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iPad Setup Guide: Apple Pencil and AirPods

  • December 29, 2017
  • Blog

If you have an iPad or received on for the holidays chances are you also got some accessories for it as well. Two of the biggest accessories for the iPad Pro are the Apple Pencil and the AirPods. Both of which may need some help setting up, and we have you covered for that!

Pairing the Apple Pencil

When you take the pencil out of its packaging you might be wondering how you’re supposed to connect it to your iPad because as you can see, it has no buttons. Though it lacks tangible properties pairing is as easy as plugging it into the tablet itself. To pair your pencil to your iPad all you have to do is simply remove the cap and insert it into the lightning port on the iPad. After you plug in a notification will pop up asking if you want to pair the pencil to the iPad, hit “Pair” and your brand new Apple Pencil is ready to use!

Pairing AirPods

Pairing the AirPods is just as easy as pairing your ApplePencil. To achieve this all you have to do is open the AirPod case near the iPad and wait for the prompt to pop up on the screen. From here all you have to do is press “Connect” and you’re done!

How To Set Up A New iPad

  • December 27, 2017
  • Blog

It’s just after Christmas and you are ready to open and set up that brand new iPad that your great Aunt Katherine gave you. Whether you’re a first timer or a seasoned pro we’ve put together this guide to help to help make your setup process as seamless as possible! We’ll also cover a few other things such as pairing an Apple Pencil or AirPods to your device as well as redeeming an iTunes gift card to make your first purchase.

Initial Setup

Once you power on the tablet you will be greeted with the “Hello” screen. From here it will ask you to select your country or region and your language. The next screen that you will see will be Apple’s newest feature that helps ease the setup process and the would be “Quick Start” it allows you to use another device that is running iOS 11 to “quickly” set up your brand new device by using your Apple ID. You can find out more about the “Quick Start” feature HERE. The next step in manually setting up your iPad would be actually activating it. You should now be on the screen that prompts you to connect to your wi-fi network.

Connecting to Wi-Fi

After connecting to Wi-Fi you will be asked to secure your device either with Touch ID or by creating a simple passcode. If your prefer a password without numbers or a short four digit pin you can hit “Passcode Options” to customize it to your liking.

Restore or Set Up as New

From there you will be asked if you want to restore from either an iCloud or iTunes backup or just set up as a new iPad. If you’re upgrading from an older device we recommend backing that device up and restoring from that if you have information or work that you’re interested in keeping. If not then hit “Set Up as New iPad” and you’re on your way.

Finishing Up

After all of that you should be on the screen that asks for your Apple ID. If you forgot your password or you don’t have an Apple ID don’t fret, there’s a way to retrieve your password or set up a brand new ID by hitting “Don’t have an Apple ID or forgot it?”

Next up is Siri, if you have a device with Siri capability. You will also be asked to set up Apple Pay and iCloud Keychain, if you use or want to use it. We’ve covered that setup in other articles. (I will be writing those today and they will be linked here)

The final steps of the setup process include turning on Location Services, determining whether you want so share your device and app analytics with Apple and developers, and two brief tutorials on accessing the Dock and switching between apps. Once you’ve finished that you’re ready to use your brand new iPad!

If you are looking for new apps and games to get with your new iPad MacStories put together a great list of both over on there site! You can read about their favorite apps of 2017 here, and their favorite games here.

 

iCab Mobile – The Best Browser for iPad

  • December 19, 2017
  • Blog

Browsing the net on any device that has internet capabilities is nothing new, but not every web browser is equal, and same goes for device.
A lot of people have been saying that the future of media consumption is mobile, and it is mostly right except for many use-cases where an iPad simply doesn’t work the same as a Mac or Windows computer.

The iPad is in a gray area when it comes to how it loads websites, some load it as a desktop would while other websites have been optimized to load their mobile versions on the iPad. Now, this isn’t normally a problem but sometimes you need to view the desktop version of a website. Thankfully Safari has some capabilities for this, but even then there’s no guarantee it will work. Enter the fix for this, and many other problems, iCab Mobile.

iCab Mobile is a web browser packed with features and workarounds that can tackle any issues you may have within other web browsers like Safari. From custom settings, modules, reader mode, and the ability to download files locally the power a browser like this has for the iPad is infinite.

Here are Four uses I come to iCab for regularly.

Downloading Videos

Videos on an iPad is nothing new, but when you are on the go with your device and not sure of the signal you will get or the wifi situation, it can be a hassle trying to get your videos to stream. This is where iCab comes in.

