November 21, 2017

Article: Back to the iPad (Again)

Well, that didn’t last long. Since I wrote about using an iPhone as my primary device back in September, I have found the iPhone 8 Plus to feel “normal” in comparison to the iPhone 8 or SE, and really like the additional features. However, I have also found out how I much I missed having an iPad for around my apartment, writing, and just in instances where the iPhone screen is a bit too small…

November 19, 2017

Link: The Increasingly Rare iPad Deal Killers ☍

David Sparks:

Jason Snell wrote an excellent piece today about how he uses his iPad for a lot of his work. The post references a recent quote from Microsoft’s Satya Nadella that implies the iPad is not a real computer and a recent iPad ad that makes its point nicely.

I’ve spent a lot of time writing and podcasting about the iPad as a potential laptop replacement. In the early days, I went iPad only while writing the book, iPad at Work. Back then it was rough. The hardware, operating system, and software were all in need of improvement. Things did, however, get better. iPad hardware these days benchmarks alongside currently shipping Macs very respectively.

This is a pretty fascinating analysis, especially when you consider that the little things where an iPad does fall flat are often nitpick niche cases. In my experience, PC users are quick to point out Microsoft Office, but for the day-to-day stuff I do, Word and Excel on the iPad are sufficient (Pages and Numbers probably would, if I wasn’t going to mess with importing and exporting files I’d share). Other than that, there’s a few Flash-based sites and some other fussy legacy things that I would love to see go away anyway.

Link: What’s a Computer? ☍

Apple’s new ad for the iPad Pro is pretty good, but I think those hoping for a new Mac Pro or non-crappy MacBook Pro keyboards are probably cringing a bit.

Update: As the URL slug was already used, I did some digging and forgot that Apple used this tagline a little over a year ago.

November 16, 2017

Review: Ikea Nordmärke Qi Charger

Ikea NordmärkeWith the introduction of the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X, Apple has added a feature that owners of many Android devices have enjoyed for awhile—wireless charging, or more correctly, inductive charging. While the connection between the phone and charger is wireless, there’s still the need to plug the whole thing into the wall, and the phone needs to be in close contact with the surface. As Apple opted to use the Qi standard, iPhones can take advantage of the variety of products already on the market. Ikea recently lowered prices and heavily marketed their existing Qi-based products towards iPhone users…

November 2, 2017

News: Apple Reports Q4 Results

Apple announced financial results for its fiscal 2017 fourth quarter ending September 30, 2017. In the conference call, Apple posted a quarterly revenue of $52.6 billion and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $2.07…