Tablet vs. Laptop: Pros and Cons of Replacing a Laptop with a Tablet

I remember when I started using Apple’s first iPad in 2010; I realized that this was the future of computing. It was a small, thin, (relatively) light device that allowed me to perform many of the tasks that I performed. No more mouse or trackpad, and no more keyboard; the keyboard was on the display itself, but only when I needed it. I could use it anywhere, in any position, even lying down in bed. But could a tablet replace a laptop?

When you’re on the road, you need to bring one or several computing devices with you. Your smartphone may not be sufficient for the work you need to accomplish, so you probably also bring a laptop on your journeys. But, with the power and flexibility of today’s tablets, do you really need a laptop? Can you do all or most of the work you need with a tablet? In this article, we look at the pros and cons of replacing a laptop with a tablet.

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iOS Lock Screen: Guide to Keep Data off Your iPhone Lock Screen

We use our iOS devices to keep us up to date on important information. With notifications that can display on your iPhone lock screen, you can see who’s emailed you, important messages, and much more. But with the default iOS settings, sometimes private data that you don’t want others to see can display on your lock screen, and anyone who can see your iPhone or iPad can potentially access personal information on your iPhone, even if it’s locked.

This means if your iPhone is lost or stolen, whoever has your iOS device will not need your passcode to look at the information that displays on the iOS lock screen. Even someone who randomly walks by your phone when you’re not there could potentially see sensitive information displayed on it while it’s locked.

Fortunately, Apple’s iOS contains a number of privacy settings to control what data can display on your lock screen, but many people ignore these options. Want to keep your sensitive information private? In this guide, we’ll show you what you can control and how to change these settings to keep private data off your iPhone lock screen.

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Access the New Battery Health Setting in iOS

Battery healthApple added a new Battery Health feature to iOS 11.3, which was released yesterday. This gives you information about how good (or not) your iPhone’s battery is. This is in response to issues around iPhones being throttled if their batteries are old.

To access this setting, go to Settings > Battery > Battery Health. You’ll see the battery’s maximum capacity – the amount of power it can hold when fully charged – and its peak performance capability; this latter will be reduced if the battery is old.

This information shows up on my iPhone 8+, but not on my 10″ iPad Pro, or my iPad mini 4. My guess is that it only displays on those iPhones whose processors can be throttled if their battery is below nominal capacity. (iPhone 6 or later, and iPhone SE.) It would be useful, however, if it displayed on all iOS devices; I think users of old iPads might like to know what the maximum capacity of their batteries is, and potentially replace the battery when it gets low.

Learn All about iOS 11 wIth Take Control of iOS 11

TCoiOS11 1 1 coverApple’s iOS 11 is out today, and you’ll find tons of new and improved features for your iPhone or iPad. But it’s still a big job trying to find out what’s new and what’s changed, and how to do what you want quickly and easily.

Take a spin through the newest features of iOS 11 with Take Control of iOS 11 by TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers. Whether you use an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, you’ll find lots to explore in this book, from major changes to Control Center, to new Instant Markup features, to the Files app, which offers access to files stored in iCloud and on your device. Learn how iOS 11 is a game-changer for the iPad, with new multi-tasking capabilities that take it one step closer to being a peer to the Mac.

Other aspects of iOS that have seen changes in this new version are: the Lock Screen, Control Center, the Home Screen, Files, Siri, Keyboard, HomeKit, the App Store, the Camera, Maps, Messages, Photos, Notes, and Settings. As you dive into the details, Josh also shows you how to customize iOS 11 to fit your needs, helping you decide which settings and apps would be most useful to you.

