Best Apps for the iPad Pro 9.7

I’ve had the iPad Pro 9.7 for about a few weeks now, and in some of my previous posts I’ve brought up different accessories as well as some of my favorite components. Today I want to bring up some of my favorite apps that I think may be the best for you and your iPad.

 

12 Megapixel Camera

The first app I wanted to mentioned is the Camera on this new iPad… let me tell you, this is one of the best camera’s I have used. The iPad Pro 9.7 has a 12 megapixel camera with the ability to record 4K videos, and tell me this picture doesn’t just look fantastic. Yes I know it’s just bananas but it honestly looks like you’re right there looking at them!IMG_0183

Fantastical 2

So I’m sure most of you use your calendar like your life depends on it, trust me, so do I. I need it for everything. But for me, the stock Calendar App just wasn’t quite enough for me, so I found the best app out there for all my Calendar needs, and that is Fantastical 2.

This app is the best of absolutely everything. It show’s you everything you have to do on a daily basis, and the best part… it automatically takes everything from the Apple Stock Calendar app, so you don’t have to transfer anything over!

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You can also just pull down on the screen and are able to see a bigger breakdown for the events and appointments that you have set up.

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It is so much easier to set up the time for your appointment or event. All you have to do is type it in when you’re about to add it and it automatically schedules it for that time!

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One of my personal favorites is the widget shortcut that is shown in the notifications center, it is much easier to handle and understand. You can click on following days and see what events are coming up! I think this is quite spectacular. This app is definitely the best one in the App Store.

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Goodnotes 5

I always had to print document’s off and write on them with hand, but now with the iPad I want to do as much as I can electronically and Goodnotes 5 allows me to do that. I can edit and write on any and all PDF Documents with the Apple Pencil with absolute ease! You can write on them, sign signatures and then just print them off without having to do anything else!

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I hope you look into these apps especially if you are looking for a better calendar and something that allows you to take complete control over your PDF documents.

Please note the screenshots of the Apps are not mine, these were made by the companies so all credit is given to them! Except for the banana picture, I took that one!

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Apple filed a patent for a keyboardless Macbook……what?!

This is great stuff! Can’t wait to hear more!

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You get a patent! And you get a patent! EVERYBODY GETS A PATENT!

At least that what it seems like this week.

If you remember yesterday, I wrote a post about Samsung filing a patent for smart contact lens with an embedded camera. Today we’re getting news that Apple has filed a patent for a Macbook without a keyboard.

Sounds like that would make it kind of hard to send daily tweets and look up cat videos on YouTube right? Not necessarily.

The patent itself was filed in September of 2015 and was made public on Thursday, and it details what Apple is calling “a configurable, force-sensitive input structure for an electronic device”. This mean that would be a clean, flat surface with different layers within it’s structure to capture user input.

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Major Apple Leak shows future changes in iOS!

AppAdvice has recently run through the meta data on iTunes, and Apple has finally set themselves up to deliver one of the most requested things by users: to hide Apps that already come on iPhone

This mean’s iPad/iPhone user will finally be able to hide the 32 apps that come pre-installed on devices. Yes! You can finally get rid of Tips, GameCenter, Stocks or any other app that you hate having to hide in that “Extra” categories folder.

So here is AppAdvice’s metadata evidence. Where it say’s “FirstPartyHideableApp” meaning the function is present in iOS, but since it says “false” it is currently turned off but it has the ability to be “enabled.”

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iTunes metadata showing the new option to hide unwanted apps. Image credit: AppAdvice

But why just the ability to hide the apps? Why not delete them? Tim Cook actually addressed this issue when he was speaking to Buzzfeed, “There are some apps that are linked to something else on the iPhone. If they were to be removed they might cause issues elsewhere on the phone.”

We are most likely looking at iOS 10, but it is definitely something to look forward to! I honestly can’t wait for this feature to be presented and released, it will just give me more control over personalization.

If you have any questions, comment below, or email me at simpletechlifeblog@gmail.com

Nest: Smart Thermostats & Brutal Employers

Nest was supposed to be a breakthrough company that Google had acquired but it has just slowly been going down hill, but now an Anonymous Nest Engineer posted the life of working for the company behind the scenes on Reddit, and let me tell you.. it is quite brutal and quite satirical.

