Steve Jobs would be proud of the 2018 Apple iPad Pro

The iPad for the longest time has been a glorified media machine, being used to watch content on and occasionally work with. In fact, sales even dwindled post the launch of the iPad Mini, and tablets soon became less and less appealing. The iPad Pro, and its focus on creators helped rekindle the world’s interests in the iPad, so much so that the number of iPads sold just last year beats the number of notebooks sold by any company worldwide! The point Apple is trying to make is that the iPad Pro is capable of dethroning the laptop. It did so with an incredibly strong GPU, CPU, and a battery that promised to last all day. It also came with Apple’s pencil, a powerful tool that allowed you to use this magical slab of glass as a canvas to create some absolutely mesmeric artpieces (all of Apple’s custom logos for their October event were made on the iPad).

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The iPad Pro, however, came with a few flaws that wouldn’t slide with Jobs. It didn’t look different from the regular iPad. It just had higher specs, cost a whole lot more, and came with an Apple Pencil that could only be charged by sticking its end into the iPad… something that’s still considered to be one of the biggest design crimes ever. The camera lacked pizzazz, and there wasn’t a place to store the pencil when not in use. Today, everything changed dramatically for the better. The new iPad Pro is refreshing, beautiful, and shows that Apple is still capable of making some really well-designed hardware.

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Tim referred to the iPad as a magical piece of glass and the redesign truly feels like it. At just 5.9mm, it’s gloriously thin, and comes with a screen that stretches all the way to the ends. No home button, no bezel, just a bunch of really bright pixels that make it feel like you’re carrying light. The new screen is a Liquid Retina screen (just like in the iPhone XR) and sits at 11 inches. The home button is sent bags-a-packin and the new uniformly thick bezel integrates Apple’s FaceID camera right into it. The iPad comes with four speakers on all four corners, instead of two at its base, allowing it to give you an expansive audio experience, and also allowing you to use the iPad in any orientation without worrying about its audio being muffled. Another massive update is the fact that the iPad Pro, recognizing that it needs to dethrone notebooks, ditches the lightning charger for a USB-C port (more on that further below!)

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A new iPad means a new Apple Pencil too. The revamped pencil comes with a unibody cylindrical design and a flat edge. The flat edge serves two purposes. It allows the pencil to magnetically dock to the side of the iPad Pro, giving you the ability to carry the pencil and tablet together rather than separately. That magnetic snap also allows the Pencil to instantly pair with the iPad and even establish a wireless charging connection, which means you don’t need to shove the Pencil up the iPad’s rear every time it dies out, and also means your Pencil is always ambiently charging while snapped to the side of your iPad. The new solution is neat, elegant, and would have been the norm had Jobs been around when the iPad Pro dropped two years ago. Nevertheless, it’s good to know Apple still has it in them to craft elegant solutions. On the flip side, there’s no headphone jack. :(

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Now to the USB-C. Apple’s decision to change the port on the iPad Pro means you can now connect your iPad to anything from a DSLR, to a MIDI controller, to even an external screen. Apple went a step further and even built a feature into the iPad that lets you connect it to your iPhone and charge it! Yes. You can charge your iPhone with your iPad! This heavy-lifting makes the iPad a strong competitor in not just the tablet market, but the notebook market too. Apple says that the new iPad Pro is faster and better than 92% of all existing notebooks.

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The new iPad comes with Apple’s A12X bionic chip, giving it the ability to run augmented reality as well as match the performance of an Xbox One S in the graphics department. With an 8 core CPU and a 7 core GPU, the iPad Pro is quite literally a beast, and is even capable of viewing extremely detailed and heavy AutoCAD files as well as handling desktop-style Photoshop, resplendent with every single feature, working with PSD files without breaking a sweat… and it does all this while retaining the iPad’s promise of a full day’s worth of battery.

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In every which way, the iPad Pro 2018 would make Jobs proud. It looks spectacular, feels spectacular, comes with conscientious design details like the magnetic-snap Pencil, the four speakers, and the ability to connect your iPad to a variety of devices (and even charge your iPhone)… and lastly, does all this while quite possibly showing a very Jobsian middle finger to its competitors by boasting of a performance that can quite literally blow the competition out of the water. Oh, did I mention, it’s completely environment-friendly too?

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A case/stand that multi-tasks, like your iPad!

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The remarkable Tilt not only serves as a beautiful case for the iPad Pro 9.7″ and the Apple Pen, it also doubles up as stand, quite like Capra’s iPhone Wallet/Case/Stand. Made from felt, a material that feels great to the touch as well as wonderfully protects the iPad (periodically cleaning the screen too!), the Tilt case/stand comes with a leather flap and 4 fasteners (don’t worry, they don’t touch the iPad). The interesting bit is that the fasteners double up as a lip against which one can rest the iPad, folding the felt case into a prop-up stand that lets you rest the iPad at a slight angle, perfect for placing on your lap as well as on a desk. What’s more, the case fits the Pencil in as well, which rests against the width of the iPad perfectly. A well-crafted product with a premium feel and absolutely clever thinking!

