Previous-gen iPad Pro models up to 199 off, iPad Air and more are on sale

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Check out the latest deals from B&H and Amazon.com, where you will find up to $200 savings on select iPad Pro models and more devices on sale

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The Google Pixel 4 XL, 2020 iPad Pros and more devices are on sale

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We keep getting some amazing discounts from Amazon.com, where we find the Google Pixel 4 and last year’s iPad Pro models on sale

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Apple’s 2020 iPad Pro models and their Magic keyboards are on sale

Apple’s new iPad Pro lineup will begin pre-orders this Friday, April 30, which means retailers have to start making space for the new devices. In other words, it’s a great moment to get your hands on a new 2020 iPad Pro, as they are currently getting some sweet discounts. First, we find the 11-inch iPad Pro getting a $150 discount on its WiFi-only variant with 1TB of storage space on both color variants. If you don’t need that much space, you can get the 512GB option for $999 with $100 savings. The 256GB option is currently selling for $770 in Space Gray with $129 savings, while the Silver option goes for $790, with $109 savings. And if you want the entry-level variant with 128GB of storage space, you can get one for just under $700 on both color options, meaning you get a bit over $99 savings.

The larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro with WiFi-only connectivity is also on sale, and you can get one with $150 savings if you go for the 1TB variant, which means you can grab one for $1,349 in Space Gray or get the Silver option with the same storage capacity for $1,399, which translates into $100 savings. The 128GB variant starts at $900 with $99 savings if you go for the Space Gray version, while the Silver variant will cost you $915.

Now, this investment has to be protected against possible falls, scratches, and everyday use. And this kind of protection gets even better when it comes with up to $100 savings and a built-in keyboard that will make your new iPad Pro a great productivity tool. The Apple Magic Keyboard for the 11-inch iPad Pro is currently getting a $100 discount, meaning you can get one for just $199. The 12.9-inch Apple Magic Keyboard is also on sale, and you can get yours for $299 with $50 savings.

 

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Here’s why I’m not upgrading to the 2021 iPad Pro

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I’m using a lot of devices throughout the year, which comes with its pros and cons. On one hand, you get to carry the latest tech all year round, more or less. On the other hand, it’s a constant move, a nomadic lifestyle, if you will, of your data from one device to the other, irrespective of how much the cloud might help you out or not.

Despite all of that, I do, as do most reviewers, have a personal daily driver, a favorite if you will, which sticks around throughout its lifecycle as the main device. It can be a device I reviewed, or a review unit, or, as is the case with my iPad Pro, a device I personally purchased for my private usage. The iPad Pro is my main, personal tablet.

I purchased it in October of 2020, around the time I purchased my personal iPhone 12 Pro Max. I knew a refresh was fairly around the corner, but I just needed to fill in that gap in my home ecosystem.

Usually, when a new device, a successor, is announced, I get “the itch”. We all know it, and as I was sitting and watching the Apple Spring Loaded event, I was looking down at my 2020 iPad Pro, and I was like “Nah, I’ll pass”. Here’s why I’m not upgrading to the 2021 iPad Pro.

iPad Pro 2021 vs iPad Pro 2020

The specs factor

Just to clarify, I own the 2020 11-inch iPad Pro, Wi-Fi only, 128GB. Since I only use my tablet within Wi-Fi range (or, at worst, I tether to my iPhone), I have zero need for a 4G version, let alone a 5G variant, like the 2021 iPad Pro. That’s one point, right there, in favor of my current device. Yes, I am aware that there’s a Wi-Fi-only model as well! Feel free to disregard this point if you want. I’ve got plenty below.

I deliberately opted for the 11-inch model last year because I simply consider the 12.9-inch variant to be too big. Apple did introduce a brand new mini LED display for the iPad Pro this year, however, only for its larger version. The 11-inch still packs the good old IPS panel, with which I’m fine and satisfied. Here’s one (more) point in favor of keeping my current device.

I have never taken a single picture using the iPad Pro (or any other tablet, save for review purposes, and even then, I cringed). For my personal use, I couldn’t care less about the camera improvements on the 2021 iPad Pro, and, since I also don’t do video calls on the iPad, the new wide-angle FaceTime camera doesn’t faze me. I’ve got the iPhone for the 3 FaceTime calls I receive during the year. One more point in favor of my 2020 iPad Pro.

…and here comes the big one, that takes it home in favor of my current iPad. The incredible performance delivered by the M1 chip. But wait: how can 1,500 times higher performance and 2 times faster storage (according to Apple’s claims) be an entry on your Cons list?

2021 iPad Pro

The OS and apps factor

The 2021 iPad Pro is, on theory and on paper, as fast as the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and the Mac Mini (lately the new iMac). This, in and of itself, is awesome! But there’s a caveat. Nothing (or nothing useful to me) takes advantage of that tremendous power.

It’s like installing a fine-tuned supercar engine into a chassis and feeding it low-octane fuel, just enough for it to start, but unable to rev at speeds that deliver torque and horsepower. It’s like crawling in Drive mode without a gas pedal.

