The iRig Keys I/O makes it easy to streamline your studio

Whether you're demoing a song for your band or recording a masterpiece to share on Soundcloud, you'll likely need a couple of things to connect to your computer. If you're planning on having any real instruments or vocals, you'll need some sort of audio interface to turn your analog sounds into digital ones. I have an M-Audio MobilePre USB for that task, which runs about $180 on Amazon. In addition, you probably want to have a MIDI controller, to "play" all those sounds you don't have real instruments for. These can typically cost $250 - $500 or so, depending on features. At $300, IK Multimedia's iRig Keys I/O 49 comes in at the lower end of this bracket.

Sling Studio makes multi-camera video production so damn easy

Tito Hamze gives an in-depth review of the Sling Studio, a multi-camera production studio that turns your existing cameras wireless and makes your phones into cameras with the ability to control everything from an iPad as a switcher. It’s the most portable multi-cam setup I’ve ever used — and it’s awesome! Read More

iPad Pro 10.5 review: Where execution and ambition meet

Never mind that Apple keeps updating its notebooks and desktops -- Tim Cook once said the iPad represented the future of personal computing. That was one year ago, when the company revealed the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and he seemed to mean it. Of course, you don't need me to tell you that a lot can happen in a year.

The iPad that Phil Schiller revealed after Cook dropped that bombastic statement has already been discontinued, making way for the shiny new 10.5-inch model Apple unveiled at WWDC 2017. The Pro 10.5 ($649+) feels very familiar, not to mention surprisingly powerful, but that's no surprise -- every new iPad Pro that Apple releases is the best one out there. What's more impressive is how finally -- finally -- Apple has put together an iPad that feels capable of living up to the company's lofty words. It's not Continue reading "iPad Pro 10.5 review: Where execution and ambition meet"

Crunch Report | Everything WWDC 2017

Apple releases iOS 11 High Sierra, the iMac gets a hefty update and a pro model, new hardware — the HomePod speaker, Apple updates the iPad Pro, we get some new laptop specs and TechCrunch editor-in-chief Matthew Panzarino joins us to tell us his thoughts on everything. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

Apple iPad (2017) review: No alarms and no surprises

Over the past few years, we've seen the iPad go from curious experiment to Apple's vision for the future of computing. But we've also seen the tablet market dry up — not even the iPad has been immune to those changes. Still, it's hard not to look at the new, 2017 iPad as a market mover, a $329 machine meant to appeal to newcomers and old-school iPad owners in need of an upgrade. While this iPad is priced for everyone, it's not meant for everyone. It's not as slim as older models, and it lacks some of the really neat features that appear in Apple's Pro line. In other words, the 2017 iPad is a no-nonsense machine. But, it's a damned good one.

iOS 10 review: Apple evolves

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/88823dc2a614467838e42f7fb4c1c0ee/204337110/iOS%2B10%2Breview%2Bgallery%2B1-ed.jpg" />With <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/07/07/ios-10-public-beta-preview/">iOS 10</a>, Apple is basically polishing a pearl. iOS 8 introduced a vibrant and "flat" new aesthetic. iOS 9 was focused on refinement. So by this point, we should get something completely fresh and new, right? Well, not quite. Just like the <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/09/13/iphone-7-and-7-plus-review/">iPhone 7</a>, Apple's latest mobile OS doesn't look <em>that</em> much different on the surface. Instead, the company once again chose to focus on improving the overall experience. In particular, this year's refinements collectively make the OS a lot more convenient (and help Apple play a little catch-up). If you've longed for some of the features you've seen on your friends' Android phones, iOS 10 is more than enough to keep you under Apple's spell for another year.

The Smaller iPad Pro: Yes, You Want One

Tablets haven’t had a great time lately. In the last two years, sales have plummeted and production has slowed to a crawl. While a lot of that is due to the fact they don’t have the manic upgrade calendar of traditional computers or smartphones, it’s also because they’re really all about consuming the internet. You don’t need the latest processor or most whiz bang GPU to do that. You need something that’s good enough. And for most consumers the tablet they already own is “good enough.”

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iPad Pro 9.7 review: Apple’s best tablet, but it won’t replace a laptop

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/c162118b9c8c3f0598c54d60bec7ac96/203616393/97pro-fb3.jpg" />The <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2015/11/19/ipad-pro-review/">iPad Pro</a> raised some eyebrows when it debuted last year, but it really shouldn't have. Although tablet sales as a whole have been tanking, sales of tablets with detachable keyboards <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/01/idc-says-detachable-tablets-taking-off/">have actually grown</a>. Is it any surprise, then, that Apple built a <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2016/03/21/apple-new-ipad-pro-hands-on-preview/">9.7-inch version of the Pro</a> to try and regain some of its tablet momentum? Not at all. Whether or not this new Pro can be the "ultimate PC replacement" Apple was hyping at its launch event depends on your personal preferences, but let's get one thing straight from the start: This is one the best tablets you can buy. 

iPad Pro 9.7 review: Apple’s best tablet, but it won’t replace a laptop

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/c162118b9c8c3f0598c54d60bec7ac96/203616393/97pro-fb3.jpg" />The <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2015/11/19/ipad-pro-review/">iPad Pro</a> raised some eyebrows when it debuted last year, but it really shouldn't have. While tablet sales as a whole have been tanking, sales of tablets with detachable keyboards <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/01/idc-says-detachable-tablets-taking-off/">have actually grown</a>. Is it any surprise, then, that Apple built a <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2016/03/21/apple-new-ipad-pro-hands-on-preview/">9.7-inch version of the Pro</a> to try and regain some of its tablet momentum? Not at all. Whether or not this new Pro can be the "ultimate PC replacement" Apple was hyping at its launch event depends on your personal preferences, but let's get one thing straight from the start: This is one the best tablets you can buy. 

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro is the best iPad Apple has ever made

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The best flagship iPad you can buy is now the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad Pro is a familiar and excellent product. While a smaller version of the large 12.9-inch iPad Pro Apple just launched last fall may seem like a quick solution to iPad sales problems (it more or less peaked in 2014 and has been flat-to-falling ever since), it would be foolish to think that the company developed the 9.7 edition quickly. It’s safe to assume that it was on the drawing board when Apple was developing the first iPad Pro.

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Mini review video: Our verdict on the iPad Pro in under a minute

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iPad Pro: Mini Review
Had trouble reading every single word of my iPad Pro review? It's okay, writing all of those words was kind of hard, too. For those of you with shorter attention spans, here's the abridged version: Apple's biggest-ever tablet isn't for me, but it could be a compelling choice for two types of people. Namely, creative types who want to get work done on the go and plan to make good use of the optional Apple Pencil; and early adopters who just want the biggest, fastest possible iPad, and are willing to pay a premium for it. With no mouse support, a non-adjustable screen angle and an OS that isn't as well-suited to multitasking as OS X or Windows 10, it doesn't come close to replacing your laptop. But depending on your needs, it could serve as a decent stand-in when you're away from your primary machine.