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5G iPad Pro In the Making, But Coming Only in 2021

By James A.

The latest rumors about Apple’s involvement with 5G mention that their 5G iPhone will arrive in 2020. Many have been wondering what happens with a potential 5G iPad. Well, that’s also coming but only in 2021.

The info comes from Economic Daily News, that quotes top Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, claiming that 5G for the iPad is two years away. There are tests to perform, partners to find, in order to supply components and more. With Qualcomm and Apple making peace, things have gotten easier now. In the meantime we could as well use a 5G smartphone as a hotspot for the tablets.

Kuo also expects Apple to introduce a liquid crystal polymer board into the future iPad later in this year. The purpose is to reduce signal loss and improve networking performance. This is basically one last move before going to 5G in the iPad lineup. It’ll be very interesting to see how the 5G implementation changes the design of the tablet, as well all remember how the antennae for previous 3G/4G models made the tablets look.

The first gen unit may also suffer in the battery life department, since 5G should really use up a lot of power.

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There’s no fixing the iPad Pro Smart Keyboard, but here’s what’s inside

By Andrew Cunningham

This is kind of hard to watch. (credit: iFixit)

iFixit’s product teardowns often show you how to fix gadgets, but in the case of Apple’s Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil accessories for the iPad Pro they have been more academic. Neither device is meant to be opened, and the act of opening them also happens to irreparably destroy them.

It’s still interesting to see what’s inside them, though, even more so when you don’t have to sacrifice your own expensive accessories to do it. After cutting the keyboard’s canvas open with a knife, iFixit discovered blank keys with the exact same switches used in the Retina MacBook (Apple itself said it was using the same technology for both devices). There are also small “channels” under the canvas that lead to vents placed at the top of the keyboard—since the keys are all completely covered, iFixit speculates that this system allows air to enter and exit the case as keys are moved up and down.

Finally, inside the case itself, iFixit got a look at the “conductive fabric” that moves power and data from the iPad’s Smart Connector to the keyboard. These are strips of actual fabric, not thin cables or wires, and both Apple and iFixit posit that the fabric strips will stand up better to repeated folding and unfolding than wires would.

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DisplayMate: iPad Pro has a great screen, but the iPad Mini 4 edges it out

By Andrew Cunningham

Enlarge / The iPad Pro’s display (left) is one of the best you can get in a tablet. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

If you’re interested in thorough, in-depth testing of phone and tablet displays, it’s hard to beat Raymond Soniera and DisplayMate. He has just run Apple’s new iPad Pro through the wringer, and he came away impressed by its color, contrast, performance in ambient light, and power efficiency. It’s an improvement on the year-old iPad Air 2’s display in most respects, but if you want the most accurate tablet display there is and don’t care about size, it’s still hard to beat the screen in the newly improved iPad Mini 4.

The full shootout is worth a read, but the iPad Pro scores points for the high contrast ratio it gets from its photo-aligned IPS LCD panel. The variable refresh rate feature, which drops the screen’s refresh rate from 60Hz to 30Hz when content on the screen isn’t moving, as well as the metal oxide TFT backplane on the iPad Pro also help its power efficiency relative to the smaller iPads. These are the two areas in which the Pro can beat the mechanically aligned screen of the iPad Mini 4.

While the iPad Pro does very well in other metrics, the iPad Mini 4 beats it in a lot of areas. Both the Pro and the iPad Air 2 have slightly too large color gamuts due to slightly over-saturated blues, and all iPads have slightly bluish white points that subtly affect color accuracy. The iPad Mini 4 also has the lowest reflectance of all three current iPads, meaning that reflections from other light sources are the least visible on its screen. That makes the screen easier to see in ambient light and significantly improves its contrast ratio.

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iPad Pro’s Lightning Port Offers USB 3.0 Transfer Speeds, Needs Special Accessory for That

By Radu Iorga

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It seems that every day since the iPad Pro started selling we learn something new about the device. Today for example we found out that the 12.9 inch slate’s Lightning port supports USB 3.0 transfer speeds.

iFixit found a controller for the new USB standard during the teardown of the device and interestingly Apple didn’t even bother to advertise this feature. Such compatibility means that the iPad Pro can transfer files at up to 5 Gbps, while an USB 2.0 connection went to 480 Mbps tops. The problem here? You need an USB 3.0 adapter to make it work.

The tablet only ships with a cable that offers USB 2.0 speeds and guess what, there’s no such USB 3.0 adapter yet. Something tells me that when the cable does come out, it will cost a bit too much, sort of like those Lightning/HDMI adaptors from the past years. In today’s wireless word, cables are the last thing one may buy though…

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iPad Pro Gets Reviewed by Designer, Who Seems Happy to use it for Work, With Adobe Tools in Tow (Video)

By James A.

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The iPad Pro reviews are in, since the product has been launched in stores this week and they seem positive. However, it’s the core user who matters the most and in this case a designer takes the stage, reviewing the latest Apple slate and the way it changed her work flow.

The design director of Vox Media wanted a replacement for the MacBook Pro and seems to have found it. She used the 12.9 inch iPad Pro for a few days and it managed to surpass her expectations. Moving from app to app and working with top notch solutions like Draw, Sketch and Comp from the Adobe Creative Cloud was easy as pie.

 

A sketch of Donald Trump was easily done, while Comp created mood boards and wireframes for site design. Wireframe creation is usually complicated but this time it was simple and fast. Once you’re done you can send the editable file via the Adobe Creative Cloud app to the desktop for further tweaks. For more complicated tasks it’s all about the laptop though.

Moving shapes and control bounding boxes was something that lacked on the iPad. Shortcuts from Adobe Illustrator that’s not available on the iPad Pro were a thing that the designer missed quite a bit. She goes on to praise the Apple Pencil, after having tried quite a few brands of styluses in the past. It’s described as precise, feeling natural and it has no lag.

If you’re willing to comply with some limitations, this can be an excellent tool.

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