New ‘Sidefari’ App Allows iPad Users to View Side-by-Side Safari Windows

While Apple introduced a Split View mode in iOS 9 for iPad users to be able to use two apps side-by-side, it did not allow users to open two Safari windows side-by-side. A new app called Sidefari from developer Francisco Cantu (via MacStories) allows users to have two webpages open side-by-side to meet various browsing needs.

sidefariThe app works by using Safari View Controller to open a second webpage via Split View. To activate Sidefari, all a user has to do is open the Slide Over app picker and choose Sidefari. The app also works in multiple sizes, allowing users to use Sidefari to take up either half the screen or smaller. Sidefari is only available for the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro as they are the only devices that support multitasking.

Sidefari for iPad is available in the App Store for $0.99. [Direct Link]
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Staples Debuts iPad Pro Pre-Orders With November 25 Launch Date

With Sam’s Club having started taking pre-orders for the iPad Pro on Friday and selling out within hours and MacMall also moving to accept pre-orders ahead of an expected launch next week, Staples is the latest major U.S. retailer to allow customers to begin placing orders for the new device.

Staples is offering all Wi-Fi models of the iPad Pro for pre-order, as well as a number of accessories including the Apple Pencil, Smart Keyboard, and both Smart Covers and Silicone Cases in charcoal gray and white. One catch for those looking to order through Staples is that the office supply retailer is quoting a launch of November 25, the day before Thanksgiving. With Apple and other retailers apparently anticipating a launch towards the end of next week, Staples customers wouldn’t be among the first to get their hands on the new device.

Staples is also not offering any discounts on the iPad Pro at this time, selling the 32 GB models for $799 and 128 GB models for $949. The Apple Pencil is priced at $99 and the Smart Keyboard is available for $169, while the Smart Covers are priced at $59 and the Silicone Cases at $79.

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Cardinals manager Matheny trying MLB-approved iPad in dugout

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Fantastical for iPhone Adds 3D Touch Support, Fantastical for iPad Gains Split-Screen Multitasking

Flexibits today updated its popular Fantastical 2 apps for the iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch with support for a range of iOS 9 and iPhone 6s features. Fantastical 2 for iPad now includes split-screen multitasking support, letting it be used simultaneously with other apps with iOS 9’s Slide Over and Split-View multitasking modes.

With Slide Over, users can pause one task to access their calendars to quickly schedule events or reminders, and with Split-View, Fantastical 2 can be used alongside another app. Slide Over works on the iPad Air and later and the iPad mini 2 and later, while Split-View is available on the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 4.

The iPad version of Fantastical 2 also includes new iOS 9 keyboard shortcuts when using an external Bluetooth keyboard that are accessible when holding down the command key.

Fantastical 2 for the iPhone now includes support for 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. A firm press on the Fantastical app icon on these devices will bring up a list of Quick Actions that lets users see upcoming events, add a new event, view reminders, and search through their calendars.

On the Apple Watch, the Fantastical 2 app is now native on devices running watchOS 2, improving loading speeds and app opening times. There are also now Fantastical complications that include a “go to date” option, which can be used on any watchOS 2 watch face that supports complications.

In addition to these major changes, there are several improvements and bug fixes that are common to both the iPhone and iPad apps. A full list of these minor enhancements are below:

– Additional iOS 9 fixes and improvements
– Improved design for week view
– Tap and hold on locations or URLs to choose an app to open them in (e.g. Google Maps or Apple Maps)
– Multiple invitation notifications are now shown separately instead of grouped into a single notification
– Improved highlight weekends for countries that have weekends on Friday and Saturday
– Fixed hang when adding new events with VoiceOver
– Fixed location and phone data detectors not appearing in event titles

Fantastical 2 for iPhone and Apple Watch is available from the App Store for $4.99. [Direct Link]

Fantastical 2 for iPad is available from the App Store for $9.99. [Direct Link]

Disney Artists Go Hands-On With Upcoming iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

Apple today sent a few iPad Pros over to Disney, where Disney animators were able to use them alongside the Apple Pencil to test out the iPad Pro’s drawing and sketching capabilities in a professional environment.

Disney Story Artist Jeff Ranjo shared a Periscope that demonstrates the iPad Pro in action, and several images of the Disney team’s drawings were shared on Twitter. The Disney team was using a beta version of popular drawing app Procreate, which has been updated to work with the iPad Pro, and an iPad Pro version of Paper by Fiftythree was also shown off.

Apple brought in some cool new toys. If I could get the artists to put them down then I could get a turn.

— Paul Hildebrandt (@paulhildebrandt) October 6, 2015

In the Periscope, Ranjo was impressed with the grip of the iPad Pro’s screen when used with the Pencil, and he also was a fan of the palm rejection features. When drawing on an iPad Pro, the palm of a hand can be rested on the screen, but it’s still responsive to zoom gestures. At the end of the video, which is well worth watching to see the iPad in action, he says “Let’s order a bunch of them.”

