6th generation iPad

As well as my Samsung A8 phone, I upgraded my iPad Air to a 6th generation iPad. I wanted the gold but they had sold out so I got the silver. Colour isn’t actually going to make one bit of difference to how the tablet works. The gold is amazingly popular, though.

The prices were very good and iPads are cheaper. This was well worth the outlay. The iPad Air was a bit smaller than a normal iPad. It didn’t really make a difference and made it ultra portable. It did suit my Logitech Bluetooth keyboard better in size. All of that is with a new owner who can make good use of it.

The new iPad connects to my 5G wi-fi and there have been no issues with it dropping out like I had with the iPad Air on the normal wi-fi. The nbn connection can be flaky at times. It also runs very smoothly in terms of gesturing and moving between apps and screens. It is running on iOS 12.1.1.1. The integration really is seamless and so using it is a real pleasure especially since the camera takes better photos which are actually decent. iPads have never been very good with photos.  With the improvement in my phone and now with this iPad I really feel like I have come into 2019 very well set up and loving mobile technology. It is no longer half baked , make do stuff.

I have my bluetooth case and that protects the iPad and has made it more productive and functional. It can work with an Apple pencil which I haven’t as yet purchased and it will be far better for augmented reality which is set to grow significantly.

This iPad is less intrusive and less pushy so I am getting the impression mobile technology has worked out we don’t want to be swamped by push notifications and something which takes over our device.

It’s the size of a normal iPad and I am glad to have that back. Screen real estate is important when graphics are so good these days.

There is a review of it here on laptopmag.

6th generation ipad

Bluetooth keyboard troubleshooting

I am actually typing this post on my J. Burrows iPad bluetooth keyboard. It’s a folder so the iPad clips into the top and the keyboard is at the bottom. What they say is true. It slides out of the two holders. Felt stickers have not helped so I might use some double sided tape. It’s not really an issue for me. Casual mobile technology means you have to forgo the professionally perfect approach and this is a very comfortable keyboard. I have used a Logitech one too and that was quite good but the keys and the key action on this suits me better.

One of the issues I first had setting it up was getting it to type properly. It was typing random letters and then I realised it was using the French AZERTY keyboard but not exactly. What to do? I went into the settings to the General section and found the keyboards. I removed them all except the English one. Monolingualism is curable but not in this technological age apparently. Once I had done that I could connect the keyboard and it has been playing nicely ever since. I might let it settle in, as you do with new devices, and then try loading my other keyboards back. I’d like to think in 2019 , with a new iPad , that I could access keyboards in other languages via Bluetooth. We’ll see. I hadn’t even had the French keyboard selected. That’s what was weird about this. No matter. It’s fine for now.

Remove pop up news notifications

 

Google news pop ups have been driving me crazy on my iPad. I didn’t mind them on the lock screen or the Google home page but they were popping up when I was doing other things and it was interrupting my cognitive flow! On my android phone it wasn’t a problem , probably because it is a Galaxy S5 and so an older model. Sometimes you can’t resolve an issue because your way of saying something is not the same way as the device. Labelling really is getting us confused and then devices are all a bit different because people are running different versions of the operating system. The lack of consistency in language use and operating system use means you have to dig around to get solutions.

Finally, I solved it because my device is calling the pop ups banners. I have changed my settings so the news stays on the Google home page and in my history. The robot video shows you how to do it. There are written instructions with screenshots on osxdaily.

iOS 11 tips and tricks

iOS 11 has been beta tested since June 5th this year. Its official public release will be 19th September . Next week! I could have picked a shorter video but the one I have selected is well made and goes through everything you could possibly want to know about iOS 11. It does have a lot of features and it differs from previous iOS versions because there really is an emphasis on gesturing and features. A lot of people don’t get the best out of their devices because they are unaware of what they can actually do. Take 15 minutes to learn about iOS 11 and you’ll not only know a lot, you’ll get more out of your Apple phone and devices. There are 20 tips on techradar to help you too but the one about annoying Android friends could probably have been left out.

iOS 10.0.02

Normally, I do not update anything until the updates have been around for a while and they have fixed the issues. I decided to live dangerously  recently and update my iPad Air to 10.0.01 .  Using the home button to bring up the passcode screen was a bit of a surprise. Ooh, wow, back to clicking!  So over gestures because you can unintentionally gesture and create unsolicited random happenings which is not very slick. Then again, the gestures can achieve some things quickly and cleverly. The only problem I had with 10.0.01 was sound issues on some videos especially if they were on Facebook. Since technology has been buggy now for a while, no matter what you use, I wasn’t particularly bothered. My life will not collapse because I can’t hear a video. Other than that I thought 10 was really smooth and looked good. I felt like it was an upgrade. 10.0.02 came hot on the heals of 10.0.01 because some people had had some issues with it. It had interfered with  phone  functionality in particular. On my iPad Air  with 10.0.02 nothing much has changed other than now Flipboard won’t slide properly onto the next screen when I am reading an article. It also takes longer to load the magazines. It will get fixed eventually and all will be well. I have different devices and so if one isn’t working I use another. The real problem occurs when the device is critical to your way of life or work and it is not functioning. I always have a spare phone or computer  but if I had a device which was specifically set up for my life or work then I would find the bugginess of everything more than frustrating. MacWorld UK has a good review of iOS 10.

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