Category: News

The latest news with an iPad focus.

Affinity apps get speed increase

I’m a big fan of Serif’s suite of Affinity apps, and use at least Affinity Designer on a weekly basis. The other two apps — Affinity Photo and Affinity Publisher (not on iPadOS just yet) — are equally good, so if you’re looking to make the jump from Adobe with one-time purchases (per platform, Affinity apps are on iPadOS, macOS, and Windows, except Publisher as mentioned), this is what you should be looking at.

That’s why it’s so nice to see updates like the just released one, bringing all Affinity apps to version 1.10. It’s all about speed, something we all love.

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Ulysses 23 focus on blogging

Ulysses 23 (release post), available on the App Store now, is a release of the popular markdown writing app with blogging focus. There’s been a publishing feature in Ulysses for quite some time, supporting WordPress (both self-hosted and WordPress.com), as well as Ghost, Medium, and Micro.blog. New in this release is that you can update your Ghost posts, not just publish them, a feature that’s been available for WordPress for some time, and is coming soon to Micro.blog as well. Another new feature is the addition of a publishing widget in your sidebar, as well as a small paper plane icon under sheets that’s been published already. A nice touch, I’d say. There’s also improvements to the writing session history, which wasn’t working particularly well before.

Ulysses 23 is available as a free update now, but you’ll need a subscription to use the app (after the trial, if you’re a new customer). The subscription is $6/month or $50/year.

Apple revamps the online store

It was about time, wasn’t it? Apple has finally rolled out an updated Apple Store on its website, featuring the pretty familiar card-style from its App Stores. The actual checkout is pretty similar though, and it’s an incremental update to the product pages, but it’s still nice to see an update. For us iPad users, it might not be the biggest of news, since there’s an Apple Store app that gets the job done, but still.

Do check it out, perhaps while browsing for the new Magic accessories?

You can get the new Magic Keyboard with Touch ID without buying an iMac

Apple has updated its Magic accessories (is that what we’re calling them now) across the board, which means that you can get that Magic Keyboard with Touch ID now, if you like. The keyboards and trackpads feature the new rounded corners first seen shipping with the new iMacs. All devices come with a braided USB-C to Lightning cable. Oh, and it’s all default Apple silver, no color-coded iMac-like options available, unfortunately.

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Welcome to Switch to iPad

Hello! I’m so very happy to see you here, at the brand new site for Switch to iPad! It’s very likely that you come this way by means of the Substack newsletter that I’ve been sending out for a little over a year now. As I’m typing this, it clocks in at 57 issues, many of them free, and all of them accessible in the Substack archives.

On the off chance that you’re stumbling onto this very new, very much work-in-progress site by other means, know that this is going to be about iPads. Read more about what we’re up to on the about page, or just join us for the ride by means of one of the subscription options.

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