My Review Of the iPad Seventh Generation – They’ve Done It Again

It has been about seven months since Apple introduced the Seventh Generation iPad, and I, content at that time with my Sixth Generation iPad, and then my 11 Inch iPad Pro, saw no real reason to give the new Seventh Gen model anything more than a passing thumbs up as I went about my life and my business. Sure, I had a few customers who purchased it, upon my recommendation nonetheless, but beyond assisting with the purchase and the initial setup process, I didn’t give it much thought. Then in March 2020, the world changed suddenly, and people were using technology in new ways, becoming more reliant on it than ever before. The media quickly took this opportunity to write about the Seventh Gen iPad, with some even calling it the device of the pandemic, or the best device of 2020.

Around that same time, my daughter began expressing to me that she really wanted a new iPad, mostly because her 32GB model simply could not hold all of her apps any longer. It was then that I paid serious attention to this iPad, spec for spec, feature for feature, and dollar for precious dollar. It was in early April of 2018 that I gained a deep affection for what some refer to as Apple’s budget iPad. I personally find the term “budget”, completely inappropriate for this series of iPads – even offensive, and certainly inaccurate. That 2018 iPad was the Sixth Gen model, and I had more of my customers decide to buy that iPad than all other iPad models combined. Even as I sat with my 2018 iPad Pro, with its Liquid Retina Display, four speaker audio, and True Depth Camera with Face ID and Animoji, I always held a special place in my heart for that Sixth Gen iPad, and as a logical successor, the Seventh Gen iPad. Now, after seriously studying the Seventh Generation iPad, and using it actively, I have added to that fondness, a deep curiosity for why any person with the means to do so would not drop everything you are doing, just to order one of these awesome units. Sure, the Seventh Generation iPad does not have the most of anything (power, storage, best display, etc), and yet, it offers the best combination of everything, without sacrificing or compromising in any way.

Why All the Hype?

Ok, so it must be said that if Apple made a toothpaste, or a lunch meat, I would run out and buy it without so much as a second thought. Everything Apple makes is awesome. I do not in any respect dislike any of their other iPad models, including the fantastic iPad Pro units. So why then am I shouting from the rooftops about this Seventh Gen model, arguably the entry model, more than all the others? It’s because with this model, Apple has done what it seems only Apple can do. They have built a machine that is in every respect as high-quality as the most expensive models. It still offers Wi-Fi Plus Cellular configurations, runs the exact same apps as the pro models, and comes with the same, award-winning support options. It even supports the Apple Pencil and Logitech Crayon, and features the Smart Connecter, which means it supports Apple’s Smart Keyboard. So, with a Seventh Generation iPad, you can honestly do exactly the same things you can do on an iPad Pro, for typically half the price. Can you do those things quite as quickly? Is everything just as fast, just as smooth, and just as vivid? Well, that depends. For about 90% or more of users, I dare say that the answer is yes. But even if the answer is, not quite, we’re talking about a few extra seconds here and there – not hours upon hours. This is because Apple has built both the hardware and the software for the iPad, which means they know how to squeeze every ounce of power, graphics processing, battery life, and general performance out of every unit they make. No other tech company in the world can make such a claim.

Sure, if you were to hold an iPad Seventh Generation and an iPad Pro side-by-side and view them together, you’re likely going to notice the difference. You’ll be able to tell exactly why people rave about the fully laminated display of the Pro, with its anti reflective coating and its rounded corners. You’ll hear the benefits of four-speaker audio. And if you managed to pass even so much as kindergarten math, you’ll be able to count the extra seconds, albeit only a few, that it might take your Seventh Gen iPad to perform resource-intensive tasks. However, you’ll also be able to look at the charges on your Apple Card, or on any other payment method, and see the vast difference in what you had to spend to get that iPad Pro and some corresponding accessories, and what you spent on the Seventh Gen iPad with its equally capable accessories.

Then, you might ask yourself whether the tiny gap in the display of the Seventh Gen iPad is really that noticeable, whether two speakers instead of four is really an issue, and whether you actually take enough pictures with your iPad’s camera to warrant those extra features, when you also happen to have an iPhone with an amazing camera, and when the Seventh Gen iPad still has cameras that do an awesome job. Only you can answer those questions for your individual circumstances, and there’s no right or wrong answer, but I think it is safe to say that for most, this Seventh Gen iPad deserves a spot at or near the top of everyone’s must-have list.

Don’t Be Fooled By the Name!

