Category - IPad
It's like the mostly-fictitious parable that NASA and its contractors spent billions of dollars developing a pen that can work in space where the Russian space agency just bought some pencils -- a moment ago we signed a form and we did it using an Apple Pencil on an iPad Pro, where in the past it would've been a ballpoint pen that cost 5 cents. You will never spend the money on all this Apple gear in order to sign forms, but if you have the iPad Pro and you have the Pencil, you will never sign anything any other way ever again.
At a "Town Hall" meeting with employees following the company's Q1 earnings report, Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly rejected the notion -- long favored by analysts -- that Apple needs a "pared down" and inexpensive iPhone model in order to attract buyers in developing or "emerging" markets like India. While most of the meeting dealt with a rehash of information given during the analyst call, some was concerned with employee matters like retention incentives, as well as saying the Apple TV and tvOS both have "bright" futures.
If you've got an iPad Pro, you use it to excess. Far more than you did your iPad Air, and actually you thought you hammered that iPad Air quite a bit. There is something about the Pro that lends itself to doing more -- and the more you use it, the more likely you are to want an external keyboard. Plus, you might use your iPad Pro so much that it's effectively paid for itself, but you're still hurting from that large chunk of change you had to spend. You're not yet at the stage where you can casually throw your iPad Pro in a bag. You want to know it's safe, you want to be able to use it to its fullest, so you've looked at getting the Logitech Create keyboard case for iPad Pro. Every iPad Pro owner has looked at this, many have bought it; we've been living with it for a month.
New developments in the rumor whirlpool have produced some further speculation about the alleged March event that was originally going to bring an all-new Apple Watch 2, then the "iPhone 6c," but now said to be about the "iPhone 5se," the "iPad Air 3," and some new Apple Watch bands (and possibly partnerships). One report has said that the company is looking to do its event on the 15th of March, though of course with the caveat that the date could change, "or turn into an online announcement."
Industry analysts IDC have released new data on estimated sales of various tablets and what the company calls "detachables," with Apple's iPad Pro handily beating all comers to cause iPads generally to remain both the dominant dedicated tablet, with the iPad Pro now the leading "detachable," meaning a "hybrid" notebook that uses a tablet for its display that can also be used independently, like the Surface. The report comes on the heels that the iPad Pro accounts for 12 percent of all iPad sales, just six weeks after its debut.
A recent drawing that resembled a schematic for an alleged iPad Air 3 has now served as the basis of new cases for the allegedly forthcoming device, though it may well be a case of Chinese manufacturers taking a risk that the drawing represents genuine changes planned for the next iteration of Apple's flagship 9.7-inch tablet. Among the changes posited by the drawing are feature changes drawn mostly from the iPad Pro, including the quad speakers of the larger device, as well as a Smart Connector.
The latest episode of The MacNN Podcast attempts to understand Wall Street thinking, which is surely an exercise in madness. Apple had a record (fiscal) Q1, again setting a record for the most profitable quarter from any company ever, but the fact that the growth wasn't as significant against last year's killer Christmas season made Wall Street unhappy, particularly with the guidance that next quarter will see the first-ever iPhone drop in sales from last year's quarter.
Apple devices with the Pro suffix to its name are typically the most powerful version of the product range, and also the most coveted. The most recent addition, the iPad Pro, is no exception to the rule, being the largest and most powerful iPad that Apple sells. In the latest MacNN Deals giveaway, you have an opportunity to win your very own iPad Pro, complete with the Apple Pencil, in a prize package valued at almost $900.
Over the last few weeks we've been documenting the evolution of the rumors involving Apple's plans for spring and the period leading up to the Worldwide Developers Conference, not because they are silly -- though a few have given us a good office chuckle -- but because people tend to remember only the bits of guessing or insider info that people got right, rather than how much was flat-out wrong. This week, the focus of Rumortown is about the alleged iPad Air 3 coming in March ... or April ... and the iPhone 5se? That's so last week.
Lynn University, a tier-2 US private college in Boca Raton, Florida -- which has had an iPad mini-centric curriculum for students and teachers since 2013 -- has opted to start providing its undergraduates and faculty members with a big upgrade: the iPad Pro, the Apple Pencil, and the company's Smart Keyboard accessory, saying the new devices "provide even greater flexibility" in its efforts to make university education more affordable. It will supply up to 1,800 devices beginning this semester.