March 29, 2016

Review: Already-Reviewed iPhone SE Cases

Thinking about getting an iPhone SE? As it turns out, it is compatible with all iPhone 5/5S cases. Because it’s Recycling Week™ at SchwarzTech, why not look at some prior cases that were covered on the site? The best part is that some of these can be found heavily discounted online and at your favorite discount store. To the archives!

Special: Regarding the iPhone SE and iPad Pro 9.7″ Event

It took me a little while to comment on last week's Apple event because it was unlike almost every other Apple event in recent history. Besides the fact that it was done after about an hour, most of the products were variations on products that we had already seen before. After taking about a week to think things over, I think this may be a very notable event for years to come, although many have not realized it yet…

March 28, 2016

Review: MacID

MacIDAbout ten years ago, a number of PC laptops were starting to include fingerprint readers (the kind where you have to slide your finger across a small strip to read) to log into Windows and perform other tasks. Most of the time, these didn't work very well and I think I only saw a handful of people actually use them. I sort of dismissed fingerprint readers until Touch ID made an appearance with the iPhone 5S and it feels like a must-have capability. Curiously, Apple hasn't included this with any Macs. Originally marketed as a way to unlock a nearby Mac with an iPhone, MacID has grown to include some other capabilities. Is Kane Cheshire's app worth using or is it merely a gimmick?

March 20, 2016

Link: Apple Won’t Let the iPad Be an iPad ☍

Paul Thurrott:

Apple, wake up. No one was asking for a more expensive iPad Air. And while evolving iPad to successfully complete more and more productivity tasks is natural enough, no one was really asking for an iPad laptop either. (People have been asking for a Mac that supports multi-touch and comes in a 2-in-1 form factor, but Apple is curiously deaf to this need.)

This is one of those I-don’t-want-to-link-to-it articles, but it is a fascinating read from someone that doesn’t get the iPad at all. Adding a keyboard is nothing new (the original iPad had an official, optional keyboard dock), and pricing hasn’t been set for the iPad Air 2’s replacement, whenever it may be. Sure, sales have slowed, but that’s also because there are a lot of iPad 2s still chugging along. Still, the solution isn’t to put OS X on an iPad and call it a day. Swap iPad with Macintosh and Mac with Apple II and this whole argument has already been played out almost thirty years ago.

March 19, 2016

Link: iPad Presentations ☍

Serenity Caldwell for iMore:

This might just explain my simultaneous horror and internal monologue last week, when my MacBook Air decided to take a bath in an open container of bottled water. And while it wasn’t a disatrous spill (as liquids-on-computers go), I was out in public, and couldn’t do a thorough cleaning nor drying. When I tried to plug my Air in later that evening, no dice: My laptop was toast, one week before I was scheduled to fly out and present at a conference.

I debated a couple different options, including the embarrassing thought of dragging my poor waterlogged computer to the Genius Bar or grumpily buying a 12-inch MacBook replacement, but decided against both. I simply didn’t have enough time.

After picking up a Dock Connector-to-VGA adapter back in 2011, I remember the amazement of exporting slides as a series of JPEG files and presenting using my iPhone 4. As time went on, I used my third-generation iPad for a few presentations and found Keynote to be really nice. Currently, I’m not doing any hardly at all, but it’s really nice to see that the iPad has continued to grow and be a great presentation tool. I think not having a Mac to fallback on makes the stakes higher, but also gives the iPad a provable track record.