With a simple tap and hold on a video you can download it straight to your device and play it within iCab, which also allows you to have it play in Picture in Picture mode as well.

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In my testing this works for nearly every type of HTML 5 player so Wistia, YouTube, and other native players on websites works with this.

Spoofing Device Network

As mentioned before, one thing that is an inconsistent issue is the fact that some websites treat iPads as mobile devices and shows the mobile version of their site, while other websites see it as a netbook/desktop version.

The times where you get the mobile version of the site but need the desktop version to get what you need to do done can be frustrating. Safari has this fixed in some instances where you can press and hold on the refresh page and request the desktop version of the site, but this only works some of the time.

the other times you are either out of luck and have to grab a laptop to get the task done, or you can use iCab and change the network settings to a plethora of options.

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With this option you can change the device your iPad can be recognized as and voila you are set!

This might not be a frequent problem you have but it surely is one that can make you start ripping your hair out and solutions like this built right into the browser is a lifesaver.

A Better Share Sheet

Over the years, iOS has gotten better about allowing apps to share things to them, allowing tunnels and gateways to send information from one app to another with just a few taps, but there can be some issues with it.

The main problem is that sometimes the services you want them to go to aren’t readily accessible and you find yourself playing hide and seek to find the icon you need and checking every nook and cranny until it is found.

With iCab, this is no longer a problem as they have a custom share sheet that you get when tapping on the share icon. It gives you loads of options that may not be available in the standard share sheet. Things like a twin browser, and access to saving passwords are more accessible.

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They also have a modules, allowing the most popular services like Pocket, Instapaper, and some not so known ones, to be just a tap away.

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The inclusion of both of these options within the app make the standard share sheet almost obsolete, but if you do prefer it over these options you can just press and hold on the share icon and the regular share sheet will show without issue.

Keyboard Support

May people who use their iPad as their main computer find they have an external keyboard attached to their iPads to allow for faster typing and keyboard shortcuts. iCab Mobile has no shortage for keyboard shortcuts.

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Honorable Mentions

While these 4 things are what i use iCab for the most this app isn’t close to being done. Here are just a few short things that iCab offers that may fit your needs.

Users

iCab is the only browser I have seen on the iPad that offers separate users, meaning you and another person can have their own username and settings that fit them. This also goes for bookmarks and quick start links per user.

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Reading List

While safari has its own reading list functionality, with the other services and tools this app provides it seems antiquated to revert to the Safari reading list.

Fullscreen Mode

When you want to have a video take the whole screen or just want a more minimal feeling with your browsing experience iCab has that covered as well. With a simple tap you can hide nearly all of the toolbars and still have the functionality of the most common options iCab offers.

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Reading Mode

Much like the Reading list, iCab also has a reading mode, which allows you to get rid of the clutter on a page and only have to worry about the media you want to consume. Safari has this as well, but like the reading list the options you have here are ten-fold more powerful. You can even have iCab read the text to you with Siri integration.

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Conclusion

So if you find yourself frustrated by the limitation the iPad has on the web, or want something to increase you experience browsing online this app is for you!

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Turning Your iPad Into A Second Display

  • November 23, 2017
  • Blog

Dual monitors are all the rave now a days. They make working in the office a breeze and even help increase productivity. Clicking between tabs and dragging windows here and there are a thing of the past. The best part about technology now is that you can have your multiple screens at home and take them on the go provided you have the proper hardware, and software, for the job. My favorite thing to do is have my reference image or whatever YouTube video I’m watching to pass the time, on one screen and have my work on the other screen.  The iPad is great for this.

As long as you have an iPad that runs iOS 7.0 or later, you can have a portable second screen. The app that I find the best for this task is Duet Display. I’d like to start off by saying that the app is a paid application and comes in at $15.99 but I promise, it’s worth it. Plus, the accompanying Mac app is one hundred percent free.

The Duet app supports all iOS device that run 7.0 or later (Older versions of the app are compatible for devices that can only run iOS 7.0). As far as the Mac, Duet supports macOS 10.9 and later. However, the creators of Duet Display recommend that for the best experience with macOS Sierra that you upgrade to macOS 12.12.2. If you’re running any of the older macOS such as Mountain Lion or older you won’t be able to take advantage of what Duet Display has to offer.

This isn’t an application just for Apple products, PC users don’t turn away, there is support for PCs as long as they’re running Windows 7 or later.

The best features include the fact that there is basically no lag which is amazing especially if you’re doing intensive work such as coding or video editing. Also, if you happen to have one of the latest MacBook Pros with touchBar support then Duet also bring that feature over to whatever tablet you’re using. I personally haven’t found any use for that feature but I’m sure someone, somewhere will. You can also change the display and performance levels to create a more optimal and efficient experience.

