This query came from a client this week, whose 16GB iPad had filled up.
He wanted to know if it is possible to 'plug in' something to add to the storage capacity of the iPad.
The quick answer is that no, there is no way to extend the internal storage capacity of the iPad (or iPhone). You are stuck with the storage capacity that you purchased, so it is very important to ensure you purchase adequate storage right from the start.
It is therefore very important to know how to manage the storage of your device - how to remove the apps and content that you don't really need. Below is a link to a handy hint in the iTandCoffee club's Handy Hint Library (for members of The iTandCoffee Club).
Having said that there is no way to expand the internal storage of the iPad and iPhone, I should mention that there IS a way of using an external device to 'offload' some of your device's photos and videos.
It can also offer a great solution accessing movies, photos and other files without having to store them permanently on you iPad or iPhone. When you are on holidays, it offers a way of backing up your photos from your iDevice.
The device is call an iXpand Flash drive, by SanDisk. I have one of these myself, and love it.
It can plug into the USB port of a computer, or the lightning connection on the iPad or iPhone.
I love it so much and have had so much interest in it from the various clients that I have shown, that we have purchased a batch of these devices.
We have them for sale at the shop for $75. The price for iTandCoffee Club members is discounted to $70.
If you are interested in purchasing one, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1300 885 420.
How cute is this!
Here is a charger for your Apple Watch that looks like an old Mac computer from the 80's - one that I remember using in my job in about 1986, to draw flow charts and other diagrams!
Here's an article that provides more details about this cute accessory.
There has been such a lot of press about the iPhone 7's lack of headphone jack. Yesterday, was the first day that I put one of the key issues to the test.
We were hosting an event at our home, and I had prepared a playlist using Apple Music that would run for about 5 hours.
The problem was that I needed to plug my iPhone into our stereo speakers to play this music, so would not be able to charge the phone at the same time. I was concerned that I should have planned ahead and purchased an adaptor.
(I could have used Airplay to stream the music over Wi-Fi so that I could charge at the same time, but this can be flakey when the microwave is on! We had catering happening in the kitchen, so this would have caused the music to cut in and out while zapping things, which is annoying.)
Would my battery die during the 5 hours of music playing?
Something that I have not seen mentioned in the press when talking about the missing headphone jack is that playing music from your iPhone 7 uses so little battery (when that's all your device is doing, of course)!
All those hours of music playing last night only used a few % of battery. I was amazed.
Now, I know that the combined charging and earphone port would cause a problem when watching videos using headphones for an extended period. But that is something I would rarely do on my iPhone.
For now, I am not going to rush out and get that adaptor - I don't think I'll need it.
But if I do decide to get one like that shown here from Belkin, it will set me back about $40.
Did you see this accessory described by an article in The Age on Saturday 23rd July?
It was in the Technology section (of which I am an avid reader - sad, I know), so you may have missed it!
It is a two port USB charger for your car that can automatically 'talk' to your smart phone and 'tell it' to store details of where you parked.
When are looking for your car, the corresponding App (allegedly) gives you directions back to your car.
I have ordered one today at a cost of $39.48, which includes delivery, so that I can try it out and see if it really does work well. I will report back soon on my findings, so stay tuned.
If anyone else is interested in getting this device, here is the link of the online store from which I purchased. But maybe wait until I report back on findings before outlaying nearly $40 for it.
Related articles about tech accessories
If you struggle with storage on your iPad and iPhone and would like the option of easily 'offloading' some its content to an external storage device, then this may be something that interests you.
I saw this week that a new SanDisk device has been released that has a 'lightning' adaptor - so that it can connect to your iPad and iPhone.
Apparently, they have also updated the app that goes with it, so that there are a lot of new capabilities associated with this device - capabilities that are very limited on similar devices (one of which I have trialled recently and found quite limited, especially when it comes to videos.)
Here is a link to an article about this product
UPDATE AUGUST 2017: I have a couple of these now and LOVE them. They are in a purse in my bag and travel with me everywhere. They are great for storing files and photos, and for transferring between my i-Devices and computer.
If you are interested in purchasing on of these special USB sticks, iTandCoffee has a limited quantity in stock at The iTandCoffee Shop in Glen Iris (34 High Street). Visit our website store for more information.
Hopefully you all saw the article published a few weeks back, about the recall of faulty Apple power adaptor. Here it is, just in case.
