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

· John Martellaro · 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)

This List Proves Apple (Still) Hasn't Accomplished Much in 2016 [Update]

· Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

Apple in 2016

Few people were thinking 2016 has been a great year for Apple, but…well, look at this list of things Apple released in 2016. There’s just 13 14 items on it, now that AirPods have shipped. That’s still depressing. Worse, Bryan Chaffin argues, it’s boring.

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

· John Martellaro · 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.

iOS 10: Deleting Previous Handwritten Messages

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

iOS 10 Logo

If you haven’t tried out iOS 10’s new handwriting mode in Messages, you’re gonna want to check out today’s Quick Tip. We’ll cover not only how to use this feature but how to erase the (potentially embarrassing) things you’ve drawn!

Microsoft Just Announced the iPad I Always Wanted - Surface Studio

· John Martellaro · Editorial

Microsoft Surface Studio PC

Microsoft has just announced the Surface Studio, a 28-inch All-in-One computer with a Skylake Processor and a touch sensitive display that tilts. The design, operation and concept of this computer, is basically a giant iPad, the iPad John always dreamed of. His first reaction follows.

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

· Jeff Gamet · 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.

Apple's Swift Playgrounds for iPad Hits the App Store

· Jeff Gamet · News

Swift Playgrounds for iPad

Apple released Swift Playgrounds for iPad along side iOS 10 on Tuesday, giving us the tablet-based developer learning tool first shown off earlier this year at the company’s Worldwide Developer Conference. The app teaches coding skills without needing any prior experience.

The Mac Hunger Games and the Rapidly Fracturing Computer Marketplace

· John Martellaro · Columns & Opinions

MacBook-iPad side by side

The personal computing industry is changing quickly. Again. Not long ago, there was a simple migration from Mac and PC desktops to notebooks. Then, Apple finally got the simple tablet right in 2010. However, basic tablets can’t do it all, and so Apple warmed to the iPad Pro concept. But the dust isn’t clearing. Rather the market is exploding in use cases and advanced technology. John tries to make sense of it all.

The iPad Pro 9.7-inch Keyboard Case for Road Warriors

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

Logitech's Create keyboard actually feels like you're typing on a real keyboard!

In a perfect world, Dr. Mac says he’d ditch his laptop and hit the road with just a svelte 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Two recent events make it possible; find out more in Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves #189: The iPad Pro 9.7-inch Keyboard Case for Road Warriors

Renaming Apple Products and Other Deck Chair Shuffles

· John Kheit · Editorial

[Product]

Since Apple is busy re-arranging deck chairs rather than actually making a new product, the least they can do is fix their wacked-out product naming scheme. John Kheit has some ideas on taming those names and modernizing Apple’s approach.

Apple, Accustomed to Skating to the Puck, Now Also Guiding the Puck

· John Martellaro · Columns & Opinions

Apple CEO Tim Cook Interviewed by RTE News

When Apple was struggling to gain acceptance in the marketplace, it was profitable to surge relentlessly forward, leaving the enterprise behind and mesmerizing the consumer. Nowadays, Apple tends to nurture the markets it has while seeking new avenues for growth. This makes it harder to estimate Apple’s future prospects. Yet, investors are starting to appreciate the nuances.

iOS Messages: Leaving Group Conversations

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

This Quick Tip is all about a neat Messages feature called “Leave this Conversation.” Melissa Holt will discuss why you need it and why you might not be able to use it in certain situations.

After Initial Euphoria, Then Letdown, iPad is Poised for Glory

· John Martellaro · Columns & Opinions

iPad Pro & pencil

The iPad launched with great enthusiasm, and just about everyone had to have one. It was boldly declared to be the harbinger of the Post-PC era. But then it faltered. Now, Apple is positioning the iPad to take up its long-intended role as the PC replacement. Here’s how Apple is going to return the iPad to glory.

iPad Pro 9.7-inch vs. iPad Air 2

· Bob LeVitus · Columns & Opinions

Dr. Mac’s has been running an iPad Pro 9.7-inch and an iPad Air 2 side-by-side for the past month. Wanna know which one he’d buy?

iOS: Fixing Color Casts on Pictures

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Photos Icon

If you’ve never played around with the photo-editing tools available on your iPad or iPhone, you really should check them out! Today’s Quick Tip is about one of the easiest to use. We’ll talk about how you can adjust for unwanted color cast in your images, so you can make ’em cooler and warmer as needed!

3 Great iPhone Apps for Learning about Juno and Jupiter

· Jeff Gamet · News

Juno and iPhone apps

NASA’s Juno probe spent five years traveling to Jupiter, and on July 4th it safely arrived and slid into orbit. That means we’ll have loads of new information about the gas giant soon, and thanks to our iPhones and iPads, we can stay on top of the latest discoveries. The Mac Observer put together a few apps for your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch so you can find out more about the mission, get the latest Juno news, and learn about Jupiter and the Juno probe, too.