If you do choose to use your iPad as a second display then there is this amazing device that the people over at Ten One Design created specifically for something like this. The Mountie give you the option of clipping your iPad or iPhone directly to your MacBook and as per their website it also let’s the user “enjoy eye-level FaceTime video chats, monitor your Twitter feed, iMessage with family, or even host a live recording session with friends from afar.” Because I have the larger 12.9′ iPad Pro I haven’t personally used the Mountie but I have seen it in action and it does seem to provide a seamless experience. (If you’re interested in purchasing and for more information on the Mountie, please visit Ten One Design’s website HERE.)

Alternatives to Duet Display

If you don’t particularly prefer to shell out that much cash on Duet Display there are other apps that do the same thing at a significantly cheaper cost. These apps include Air Display 3 ($9.99) and iDisplay ($14.99).

Tablet Habit Newsletter #1 »

  • November 22, 2017
  • Blog

I posted the first weekly newsletter for my email subscribers. I wanted to share this with you on the blog to give you an idea of what you will get each week with this.If you like what you see, click the big subscribe button on the bottom of the newsletter or just click here.

Why I Switched to the Apple Smart Keyboard

  • November 21, 2017
  • Blog

Writing on a keyboard is something many people take advantage of when they use their computer or laptop, but iPad users have the burden of shopping around for a keyboard as an accessory.
The reason this is more of a burden than many think is because no keyboard is perfect. With three different iPads out on sale from Apple today, to call the market divided would be an understatement.

When I first wrote for this blog I posted a story about how I used the Logitech Slim Combo for my 10.5” iPad Pro. I said that the key travel and features like backlighting and media buttons were the reason why I chose it over the Apple Smart Keyboard. I also took some shots at the keys on the Smart Keyboard and the material on it. I was wrong. The Logitech Keyboard has since lost its varnish and the Apple Smart Keyboard is growing on me.

I purchased the Apple Smart Keyboard again earlier this week because I found myself hating having to use the bulky Slim Combo. I also was using my keyboard more on my couch and less on a desk. Using Logitech’s keyboard on my lap was like balancing china plates to get that keyboard to work for me outside of a desk setting.

Finally, the keys never felt right for my hands. This is the most problematic issue for me because if I can’t write properly then my brain will just tell me not to write at all. After leaving my iPad after writing a few hundred words to make food or use the bathroom, I noticed my hands needed to have an adjustment period from using the Slim Combo. This was very concerning because I felt like I was in the midst of an RSI issue. If my hands hurt when using a tool specifically made for writing then I need a new tool.

The Apple Smart Keyboard was my only option because of what I deemed necessary on a keyboard. I wanted something that was attachable to the iPad, portable, and used the smart connectors to power the device. Once I realized the Apple Smart Keyboard was the next plausible option, I took the plunge and tried this keyboard out one last time. I’m glad I did.

Writing on this after spending months with the Slim Combo feels like my hands can breathe and I have never had more relaxed hands when typing for a long time. I was worried about the key travel and if I would be able to write with them, but that has been the easiest part about using this keyboard. The main keys on this device are where you would think they are and the chiclet style keys are a welcome change to the cramped keys Logitech put together.

The thing that I found to be the most difficult to get used to is that fact this stand only had 3 positions: the traditional keyboard setup, the keyboard folded over for watching videos, and the usual setup where the keyboard is resting on the tri-fold to be used for playing games. Going from pretty much any conceivable angle with he adjustable stand Logitech had to only three options, all with different uses felt constraining.

I really miss the adjustable hinge on the back of the Slim Combo, it was great for when I wanted to watch a YouTube video or an episode of television on Netflix. I could set it anywhere I wanted and find an angle that worked for me to view it.

I haven’t watched much on my iPad since buying this but the times I did for the purposed of this review it wasn’t the perfect viewing angle but I adjusted just fine with it. I often found myself just using it in the keyboard position because of how small the footprint this case provides when compared to the Logitech Slim Combo.

All in all this keyboard isn’t perfect, but no keyboard is. It seems to be the best option for my plethora of prerequisites. The Logitech Slim Combo is still a great option for many, just not for me.

If you are in the market for a keyboard and find yourself trying to figure out which of these two is best for you I would buy it from a store that offers at lease a 14 day return policy and try each out before you make your final purchase. I did this, but I didn’t give the Apple Smart Keyboard enough time as I probably should have. If I had, then I probably wouldn’t be in the position I am in now.

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