After three years of using an iPad Air (the original one) I finally upgraded to the new iPad pro 10,5 along with the Apple Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil. I hoped that this would finally be the device that would become my exclusive device. The advantages of the portability and flexibility of the iPad but the power and multitasking of a modern computer. While iOS 11 isn’t out yet (apart from the public beta) I’ve found the new iPad pro 10,5 to be a great device. check out the review. [P.s. I know I’m late to the game but I wanted to give it a proper test first]
Pro-motion and wider colour gambit
The new iPads feature the “pro-motion” screen along with the P3 colour gambit that was in the last iPad pros. This leads to a much smother experience but also helps with the battery life as it will use the refresh rate it needs, when it needs it (watch a film at 24 frames a second, it’s at 24 frames a second, scroll a screen or use the Apple pencil, 120 frames a second. Just have some text on screen, 30 frames a second.)
TouchID second generation and speed bump
The second generation of touchID sensor along with the faster processor and 4gb of ram make the device really snappy and fast as well as powerful for multi-tasking and switching between applications.
The Apple Smart Keyboard
The apple smart keyboard isn’t a perfect keyboard for writing for long periods of time, but it is a great portable keyboard that packs away well. It has a surprisingly good bounce and makes a pretty pleasant sound as well.
The Apple Pencil
The apple pencil is an exceptional stylus with amazing control that is even enjoyable for non-designers. That’s because you can use it to scroll pages on the web or navigate through apps. This can be relaxing and nicer than poking with a finger. It can also be a lot of fun to mess around making some sketches and doodles as well.
If you are a designer then there are some powerful applications you can use as well.
The new iPad Pros (both the 10,5 and 12,9) are a big step forward, and with the new features coming to iOS 11 later this year, they will gain an extra step forward still. This is my main device now (though the iPad Air was basically my main device before I had it). Maybe it can do the same for you, or maybe there are still some tasks which it isn’t best suited too.
What do you think of the new iPads?
In this video review, Faruk behind iPhonedo reviews the new Apple AirPods and takes a look at a challenge I suspect a few people might come up against. Using a couple of sets of headphones with one device. Check out the review to find out how he gets on, what he makes of the AirPods and a tip on where you can get hold of your own AirPods.
With the traditional headphone jack, you could easily pick up a headphone jack splitter to add a second set of headphones. With the move to bluetooth and lightning headphones (and especially AirPods) this is a much greater challenge. Apple doesn’t yet seem to think people might want to use two pairs of AirPods to ANY device. While I can see this being a deliberate choice with the iPhone (as it is a personal device), the decision not to allow two pairs of AirPods to be used at the same time with an Apple TV is very strange. Let’s hope they update this.
What’s good about Airpods?
The highlights of the review include details that others have mentioned before (and I mentioned in my what I’m looking forward to review). Including
- The easy pairing
- the synchronisation between devices (with the same iCloud account)
- the battery life
- an improvement upon the EarPods sound
What’s not so good about AirPods?
Although Faruk doesn’t mention too many bad points with the AirPods, he does pick up on a couple which include.
- they look strange and “not cool”
- the might not fit some ears as well as others.
- they can be hard to find (as they are so small)
I suspect that most people will know from the off if they want AirPods or not but if I’m wrong, perhaps this review will help you to work out whether to buy a set of AirPods or not.
Are you interested in Apple AirPods? Why/Why not?
One of the tasks that shows how iOS and using apps can be a lot more efficient that using a desktop is affiliate links to the app store. The amazing Blink by Jon Voorhees makes it really simple to search for and then create an affiliate link to an app store item. Well now he’s taken that knowledge and applied it to the amazon affiliate programs with associate.
A bit about blink
Although affiliate links were fairly simple to generate (simply adding your affiliate code to the end of a link to the correct page) the real issue was in finding the correct item to link to. Sure you could log into the affiliate area and search from there, or search on the iTunes webpage but it required first going to the correct spot. Blink solves that issue by creating a simple app to open which would search the right app store and generate the code seamlessly and correctly each time.
I used it a fair but but wondered why there wasn’t a good version for the amazon affiliate market place, the other store I frequently used. Well, not there is.
Associates takes the same great approach to linking as blink did however there are some key differences. The first is that unlike the App Store, often items in the Amazon App Store are different in different regions. This means you have to specify which store you want to search (though you can switch).
The search also takes place within the website for the Amazon app store so you have the search functionality of the Amazon website but finding an item brings the affiliate link much quicker than trying to fiddle with the mobile website and highlight the associate item.
Click here to get Associate: Simple Affiliate Linking for Amazon
Click here to get Blink: Better Affiliate Links