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  • Jet Black iPhone 7: How To Clean and Protect From Scratches

    jet black iPhone 7

    Jony Ive’s smooth narration introduced Apple users to the glossiest iPhone on the market. Apple merged science and art with the innovative design of the Jet Black color option for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Yet, with it, came the news that the jet black edition attracted scratches far quicker than the other options. With that in mind, we've curated products, tips, and tricks to protect the glossy shine of your jet black iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and keep it clean.

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  • How To Add Bokeh On An iPhone : The Art and Science Behind Apple's New Portrait Mode

    iphone 7 plus portrait mode bokeh An image from Apple's keynote introducing Portrait mode for iPhone 7+.

    Ever wondered how to get that beautiful bokeh effect with your iPhone 7 Plus? Ever wondered what exactly "bokeh" is? For all of us out there who aren't professional photographers, join this journalist as she dives into the wonderful world of iPhone 7 Plus photography, the science and art of Bokeh, and learns how to take great iPhone 7 Plus pictures using Portrait mode. Continue reading

  • The Lowry Cuff for Apple Watch: Minnesotan Made, Minnesotan Approved

    We found a perfect way to represent our Midwest pride with the Leather Lowry Cuff for Apple Watch Series 1 & 2. With rugged but soft leather, it easily forms to the wearer’s wrist while offering a modern callback to traditional watches and it’s hand finished rugged stitching creates a relaxed strap that can easily be worn from the office to a night out with ease. In addition to being amazingly cool, this is a leather Apple Watch band that has some interesting origins too...

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  • Bright Lights, Big City, A Leather Apple Watch Band to Match

    Here at Pad & Quill, we definitely have a soft spot for our home city of Minneapolis. It's called the "mini apple" for good reason, with a huge theatre scene, obsession with food on a stick and green space stretching for literal miles, it's the New York of the Midwest with a whole lot more 'you betcha'. Enter a line of leather Apple watch bands, made in the heart of Minnesota.  While the Lowry Cuff for Apple Watch offers a sturdy full-bodied strap, the Lowry Leather Band for Apple Watch Series 1 & 2 comes with a slimmer feel and clean finish. With its classic look and traditional leather techniques, you’ll forget it’s holding a micro-computer and not a Timex.

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  • The Apple Watch Can Spit Water and Watch Bands Are Keeping Pace

    Here at Pad & Quill, we consistently strive to be Terminator of  Apple watch bands in terms of toughness and durability (not in terms of causing an evil apocalypse, though). With the introduction of the Apple Watch Series 2 and it’s ability to spit out water, there was some general excitement. However, most people were waiting for something bigger and reacted like this:

    We here at Pad & Quill, however, were relieved and excited about this new tougher Apple Watch because it gave us a chance to design a tougher watch band that can handle  anything, from world travels to grocery store runs for more Halloween candy. Enter the Field Band for Apple Watch Series 1&2 .

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  • A Leather Apple Watch Cuff As Old As Time... Or At Least As Old As Elvis

    When we found out we could get our hands on a select stock of vintage leather from Europe, we didn’t just buy a little bit of it, we bought it all. Hailing from the 1950s with a beautiful patina color we created a leather Apple Watch cuff that will mold to your wrist and age with you and your watch. The Limited Edition 60 Year Luxury Leather Lowry Cuff for Apple Watch Series 1 & Series 2 comes from the time of Elvis, The Civil Rights Movement, and the Lindy and stands out as a cuff meant to last for years to come.

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  • When You Look At Me


    Mr. PQ and I wish for the Quills to be well rounded and to neither hold back nor be held back from exploring all the facets of their personalities, strengths, and weaknesses. At times this has called for a little Mrs. PQ “mom nudge”, like signing the 5th grader up for tackle football league, knowing that linemen don't need so much coordination and team sports shouldn’t be defined by the ball hogs and the hyper-athletes who rule the soccer field at recess. Continue reading

  • Won't You Be... My Neighbor?

    mr rogers neighborhood

    Being a neighbor is somewhat inevitable; unless you are the Unabomber holed up in a remote cabin in the middle of nowhere. I think we can all agree that there are some neighbors we like to have close enough to wave to, but not so close that you need to actually talk to them, and some neighbors you would donate a kidney to, even if it’s for their 3rd cousin twice removed.

    Be it the post-WWII tiny boxes neighborhoods or the post Y2K cubicle office spaces or the annoying people who insist you maintain them as a Facebook “friend”, you are going to have neighbors. Continue reading

  • New iPhone 7 Cases & iPhone 7 Plus Cases Leaked!

    iphone 7 plus cases leaked

    The new iPhone 7 & 7 Plus may not even be announced yet, but already we are already seeing iPhone 7 cases and covers being released into the wild. What can we learn about the new iPhone from the leaked case images? Continue reading

  • Mr. PQ, A Meandering Soul?


    One would never describe Mr. PQ as a meandering soul, he is the prototypical entrepreneur driven by vision and optimizing resources in order to succeed. Our youngest son would never be described as “outdoorsy”. He has been known to decry our walks in the woods as a form of medieval torture and has been known to cry out, “why would anyone do this to themselves on purpose?” He is his father’s son. Unfortunately, while his soul may indeed be half robot, the other half tends towards the meandering kind, wandering Walden, albeit the latter appears a deeply recessive gene. Continue reading

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