Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Apple MagSafe Wallet Review

 Apple MagSafe Wallet



I will admit that I was shocked when during the recent Apple Keynote unveiling the iPhone 12 family, when the speaker introduced the "MagSafe Wallet for iPhone 12". Apple's MagSafe Wallet seems remarkably similar to our BulletTrain SAFE WALLET Mini in many ways. This video from MacRumors goes into detail on the MagSafe wallet.

As the designer of the SAFE WALLET I believe our SAFE WALLET models for iPhone 12 will be infinitely better for the following reasons:

Reason 1: CAPACITY 

The BulletTrain SAFE WALLET can easily hold 5 credit cards, plus a couple of cash bills. The Apple MagSafe Wallet can hold 2 cards comfortably. 

Reason 2: EASE OF INSERTION & Removal

From what I have seen with the Apple MagSafe Wallet can cram a third card in, but it becomes difficult to remove it. Apple incorporated a very similar thumb slider on their MagSafe Wallet but it is MUCH shorter than the thumb slider on the SAFE WALLET, thus the SAFE WALLET thumb slider is much more effective and easier to use.

Reason 3: Wallet Security

From what I have seen with the Apple MagSafe Wallet as witnessed in the video above the MagSafe Wallet can easily fall/slide off the MagSafe Case or iPhone 12. With the BulletTrain SAFE WALLET this will NEVER happen. So basically, with the MagSafe it appears it would be easy to lose, but with the SAFE WALLET this could not occur. Also, walking around in public with MagSafe wallet potentially makes you a target as people can see you have your wallet next to your head, whereas with the SAFE WALLET it is stealth and invisible as your wallet contents are safelyconcealed.

Reason 4: Built-in Portrait & Landscape Stand

The SAFE WALLET has a built-in MagicStand door feature which allows the user to hold up their SAFE WALLET in portrait or landscape on a flat surface. The MagSafe can't stand up in portrait or landscape.

Reason 5: MagSafe Charging

If you want to charge your iPhone 12 you have to remove your MagSafe wallet, which introduces the risk of loss or misplacement. The SAFE WALLET can charge with the MagSafe puck by opening the hollow-core wallet door an attaching the MagSafe charger to the back of the iPhone—with no risk of misplacing or forgetting your wallet. Also, the SAFE WALLET can charge your iPhone using some QI chargers docks while keeping the hollow-core wallet door shut (with 5 credit cards).

Reason 6: Complexity

The SAFE WALLET is ultra simple to use. The MagSafe seems very complex as you have to manage two different items.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Options for Using The BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform with a Windows PC

Options for Using 

The BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform

With a Windows PC

A customer wrote in recently and asked if the BulletTrain Keyboard Platform worked with a PC running Windows. They asked:

"I have one of your products for Mac keyboard and trackpad which I love. However I may have to go and work in an office with PCs and don't want to do myself damage with a desk-based keyboard and click-mouse. Is there any way to adapt one of these for PC? Do you make one for PC - or know how I might get one?"

The short answer is 'Yes', and here are some things to consider:

Basic PC Compatibility

Since the Apple Magic Trackpad 2 and Magic Keyboard are Bluetooth you can use them with a PC. Just pair them using Bluetooth and they will work. The only drawback with this approach is that it would lack the gesture features that allow you to useful things like scroll with two fingers to go up and down a page as well as using gestures to swipe back and forth in a browser window.

Boot Camp Compatibility

From what I understand if you run the Mac OS on an Intel based Mac using the available Apple Boot Camp drivers, everything should work like a Mac.

Install Apple Magic Trackpad
with Windows Precision Drivers

I discovered a few videos that offer insight on how to use Windows Precision Drivers to get the Apple Trackpad gestures to work perfectly and you can learn more in the following video.

Paid Drivers

There is a company named Magic Utilities that offers a product named Magic Trackpad Utilities. The only drawback is that they charge a yearly subscription fee to use their product, but as you see in the image below it looks well designed and easy to use. Since it is Software As a Service the developer it incentives to keep it up to date. Also, they offer a free fully functional 28 day trial and they offer two versions which support Windows 7+8 & 10.

ChromeBook Compatibility

The video below shows how to use the Magic Trackpad 2 with a Chromebook including all the gestures:

iPad Compatibility

I wrote an article about how the BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform is now 100% compatible with all iPads. You can learn much more by checking out my article about how the Apple Magic Trackpad 2 is now 100% compatible with Apple iPads iOS.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Magic TrackPad Fully Compatible with Magic Trackpad

Update on March 24, 2020: I downloaded iPadOS 13.4 onto a 12.9 inch iPad and paired a BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform equipped with an Apple Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad 2, and it completely blew my mind!?!! With the advent of this new Trackpad functionality, it really does turn an iPad into a full blow Mac!!! I will publish more on this soon, but as of now I am blown away!!!!!!!

Amazing News!!!

Magic TrackPad 

Fully Compatible with Magic Trackpad

I have been waiting a decade for Apple to make the Magic Trackpad compatible the iPad, and it finally was announced today!!!! 

Why and I so excited about this fact? The BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard will be 100% compatible with the iPad, and now customers will be able to turn their iPad into a full-blown computer, which will be great for writers and creatives alike!!!

The photos above and below are from 2017, and show the eXpress in front on an iPad, and now this will become reality!!!! Apple announced this feature will be released on March 23, 2020 with the introduction of iPad 13.4 software update. 

Just to be crystal-clear, this update will add full-blown compatibility including multitouch gestures for trackpads. It is amazing how many customers have asked me if this feature existed over the years and I had to regretfully inform them it did not. Below is a new video that shows off the all new iPad Pro 11 and 12.9 that Apple also introduced today. These new iPads have better cameras and are faster than ever, and in this video we see the upcoming new Apple smart cover with built-in keyboard and trackpad.

Below is a photo of the new Apple trackpad which is part of the new Apple Magic Keyboard for iPadOS.

In the not so distant future, BulletTrain will be introducing new accessories for the iPad Pro that will truly revolutionize the iPad, so stay tuned!!!! To learn more about how the new iPad trackpad functionality works be sure to check out The Verge article named "Here's how the ipad's new trackpad actually works."

The video below offers an excellent tutorial on how to pair and use a Magic Trackpad with an iPad.

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