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Day One 2 iOS Journaling App - Free Download

I've been keeping a daily journal (except for the days I miss of course) since June 1, 2012 and I've been using an app called Day One to do it. Day One is more than just a text journal, it also has the ability to track and enter your location, local weather conditions, number of steps taken and of course photos. So instead of thinking of it as a diary think of it as a digital log of all the important things in your life. I've got 3 kids and they are growing up fast, so keeping a record of events big and small so I can go back and see when and were we did "that thing" is HUGE. It's also a really easy way to compile blackmail material against your kids...let's just say my son is going to have some very interesting stories and photos for his pre-wedding dinner party in about a decade...

Day One was recently overhauled into Day One 2, a very significant update to the application on both Mac and iOS. Day One 2 is an entirely brand new app and required existing users to purchase the new app if they wanted all the verison 2 "goodness." And let me just say the upgrade to version 2 was well worth the price of admission.

This morning as I was browsing through the Apple online store using Apple's iOS Apple Store App, I noticed that Apple had promotion within the app that gave users the iOS version of Day One 2 for free:

Apple's promo banner in the iOS Apple Store App

Apple's promo banner in the iOS Apple Store App

So if have been thinking about getting into journaling or already have the Day One app but haven't paid for version 2 (Day One 2), this promotion is a great opportunity for you. Head over to the main page of Apple's iOS Apple Store App and start scrolling down the page until you see the Day One 2 promotion banner and enjoy the free app!

How to Find an iPad Pro to Purchase

My new primary computing device

My new primary computing device

I finally pulled the trigger and decided to buy an iPad Pro to replace my 11" MacBook Air and iPad Air, but finding an iPad Pro to purchase wasn't easy. In fact, I had to leave the state of Florida in order to find one! If you are in the same boat I was and are still trying to track down one of these elusive devices, here are a few tips...

  1. Check the Apple Online Store Daily: You would think a large city like Orlando that sports not one but two Apple Stores would eventually have a few iPad Pros in stock. Since I was after an LTE version, I was out of luck. So I asked one of the Apple Store employees and he told me to check the online Apple Store every morning at 8:01am local time, because at 8am every morning they update their stock. If there are any units available then when you try to purchase an iPad Pro online and select in-store pickup and then select a store, you will get one of two options...either "ships to store" or "available today." If you get the "available today" option then you can go ahead and complete your online purchase and within about an hour you can go into that physical Apple Store and pickup your new iPad (no appointment required).
  2. Don't just check at 8:01am local: I didn't have much luck just checking for iPad Pro stock at 8:01am local time. But I did finally find an iPad by checking a few hours later in the morning. What I think happened is that the Apple Store got a FedEx shipment mid to late morning and then updated their stock numbers, so I was able to purchase mine.

I ended up being able to find and purchase my iPad Pro in Denver while there on business. You might ask why I didn't just order one online and wait the 5-7 business days for it to ship to my house and save myself the effort. Two reasons. For one, I'm not home during the day and leaving a $1000 item on my front porch all day is a really bad idea. The other reason is Apple Care+. A cracked iPad Pro screen will run you $599 to fix, so Apple Care+ is a no-brainer. However, in Florida there are some strange consumer protection laws about selling extended warranties like Apple Care over the phone. You can call Apple and do it, but it takes a few extra steps and a higher tier manager to approve the purchase. So the easiest way to get Apple Care was to purchase it at the same time as the iPad, which meant buying the iPad directly from Apple. Since I couldn't find one easily in stock at Apple in Florida and shipping it wasn't a great option, spending a little time tracking one down while on travel seemed like a good way to get it done.

Hope this helps a few of you track one down. So far 24 hour in I am loving the iPad Pro!

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