Article: iPad Air 2 Review: Why the iPad Became My Main Computer


Federico Viticci at has an interesting article about how he uses an iPad Air 2 as his main computer for both work and fun.

I’m typing this article on an iPad Air 2 using Editorial in portrait mode. This has become my favorite way to “create and consume content” and it’s a good demonstration of the iPad’s raison d’être for someone who also owns an iPhone and a Mac…

…I can write blog posts, respond to emails, look up recipes, prepare for podcasts, and watch videos while I hold my iPad upright as a book and it feels great. This isn’t just a marvel of engineering – it’s a profound approach to truly personal computing. I have a 10-inch display that’s always connected to the Internet and can come with me anywhere. Isn’t that awesome?

There’s more, however, to the iPad Air 2 than its profile and heft (or lack thereof).

Apple’s Quarterly Report


Apple made their quarterly report on Tuesday and it was good, to say the least. Tim Cook announced that the Apple Watch will ship in April 2015, 74.5 million iPhones were sold, Apple Pay is still in the early days but makes up about 60% of all contactless payments, along with things. broke it down by numbers:

$179 billion: Apple’s cash-on-hand.

$131.4 billion: The total cost of the Apollo program, adjusted for inflation.

$74.6 billion: Apple’s revenue.

$72.9 billion: The combined revenues of Microsoft, IBM, and Procter & Gamble in the same period.

$60.1 billion: Luxembourg’s GDP in 2013.

$18 billion: Apple’s profit. This is the most profit ever reported by a publicly-traded company.

$6.2 billion: The purchase price of a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier.

1 billion: iOS devices sold by Apple since the introduction of the iPhone.

500 million: Visitors to Apple’s brick-and-mortar and online stores.

474 million: Tourist arrivals to France, the U.S., Spain, China, Italy, Turkey, Germany, the U.K., Russia, and Thailand in 2013.

74.5 million: iPhones sold by Apple in the quarter.

25 million: Apple TVs sold since its release.

21.4 million: iPads sold by Apple in the quarter.

20 million: Copies of the game Skyrim sold since 2011.

5.5 million: Macs sold by Apple in the quarter.

$761,000: Apple’s revenue per employee.

$575,000: Apple’s revenue per minute.

$184,000: Apple’s net profit per employee.

$144,000: Average salary for an Apple software engineer, according to Glassdoor.

$687: The average selling price of the iPhone.

575: The number of iPhones Apple sold every minute of every day.

$45: The average selling price of phones from Microsoft’s handset unit last quarter.

The best and worst things about the iPhone 6


Gordon Kelly, writing for Forbes, put together a list of what he thinks is the best and the worst things about the iPhone 6. It’s certainly not an exhaustive list, but he does cover the main things that are brought up by most people. Do you think he’s right? Did he miss something, good or bad? Let us know what you think.

Article – Troubleshooting 8 known iOS 8 issues

Dec28 has a good article on troubleshooting 8 known issues with iOS 8. The issues they cover are

  • Wi-Fi connectivity issues
  • Battery drain
  • Safari slow page loads
  • Low volume through earpiece during phone calls
  • iMessage errors/can’t connect to server
  • Apps not updating/stuck downloading
  • Slowdowns/sluggish behavior
  • No phone calls in or out

If you are having any of those issues, you can check out their possible solutions.

Newton Gene in OS X – Inkwell


I happened to be reading about the Apple Newton and its handwriting recognition capability named Inkwell. Remembering that it was once a part of OS X, I searched for it. I found the following article that shows a history of OS X features and when they were introduced. Inkwell was introduced with Sherlock in OS X 10.2 Jaguar back in 2002, but the article indicates it was dropped.

Can it really be that long and when was it dropped? Another article indicated that it was still around in 2012. It also said that doesn’t show up unless a pen-based tablet is attached. I dug out my old (10 yrs?) Wacom Intuos GD tablet and attached it to my new Mac Mini running Yosemite. When opening System Preferences, a new extension name “Ink” had appeared. Unfortunately, the tablet didn’t work. I downloaded the latest driver from Wacom but it still didn’t work. The tablet works on my old Power Mac G5 running Tiger 10.4. From the Wacom legacy driver website, it looks like Wacom finally dropped support for this tablet after Snow Leopard 10.6

So if you have a newer tablet than I do, rest assured that the Inkwell handwriting recognition technology from the Newton is still available. Read the following articles for more info.