iOS App

  • iPhone 5 and iOS 6: Outdated or Classic?

    Apple's iOS for the iPhone is a classic. Since its debut in 2007, it's not only set the industry standard for all other mobile operating systems, but it's barely changed when it comes to the user interface and design. While some would argue that iOS 6 for the iPhone 5 is so good that major changes just aren't necessary, other Apple fans are calling for a redesign that keeps pace with Apple's competitors.
     

    The iPhone 5 and iOS 6 Dilemma

     
    Should you make a good thing better, or avoid messing with a classic? That's the question Apple will have to answer when it comes to launching a fresh version of iOS. Many argue that the design of Apple's iOS needs a facelift, especially in light of the new upgrades to Windows, Android, and Blackberry operating systems.
     
    Are the turtles catching up to the hare? Or is Apple prepared to up the ante once again with a new iOS? Rumor has it—according to Wired.com and other reputable sources—that Apple is showing signs of preparing for a major overhaul to the iOS interface and design.
     
    Redesigning the iOS interface is a tricky prospect. Although the clamor for a facelift to iOS 6 is growing from Apple users, the redesign would have to walk a fine line between remaining true to the intuitive nature of Apple's iconic user interface and unveiling changes that are significant enough and modern enough to appease its fans.
     

    The Case for Innovation

     
    What are some of the changes Apple fans would like to see with the new iOS? According to Wired.com staff writer Christina Bonnington, fresh, modern design is at the top of the wish list. Fewer swipes and clicks would be another bonus. Windows Phone 8 and Android have already surpassed iOS with fewer clicks to access apps, including on-screen previews of what's in the app, such as the current temperature or the first few words of a Notes app.
     
    More personalization is another update users are hoping for with a new iOS. Other operating systems already offer personalization beyond the current capability of Apple's iOS, and critics argue that Apple will continue to fall behind if they don't act soon.
     

    The Case for a Classic

     
    Even while Apple fans are starting to rally for a redesign, most of them would still admit that iOS 6 has its perks. The intuitive, touch-based interface has changed the way we approach technology and literally re-educated the masses on how to interact with mobile phones and other devices.
     
    The logical layout makes the Apple iPhone 5 easy to use, and the simple design makes it easy for new smartphone users to quickly get up to speed on how to navigate their mobile device. Although Apple fans are hoping for an iOS facelift, we're betting that most of them still want to see the same level of user-centered design in the evolution of Apple's iOS.
     

    iPhone 5 Cases

     
    Need a case for iPhone 5? Check out Pad & Quill's handmade iPhone 5 cases. Thin, unique, practical, and handmade—can't get better than that! Free shipping when you order any other case or accessory.

  • 19th Century Romantic

    As a small business owner I am constantly adapting to market shifts and technology advancements.  For a nineteenth century romantic, this can be daunting.  But, I do peruse the tech blogs and fight the zombie stare when Mr. PQ is explaining things to me, just managing to cling to the tail of a rapidly advancing society.  I love  iPad mini, and my iPhone 5, even more as it’s encased in a PQ Little Pocket Book.  That being said, I use a sand timer for my tea, hike with a compass and generally run gadget free.  There is value in remembering life before technology, in most cases.

     

     

    Earlier this week a parcel arrived from our new merchant service provider.  As I extracted the contents I showcased each new item for Will and Karl (Operations and Customer Service)  A new iOS credit card scanner, (“sweet”, Will and Karl) new software to install (“awesome” Will and Karl), and a stack of carbon duplicate sheets for credit card transactions.  Cue the blank stares and crickets.  I don’t necessarily like being old enough to remember the days of hand cranking a credit card receipt, or worse yet, hand writing the entries, but the boys perplexity was priceless.  Karl had a faint memory of having seen one in a hipster vinyl store, Will was still trying to imagine how those carbon sheets sales would hit his inventory software in the cloud.  Meanwhile I was busy reminiscing about the good old days when a transaction could be penciled rubbed onto a paper, mailed to a bank, debited from an account and some 10-14 days later a check would arrive back to the merchant.