Designer: Hardgraft

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Apple 10.5-Inch iPad Pro With A10X Fusion Chip Introduced

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Apple has introduced the all new 10.5-inch iPad Pro at the WWDC 2017. Coming in both WiFi only and WiFi + Cellular variants, the tablet boasts a 10.5-inch 2224 x 1668 Fully laminated True Tone Retina display (264 PPI), an A10X Fusion chip w/ 64-bit architecture and M10 coprocessor, and a 64GB/256GB/512GB of internal storage,

Furthermore, the tablet sports a 7MP HD front-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture and 1080p video recording, a 12MP iSight rear-facing camera with f/1.8 aperture, Optical Image Stabilization, True Tone Flash and 4K video recording, a Touch ID fingerprint sensor and Four Speaker Audio.

Running on iOS 11, the 10.5-inch iPad Pro provides 4G LTE (optional), dual-band WiFi 802.11ac, HT80 with MIMO, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS and GLONASS (only in WiFi + Cellular) for connectivity.

The new Apple 10.5-Inch iPad Pro will become available in the US next week for $649, $749 and $949 for the 64GB, 256GB and 512GB WiFi variants and $779, $879 and $1,079 for the WiFi + Cellular variants. [Product Page]

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Sensible way to charge your Apple pencil

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It STILL baffles me that Apple designed the most ridiculously counter-productive method to charge your iPad Pro Pencil. The pencil is designed to fit into the iPad’s port and stick out in probably the most cantilevered position possible, risking breakage almost every time.

You know Apple needs to get its act straight when third party companies rush in with their dongles and accessories to better the Apple experience. Moost is a wacom-esque stand for your iPad Pro pencil that allows you to dock the pencil within in the most comfortable, familiar manner. Not only can you dock the pencil in, you can even store the pencil’s cap in a small groove above the pencil dock so that it doesn’t get lost (really, Apple?). The dock comes with a USB cable that allows you to charge the pencil when not in use… while giving you the freedom to utilize your iPad Pro without a precariously balanced plastic stylus jutting out of one side!

Designer: Moost

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Apple Pencil Case by 68º

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So you bought yourself a fancy iPad Pro. Good for you, we hope you like it. How about that Apple Pencil? Where do you put it when you’re not using it. Right, we thought you’d agree that might’ve been somewhat of an oversight on Apple’s part. Well, 68º has got you covered. The Apple Pencil Case is a decent looking case, hand-made from either Ash, Wenge or Bog Oak and finished in a thin layer of red Valchromat, which is glued in place. You’ve spent a pretty penny on the iPad Pro, why not go the extra mile and spend another $79-$92 on a decent resting space for its main accessory?

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The iPad Pro & Apple Pencil Giveaway

iPad Pro and Apple Pencil Giveaway

Enter one of the latest giveaways featured in our store, for a chance to win a 32GB iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil.

Apple’s tablets have witness quite the evolution since 2010, when the first model was launched. The 12.9″ Retina display iPad Pro, even though it can’t hold a candle to Microsoft’s Surface 4 tablets, brings to the table a very elegant design, and promises twice the CPU performance of the iPad Air 2. Moreover, the large display and the Multi-Touch technology are said to improve creativity and productivity. Now you have a chance to win one, along with an Apple Pencil, in our latest giveaway. Worth $898 in total, the two Apple products can really bring out the artist or businessman in you, depending what you intend to use it for.

With a display that large, it’s no wonder that Apple’s iPad Pro is regarded as a canvas for digital artists. The computing power comes into play for such tasks as 4K video editing and presentation design. It’s pretty clear that the Pro in this tablet’s name stands for Professional. While it can run games smoothly, the iPad Pro works best in business environments.

There are plenty of apps pre-installed, but you can also head to the iTunes Store and pick more from the approximately 1.5 million apps available there. The CPU, GPU, and RAM are more than enough for running any app effortlessly, so the only restrictions will be determined by the storage. Unfortunately, you can’t expand the iPad Pro’s memory with a microSD card (if anything, Apple would probably invent a proprietary card rather than adopting a widely used one), so you’re stuck with 32GB of internal memory minus whatever the OS is taking up. Of course, assuming that you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network, you can stream media without having to think about the storage restrictions.

When you’re not sketching or drawing on the iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil, you can listen to music or even watch movies on the tablet. This will particularly come in handy if you’re commuting to work. Of course, you’re also free to play games on it, so long as you don’t miss the station.

There’s plenty of time to enter the giveaway, as it will end in 28 days from the time of writing. Make sure you read the official rules found on the giveaway page in our store, Walyou Deals, to see if you’re eligible for both taking part in the sweepstakes and winning the prize. If so, create an account or log into your existing one, and share the page on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ in order to get a free entry. You can win an additional entry by making it into the leaderboard at any point on any of the Pay What You Want deals from the store.

