Rumors Claim Apple to Hold March 16 Event

· Andrew Orr · Rumor

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Korea’s Economic Daily News cites two leakers who claim Apple plans to hold a March 16 event this year for an iPad Pro, iPad mini, and AirTags.

CES 2021: Kensington's New StudioDock iPad Pro

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

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Kensington unveiled its new StudioDock iPad Pro stand at CES 2021. The company says it is inspired by the Apple Pro Display XDR and turns iPad Pro into a full workstation. Users can magnetically attach and detach a USB-C iPad Pro 11″ or 12.9″ from 2018 or later. It comes with four-in-one charging capabilities that include Qi wireless iPhone and AirPod charging. Apple Watch charging is coming mid-2021. There are also USB (Type-A and Type-C), HDMI 2.0 video, Gigabit Ethernet, 3.5mm audio, and SD card reader ports. The devices was named a CES 2021 Innovation Award Honoree.

iPad Air Might Make the Pro Obsolete

· Charlotte Henry · Link

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The reviews of the new iPad Air are starting to appear. Wired UK‘sis very positive, with author Jeremy White saying that it might make the Pro redundant for many users.

The inclusion of Apple’s A14 Bionic means you get the company’s latest chip that is in some respects even better than the one in the current iPad Pro. While to say this results in better performance than the Pro would be outright wrong, you do get a big bump in power – a 40 per cent increase in performance over the previous iPad Air, Apple says, and a 30 per cent uptick in graphics performance. Much like the new iPhone 12 series that also carries the A14, the Air is noticeably faster than its previous iteration. Battery life is of the usual iPad standard – top drawer. You will not need to charge the Air for days with light use, and if you do employ it as a PC replacement (which is certainly possible, especially with the keyboard) you will get many more hours out of it than a standard laptop. The faster 20W charger that comes in the box will help top things up if you do run low. It’s not all good news, though. Despite stealing so much from the Pro there is no LiDAR and no ultrawide camera.

Apple Just Made Selecting an iPad Really Hard

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

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Apple seems to enjoy doing this to us. That is, making the process of selecting an iPad really hard. A lower level product leapfrogs a pro product in some technical respects. Deciding which to buy then involves a very careful analysis and comparison of the specs. And user needs.

iPad Dominant as Tablet Shipments Grow

· Charlotte Henry · News

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The iPad continues to dominate tablet shipments and helped drive growth in the overall tablet market during the last quarter.

Look How Cool the iPad Pro Magic Keyboard Looks Under X-Ray

· Andrew Orr · Link

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The folks at iFixit examined the iPad Pro Magic Keyboard with X-rays. It looks cool and shows the product’s complexity.

What makes this the Magic Keyboard instead of a Smart Keyboard? Scissor switches, which proved much smarter than butterfly switches over (too) many years. This is the least complicated thing we can see on the Magic Keyboard, and it’s probably the biggest improvement.

I think this looks great. Right now I’m not sure if I’ll get the Magic Keyboard or not. Brydge plans to send me their keyboard accessory. However, I’m definitely a fan of how thin the Smart Keyboard is, and it looks like the Magic Keyboard shares that trait.

Apple is Doomed. No It Isn't. Services Are Hot Stuff

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

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Big tech companies are destined to suffer from unemployment, recession and fear, right? Yes, but maybe not so much as thought. Resilience is key.

12.9" iPad Pro 2020 Gets The Teardown Treatment

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for – the iFixit teardown of the 12.9″ iPad Pro 2020. Not even the Coronavirus lockdown in California would stop the guys from getting into the device! In particular, this video shows us exactly what a LiDAR scan looks like.

Apple's New MacBook Air is the Best Work-at-home Computer

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

With more people working at home these days, it’s essential to have an affordable, high-quality, secure, and reasonably powerful computer. Apple’s new MacBook Air fills the bill.

iPad Pro 2020 Features the iPhone 11 U1 Chip

· Andrew Orr · Product News

The U1 chip wasn’t mentioned at all in Apple’s press release of the iPad Pro 2020. But iPadOS 13.4 code suggests its existence.