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  • New iPad Rumors Fall 2018 Roundup

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    The new 2018 iPads are almost here, and rumors are swirling on when they'll drop, what they'll look like, and what their price point will be. Earlier, in March of this year, Apple bridged the gap between their base-model and their Pro line. We're pretty curious to see where Apple will take their Pro line and how it branches off from the current entry-level iPad. We've rounded up all the latest rumors on the iPad Pro's specs, prices, and internal hardware.

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  • ACT like case making

    “Mom, you know that psych test I told you I failed?  Well guess what, I actually got an “A-“ on it.   Apparently her ADD can also have an effect on her perceived outcomes on tests.   This is the same kid who thinks she is “bad” at running track, but won a varsity letter in track and field her sophomore year, on a team that has won back to back “big” school state championships.  There is a position of being your own worse critic, and then there is the perception of a kid going to school in a wealthy, white suburb where she is surrounded by a student body that averages 26.3 on the ACT, with the top 400 students achieving a 29.  A respectable 21 on same exam can make a person feel “stupid”.  She doesn’t even factor in that her ADD is a 50 pound anchor around her neck when trying to perform on four hour tests that are comprised of filling in little ovals with a number 2 pencil.  In a competitive world it’s always good to accurately assess whom you are competing against.

    Design can feel the same way.   First, Apple presents to the public a mind blowing design that takes function integration to an art form.  Then 100’s of case producers hit the market with their version of a product in which you will encase your iPhone.

    10's of millions of iPhone 6 and 6 plus have been sold and I guarantee the percentage of those buyers who purchase a Pad and Quill case would be demoralizing on the face of it.  But at Pad & Quill we aren’t interested in grabbing market share by producing a cheap piece of silicon.  Our primary focus is to celebrate the craftsmen we employ by bringing to market a case that makes the ACT 29er’s pause, look, then try to replicate.  We mean to delight our customers with design and function that is rarely paralleled.  We strive to make our cases, sleeves and bags an organic extension of the paradigm shift usually associated with an Apple release.

    We believe our cases for iPhone 6 and 6 plus, in addition to our new line for the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 will do just that.

    Kari

    Mrs PQ

  • The Yin/Yang of the PQ marriage

    As my declaration of need for an audio office evoked such a lively discussion in our “comments” section on Facebook, I determined a trek to the Apple Store was warranted.  I have conducted audio experiments in side-by-side comparisons of Bose, Dr. Dre Beats, and Apple standard issue headphones. Dr. Bose won in a landslide.  Noise cancelling will be deferred for now, but sound quality will not, I'm going for the other Doctor of headphones.

    As the Memorial weekend brought luxurious weather, it seemed fitting that a paddle on our local chain of lakes should preface a trip to the Uptown Apple Store.

    “I need to get a hat.”  Great, Hoigaards, our local, family-owned outdoor store is on the way.

    “I was thinking of the haberdashery.”

    I seriously doubt they sell bucket hats at the local haberdashery.

    It’s a Henry vs Humphrey style debate that plays out regularly in our house.

    He says, “I need shorts”.  I say, “Great REI is having a sale. “  He says, “I was thinking Banana Republic”

    We go for cocktails.    I say, “Hand me a long neck Bud Light with a vodka shot in the neck.”   He says, “Hendricks, straight, on the rocks”.

    He is “shaken, not stirred” while I am known to belt my favorite rendition of “Jose Cuervo” while getting dressed for the night.  (Truth be told, I favor Don Julio Reposado but that doesn’t rhyme as well)

    It’s Pad & Quill in a nutshell.  We hold our love of natural beauty and skilled craftsmanship in a 24 year relational weave of yin and yang, black and white, “little bit country/little bit rock and roll” tapestry and somehow by God’s grace it all works out.

    It’s like how our product line compliments and works together.  The Bella Fino for my iPhone 5, which I love for its simplicity and ruggedness, slips perfectly in my Field Bag pocket.  It’s almost like Mr. PQ planned it that way.