This is something I alluded to in my previous commentary when I said I would easily purchase the MacBook Air over the 2021 iPad Pro.

Is the 2021 iPad Pro faster than my 2020 iPad Pro? Absolutely! Would I be able to perceive the speed increase? Probably not. For me, at this particular point in time, there’s absolutely no need to upgrade to the latest iPad. This, however, could change in an instant, if Apple allowed the iPad Pro to run macOS instead of iPadOS (which is pretty much a phone OS for all intents and purposes), but that’s a different conversation. Then I’d be able to run full-fledged Photoshop and Final Cut Pro on it. Wouldn’t that be nice?

Yes, a different conversation, one in which Apple would create a new product family, turn the iPad Pro into a convertible, allow it to somewhat eat into both the iPad Air and MacBook Air segments, and create one of its own. That, however, is an iPad Pro I would definitely consider. However, right now, my stance is this: if you don’t have an iPad and you’re planning on getting one, get a MacBook Air instead. If you do have a 2020 iPad Pro, keep it for one more year.

But that’s just me, and, as always curious about what everyone else thinks. Drop us a comment below and let’s talk about it. My colleague Adam already chimes in. He said “pass” too. Read his reasons!

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Apple’s M1 MacBook Pro is up to $199 off! More deals are also available

We start this weekend with amazing discounts on the M1-powered MacBook Pro. If you head over to Amazon.com, you will find that the 256GB storage variant is currently getting a $149 discount, meaning you can get one for just $1,150 on any of its color variants. However, the best savings come with the 512GB option getting the same $149 discount, plus $50 extra savings that will appear at checkout, which leaves this powerful notebook at $1,300. And just in case you were wondering, both the 256GB and the 512GB storage options come equipped with 8GB RAM.

The MacBook Air is now getting a $100 discount on its 256GB options in Gold and Space Gray so that you can get one for $899, but if you go for the 512GB variant in Silver, you can get a total of $149 savings, meaning you can get one for $1,100. The first see the $100 savings on the product’s landing page, while the other $49 savings will be reflected at checkout.

M1 MacBook Pro
M1 MacBook Air

You can also get a new 10.9-inch iPad Air with LTE support and 64GB of storage space for just $699. This isn’t necessarily a deal, as it seems that the device’s price has now dropped, well, at least on its Silver variant, since the other models are selling for $724 and $703, depending on the color option you go for. And since you may end up getting one, you can also get your hands on a Logitech Folio Touch iPad Keyboard Case with Trackpad for $150 after a $10 discount.

Other deals feature the Klipsch T5 II True Wireless Sport Earphones in White. You can grab a pair for $130 after receiving a $99 discount; just make sure you grab the white variant, as the other colors will have different pricing. There are a couple of robotic vacuum cleaners on sale, the eufy by Anker, RoboVac G10- Hybrid, is currently getting a $120 discount, leaving it at just $180, or get the more affordable 11S Polus for $140. You can also get a new Betty Crocker Single-Serve Pod Coffee Maker for $26.77 after a $13.22 discount.

 

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I have no interest in the new iPad Pro, iMac, or AirTags

Earlier this week, Apple announced a bunch of new stuff on a video live stream. We’ve got new commercials for Apple TV shows, a purple iPhone, Podcast stuff, an Apple TV remote that actually makes sense, some AirTags, new iMacs, and a new iPad Pro. 

AirTags 

The first really new Apple product for 2021 was the AirTags, and I immediately said, “Welcome to 2013!”  AirTags are little battery-powered Bluetooth things that connect to your iPhone and help the iPhone’s “Find My” software keep track of the locations of the tags. Sounds familiar because these kinds of things have been around for many years. A company called Tile was one of the first to release this type of gadget back in 2013.

Nokia released a similar Nokia Treasure Tag in early 2014 that had similar functionality. I had a bunch of Nokia Treasure Tags attached to my Nokia Lumia 1020 and they certainly worked as advertised… just the same as today’s Apple AirTags. I stopped using them after getting a new phone because they were kind of a hassle. I mean, how many batteries do I have to keep around and keep replacing? Sure, the removable battery can be replaced pretty quickly, but still, it’s another thing to manage, and I never lost anything while I was using the Treasure Tags anyway. So what’s the point? It costs more cognitive energy paying attention to the battery levels of all of these tags than it costs to remember where whatever it’s attached to is in the first place.  

iMac 

The new iMacs are bringing back a rainbow of color options like the original iMac had in 1998. It has Apple’s new M1 processor, an extra thin form factor, and it comes in 7 colors. That’s cool and all, but the front has a big pastel-colored chin and a white bezel that looks really bad to me. What’s more, is that the white bezel is going to interfere with your white balance perception since that will reflect the color temperature of your ambient lighting instead of the color temperature of the display.  Looks like the display is still pretty reflective too, so glare will still be a problem. That’s not so good for creative professionals.  

