPad was first conceived nearly a decade ago.

An Excellent New iPad at a Reasonable Price

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

The new 9.7-inch iPad (left) and 9.7-inch iPad Pro (right) are more similar than different.

There’s a new iPad in town—a 9.7-inch model with the lowest prices ever for a full-sized iPad—priced from a mere $329 for a 32GB WiFi-only model (vs. $599 for the least expensive 32GB WiFi-only 9.7-inch iPad Pro). Dr. Mac has been testing one for a couple of weeks and is convinced the biggest difference between it and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is its price—$270 less than the cheapest  9.7-inch  iPad Pro, without an Apple Pencil or Smart Keyboard  ($99 and $149 respectively).

Apple's iPad Fights For the Education Market

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Apple using internal magnets to attach Apple Pencil 2 to iPad Pro

The education market is very price sensitive. Three players are in a pitched battle for the right-priced personal computer: Apple (iOS), Google (Chrome OS + Android), and Microsoft (Windows 10 Cloud). These OSes and their implementation on hardware, plus the right kind of marketing and staying power, could determine which company seizes the hearts and minds of schools and students.

Apple's Clips Social Media Video App Available for iPhone, iPad

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

Apple is getting into social media with Clips app

Apple’s Clips video editing app for social networks hit the App Store on Thursday. The app lets iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users capture and edit short videos to share on Facebook, Twitter, and more.

How to Change Your iPhone and iPad's Name for AirDrop

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

Give your iPhone or iPad a unique name to avoid AirDrop file sharing confusion

AirDrop is handy for sharing files between your devices, like your iPhone and iPad. If there are lots of other devices nearby named “iPhone” or “iPad,” just like yours, it’s time to change your iPhone’s name so you know those files are going to the right place. Luckily, that’s easy to do. Follow along to learn how.

Looperverse, a Wireless Looping Stompbox for iPhone and iPad

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Check out Looperverse by Retronyms, a looping solution for iOS. It’s a combination of a wireless looping stompbox that works with the Looperverse app. Ed Sheeran, KT Tunstall, Jamie Lidell, and a growing host of other artists use looping stompboxes to build songs one layer at a time, live on stage. Looperverse lets musicians do this using a $199.99 stompbox, a $9.99 companion app, and their iPhone or iPad. The app supports up to 16 tracks, has effects, does advanced waveform editing, and a lot more. The stompbox has 6 switches and low-latency Bluetooth MIDI. Music production has been a thing on iOS for years, but products like these turn iPhone and iPad into a bona fide stage solution. It’s fun to see.

iOS: Close Running Apps All at Once

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

Close running apps all at once

Even though Apple says this is unnecessary, sometimes when you have a lot of apps running, it can help boost your iPhone’s performance to shut them down. Doing that one by one is a pain, so Jeff Butts found a way to close running apps all at once.