Apple’s new iPad is fine, but it’s no Chromebook killer

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If you thought Apple's new iPad would be the one to finally challenge Google's Chromebooks in the education market, you'll probably be disappointed with the new 9.7-inch iPad that Apple announced Tuesday. 

Although the new tablet adds support for Apple Pencil at a fraction of the cost of the cheapest iPad Pro ($650), the new 9.7-inch iPad doesn't beat Chromebooks on the one thing that matters most to schools: price.

To recap, here are the main differences between the new 9.7-inch iPad and the previous generation:

  • it supports Apple Pencil

  • it has the A10 Fusion chip 

  • it comes in a new shade of gold that's slightly pinker (though not as pink as the original rose gold) Read more...

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Apple rolls out new software to take over classrooms

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The iPad isn't the only Apple product invading classrooms this year. 

The company has announced a new "Schoolwork" app that helps teachers assign students activities from third-party apps, such as iBooks or Swift Playgrounds. 

Apple also announced that its "Classroom" app, which helps teachers guide students through lessons, currently in beta for iPad, will roll out for Mac in June. 

The software was announced at Apple's "Let's Take a Field Trip" educational event on March 27, alongside a new entry-level iPad and the Apple Pencil stylus.  Read more...

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Live from Apple’s education event in Chicago

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Apple's ready to go back to school.

The company's holding an education-focused event Tuesday, where it’s set to unveil its latest plan to take over the classroom

But this won’t be your typical Apple event. Besides not having a livestream, it’s happening at a new venue: Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago.

The event is expected to be more low-key than the usual Apple event, but it’s still an important moment for the company. It has been years since we’ve seen the tech giant make a big education push, and whatever it announces Tuesday will be the company’s best shot yet at beating Google in the classroom. Read more...

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Apple to launch new iPad next week, report claims

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Apple will launch a new version of its iPad tablet at its education-centric event, slated for March 27. 

This is according to a new report from Bloomberg, which claims the new iPad will be a low-cost variant that should fit the needs of the education market. 

No other details about the device were shared, but the report claims Apple is also working on a sub-$1,000 MacBook laptop that will probably replace the (horribly outdated) MacBook Air. That device probably won't be ready for the March 27 unveiling, though. 

While the new iPad is likely the only significant piece of hardware we'll see at the event, Apple will reportedly launch new education-related software, and possibly a new, redesigned version of iBooks. Read more...

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Apple will probably launch two new iPads soon

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Rejoice, iPad lovers: New Apple-branded tablets may be coming soon.

New entries in the Eurasian Economic Commission database, discovered by French blog Consomac and noticed by 9to5Mac, indicate Apple is preparing launch two new iPad models. 

The filing contains no info about the new iPads except the model identifiers, A1893 and A1954. So what does this information tell us?

Well, judging by previous findings of this type, it's quite likely that we'll see these new iPads soon, perhaps as soon as next month. This is hardly unusual; for example, Apple launched the $329, 9.7-inch iPad in March last year. Read more...

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Now you know what Control Center’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth buttons really do

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When Apple released iOS 11 with a redesigned Control Center in September, they also quietly made a change to how the shortcut buttons for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth worked.

On iOS 10 and earlier, tapping them turned these wireless connections completely on and off. But on iOS 11, it merely disconnected your devices temporarily, while still allowing features like AirPlay and AirDrop to work.

Apple hasn't changed how the buttons work back to the old way, but at least it's more clear what's happening on iOS 11.2.

On iOS 11.2, when you go to turn off Wi-Fi or Bluetooth in Control Center, it now says that it's "disconnecting nearby Wi-Fi until tomorrow". The same goes for Bluetooth. Read more...

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Apple might release a new, cheaper iPad in 2018

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The iPad is great, but it's so damn expensive. That may be about to change. 

Anonymous sources with intimate knowledge of Apple's supply chain told DigiTimes that the tech giant is considering releasing a 9.7-inch iPad for only $259 in 2018. 

The new, inexpensive 9.7-inch iPad would be used to attract more customers that think the current model (which costs $329) is too expensive. The belief seems to be that a $70 price reduction would be enough to lure more customers into purchasing the tablet.

The sources expect Apple to release the new iPad in the second quarter of 2018. In addition to its typical consumer base, the company may try to push the device into the industrial and service sectors.  Read more...

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Apple’s next iPad could have Face ID and no home button

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It looks like the iPad could be the next Apple product to get the Face ID treatment.

The company's next iPad Pro is expected to ditch its home button in favor if Face ID, much like the iPhone X, according to a new Bloomberg report.

