5 improvements iPad users expect from iOS 13 [Opinion]

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So powerful, and yet it can’t even copy a file off a USB stick.
Better support for external monitors is one of features iPad users want in iOS 13.
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Those of us with an iPad have big expectations for the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system. These tablets have performance comparable to laptops but the software is lagging. Here’s what Tim Cook and Co. can do to remedy that.

None of these suggestions require a device redesign. We just expect iOS 13 to take better advantage of the capabilities already built into current iPad models.

Today in Apple history: Sequel to ‘1984’ Mac ad bombs hard

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The "Lemmings" ad was a massive disaster for Apple.
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January 20: Today in Apple history: Apple's 'Lemmings' advertisement, sequel to groundbreaking '1984' Mac ad, bombs hard January 20, 1985: Apple attempts to build on the triumph of the previous year’s “1984” Macintosh commercial with another Super Bowl ad.

Called “Lemmings,” the ad for a new business platform called Macintosh Office depicts blindfolded executives marching to their doom. The widely reviled ad will go down in history as one of Apple’s biggest stinkers.

This unbreakable Lightning cable can lift an adult [Deals]

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With the ability to survive 30,000 bends, and cary 275 pounds, this is one tough Lightning cable.
With the ability to survive 30,000 bends, and cary 275 pounds, this is one tough Lightning cable.
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Apple’s soft white charging cables for iOS devices aren’t exactly known for being tough. In fact, they fray, break, and generally go kaput after just a few months. So this extra long, super tough Lightning cable is a welcome alternative.

Dodocase Two Tone turns your iPad into an old-school notebook [Review]

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Dodocase Two Tone looks right at home in a classroom or coffeeshop.
Dodocase Two Tone looks right at home in a classroom or coffeeshop.
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The Dodocase Two Tone brings a retro look to iPad or iPad Pro. You could almost write “Trig” on the cover in Magic Marker and feel like you’re in high school again.

And this case is very lightweight while still doing double duty as a stand. There’s even an Apple Pencil holder.

The Dodocase Two Tone is available for a wide range of iOS tablets, including the 2018 iPad Pro models.  Prices start at $64.95.

40 reasons to love the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar [Cult of Mac Magazine No. 280]

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You can learn to love the MacBook Pro Touch Bar.
These 40 tips will make you love the Touch Bar (if you don't already).
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Some people love the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar. Other people absolutely hate it. Bottom line is that the thin OLED strip can work wonders — if you use it right!

Get our top 40 tips for making the most of the Touch Bar in this week’s free issue of Cult of Mac Magazine. Get it now from iTunes — hey, the price is right! — or keep reading for the week’s best Apple news, reviews and how-tos.

Apple busts out iPad Pro tips in new vids

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Sketching with an Apple Pencil is the merest tip of the iceberg of Apple’s suggestions for making your iPad Pro more useful.
Sketching with an Apple Pencil is the merest tip of the iceberg of Apple’s suggestions for making your iPad Pro more productive.
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Making your iPad Pro more useful is the theme of a series of short videos released today by Apple. Each takes a common task and briefly shows how it can be tackled with a iOS tablet and Apple Pencil.

There’re suggestions on creating presentations and podcasts, going paperless, and more. Watch all five videos now.

Get lifetime access to a powerful graphic design app [Deals]

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Get all the graphic design tools you need, without breaking the bank.
Get all the graphic design tools you need, without breaking the bank.
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There are plenty of times when you’ll want graphic design tools. Maybe you’re designing a post for social media, or a flier for a show. Or perhaps you’re building a website or just touching up your resume.

With these types of tasks, having good graphic design software is useful. But that doesn’t mean you should shell out a hefty monthly fee.

Brilliant concept merges iPad mini and iPod touch

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An artist dreamed up an iPod touch almost as big as the iPad mini.
An artist dreamed up an iPod touch almost as big as the iPad mini.
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New versions of the iPod touch and iPad mini are reportedly coming out this year, and one graphic designer imagines what would happen if Apple combined these into one.

The proposed device would resemble an iPhone XS Max but with an even larger display: 7 inches.