Apple Pay: Benefits, Security & Setup

Using iPhone to make a purchase.

We’ve been using Apple Pay since the day it launched in 2016, when it initially rolled out in Canada. It has been completely life changing, especially as more and more stores accept Apple Pay as a payment method.

However, in our research, we’ve learned that a lot of Canadians are still googling questions about this form of digital payment, despite the fact that it’s been available for 2.5 years. So, hopefully after you read this post, you’ll feel more confident about integrating Apple Pay into your life! read more

Our Top 11 Most Anticipated Apple Releases of 2019

Apple MacBook pro laptop
Apple’s MacBook Pro.

Hardware

iPhone XI Max/Plus

Last year’s iPhones were a bit of a disappointment. Don’t get us wrong… they were great products, particularly the XS Max, but they brought little excitement and innovation.

Facing strict competition from the likes of Huawei, Samsung, and Google, Apple will really need to step up its game to boost declining iPhone sales. The new top end iPhone model may have a triple lens camera and a smaller notch. Will this be enough?

We will have to wait until September to find out, but hopefully Apple has some iPhone hardware and software advances that truly wow us! read more

4 Reasons Not to Replace Your Laptop with an iPad Pro… Yet.

iPad pro 11"
The new 11″ iPad Pro is considered powerful enough to replace your laptop.

With the new, powerful iPad Pro released this fall, there is lots of debate around whether or not it’s enough to use as a laptop replacement.

From what we can tell, it’s very possible, but not necessarily a seamless transition. This all depends on what you use your laptop for, but our recommendation is to wait while Apple sorts out a few things first.

Keep reading to see our top 4 reasons not to replace your laptop with the iPad Pro… yet!

  • Weak File Management

The weak file management system on the iPad Pro is one of the main reasons it is hard to adjust to an iPad as your laptop replacement. Apparently, you need a completely open mind in order to adjust to file management on the iPad Pro.

On a Macbook, you can easily access all your files through the Finder app in your dock. And, when you plug in a hard drive, a Macbook will bring up the hard drive in the Finder app automatically. That way you can easily view and transfer the files onto your laptop.

Currently on the iPad Pro, you can connect a hard drive (but only wirelessly), but the Files app won’t pop up and let you view your files. You actually have to view your files through the hard drive manufacturer’s third party app. So all of your files can’t actually live in one place. They’re spread across apps.

Another downfall of the iPad’s file management system is the inability to zip and unzip folders. Yes, you can preview the zip folder’s contents, but you can’t do anything with it. So if someone sends you a zipped folder, there’s not much you can do with it.

  • Lack of Pro 3rd Party Software

At the moment, a lot of programs are only available as an incomplete, mobile version on the iPad Pro. For example, you can’t access all the features on Photoshop for the iPad that you can on the desktop version. Photoshop is set to launch a full version of its software in 2019, but it is not available…yet.

This is true for a variety of programs. Apple’s own popular video editing software, Final Cut Pro, is not yet available on the iPad. There are some 3rd party alternatives being developed but none are as feature-rich.

The lack of Pro software that exists for the iPad is a definite reason to wait before replacing your laptop with the iPad Pro.

  • No Split View for Same App

While you can use split view to see two Safari tabs at once, you can’t view most other apps twice in split view yet. This means you can’t open the same application side-by-side in two windows. You can only use the multitasking feature for two different applications.

In our opinion, this is the most unfortunate for emails, messaging, notes read more

Comparison: iPad 2018 vs. iPad Pro 11″

iPads

It seems obvious that the new iPad Pro is a higher quality tablet than the standard iPad 2018, because it’s newer and extremely powerful.

But, it’s not necessarily the right tablet for everyone, as it’s extremely expensive and the average consumer probably wouldn’t take advantage of its improvements and features.

Keep reading to learn the best uses for both iPad models, as well as the features that make them different.  Hopefully you’ll gain clarity on which iPad is the right device for you!

Which Features Do You Value?

-Multi-tasking: Both tablets can have up to three apps open on the screen at once. But, the iPad Pro allows you to multitask or switch between multiple apps more smoothly than the iPad.

-Biometrics: Face ID is available on the iPad Pro, which is really cool, but there is no home button. The iPad still has the home button and scans your fingerprint, if that’s the experience you like!

-Headphone Jack: The iPad still has one, the iPad Pro requires wireless headphones or the use of a dongle… pick your poison.