Here is the post below:

“As a Nest engineer, I won’t say any numbers that aren’t public, but this company is already on deathwatch. Once that happens, most people will quickly have shiny paperweights because it’s a constant firefight keeping these systems up. We have $340M in revenue, not profit, against a ~$500M budget. No new products since the purchase, and sales/growth numbers are dire. Our budget deal expires soon, and all the good engineers on my teams have discreetly indicated they are going to flee once their golden handcuffs unlock (many have already left despite sacrificing a lot of money to do so).
Tony and his goons demand crazy timelines so much that “crunch time” has basically lost meaning. Just when your labor bears fruit, they swoop in, 180 the specs you just delivered on, then have the gall to call your team “incompetent” for not reading their mind and delivering on these brand-new specs. I waste most of my time in pointless meetings, or defending my teams so they don’t flip their desks and walk out.
People fall asleep in corners and cry in the bathrooms, health and marriages are suffering. Already the churn is insane, close to half the company if not more. Skilled engineers can tell the environment is toxic, so we’re filling vacancies with mostly sub-par talent.
Tony, you can’t hide anything from engineers. We know how many units are actually being sold, how many subscriptions lapse, how many fail or get returned. We know about that time-bomb flaw you ignored so people will have to upgrade. We can see the data in those executive dashboards you think we don’t know about. But go ahead, keep trashing us in public. We dare you to tell everyone just how much of that $340M was due to a simple Dropcam rebrand, and not the thermostats and smoke alarms. Good luck shipping that critical new project after restarting it for the umpteenth time. Ah, that feels better. Now off to the other 4 meetings I have today.”

I think this is one of the most brutal and hilarious things I have read. Good for this guy for speaking the truth and sharing it with the world. So note to self: Don’t get a Nest thermostat anytime soon, wouldn’t want a product for a company that will submerge.

If you have any questions feel free to comment below or email me at simpletechlifeblog@gmail.com

iPad Pro 9.7: Week 1 Update

So far i’ve had my iPad Pro for about a week and all of my lovely accessories have come in and I’ve had plenty of time to use them. Last week you saw the few perks of the iPad Pro, including the Apple Pencil, the Silicone Case, and just some on display features. This week I want to talk about the Smart Keyboard, the Speakers, and the overall Speed of this device.

Smart Keyboard

So from the first glance it looked fantastic. I think you’d agree with me that it just looks to have a very pristine condition. The only think you need to note is that it doesn’t feel like a laptop keyboard, instead it feels like a material you’re typing on, but it didn’t take too long to get used to. I love typing on it, especially with how quickly it pairs with the iPad. It takes less than a second, and you are all set!
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Next think I want to talk about is the different positions this Keyboard Case can go. It fits really well in this vertical position if you just want to watch a video or maybe a TV Show on Netflix.

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Here below you can see how the iPad looks when it is connected to the keyboard. It isn’t too far up right and not too far back. The best condition to type something up.

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I also wanted to show all of you what the inside of it looked like. I though this was super creative. The inside is super soft, almost like a microfiber type of feel, and the keyboard folds into it, and this material you see to the left covers your iPad giving it maximum protection.

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Down below you can see how it looks when the cover is place on top of the screen.

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Overall the Keyboard is absolutely fantastic. I think Apple did a wonderful job with the design and feel and I would definitely buy it again if I had to.

Speakers

The speakers on this device are all you need anymore. Honestly with 4 speakers on this device, other portable speakers aren’t even necessary. If you have a small group of people this would be all you’d need. Check out the video below, and tell me it doesn’t sound great!


Speed

The last thing I wanted to talk about briefly is the overall speed of the device. I’ve heard people having issues with the fact that the iPad Pro 9.7 only has 2GB of RAM unlike the bigger Pro has 4 GB. I honestly can’t tell a difference. This device to my is very fast, from the highly responsive Touch ID all the way to flipping through apps when multitasking. I think it is more than enough for me and it is very quick.

 

I hope you enjoyed my update on the new iPad Pro 9.7! Next post about this device will get more into some of my favorite apps, other features I seem to enjoy and anything I think Apple should fix in the future.

If you have any questions feel free to comment below or email me at simpletechlifeblog@gmail.com

You don’t need to upgrade your iPad Air 2!

This is a post for all of you who have an iPad Air 2 but don’t know if you should spend the money to get an iPad Pro 9.7. Well I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to!

The iPad Pro does have the exquisite features such as the Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard, and if those are the only reason you want to get an iPad Pro, then I want to show you another route you can do, and a much less expensive one at that.

