Review of the Apple Pencil Case from Noreve – Stylish Storage

Noreve Apple Pencil Case on Pixelbook

Like the Pixelbook Pen for the Google Pixelbook, the Apple Pencil for the iPad Pro is a handy but expensive accessory.  Protecting it while it is not in use is key and there are a lot of options to do just that on the market.  But when it comes to style and functionality of cases and protection for gear, few will match Noreve.  The St. Tropez, France company has been making couture cases for phones, laptop and tables for years and their first take on a case for the Apple Pencil is no exception.  It looks and feels couture in every way.

Noreve recently sent me their slim case for the Apple Pencil to review and like so many other Noreve products, it is impressive in every way and is a fitting case for an impressive device.

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Apple Seeds Fifth iOS 11.4 Beta to Testers

Control Center in iOS 11

A fifth and likely final beta build of iOS 11.4 arrived yesterday for those who are in the Apple Beta program.  The update doesn’t bring any new features to the platform other than what has already been discussed but does bring a few fixes.

The update weighs in at 2.2GB, indicating that this is the full build and is likely a release candidate build.  For those new to beta testing, release candidates are generally the build that a developer wants to release as the general availability (GA) release.  In other words, they feel their work is done and barring a show stopping bug being found, this should be the build everyone sees when 11.4 is released.

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Apple Stops Signing iOS 11.3 With Downgrades No Longer an Option

iPhone X

With the release of iOS 11.3.1 last week, Apple has stopped signing iOS 11.3 meaning that iPhone and iPad owners can no longer downgrade from the latest build.  Long time Apple followers will know that this is normal for the Cupertino company to do after a release of an update or major version of the platform.

For the majority of iOS users, the removal of 11.3 won’t be a big deal.  Most owners don’t downgrade after an update unless there are bugs or other use impacting issues.  With virtually none reported, it was just a matter of when Apple stopped signing it.

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Apple Podcasts Service Reaches 50 Billion All-Time Downloads

Apple Podcasts

The short of it is, Apple Podcasts are doing well.  The service, which launched way back in 2005 as a part of iTunes, has slowly been building both content and users of the now independent app for iPhone and iOS.  Now, according to a report from Fast Company, the Cupertino company has now seen some 50 billion all time downloads on the service.

In all, there are some 18.5 million podcast episodes available for download in Apple Podcasts with over 100 languages supported in those episodes.  It is a staggering number on the whole and is a proof point that Apple has positioned itself well as being the go-to place to find a podcast on virtually any subject out there.

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Apple Releases iOS 11.3.1 With Several Security Fixes

iOS 11.3.1 Update

Today Apple has released a small update to iOS for iPhone and iPad devices.  The update is iOS 11.3.1 and addresses a handful of security flaws found in the mobile platform.  The update is a relatively small at 105MB that should take less than 10 minutes to download and install based on your connectivity.

As for fixes, there are four outlined in the release notes having to do with elevated privileges or malicious code.  First, the Crash Reporter was patched against a memory corruption issue that could allow for elevated privileges to happen.  This error was found by Google Project Zero.

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Android Tablet Sales Drop 10% in The Last Quarter of 2016

Nexus 9

While there were a few bright spots, the Android tablet market continued to constrict in the last quarter of 2016 according to Strategy Analytics.  The site Q4 2016 report is out and with it, you see that overall, Android tablet sales dropped by 10% year-over-year with Samsung seeing a 10% drop themselves year-over-year.  Interestingly, relatively new comer Huawei saw a 49% increase in growth over last year as they made their first significant efforts in the tablet space in 2016.  It seems to have paid off – at least for now.  Amazon also enjoyed a nice growth rate of 21% thanks to their Fire lineup of Android-powered tablets.

The news on tablet sales didn’t just impact Android.  Apple saw a 19% drop in iPad sales year-over-year in Q4 2016.

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