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iWork for iOS Updates


Apple has release updates for iWork for Mac and iOS versions. The updates include trackpad support with iPad OS 13.4, new themes and iCloud Drive folder sharing.

Keynote has new features like:

  • Edit shared presentations while offline and your changes will upload when you’re back online. Requires iPadOS or iOS 13. Learn more
  • Touch and hold, then drag across multiple objects to select them. Learn more
  • Easily access your recently used themes in a redesigned theme chooser.
  • Print or export a PDF of your presentation with comments included. Learn more
  • Add a drop cap to make text stand out with a large, decorative first letter. Learn more
  • Enhance your presentations with a variety of new, editable shapes.

You can learn more about the updates for iOS here:

Pages

Keynote

Numbers

Posted in Accessories, Specs

iPad Pro 2020 Arrives


Thanks to UPS, the Apple iPad Pro 2020 arrives with Smart Folio and Smart Keyboard Folio. The magic keyboard is not available until May.

You can read more about the product from the Apple Press Release.

I will try to post unboxing video later.

 

Posted in App

Nike Training Club Premium Free


 

This morning, after my morning run, in my Nike Run Club app was a message. Nike is trying to help us all stay healthy and active by providing its premium training for free until further notice. Right now, it is only available in the US.

The description of the app is as follows:

Nike Training Club helps you reach your fitness goals. Get fit anytime, anywhere with free workouts across strength, endurance, yoga & mobility.

Every exercise and drill features our world-class Nike Master Trainers. From bodyweight workouts to full-equipment exercises, discover personalized workout recommendations, just for you.

FIND WORKOUTS FOR ALL LEVELS

The Nike Training Club workout library includes:

• Body-part focused workouts targeting your abs, arms, shoulders, glutes, and legs

• Strength, endurance, yoga, and mobility workouts

• Workout times ranging from 15-45 Minutes

• Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Levels

• Low, Moderate and High Intensity

• Bodyweight only, Light and Full Equipment

• Time-based and Rep-based options

You may want to take advantage of this offer. The message is reproduced below. Make sure you download the NTC App, not the Nike Run Club app.

At Nike, our world is sport, but sport is not our whole world.

We’re evolving as the world evolves and we want to help you stay healthy and active with your fellow teammates because now, more than ever, it’s one of the most important things for all of us.

We’re all playing as one team, so starting today and until further notice, we’re giving free access to NTC Premium to all Nike Members.

Update your NTC App to the most recent version to enjoy on-demand class-style workouts, programs, and expert tips.

GET NTC PREMIUM

FAQs
I am currently subscribed to NTC Premium on my Apple device, can I get a refund?
Monthly Subscribers: We recommend you cancel your subscription to enjoy the same NTC Premium content you already love for free.
Annual Subscribers: You’ll need to request a refund directly from Apple.

I am currently subscribed to NTC Premium on my Android device, can I get a refund?
Monthly Subscribers: We recommend you cancel your subscription to enjoy the same NTC Premium content you already love for free.
Annual Subscribers: Please contact us.

When will NTC Premium be available in other countries?
Currently, NTC Premium is only available in the US. We are looking to expand into more countries.

Posted in Commentary

Working from Home – Take Control Of Free Book


Take Control Books, a great resource for e-books to help you learn various apps and how to work with devices, has made a book Working from Home Temporarily available for free.

The book helps explain how to set up a home office and balance work and home life for those not used to it.

All Take Control Books are delivered in 3 ebook formats, PDF, EPUB and Mobipocket (Kindle).

So, whether you are trying to learn more about the Mac Command Line with Terminal, How to Use Apple TV or 1Password, there is probably an ebook for you.

Posted in Specs

Apple Releases New iPad Pros


(Credit Apple Inc.)

Apple has introduced its newest iPad Pros which will be available starting March 25, 2020. The “Magic Keyboard” is coming in May. The sizes are 11″ and 12.9″ with WiFi and Cellular combinations. The newest A12Z Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture and neural engine drives the devices.

The video for the device is below:

There are various new upgrades and features including the 7MP camera and the ability to record 4k video. There is also a LiDar Scanner used to determine distance by measuring how long it takes light to reflect back off of objects up to 5 meters away to allow for some interesting augmented reality capabilities. The tech specs are here.

Posted in Accessories, App

Sidecar (Extended Desktop and More) Details


Apple Sidecar

Earlier this year, Apple announced the Sidecar feature available with the installation of MacOS Catalina and iPadOS 13. Essentially, this allows your compatible Mac and iPad to work together using the iPad as an external touch monitor and more.

The “features” include: Extending or mirroring the desktop via wired or wireless connection, Multi-Touch gestures on the iPad, Touch Bar support even if your Mac does not have it, use of Apple Pencil for Mac apps that support drawing tablets and more.

Apple has published a Sidecar White Paper PDF available for viewing and download. You can also read more about set up and the system and hardware requirements here.

Sidebar Preferences

You can modify Sidecar functionality from the Mac System Preferences > Sidecar. These allow you to choose where to show the sidebar and Touch Bar on your iPad screen, and allows certain supported features when you double-tap on the side of your Apple Pencil (2nd generation).

A requirement that is sometimes overlooked is that both compatible devices to be signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID. Also, if using the feature wirelessly, both devices need to have Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Handoff turned on, be within 10 meters of each other and neither the iPad is sharing its cellular connection nor the Mac is sharing its Internet connection.

Posted in Commentary

13.2 Runaway…HomePod


(Credit Apple Inc.)

Yesterday, Apple released the latest iOS and iPadOS version 13.2. A short time later, it was noticed that if you had a HomePod there could be a problem and NOT to follow the steps related to resetting your HomePod. Users were warned that if you had already reset or removed your HomePod from the Home app to contact Apple Support.

If you remove your HomePod or reset it, you could render the device unusable.

Long story short, don’t reset or remove your HomePod if you have version 13.2 until a fix is released.