First things first, you don’t need to purchase an iPad Pro if you want to be able to use the Apple Pencil. The other option is buying a FiftyThree Pencil for only $49.99, and comes in the colors of Gold, Graphite, and Walnut. You also don’t need to upgrade for the Smart Keyboard, instead you could buy the BrydgeAir Keyboard for $149.99 available in colors of Silver, Space Gray, and Gold to match your iPad perfectly. But let’s dive into these products individually!

FiftyThree Pencil

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The applications the Pencil works with include:

  • Paper (FiftyThree)
  • OneNote (Microsoft)
  • Adobe Illustrator Draw
  • Adobe Photoshop Sketch
  • GoodNotes
  • Noteshelf
  • Sketchbook and many more

There are also many features with the FiftyThree Pencil that you may enjoy. The first is Surface Pressure. Depending on how hard you press down, you will be able to control the thickness of your lines without having to change any sort of setting, all managed by your finger tips. Screen Shot 2016-04-03 at 4.10.24 PM

 

You can also Erase with this pencil! This is a feature that is slightly better than the Apple Pencil, because in order to erase with this device, all you have to do is flip it over and use the other end to erase, without having to change any sort of settings. Screen Shot 2016-04-03 at 4.10.27 PM

 

Also you may even enjoy the fact that certain applications use Palm Rejection. Yes that’s right, you don’t need to have the iPad Pro in order to have Palm Rejection incorporated, it comes a part of some apps. Screen Shot 2016-04-03 at 4.10.33 PM

Here are also some technical specifications if you are interested in them:

  • Pencil’s battery charges off any USB port in under 90 minutes and delivers power for up to a month of normal use on a single charge.
  • Bluetooth connection: no settings menus, no confusing pairing rituals. Just press Pencil’s tip to the screen and it will automatically connect.

I think that this is a great alternative to the Apple Pencil, especially with the price being at $49.99. Next up, let’s talk about the best keyboard to get for your device.

 

BrydgeAir Keyboard

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The BrydgeAir Keyboard is possibly one of the best attachable keyboards you can get for your iPad. The first thing that I think is quite awesome is the design. Not only does the color match up quite well with whatever iPad you may have, but it is also designed to feel like any keyboard. It is very versatile as you can see below, and can go to as much as a 180 degree view.

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It also has backlit keys. Not many keyboards have this feature, something that would come in very useful if you were working in a darker location like in your room at night, a cafe, or even on an airplane.

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To top it off this keyboard also includes its own set of speakers. So now you wouldn’t have to listen to your built in iPad speakers when they come a part of the keyboard. I think they also make up for the fact that the keyboard isn’t connected like the Smart Keyboard by giving it extraordinary battery life. A single charge can hold up 3 Months of Use, and to charge it, all you have to do is plug in a Micro USB Cable.

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The FiftyThree Pencil and the BrydgeAir Keyboard are great alternatives for your iPad Air 2 if you are contemplating upgrading your device strictly for he means of the accessories. You would save plenty of money too. A new iPad Pro ranges from $599- $1229 depending on the size, and Wifi or Cellular capability. The Apple Pencil is $99 and the Smart Keyboard is roughly $150 on top of that. That’s a lot of money to invest just if you’re looking for a few simple accessories to be able to use. So instead of buying all that you could just get the  FiftyThree Pencil for $49 and the BrydgeAir Keyboard for $149 and you would be all set!

I hope this helped in your decision regarding upgrading your device if you were only looking to get the use of the Pencil and Keyboard! If you have any comments or questions feel free to comment below or email at simpletechlifeblog@gmail.com 

Please note that credit for these products and images are due to the websites of FiftyThree and BrydgeAir.

Can you believe MIT got a $75M grant for this?

I was surfing through the web as I’m sure most of you do randomly through out your day, and I came across this article, and I’ve got to say, I was quite astonished.

I’m very familiar with the tech world and all that it has to offer, but I have never heard of this before. The US Government just granted MIT $75M for research into high-tech fabrics. Yes you read that right, high-tech fabrics. You’re probably sitting there right now thinking to yourself “What in the world does that even mean?” Well let me tell you about it.

MIT just won this grant to turn clothing and fabrics into wearable electronic devices. They are trying to completely revolutionize the fashion industry by mashing it together with technology. They believe the possibilities are endless. That clothing fibers could be designed to change color, monitor your health, and even store energy.

Can you even imagine that? The clothing you’re wearing be in sync with your phone, where you can check your body temperature, weight, body mass index, and overall health. Or you can even change the color! From black pants to blue or brown pants. That would be quite revolutionary, and I might add very expensive. I think turning something that is ordinary and you wear everyday to making it even more useful is a great idea, but what type of market is this going to hit.

