The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul Minnesota is fortunate to have a vibrant and active tech community. One such group is the Mini’app’les User Group. It’s a group of of Apple users interested in sharing knowledge and experience with other Apple users and owners. Members vary from beginners, to consultants and developers of any age. The common bond is an interest and a desire to learn more about the Apple experience, regardless of focus. You can get notifications of meetings conveniently held once a month at the LuminFire offices in Minneapolis via Meetup.

Mac Laptop and iPhone Travel and Photo Accessories - Mini'app'les User Group

At our most recent meetings we discussed many accessories that can be added to your travel bag to make it easier to use your iPhone and MacBook when on the road. We also looked at many iPhone apps that can assist. Below you’ll find some gems.

iPhone Travel Apps

  • GoodReader – Super-robust PDF reader app
  • PDF Expert – Fast, robust, and beautiful PDF editor
  • Infuse – A beautiful way to watch almost any video format on your iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.
  • Currency Converter HD – Exchange Rate Calculator
  • Mobile Passport – Speeds you through U.S. Customs and Border Protection at over 20 major U.S. airports.
  • TripIt: Travel Organizer – Instantly organizes all your travel plans in one place.
  • Google Translate – Assistance with language translation
  • Flightradar24 – Show flight information in real time wherever you are
  • SeatGuru – Help with selecting the best airplane seating

Mac Laptop and iPhone Travel and Photo Accessories - Mini'app'les User Group 1 
Hardware for Travel

Photography Travel Accessories

The book 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You was also mentioned at the meeting as an interesting read.

It’s great to actually see these products in use at the meeting and get reviews from actual users on how well they hold up in the field.

Thanks to Tim Drenk (Mini’app’les President) and Peter Bockenhauer (Mini’app’les Secretary & Webmaster) for compiling and sharing this information.

If you have other ideas for useful accessories feel free to add to the comments below.

Tim Cimbura – CEO and Software Engineer

Tim is an expert in creating custom business solutions that make businesses more effective, productive, and profitable. He specializes in rapid application development with FileMaker (certified in all versions) for macOS, Windows, iPad/iPhone and web app integration with WordPress. He also knows Apple technology inside and out.