What’s Up With Apple? A Look at What Goes on BEHIND the Screens!

It may surprise you, but Apple does so much more than just put out cool tech. Yes, the first thing you think of when you hear “Apple” might be “iPhone”, but that’s not where their story stops. Between interactive in-store experiences, seamless mash-ups with other brands, and continually pushing the boundaries of what they can do with the many properties they own, there’s plenty you can explore from the gang who made black turtlenecks cool again!

Carpool Karaoke: The Series — Apple Comes out Swinging with Some Musical Fun on Apple Music!

Let’s start with Carpool Karaoke: The Series!

Did you know Apple has their own shows on Apple Music? I didn’t!

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – AUGUST 07: Former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal (L) and Carpool Karaoke Series Executive Producer James Corden at Apple Music Launch Party Carpool Karaoke: The Series with James Corden on August 7, 2017, in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Apple)

But Carpool Karaoke: The Series is the brainchild of James Corden and Ben Winston—the gents who first brought Carpool Karaoke to life on The Late Late Show with James Corden—and Eric Pankowski, CBS’ former Senior Vice President of Programming and Development. It pairs musicians with celebrities who’d usually find themselves talented otherwise, challenging them with karaoke adventures that involve all sorts of antics! With big names like Alicia Keys, Shaquille O’Neal and Maisie Williams, you get a very different experience each episode!

Check it out on Apple Music!

REVIEW: Finding My Flow with the iPad Pro

They say ignorance is bliss.

We don’t know what we don’t know, and before I got my hands on an iPad Pro, I was blissfully unaware just how much this sweet piece of hardware would change how I live my life.

The iPad Pro’s not my first rodeo with the product line—I bought a 64 GB iPad 2 back in 2011 to work on my daily blog while we were away on honeymoon. (I even made a pit stop at a Paris Apple Store—twice—because I’d forgotten my Apple Wireless Keyboard at home. Twice because I’d picked up an AZERTY keyboard the first time instead of a QWERTY… but back to our regular program.)

In 2015, a couple of 16 GB iPad Minis came my way through my work with Swiffer and Netflix—their Bluetooth 4 meant I could use third-party styli like the Adonit Pixel and the Wacom Bamboo Stylus, but I always found the experience… lacking.

Sure it was great to draw right onto the screen, but part of the reason I’d never fully switched over to digital art was because drawing on paper felt so natural and I just didn’t get that with these tools. From everything I saw, I thought us still a good way from technology managing to capture the soul that makes art what it is.

And I didn’t know how completely wrong I was ’til I got my hands on an iPad Pro.

The iPad Pro — Changing the Way We Tablet!

The iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil do more than let you draw on-screen smoothly and responsively—it’s actually inspired me to get back into drawing!

Beating March Break Boredom with Apple’s iPad and the App Store!

It struck me today that this is the last time for a while I can be so nonchalant about March Break.

My eldest son starts kindergarten in September, and from the mere glimpse I’ve seen of school life so far, it seems the pursuit of education is just as hard for parents as it is for the kids going through it.

So I sympathise—I’ve filled criminal reference checks for the volunteering I didn’t see coming. I’ve sat outside for hours in near-freezing weather to land my boys spots in a reputable childcare program. We fight hard to build routines for our children so we can live our own lives, which is why I know “March Break” is quite possibly the worst-named week ever.

The lead-up to March Break is a scramble—do you find a day camp? Take the time off work? Suffer overcrowded family facilities with the hope it’ll be somewhat enjoyable? Parenting’s already tough enough when you’re not competing with every other parent, so you’d better keep some secret weapons in your arsenal if you hope to survive the week!