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.
Three online retailers in the US have started iPad Pro pre-orders, but only two have any kind of consensus regarding a possible launch date. Both Sam’s Club and MacMall have listed November 13 as the launch date for Apple’s larger-screened iPad, with Staples throwing a spanner in the works by claiming a November 25th launch for the iPad Pro. US pricing for the iPad Pro and its accessories has also been released by the above retailers, but with no official word from Apple with regards to a launch date or even Australian pricing, all hope is not lost as there’s a good chance we’ll hear something this week.
A recent hire at Apple said to be working on a “secret project” (which may turn out to be not-so-secret after all) may pave the way for digital license plates for cars. Besides having the potential to cut down on administrative work associated with car registration, digital license plates may open up all kinds of possibilities, including vehicle-sharing, fleet management, and more.
7 million. That’s how many Apple Watches analyst firm Canalys estimates Apple has shipped since the launch of the Apple Watch earlier this year. It’s a figure that puts Apple ahead of every other smartwatch manufacturer combined, with the Pebble being the second-closest at over 200,000 units. But as we’re reminded by 9to5Mac, Canalys’ numbers are an estimate of shipments to retailers, not directly to customers.
References to a previously-unknown Mac have been found in the code of OS X El Capitan, with the current version of OS X potentially pointing to a Mac Pro refresh. The AAPLJ95,1 identifier bears similarities to the Mac Pro’s current model identifier of AAPLJ90,1, only with a few key differences, including 10 USB 3.0 ports, versus the four found on the current-generation Mac Pro, iMac, and Mac mini.
A review of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus from Anandtech kicks us off this morning, with their own review kicking things off by saying this year has been incredibly boring in the mobile sector. In their own words, a series of lacklustre Android device releases have meant the iPhone has even less competition than ever before, but I confess that I’ve only read the first and last pages, where they say that basically everything has changed to make this the best iPhone yet, earning it the Anandtech Editor’s Choice Gold award.
Now that the new Apple TV has been released into the wild, the only thing we’re still waiting on from Apple’s September event is the iPad Pro. 9to5Mac says the larger-screened iPad will be released on November 11 via its Retail and Online stores, with pre-orders likely going live a few days beforehand, or as early as later this week. Like the Apple TV before it, Australian pricing for the iPad Pro has not been announced, so you better decide now: do you take out a second mortgage, or just sell a kidney?