If you need a refresher on everything that iOS can do, you’ll also find that in this book. Josh provides extensive guidance about the ins and outs of using iOS, including how to:

  • Manage the Lock Screen, Home Screen, and Control Center
  • Search with Spotlight
  • Switch between apps and use Handoff to transfer your work
  • Use Siri effectively
  • Master Keyboard tasks (typing, dictation, emojis, autofill)
  • Use Share Sheets
  • Make use of iCloud services
  • Optimize the App Store
  • Turn on Family Sharing
  • Make the most of special iPad features like drag and drop
  • Take photos and organize them
  • Manage Messages
  • Make calls and use FaceTime and Voicemail
  • Search in Safari
  • Use Maps, Find My iPhone, and Find My Friends
  • Organize your Wallet and use Apple Pay
  • Control your home with HomeKit and Siri
  • Learn about privacy settings
  • Manage data usage and battery life

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Apple’s iPad Sales are Up, But…

Apple’s latest quarterly earnings show an increase in iPad sales. This follows the release of new iPad Pro models, which were widely praised in the tech press. However, it’s not these new iPads that have led to an increase in sales.

As Jason Snell highlights in his article on SixColors, year-over-year sales of the iPad have increased 15%. However, iPad revenue only increased 2%. In addition, the average selling price of the iPad decreased to $435. What this means is that, in spite of two new higher-priced iPad models, what has led to the increase in sales is Apple’s low-end model. In March of this year, Apple replaced the iPad Air 2 with a cheaper version starting at $329. Compare that to the starting price for the 10.5 inch iPad Pro which is twice as expensive at $649.

Yesterday’s numbers were interesting because they show that sales of the new, more expensive iPads are not necessarily stellar, but that Apple made a savvy decision by releasing a less expensive model. It’s likely that people with older iPads finally decided to upgrade at this more affordable price.

Apple does not have a history of competing by price. Their products are generally premium products at premium prices. There have been exceptions over the years, with low-and laptops, and cheaper versions of the iMac, and maintaining an older model in the product line as a teaser, but in general Apple’s prices generally do not compromise. But the company has seen that offering a low-price model of the iPad is extremely effective. It probably doesn’t bite into their high profit margin very much, and it keeps users in the Apple ecosystem. It’s worth noting that this iPad is not an older model, but an update to an older model with a new, faster processor; it’s not like when they still sell the iPhone 6 when the iPhone 7 is the current device.

Apple also saw this when they released the iPhone SE last year. The company was clearly unprepared for the success of this phone, which has proven popular both because of its low price and its diminutive size.

With two such low-priced successes, will Apple continue to offer some of its products at lower prices? It clearly makes sense for the bottom line.

Apple to discontinue iPad mini as device gets squeezed from both ends — BGR

First introduced in 2012, Apple’s iPad mini was a welcome alternative to the much larger, thicker, and heavier 9.7-inch iPad. There was no 5.5-inch iPhone Plus, so the iPad mini made a great choice for light reading and effortless web browsing, email, and gaming. The market doesn’t stand still, however, and we’re now looking at a redesigned iPad Pro to be launched this summer that should offer everything the current 9.7-inch iPad features, but in a smaller footprint with a larger 10.5-inch display.

On the other side, there’s the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus, which is large enough to negate the need for a tablet for many users. The device you take everywhere, that’s always with you, that has the best camera, and that has everything else you need. The device that you already own. Therein lies the problem, and that’s why we have heard from a source close to Apple that the iPad mini is being phased out.

That’s a shame. I love my iPad mini. I use it to read ebooks in bed, because the larger iPad is much too heavy. The iPad mini is the paperback to the iPad Pro’s hardcover. It’s a bit bigger than a Kindle, but the typography is so much better…

It’s also used a lot in education with small children for whom the full-sized iPad is too large. And I’ve seen stores where people use it as a point-of-sale device.

I understand that it’s a niche device, but it would be a shame if they kill it off.

Source: Apple to discontinue iPad mini as device gets squeezed from both ends — BGR

iPad (2017) review: With a stripped-down iPad for $329, you may not need to go pro – Macworld

Amazon sells a Kids Edition of its Fire tablet, which is the exact same tablet they sell for adults, but in a kid-friendly case, with a year’s worth of the FreeTime Unlimited service for kids apps and content. Apple does not do this. But at $329 for 32GB of storage, the new iPad is pretty close. This is a great iPad at its most family-friendly price, and certainly a better buy for kids than the $599 iPad Pro.