    It’s almost like he knew Father’s Day was coming up so we are showcasing two of our most beautiful iPad cases this week.  The Aria for iPad Air and the new Walden Case for iPad Air and iPad mini

    I’m going off the grid next week, which should allow Mr. PQ a rejoinder to my many musings.  I’ll return with a full report on iPhone 5s GPS, Gaia GPS, GoalZero solar chargers and how to get lost without being lost in the Superior National Forest.

    Kari

    Mrs PQ

  • Highschool Fires, Drama and iPhone 6

    We received the unenviable broadcast text from the high school principal: do not panic, there was a small car fire in the parking lot, it’s been put out and no children were injured.  The wait begins.   Eventually, the subsequent text came from the driving kid assuring us that her car was just fine.  As the Tall, Lanky one just wrapped his role as Francisco Franco and an aristocrat in Evita; we’ve had enough drama in the house for now, we didn’t need to add burnt-out car to the list.

     

    Since I rarely address my children by their given name, unless they are in trouble, I simply had to look up “tall, lanky one in Spanish”.  Alto Lago wasn’t terribly inspiring so it won’t likely christen an iPhone 6 design, no matter how phabulous the phone might be.

     

    Waiting and drama efficiently summarize the mood at Pad and Quill world headquarters these days.  With Angela Ahrendts taking over the helm of retail and online stores at Apple, we of course are curious if she will bring a sense of Burberry and Donna Karan to Apple or if Apple will remain married to it’s sleek, techno plastic, metal and glass visage.  Apple certainly redesigned the shopping experience for the consumer, so it will be intriguing to see what her influence will bring about.

     

    iPhone 6 rumors abound, it sounds like I have until about September to complete my iPhone 5s education.   Daunting, however, I did discover that in addition to a trusty flashlight I also now have a $500 compass and a GPS system.  The later being magnificent because we’ve discovered geo caching and the wonder of getting lost without being lost in the wild woods.

     

    We’ve not seemed to break from the grasp of winter quite yet, so it’s chicken potpie for dinner, recipe courtesy of Tyler Florence and my iPad Mini propped in a Contega Linen case,  a combo that’s an excellent choice for the grad or dad in your life.

     

    Kari

    MrsPQ

  • What Will Apple be up to the Rest of 2014?

    Spring is officially here, which means that a quarter of the year is already up. We’ve already seen a few of the things that Apple has done, but what are they planning on for the other nine months of this year?

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  • Chef Florence, moody boys and craftsman

    We’ve had some moody menfolk in the Pad and Quill household of late, and what a span of moods it is.  I’m beginning to agree with the fifteen year old who contends that men do indeed have a monthly cycle.  Mr. PQ is simply thrilled to have booked reservations at both of Tyler Florence’s restaurants in the San Francisco area at the end of this month.  Mr. PQ’s man crush on Tyler is so pervasive I’m beginning to wonder if I should worry.  Forty years of learning have taught me to wield a paring knife reasonably well but Brian is never going to see this any time soon.

     

    At the other end of the spectrum sits the thirteen year old who had the audacity to get sulky on our recent holiday to the beaches of Florida.  Notwithstanding the fact that we had escaped a week of sub zero, snowy days, he also had 6 days away from school, days in which the most pressing decision was whether to swim in the pool or the ocean.  His angst centered on his inability to craft the sand castle he wanted and his consternation that his mom could sculpt a sea turtle that passerby’s stopped to photograph.  What he failed to recognize is that his mom has a lot more years of experience working with her hands and crafting things.  His angst afforded me a moment to encourage him in working hard and practicing the things he enjoys, while recognizing there will always be someone who is more craftier, more able, more intuitive, more intelligent then you, and that you do well to learn from them.

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    After this, we constructed quite the re-creation of the Battle of Bull Run with sand, seaweed and Little Green Army Men.

