Last year we wrote about the Luna Display, a way to turn an iPad into a touchscreen for the MacBook. It got crowdfunded with a lot of success and now it’s taking things further. Originally it was a dongle thingie and it keeps the idea, but takes it further.
Luna Display wants to offer you a wireless second display technology used to turn the iPad into a Mac Mini display. The makers of the device call this “like having a whole new Apple product”. The dongle works with any Mac that runs at least macOS 10.11 El Capitan and you can’t go with a model older than 2012. The product is compatible with any modern iPad that runs at least iOS 9.1.
Even the iPad 2 makes the cut plus the iPad Mini or the iPad Pros. A combo of Mac Mini and iPad of the sort means you can take your hardcore working tasks on the go, even without a bulky package. It’ll be easy to carry in airports, at hotels, on the go, in a troller or suitcase. The iPad even shows the Mac’s UI when using the Luna. It goes back to its own OS once you close the Luna app.
Touch input is also part of the package and there’s also support for a mouse and keyboard. The team over at Luna tested the whole gizmo with the new 12.9 inch iPad Pro and it worked like a charm. There’s also an instructional guide on how to do the setup here. The Luna Display Dongle is priced at $79.99.
Compatibility has been confirmed with the Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse and Apple Pencil 2. You need a reliable WiFi for all of this to work.
Adobe held a MAX event recently and unveiled that its full version of Photoshop is coming to the iPads soon. That’s surely no coincidence, since the Apple slate is about to get upgraded to new versions before the month is out. We try to see what’s new below.
We’re talking about REAL Photoshop here, not just a lighter touch-based version. Signs about the arrival of this version first appeared in early 2018, with all the layers, filters and effects one would need. Photoshop CC solves all worries, offering the same code as the desktop version and being able to save projects in the same .psd format. The app syncs with the desktop version, which means you can resume work on the projects you began on other platforms.
Everything syncs seamlessly and you can import, expert, convert to different formats, as well as fix various parts of the images. The UI has been redesigned from the ground up, but it comes with familiar Photoshop tools. The whole thing is made for the touchscreen interaction and it’s quite similar to the core Photoshop layout. Adobe wants even more and it’s been working on a new drawing application dubbed Project Gemini.
It’s a spinoff from Photoshop and it’s meant to sync with the famous photo editing app, so you can import brushes from it. Photoshop for iPad and Gemini will arrive in 2019, with a priority for iPads. We could still see them on Android at a much later date. I expect some serious stylus support.
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.
Apple seems to be preparing more gadgets than expected this year and aside from the iPhone trio happening in the fall, they also have a few MacBooks and iPads coming. Turns out that the Cupertino firm registered new such products with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC).
These filings usually come just a few weeks ahead of new product announcements, but that’s not a general rule. Apple is supposed to introduce a new iPad Pro with Face ID this year. It should also have slim bezels, no Home button and the latest Apple A series CPU, according to leaks. MacBooks are also overdue for the next months. The latest Apple filings in the Eurasian database cover 5 new iPads and 5 Mac models.
Keeping a track record of things, 9to5Mac writes that back in august 2016 Apple filed a trademark for the iPhone 7, Apple Watch Series 2, Apple Watch Series 1 and AirPods. all of the products came to life just weeks later. Ahead of WWDC 2017 the filings also revealed the Magic Keyboard, new MacBooks and iPads. This means that the filings are a pretty sure and consistent source when it comes to such info.
Oddly enough it failed this year, when Apple filed almost a dozen new iPhone model identifiers and launched zilch. They may also be trying to confuse speculants of stock info and other such people. We’re still seeing September as the ideal time frame for the release, with the macOS Mojave and iOS 12 on board. I’m also curious about a brand new Apple Pencil and new desktops.
Also, Apple better fix the keyboard on the MacBooks…
The Apple Pencil is about to get bigger and more accessible to iPad users, as it seems that Apple is ready to make it available on the cheaper iPads. On March 27th Apple is going to have an event scheduled and it’s supposed to be a “field trip”. Some say they may launch a new iPad there and now there’s a theory that it’ll be a cheap model working with the Apple Pencil.
As you probably know already, the Apple Pencil support has been limited to the iPad Pro since its 2015 debut. The pressure sensitive stylus increases the creative capacity of the device, letting us write, draw and paint straight on the screen. KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo recently told investors that the new 9.7 inch iPad will get Apple Pencil support, plus it’ll also gain a keyboard accessory.
Kuo also claims that the Cupertino firm is going to abandon the iPad Mini series, as big screen smartphones have cannibalized it. The new low priced iPad is going to be mass produced since Q2 2018 and it’ll probably support the Apple Pencil. The price being thrown around by rumors and leaks is $259 and the product is expected to improve on the features of last year’s model.
Better RAM, CPU and storage, I imagine. Apple’s Field Trip event will probably bring us new education apps and new iPad accessories too. We’ll learn more on the 27th.