Not gonna lie, I’ve seen a few people who think they need an iPad Pro, simply because they plan to use their iPad for professional purposes. How can I possibly buy an iPad that doesn’t have the word “Pro” in it, if I want to design and create with it? The answer is, you can easily do just that. Do not be mislead by the term Pro. You can do anything, with any iPad in Apple’s current lineup. Need to create and edit movies or audio, edit photos, run your business, and more? These things and more can be done on every iPad that Apple sells. Apple actually added an extra GB of memory to the Seventh Gen iPad, so it has no problem running pro-level apps. This also means that if you’re a gamer, you won’t be left out either. Although the iPad Seventh Gen runs the A10 Fusion Chip, rather than sporting the A12X and A12Z chips sported on recent iPad Pro models, the A10 Fusion is a solid chip that still offers desktop-class performance, and that easily matches the capabilities offered by modern traditional computers, even surpassing some. Once again, this is thanks in no small way to the fact that Apple makes both the hardware and the software.

When it comes to graphics, the Seventh Generation iPad is also no slouch. Nor can it be said that there is anything lackluster about the gorgeous Retina Display of the Seventh Gen iPad, which has been increased in size from 9.7 to 10.2 Inches since the Sixth Gen model. When it comes to audio, the Seventh Gen iPad will again not disappoint. While it offers two speakers instead of four, it still offers rich, clear, stereo sound that will please the ear. And though it has fewer microphones than the Pro model, the ones it does offer will truly astonish even the jaded listener, as they can easily record spoken audio in something shockingly close to studio quality.

Ok, so the cameras don’t offer all the features available in the iPad Pro models – Truetone Flash, Face ID and Animoji, and so on, they still provide more than adequate stills and awesome video recording in HD. You can still take Live Photo’s, pano shots, slow motion and timelapes videos, and much more. And when it comes to the lack of Face ID, let us remember that Touch ID is still industry-leading and provides the security, privacy, and convenience you’ll love when unlocking your iPad, making purchases, and more.

Design wise, the iPad Seventh Gen sports the classic iPad design which some people actually prefer. It comes in three colors, and it weighs in at only 1.09LBS for the Wi-Fi Plus Cellular model. Speaking of cellular, we highly recommend that you spend the extra $130 necessary to get an iPad with cellular capability. You can easily sign up for a data plan right on your iPad, cancel it if you no longer want it, and more. This added convenience, coupled with the GPS chip offered only on the Cellular models, truly provides a revolutionary experience.

Finally, it should be mentioned that both the Seventh Gen iPad and the iPad Pro offer adaptors that let you connect to just about any accessory, whether via HDMI, USB, Lightning, or other standards. There are SD Card readers, thumb drives, and much more available for both models. Both models also support the Smart Connecter, so you can easily use the Apple Smart Keyboard. And since both models support the Apple Pencil, you’ll have the best drawing tool at your disposal on either model. Let us also not forget that battery life will be the same, regardless of which iPad model we may get. It was stated by Apple some time ago, and it still holds true today, iPads get ten hours of battery life. Sure, this can be less if you are playing Fortnight or streaming movies the entire time, but the point is the same, both iPads are equally capable where battery life is concerned.

The Cost Breakdown:

When we add to all of the above factors, the difference in price, it becomes crystal clear why the iPad is suited to just about everyone – especially families and anyone involved in education – not as a secondary unit, but as the primary device. For just $329, one can purchase a Seventh Generation iPad with 32GB of storage. For just $100 more, you can quadruple this storage to 128GB. Add $130 to either of the above prices to add cellular capability to your shiny new iPad. So, even the most expensive Seventh Generation iPad will run you just $559, and that is assuming that no discounts are available, which they often are. Contrast this with the iPad Pro 11 Inch which has a starting price of $799 for 128GB in Wi-Fi Only, and which can easily rise above the $1000 mark. The very highest Pro model, the 12.9 Inch with 1TB of storage and Wi-Fi Plus Cellular, will run you $1649. Now again let’s be clear, we’re not suggesting that the iPad Pro units are overpriced or not worth the money. We are just saying that many folks will simply not be able to run out and buy something with such a price tag.

The Story Doesn’t End Here

Need something more than the Seventh Gen iPad without the Pro price tag? Want more storage, or think you really need that faster processor? Consider the iPad Air Third Generation. It is essentially the same as the Seventh Gen iPad, except that it does have the fully laminated display (10.5 Inch), the A12 Bionic chip, and double the storage across the board, either 64GB or 256GB. It has a starting price of $499, so it won’t run you into that thousand dollar region. The awesomeness of the Seventh Gen iPad actually makes us consider recommending the Air as an alternative to the Pro for those who feel they simply must have some of its features but are not willing to pay its price.

