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Tim Cook Sets Straight the Rumors About the iPad/MacBook Hybrid

By Radu Iorga

We’ve been hearing for a few years now that Apple was getting ready to come up with a hybrid between an iPad and MacBook, or maybe some hybrid of iOS and macOS. Things got so ramped up that even Tim Cook felt the need to react to that. Let’s see what he said.

Google and Microsoft also working towards mergers of their mobile and desktop platforms, so it would be odd for Apple to be left out. Anyway, Tim Cook was in a classroom in Chicago recently to discuss with educators the new iPad 9.7 and its appeal. He mentioned that a full specced and accessorized iPad of the sort, with Apple Pencil and keyboard would be great at below $600 for students.

Of course some folks would maybe require a Macbook for more hardcore tasks like Adobe sound, photo and video editing. And now as far as the Tim Cook response goes, he responded to the statements of The Sydney Morning Herald’s Peter Wells. The Apple CEO claims that making a hybrid of iOS-Mac (which I see as him also saying iPad/MacBook hybrid) wold water down both products.

Both are great, claims Tim Cook and Apple would actually have it easier by making a hybrid. However, a merger means that tradeoffs are made and also sacrifices. That would harm the customer in the end. If you ask me, the hybrid is inevitable, even if it comes in the form of just a MacBook with touch keyboard, or two screens in lieu of just one. It’ll happen, no matter what Cook says!

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Apple Gets More Patents Covering iPad Pro Smart Keyboard Features

By James A.

Apple continues its huge run of receiving patents for multiple products, with today’s patent covering new features for the iPad Pro Smart Keyboard, as well as augmented reality and solar powered gadgets. We have the scoop below.

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of no less than 55 newly granted patents for Apple Inc, which cover the Apple Smart keyboard and the new features that it may receive one day. We also saw a new patent for the Mac Pro, one for AR and one for solar power energy management, in order to charge mobile devices. But what we’re most interested in is certainly the Smart Keyboard accessory.

The patent is titled “Flexible Keyboard accessory for a portable electronic device”. The document states that the accessory device may include a foldable cover, which in turn includes an attachment feature, that’s configured to couple with an electronic device. A hinge is also mentioned with the foldable cover in the mix and a rotating form factor. So, while Apple isn’t bringing out foldable phones or tablets anytime soon, at least their tablet accessories fold.

 

The keyboard assembly is also listed with a vent system, that includes an opening which provides the device with air, plus a channel coupled with the opening and to a key of the keyboard assembly. Letting a tablet and a keyboard get a vent system means that more horse power is coming to the iPad in the near future, that’s my prediction.

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Apple iPad (2018) Review Roundup: Great for Productivity and PUBG, Screen Gap Spoils it a Bit

By Radu Iorga

The Apple iPad (2018) reviews are in and they’re positive for sure. Well, not God of War positive, but still Apple must be pleased. This is pretty much the slate to beat right now, especially thanks to the price and productivity features. We rounded up the best and most detailed designs and we’ve summed them up below. Let’s have a look via a roundup.

The Verge – Quality, but no laptop replacement

The Verge are traditionally considered as Pro Apple folks, so they didn’t stray far from the usual praise pattern. They praise the simple fact it’s an iPad and it’s fast. I’ll admit what from what I’ve seen the device is truly fast and snappy. The Apple Pencil support goes into the Pros as well, while the lack of smart connector is a bummer. The editors see this as the logical choice, the cheaper iPad for the people, the average users.

It doesn’t even want to be a laptop replacement apparently, unlike the iPad Pro. The thing you’re going to miss the most here is the lack of the ability to run 3 apps at once like the Pro does. The screen is praised, as is the waistline.

CNET – praise for work features

CNET also gave the product praise, for its faster A10 CPU and the use of the Apple Pencil for work and annotation. iOS remains king of app selection on tablets, hands down. The problem is that people may want a bigger and better screen, plus quad speakers, since we’ve been spoiled by the iPad Pros. They also remind people that also buying a Pencil, case and keyboard will bring you closer to laptop pricing levels. Food for thought…

The editors praise the integration of the Pencil experience into the iWork suite. They also say that games run great, the apps will load fast and the battery life even beat expectations. LTE speeds are also improved, it seems. One of the drawbacks is that the Apple Pencil is not exactly kid friendly, having a rear cap that get lost easily.

Engadget – Great price, great Pencil support

Engadget sees this as the best tablet at the $329 price tag and praised its great performance and Apple Pencil support. The many tablet apps are also a big plus, but the design is seen as “getting old” by this review. The thickness is also a downer, compared to the other iPads. The return of the gap between the Retina Display and the glass that covers it may annoy some people, accustomed to the newest format.

