After the flaming train wreck that was Jimmy Iovine’s comments on music being difficult to find for “some women”, the Beats co-founder has since apologised for his comments, telling BuzzFeed he could have chosen his words better. Iovine’s original comment related to the Apple Music ad first aired in September, which was aimed at women, but also told BuzzFeed that Apple created Apple Music to make finding the right music easier for everyone.
IFixit’s teardown of the Apple Pencil kicks us off this morning, revealing a tiny logic board as well as an internal metal case, after both ends and the plastic outer shell have been taken off. There’s a tiny battery, a tiny antenna, and a smattering of other components that go together to make one of the most responsive stylus accessories of all time.
Apple Pay has launched in Australia, and even though you’ll need an American Express-issued Amex card, you can now use Apple’s mobile contactless payments solution wherever Amex and contactless payments are accepted. Many major retailers accept Amex, although some smaller ones will charge you an extra surcharge, but there’s just no beating the convenience of pulling out your phone to pay for something.
Analysis of the iPad Pro’s display from DisplayMate shows that it’s a “top tier” display, but falls behind the iPad mini 4 and even Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4. There’s honestly not much between the various displays, and certainly nothing you’d notice unless you were looking for it — for all intents and purposes, the iPad Pro display is just fine, even if the specs don’t say so.
The iPad Pro. Throw any kind of adjective at it and you’ll find that it’s the biggest, fastest, most expensive, iPad Apple has ever made. Apple might be positioning it as a perfect tablet for creatives and those that have gentler computing requirements, but ultimately, whether you buy one will depend on the kind of work you do and whether you require a more traditional computing experience or something that can be described by quite a few superlatives.
While people have questioned why Apple’s near-ubiquitous Lighting connection standard is still only USB 2 in a USB 3 world, there hasn’t really been any clear answer. With the iPad Pro, that changes — Apple confirmed to Ars Technica the iPad Pro the device features a USB 3-compatible Lightning port, the first of its kind to support theoretical transfer speeds up to ten times faster than that of lowly USB 2. But that’s about where the good news ends, as Apple has also said you’ll need a USB 3-capable Lightning cable to take advantage of the faster transfer speeds. If you’ve picked up an iPad Pro, you can probably start saving now.
A teardown of the new iPad Pro from iFixit shows that the new self-balancing speakers take up about half as much space as the battery. Apple could have cut down on speaker enclosure size for more battery capacity, but it would have meant a heavier device that has an even larger battery.
With the iPad Pro now being available for pre-order ahead of general availability at Apple Retail Stores tomorrow, reviews of Apple’s largest iPad yet tell a familiar tale. Over at Daring Fireball, John Gruber’s review of the iPad Pro says that the larger screen means the iPad Pro is a device that’s designed for everyone, whether they’re doing graphic design or just working through their YouTube playlists. But the iPad Pro might not be a true laptop replacement just yet, thanks to mediocre keyboard support and the need to interact with the display via touch all the time.
Apple has announced we’ll be able to pre-order the iPad Pro from tomorrow, with the device available in-store later this week. Pricing for Apple’s largest iPad yet starts at $1,249 for the 32GB Wi-Fi only model, going up to $1,699 for the 128GB version that has Wi-Fi and mobile connectivity. Apple also notes the Apple Pencil will be available for $165, with the Smart Keyboard coming in at $269.