This probably doesn’t sound like a technology that could be purchased by an everyday person, just like Google Glass. Who is going to put out $1000 for high-tech clothing or wearable devices like that. Probably not your average middle class citizen. I think it’s a great idea, and fantastic that MIT was awarded this grant, but I think they need to look at future projections of this in the industry, unless for some reason it’s made affordable. I think you’ll agree with me that it would be very unlikely for that to happen.

What are your thoughts about this whole new category of technology? Do you think this would make a big impact on society or will it only pertain to a certain group of people? Let me know with your comments below or email me at simpletechlifeblog@gmail.com

How long have you had your laptop for?

I was thinking about all my electronic devices, some may say I have too many, but all of you know one can never truly get enough. From all this contemplating I realized something. I came to a sudden momental thought that I’ve replaced all of my devices within a year or so. I guarantee you could count a number of devices you’ve replaced within the last year or so as well. I mean I’ve replaced phones, tablets, game systems, all those wonderful products, except for one.

My MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2011).

I have had my MacBook for what 5 years or so? The best part is she still runs impeccably. I mean yes I upgraded my RAM to 16GB which gave her a bit more juice, but that’s all I’ve done, otherwise she’s been an outstanding machine.

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For some reason I also haven’t had any reason to want to upgrade this machine. You know how new laptops come out, with the Retina Display, or with HDMI ports, or even just the simple USB 3.0 ports and then your machine starts to feel old and you think to yourself “I think it’s time for a new one.” I honestly haven’t had that with this laptop. It might be because I haven’t had any issues with it, or it might be just that I didn’t need those technological upgrades, primarily because I went around them.

For example, I don’t need an HDMI port, I just use an Apple TV to Airplay whatever I’d like, gets rid of cords completely. Or instead of using a USB 3.o port I use the Kanex Thunderbolt to USB 3.0 Adaptor. When my laptop was feeling a little slow, I went from 4GB RAM to 16GB. I just managed to find ways to go around these little aspects to increase the lifespan of my laptop. I bet you’d agree it’s not fun getting a new laptop every year, especially where they can range price wise anywhere form $700 to $1500. Trust me, I went through a number of Windows computer before I switched over to Apple. I think I went through 3 Asus Laptops in 3 years, until I got a MacBook Pro, and I still have it!

So what do you think? Do you think that making the lifespan of your laptop is important or do you enjoy getting a new one every few years?

Let me know of any comments or questions you may have! Feel free to comment below or send me an email at simpletechlifeblog@gmail.com

Do you wanna know how to get more iPhone storage? 

I don’t know if you’ve heard about this but I thought it was super cool and who better to share it with than all of you!

You all knew that time period when you only got a small storage phone because you thought it would be plenty, until all the photos and music started to rack up and you couldn’t even update your phone without deleting a number of items.

Redditor eavesdroppingyou discovered that with a 16GB iPhone, if you try and rent a movie with a large file size, your phone will automatically erase some erroneous and unnecessary files you don’t need. Repeat the process a few times, and you could free yourself anywhere from 1 GB to 2 GB of storage space. For those of you with a 16GB phone this could be huge. So check these photos out.

Here is the phone with only 483MB left of space.  
Then renting a large enough movie is all it takes.

And look at that, you now have a phone with 1.2 GB of space. That’s quite the jump from 483 MB.

For all of you who have minimal space on your iPhones should try it out and let me know what you think!

Thank you for reading, if you have any questions feel free to comment below or email me at simpletechlifeblog@gmail.com

The Future of Cloud Storage

So this is a topic I was recently just kind of thinking about and I wanted to share my thoughts with you, and its regarding cloud storage.

Whether you know it or not you are probably using cloud storage with some device or some account. It is very popular with Apple with the Cloud Drive, and being able to sync documents across a number of devices, as well as Google Drive, Dropbox etc… But I think the future will look more like this.

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I think the future will be very dependable on cloud storage, to the point that at least every device will be wireless connected to sync and back up all information, and it could be a possibility that external hard drives will eventually in terms become “extinct.” But then again this is entirely my view on this, and it may not be yours!

What are some of your thoughts on this? What do you think the future will be like in terms of storage? Do you think it will be safe to have all information backed up and stored on a cloud? or do you prefer not having vital personal information up stored somewhere?

Share some of your thoughts below in the comment section, or email me at simpletechlifeblog@gmail.com