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"

The new iPad Pro packs a bigger screen into a familiar body

The tablet market isn't in great shape, but Apple is still convinced that the iPad represents the future of mobile computing. That's where the Pro models come in: They're designed to bring serious horsepower to everyday tasks in hopes that people could use them to replace traditional computers. Now we've got a new one, the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, which replaces the 9.7-inch model we reviewed last year. After a bit of hands-on time, one thing is clear: If you're looking for a premium tablet, this is one slate you can't ignore.

The new 10.5-inch iPad Pro is the first iPad to support HDR video

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Seven years of iPad evolution have led to this moment.

After months of speculation, Apple blew all doubters away with a brand new 10.5-inch iPad Pro at WWDC 2017.

The 10.5-inch iPad Pro slots in between the 9.7 iPad (just iPad) and the newly updated 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which itself finally sees its first refresh since launching in 2015.

The new 10.5-inch iPad Pro's got a 20% larger screen, but its dimensions aren't significantly bigger than the 9.7-inch iPad thanks to 40% slimmer bezels. The display's not quite edge-to-edge as rumored for the iPhone 8, but it's still nice to see the bezels get shrunken down. It weighs only 1 pound. Read more...

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Got a busted iPad 4 that needs repairing? Apple might swap it for an iPad Air 2

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If you own a broke down iPad 4, things are looking up for you.  

According to an internal memo obtained by 9to5Mac, Apple's been telling repair staff at Apple Stores and authorized service providers that fourth-generation iPads brought in for servicing may be swapped out with an iPad Air 2.

Translation: Stock for the iPad 4, which came out in 2012, is running out, and the parts needed to repair broken iPad 4s are low as well. So instead, here's an iPad Air 2!

That's a generous move by Apple, and a big upgrade if you're one of the lucky users getting an iPad Air 2 in place of your busted iPad 4. Read more...

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iPad 2017 review: $329 gets you a new iPad. We done?

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Apple announced a new iPad a few weeks ago. Did you even notice? I wouldn't blame you if missed it. There wasn't any big event, or a keynote, and people definitely weren't waiting in line for it.

Apple's new 9.7-inch iPad (it's just called iPad) doesn't come with any major redesign and it's not as powerful as the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

The new iPad replaces the nearly three-year-old iPad Air 2, which Apple says was its best-selling iPad ever. In many ways, the new iPad reminds me of the iPhone SE: it's got an old, but familiar design, with faster components inside to keep up with new iOS updates.  Read more...

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The Engadget Podcast Ep 35: TV Party

On this episode host Terrence O'Brien is joined by executive editor Dana Wollman and (eventually) senior editor Chris Velazco. They start by looking at the current state of cord cutting and weigh the value of YouTube's new live streaming TV package. Then they'll try to figure out what the benefit is of Netflix ditching its five star rating system for a simplified option of just thumbs up or thumbs down. Obviously you can watch YouTube and Netflix on an actual television, but portable screens are an increasingly important part of the media market. How does the new 2017 iPad stack up in that world of mobile media machines? Well, pretty good if you ask Chris -- at $329 it doesn't seem to have too many competitors.

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Whoa, Microsoft just beat Apple in tablet satisfaction

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Microsoft came to the tablet party late, but it's taking home the centerpiece: A J.D. Power award for U.S. Tablet Satisfaction.

Seven years into the tablet wars (which have arguably diminished to a skirmish) launched by Apple and its iPad and six years into J.D. Power's tablet survey, Microsoft inched by Apple with an aggregate score of 855 to 849 (out of 1,000) to win the top honor, J.D. Power announced on Friday.

J.D. Power, which surveys several industries and sectors for satisfaction, surveyed tablet owners late last yearMicrosoft Surface tablet owners reported higher overall satisfaction with features and "styling and design factors." Read more...

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Apple hopes cheap, not powerful, will turn around iPad sales

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Now, Apple is going in the opposite direction. The newest iPad, announced yesterday with little fanfare, is most notable for its affordable price. The 9.7-inch tablet starts at only $329 with 32GB of storage; you can get a spacious 128GB model for $100 more. It replaces the aging iPad Air 2 in Apple's lineup -- but despite the updated processor on the inside, the new tablet makes a number of compromises to hit that low price. But Apple seems to think it's found the right balance Continue reading "Apple hopes cheap, not powerful, will turn around iPad sales"

Apple’s cheap iPad is tailor-made for education

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Lost amidst the red iPhone and death of iPad Air hoopla was Apple’s latest attempt to turnaround its education market: A $299 iPad. Apple didn’t lead with that news and the pricing for the new 9.7 iPad flagship is only for education institutions, but make no mistake, it’s a critical strategic move and one that could help revive the company’s tablet business. It’s been decades since Apple and Steve Jobs helped drive through state legislation that put Apple computers in every California classroom and helped trigger much wider adoption of the Apple in grade schools across the country.