So Who Needs the Pro?

if you’ve stayed with us through this entire post, you might be wondering, why would anyone need the iPad Pro? Well, it’s quite simple. If you need a larger display, such as the 11 Inch or 12.9 Inch displays offered only on the Pro models, then you do. If you are editing movies for Hollywood as a full time career, we might recommend it, though it can be done with the Seventh Gen iPad. The internal storage alone might be enough to convince some people to spring for the Pro. The top configuration of the iPad Pro offers a whopping 1TB of storage. If you have trouble getting your fingerprints recognized, you may benefit from Face ID, thus needing the iPad Pro. Finally, if you do not have an iPhone X or newer, thus having access to awesome new camera features, Animoji, and much more, then you could probably benefit from having at least one device that does offer such features, and you might want to consider the iPad Pro.

Conclusion:

you really can’t go wrong with a Seventh Generation iPad. With this model, Apple has managed to keep cost to an all time low, while still including full functionality and all the features that really matter. This unit is perfectly capable, and should offer several years of reliable use, which is after all, about as much as we can ask of any tech product. If you have not yet gotten your hands on one of these units, we highly encourage you to do so. You won’t be disappointed.

Ten Reasons Why iPads Beat ChromeBooks Every Time

As we approach the tenth anniversary of the introduction of the first Apple iPad, we thought we’d weigh in on a popular topic of discussion – the Chromebook versus iPad debate. For a few years now, many school districts in particular have attempted to save a little money by purchasing a Chromebook for each student, rather than purchasing iPads. After all, aren’t they really the same? Doesn’t the lower cost make the Chromebook an obvious choice? Surely Google Docs and Pages do the same things, and surely Chrome OS and iOS (now iPad OS) aren’t that different, right?

In a time when engaging students is more important than ever, and in a time where every resource must be maximized to the hilt, it would seem important to settle this question once and for all, and that’s exactly what TTJ is going to do.

The Mystique of the ChromeBook

Before we dive in deeply to our rebuttal to all those advocating Chromebooks, it would seem reasonable to give credit where credit is due, or at the very least, to acknowledge the likely reasons why Chromebooks have become so popular, especially among educators. As much as I am a self-proclaimed Apple fanboy who would, in a heartbeat, run out and purchase Apple-branded toothpaste and bologna, if such products existed, I will admit that the Chromebook has done its part to climb to its current status. The major perceived benefit is the combination of price and features, and I am talking about very specific, very targeted features. When you think about education, you often think about students who might toss their devices into a book bag, accidentally drop them on the floor or spill drinks on them, and a general lack of concern over the wellbeing of such devices. Chromebooks tend to be designed with these very ideas in mind, because they are typically built with a rugged design, where the physical protection is built right in. Additionally, Chromebooks typically have built-in, mechanical keyboards, so this again fits the commonly held ideals regarding what students might want to do with their Chromebooks on a daily basis. Since Chromebooks often have lower starting price points than iPads, they already get some automatic kudos from school districts who have no choice but to be extremely budget-conscious. Then, combine this with the fact that Chromebooks will usually not require the purchase of additional cases, let alone keyboards, and you save even more up-front cost. Now, take that already attractive package, and couple it with the perfect, or seemingly perfect, combination of apps, like Google Docs, Google Slides, Chrome Browser, Hangouts, and a couple others, and you might think that the Chromebook has this one locked up – an obvious win.

The real truth however, is somewhat of a contrast from what at first seems to be a clear answer. As you read on, the ten reasons we’ve chosen should demonstrate clearly that the Chromebook is not even in the same league as the iPad. It is an astronomically weaker, sub-par attempt to rival something which has not gotten its status handed to it on a silver platter because of the Apple name as some might mistakingly believe, but which has rather earned its status through year after year of solid improvements, high performance, and consistently coming out on top. We will show in this post, that the Chromebook is really nothing more than the Netbooks of yesteryear which faded into oblivion by just cause, and that while Chrome OS is the single saving grace of the Chromebook over Netbooks, it should not mean much in the big picture.

