Top 10 Apple/iOS posts of 2013 on Pocketables


Earlier today we kicked off our New Year’s celebrations by going over the top 10 posts about HTC and Sprint on Pocketables from throughout 2013 – this was, of course, in respect to our loyal group of Good and EVO readers, who have stuck around since the original HTC EVO was released in May 2010.

But we don’t want to forget our iOS-using, Apple-following readers, either! We know that there’s a substantial lot of you out there, and sometimes our Apple coverage can be overshadowed by our Google coverage. So let’s take a moment to correct that now – and without further ado, I present the top 10 Apple/iOS posts of 2013 on Pocketables, chosen by our readers based on traffic!

10. How I’m using my iPad mini as my only portable computer

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We’ve seen a lot of stories from people who have tried to use an iPad as their only portable computing device, and failed. So back in February, Andreas decided to share how he was using his iPad mini as his only portable computer for quite a while, both as a teacher student, and during his teacher practice.

9. Did Apple intentionally make iOS 7 controversial to hide a bigger issue?

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iOS 7′s design was certainly one of the biggest talking points in the iOS world back in June, when Andreas asked: what if this controversy is all part of the plan?

8. My top jailbreak tweaks for the iPad mini and iOS 6.1 

For many people, jailbreaking is about enabling features that Apple’s strict control over the OS won’t allow you to have otherwise – just like rooting in the Android world. As Andreas wrote back in February, “Jailbreaking adds more functionality to iOS for me than the last few versions of iOS combined, which is why it’s such a big deal when a jailbreak actually comes out. From minor things like having a black keyboard to match a black iPad, to being able to use my old BT mouse as a teacher, to being able to provide you with screen recordings via Display Recorder, jailbreaking just adds a ton of functionality to my iPad.”

7. Five reasons I want to move away from Splashtop as my remote computer app for the iPad

Splashtop is a favorite among people who need to access their desktop computers remotely, and for Andreas, it’s one of his all time most used apps, and one of his key tools for using the iPad mini as a portable computer (see #10). However, it doesn’t come without its annoyances, so be sure to check out the five reasons Andreas started looking for a replacement, and why you might want to, as well.

6. How Notability came close to replacing GoodNotes for me, but didn’t

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Everybody loves a good note taking app, especially on a tablet like the iPad. You definitely won’t want to miss these musings on two top contenders in the iOS realm – and be sure to leave any other suggestions you might have in the comments below.

5. How to get around the “too much power”-issue when using the iPad USB camera adapter

Ever gotten this message on your iPad before? “Cannot Use Device: The connected USB device requires too much power.” As it turns out, a Lightning to USB Camera Adapter and a cheap unpowered hub is all you need to solve this problem once and for all.

4. I now understand at least part of Apple’s decision not to use microUSB

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When many people first heard of Apple’s switch to the the Lighting connector for its devices, they immediately dismissed it as more of Apple’s proprietary nonsense. However, back in January, Aaron finally realized the actual significance of such a seemingly trivial thing, and was ready to admit that – in at least one way – Apple’s new connector is superior to Google’s standards-based setup.

3. How to use an external hard drive on an iPad

While 128GB is plenty of space for most people who own iPads, certain power users are always craving more. That’s why Andreas decided to show us exactly how to get an external hard drive working on a jailbroken iPad in just a few easy steps. Easy peasy, right?

2. This is why you should always disassemble cheap Chinese charging accessories before use

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By far one of our most controversial Apple-related posts of the year, Andreas explained last January why you should always err on the side of caution why buying cheap electronics from China – the iPad mini dock that he bought could have caused some serious damage had he not had the foresight to check inside first.

1. How to download torrents on iOS

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Not all torrents lead to obtaining content illegally, but unfortunately not everyone has gotten the memo. That’s why Apple still refuses to allow any torrent clients on the App Store, but luckily there are ways for iOS users to download torrents – and you can use Safari to do so. Oh, the irony.

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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