Sad State of Affairs

Apparently, some iPad Pros ship with a slight bend and Apple says it’s a normal part of the manufacturing process. There are quite a few articles about this floating around. If this is a normal part of their manufacturing process, then something’s obviously wrong with the process. And it’s the Pro models that you pay significantly more for. Can you imagine Steve letting something like this go? Bob

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BentoStack Charge

BentoStack is back, and this time it’s bringing wireless charging to your workspace. Inspired by the modern Japanese lunchbox, the BentoStack Charge is a delightful storage case designed specifically to hold Apple accessories and keep them energized when you’re out and about. With a Qi-certified wireless charger and 5,000 mAh battery built into the Top Cover, you can keep your iPhone, Apple Watch, and the like powered up without hunting for an outlet. Bring the whole box when you’re traveling around or just take the Top Cover for a quick jolt on the go… More here.

Sometimes it is the design that makes a product.

Quick Transfer Revolution

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to quickly copy any kind of media, document or file from any Mac or PC to iPhone and iPad in exactly 2 clicks? No iTunes syncs, without iCloud, and for free?

Well, today we’re announcing just that. It’s called Quick Transfer and it’s now available with no restrictions in the free version of iMazing… More here.

The promise is great. I do hope it works as good as it sounds.

A few seconds with the new iPad Pros

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I got a few seconds with the new iPad Pros today, two minutes to be precise, and I was vaguely impressed by what I saw. The displays are very impressive and in particular the bigger model shines. It feels like you are using a real desktop computer when looking at web pages etc, but of course the reality of diving back in to iOS soon changes the perception that it can be used for every advanced task.

Most impressive is the speed which is remarkable when first experienced. Everything flies at breakneck speed and feels instant, to the point that it almost feels overpowered. It is a very powerful tool and one that for day to day use will serve you well.

Strangely, I wasn’t particularly impressed by the new design. In the marketing shots the flat sides look sublime, but in the real world they become invisible and I found myself preferring the older style curved iPads next to them.

Finally, the price is obviously a barrier for many and I couldn’t ratify how either model could be worth the cost. Then again I am happy to pay the same or more for an iPhone with almost exactly the same components and specs. Weird how we perceive value sometimes.

PS. The Smart Keyboard is quite good, but no way near the quality of a proper keyboard in my view.