The Blank-Screen Edition Saturday, March 7, 2020

Apple Launches Repair Program For Blank Screen Issue Affecting Third-Generation iPad Air, by Juli Clover, MacRumors

Apple says that affected devices were manufactured between March 2019 and October 2019, and that any iPad experiencing this issue will be repaired by Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider free of charge.

Apple Encourages Silicon Valley Staff To Work From Home On Virus, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

Apple retail stores in the San Francisco Bay Area remain open, but the company is limiting some “Today at Apple” classes in the region and in the Seattle area, which has the largest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. The iPhone maker also is spacing out Genius Bar service appointments throughout the stores so people are not as close to one another.

Bigger May Be Better, But Good Things Come In Small Packages, by Dan Moren, Macworld

Lately, though, Apple seems to have fixated on the former adage. The company churns out larger and larger phones, laptops, and iPads, and while there are clearly plenty of customers who covet those expansive devices, the chunk of the market that might prefer something a little more compact is increasingly left out in the cold.

As someone who sees the value in smaller devices, I feel like there are a number of great opportunities for Apple to consider shrinking down some of its product lines—and not just when it comes to the old “razor thin” approach. So, let’s get small.

Tampa Artist Uses Technology To Bring His Artwork To Life, by Aubrey Jackson, WTSP

The tech-based artist pays homage to the greats before him while infusing devices and software equipped to make beautiful artwork using half the time and supplies. Davis enjoys sketching and drawing through the procreate app that allows artists to create gorgeous illustrations and animations as if they were in an art studio.

"At first I think a lot of people assume that what I do using my iPad is just photo-shop. But it's much more, now with digital art, you're able to create the same work that Jean-Michel Basquiat created," Davis said.

How Parents Can Engage With School Tech, by Kristen Hampshire, Cleveland Magazine

Technology is practically as elemental as breathing for today’s school-aged children, who never met a screen they couldn’t touch or held a phone that wasn’t smart.

Classrooms have evolved, too, with educators integrating technology to varying degrees — from school-issued computers and tablets to robust learning-management systems that house homework assignments, reference material and grades, and are accessible online from anywhere.