The tablet will reportedly launch in 2018 and not only add Face ID, but will have an updated design with "noticeably" smaller bezels than previous iPad Pro models. Additionally, the new iPad will come with an upgraded processor, GPU, and Apple Pencil Stylus, which will come with a new set of software-enabled features.

Though the iPad Pro will get an iPhone X-like redesign, the Bloomberg report notes that the company is "unlikely" to swap the tablet's existing display for OLED technology as Apple would likely face supply constraints. Read more...

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Say hello to Apple’s new iOS 11 emoji

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Finally, iOS 11 is here in all its glory, and in case the software's new features weren't exciting enough, Apple is also releasing hundreds of new emoji.

On Friday the company announced a trove of highly-anticipated emoji will be coming to iPhones and iPads, including more beloved food items, animals, smiley faces, and mythical creatures. Apple also announced it's introducing gender-neutral characters in this update. 

The new roster of emoji includes a giraffe and delicious looking pie, in addition to some clothing accessories and a smiley for when you're just dying to swear. Here are just a few of the fun new emoji Apple revealed: Read more...

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This is how to use the new iOS 11 Files app

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What we learned from the iPad Pro 10.5 teardown

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You can now buy Apple's new iPad Pro 10.5, which is exactly what the gadget experts at iFixit did so they could tear the sucker down. The damage was done to give us a clue as to what sets it apart from its closest ancestor, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro

The physical changes start on the outside. Besides just being bigger, the new Pro puts its microphone hole in a new spot. The 9.7-inch Pro had it situated next to the rear-facing camera while the 10.5-inch Pro plopped it down next to the selfie camera. This move might be to favor FaceTime (whose camera got an upgrade with the new model).

How many opening tools will it take to tear down the new 10.5'' iPad Pro? https://t.co/4dRfu2IAxD pic.twitter.com/0Ot6zs9pG2

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The iPad is almost good enough for doing real work now. Almost.

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Remember when Steve Jobs introduced the iPad, back in 2010?

He said the iPad is not only a new device — it’s a new category of devices, right in the middle between the smartphone and the laptop. And to live up to that promise, it had to be better at certain tasks than either the laptop or the smartphone. Jobs then listed these tasks: browsing the web; reading emails; enjoying photos, videos, and music; playing games; and reading ebooks. 

In a word, Jobs defined the iPad as a device for consuming content, with some light productivity on the side. 

“Otherwise, it has no reason for being,” Jobs said during his keynote.  Read more...

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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, please don’t kill the iPad mini

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The iPad mini might be on its deathbed. 

The 7.9-inch tablet, a recent report says, is cannibalized by the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus, which is big enough for those late-night reading binges, and more powerful in some regards. 

On the other hand, it appears that Apple is positioning the tablet as a larger device, one that competes with your laptop. According to rumors, the next tablet Apple launches will be bigger, not smaller than the iPad, and the iPad mini will likely go into oblivion. 

But ask many iPad mini aficionados, and they will tell you that the mini is the best iPad. I'm one of them, and I'd rather stock up on iPad mini 4s right now than get a bigger, newer variant, regardless of the price.  Read more...

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You’re screwed if you want to repair the new iPad

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Apple's new iPad is thin, powerful—and a nightmare to fix when things go wrong. iFixit, a website and store famous for its detailed repair guides, unveiled its teardown of the new 9.7-inch iPad Thursday, and it's a doozy. When it comes to how easy the device is to repair, the $329 iPad scores a 2 out of 10. The tablet's innards are held together with "gobs of adhesive" and "foam sticky tape," which means it'll take a seasoned expert—or Apple itself—to fix the thing. Adhesive is bad news for repair shops. It has to be heated up and then delicately separated by picks or razors, a process that can actually do more damage to the device if you're not careful. Of course, it's also in part what allows the iPad to look sleek and seamless.  Read Continue reading "You’re screwed if you want to repair the new iPad"

Google Calendar for iPad is here. Finally.

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Planning that lunch meeting just got a bit easier on your iPad if you're a die-hard Google user. Yes, you can finally say goodbye to Apple's calendar and download Google Calendar optimized for the iPad It features everything available on the desktop and smartphone versions of the app. And it can bring up your Google Calendar listings from your iPad home screen. It also supports Split View.  The online reaction was pure productive delight.
Google Calendar finally optimized for iPad!!! Oh happy day!

Yes, I get excited over strange things that make me more productive. — Mike Orren (@mikeorren) March 29, 2017 Read more...
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