Having the computer really thin is nice I guess, but how much does that really matter?  The stand is still pretty thick, so it’s not going to save a whole lot of desk space. Maybe it makes the iMac easier to move, but if I’m going to put a computer on a desk, that’s probably where it’s going to stay until I replace it. That being said, I have seen iMacs that need replacing kind of frequently, so maybe that is a good thing since we’ve had to carry them to the car and then to the Apple store for repair kind of often. That’s in contrast to the HP workstation where a repair person just comes to the office and replaces parts right there under warranty the next morning.  

iPad Pro 

Apple’s new Center Stage feature for video calls on the iPad Pro is probably the most impressive feature, but again… “Welcome to 2010, Apple!” This awesome feature was something that first appeared 11 years ago in Video Kinect for Xbox. Honestly, it makes way more sense having this feature plugged into a big screen TV than it does an iPad. You’ll need to set the iPad on a stand to make any use of it, and as you move away the people on the screen will look so much smaller. With Xbox Kinect and a big TV, I could walk around the whole room and the video call camera would follow me beautifully.  It was even cooler when the person on the other end had the same thing in their living room… we could both walk around doing other stuff and it was like there was a camera crew focusing on our faces on the TV.  

The iPad Pro does have a new mini-LED display now that’s supposed to display color better, but it’s still a glossy screen that’s going to have a lot of glare when using it in real life. Apple’s video looks to be extremely processed to remove or hide the glare of the environment completely. It looks super fake because it is. That’s not how the screen is going to look in real life.  

I’ve never thought that the iPad Pro deserved the “Pro” moniker. It’s not great for creative pro stuff anyway. See “13 Reasons why I don’t use an iPad Pro & Apple Pencil for graphic design“. The M1 processor and 16GB of RAM options in the new iPad Pro seem like kind of a waste since it won’t run really high-end programs like those available on macOS. 

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B&H is having a special Apple deals event with amazing discounts

We start today’s deals with tons of Apple products on sale. You can find the latest M1 MacBook Pro getting a $100 discount, leaving it available for $1,199. This will get you the Space Gray or Silver colored variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage space, but you can boost it up to 512GB storage for just $200 more. The M1 MacBook Air is also on sale, and it’s also getting a $100 discount, meaning you can grab the 8GB RAM with 256GB of storage space variant for just $899.

If you don’t need to have a laptop but your still interested in getting a new Mac, you can also consider getting a new 27-inch iMac with a Retina 5K display for $1,859 with $140 savings. This model comes with 512GB of storage space and 8GB RAM. You can also choose to wait for the latest M1 powered iMac, but remember that pre-orders for the 24-inch iMac, the latest Apple TV 4K, and the new iPad Pro models will begin until April 30. You can also get the new AirTag, since that’s already up for pre-order, and you can get one for $29 or a four-pack for $99.

M1 MacBook Pro
M1 MacBook Air
27-inch iMac

You can also save some money on the early 2020 iPad Pro models, as they are currently getting up to $150 discounts. The 11-inch iPad Pro with 128GB of storage space sells for $729 with $70 savings. The 256GB variant is $120 off, meaning you can get one for $779. However, the biggest savings come with the 1TB storage option, as it now sells for $1,149, which translates to $150 savings. You can also find great deals on the latest Apple Watch Series 6.

You can score an $80 discount when you get the Cellular 40mm variant in a Graphite Stainless Steel case with a Graphite Milanese Loop Band that’s going for $669. Or get one starting at $469 with $30 savings when you go for other color options with LTE connectivity on its 40mm variant. The AirPods Pro are getting a $30 discount, which leaves them up for grabs at $220. You can check out every single Apple deal available by following this link.

 

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Pocketnow Daily: MAJOR iPad OS/iOS 15 Updates! Pixel 5a Screw Up & more.. (video)

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, Pixel 4 and OnePlus smartphones are on sale

The M1 MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and Mac mini are also on sale today

The official news today begin with deals, and don’t forget we’ve got time stamps below in case you want to skip this for what’s happening today. Let’s start with OnePlus, which is really making a case for you to buy the 8 Series, probably more than even their own 9 series. Starting with the fact that they have the 8 Pro for 300 dollars off its original price tag, leaving it at 699 for the entry level variant and you get free Buds Z in white. Those Buds Z are actually pretty good by the way. They are also running a Flash Sale on the Nord Series where you can get the N10 for 279 and the N100 for 170 bucks, and it finishes on the 27th. Moving on to Amazon, the Google Pixel 4 is available for 300 dollars off its original price, leaving the entry level model for 496. If you want a foldable, Amazon has the Galaxy Z Fold 2 renewed for 1486 and I mean, if you do the math that’s actually a solid deal with how Amazon guarantees that program. We have more deals on other Samsung smartphones, Macs, iPads and more in the links in the description.

