The iPad-Productivity Edition Friday, April 13, 2018

11 Tips For Working On The iPad, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

After several years of being iPad-only for the majority of my work, I often take some of these features for granted. And admittedly, Apple doesn't always do a great job at teaching users about these lesser known details, which have become especially important after the productivity-focused iPad update in iOS 11. I hope this collection can be useful for those who haven't yet explored the fascinating world of iPad productivity.

Our Biggest Gripes With Apple's 2018 iPad, by AppleInsider

Apple's new 2018 iPad is undoubtedly the budget iPad of choice, thanks to it's powerful A10 Fusion processor and Apple Pencil support, which until now, hasn't been available on any iPad other than the Pro line. However, the low-cost build creates some pretty big issues that might make you reconsider.

The Great Battery Sale of 2018

Apple Stores Relying On In-store Contractors To Catch Up On iPhone Battery Service Backlog, by Greg Barbosa, 9to5Mac

More recently, however, Apple Store employees have shared that the company is hiring external contractors to assist the store teams. Rather than only relying on the store’s technical support staff, the battery replacement program is now be handled by the contractors serving as a temporary additional wave of support. These contractors still undergo training from Apple before working on iPhone battery replacements alongside part-time and full-time Apple Store staff, but the move is a unique solution for Apple due to the unprecedented situation around iPhone battery replacements.

Why Apple Makes It So Hard To Get A New iPhone Battery, by Kevin Reilly, Steve Kovach, Business Insider

We went to an Apple store to see what would happen when we tried to have the battery on an iPhone 6 replaced. Apple recommended that we keep the original battery. Following is a transcript of the video.

Asshole Design

Stop Calling These Dark Design Patterns Or Dark UX. These Are Simply Asshole Designs., by Flavio Lamenza, UX Collective

We are User Experience Designers and our core objective is to create delightful and seamless experiences for the user. Let's be clear here, if you do any of the following below I suggest a new term: "A**hole Design".


Eventail 2.2: A Compact And Customizable Calendar Widget, by Federico Viticci, MacStories

Eventail tells me everything I need to know from my calendar at a glance: which days are going to be busy and the time of my first appointment.

The MacSparky iPhone Field Guide Is Available Now, by John Voorhees, MacStories

The book is full of short tutorials and app recommendations to help all users get more out of their iPhones. I especially like that many of the screencasts focus on third-party apps, which is a great way for readers to get a feel for them before deciding to download.


Giving Tweetbot A More Accessible Design, by Steven Aquino

Somewhere along the way, however, I moved away from Tweetbot and gravitated towards Twitter’s official first-party app. I don’t exactly know why I made the change, but I soon came to realize that the official client is actually well done in its own right. Despite its proclivity for inserting ads and promoted tweets into the timeline, among other annoyances, I can appreciate the niceties the official app offers such as the Search tab, Moments, threaded replies, and—best of all—the dedicated GIF button.

And one other thing: Accessibility.


Hands-on With Apple’s New Schoolwork App On iPad, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

At its education-focused event in Chicago last month, Apple showcased a new app called Schoolwork. Essentially, Schoolwork is Apple’s take on a classroom management app, allowing teachers to assign tasks to students and for students view those assignments and submit their work.


These images, provided to us by someone in the Schoolwork beta, show various parts of the application from both the teacher side and student side.

Cops Around The Country Can Now Unlock iPhones, Records Show, by Joseph Cox, Motherboard

Police forces and federal agencies around the country have bought relatively cheap tools to unlock up-to-date iPhones and bypass their encryption, according to a Motherboard investigation based on several caches of internal agency documents, online records, and conversations with law enforcement officials. Many of the documents were obtained by Motherboard using public records requests.

The news highlights the going dark debate, in which law enforcement officials say they cannot access evidence against criminals. But easy access to iPhone hacking tools also hamstrings the FBI’s argument for introducing backdoors into consumer devices so authorities can more readily access their contents.

Peter Grünberg, Winner Of An ‘iPod Nobel,’ Dies At 78, by Dennis Overbye, New York Times

Dr. Grünberg shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2007 with Albert Fert of the Université Paris-Sud in Orsay. They had independently made the same discovery — of an effect known as giant magnetoresistance, in which tiny changes in a magnetic field can result in huge changes in electrical resistance.

The effect is at the heart of modern gadgets that record music, video or other data as dense magnetic patchworks of ones and zeros — that is to say, electronic tablets and smartphones, the GPS devices in our pockets and handbags.

Bottom of the Page

How to beef up the HomePod while waiting for Siri to improve:

1) iTunes DJ - Party every night right in your home
2) Commission U2 for an exclusive album for HomePod customers
3) Fix problems with classical music
4) The Return of Ping - Audio Edition
5) Karaoke mode.


Thanks for reading.