It should be noted that Apple is in no way associated with this giveaway. The winner will be announced or on around March 2, 2016.

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10 Best Tablet Computers to get Before 2015 Ends

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It’s difficult choosing a tablet computer from the endless selection out there, but sifting through the iPads, IPad minis, iPad Pros and also Samsung Tablets, Microsoft Surfaces and even a Dell tablet, we’ve managed to put together a useful list of the 10 best tablets out there.

LG G Pad 8.3

The LG G Pad 8.3 is the best tablet ever made by the company, and it’s an excellent choice for those looking for a nice tablet. Some consider it to be the best 8-inch tablet out there. The images are sharp and detailed, while text appears crisp and easy to read. The IPS panel has fantastic viewing angles and fantastic coloring as well.

Dell Venue 8 7000

An ultra thin tablet from a company that hit a home run with the Dell Venue 8 7000 contrary to the usual expectations from Dell tablets. The sharp OLED display makes it awesome to look at, and it’s great for photography and pictures thanks to a pair of cool depth of field-manipulating cameras to play with on back.

Amazon Fire HD 6

There are better tablets around, but when you mix in the issue of value, few are better than the Amazon Fire HD 6, which is almost small enough to be considered a smartphone. It comes with a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and both front and rear facing cameras. It might not be the best one out there, but for those looking to cheapen their costs, it’s an excellent option.

Google Nexus 9

For people who are 100% about android systems, the Google Nexus 9 just might be the thing for you, even if it a bit expensive. It comes with the latest Nvidia 64-bit processor, a decent 2GB of RAM, dual front-facing speakers and a decent battery to keep it all up and running for a little over nine hours. It’s hardware also makes it worthwhile.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 might be the closest thing to a laptop you can get from you tablet computer, vastly upgraded from the previous version, even in the subtle changes. It looks gorgeous, especially without the Windows button for the extra room of three tenths of an inch. The display is incredibly responsive to touch, and the further nuance it brings to the stylus experience is huge. In tandem with the new Surface Pen, the screen detects 1,024 levels of pressure, even during one, single stroke.

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It might be inferior to the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 in some visual aspects, but overall, the iPad Pro is the superior product, being the biggest and maybe the best tablet Apple have ever made. It’s incredibly powerful with a huge screen, and the excellent speaker sound provides another bonus to one of the best products of its kind out there if not the best.

Sony Xperia Z4

Sony hit a homerun with the Sony Xperia Z4 with some tablet reviews claiming it’s the only one that can compete with the number one tablet computer on our list. It might be a bit pricey, but it’s beautiful display, excellent new design compared to previous Sony products and a very strong battery life make it worth.

iPad Mini 4

As with most Apple products, the iPad MIni 4 is more expensive than most 8-inch tablets on the market. However, it has a much stronger processor, better cameras, more vivid Retina display, slightly slimmed-down design, and the ability to run split-screen apps in iOS 9, maintaining its superiority in the 8-inch tablet computer market.

Galaxy Tab S2

Not everything is perfect with the Galaxy Tab S2 like its battery life and so-so camera, but the thin and super light design, combined with the new 4:3 display, microSD card slot and improved TouchWiz software make it a fine competitor to the king of the tablet computer arena, with an “expertise” in web surfing and Flipboard reading.

iPad Air 2

Like every other tablet around, the iPad Air 2 isn’t perfect, but it’s probably the closest one to perfection. The size and weight are in excellent balance, the iOS 9 (including split screen apps) runs perfectly on it and it’s difficult to get smoother and crisper visuals from its competitors. Its price has become more and more affordable, making the 64GB version a must have if you’re going to go for this one.

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New Apple iPad Pro Available Now In The US

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Apple has announced the availability of the new Apple iPad Pro in the US market. The tablet is now available for purchase both online via the company’s website as well as in Apple stores.

Coming in WiFi only and WiFi + Cellular variants, the new Apple IPad Pro sports a 12.9-inch 2732x 2048 IPS LED-backlight Retina display, an A9X chipset with 64-bit architecture + M9 motion coprocessor, a 4GB RAM and a 32GB/128GB of internal storage.

Running on iOS 9, the tablet has a 1.2MP front-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture and 720p HD video recording, an 8MP rear-facing iSight camera with f/2.4 aperture and 1080p@30fps Full HD video recording, a Home/Touch ID sensor, dual microphones and built-in stereo speakers.

For connectivity, the new Apple iPad Pro provides 4G LTE, dual-band WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS with A-GPS.

The new Apple iPad Pro retails for $799 (32GB WiFi only), $949 (128GB WiFi only) and $1,079 (128GB WiFi + Cellular), respectively. [Product Page]