The Debacle Called Netbooks

Here at TTJ, we’re not really sure why netbooks were ever invented. Perhaps it was an attempt to bring more affordable laptops to market. We don’t know. Whatever the reason, the netbook came into popular existence somewhere around 2008. Steve Jobs discussed netbooks at Apple’s introduction of the original iPad, telling the audience that the netbook, wasn’t better at anything, that it had low quality displays, subpar graphics and power, and ran, “clunky old PC software”. For these reasons, netbooks failed to impress in even the most charitable estimations, and as stated previously, they quickly became defunct.

As one begins to look at the specs of most Chromebooks, the mind is quickly brought back to those netbook days, and why? Because the specs look strikingly similar. Chromebooks tend to have low-end processors and minimal memory, which, even according to manufacturer descriptions, are designed for basic multi-tasking and lightweight graphics uses. Oh and speaking of graphics, Chromebook displays just aren’t that great. There’s no other way of saying it. The higher-end Chromebooks sometimes may have larger displays with slightly better specs, but they still fail to even come close to the display quality of even an entry-level iPad. And while some might attempt to make the argument that a Chromebook display is more than enough to suffice in an education setting where students are expected to remain on task doing homework and taking notes – not playing Fortnight or watching movies, even this reasoning is flawed, because numerous apps designed specifically for students and educators, will look vastly better on an iPad display than on a Chromebook display, but then again, the vast majority of such apps is not even available for most Chromebooks, – another bone of contention.

The single differentiating factor between todays Chromebooks and yesterdays netbooks, would seem to be the use of Chrome OS, which undoubtedly provides a better experience than using any version of Windows. In every area where Windows fails, Chrome OS succeeds by leaps and bounds. It’s more secure, it’s always up-to-date, virus protection is built right in, there are no driver compatibility issues, and it requires minimal maintenance. So if given the choice between using, say, Windows 10 and the latest version of Chrome OS, any reasonable person would instantly choose Chrome OS…or would they?

The problem with Chrome OS is that by nature, it is a browser-based, web operating system. It lacks numerous frameworks that would enable much-needed functionality and features. It works with its core set of apps, like the ones mentioned above, and a few others, but by and large, it falls short of packing any real punch when it comes to software. Unlike Apple, who seems to have an almost exclusive knack for creating systems that are so simple and yet so powerful, Google it seems, has succeeded with the simple, but at the tremendous cost of any real power or functionality.

But what, you might ask, about those touch screen Chromebooks that can also run Android apps? Well, here at TTJ, we don’t feel that Android is any match for Apple’s iPad OS software, and we also feel that Android software is extremely fragmented, being different for almost every manufacturer. Yet even if you disagree with us on those two points, what cannot be ignored is that Android support on Chromebooks is limited. Not all Android apps can even be installed on Chromebooks, even if they do claim to support Android apps, and often times, when Android apps are running on Chromebooks, they do not look proper, depending on the orientation of the Chromebook. So it is not at all untrue to say that the software features of Chromebooks are quite lackluster. Read on to see our specific list of iPad advantages and our conclusion. We will compare the current entry-level iPad Seventh Generation with common Chromebooks by Acer, Lenovo, HP, and more, with a particular emphasis on the Acer Spin 11 model.

Advantage One: Displays:

As we discussed above, display quality and graphics performance on iPads far exceed that of most Chromebooks. Let’s just look at the so-called entry-level iPad, the Seventh Generation iPad. It features a 10.2 inch display with a resolution of 2160 by 1620 at 264 Pixels Per Inch. This stunning display, though not the best one Apple makes, is good enough to earn it the title of Retina Display – a display in which the pixels are packed so densely that they are not even noticeable to the human eye. In contrast, the 11.6 inch display on the Acer Spin has a resolution of just 1366 by 768. This display does not even begin to compare to that of the iPad. As you move up through the iPad product line, you get even better displays. For example, the iPad Air adds a fully laminated, TrueTone display with an anti reflective coating. The iPad Pro has all these features, plus Promotion technology on a Liquid Retina Display – the closest an LED will likely ever get to being truly edge-to-edge. plus, these displays are 11 and 12.9 inch displays. Yet just take the entry iPad versus the Chromebook, and you can instantly see that the iPad’s display will far surpass that of the Chromebook. In contrast, even more expensive Chromebooks with larger displays still do not offer display quality that even comes close to the iPad, with the best we’ve seen being standard HD resolution of 1920 by 1080 on a 14 inch display.