Samsung might give Galaxy S20 FE a new lease of life with chip upgrade

Let’s move on to Samsung as, the company is making an interesting move with the Galaxy S20 FE. We know that Sammy found success with this phone thanks to the decent specs and the price tag and they want to add to that. According to a new report from WinFuture, Samsung might start equipping the S20 FE with the 4G version of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, swapping out the Exynos 990 that originally powered it, cause I guess they heard there isn’t much love for that chip, period. The report even mentions the new model number and actually, Samsung has already updated some of their European websites with this model number, hinting that the launch will happen some time soon. The rest of the specifications will remain the same as the Exynos S20 FE but they might add a SKU with more storage for around 600 Euros. We’ll keep you posted on when they make the changes and, while Samsung is doing this for an older phone, wait for the a few segments because Google is doing the complete opposite, and guys it doesn’t look good.

iPhone 13 Mini prototype shown in alleged hands-on image, but we have doubts

Moving the spotlight on to Cupertino real quick before we talk about them again for the hottest news, and this time about the iPhone 13 mini. You’d think that the report on low sales would kill a future generation, but we know Apple is famous for liking to play the long game. So yeah, those other reports of Apple stopping production of the 12 mini aren’t going anywhere with that new purple color that just launched, and now these rumors. This picture comes from a tipster on Weibo, showing off that design that was leaked in CAD renders last week in the Blue color variant where the 2 cameras now sit across from each other inside the stove. Of course at the moment these are still prototypes and Apple could simply just choose to not go on with this design but, a ton of tipsters have been talking about this design and these prototypes just give it a bit of more credibility. We’ll see what we get as, it definitely doesn’t look bad but again, it depends on who you ask.

Android 12 code hints that Pixel 5a 5G will use the same chip as its predecessor

Now, let’s talk about Google and the Pixel 5a on an.. Interesting turn of events. Let me just start by saying I’m struggling to call this a 5a any more. So, a couple of weeks ago we found out that the Pixel 5a will be coming some time during the Fall and it will only be available in the US and Japan. Well, now we have a new report from 9to5Google that claims that Barbet aka the Pixel 5a will be using a processor identified by the number “SM7250” which is a reference to the Snapdragon 765G. And I mean there’s nothing wrong with the 765G but, it’s also the processor that powered the show for the Pixel 4a 5G and the Pixel 5, and if the phone will look exactly like last year’s phone, I mean, wouldn’t this technically be the same 4a 5G? Like, I’m curious to see how Google plans to differentiate these phones. Why even bother to announce anything if that precise phone can currently be purchased in the market. Gotta hand it to Google for the weird decisions all the time.

Story of the day:

Apple readying big changes for notifications in iOS 15, Home Screen overhaul for iPads

But Finally, for the hottest news today let’s talk about Apple, WWDC, and iOS. If you didn’t watch our video on the Spring Loaded Event I highly recommend you do as I went into detail on how these new iPads don’t really make sense right now, unless of course, WWDC changes things dramatically, and that’s what the news is about. According to a new report from Bloomberg, Cupertino is planning to overhaul notifications for iOS 15 and they are also preparing a major overhaul for the iPad’s Home Screen with iPadOS 15. Starting with iOS 15 apparently they want to let you customize notifications depending on your situation, with modes like sleep, driving or working, and you will choose if you want an audible alert or not. Apparently this would work through a menu in the control center, letting you create your scenarios. But fine, for the major news, let’s move on to iPadOS. Bloomberg claims that this will be the biggest overhaul to the Home Screen in over a decade. Apparently Apple will finally add widgets to the Home Screen which was just ridiculous before, letting you replace the entire grid with your widgets of choice. Finally, the report also mentions some big changes for iMessage, for it to compete with WhatsApp by adding some sort of social media aspect to it. You know what the problem is? No word on supporting Pro apps, AKA, what the Mac has, which technically should happen. So far a home screen overhaul seems boring and overdue.
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Here’s why I’d grab a MacBook Air over the 2021 iPad Pro

The iPad Pro was the highlight of Apple’s Spring Loaded event last night, not to rain on the parade of the iMac and the other products. Why? Because the larger, 12.9-inch iPad Pro got the most upgrades. From the mini-LED display to the M1 chip and Thunderbolt support, it is now a really beefed-up tablet. Much more powerful than the previous generation, and the iPad Air.

When it comes to spec-for-spec comparison, it seems to be a no-brainer to go with the new iPad Pro. However, to me personally, seems an even bigger no-brainer to just go ahead and buy a MacBook. Air or Pro, up to you. Why?

The horsepower factor

For the sake of this argument, we’ll compare the specs with the MacBook Air. Both the 2021 iPad Pro and the MacBook Air are powered by the M1 chip. In the case of the laptop, you have the choice to opt for the cheaper model which takes away one GPU core or go with the other model which features the same chip as the iPad Pro.

Both memory and storage options can be configured to match the iPad Pro, so, what we basically have here is two identical devices in two different form factors. The difference in display size is negligible, from 12.9-inches on the larger iPad Pro to 13.3-inches on the MacBook Air.

Apple M1 chip

However, it’s what you can do (or can’t, in this particular case) with all that power that tips the scales in favor of the MacBook, at least for now. We’ll tell you why the word “now” is crucial in the segment below.

Right now, from a pure specs perspective, what’s the M1 iPad Pro able to do that its non-M1 predecessors aren’t? Nothing. Will it do it faster? Probably, but you won’t notice as the A14 chip, as well as the A12Z, are no slouches.

