Waiting on the iPad Mini 5

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It’s been a strange week with the iPad Mini release date seemingly moving day by day. It’s extra strange that Apple haven’t announced it officially as far as I can tell. Amazon have now moved their release to 29th March from 28th earlier today. I’m still on the fence about getting one but am keen to check out drawing on one to see if it really can become a field notes book for me.

Location services and weather apps hate my iPad

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This one image sums up my ongoing issues with location services and the iPad. I have no idea what’s going on but I’ve restored multiple times and weather apps always seem to struggle on iOS and my iPad, especially when using the widget.

Here’s another example where Dark Sky sees where I am but gets the weather measure wrong between the app and widget. It should be 8 not 47.

Here’s an example of what most weather widgets show me.

I literally have no idea what’s going on, all my settings look fine.

Anyone else? I’m going to move onto the beta and give it a test before raising a radar with Apple.

A minimal iPad Pro home screen

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Now I’ve posted iOS Only going through my iPhone setup I wanted a quick share of my iPad Pro 10.5″ home screen.

I’ve kept it pretty minimal with my most used apps at the bottom and then a clean desktop. I’ve talked about most of the these apps on the podcast but a few differences. I have the Apple Files app in the dock as my iPad is more of a production device so wanted quick access. My other app that I used a lot on my iPad is Marvel Unlimited. I pay for a monthly subscription and frequently read rather than go on social media.

I’d recommend clearing your home screen down to this and give it a go, you might find it annoying or less distracting…

A cheap iPad Pro case that’s good

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I’ve spent ages testing the Amazon cheap iPad cases over the years and finally found one that I can recommend.

This is the MoKo with integrated Smart Cover and shell back.

I was looking for something to protect my iPad after going through a few over the last few months or so. I wanted something that offered some protection to the back for when I put it in my bag. This one doesn’t add a lot of bulk and removes the need for carrying around my Smart Cover.

The only downside that I’ve encountered is that the Smart Cover is fixed so if you want to use your keyboard cover it’ll have to come off first. I’m going to look at getting one without the cover attached so that I can carry it with the keyboard.

An added advantage of the rear shell is I have somewhere to put my stickers so that I don’t lose them if the iPad needs to go in for servicing at any point.

So, a quick write up but there’s not really much more to say on this case. It’s cheap at £10.99 and offers you protection from everyday carry and knocks.

A week without an iPad

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So if you follow me on Twitter you’ll know I’m somewhat cursed when it comes to reliable hardware. I’m not sure if I’m rough with my devices or what but I do seem to get through them quickly. It’s another reason I always buy Apple Care + and for most of my devices I end up using it at least once.

My 10.5″ iPad Pro is my main ‘computer ‘ but after having it replaced for a bright area on the screen I posted it back in as I had an issue with light bleed on the screen when I pressed the home button.

Well normally you get your device back in three days but with my iPad it seems to have gotten lost along the way and delayed so I’m still waiting and it’ll be a week tomorrow since I shipped it off.

Thankfully the larger screen on my XS has been earning it’s keep this week and aside from using Apple Pencil it’s kept me productive. I created a video using LumaFusion and did all my normal writing and social. I haven’t gotten around to creating a podcast this week but you can guess what the next episode will be about…

I’ll end the post here then and we can talk about this on iOS Only.

My latest iPad Pro problem

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Here’s the second shipping box sent to Apple in 4 weeks for my 10.5″ iPad Pro. I love this device and missing it already, I’ll most probably work from iPhone than use my MacBook until I get it back next week.

Last time I had a replacement because of a bright white area developed on the screen. This time when I press the home button the screen gets some light bleed at the edge.

This is why I always buy Apple Care +.