I must say that I have been a bit slack, and not replaced my own faulty power adaptors - mainly due to a lack of available time to get to an Apple Store or and an Apple Certified repairer.
Well, there is another option for replacing the faulty adaptors that doesn't even involve leaving the house.
A replacement can be ordered online - here is the link to the relevant Apple web page.
You will need to supply the Serial Number of your Apple device. Here's how to work this out.
I spoke to a client just this week who had used this online service, and found it extremely easy and convenient.
If you haven't yet swapped your adaptor, why not give this a go.
I tried it myself today, but got the below message for every older iPad and iPhone that I tried. Let me know if you manage to succeed where I have failed!
Something tells me that the 'Geniuses' at Apple are going to be heavily booked over the next few weeks and months.
I wonder if Apple Stores will have enough stock to service the adaptor replacement needs of so many people!
Now I need to go on a search of my home and office, to track down each of the the dodgy adaptors in our possession, and pay a visit to Apple.
Alternatively, I might go to one of Apple's registered re-sellers, such as Pentagon Digital, at 546 Whitehorse Rd, Surrey Hills VIC 3127.
Perhaps phone Pentagon first (9895 2960) to make sure they have some replacement adaptors in stock - at the time of writing this article (1/2/16), Pentagon is waiting for more stock to arrive mid to late this week.
Are you constantly battling a full iPad or iPhone, struggling to free up storage so you can download new apps or take photos and videos?
Do you need a way of 'offloading' photos and videos without needing to use a computer or 'the cloud'?
Would you perhaps like to take a heap of kids movies away on a holiday to keep them entertained, but don't have room to store them on your iPad and iPhone
I really love my iPhone 6 Plus, which is coming up for its first birthday.
On Thursday this week, Apple announced a newer version of this phone (and of the iPhone 6), called the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, which will be available in stores from Sept 25th.
Pre-orders open today (Saturday 12th) at 5:01pm.
Here is an article from The Australian today, outlining the features of this latest/greatest phone from Apple.
For those of you who don't want to read the full article, here is a quick summary of the new features.
The question for me is, are the new features offered by the 6S sufficient to warrant an upgrade - especially given that the price of the 64GB equivalent to my current phone will be a whopping $1379. That's nearly the same price as a 13in Macbook Air with 128GB!
Pricing for outright purchase
At the time of writing this article, there is no news on any price reduction for earlier model iPhones. Presumably, this will be announced of the next few days. That's be a topic for next week's newsletter.
Pricing for iPhone 6S on a plan
Telcos announced their pricing for plans for the new iPhone 6S after 5pm on Saturday 12/9/15.
For those interested in a comparison of the plans on offer from Telstra, Optus and Vodafone - including ALL models of iPhone currently available from these Telcos - check out the below article just put together by iTandCoffee.
Have you seen then great little accessories, that you can attach to your keys or bag (or anything else), and then help you locate these items (using your iPad or iPhone) when you can't find them?
It's called a Tile and you can purchase one or several to attach to all sorts of things - even the TV remote that you keep losing. Or, in our house, the Apple TV remote which disappears on a regular basis.
I definitely need several!
Click on the below link for further information about this great accessory and how it works.
A great accessory for travelling with your iPhone and iPad - battery charging, backup and extra storage for your i-Device
If you are looking for a device that allows you to back up photos while travelling, store addtional data (such as movies) and even charge your iPhone and iPad, this device might be worth checking out.
It is called the Imation Link Power Drive. Here is an article about it, published in The Age on June 15 2015.
Our 'Travel with your iPad & iPhone' class has even more great travel tips
This is one of the great tips we cover in the Travel with your iPad and iPhone class.
The class will next be held on July 25th 2015 - click here for more details or to book. For details of other great iTandCoffee classes, check out the class schedule here.
If you are travelling before the date of the next class, so are keen to attend this class on an earlier date, email iTandCoffee on email@example.com or call 1300 885 420.
If you use your iPad or iPhone to type lengthy pieces of text, you may find yourself wishing you had a 'proper' keyboard - instead of the on-screen keyboard.
There are some great Bluetooth keyboards out there - even relatively cheap keyboards like that shown in the images, that can roll up and fit in a small purse! Great for travelling or carrying around in a briefcase.
Check out this recent article for details of how to connect a Bluetooth keyboard to your iPad or iPhone.
I just saw this recharging station in an email from the online technology store, eStore.