With the M1 iPad Pro, it still runs, for “now” the same version of iPadOS with the same apps.

The Operating System factor

…which brings us to the OS factor. As mentioned above, the 2021 iPad Pro doesn’t have a real upper hand over the other iPads in the line-up, software-wise. But, the MacBook (Air or Pro, doesn’t matter) does have a very important upper hand on the similarly specced M1 iPad Pro: it runs macOS, with Mac Apps, instead of iPad OS and iPad apps.

iPadOS

Furthermore, the MacBook is able to run iPad apps, but that’s not valid the other way around. That, right there, is the dealbreaker for me, and, as my colleague Jaime touched upon the matter, it seems to be an idea we both share.

What’s the use of having all of that MacBook horsepower on the iPad if it can’t run Final Cut Pro? Or Photoshop (the full-fledged version)?

Right now, as it stands, it a lot of computing power that’s being held back, and hence, unutilized, by software. And this is where we get to the “now” part we mentioned earlier. Everything I wrote so far stands unless Apple “saves” the iPad.

How can it achieve that? There are two potential options here: 1. Either have the iPad Pro run macOS (which it can easily do), or 2. Find a way for the iPad Pro to run Mac Apps.

Yes, that would create a new product family for Apple – the company doesn’t currently have a convertible – but it would instantly make the iPad Pro more appealing to customers. Whether that would bite into the MacBook segment’s sales is something to debate.

iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard

The financial factor

This one comes down to simple math. You pay $1,099 for the base 12.9-inch iPad Pro ($2,199 if you max it out), and an additional $349 for the Magic Keyboard, for a total of $1,448 (or $2,548 maxed out).

The MacBook Air will set you back $999 for the base model and $2,049 for the maxed-out configuration. Obviously, you don’t need to spend on a keyboard.

That’s quite a lot of price difference between two machines that are basically similar in specs, with the MacBook clearly being the superior one due to its desktop operating system and apps.

Conclusion

Because of all the above reasons, for me, personally, there is no incentive to buy or to upgrade to the 2021 iPad Pro. If I was on the market for one, I would definitely pick up a MacBook Air today. The conversation changes if Apple can do something with the iPad Pro that would leverage its true potential.

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What I REALLY think about Apple’s Spring Loaded Event

OK, so, we started scripting this video as your typical Pocketnow Daily, where I go through a recap of all things Apple, but then I realized I had just too much to say to only report the news. The event ended, and then I was hoping for a “One More Thing,” and it didn’t happen.

Don’t get me wrong, a lot of what was announced was great, then some was expected, and then some was underutilized potential, and some just didn’t happen, so let’s dive in. I’m Jaime Rivera with Pocketnow and let’s dive into our Apple Spring Loaded Event recap.. 

So let me start with the things we didn’t get.

  • No AirPods, which have been heavily rumored for this event. Seems Ming-Chi Kuo’s predictions were right in that production won’t begin until the fall.
  • No iPad mini update, which at this point seems either dead or maybe some silent update that’ll come later. We’re gonna talk more about iPad soon, and why I’m so disappointed.

As for what we did get, historically this was once a Services event, and we got some of that. Apple Card now supports families, so spouses can share credit together, and you can even share your card with children 14 and older with spending limits. I guess Apple has never met my kids.

Apple Podcasts

Now, something I’m a bit disappointed about is Apple Podcasts, but I might just have to wait for it to launch. Right now all we heard was a new design, with recommended content to explore, ways to subscribe and get early access to content, and support for 170 regions. What we didn’t hear was support for video, which I’m hoping I miraculously missed or something. If Apple wants to bank on how popular video has become to this medium and how Spotify is leveraging this, they need to act fast.

purple iphone 12

Purple iPhone 12

Also, in a very non-Apple fashion, we get a new color for the iPhone 12 being released mid-term. This isn’t new though, we saw it with the white iPhone 4, and with the Product Red editions of iPhone, but a product purple is interesting. By the way, the original code name of the iPhone project was Purple, so it’s funny that we had to wait 13 years to actually get one. Yes, it’s for both the regular 12 and the mini, with pre-orders starting Friday and available on April 30th.

AirTags

AirTags

Now, a big deal was made about how Apple’s Find My feature is taking a step further with AirTags. Guys this is not your typical Bluetooth Tracker. If you have an iPhone with a U1 chip, Apple offers something called Precision Finding, which provides visual, audible, and haptic feedback of where your product is, and not just sounds or a half-baked map view. There are added privacy measures to void unwanted detection, and there will be a ton of accessories that help you clamp them to whatever you want. Pre-orders start Friday, and they’re available on April 30th. They start at $30 bucks, but you can get 4 for $100.

Apple TV 4K Siri Remote

Apple TV 4K

A product I thought was going to die into TV apps was the company’s Apple TV, but nope, the 4K variant is getting some much-needed updates. A12 Bionic chip that can now play HDR content at a high refresh rate, meaning if you filmed anything in Dolby Vision on your iPhone 12 Pro, you’ll finally be able to watch it streamed through AirPlay. To ensure color accuracy, there’s now even a Color Balance feature that helps you use your iPhone to calibrate the signal the Apple TV will send to your television. Maybe what took too long to see is this new Siri Remote.