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There are too many damn iPads to choose from now

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Apple's lost control of its product line. The company now offers 17 different iPads thanks to a new group of 9.7-inch devices announced on Tuesday—and boy, that's really too many iPads. So we're clear, there are four distinct iPad models, but there are several versions of each, which means consumers are faced with a mountain of options when they're shopping for one. You can get an iPad Mini 4, a regular ol' iPad, or one of two sizes of iPad Pro. 
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That's already quite a bit to sift through, and then you get to the storage and connectivity options: Read more... More about Tablets, Gadgets, Ipad Pro, Ipad, and Apple

Apple might release an iPad mini ‘Pro’

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iPad sales aren't what they used to be. With the release of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, it's clear the iPad's future is for professionals. Apple is rumored to be considering an "iPad mini Pro" with a 7.9-inch screen and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro could be replaced with a slightly larger 10.1-inch model, according to the often-reliable Japanese Apple blog Macotakara.

An iPad mini Pro would have all the features that would make it a "pro" tablet, including the True Tone display introduced on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, a Smart Connector on the side for magnetically connecting to accessories like a keyboard, quad stereo speakers, an improved 12-megapixel camera with True Tone flash and a new four-array microphone setup. Read more... More about Tablets, Rumors, Ipad Pro, Ipad Mini, and Ipad

For kids, an iPad before surgery may be as effective as a sedative

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The use of mobile devices by parents to keep their kids occupied is fairly well established, but a new study indicates that those devices' calming effect may even be useful for surgeries. A new study being published by the World Federation Of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) claims that giving a child an iPad to use before surgery can be as relaxing as a sedative. 

"Our study showed that child and parental anxiety before anaesthesia are equally blunted by midazolam or use of the iPad," Dr. Dominique Chassard said in a statement released in the run-up to the release of the group's research findings.  Read more... More about Children, Kids, Ipad, Tablets, and Tech

Apple outfits every Major League Baseball team with iPad Pros

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One of America's oldest and most beloved games, professional baseball, will get a tech-powered upgrade for the 2016 season, thanks to a new partnership with Apple The pairing will put 12.9-inch iPad Pro device in the dugouts of the 30 teams in Major League Baseball. "Our collaboration with Apple on the use of iPad Pro in dugouts and bullpens is part of our ongoing effort to introduce extraordinary technology into our game," Rob Manfred, the commissioner of MLB, said in
a post on MLB.com To date, the biggest tablet-in-sports story is the major fumble of the NFL while using Microsoft's Surface tablet. That $400 million deal made headlines for all the wrong reasons when the New England Patriots had trouble using the tablets during the AFC Championship game this year. The MLB is likely hoping its Apple partnership goes a lot Continue reading "Apple outfits every Major League Baseball team with iPad Pros"

Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch tablet vs. the competition

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Apple attempted to give its line of iPads a shot of life by releasing a new device model on Monday The 9.7-inch iPad Pro is Apple's answer to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and offers many of the features and power of the larger version Offered in three configurations, 32GB, 128GB and 256GB, the new, smaller iPad Pro also marks the first time the company has offered its tablet in rose gold Here's how the new iPad Pro stacks up against the competition:

Tablet Showdown

Apple iPad Pro

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

Google Pixel C

Surface 3

Screen Size

9.7 inches

9.7 inches

10.2 inches

10.8 inches

Resolution

2,048 x 1,536

1536 x 2048

2,560 x 1,800

1920 x 1280

Pixel Density

264 ppi

320 ppi

308 ppi

214 ppi

Weight

0.96 lbs

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Pro Tablet Showdown: iPad Pro vs. Surface Pro 4

Apple’s iPad Pro and Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 look a lot alike. Both are big tablets, both connect to slim keyboard covers, and both offer a stylus for drawing and note-taking. But after spending some time with these potential laptop replacements, I found that they’re really quite different, particularly when it comes to productivity.

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