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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The top 7 iOS 14 privacy features: What you need to know

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Apple’s new iPhone update gives you tighter control over what apps know about you—from your precise location to the contents of your camera roll. After a months-long beta development cycle, Apple has finally released its much-anticipated iOS 14 to the general public. iOS 14 brings a ton of new features and user interface enhancements to the iPhone, some of the most eagerly awaited being home screen widgets and the all-new App Library launcher and organizer. Read Full Story

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Apple’s virtual WWDC wasn’t just okay—it could be the future of keynotes

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Today’s event was a compelling proof of concept for an approach that Apple should consider using for some of its announcements in the future. Over the past five years, I’ve heard more than one person wonder aloud if the pomp and circumstance of Apple’s live events are always worth all the trouble. I can remember some Apple presentations that were truly memorable and live attendance was a must. But Apple is in a different place in its history, and more announcements are incremental improvements to existing products instead of brand new world-changing product lines like the iPhone. That may change in the future. Maybe when Apple finally announces its augmented reality glasses , for example, it will be crucial to hold a live event—if possible. Read Full Story

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The Apple Watch’s new sleep tracking changed how I think about sleep

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Unlike its competitors, Apple has decided not to overload users with data. Instead, its Sleep app in watchOS 7 focuses on creating a better bedtime ritual. When the Apple Watch was new, Apple decided to market it as a fitness device. But it’s increasingly become a more general personal-wellness device with the addition of features like deep breathing, fall detection, and an electrocardiogram function. And now it’s able to track one of the most important elements of health: sleep. 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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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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