-Aesthetics: The iPad comes has three colour options – silver, space grey, gold – and is a bit smaller than the iPad Pro. It also still has prominent bezels. The iPad Pro comes in just silver or space grey, and comes in two sizes. Plus, very minimal bezels, just enough to hold the tablet.

How Do You Use Your Tablet?

-For Creative Work:

If you’re a writer, artist, or you do photo/video/audio editing as a job or a hobby, we definitely recommend the iPad Pro. Its fast performance makes activities like drawing or editing video content very smooth.

Plus, the iPad Pro is compatible with the Apple Keyboard and the Apple Pencil 2, which work a lot better than the accessories you can use with the iPad.

-For Photo Uploading and Storage:

We’re not saying you should use either iPad to take your pictures (iPhone cameras are way better, if you’re not using a professional camera)… but we would recommend getting the iPad Pro for storing your photos.

The iPad Pro has significantly more maximum storage space than the iPad (up to 1TB vs 128GB max) if you’re willing to pay more. Plus, the iPad Pro has a usb-c port! This means you can connect your compatible camera to your iPad to upload your photos.

-For Content Consumption:

Consuming content on the iPad Pro is an amazing experience (probably an obvious point). But, if you’re only using your tablet to watch videos, we recommend the iPad.

The iPad Pro is expensive, so if you aren’t planning on taking advantage of its “professional” uses, it’s probably not worth the money. Plus, the iPad has a crisp display, it’s fast, and the speakers work well. So you’re still getting that high-quality “Apple” experience with the iPad when you consume content.

-For Notetaking:

If you’re a student or a professional on a budget, then we recommend the iPad. For what you need, the iPad and compatible keyboards can make note taking easy and smooth. Plus, the iPad is small, light and durable, so you can throw it in any bag and not worry about it.

Of course you’ll have a high quality experience with the iPad Pro, but if you’re just using it for class or meeting notes… don’t waste your money!

-For Gaming:

If you’re using your tablet primarily to play games, then we definitely recommend the iPad Pro. There is

a significant difference in the quality of the graphics and the speed of the read more

Top 5 Accessories for Apple Devices

Anker PowerCore+ Portable Charger
The Anker PowerCore+ 20100 is our favourite portable battery

Whether you’re looking for an accessory to accompany your new Apple product, or a gift for a friend… look no further! Here is our list of top five accessories (and brands) for Apple devices:

1. Anker: Portable Charger

We’ve been using the Anker PowerCore+ 20100 portable charger for about a year now, and we love it. If you’re looking for something tiny and light that fits in a small bag, this is probably not the product for you. But, if you want a powerful, durable portable battery – definitely go with Anker’s PowerCore+ 20100!

On this battery, you can charge up to three devices at once – both USB and USB-C compatible! Depending on how many devices we charged at a time, it’s lasted up to five days without needing to charge the battery.

We’ve taken this charger camping, on group road trips, and on small planes without plugs, and it’s saved our life every time. This portable battery is also great if your bedroom or office doesn’t have many plugs, or if they’re in inconvenient places. You can still charge your iPhone or iPad close to you overnight or while you work with it!

We love Anker’s Powercore+ 20100 portable charger, and we think you will too!

2. Mophie: Wireless Charging Base

Since Apple released the iPhone X in 2017, newer iPhone models have wireless charging capabilities. While wireless charging is still slower than plugging your iPhone to a fast-charging cord, wireless is a lot more convenient!

Our favourite wireless charger for the iPhone is Mophie’s Apple-optimized wireless charging base. The design is sleek and compact, it’s functional, and it’s made with a non-slip finish so you don’t have to worry about your iPhone slipping off. When we bought it last year, it was over-priced, but now you can find the charging base at a more reasonable price.

While we await the AirPower mat, Mophie’s wireless charging base is absolutely a great option!

3. Speck: iPhone Cases

Speck is one of our go-tos for iPhone cases. We normally order them off of Amazon.

Speck’s cases are very protective… they feel almost as indestructible as an Otterbox case. The cases we’ve used fit very securely on the iPhone, and cover the edges so your screen is safer if you drop it facedown.

Plus, Speck iPhone cases come in many sizes and designs. You can get a case that really matches your style and personality!

4. Apple: Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock

The Apple Watch Magnetic Charger is one of the neatest little gadgets we’ve used. Yes, it is made by Apple, and therefore a little on the pricy side. But, it’s handy both as a charger and as an alarm clock!

At night, place your Apple Watch on the charger and it will automatically act as an alarm clock. When you tap the nightstand, the

watch will show you the time, in a special “nightstand mode” read more