iPad Pro First Impressions

I got a few minutes with the iPad Pro at my local Apple Store. No where near enough time to evaluate day to day use, but here are some quick thoughts: 

It's Big

Bigger than you might expect. When drawing with the Apple Pencil the large screen made for a great canvas. Just using the stock Notes app was great, but for things like the home screen grid of icons, the screen felt underused. 

While it seems light for the size device you're holding, the weight might prevent extended reading sessions or movie watching if it's not leaning against something. 

iPad Pro with Apple Pencil

iPad Pro with Apple Pencil

Apple Pencil

It works remarkably well. I'm no artist by any stretch, but my handwriting with a fine tip pen looked just like my writing on a piece of paper. Even switching to the "pencil" mode in notes looked like lead on paper. 

I instinctively flipped it around to erase something, as you would an actual pencil, but no dice. There are no sensors in the top end of the Pencil, just a cap covering the charging port.

After a few seconds charging the Apple Pencil

After a few seconds charging the Apple Pencil

The Pencil was actually dead when I first tried using it, but just a few seconds plugged in to the iPad lightning port got me several minutes of use. 

iPad Pro and Smart Keyboard

iPad Pro and Smart Keyboard

Smart Keyboard

Apple's new Smart Keyboard cover leaves something to be desired. My $50 Logitech Keys-To-Go has a dedicated Home, Multitasking and Spotlight button, which come in handy. Apple's keyboard has none of these, and the letter keys seem a little too far apart. 

If I were to get an iPad Pro, the Apple Pencil is a must have accessory, but I would stick to my full iPad case and third party Bluetooth keyboard setup. 

Faith Like Mister Rogers

A touching article about his faith, mission, and the message of grace he aimed to portray. Worth a read:

"Fred’s faith surfaced in subtle, indirect ways that most viewers might miss, but it infused all he did. He believed “the space between the television set and the viewer is holy ground,” but he trusted God to do the heavy lifting. The wall of his office featured a framed picture of the Greek word for “grace,” a constant reminder of his belief that he could use television “for the broadcasting of grace through the land.” Before entering that office each day, Rogers would pray, “Dear God, let some word that is heard be yours.”"

Read here: The Saint-Like Legacy of Mister Rogers - The Atlantic

Square Payroll Available in Florida

Love Square for mobile payments, invoicing, and Square Cash. Now in Florida you can pay your employees from Square as well. 

"Today we’re bringing Square Payroll to Florida, a state where nearly 99% of employers are small businesses. With the service now available in Florida, California, and Texas, Square Payroll is available to nearly 30% of all small businesses in the country."

Read here: Square Payroll Saves Time and Money for Florida Businesses

How A Company Lasts Over 100 Years

Their tag line is: Unfailing Goods. If it remains true, they'll be in business for another 100 years.  

""The goods we quote must not be confounded with the cheap and vastly inferior grade with which the market is over-run. Such goods are not only useless for the purpose for which they are intended, but the person wearing them would be better off without them." -- Clinton C. Filson, 1914 catalog"

Read here: History | Filson

Fantastical for iOS Gets 3D Touch

My go-to calendar app on iPhone, iPad and Mac. 

"Fantastical for iPhone has been updated, adding support for 3D Touch peek and pop. You can also customize the Apple Watch app in a number of new ways, including what the Glance shows, what the complication shows depending on its size, and what opens when you tap it. "

Read here: Fantastical for iPhone adds peek and pop, Apple Watch app customizations | iMore