Author: Thord D. Hedengren

Author, designer, developer, and editor of Switch to iPad, among other things.

The magic of Universal Control 🪄 (#92)

I haven’t talked about Universal Control at all, up until now. There’s a reason for that: I wanted to actually put it to the test first. So, here’s this week’s Switch to iPad newsletter, about Universal Control.

Universal Control was introduced in iPadOS 15.4, and requires a Mac running macOS Monterey 12.3 or later. It’s a feature that lets you control your iPad with the keyboard and pointing device connected to your Mac, but also lets you do some things seamlessly between the two. So, while connected, you can move your pointer from your Mac screen, to your iPad’s screen, and back again. And yes, that means that you can drag a file between the two, which feels like magic the first time you do it.

But is this useful, or just a gimmick. I’ve been using Universal Control for weeks, since iPadOS 15.4 was released, and I’m here to tell you: It depends.

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The iPad packing list for my Easter trip 🐣 (#91)

Easter is upon us, well, almost, and I’m going on a trip. That’s what this week’s issue of Switch to iPad is all about.

How are you? Me, I’m packing for a trip down south (it’s not as dramatic, nor as warm, as it sounds) to attend my little sister’s wedding, and get some much-needed vacation. It’ll be good to see my parents and siblings, it’s been a while, as you’d imagine.

Oh, and it’s Easter, too. That’ll make it a joy to travel through half the country by train, I’m sure… I do hope to get some reading, writing, and researching done on the train, though, so that’s good. Sometimes, being confined to a certain space, and limited as to what you can do, is great for productivity.

I’m traveling light. That means I’ll bring my 11” iPad Pro, and not that many other things.

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Silent Dot – a review

I’ve been looking for a casual game for my short breaks these past couple of weeks. Something to take my mind off things – work, as it were – but not in such a way that I got too stuck, wasting away hours, like I can do with, say, Slay the Spire.

I picked up Silent Dot, a premium release with a very wallet-friendly price because the look and feel of the game felt like it could be a contender. After having played it on and off for a while, I’m uncertain if this is what I was after.

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Getting exact minutes in the Calendar app

I wrote a whole issue of Switch to iPad about using the default Calendar app. Normally, Apple enthusiasts favor Fantastical, an app I’ve used for years, but as you probably know by now, I like to return to the default apps at times.

Fast-forward through weeks of Calendar usage, and I had things to say (again, in Switch to iPad #89). One of the things was complaining about the lack of exact minutes.

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Is Safari’s Reading List good enough as a read later service? (#90)

Here I am again, talking about default apps and features. This time, it’s Safari’s Reading List feature, and comparing it to the likes of Pocket and Instapaper.

How are you? And more importantly, how and where are you reading these letters? I like to put longer pieces in a read it later service, something I’ve talked about before. I also like to use the default apps as much as possible, since they tend to integrate well with iPadOS.

So, where does that put Safari’s read it later alternative, called Reading List?

I ditched Pocket and its ilk for a couple of weeks, in favor of Reading List, and I have thoughts. Read on, or save for later, to find out if Safari’s Reading List is good enough.

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Call to code: WWDC 2022 announced

This year’s WWDC, Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference, has been announced, subtitled Call to code. Mark June 6-10th in your calendar, with the sixth being the most interesting for most people. That’s when Apple will lift the lid on all the cool stuff they’ve got lined up for iPadOS, and all their other platforms (i.e, iOS, watchOS, tvOS, macOS, and whatever new OS they’ll possibly launch). 

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Last day to subscribe and donate to UNICEF for Ukraine 🇺🇦

This is just a quick reminder that this is the last day of March, which also means it’s the last day where I’ll match subscriptions with an equal donation to Ukraine (up to $1,000). I wrote about this here, if it’s news to you.

So, if you’re on the fence about subscribing to Switch to iPad, or if your renewal is coming up, then this is a chance to do some good, while also getting a subscription.

Last I checked, subscriptions are up about $400, meaning I’ll donate $400 to UNICEF’s work in Ukraine. Thank you! 🙌🏻

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I’ve been using Calendar for weeks, and I have thoughts (#89)

Remember when I said I was going back to default app, but not Calendar? Well, that changed.

How are you? Is your calendar as jam-packed as mine? I certainly hope not, it’s been nuts, and while I hope this week is the last crazy one, I’m starting to doubt it. These days, I put more and more things in my calendar, blocking time. That, in conjuncture with a to-do list app, keeps me organized.

You might remember that I’ve been going back to the default app to a certain extent. I’ve written about Reminders in Switch to iPad #85, the default to-do app, and extending it with Remind Me Faster (review here). I’m a dedicated Notes user, too. But Calendar, I just didn’t see it replacing Fantastical.

Now, Fantastical is a great app, but it comes with a yearly subscription if you want all the features. I don’t mind that, I’ve relied on it for a long time. However, a series of sync issues made me wonder if Fantastical was the culprit, and, in a weak moment, I deleted the app, and reverted to the default Calendar app.

Let’s just say that I’ve got thoughts.

📧 Switch to iPad #89 is a paid issue, so you need a valid subscription. It’s $5/month or $50/year. I’m matching all subscriptions with a donation for Ukraine, until March is over, so do consider subscribing if you haven’t already.

Pre-order Diablo Immortal (but don’t hold your breath)

Blizzard announced Diablo Immortal, an online hack-and-slash game in the Diablo universe designed for mobile, years ago. People were initially disappointed, hoping for Diablo IV rather than a mobile game, but the backlash has mostly died down, andI’m sure fans of the genre in general, and Diablo in particular, are looking forward to this installment.

Well, you’ll be happy to know that you can pre-order Diablo Immortal on the App Store today. The question is, why should you?

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