     

     

    As our dear Uncle Mel once said when he learned that transactions are not hand written anymore "Damn, it’s just like printing money"(true story).  Not quite Uncle Mel but close.   Though much has changed in how money is exchanged, some things still remain the same. A company delivering handmade quality goods to customers has never gone out of fashion for this days of old reminiscing girl.

     

     

    Mrs. PQ

     

  • How to protect your iPhone from damage, loss, and theft

    If you're anxious about scratching up your new iPhone 5, you're not alone. Most smartphone owners with a new phone are worried about scratches, spills, cracked screens, and theft. The cost of buying or replacing a smartphone is enough to keep you up at night. But by taking a few extra steps to protect your phone, you can let yourself relax a little.
     
    Here are a few tips for protecting your new iPhone:
     

    1. Install a security app.

     
    One of the first steps you should take when you get your new iPhone 5 is to install an app that allows you to find your phone in case you lose it, lock the device remotely, and wipe the device clean in case of theft. It only takes a few minutes, but you'll be glad you did it.
     

    2. Use an iPhone case to prevent accidental damage.

     
    For added protection, use a full case that protects the screen as well as the body. A well-made iPhone case will last longer than your smartphone and prevent minor damage as well as the major stuff.
     
    Keep in mind that the less your case screams, "I'm an iPhone!" the better. The design for Pad & Quill's iPhone 5 cases is similar to a small leather notebook. No one would know that it holds a device worth several hundred dollars.
     
    iPhone cases for prior models will not work for the iPhone 5, since the screen is longer. If you upgraded from the iPhone 4 or earlier models, you'll need a new case for the iPhone 5.
     

    3. Keep track of your iPhone.

     
    We know—you can drive yourself crazy trying to keep track of your smartphone all the time. One of the best ways to stop losing your phone is to get in the habit of keeping it in the same place all the time.
     
    For example, when you're at home, leave it at the charging station. When you're out and about, keep it in your purse or in a pocket that's deep enough to keep the phone from falling out. If you make the effort to consciously keep track of your phone, eventually it will become a habit that you don't even need to think about.
     

    4. Purchase insurance for your mobile device.

     
    Accidents happen. So does theft. A mobile device insurance policy can give you peace of mind for the unexpected.
     
    Compare insurance plans between AppleCare, your mobile service provider, and independent companies such as eSurranty. Check what types of damage they cover, how often you can make a claim, the cost of coverage per year, and the amount of your deductible should something happen to your iPhone.
     
    Does the policy include lost and stolen iPhones? What about cracked screens or water damage? If they replace your phone, is it with a new or refurbished model? Know what's covered before you buy so that you don't end up with any surprises later on.
     

    Pad & Quill Case for iPhone 5

     
    Is your iPhone protected? Check out our selection of handcrafted iPhone 5 cases. Durability, style, and theft protection—all in one simple case.
     
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  • The Contega Begs for an App

    The idea for an iPad and iPhone App occurred to me back in early 2010 when we first began the Pad and Quill case company.  The fact that your iPad was surrounded by a gorgeous hand made case, like the Octavo or Contega, seemed to beg for a note taking App of equal beauty.  Time flew by, as making cases and building our little company out of the basement then replaced said App dreams.  Until about 5 months ago, when we were introduced to Fabulously Retro and Daniel the lead App developer.  Daniel and I both shared a passion for moleskine notebooks, iPads and awesome leather cases.  A business marriage made in heaven.

     

    We are excited to provide you a sneak preview of the forthcoming Pad and Quill App.  Designed to feel just like the classic journal this App is simple, intuitive and still allows for more complex note organization.  Taking quick or more thoughtful notes has never been this lovely.  Hand coded with beautiful page turning animations, custom covers for your notebooks and of course the signature PQ bookmark, that always brings you back to your table of contents.  Utilizing iCloud, all of your notes stay in perfect sync between the iPhone and iPad and are safely backed up in iCloud.  Stay tuned for availability at the Apple App Store and special App giveaways by following us on twitter @padandquill or becoming a fan on our 'Pad and Quill' Facebook page!

     

    -Mr. PQ

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