Spring Forward Breakdown – TMO Daily Observations 2021-04-20

· Kelly Guimont · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Bryan Chaffin joins host Kelly Guimont to break down today’s “Spring Forward” announcements including all the new things we did (and didn’t) see.

Emulating Mac Plus, Mac II, and Mac 128K on iOS

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Ex-Apple Technology Evangelist Matt Sephton tweeted a photo of painting on an iPad Pro in the style of Mac OS 7, otherwise known as System 7. He shared a way to do this via software emulation. A tool on GitHub called Mini vMac lets you emulate Mac Plus, Mac II, and Mac 128K on your iDevice. It requires iOS 9 or later, a ROM image from one of the three systems, and disk images with Mac software.

Emulating Mac Plus, Mac II, and Mac 128K on iOS

2021 iPad Pro Could Have an A14X Chip

· Andrew Orr · Rumor

A14X chip

Code found within the iOS 14.5 beta 5 release hints that the 2021 iPad Pros could have an A14X chip based on the M1 chip for Macs.

Satechi Releases USB-C Multi-Port Adapter

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Satechi announced on Thursday the launch of a USB-C multi-port dock. It has USB-C PD charging, HDMI and VGA display ports, USB-A data ports, SD card slots, and Gigabit Ethernet, with two detachable USB-C cables – perfect for on-the-go or docked at your desk. Compatible devices include: 2020/2019/2018/2017/2016 MacBook Pro, 2020/2018 MacBook Air, 2020/2018 iPad Pro, 2019/2017 iMac, iMac Pro, 2015/2016/2017 MacBook, Microsoft Surface Laptop 3/Surface Pro 7/Go, Google PixelBook Go, ChromeBook, Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S, HP Spectre Convertible, Razer Blade, Huawei Matebook and more USB-C devices. It costs US$99.99 but with the code MULTIPORT20 you can get 20% off. Valid until March 15.

Satechi Releases USB-C Multi-Port Adapter

In-Game Video Returning to MLB Dugout iPads, but MLB.TV Off Apple TV Third Gen

· Charlotte Henry · Link

The Astros used Blast Baseball with an iPad Pro during the 2017 World Series.

In-game video is set to return to iPads used by MLB team dugouts when the season starts on April 1. However, AppleInsider noted this is happening at the same time the MLB.tv has been removed from third generation Apple TVs.

Major League Baseball will be allowing teams to watch video of the game in progress once again, following a period of absence. As part of its changes for the 2021 season, MLB is once again allowing video to be piped through to teams on iPads in each dugout. The league has extensively used iPads in the past, providing the tablets to staff and players for performance examination and analytics. Following a ban until 2015, the program started in 2016, and ran smoothly for a number of years, with the iPad Pro initially the tool of choice… While players will be able to watch the game from the dugout, owners of the third-generation Apple TV won’t be able to do the same on their devices. Support for the app was pulled late in February, preventing it from being used on the older video streaming device.

Rumors Claim Apple to Hold March 16 Event

· Andrew Orr · Rumor

apple march 2021 event rumor

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

Kensington StudioDock

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

iPad Air 4

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

iPad Pro on a red background

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

iPad pro magic keyboard X-ray

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.