The previous one was terrible. Now, in iPod fashion, you have a click pad that’s touch-enabled and allows circular gestures for job control. There is now a Power and a Mute button for you to control your TV, and the Siri button is now out of the way, as it should be. That starts at $179 for 32 gigs of storage, with more capacity for a couple of extra bucks, with pre-orders beginning April 30th. But then from now on, you’re gonna be hearing a lot of – available in the second half of May, which is not like Apple. Odd we’re not getting confirmed dates.

Apple iMac 2021

24-inch iMac M1

But alright, as for the two cool kids in the room, let’s talk about the first, the M1 iMac. This portion of the event started well with those Spectrum colors paying an homage to the original iMac. That whole slim body we’ve dreamed of is here. I mean it was all going well, but those white bezels, like, who can get immersed in content with that? Anyways, it’s powered by the M1 chip, and this is what allows such a slim profile.

There are two fans that don’t make more than 10 decibels of noise at the bottom, with a logic board that’s tiny when compared to the past. This is now a 24-inch 4.5K retina display that supports the P3 color gamut, 500 nits of brightness, True Tone, a reflective coating, you get the picture. I’m honestly more excited for the 1080p camera with computational video and a 3 mic array that allows beamforming so that the rest of the room doesn’t bother your calls. There’s also spatial audio thanks to a crazy set of speakers at the bottom, there’s a magnetic fabric cable behind that has an ethernet port on the power adapter. Like seriously pretty cool.

There’s even a new set of Mac Keyboard accessories with two supporting Touch ID, a new Magic trackpad, and Magic Mouse with new colors to match, though we’re still not sure if they still charge awkwardly through lightning. Even better, this would be the first M1 product with more than one USB C port. There’s actually 4 with two supporting Thunderbolt, though obviously in the worse placement ever at the back.

Cause it wouldn’t be an iMac if that wasn’t weird, but there are a couple of catches you should know. First, the Price starts at $1299, but then color options are limited, you don’t get the ethernet adapter on the power brick, and you lose the two extra USB C ports, and touch ID on the magic keyboard unless you buy separately. To get all the bells and whistles, you have to pick the $1499 or $1699 models. Orders also start on April 30th, with availability in the second half of May. I think even that base model is enough for anyone looking for a powerful creative beast since we’ve proven the M1 has exceeded expectations on Apple’s laptops.

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iPad Pro

Honestly, I think my biggest problem is with the second product. So to provide some context, ever since the first-generation iPad, we’ve dreamed about Apple making a tablet. Steve Jobs famously made fun of it. But at the time, the dream included OS X. The last thing we wanted was an iPod Touch with a larger canvas, and this is why it was so highly criticized. The only reason it took off was that it was priced way below what people predicted. And listen, I get it, the iPad wasn’t ideal, but its A4 chip laid the foundation that created the M1 chip that now has every chip maker and their mother fighting to catch up to. So of course, you start an event with an M1 chip on an iPad Pro, at the time when macOS Big Sur already runs on it, and I was literally standing on my chair just ecstatic.

Sadly, no, you have all the power of a MacBook Pro on an iPad Pro, that continues to be neutered by an Operating System that’s designed mostly for phones, oh and by the way, with the phone handling widgets better. So yes, we now have 5G support, the Pro cameras have this crazy motion tracking feature that lets you apply chroma effects in real-time, there’s an ultra-wide Face ID camera that can track you for wider Face Time calls.

Guys, we even get Thunderbolt support over USB-C, and yes, crazy improvements in performance when compared to the previous model. The problem is that if you know anything about iPads, that won’t mean much about how apps will run, so then what’s the point? Also, my second problem is that the whole mini LED display with Pro Display XDR claims is only available on the larger model, which is priced so high that at that point, just buy a MacBook Air and save some money.

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Prediction

But alright, I’m gonna calm down, because I have a little theory when it comes to all this underutilized potential. Either this is the most powerful creative tool that continues to be neutered by its operating system, or Apple has something else up its sleeve. Like, maybe not macOS, but if a Mac can run iPad Apps, what if this the way to get Mac Apps to run on an iPad, and then you choose what form factor you want?

Like, what if this is finally the way to get Final Cut Pro running on an iPad? Cause, unless this happens at Apple’s next event in June, I hate to say this, but you’re fine with an iPad Air or a MacBook Air. There is simply no purpose for this product other than bragging rights of performance you won’t be able to achieve. There’s no such thing as iPad apps that can only run on the Pro models unless you consider Lidar limitations which people barely care about. 

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iPad Pro 2021 vs iPad Pro 2020: Here’s how the two compare

Apple has launched an all-new iPad Pro for 2021. The device introduces a host of changes on the inside, while the outside remains mostly the same. You get 5G, a new chip, a Thunderbolt port, and more. But how does it stack up against the predecessor? Here’s an iPad Pro 2021 vs iPad Pro 2020 comparison to clear your doubts and see how the two devices compare against each other.

