Weekly Wrap: iPads new and old, Foxconn, and Mac tips
The Fair Labor Association found problems at Foxconn. Closer to home, we can help you solve problems you find with your iPad or Mac. And a few of the apps we looked at this past week might help you find yourself—at least, if you can find yourself by trying out a painting app or a shooting game. Join me for another edition of the only Macworld story that tries to point you to all the best other Macworld stories from the past seven days: The Weekly Wrap.
Of or pertaining two the new iPad
We concluded that your new iPad’s battery is just fine. And then we asked the Macworld Lab to prove it; we found that the new iPad’s battery is as good as Apple says it is, but not quite as good as the iPad 2’s battery. If you’re positive you get a charge out of battery analysis, you’ll want surely be electrified by our report.
Senior editor Dan Frakes thinks that many of us don’t realize just how great the iPad’s Retina display really is. I think I see his point. Get it?
If you only treated yourself to a new 16GB iPad and are running out of room after syncing the complete “Weird Al” Yankovic discography, you have a couple options: You could pick up the Wi-Drive, a Wi-Fi-enabled iOS-friendly external drive, or you check out our guide on how to free up space on your iOS device. Or you can can just give up in disgust and send your iPad to me, care of Macworld.
Meanwhile, the Fair Labor Association found “significant issues” at Foxconn facilities in China, and the supplier to Apple and other tech companies says that it’s already started to make changes. We hope change No. 1 isn't to pretend not to be home when the Fair Labor Association drops by for a chat.
Other iOS-related info
If you’re having trouble pairing your iPhone via Bluetooth, Ted Landau can help. Note, however, that he only makes house calls for obscene gobs of money.
If you, like me, didn’t win Fridays’s Mega Millions lottery jackpot, you might choose more affordable means of entertaining yourself with your iOS device. For starters, you could study up on making basic edits in iPhoto. You can learn how some at Disney see Where’s My Water’s Swampy the Alligator as a lot like Mickey Mouse.
Our hardware store
Our staff evaluated several interesting accessories this week. We looked at the Behringer U-Phono UFO202, for digitizing your old vinyl records. But it still won’t make you think music today sounds any good.
We looked at a couple Joy Factory styluses, and though they’re decent, we’re not convinced they have the write stuff.
We like the Touro Mobile Pro portable hard drive, and we like Audyssey’s Lower East Side Audio Dock Air AirPlay speaker, too. We’re not sure if they like us back, or merely tolerate our presence.
In the Lion’s den
Before you go, here’s a quick rundown on some of our Mac coverage from the week gone by: Tame Lion’s Resume features lets you decide whether Preview shows you last week’s PDF when you launch it again today. When it comes to deleting files, there’s gone, and then there’s Jimmy Hoffa gone; we show you how to achieve the latter option.
For beginners, here’s a quick primer on setting applications to launch when you first turn on your Mac. I have my own Mac set to write another Weekly Wrap whenever I reboot.