iPadOS 16.2 brings Stage Manager to the big screen

Apple has released iPadOS 16.2, and with that, Stage Manager support for external monitors. At least if you use an M1 or M2 equipped iPad, older iPads are stuck with screen mirroring, as before.

So, is it any good, Stage Manager on an external monitor?

No, not really. Everything I’ve written about it still stands, it’s buggy and confusing. It does make more sense on larger screens, and definitely on my XDR Display, but it’s also so very limited in the way you can arrange app windows. Not to mention that it crashes from time to time, still. It’s more stable than before, though, so there’s that. More on this at a later date, as well as the new Freeform app, which I’ve been using for some time. I’m looking forward to seeing how well it works for collaborations, now that it’s available for all.

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Issue #118: A few notes on moving to Proton as an iPad user

I’ve been wanting to leave Google behind for some time now, at least when it comes to email. There’s something inherently evil about a corporation built on advertising reading your email, after all. I’ve tried multiple other email services in the past, and self-hosted my email as well, but Google’s been the best one when it comes to managing the obscene amount of spam I used to get. They’ve been a necessary evil if you will. Well, the past year or two, I’ve found a bit too many non-spam emails in the Spam folder, several of which were business opportunities for Divide & Conquer. That’s obviously not good, so it’s been on my to-do list to finally move elsewhere for some time.

I took the plunge last week, for everything but the agency work email, a reason for which I’ll get to. My choice of email provider is Proton, a Swiss security-focused alternative that’s been around for a long time. You can get good deal for both private and business accounts, including VPN and their Calendar and Drive services.

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Issue #117: Can an iPhone replace an iPad?

There’s a really short answer to that particular question: It depends on what you’re doing on your device. (Well, duh.)

The slightly longer one needs a bit of background. Why, after all, would I be thinking about things like this, as a dedicated iPad user? And why should you? Read on, as they say.

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Issue #116: A note from the PowerPoint mines

I meant to write about the upcoming Freeform app in this issue, but I’m afraid the workload has been, well, terrible. While I enjoy doing some print design occasionally, fixing another agency’s crap isn’t my favorite pastime. Add to that some interesting adventures in PowerPoint (!), and you have my past 72 hours. The latter, at least, provides me more information for the iPad office toolkit I’m working on, so that’s intriguing.

As a side-note, while I understand plenty of people swear by PowerPoint, I can’t begin to tell you how horrible it is in comparison to Keynote. This is a user’s nightmare, which is why it landed on my table in the first place. I generally don’t do this sort of thing, but you don’t say no to some clients (for the right reasons, don’t worry), so here we are. Everything I remembered about PowerPoint has, somehow, gotten worse. It’s like a snapshot of the past, with a new interface, and yet, it’s still horrible.

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Sunsetting Switch to iPad 🌅

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I hope this message finds you well. I’m afraid I have bad news: Switch to iPad will cease to get regular updates about a month from now, mid-December. The site will remain online for the foreseeable future, but don’t expect any updates beyond this point. There are some member features that’ll go online after this, though, but no regular updates.

I don’t take this lightly, and this decision wasn’t my first course of action, either. Discussions and variations hasn’t yielded any sustainable way for me to carry on with Switch to iPad. I just don’t have the time anymore, with a book coming out next year and writing the sequel. That’s the gist of it, something had to give, and since I still need to, you know, pay bills and buy food, that means Switch to iPad has to go.

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iPadOS 16.1.1 released

Apple has released iPadOS 16.1.1, which is a security release fixing, well, it’s not entirely clear to me. Either way, you should install this one as soon as possible. You’ll find the update in the Settings app as usual.

No news on iPadOS 16.2 yet. The rumormill says we’ll see a December release, and since we’re just on beta 2, that seems reasonable.

Affinity V2 brings Publisher to iPad

It’s been a long time coming, but finally, we can get Affinity Publisher, the desktop publishing app, on our iPads. The rumor’s been going around for quite some time, and Apple leaked it, as previously reported. Well, Affinity Publisher is finally here, alongside a big V2 update to all Affinity apps. That means that Affinity Photo and Designer also got some serious updates, with a revamped interface across the board.

This is a paid update, but still without any subscriptions. You can get all apps, including desktop (macOS and/or Windows), for a universal price. It’s 40% off currently, so $100 will net you all three V2 apps (soon to be $170). If you prefer to pay-per-app, it’s $11/each for the iPad versions (and $41/each for desktop). Personally, I paid for the full package right away, and will get back to you with a closer look at Affinity Publisher 2 in particular.

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Issue #115: Stage Manager burnout

I’ve spent the day working in Stage Manager on a Mac. It’s a better experience than on iPadOS, with a lot less weirdness in terms of window sizes, and none of the forced snapping that’s so apparent on smaller iPads, like the 11″ iPad Pro or the fifth generation iPad Air. I was curious to see if the problem with Stage Manager was the feature itself, or rather, the concept, or if it was inherited to iPadOS.

I’m here to tell you that I’m now officially suffering from Stage Manager burnout.

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