New display but limited to the bigger one

The iPad Pro 2021 packs an all-new 12.9-inch display. It features a Liquid Retina XDR display with ProMotion technology and True Tone. The company is moving to a mini-LED panel, and it says that there are more than 10K mini-LEDs on the 12.9-inch model, which is far more than the 72 LED’s on the iPad Pro 2020. The new iPad Pro supports a 2732-by-2048 resolution at 264 PPI and 600 nits max brightness (typical), 1000 nits max full-screen brightness, and 1600 nits peak brightness (HDR).

mini-LED panels are finally here

However, the mini-LED panel is limited to the bigger iPad Pro. The 11-inch variant still features a LED-backlit IPS display with a 2388-by-1668 resolution at 264 PPI. It supports 600 nits max brightness (typical). That said, both the new models come with a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating, fully laminated display, antireflective coating, True Tone, ProMotion tech, and P3 color gamut.

New iPad Pro 2021

As for the iPad Pro 2020, both the 12.9-inch variant and the 11-inch model feature the same display technology. The bigger one sports the same 2732‑by‑2048 resolution at 264 PPI with 600 nits of max brightness (typical). However, Apple doesn’t reveal the peak brightness numbers for HDR, but it is likely less than the mini-LED counterpart. The predecessor also comes with the same fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating, fully laminated display, antireflective coating, True Tone, ProMotion tech, and P3 color gamut.

Hence, the main difference here is the presence of mini-LEDs on the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro. This translates to a brighter and more power-efficient display. The rest of it seems to remain the same.

All lot has changed on the inside

Apple has gone all-out with the new iPad Pro 2021. It has equipped the tablet with the M1 chip that was introduced last year on the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and the Mac Mini. Theoretically, the new iPad Pro is as powerful as its Pro mac sibling. It features an 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU with next-gen Neural Engine and up to 16 gigs of RAM.

Additionally, it is claimed to provide 1500 times higher performance! More numbers on the performance front include 2X faster storage access and a 2TB storage option. Further, the USB-C port now supports Thunderbolt with USB 4 support. This means the new iPad Pro has 4X more bandwidth and can support up to 6K resolution on a Pro display HDR. The device now also supports 5G.

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iPad Pro 2021

These specifications remain constant throughout the series, which means you will get the same performance on the 11-inch model as that of the 12.9-inch variant – similar to the predecessor.

Talking about the previous gen device, the iPad Pro 2020 is powered by the A12Z Bionic chip with 64-bit desktop-class architecture and Neural Engine. Apple does not reveal the RAM capacity found on the 2020 model. While the iPad Pro 2021 has a new 2TB storage option, the iPad Pro 2020 is limited to 1TB. Both of them start at 128GB of storage.

Both the previous-gen and the current-gen iPad Pros are touted to offer p to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi‑Fi or watching videos and up to 9 hours of surfing the web using a cellular data network on a single charge.

An ultra-wide camera on the front

Both the iPad Pro 2021 and the iPad Pro 2020 feature the same set of cameras. They sport a 12MP (f/1.8) wide and a 10MP (f/2.4) ultra-wide camera. They offer 2x optical zoom and 5x digital zoom. However, the 2021 model gets HDR 3 support for photos instead of HDR.

Video recording capabilities on both devices include 4K video recording at 24 fps, 25 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps and 1080p HD video recording at 25 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps. You get an extended dynamic range for video up to 30 fps on the new iPad Pro. Other features include Audio zoom, Slo-mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps, and stereo recording.

Front camera gets a boost

The major difference can be found in the front camera. Apple has equipped the iPad Pro 2021 with a 12MP ultra-wide camera as opposed to the 7MP wide sensor found on the iPad Pro 2020. You get 2x optical zoom and a feature called Center Stage on the new iPad Pro. The Center Stage feature helps you stay in the center of the view and pans with you or anyone else in the video. It can be used as a new way to connect with others on video calls where you have to be moving around.

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iPad Pro 2020

You still have only FaceID for biometric authentication, which is enabled by the TrueDepth camera. There are four speakers on both generations. The devices support Wi‑Fi 6 (802.11a/b/g/n/​​ac/ax); 2.4GHz and 5GHz; simultaneous dual-band and speeds up to 1.2 Gbps. There is Bluetooth 5.0 on board for both as well. Sensors onboard include FaceID, LiDAR scanner, three-axis gyro, accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and a barometer.

The major differences in connectivity options include 5G and Thunderbolt port with USB 4 on the iPad Pro 2021.

So these are the major differences between the two offerings. Does the latest iPad Pro compel you to upgrade? Let us know in the comments below.

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Previous generation iPad Pro models are up to $120 off right now

We had a blast watching Apple’s Spring Loaded event, where we saw the launch of new Apple products, including the AirTags, an iMac refresh, and a new iPad Pro lineup. Now, new products always make the previous generation devices drop their prices, and that’s precisely what happened to the fourth generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro and the second-gen 11-inch model.

