New iPad Air review: The iPad sweet spot, elevated

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Take most of the iPad Pro’s good stuff, put it in a more affordable (though not inexpensive) package, and you have a tablet that makes sense for lots of people. Last year, Apple revived its iPad Air brand and put it on a new iPad. But not that new an iPad. Instead, the 2019 iPad Air was a near-doppelgänger for the previous-generation 10.5-inch iPad Pro. It lacked the latest niceties such as support for the newest Apple Pencil, which clings magnetically to the tablet’s edge and charges as it does so. But at $499, the Air filled a sizable niche: People who wanted something fancier than the $329 basic iPad but weren’t quite ready to splurge on an iPad Pro. Read Full Story

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The MacBook Air and iPad Pro are more alike—and different—than ever

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Apple isn’t trying to turn its laptop into a tablet. And the fact that its tablet is looking more like a laptop doesn’t mean that it wants to be a MacBook. It won’t be remembered as a major moment in Apple history. But we should pause to note that for the first time this week, Apple announced new MacBook Air and iPad Pro models that look like near twins when viewed from above. Read Full Story

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Ten years in, the iPad is still capable of surprising us—and Apple

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Apple’s Bob Borchers and John Ternus on how Apple’s tablet became a line of tablets—including a new iPad Air that gives the iPad Pro a run for its money. More than most companies, Apple has often seemed reluctant to wax too nostalgic about its past— as if looking back was a hindrance to the more important matter of building the next great thing. But it does sometimes acknowledge milestones as it talks up what’s new. And so CEO Tim Cook prefaced the unveiling of two new iPads at Apple’s virtual product launch event last week with a mention that the iPad turns 10 this year. Read Full Story

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New iPad Pro review: A minor upgrade with intriguing implications

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Apple’s latest tablets are just a little better. But their emphasis on content creation, AR, and laptop-like utility says plenty about Apple’s future. Some new Apple products have a whiff of “finally” about them. The new MacBook Air , with modern accoutrements such as a Retina display along with an excellent keyboard and a respectable 256GB of storage, for $999? Finally! Read Full Story

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Apple iOS 14 release time: Here’s how, when, and where to download it

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Most of the world will get access to iOS 14, iPadOS 14, tvOS 14, and watchOS 7 today, though some countries won’t get it until tomorrow. Yesterday’s Apple Event had few surprises. It was widely reported that Apple would not be introducing new iPhones and instead be focusing on the Apple Watch Series 6 , the new iPad Air 4, and its Apple One services bundle. However, one thing that did catch people off guard was Apple announcing iOS 14 would be released to the public today, September 16—just 24 hours after the event. Read Full Story

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Exclusive: The iPhone 12 Pro camera will use Sony’s lidar technology

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On iPhone Pro models, the rear-facing depth camera will sharpen autofocus, improve Portrait mode, and make AR apps more realistic. This year’s iPhones will get the same kind of Sony lidar depth camera that Apple put in the 2020 iPad Pro it released in March, a source with knowledge of the company’s plans has told Fast Company . After planning the feature for years, our source says, the technology will show up in the top-tier “Pro” iPhone models Apple is set to announce this fall. Read Full Story

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A ton of upcoming Apple products just leaked—including a game controller and ARM-based MacBooks

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Add to that: two new versions of AirPods, a new HomePod, a wireless charging pad, an iPad with Touch ID embedded into the display . . . and more! Apple hasn’t let the COVID-19 pandemic slow them down. Since the pandemic went global in February, the company has still managed to keep up its pace of product launches. In March Apple released all-new iPad Pros, a new Magic Keyboard with a trackpad for those iPad Pros, and a new MacBook Air , as well as a major iOS update. And just last week Apple introduced its first new iPhone for 2020—the iPhone SE. Read Full Story

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Apple giving Intel the boot, will use its own iPhone-inspired chips in Macs from next year

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While the latest iPad Pros feature an Apple-made A-series chip with 4 cores, the first Apple-made chips used in Macs are expected to have as many as 12 cores. The Mac is about to begin its most radical shift in over a decade, according to a new report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. Beginning next year, Apple will start the transition away from Intel chips used in its Macs to its own custom-designed ARM-based CPUs based on the A-series chipset found in its iPhones and iPads. Read Full Story

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Apple announces new iPad Pros with keyboard trackpads incoming

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Apple Stores are closed the world over, so if you want to check out the new products, you’ll have to go to Apple’s website to do that. Apple has announced a slew of new products today. However, instead of announcing them at another slick event, the company simply announced them to the world through a humble press release. The fact that Apple announced new products this month despite the coronavirus pandemic grinding things to a standstill isn’t that surprising. Apple frequently releases new products in March, and these were no doubt a long time coming in Apple’s pipeline. Read Full Story

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