Advantage Two: Processing Power:

Just as with the displays, the processors on the Seventh Gen iPad are far more impressive than those on Chromebooks. Again, the iPad Seventh Generation does not offer the very best processor available, with that honor being reserved for the iPad Pro, but still, the Seventh Gen iPad’s A10 Fusion processor provides truly desktop-class processing power. It’s capable of running professional design, video editing, and other intense apps, including Adobe Photoshop, graphics-rich games, and more. Apple takes very specific steps to ensure that their devices run well, maximizing every ounce of power they can with processors, storage, memory, and more, not to mention providing a separate Motion CoProcessor to further enhance performance. The Celeron processor on the Acer Spin 11, running at just 1.1GHZ, is not even a close second. Trust us when we say it, Celerons are low-end, bargain basement processors, while Apple is using top-of-the-line technology in its devices. Google it if you don’t believe us. You will find that even the reviewers who overall prefer Chromebooks, still cannot deny the vast difference between the processors on Chromebooks and those on iPads. It’s not even a close race.

Advantage Three: Integration:

Because Apple makes every aspect of its devices from start to finish, there is a deeper level of integration than will ever be seen on a Chromebook device. Hardware can be designed to enable special software features, while software can be tweaked to squeeze every ounce of power and efficiency out of the hardware. This interplay creates a sort of symbiotic relationship that can never be achieved on other platforms – one that affects every area of the user interface, battery life, graphics performance, and much, much more.

Advantage Four: Apps:

As previously stated, due to the impressive hardware in the iPad, the types of apps that can be installed and successfully used on the iPad are nothing less than astounding. And thanks to Apple’s App Store, you’ll find more than a million apps specifically designed to take advantage of everything the iPad has to offer, including its large, beautiful display. Contrast this with an extremely limited list of Chrome OS apps, and an underwhelming implementation of already fragmented Android apps that may or may not function due to the design of the Chrome hardware, and you’ll surely see how the iPad is once again a clear winner in this category. With Apple devices, you can certainly do all the basic things you might want to do, such as keeping track of appointments and reminders, notes and email, and much more, but you can also create and edit professional video and audio projects, perform advanced photo editing and graphic design, and much more. With iPad, there is virtually no limit as to what can be done, but it’s all provided to you in a secure environment, thanks to the App Store. You won’t have to worry about viruses, spyware, or other negative impacts of installing and using your favorite apps. Everything truly just works.

Advantage Five: Cameras:

The Chromebook offers a front-facing camera, which, according to the manufacturer description, is targeted for video chatting. It is not even clear to me, as of the writing of this article, exactly what the quality of that camera is. By contrast, the iPad features two cameras. The rear camera is an 8MP camera which is capable of taking Live Photo’s, Time Laps and Slow Mo videos, panoramic shots, 1080P HD videos, and more. Move up to the iPad Pro for even better cameras, but still, you’ll not have any issues trying to use the iPad’s rear cameras for serious education tasks. Even the front-facing camera on the iPad offers Retina Flash, along with many of the same features as the rear camera.

Advantage Six: Drawing:

Most Chromebooks do not even come with any kind of drawing tool. Believe it or not, we actually chose a Chromebook that does come with a stylus, but it’s reviews are mixed at best. A basic stylus should definitely enhance the use of the Chromebook to some degree, but issues of lag and other problems don’t seem to be entirely uncommon with this device. The iPad supports the Apple Pencil and the Logitech Crayon. Both are high-functioning, powerful writing and drawing devices, which feature palm rejection, very low latency, and support for true handwriting as well as drawing. Once again, we’re in a whole different league here with the iPad. True, the Apple Pencil or Logitech Crayon must be purchased separately, but they also give you the best writing and drawing experience available.

Advantage Seven: Connectivity:

All Chromebooks do seem to include built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and the Acer Spin 11 is no exception. The comparable iPad model also includes the same. However, for a small additional fee, the iPad can be enhanced with Cellular capability and GPS hardware. This means that now, the iPad has the option, though not the requirement, of being connected to a cellular data plan, so the user can literally go anywhere and use the iPad online, even without Wi-Fi. Additionally, thanks to the embedded GPS chip, the iPad Wi-Fi Plus Cellular models can be used for voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions in Apple Maps and other mapping apps. Try doing that with a Chromebook.

Advantage Eight: Portability:

For all its cost-saving promise, which only happens if the retailer decides to discount it (it’s actually got an MSRP that’s a few bucks higher than our chosen iPad), the Chromebook weighs 3.09 LBS. The iPad? Just 1.07 LBS, or 1.09 with cellular capability. You don’t have to be a high-level mathematician to see that that’s a monumental difference.