I think this iPad is a very good deal. But… There’s one thing missing which, for me, would tip the balance. The 9.7″ iPad Pro has four speakers; two on the top, two on the bottom. If you’re watching videos, that means there are two speakers on each side. I often watch Netflix or Amazon Prime Video on my iPad Pro in bed, and the sound that comes out of that device is astonishingly good. It’s good enough that I don’t use headphones, which I always did with the previous iPad Air models.

So if you do watch videos on an iPad, I’d think twice about going for the cheaper model. If you’re happy to wear headphones, then it’ll be fine, but it’s much more comfortable to not wear headphones and use the four speakers in the iPad Pro.

Source: iPad (2017) review: With a stripped-down iPad for $329, you may not need to go pro | Macworld

How to Free up Storage on an iPhone or iPad

In a recent article, I told you how you can clean up your Mac, removing files you don’t need and freeing up space. While this is important on any computing device, it’s even more essential on an iPhone or iPad, where your storage is limited.

On your Mac, you may have an SSD with, say, 256 GB, or a hard drive with hundreds of gigabytes, or even terabytes of storage. On your mobile device, you have, at most, 256 GB, and most iOS devices have much less storage than that.

So, how do you make more storage on your iPhone or iPad? In this article, I’m going to show you some ways you can free up storage on your iOS device, so you have more room to add apps, music, and more. Let’s get started!

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How to Mass Delete Photos on an iOS Device

I ran into a bit of a problem with my iPod touch. I had had iCloud Photo Library on at one point for testing, and, after turning it off, it seems that the iPod had downloaded my entire 5 GB photo library. On a 32 GB device – which really only holds 26 GB – this was becoming a bit of a problem.

You can delete photos from the Photos app; one at a time. That would take quite a while for the more than 1,200 photos I wanted to get rid of.

iOS is supposed to “optimize” the photo storage, deleting local copies of photos when space is needed. But since iCloud Photo Library was off, it wasn’t doing that.

There are lots of third-part apps that can delete your photos, but I wanted a simpler solution. I found it in Apple’s Image Capture, a utility that is part of macOS. (It’s located in your Applications folder.)

Connect your iOS device to your Mac, then launch Image Capture. You’ll see something like this:

Image capture

You can select a photo, right-click, and choose Delete IMAGENAME. But the Delete option was dimmed for me.

Now, if you look to the right of my iPod touch’s name, you’ll see that it’s got a cloud icon next to it. Image Capture was still seeing this device as having iCloud Photo Library on. In fact, when I went to the Settings, Photo Sharing was still on, even though iCloud Photo Library was turned off. So I toggled that setting off and returned to Image Capture.

So I selected all the photos, then right-clicked and chose Delete 1241 Items. In about a minute, all my photos were deleted.

Delete photos

Now, I could turn iCloud Photo Library back on if I want, and it won’t download all my photos, and they’ll still be accessible. But on this device, I don’t want the photos; I only use it for testing and for music. So I’ll leave it off in case I need my photo library later.

Farewell 16 GB iOS Devices; Almost

When Apple announced the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 last week, they also removed the 16 GB tier of the iPhone. People have been complaining for years about 16 GB iOS devices; with the size of iOS, and a few apps and some music, there’s little room left on the device. At the same time, Apple bumped the storage of iPads; now all iPads start at 32 GB.

However, Apple still sells two iOS devices with 16 GB storage: the iPhone SE (it comes with 16 or 64 GB) and the iPod touch (available with 16, 32, 64, or 128 GB, the latter only available directly from Apple). It’s a shame that they didn’t update the iPhone SE; I think Apple still sees this as a sub-par device, even though millions of people have bought it because it’s the correct size for an iPhone. As for the iPod touch, I would argue that nearly everyone buying that device does so to listen to music, and it should start at 32 GB. But the iPod touch is a dying breed; we may never see another update to that device.

So there has been progress, with the majority of iOS devices now starting at 32 GB. Finally.