You can currently get up to $120 savings on the previous generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro, depending on the storage variant you go for, as the 512GB variant is now up for grabs at just $1,179 on its Silver color variant. The Space Gray model is $100 off, which is still a nice discount. The 128GB variant is getting a $69 discount, leaving it at $939, while the 256GB option sells for $999 with $100 savings on WiFi-only models. If you want LTE support, your savings start at $69, with the 128GB model selling at $1,080, while the rest will give you a $99 discount. This means you can get the 256GB for $1,150, the 512GB for $1,350 and the 1TB option for $1,550.

The smaller 11-inch iPad Pro is getting a $69 discount on its 128GB variant, meaning you can get one for $730. The 256GB option sells for $800 after a $99 discount, while the 1TB option can be yours for $1,199 with $100 savings on the WiFi-only version. If you’re looking to get LTE connectivity, you can start with the 128GB that’s now selling at $880 with $69 savings. the 256GB option is available for $950, the 512GB is going for $1,150, and the 1TB option can be yours for $1,350, after they’ve all received a $99 discount. And the best part is that these deals are also being matched at B&H, in case you don’t want to shop on Amazon.com.

However, you can also head over to Best Buy, where you will find the latest iPhone 12 lineup getting up to $800 discounts with qualified activation and trade-in of an iPhone 7 or newer. First, you have to choose between AT&T and Sprint, which is now part of T-Mobile, to score the best savings, or go to the Verizon options to get up to $700 on the iPhone 12 and the 12 Pro.

And while you’re at it, check out the latest deal on the HomePod mini + Wemo WiFi Smart Plug that’s currently selling for $110 after receiving a $15 discount, and start to make your home a bit smarter. We also posted some deals on more items that will help you achieve that, so take a look and save big bucks.

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Apple iPad Pro 2021 Specs: All you need to know

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Apple has announced the launch of its 5th generation iPad Pro. While there is not a major redesign, it brings huge improvements on the inside. The new iPad Pro is powered by the same silicon that runs the MacBook Pro – Apple M1. Plus, it now supports 5G, Thunderbolt port, and more! Here is everything you need to know about the latest iPad Pro in terms of specifications.

Apple iPad Pro 2021: Specs

The 5th gen iPad Pro comes in two screen sizes of 12.9-inches and 11-inches. Let’s start with the bigger one. It features a Liquid Retina XDR display with ProMotion technology and True Tone.

Moreover, Apple is moving to a mini-LED panel. There are more than 10K mini-LEDs on the 12.9-inch model, which is far more than the 72 LED’s on the previous one. It supports a 2732-by-2048 resolution at 264 PPI and 600 nits max brightness (typical), 1000 nits max full-screen brightness, and 1600 nits peak brightness (HDR).

On the other hand, the 11-inch iPad Pro features a LED-backlit IPS display with a 2388-by-1668 resolution at 264 PPI. It supports 600 nits max brightness (typical). Both the variants come with a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating, fully laminated display, antireflective coating, True Tone, Pro Motions tech, and P3 color gamut.

The 5th gen iPad Pro 2021 is powered by Apple’s in-house M1 chip with 64-bit desktop-class architecture. It comes with an 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU with next-gen Neural Engine and up to 16 gigs of RAM. It is claimed to provide 1500 times higher performance!

2021 iPad PRo

Plus, it now supports the latest PlayStation and Xbox controllers with haptics. You get 2X faster storage access and a 2TB storage option. Further, the USB-C port now supports Thunderbolt with USB 4 support. It has 4X more bandwidth and can support up to 6K resolution on a Pro display HDR. The new iPad Pro 2021 now also supports 5G.

Apple touts that the new iPad Pro can deliver up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi‑Fi or watching video and up to 9 hours of surfing the web using a cellular data network on a single charge.

Coming to the optics, the iPad Pro 2021 sports a dual rear camera setup of 12MP Wide and 10MP Ultra Wide cameras.It supports 2x optical zoom out and Digital zoom up to 5x. Further, the LiDar scanner can now augment your area in new ways. On the front lies a 12MP TrueDepth camera with Ultra Wide camera.There is a new feature called Center Stage that helps you stay in the center of the view and pans with you or anyone else in the video. It can be used as a new way to connect with others on video calls where you have to be moving around.

You still have only FaceID for biometric authentication, which is enabled by the TrueDepth camera. You get four-speaker audio. The tablet supports Wi‑Fi 6 (802.11a/b/g/n/​​ac/ax); 2.4GHz and 5GHz; simultaneous dual-band and speeds up to 1.2 Gbps. There is Bluetooth 5.0 on board as well. Sensors onboard include FaceID, LiDAR scanner, three-axis gyro, accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and a barometer.

Apple iPad Pro 2021: Price

The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at $799 for 128 gigs storage and only WiFi and goes up to $2,099 for 2TB of storage and WiFi + Cellular. On the other hand, the iPad Pro 12.9-inch starts at $1,099 for 128 gigs of storage (WiFi only) and goes up to $2,399 for 2TB of storage with Cellular.

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