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

iPad Review: Is This The Tablet For You?

Gold 9.7″ iPad

We recently became the proud owners of an iPad. After a few weeks of use, here is our iPad review so far, including: product details, our pros and cons, and who we think this device is right for.

Product Details

  • Size: 9.7″
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Colour: Gold

Price: $429 CAD

This iPad is one of Apple’s most affordable devices right now.

Opinion Overview:

For the price, the iPad is a really good device, and delivers that smooth Apple experience that we’ve come to expect.

Plus, it covers most of our basic “tablet needs”: decent sound and camera for FaceTime, good for daily uses like online banking or shopping, crisp display for quality video content or Netflix viewing.

There are a lot of positive aspects to the iPad, and we would definitely recommend it if you want a simple yet high-quality device. There are, however, some cons, but not enough to deter us from enjoying the iPad overall.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Fits well within Apple’s ecosystem: So far, the iPad fits seamlessly into Apple’s device ecosystem in all the basic ways – iOS 12.1, App Store access, syncs photos and music from other devices, and more!
  • Aesthetically-pleasing: This is probably obvious, because everything Apple builds is stunning. We can’t get enough of the sleek design and the crystal-clear display.
  • Fast performance: The iPad’s speed does not disappoint. We haven’t experienced any lagging yet.
  • Text Message Forwarding: You can forward text messages from your iPhone to your iPad, a very convenient feature if your iPhone is in the other room or charging.
  • Split View Display: Another useful feature that allows you to watch videos or surf the web, while texting or reading emails at the same time. Love this one!
  • Headphone jack: A positive for people who still use traditional wired headphones.
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