Apple Pencil isn’t the only way to do input on iPads, as there’s also something called “Crayon” from Logitech. It’ll finally go live for the masses on September 12th, the date when Apple has an event scheduled.
This product was only available for schools and students till now. Logitech Crayon will hit Apple’s retail stores from September 12th and it’s going to cost $70, compared to the $50 that schools paid for it. The accessory uses the same palm and tilt aware technology as the Apple Pencil, but has less pressure sensitivity. It’s designed with hand written notes in minds and also sketches, but not complex artwork.
It offers a 7 hour battery life, which may sound OK, unless you’re really working away from home or the office a lout. The design is clearly more premium than the Apple Pencil one, with an aluminum and rubber design. It’s rugged, so it can survive 4 foot drops. It also has a female Lightning port for charging, instead of the annoying connector from the Apple Pencil.
Back to the Crayon, it works with the sixth gen iPad, uses Apple Pencil style technology, has tilt and auto connect, so no need for Bluetooth pairing. It has auto shutoff after 30 minutes and a removable cap. With 2 minutes of charge you’ll get about 30 minutes of battery life. It comes with 1 year of warranty and weighs 0.7 oz.
As usual @OnLeaks and mysmartprice are on the case, when it comes to devices that have yet to be launched. This time it’s the Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2018) we’re talking about and the sources have managed to somehow score some legit renders via CAD files and even a video was created. We have info about the device’s traits and size below.
Apple already has an event confirmed for September 12th, where they’ll unveil the 3 new iPhones and the 12.9 inch iPad Pro, as well as a smaller iPad Pro, possibly a 10.5 inch or 11 inch one. Sources claim that the designs and some minor details may change, so these renders aren’t 100% guaranteed to be accurate. For starters, the iPad Pro 12.9 (2018) looks quite a bit different compared to the predecessor.
There’s no Home button and the bezels are narrower, even though not as narrow as one would expect. We don’t see any notch here, although we should get some sort of Face ID integration. The body is still all meta and the main camera protrudes a bit and also shocks because it has an LED flash. According to the source, the device lacks a 3.5 mm audio jack, but it has 4 speaker grilles at each corner, in order to deliver kickass acoustics.
The dimensions for the product have been revealed: 280.6 x 215 x 5.85 mm, with the waistline going to 7.77 mm if you also include the rear camera bump. The integration of the Smart Connector on the center back of the device is a decision made because the Face ID thing wasn’t working properly in landscape, so a portrait orientation was a bit forced here. When you’re mounting the tablet on the Smart Keyboard cover you will be forced to go with a vertical orientation.
The device is rumored to have an Apple A12X CPU, with 7 nm technology, 4 GB of RAM and up to 512 GB of storage. There’s also Face ID as the singular biometrics authentication method. We’ll find out more on September 12th, when Apple unveils this thing.
Bloomberg has it on good authority that Apple will unveil a lot of hardware products during the next month event. Last we heard it was taking place on September 12th and it was about to bring us 3 new iPhones. At least two tablets and a watch now pop up. We have details below.
As you probably know already, Apple is preparing 3 new iPhones: the iPhone Xs with a 5.8 inch OLED screen, the iPhone Xs Plus with a 6.5 inch OLED screen and the iPhone 9 or even the iPhone SE 2 as it’s been called lately, with a 6.1 inch LCD display. We could also see a new Apple Watch with a larger screen and the same body, but what we’re really interested in are tablets.
The theory about notch iPads is back. This time we should get an 11 inch iPad Pro and a 12.9 inch model, both ready for debut. The 11 incher replaces the 10.5 inch model, with a smaller bezel screen in the same footprint. Bezels are cut on both versions, by the way. There’s no more Home button or fingerprint scanner either and we’re using Face ID, courtesy of a special face unlock mechanism tucked within the notch.
An interesting new leak says that the slates will be controlled with gestures, much like the iPhone X and you’ll use those gestures to navigate the tablets and Face ID to unlock them. I don’t see anyone mentioning an Apple Pencil 2, but I have a feeling it’ll also come up. Lately we’ve also been seeing a strange cutout of the back of the new iPad’s case, so something new is also ready for its back side.
While September is closing in fast and people are wondering about those new iPhones, they may have forgotten that there are also new iPads coming. At least one new iPad Pro is coming and the device just got a new leak, one involving a case. We have details below.
September will bring us both a new 12.9 inch iPad Pro (2018) and an 11 inch variant, that will replace the 10.5 inch slate. Both newcomers are expected to come with a bezel-free design, no Home button and no Touch ID. The back side was expected to have a standard Apple design, but recent schematics, as well as this leaked case seems to show novelty.
The case is meant for the Apple 11 inch model, showing a mysterious design element, towards the bottom of the back panel. It feels like a fingerprint scanner you’d find on an Android smartphone. However, many sources have been talking about putting Face ID on an iPad, or maybe even an in display fingerprint scanner.
It could well be a sort of Smart Connector, that could be used with a variety of accessories, when the device is held vertically. If you prefer to use the tablet horizontally, the case also has a cutout for the current Smart Connector, put on the frame of the tablet. We have no renders, no hands on picture of the device, just breadcrumbs. Could it also be a new way to charge the Apple Pencil? Might as well…
The latest Apple-related rumors mentioned the fact that aside from the 3 new iPhones, iPad Pro models and maybe a watch, we could see extra goodies during Apple’s event next month. One of them is the 13 inch entry level MacBook, that’s now rumored to have been reworked from the ground up.
The MacBook Air was the most affordable option till now, but now there’s a plan for a 13 inch MacBook Air replacement. That notebook was actually supposed to debut earlier, perhaps during WWDC 2018 earlier this summer, but according to Digitimes the product was delayed on account of a redesign. Turns out that Apple aimed for a Q4 2017 release, but it was stunted by the delay of Intel’s next gen chipset.
Apple thus had to opt for a larger 14 nm Kaby Lake CPU. Since the chip is larger everything had to be changed: internals, cooling, motherboard, you name it. Apple wants to deliver a golden product, so it won’t have to listen to customers complain about its MacBooks like they’ve been doing with the MacBook keyboards for years now. The 13 inch MacBook is rumored to be priced at around $1500, maybe $1200 if Apple is feeling generous.
Expect a slim machine, very light, with a metal body and impressive power. Productivity on the go? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.