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Showing posts with label laptops. Show all posts
Showing posts with label laptops. Show all posts

Sunday, July 19

Yoipes! MacOS Versions of iPadOS apps are showing up on the App Store.

The transition in to cross-platform apps [iPadOS to macOS] is happening, right now, on the App Store.

Many of us who have been keeping up with releases and features know that Mac Catalyst is an exciting new feature that was released with Xcode 11, not very long ago.

Now, just this morning, in fact: I started getting releases on the App Store for apps that I had purchased on my former iOS and iPadOS devices.
My MacBook Air is running the latest beta of macOS 11.0 Big Sur, and now iPadOS apps are showing up in the App Store downloads, as prior purchases.

Fans of productivity and pipe organs will rejoice at the macOS presence of apps such as the Strand and Ott Organ Apps by Markus Sigg, as well as LiquidText, for example.

Perhaps these developers had been amongst some of the first to jump in on the Universal App Quick Start Program, recently offered by Apple; or, perhaps, the current Intel-CPU powered devices, with Mac Catalyst, could create the Universal Apps in and of their own capabilities, since Mac Catalyst had been offered with Xcode since version 11 (Xcode 12 is the current transitional | universal app development platform for producing macOS desktop or laptop [in my case, a gold MacBook Air 2020] binaries out of iOS and iPadOS apps - a somewhat different stake in the story on Apple's decisions to move their product lines' CPUs to ARM-powered processors over the next several months and, perhaps, a couple of years, at most).

Monday, January 6

Product Review - naztech 75W Ultra-Thin USB-C PD Laptop Power Bank

The naztech Ultra-Thin USB-C PD Laptop Power Bank is an ideal solution for powering an iPad Pro, MacBook Air, MacBook, Microsoft Surface, Chromebook, or Google Pixelbook.

Not only does the power bank charge devices faster, with the Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 standard (green USB outlet); here, the device charges up to 3 devices at once, through two standard USB ports and a USB-C port, while also being able to charge the charger itself.

I decided to purchase this laptop power bank, in preparation for my pickup at Target of my new 2019 iPad 7th Generation. Having had a standard hand-sized mobile device charger previously (several various ones, actually), I decided to up my standards in mobile device charging against the 1% [barely there] charging that the smaller devices produced on my 6th generation iPad (now gone and traded, for my iMac 2010 model). The naztech Laptop Power Bank will power a USB-C port'ed phone of about 15% power bank battery to 30% phone charging. While it's not the most dense battery pack out there, it does it's job well, of working with efficiency if I'm able to stick nearby to where there's power outlets supplied, out and about, around town.
The naztech Ultra-Thin USB-C PD Laptop Power Bank is reasonably larger than a phone, by a fair amount, and thicker than a phone, at that. Despite having other cheaper options (I purchased it at Fry's Electronics for about $75, including sales tax), I'm counting on plotting out a lifestyle trekking habit of making sure I get home earlier and keep my charger plugged in, when I can, while also making sure that I get a more efficient charge, while I'm out and about. This way, I'll be more focused on working quickly, staying available with my devices, and not running out of juice when the time is important - a most unfortunate scenario, when I'm inspired in writing, photography, graphic design, illustration, studying, and research, etc.

The 45-watt wall charger charges the Laptop Power Bank very quickly; just minutes to get it up 10% or so. It's a bit of tricky psychology; while I'm not used to devices charging so quickly, it also makes me forget (somewhat), that it's just a battery, and my mobile production and development devices are constructed to use power efficiently, not as quickly as possible. I determined that the upgrade to a laptop-charging standard is a good idea; the smartphones of today have the capabilities (processor and RAM-wise) of computers such as my 2010 iMac have - a 3.2 GHz quad core processor and 512MB of VRAM; 2-3 GB of RAM on a recent release iPad or cheap Android phone, such as my ZTE Z971. The naztech charger promises 250% quicker charging than standard charging devices (running at 5W x 2.1-2.4 volts).

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