Advantage Nine: Augmented Reality:

Thanks to the technology in the iPad, you can use numerous AR apps which can greatly enhance education. With the right apps installed, students can use their iPads to dissect a frog, launch a rocket, view wild life, take tours of museums, and much, much more. And let’s not underestimate personal and business uses for AR. This certainly is not limited to education by any means. Chromebooks offer nothing even close to this technology.

Advantage Ten: Keyboard Options:

Ok, we get it. Chromebooks have built-in keyboards. Some even have the ability to convert into tablets, like our chosen Spin 11. We know that no matter what we say, some folks will see this as a major, if not critical, advantage. We strongly disagree. First of all, the on-screen keyboards on iPads are full sized in Landscape mode, and truly are a pleasure to type on. But, we also recognize that there are some tasks that are best suited for more traditional, mechanical keyboards. Since iPads do not automatically come with built-in or included keyboards, we actually see this as an advantage – a chance to make your own decisions. For example, you could choose something like the Apple Smart Keyboard, which offers elegant protection, along with a spill-proof keyboard that requires no setup whatsoever and offers convenient viewing angles. You could choose a more rugged option like the Logitech Ruggid Combo or Slim Folio. You could also choose a simple case without a built-in or attached keyboard, then go with something like the Belkin Wired Keyboard, or any one of a number of Bluetooth options. Each keyboard option is going to offer its own unique typing feel and set of features. This gives you ultimate flexibility.

Conclusion:

Above we have presented ten specific advantages to the iPad over the Chromebook. We could have gone farther. We could have talked about the fact that every iPad includes Siri, while Google Assistant may have to be installed manually. We could have discussed the wealth of accessibility features available in every Apple device, such as Voiceover, Zoom, Assistive Touch, and many others. We could have taken our app discussion far beyond what we did. We also could have described Apple’s iCloud features and services, as well as other services like Apple Music, Apple News Plus, AppleTV Plus, Apple Arcade, and more, which are far more pleasant to use and work with than their Google equivalents, where such equivalents exist or will function on a Chromebook. We could have gone into great detail about Apple Classroom features, interactive digital books, Smart Annotations in Pages documents, collaboration tools, and much more. And, we could have pointed out that even with all these added advantages, our chosen iPad actually has a lower MSRP than our selected Chromebook. Both units are often available with further discounts. Sure, you may need a couple of extra accessories with your iPad that are already included as part of the Chromebook, but we feel this is actually a positive, not a negative. We should also point out the obvious – that not all our readers are students or teachers, and that even among educators and students, circumstances may require some people to use their devices for non-educational tasks, even if they were initially purchased for that purpose. With the iPad, you are going to have far greater possibilities in this area. Whether you want to order a pizza and watch a movie, keep your grocery list, cook in the kitchen, run your business, become a DJ or blogger, or just about anything else, you’re going to have a far easier time doing it on an iPad, while you may not even be able to do it at all on a Chromebook.

Additionally, while both systems do include built-in security and virus protection tools, these are far more reliable on an iPad than on a Chromebook, and because of the far better processing power and graphics on the iPad, yes, you’ll have a much more pleasant experience trying to play Fortnight on an iPad, but it also means that your iPad should last for many years to come, through multiple iPad OS software updates. The, “It just works”, experience that is offered by the iPad is truly unmatched and unrivaled by any competitor, including the Chromebook. Try an iPad for yourself. Spend a little time with it. We don’t believe you’ll ever want to use anything else.

An Introduction to Living the Connected Digital Life

We define “Connected Digital Life” as all of your devices working for you, in order to make all of your data, media, etc available to you across all your devices, no matter where you go, wirelessly, automatically, and easily. Connected Digital Life begins with Apple services such as iCloud, Siri, Apple Pay, Handoff, Continuity, and much more. It continues with numerous Apple and third-party apps. We round out the experience with Apple CarPlay, Apple HomeKit, and a variety of optional home automation and home security solutions. Stay tuned for detailed COnnected Digital Life overviews, or to learn more about TTJ COnnected Digital Life offerings, click This Link.

Apple’s Latest iPad is Revolutionary All Over Again

In March of 2018, Apple unveiled its Sixth Generation iPad at an education-focused event in Chicago. It is my opinion that this is their best iPad ever, and that by introducing this device with its incredible combination of features and affordability, Apple has completely revolutionized education and, honestly, the entire industry once again, even if people don’t realize it. Listen to this Tech Talk to learn more and find out what’s on my iPad, what accessories I use, and how you can replace your computer with an iPad.ipad-18.m4a