testing the new bluetooth keyboard

i just got a new bluetooth keyboard for the iPad. it seems to work easily. Pairing was no problem, it feels much nicer to type on a mechanical keyboard than on the ipad screen, plus with the external keyboard I have that much more screen space.

it was a great deal, $30 and free shipping for an $80 item, the Zagg Flex keyboard and case-stand.

it has a flexible case for the keyboard that folds to make a stand. That, i am not using yet, but just the detachable keyboard is pretty good. Nice to have the arrow keys (sorely missing from ipad built-in), plus the traditional row with numbers and punctuation, without having to tap a selection key. The size is a little smaller than a standard keyboard, but for this hunt-and-peck typist it’s fine. a touch-typist might find it to small.
I also like that it’s not built into an ipad sleeve but can be used separately. that means, if I wanted to , I could even pair it with an iphone or a laptop…

The tactile keys make a bit of noise when typing, but less than those of my office pc keyboard.

It’s a keeper.


Adapting to iOS 7, part 2

Search? Where the heck is the search?

“Swipe down from the top” – no, not quite the top. If you swipe down from the off-screen top you get the calendar. You have to be a couple millimeters onto the screen itself., and only on the home screen (one of the ones with all the apps on it). The swipe-from-way-top works in all apps, you get a little chevron (wide, shaft less arrow).
Swiping it again brings the panel.
Swiping up from off-screen bottom gets you the control center, with tunes, rotation, and utilities like camera, flashlight (on LED-equipped phones), and other common settings.

Updated to iOS 7 just now…

Hmmm. Just updated to iOS 7. Of course it will take a bit to get used to the “flatter” graphics, moving away from the more object-like look of the iOS 6 design.
Otherwise, a little early to tell the advantages. I kind of wish it didn’t look so much like Windows 8 though….

Noticed: the app icons “float” above the background picture and respond to the tilt sensor.
The WordPress app is different.

You can double-click the Home button to get the recent apps. Swiping between apps leaves a view of the app window (screenshot) so you can see what was going on.


The Maps app might be different – the trees in 3D view are still blocky and weird, but maybe not quite as bad?

Safari looks very different, but haven’t checked its functionality enough to spot anything. I don’t like the change that put bookmarks to the right of the address box instead of to the left, though.

Oh-oh. It broke Overdrive, the app I use to take out e-books from the library. Fortunately all it takes is a reinstall of the app to re-authorize….from the Overdrive blog.