Engadget actually played some solid PUBG Mobile sessions on the tablet and came up satisfied with the way it ran, even with the graphics tuned all the way up. Fortnite also ran fine and the multiple apps running side by side provided solid multitasking. As far as the stylus goes, the experience is very similar to the $650 iPad Pro 10.5 one with pencil, but the screen gap kind of changes it.

Ars Technica –  Some compromises, especially the screen

Ars Technica takes a more cautious approach and asks just how creative the device is. They also bring up the screen gap and the way it influences Apple Pencil interaction. The design is the same as the cheap iPad from last year and it’s really getting dated. Bezels are also considered a bummer now. The screen isn’t laminated in the same way as the iPad Pro, which is a bummer.

Also, if you’re coming from the iPad Pro you may find the screen being too small. The camera is considered forgettable basically and the benchmarks are good enough to compete with the first iPad Pro or even beat it. In some tests it’s even close to the iPhone X.

Techradar  – Going into detail, loving the screen

Techradar considers this device a great tablet for people who want a basic tablet and to serve that basic purpose. They praise the screen, CPU power and price, but the design and extra priced Apple Pencil gets some backlash. They seem happy with the way to express artistry through the pen and you can also do quite a bit of work via the Notes app. The multi level pressure of the Pencil si very useful and put to work properly on this device, even though not on iPad Pro level.

2 GB of RAM may feel like too little, but it’s enough for drawing, PUBG, email and some educational apps. Techradar praised low screen reflectance, nice contrast, but the gap and bezels kill the mood a little.

In the end I feel that the latest iPad is just Apple being Apple. Some incremental updates, much of the package from last year, a newer CPU and a gimmick: the stylus. They cut some corners here and there, but hey, you can dissect frogs virtually and schools will buy this in bulk, so sales are going to go crazy.

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Apple Puts Out New Tutorial Videos Regarding the iPad 9.7 and Apple Pencil (Video)

By James A.

Hard to believe that it’s been a little over a week since Apple debuted a new tablet and the iPad 9.7 already reached most big shops all over the world. People are getting accustomed to the idea of a cheaper device working in tandem with an Apple Pencil and Apple tries to clear up the usage process via a set of tutorial videos.

This is by no means the first tutorial of the sort, since Apple actually loves short tutorials and teaching people how to use its tech. They deliver short and concise tutorials, explaining everything a newcomer may need to know. One of them shows us how to take screenshots on the screen and then edit them on the go with the Pencil.

Markup tools are brought up and we also see some cropping, color selection and simple drawing. Brushes and all options feel right at home if you’ve been using an iDevice for the past year.

Another video shows how to use two apps at once on the iPad, via split screen. Sketching notes in the lovely Notes app is also shown, in quite competent manner. Drawing and writing are shown as fluid and seamless actions, very intuitive even coming from many years of Microsoft Office use. There are also tutorials about the email app, file browsing and so much more.

Just so you know, the latest iPad is priced at $329, or $299 for students and the Apple Pencil goes for $99, or $89 for students.

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iPad 9.7 2018 Gets iFixit Teardown: Very Hard to Repair, But Air Gapped (Video)

By James A.

Here we are, one week later after the announcement of the 2018 iPad 9.7 and while at $299 (for students) it’s a bargain, it’s also got drawbacks. 2 GB of RAM may not be enough for some, for example and it seems that the construction of the device makes repairs very hard. iFixit has the scoop on that, courtesy of a teardown.

As usual, they took apart the device to see what makes it tick, who made the components and how easy it is to repair. We skipped straight to the conclusions and saw that the device earned a grade of 2 out of 10, meaning it’s very hard to repair. The silver lining is that at least the LCD panel is easy o remove once you separate the cover glass/digitizer. The device is also air gapped and it’s got separately replaceable cover glass and LCD, which makes drop damage repairs less pricey.

Sadly, typical for an iPad there’s a ton of adhesive/glue used here to hold everything together. The adhesive holds components in place and especially the battery is glued shut and very hard to remove. Even the LCD has its downs, like the foam sticky tape tape, which makes it stick to the front panel. This increases the risk of damage during teardown.

 

In other news, Toshiba makes the 32 GB flash memory, NXP the NFC controller and there’s 2 GB of Micron LPDDR4 SDRAM on board. A special Broadcom controller for the touchscreen was found here, probably to add the Pencil input in the mix. Conclusion? Be wary of repairs and we hope you don’t need them.

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