Dan Moren: The iPad isn't a big iPhone or a touch-screen Mac-so what is it? When the iPad came out, it felt like a burgeoning third revolution, but a decade-on much of that potential has been squandered. None of this is to say that the iPad hasn’t been a success, but that it hasn’t been … Continue reading 🔗 What is the iPad?
Scott Gilbertson, Wired Whether you are sick of social media, want to get away from endless notifications, or just want to read all your news all in one spot, an RSS reader can help. RSS stands for “really simple syndication.” It's a protocol that allows an RSS reader to talk to your favorite websites and … Continue reading RSS – Reading
Kev Quirk Back in 2018 I decided I was ditching Android for an iPhone. Since then my Apple devices have continued to grow. Have I become a fanboy? I recently bought my seventh Apple device to add to my ever growing collection of iStuff. Here’s what I currently own: This reminds me of my iCreep … Continue reading iCreep
Update September 5, 2022: In January 2022 Instapaper finally received a needed update with version 8.1. It is currently at version 8.1.2. I have been all in with Instapaper since the update in. In my opinion, it is the best read-it-later app bar none. I recently wrote about my disappointment with Instapaper, my long-time … Continue reading What I’ll use in place of Instapaper
One of the things that keeps me from using Apple’s Reminders for all my todo needs is the ability to forward an email to Reminders like I can in Things. Well, according to Mac Geek Gab Episode 908 listener Dave, there’s a hidden and undiscoverable way to do just that. “It turns out that one … Continue reading How to create a reminder in the Reminders app from macOS Mail
Instapaper has long been my favorite read-it-later app. I still use it, but with trepidation. In recent months it has become unreliable and has fallen into disrepair. Recently while working with a small group of articles on my iPad, the app kept locking up. Moreover, sync wasn’t working between my iPad and iPhone. Getting frustrated, … Continue reading Open letter to the developer(s) of Instapaper
2022 is nearly here. It’s the time of year that I evaluate the apps that I’ve been using and decide which apps I will use for the coming year. I find that writing this out helps me better evaluate the apps that best fit my workflows. My Hardware: 2021 24” M1 iMac with Touch ID … Continue reading My favorite iOS apps for 2022
I stopped using 1Password in July 2019 when it stopped working with Safari 13 in macOS Catalina. At that time, I tried Enpass but eventually settled on Bitwarden which I’ve been happily using since. I went Premium about a year ago. Even though I switched to Bitwarden, I didn’t delete 1Password from my devices, thinking … Continue reading Goodbye 1Password
I'm starting my 7th month of being iPad only. It is working out amazingly well. But with all the new M1 Macs, I'm being severally tempted to trade in my 2015 MacBook Pro for one of the new M1 Macs of undetermined configuration. If I do this, I'll want to switch back to a Mac … Continue reading Resisting the temptation of a new M1 Mac
Change the behavior of the modifier keys on iPad If, like me, you rarely use the caps lock key, you might be interested to learn that you can remap it on a hardware keyboard in iPadOS. I mapped mine to Escape. How to Remap Modifier Keys on iPad When Using a Keyboard Launch the Settings … Continue reading Where the hell is the Escape key on the iPad Magic Keyboard?
If you are a regular reader, then you are aware that I switched my entire workflow to my 11” iPad Air. It does everything I need to do from writing, handling email, texting, messaging, reading, watching videos and more. I still have my 2015 13” MacBook Pro because I use it to run Hazel rules, … Continue reading iPadOS 15 multitasking and keyboard shortcuts
PDFpen has been a part of my paperless workflow since I started it in 2017. Yesterday after reading about Nitro acquiring PDFpen on 9to5Mac I decided that it’s time to move on to a different app. June 28, 2021 - Nitro to acquire PDFpen, expanding productivity to Mac, iPhone, and iPad users Nitro Software Limited … Continue reading What will happen to PDFpen after the Nitro purchase?
Jack Baty writing at Coping Mechanism: Trying to live on the iPad for a while I’m drawn to the idea of being forced to do only thing at a time. iOS does that. I’d probably do more than one thing at once if I could, but “multi-tasking” on iOS remains an unusable mystery, so I’m … Continue reading iPad
“NetNewsWire 6 for iOS is now available on the App Store! This release brings new features — iCloud sync; sync with BazQux, Inoreader, NewsBlur, The Old Reader, and FreshRSS; home screen widgets; special support for Twitter and Reddit feeds; and more.” If you're not using RSS now is a perfect time to give it a … Continue reading RSS reader NetNewsWire 6 is out for iPhone and iPad with iCloud sync
Quick note and tags are coming to Apple Notes in iPadOS 15. Even though these are nice additions, I doubt that Notes will become my everyday note-taking app, and here’s why. Many of the notes that I take throughout the day are notes that I will want to do something with later. A note may … Continue reading The one thing Apple Notes is missing
Jason Snell writing for sixcolors.com: I’ve seen the future of the iPad, and it’s hidden under a key. The future of an entire platform is a lot to pile on a single plastic square, but here we are. Down in the bottom left corner of Apple’s keyboards is a new key labeled with the picture … Continue reading 🔗 Link Post: Think Globally: The iPad’s new universal keyboard shortcuts
Tim Nahumck, writing for nahumck.me: When people start to complain about computing devices, they often turn to their favorite car analogy. But most of them get the wrong vehicle type when it comes to the iPad Pro. It’s not a V8 sports car. It’s not a motorcycle. It’s not a bike. It’s a modular computer … Continue reading 🔗 Link Post: An Apt Analogy
I’m a long-time Reeder user for RSS. Not long after Reeder 5 was introduced I tried out the new iCloud feed sync feature. At the time I wrote that I wasn’t impressed. I wanted to try iCloud feed sync thinking I could cancel my free Feedly account. I'll share a couple of issues that I … Continue reading Reeder 5 iCloud feeds sync revisited
I had only one wish for iPadOS 15, and it was that I wanted the Files app to become a true Finder equivalent and that didn’t happen. What we did get were some big improvements to multitasking that I’m looking forward to. Jason Snell and Myke Hurley in Episode 356 of the Upgrade podcast give … Continue reading I didn’t get my one wish for iPadOS 15
Paul Horowitz writing for OSXDaily.com: Some iPhone and iPad users have reported that battery life is suffering after updating to iOS 14.6 on their device. My normal practice is to wait a few days before installing OS updates. I want to see if the update is presenting any new issues. I was alerted to a … Continue reading 🔗 Link Post: iOS 14.6 Battery Life Draining Issues? 8 Tips to Help