Articles by Ian Fuchs

Ian, Senior Review Editor at MacTrast, has been an Apple enthusiast for years, starting in 2000 with an iMac and iMovie. In college, Ian developed skills and further interest in all things Apple. Ian's expanding skill set increased his love for Apple's products. Now the owner of an iPad Air 2, iPad mini, iPhone 6S Plus, Apple TV, MacBook, MacBook Pro, numerous iPods, and a classic G5 Mac Pro, he is "pretty familiar" with Apple's products. Ian resides in Chicago, works as a Programmer & Systems Analyst at a college, loves his dog more than probably normal, spends most of his free time with his wife and plays various instruments (drums, guitar, piano, trumpet).

Apple Introduces iPhone Upgrade Program

Posted on 10/09/2015 by Ian Fuchs

The “iPhone Upgrade Program” is structured similarly to carriers new upgrade plans (T-Mobile’s Jump, AT&T Next, Verizon Edge, and Sprint’s Easy Pay), allows customers to get the iPhone 6S without carrier commitment, and a few added benefits.

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Review: Pad & Quill Pocket Stand for Apple Watch

Posted on 29/08/2015 by Ian Fuchs

There are already a wide array of Apple Watch stands on the market, and depending on your style, you might prefer something ultra modern, or maybe something more natural. For those with an affinity for leather bound books and the smell of rich mahogany, there’s only one place to look for a classic Apple Watch stand – Pad and Quill.

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Review: iRig Mic Studio – Studio Quality Audio in The Palm of Your Hand

Posted on 20/08/2015 by Ian Fuchs

From YouTube creators to podcasters, musicians to teachers, the use of multimedia seems to have no end. I’m not here to tell you about ways of making your powerpoint look fancier, or your YouTube video prettier, I can tell you that audio makes a huge difference. With the iRig Mic Studio, recording excellent quality audio is easier than ever.

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Review: Invasion – An Online Strategy War Game

Posted on 06/08/2015 by Ian Fuchs

Invasion is, in the simplest form, a modern-era war game, allowing you to build your military base, construct various vehicles, and attack invading armies. What helps invasion stand out from other similar games is the use of 3D graphics and environmental elements to add a sense of dimension and realism to the scene.

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Review: Kiwi – Gmail, Unleashed From the Browser

Posted on 23/06/2015 by Ian Fuchs

Kiwi , originally known on Kickstarter as Gmail for Mac, is a Mac application that offers the ease of use of the Gmail desktop web interface, as well as Gmail’s customizations, features, and settings, but in a native Mac application.

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How TV Has Changed Us, and Why Apple Wants to Change TV [Infographic]

Posted on 04/06/2015 by Ian Fuchs

It’s also no secret that Apple has a very specific interest in what it can do with the TV market, and with WWDC just around the corner, many are expecting a new Apple TV device, as well as a long-rumored, and long-awaited, streaming content service that can change the way we consume television content

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The Rise and Relevance of Social Live Streaming

Posted on 27/03/2015 by Ian Fuchs

Only a few years ago, Twitter was a bit of a mystery in the world of MySpace and Facebook, and has since become a dominant source of news, conversation, and information, and the next wave of social platforms is coming (or may already be here).

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Beastgrip Camera Rig Returns to Kickstarter, Goes Pro

Posted on 25/03/2015 by Ian Fuchs

The best smartphone camera rig – called Beastgrip – has undergone a massive update and reworking, and the creator is headed back to Kickstarter to make the best Universal Mobile Photography Rig even better!

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Review: Urban Armor Gear – A Military-Grade Case for iPhone 6

Posted on 08/02/2015 by Ian Fuchs

A few weeks ago, a video made it’s rounds on the internet of an iPhone riding a weather balloon to over one hundred thousand feet into the stratosphere, then descending back to earth – the iPhone remaining safe and intact through the entire expedition. What you may not have known is that the case that ensured the iPhone’s safety is made by Urban Armor Gear, and isn’t out-of-this-world expensive.

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Review: K-board – A Compact, Durable USB MIDI Keyboard

Posted on 06/02/2015 by Ian Fuchs

The K-Board is an extremely durable, 25-key midi keyboard, featuring soft touch keys with smart fabric, and professional midi features (pitch bend, octave up/down, velocity control, etc.), and is compatible with Mac, PC, and iOS.

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How To: Build a iPad Stand for Less Than a Dollar

Posted on 13/01/2015 by Ian Fuchs

A little internet hunting, and some subtle modifications, and I’ve come up with a great iPad (or any tablet, really) stand that you can construct at little-to-no-cost, by yourself in a matter of minutes, with a small section of cardboard, some scissors or utility knife, and a dollop of patience.

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