Top iPad stories from Sun ‘n Fun 2013

The 2013 edition of the Sun 'n Fun Fly-in is now in the books, and as usual there were plenty of new product announcements. No part of the show was hotter than iPad apps and accessories, so let's review some of the major stories at the show.

Apple introduces new iPad

Apple today announced a new iPad model, featuring significant improvements to the device's hardware. The most notable feature is the new Retina display, which now has a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels - four times that of the iPad 1 & 2.

FAA to Allow Airlines to Expand Use of Personal Electronics

The FAA announced today that they've determined it's safe for airlines to ease restrictions on when passengers can use portable electronics in flight. In the near future you'll be able to use your iPad and other gadgets from gate to gate.

Is voice recognition the next big thing for aviation iPad apps?

The iPad is an excellent resource for those flying single-pilot in GA airplanes, but it still requires lots of heads down time to find the necessary information for each phase of flight. Voice recognition and digital assistant features like Siri might provide a better way for us to interact with these devices and provide more meaningful information in flight.

The year ahead: 2013 predictions for the iPad

This is the final article in a series where we review the year that was and look forward to 2013. Previous articles have discussed the year in apps and accessories for iPad pilots. Here, we'll look ahead to what might be coming next year.

New iPad webinar coming up this Thursday

Join Bret Koebbe from Sporty's Pilot Shop for a free online webinar Thursday night covering the latest in iPad apps, accessories and tips and tricks. Learn more about the presentation and how to register here.

Issues with iOS 8.3 update and external GPS receivers

The iOS 8.3 software update from Apple last week disables the location services provided by several Bluetooth GPS receivers. For now we strongly recommend holding off on updating the iOS software on your iPhone or iPad until Apple issues another update.

Why you should update your iPad to the new iOS 6

Apple released the much-anticipated iOS 6 software update yesterday for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Learn how to install this free update on your iPad and learn about some of the great new features.

AirVenture Oshkosh iPad seminars available for review

The iPad was bigger than ever at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year, with over 40 educational seminars on the topic and lots of new iPad product and app news. Here are the slides from two of the presentations covering essential iPad pilot tips and a pilot’s guide to the ADS-B system to review on your own schedule.

Apple introduces iPad Air and new iPad Mini

At an event yesterday in California, Apple introduced its much-anticipated 5th generation iPad and an updated iPad Mini. While most of the details had been leaked ahead of time, we'll review here what's new.