This week: our reactions to Apple’s new hardware! Plus, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about the new Mac mini, MacBook Air, iPad Pro, and Magic Keyboard.
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This week's stories
Surprise iPad Pro refresh brings LiDAR Scanner, Ultra Wide camera, trackpad support
- Apple on Wednesday surprised us with a brand-new iPad Pro that packs a LiDAR Scanner, Ultra Wide camera, and studio-quality microphones. It’s powered by an improved A12Z Bionic chip that makes it faster than many laptops.
New MacBook Air announced with $999 starting price, Magic Keyboard and 6K display support
- Apple updated its MacBook Air lineup Wednesday with a re-designed scissor-switch Magic Keyboard, twice the storage, a reported two times faster CPU performance, and a lower price tag starting at $999.
Apple doubles SSD storage capacity for Mac mini
- Apple announced Wednesday an update of its entire Mac mini line, offering double the SSD storage capacity at the regular price.
5 reasons why iPad Pro’s new Magic Keyboard blows our minds
- Apple’s exciting new Magic Keyboard is going to make working on iPad Pro better than ever when the accessory debuts in May. It’s a huge improvement over the Smart Keyboard Folio in so many ways.
Movies Anywhere tests letting users loan out iTunes movies
- Movies Anywhere combines films bought through iTunes, Google Play, etc. into one service. And now it’s testing a new feature called Screen Pass that enables loaning your movies to other people.
- Now comes with double the storage capacity on the standard configurations.
- $799 now gets you 256GB instead of 128GB, and $1099 gets you 512GB instead of 256GB.
- Still using the same 6th-gen 4-year-old intel processor.
- $100 price cut.
- Standard storage has been doubled too.
- You get 256GB for $999 now, and 512GB for $1299.
- Features the same scissor-mech keyboard as the new 16-inch MBP.
- Using Intel's newest 10th gen chip, Quad Core 1.2GHz i7, Apple claims speeds are about twice as fast as previous gen. Probably cause last gen was dual-core.
- GPU performance increase of up to 80%.
- Now with triple lenses, kind of.
- Still the same 11" and 12.9" sizes.
- A12Z Bionic chip which supports a 8-core GPU.
- Apple says this setup is faster than most PC laptops.
- Apple says you can edit 4K videos with the iPad Pro.
- Pro Motion 120hz display
- Five-studio quality microphones, just like Apple packed into the 16-inch MBP
- Now features a 10MP ultrawide camera
- Also includes a 12PM main camera, which is probably the same one found in the iPhone 11/11 Pro
- Brand new LiDAR so depth sensing. LiDAR is the same technology that self-driving cars use for depth sensing and object tracking. It's what the Mars Rover uses too.
- How will iPad Pro use it? Definitely for Virtual Reality, but who knows what else.
- Now supports WiFi 6.
- 60% faster gigabit LTE for LTE models.
- Size is about the same, but slightly thicker and heavier.
- Price is the same, but now the base level of storage has been upgraded from 64GB to 128GB.
- Upgrading to 256GB of storage is $50, so $1200 instead of $1250.
- 1TB is $1300 instead of $1350.
New Magic Keyboard
- Coming in May.
- Features passthrough charging to the iPad via its own USB-C port on the hinge.
- Features a full-size Magic Keyboard with backlighting, scissor keyboard switches, and trackpad with multi-gesture support.
- iOS 13.4 will feature cursor support. Works with both the older and new ipad 11" Pro for $300.
- Or $350 for the 12.9" keyboard....
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