Mophie Speedport 67 – a review

I’m one of those guys who, generally, stick to Apple chargers and cables. It’s rare for me to go with a third party, although there are some exceptions, and some I trust. Chargers, in particular, is something that I wouldn’t want to skimp out on, for safety reasons. Mophie is one of the trust-worthy third-party accessory makers. They make sturdy cables and good power-banks, among other things. So, when they announced their new Speedport line of GaN chargers, I wanted to take a closer look.

I’m partial to Apple’s 35W Dual USB-C Port Power Adapter. The dual USB-C support saves room in my small travel pouch, and, since I use USB-C to Lightning for the iPhone when I’m out and about, and have a USB-C capable Apple Watch charger, the plug powers all my stuff, albeit not at the same time. The Dual USB-C Port Power Adapter is small and nice, I have nothing bad to say about it, packing a total of 35W.

Continue reading →

External monitor support is back in iPadOS 16.2 beta

While, unreliable at best, I must admit that I missed the external monitor support for Stage Manager when Apple pulled it from iPadOS 16.1. It was the right call, no doubt, but screen mirroring on an external monitor after having used Stage Manager just won’t cut it.

Well, the iPadOS 16.2 beta brings back external monitor support for Stage Manager, which looks pretty swanky on my Studio Display.

Continue reading →
For members only ↓ Sign up here →

Issue #113: Do you need an iPad mini if you have an iPhone Max?

I’m a big fan of the iPad mini 6, it’s been one of my most anticipated iPads, ever. For consuming long-form texts, be it in-depth articles or ebooks, the iPad mini is ideal. There’s no other iPad that makes reading such a joy. I love it.

And yet, it sits there, unused, and has been for the past couple of weeks. You see, I swapped out my iPhone 13 mini, for the latest iPhone 14 Pro Max. I prefer smaller phones, but all iPhones are what I’d call too big, and if that’s going to be the case, I might as well get a model with a good camera and a better/larger screen. The mini-iPhone is the only iPhone that’s pocketable, but it’s not exactly pleasant to carry like that, it’s still too big for my taste. My reasoning is this: If I’m going to carry a small bag anyway, I might as well get the best iPhone there is.

🛑 This post is for paying subscribers only, sorry. You need an active subscription. Read on for more information, or sign in.

Subscribe now

Subscribing gives you full access to all published member content, old and new. There\’s a 7 day free trial for all accounts.

ℹ️ About Switch to iPad subscriptions and benefits.

Thank you for your support!

This is what’s new in iPadOS 16.1

It’s been a weird iPadOS beta period, bumpy enough for Apple to skip iPadOS 16.0 altogether, and jump straight to 16.1. Well, the wait is over, iPadOS 16.1 is rolling out, and the beta watch is officially ended.

I won’t do a mammoth review of iPadOS 16.1, I’m sure there’ll be plenty of videos and posts on that particular topic. However, let’s take a closer look at some highlights in iPadOS 16.1.

Continue reading →

Solving the Apple Pencil problems for the new iPad

The new, tenth generation, iPad comes in the iPad Pro/Air form-factor, as previously mentioned. That means charging using USB-C and eschewing, which is a good thing for such a device. All in all, the new iPad looks like a promising device. The one thing that stands out, that sort of sullies it, is that it uses the first generation Apple Pencil, which charges using Lightning. That used to mean that it’d stick out awkwardly on the side for a bit, from the iPad’s Lightning port, when you needed to charge it. Now, that port is USB-C, and charging the Apple Pencil got a lot more complicated.

Luckily, there are solutions.

Continue reading →

iPadOS 16 Beta Watch: Allow paste, per app, finally

Here’s something that’s rolled out recently, in iPadOS 16.1 (due Monday), and the upcoming iOS 16.1, that really should’ve been there from the get-go. You know those horrible allow paste from another app warnings that are such a bother with apps like Yoink (review)? Well, no, you can agree (or deny) them once and for all under each app’s settings pane in the Settings app.

Continue reading →
For members only ↓ Sign up here →

Issue #112: New iPad or bust

Apple has, as expected, announced new iPad models, without an event, but with a snazzy video. You have no doubt read and seen most of these models already, but if not, do check out the overview I posted earlier.

In short, we got a brand-new iPad, the tenth generation, powered by the A14 Bionic. It’s got a 10.9” Liquid Retina Display, and has the new form factor. With this, Apple waves goodbye to Lightning iPads, at least in the primary lineup. This, too, was expected, given the EU legislation that basically forces USB-C on mobile devices, including iPads.

🛑 This post is for paying subscribers only, sorry. You need an active subscription. Read on for more information, or sign in.

Subscribe now

Subscribing gives you full access to all published member content, old and new. There\’s a 7 day free trial for all accounts.

ℹ️ About Switch to iPad subscriptions and benefits.

Thank you for your support!

New iPads announced, iPadOS 16.1 due on Monday

As rumored, Apple announced new iPad models on Tuesday. There was no event, just a website update, and new videos, of course. Looking at what got announced, it’s easy to see why: Apart from the new default iPad, it’s an underwhelming incremental upgrade, at best.

These are the models Apple announced, shipping on October 26th, but ready to pre-order now.

Continue reading →

WorldWideWeb – a review

Classic Apple developer Iconfactory did something fun a while back: They built a web server for macOS, and, more importantly, iPadOS. It’s a basic server, no databases or anything, and no cache, which makes it, I think, quite lovely in its simple form. I recently wrote about my in-between side-project, while not packing or unpacking boxes, called Three Olives Day (it’s October 14th, which might be when you’re reading this, by the way). The WorldWideWeb app (and thus, server) slotted nicely into my workflow, which also consisted of Working Copy, Runestone, and more. Do read the member post if you’re into this sort of thing.

Continue reading →