Several additional photos were shared by Disney Product Manager Paul Hildebrandt. Disney Story Artist Paul Briggs used the iPad Pro to sketch Olaf from the movie Frozen, while longtime Disney artist Paul Felix drew classic Disney character Mickey Mouse.

Apple’s iPad Pro, Pencil, and Smart Keyboard will launch in November. Apple has not yet provided an exact release date for the new tablet, but recent rumors have suggested it could debut early in the month.

Apple to Launch 4K 21.5-inch Retina iMac Next Week, iPad Pro in Early November

Apple plans to introduce the rumored 21.5-inch Retina iMac next week, reports 9to5Mac. There will be several models that could show up in stores as early as October 13, but supplies may be somewhat limited until production ramps up in November. As ha…

MacRumors Giveaway: Win an Onanoff Sound Cover to Amplify Your iPad’s Sound

For this week’s giveaway, we’ve teamed up with Onanoff to give away a Sound Cover for the iPad Air or iPad Air 2. Onanoff’s Sound Covers are cases that are designed to amplify the iPad’s volume by up to 400 percent while also offering protection for the iPad.

The Sound Cover includes built-in flat panel stereo speakers that both boost and improve sound coming from the iPad. According to Onanoff, it turns the iPad into a mini sound system that can be taken anywhere and used for music, movies, video conferencing, and gaming.

The built-in iPad speakers usually face away from the user that diminishes the user experience whereas the Sound Cover can be positioned in a way to radiate directly at the user. For all genres of music, the Sound Cover gives an extraordinary and enhanced user experience wherever audio is required.

The Sound Cover is also compatible with non-iPad devices, as it uses a Bluetooth connection to stream audio. It includes a 3,300 mAh battery that lasts for up to 15 hours of playback, and it has a built-in microphone. The Sound Cover is 14mm thick and weighs 1.2 pounds, which is relatively thin and light considering it has speakers built into it.

Onanoff’s Sound Covers come in three colors to match the finishes of the iPad. They are available from the Onanoff website for $199, but MacRumors readers can get a 20 percent discount using the code MACRUMORS.

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‘Tweetbot 4’ Debuts With Universal iPad Support, Split-Screen Multitasking and New Activity View

Tapbots today launched its long-awaited Tweetbot 4 update, which brings a slew of important changes to the popular Twitter client. Most notably, today’s update expands support to the iPad, making Tweetbot 4 a universal app for the first time and bringing an updated look to the tablet version of the app.

tweetbotforipadTweetbot 4 on iPad, landscape mode
Tweetbot for the iPad has not been updated since June of 2014 and it was never given a refreshed look in line with the design updates introduced in iOS 7, so today’s new iPad app is a welcome change. On the iPad, Tweetbot 4 includes the same clean design that was introduced on the iPhone with Tweetbot 3. Tweetbot 4 includes support for Apple’s newest operating system, iOS 9, and it works with the split-screen multitasking feature on Apple’s newer iPads.

tweetbotsplitscreenmultitaskingTweetbot 4 split-screen multitasking
For the first time, Tweetbot 4 introduces a landscape view that’s available on the iPad and the iPhone. In landscape mode on the iPhone 6/6s Plus or iPad, the app is able to display two windows side-by-side, so users can watch their timelines and another section like mentions or lists at the same time.

tweetbotlandscapeiphone6splusTweetbot 4’s new landscape mode on the iPhone 6s Plus
Feature wise, the new Tweetbot includes a Statistics and Activity View. The Activity View displays Twitter’s feed of recent follows, comments, and retweets, while the Statistics View gives a daily overview of retweets, follows, and favorites, all displayed on a graph.

tweetbotstatsandactivityNew Activity and Statistics Views

Enjoy keeping track of how popular your tweets are or how many new followers you get each day? Fall in love with the new Statistics view. Watch your tweets get faved and retweeted in real time (on a WiFi network), and see your daily global activity graph grow over the last 7 days. See all of the recent activity happening on your account in real time on the Activity view. Watch people follow, mention, retweet, fave, and quote you live.

Mute filters have been improved in this version of the app, and there’s support for Quick Reply from Notifications. It’s now possible to mute keywords, hashtags, and clients directly from the dedicated mute section, and there are options for setting a specific length of time for the mute and toggling whether it affects mentions, searches, and lists.

Profiles have been redesigned to be more streamlined, and the user interface has a tweaked look that updates the colors and includes a redesigned Tweet window. Along with this, Tapbots has also included several under-the-hood optimizations that are designed to make Tweetbot 4 run better.

tweetbot4newdesignRedesigned look for the user interface
Tweetbot 4 is a new app that’s priced at $4.99 for all users, new and old. The $4.99 price is a limited time offer to celebrate launch, after which the price will go up to $9.99. Previous Twitter users who purchased Tweetbot 3 will continue to be able to get Tweetbot 4 for $4.99 even after the launch sale has ended via a bundle discount that Tapbots is offering. [Direct Link]