Apple sends invites to Oct. 30 event, new iPad Pros expected

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More new Apple devices are coming.

As if this month wasn't already jam-packed with new product announcements from every tech company under the sun, Apple just sent out invitations for an event on Oct. 30 where it willl likely announce updated iPad Pros with Face ID support and possibly that rumored 13-inch MacBook we've heard so much about.

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Oddly enough, the event will take place in New York City at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. (Apple's events, especially the ones that debut new hardware, are typically in California.)

Last refreshed in 2017, Apple's iPad Pros are due for an update. Reports suggest the new iPad will sport thinner bezels (mostly reduced top and bottom bezels), support Face ID in both portrait and landscape, and ditch the Lightning port for USB-C (yes, really). Read more...

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Apple’s iOS 12.1 code hints at new iPads coming in the fall

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Apple's big September event came and went with no trace of new, highly-anticipated iPads. 

But the wait probably won't be very long9to5Mac reports that a "2018 Fall iPad" has been referenced in iOS 12.1 code, which was released Tuesday. 

There are no details as to what this new iPad might be like. But fall likely means October (November is also a possibility, but Apple historically held two iPad events in October and none in November), so at least we sort-of know when it's coming. 

As for what's coming, nothing's official yet, but there have been plenty of rumors describing a new iPad Pro with Face ID and no home button (check out the renders below). Read more...

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iOS 12 saved my old iPad mini from the trash heap

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Until yesterday, I was thinking of turning my old iPad mini 2 into a digital photo frame. The tablet worked, but it was painfully slow. Launching an app always had an unacceptable lag, and any serious multitasking was near-impossible. 

Then I updated it from iOS 11 to iOS 12, and suddenly the little guy was nearly as good as new. 

I did not expect this, despite Apple's claims that iOS 12 increases performance on its devices. The company says the same thing for every major release, but the differences have historically been negligible. In some cases, the iPad got slower after updating — but not this time. Read more...

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If these images are for real, the iPad has never been so beautiful

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We're less then ten days away from Apple's Sept.12 event, at which the company is likely to announce new iPhones, Apple Watches and iPads, but leaks, renders and rumors are still coming in.

A set of renders by Mysmartprice (via @onleaks), allegedly based on leaked CAD designs, show the new iPad from all sides, and boy is it beautiful. 

First, let me re-iterate that these aren't official photos or renders of the new iPad; even if they're based on an original CAD design for the iPad, the final version of the device could still look different. The folks at Mysmartprice admit that these might not be a 100% accurate, so let's just enjoy them as someone's nicely fleshed-out idea of what Apple's next iPad might look like.  Read more...

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Food is actually being served on iPads and it’s my nightmare

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When the late Steve Jobs revealed a tablet called the iPad in 2010, I do not believe he intended for you tech obsessed fools to one day use it as a food plate.

And yet, in 2018, nearly ten years into the assumed-to-be-more-advanced future, here I am writing an article on why serving food directly on top of iPads is a complete an utter nightmare.

iPads are not plates. Do you understand?

Plates are defined as flat, often circular dishes, from which food is eaten or served. And iPads are essentially just big iPhones without calling capabilities. It should be abundantly clear that these two things are vastly different from one another and are meant to serve two very unrelated purposes. But there are apparently people out there who either don't comprehend this fact, or worse — don't care! Continue reading "Food is actually being served on iPads and it’s my nightmare"

Adobe is reportedly releasing a full version of Photoshop on the iPad in 2019

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Well, this is a change in strategy.

Adobe confirmed to Bloomberg on Friday that it plans to launch a full version of Photoshop for iPad.

This marks a turning point for Adobe since Photoshop was previously only available for macOS. Until the advent of the iPad Pro in 2017, the iPad was somewhat limited in power and capability of handling a powerful editing product like Photoshop. It appears that will soon change.

The report claims that Adobe is still developing what it calls a cross-platform versions of its most popular software, including Photoshop. The new apps will reportedly work across various devices and operating systems. The new applications won't arrive until 2019. Read more...

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Apple spills the beans on 2018 iPhones with government filing

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We sort of know Apple is planning to launch three new iPhones in the fall, but we don't really know, do we?

Well, the news is still not official, but it's just a tad more likely due to a new filing in the Eurasian Economic Commission's database, spotted by Consomac (via 9to5Mac). 

According to the filing, there's a total of 11 new iPhone models coming, numbered as follows: A1920, A1921, A1984, A2097, A2098, A2099, A2101, A2103, A2104, A2105 and A2106. While it's hard to say exactly which model number corresponds to which iPhone variant, the numbers appear to be divided into three groups, starting with A19, A20 and A21, respectively. Chances are that these are the 5.8-inch, 6.1-inch and 6.5-inch iPhones, though it's unclear why one group has five models instead of three. Read Continue reading "Apple spills the beans on 2018 iPhones with government filing"

The next iPad could have this iPhone X feature

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The next iPad could get a serious upgrade. 

On Monday evening, Apple developer Steven Troughton-Smith tweeted iOS 12 code that he believes shows evidence Apple will be launching an iPad with Face ID. 

New in iOS 12: AvatarKit comes to iPad. Still requires a TrueDepth camera to do face tracking, though, i.e. an iPad with Face ID pic.twitter.com/9TvP2vsP6X

— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) July 3, 2018

He discovered AvatarKit, the framework behind Apple's animated emoji, known as Animoji and Memoji. It's pretty useless without the TrueDepth camera sensor, which projects and analyzes more than 30,000 invisible dots to create a 3D map of your face. The technology made its debut with the iPhone X.  Read more...

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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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