The price they are selling it for right now really is very low - so click on the the image to see further details and, if you are interested, to purchase.
Assuming they have not run out of stock, iTandCoffee will be grabbing one today! If any local clients/subscribers would like me to order one for you as well, let me know. (You would need to pick from me in Camberwell.)
eStore (a Mt Waverley online store) has a product on special that can I recommend to anyone who has an iMac (or any other computer for that matter).
It is a desktop organiser that really helps to give you more space on your desk - and that looks pretty nice too!
Here is the ad for it from their site for anyone who is interested.
On a daily basis, iTandCoffee scours the online world to find all the best articles about iPads, iPhones, Macs and other topics that we know will be of interested to iTandCoffee clients and subscribers.
(Our full list of articles for December can be found here, for those of you who are iTandCoffee Club members. Not yet a member? Join the club here.)
For those of you who unwrapped a brand new iPad or iPhone for Christmas 2014, below are some great articles that will help to get you started!
Get started ...
Seven things to do with your new tablet this Christmas
Seven Steps To Get The Most From Your New iPad
How to Set Up Your Sweet New iPad
Get some accessories for your device ...
The Best Apple iPad Accessories
10 best cases for iPad Air and Mini
5 Best iPhone 6 Plus Car Accessories
The best iPad stands, docks, and cases with built-in stands
Selfie sticks: the latest craze in the selfie economy
Get some apps ...
The best iPad apps of 2014
5 Can't-Miss iPhone Apps You Should Download This Week
The Macworld staff's very favourite iOS apps of 2014
My Must-Have iPad Apps, 2014 Edition
14 best apps for your new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus
Why not book yourself in for some classes or assistance from iTandCoffee in 2015?
Check out the list of classes that have been scheduled for the start of 2015.
Gift vouchers are available all year round - why not buy one for yourself?! Purchase an iTandCoffee gift voucher during the rest of December 2014, you will receive free membership of the iTandCoffee Club, as well as a coupon code to download any 3 iTandCoffee digital guides!
If you are looking for a great Christmas gift for kids who love their iPads - but one that you can feel good about them spending time on - check out a great new toy called Osmo.
Osmo provides a combination of accessories (a stand for the iPad and physical puzzle/game pieces) and iPad apps that are both educational and fun - that even parents and older kids will have fun playing.
Here are a couple of articles about Osmo, for those of you interested in exploring it further.
A client this week was looking for a new printer that is WiFi, and allows printing from both computers and iPads/iPhones.
I had a bit of a look at some review of printers on Choice and other sites, and found one in particular that seemed a very good deal.
So I figure I may as well share this 'find' with everyone else!
It is the HP Photosmart 7520 e-All-in-one printer, and it is currently available from Officeworks for only $159 (which was a lot cheaper than elsewhere).
Here is a link the the Officeworks page that has the details.
(Note. It is only available for online purchase, not from the stores.)
How often have you found yourself in the situation where your iPhone or iPad is nearly out of battery, at a time when you desperately need it to be charged?! When you are on the go, or on a trip, this can happen to you at the most inopportune times.
The solution to this problem is simple - just carry a portable battery charger with you!
I have one in my handbag all the time. Not only is it useful for when I am on the go - it is also great for when I want to sit on the couch and use my low-on-battery device, without having to sit right next to a powerpoint to charge the device! It is also great to have in the car - there is often someone in our family who needs charging on long car trip!
Of course, there are iPhone cases that you can buy that have a built in additional battery (like that shown below). But these make your device a lot more bulky to carry around. And, they don't give you the flexibility to charge your iPad as well as your iPhone.
I prefer to use a separate charger that I just carry in a little purse in my handbag (along with a USB power cable), and that I can recharge overnight whenever I have used it during the day. Some portable charges have two USB ports, so that you can charge BOTH your iPad and iPhone at the same time.
Mine is a red morphie powerstation like that shown above right - I have had it for 2 years now and have been really happy with it. It can charge my iPad completely, or a couple of iPhones.
Just be aware that different charges can hold differing amounts of charge, and some will only partly charge an iPad. As a rule, the more you pay for the charger, the more it can charge.
With Fathers day coming up, this might an accessory that Dad could find really useful!
Are you finding that your iPad takes FOREVER to charge and wondering if there is something wrong with the iPad or the charger?
Well, it might be time to check what charger you are using. If you have an iPhone or iPod touch, the charger for these devices has a much lower Wattage than the iPad's.
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