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What we published, and links of note

Here are the things we published this week, as well as some great link material. You can also stay up-to-date by following us on Twitter and RSS.

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The best note-taking app for iOS »

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1Writer is our favorite plain-text notes app for iOS because it’s powerful, easy to use, and well-designed. For the all-around notes that include rich text, pictures, and audio attachments, our favorite app is the built-in Notes.app on iOS because it is deeply integrated, easy to use, and reliable.

So much so that we think picking one app would be a disservice to the many note-taking apps and their users. With that in mind, we tested a lot of apps and think that 1Writer is the best plain-text notes app, while Notes.app is the best all-in-one notes app.

Foojee’s Mac and iOS setup »

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Foojee is a team of Apple Consultants operating out of Atlanta and Nashville that helps organizations and schools build rock-solid solutions with their Apple IT.

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How to set a default browser or maps app in Fantastical »

Fantastical, the best calendar app for iPhone, is a power-house of an app. I prefer the design of it over the built-in calendar, and it’s also much more powerful. But, it also has two features that iPhone power-users will love: you can set a default browser and a default maps app.

Fraser Speirs: Can the MacBook Pro Replace Your iPad? »

Fraser Spiers published a unique review of sorts on his site this week — a look at how the MacBook Pro stacks up against the iPad Pro from the perspective of an iPad Pro default. We’ve all seen the reviews that pit the iPad against a Mac laptop, and they always end with a similar verdict: the iPad is nice, but it can’t replace my Mac. It’s delightfully interesting and thought-provoking to look at it from the other side: the MacBook is nice, but can’t replace the iPad Pro.

Tools & Toys: A review of Apple’s Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad 2 »

Apple released the new Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad 2 back in October, and over at Tools & Toys, Josh Ginter wrote a thoughtful review of the two newest accessories. While Josh isn’t totally sold on the new Trackpad, his review is still detailed and offers plenty of insight to make an informed decision on whether you think they would work for you. Either way, they’re absolutely stunning on the desk.

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