     

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    This all brings me to thinking about a new line of small leather goods we are in the process of designing.  Anyone can plug in a sewing machine and beat out a folding flap of leather that holds a few credit cards. However, when you want a piece of art that offers durability as well as beauty for your iPhone or back pocket, it comes in very handy to have those sewing machines operated by folks who have been stitching for decades.   So along with being grateful for amazing chef’s, and a holiday by the sea, I’m very grateful for the excellent team of craftsmen we have in the Pad and Quill family.

    Kari

    (Mrs PQ)

  • Curated means?

    I'm not always known as the grammar expert here at PQ. Not only does Mrs. PQ points this out, but occasionally a friendly customer. I had a general idea what 'curated' meant, but needed to back up with some authority so I went to the Internet...

    According to dictionary.com, one of the definitions is the following:

    "to pull together, sift through, and select for presentation, as music or website content"

    That's about right, I'm going with it. Several months back we wanted to bring in a local artist to showcase their work on our Author Series for iPad Air and Mini cases. The search was not hard as Tamrah Ryan is a good friend of Pad & Quill and has a great eye for design.

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    Tamrah is a local photographer, business owner, wife and mom of 3 boys.  She recently opened her own Etsy Store (I know eCommerce guy, I'm not supposed to link to other stores then PQ, I don't care), so Check out her Etsy store! as it's filled with lovely curated vintage items that are worthy of purchase. I think you will see right away her passion for unique stuff.

     

     

     

    We reached out to her and asked if she would mind pulling together some patterns, sifting through them and getting her favorite ones ready to present to our customers.  Sound like a familiar definition?

    She began by researching and designing with our own Will Bowe some unique patterns that we could screen print on our tough bindery cloths.  The vision was something that would really make a statement and yet still remain refined. After many patterns she found the 5 worthy of being called 'Curated'.  These are all unique and quite gorgeous.  You can take any spine color or elastic and mix/match to create your very own case or a case for that someone special.

    Here are two of my favorite patterns. Let us know what yours are in comments below!

    Bright Red with Circles

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    French roast with Metallic Gold Quatrefoil

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    Again, take a look at Tamrah's Etsy store, pick up a unique gift then if you feel inclined come on back and check out her work on our Author cases as well.

    Thanks!

    Brian

    Mr PQ

     

  • How Will the New iPads Stand Up to the Competition?

    The two newest iPads—the iPad Air and iPad Mini 2—were only released a few months ago, but it’s time to take a look at how they stack up against the competition. Some of the most notable rivals include the Galaxy Note 10.1 and Nexus 10 and though there are more, those two are the ones we’ll be comparing to the iPads.

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  • Looking Back at the Best of 2013 for Apple

    This past year we saw some really innovative material coming out of Apple's corner, from iOS 7 for iPhones to two new iPads. Here's a look back at the best that Apple produced in 2013.

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  • Plastic Cases Happen

    They meant well.  We all know that, but when you received that bejeweled iPad case, smiled and thanked your loved one. Right at that moment... know that Pad & Quill was thinking about you. We understand the guilt of being appreciative to the gift giver, but...not so much of the plastic iPad case. There is something about bright pink/black plastic and fake diamonds that just does not work with your design ethic.  Yet at the same time you are very appreciative of the giver and their efforts.  It's tough.

    You will notice that at Pad & Quill we try to minimize the degree we use plastic material in our construction. When we set out to craft products we use some litmus tests to help us refine what we are about to produce. A couple of those include:

    - Is the product largely constructed by hand, by passionate, well trained craftsmen?

    - Is our product organic, sourced from natural elements and in keeping with good stewardship of our environment?

    These two litmus tests do not leave much room for the bejeweled encrusted iPad case and that's why December 26th is a good day for you!  For one day, all of our iPad cases are 15% off and our most popular iPhone case, the Little Pocket Book is $10 off.

    The motivation of the giver, that's always the best part of Christmas. With that said, we hope you like our gift to you for December 26th!

    Mr PQ

     

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