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iOS 8 Announcement Overview at MacStories

Apple really knocked everyone's socks off yesterday with the announcement of some long over due features (alternate keyboards, widgets, real iCloud photo storage) and completely surprising ones (Continuity, SMS Messaging on all devices, Family Share, iCloud Drive) for the upcoming iOS 8. MacStories has an excellent overview which is more comprehensive than I would be able to write myself, so go forth and read now about what is going to be an incredible release!

 

Stylus Review: The Maglus Stylus from Applydea

The Maglus Stylus from Applydea is one of the nicest looking styluses I've ever seen. Made from machined aluminum, the Maglus feels as nice to hold as it is to look at.

Maglus Stylus compared to iPad Mini with Retina Display

Maglus Stylus compared to iPad Mini with Retina Display

Overview

The Maglus has a few unique features that make it stand out from the crowd of other rubber tipped styluses:

  • Replaceable tips
  • Embedded magnet for storage

Currently, the Maglus ships with two rubber tips. It's great that a replacement tip is supplied. Not only do you get the extra tip, but it comes in a cool keyring capsule so you can easily keep track of it. Maglus also offers optional Microfibre tips, which are sold in pairs.

The embedded magnet is a handy feature which allows the stylus to be stored against the iPad or Smart Cover without any additional accessories. Do you use alternate protection for your iPad? Applydea has (aheem) got you covered by supplying a stylish magnetic sticker that can stick wherever you want it to to keep the Maglus in a handy location.

Maglus Stylus and Accessories

Maglus Stylus and Accessories

Use

For this review, I used the Maglus for sketching on the Retina iPad Mini with the Paper by Fifty Three and Procreate apps. The Maglus is responsive and as accurate as a rubber-tipped stylus can be. The rubber tip has excellent firmness that I noticed and liked immediately. (I've since tested other manufacturers' rubber-tipped styluses and have found those to be overly squishy.)

I spent some time switching between the Maglus' standard rubber tip and the Microfibre tip. The Microfibre tip has the exact same firmness and feel but with less drag than the rubber tip. The Microfibre tip glides across the iPad's glass smoothly and accurately. Overall, I found I preferred the Microfibre tip. It would be great if the Maglus shipped with one of each tip.

Tip removed. Microfibre tip left, standard rubber tip right.

Tip removed. Microfibre tip left, standard rubber tip right.

As much as I've enjoyed the Maglus, it does have two negatives that I think should be mentioned. The first is something that is inherent to all rubber tipped styluses: precision of placement. Although the Maglus is the most accurate rubber tipped stylus I've used, that same large rubber tip makes precision difficult. Precision can be had, but it requires a lot of zooming in and out. The other negative is its weight. The Maglus is well built, in that I found it to be a bit heavy for long durations. One session, I sketched for over an hour and the weight of the stylus in my hand was definitely noticeable.

Bottom Line

The Maglus is the best of the rubber tipped styluses I've used to date. I looks good, feels great in your hand and provides accurate control, which is about all you can ask from a rubber-tipped stylus. Combined with the added accessories, it's a winning combination that I highly recommend, provided the few negatives don't bother you.

The Maglus Stylus can be ordered directly from Applydea's website for $35.99, with free shipping to the U.S. The Microfirbe tips cost an extra $9.99. The Maglus Stylus also comes in anodized black for $26.99 as well as a 15% smaller mini version.

The Maglus Stylus was provided by Applydea as a review unit. Read the iPad HQ review policy here.

Godzilla: Strike Zone Game for iOS Released

From the App Store description:

"Join a squadron of military heroes on a dangerous mission to face the ultimate force of nature: GODZILLA. Experience the breathtaking high-altitude sky jump from the movie as you air-drop into a devastated San Francisco and embark on a series of first-person rescue missions to evacuate survivors before it's too late. Your courage has never been more needed than it is today. See GODZILLA in theaters May 16."

This movie tie-in game comes to you completely free with no in app purchases. Might be terrible but could be great too… Probably not but hey, it's totally free!

 

Much ado about the iPad

Riccardo Mori discusses the "withering iPad" and it's future.

"Also, it would be interesting to further investigate where those ‘unrealistic expectations’ come from. I’m aware it’s not a huge statistical sample, but considering the people I know, online and offline, who own an iPad, and considering the people I’ve helped with their iPad, virtually none of them has manifested dissatisfaction with the device in an ‘unmet expectations’ kind of way. Everyone I know seems to have been aware of the scope of the device when they purchased it. They knew or understood what they could and what they could not do with it. There has been the occasional nuisance, but nothing that can be considered a ‘deal breaker."