It's a paradigm shift from paper.
Then again, Apple phones tend to be really heavy, so maybe its for the best? But that doesn't excuse other phone manufacturers from making ridiculous camera bumps.
The thinness of the device is determined by the thickest part (aka inclusive of any camera bumps).
You cannot say you have the thinnest device by ignoring the bump.
 or at least they were years ago, I guess they still do that.
That said, the bump in cost from an iPad Air 2020 and an iPad Pro makes the Pro a lot less attractive. You get wide angle, face id, and larger "top end" in storage.
iPad Pro already did, now the Air has too, just leaves the "iPad" and iPad Mini. This also moves their Apple Pen support to 2nd gen from 1st gen.
"One port, except for this other one, and then also you'll almost never need either of those ports directly so you'll have two adapters for everything".
EU tried to force Apple to move iPhone to USB-C and their response was to drop all cables.
Hopefully the market rejects zero-port iPhones and Apple finally provides local USB-C for sync, audio, wired ethernet, keyboard, external displays, etc.
I do admit that the majority of time I rarely plug it in, but when I do in order to get it topped off as much as I can as quickly as I can, it's really useful. External battery packs? Also very impractical and way more cumbersome.
It's a persistent rumor but I just don't see it.
I get that people also thought removing the headphone jack was crazy too, but Bluetooth audio is as good as wired for the majority of people. In many cases it's even nicer than having a wire going from your device to your head (something that I hated about listening to music on the go for decades). Plus it didn't fully disappear. You can still do wired audio with a dongle.
The Wireless iPhone Data Migration was a step towards that goal.
Google Project Ara used UniPro (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UniPro ) as an interconnect for modular components.
Highly unlikely. I'm not an Apple fan but they'll probably have a slick solution at about $60-$140 and people will just buy that instead. It's going to be a classic upsell move ("would you like $60 worth of shoe miscellany together with your $80 shoes?") and people will just see the nice ads, the nice design, but it and move on :-)
This and the fact that the processor on the iPad Pro only did a half-upgrade earlier this year makes it seem like the Pro is in some weird between state. Certainly if you were on the fence between the Pro and the Air, the case for buying the Pro became a lot tougher.
Aside from the additional RAM, what are the big advantages of the Pro?
* Marginally bigger display.
* 120 Hz refresh rate (ProMotion)/ Faster GPU
* (Likely) More RAM
* Bigger base memory (128GB vs 64GB)
* Better cameras/ LIDAR.
I guess it's still a pretty decent bump up for the $200 price difference?
These 2 things are huge for some people, including me. I had been using a 2019 MacBook Pro 13 until I picked up the latest iPad Pro 12.9, mainly for the pencil support (I draw things sometimes). The difference in screens is (to me) ridiculous! The aspect ratio, brightness and 120Hz make the iPad display the best 13" laptop I have ever used. The MacBook Pro looks kinds of sickly & squashed by comparison. It makes me wonder if Apple actually cares about the Mac laptops anymore.
Also, the processor in the iPad Pro is so fast, I honestly don't need any more speed for now.
 yes, yes, on an infinite timeline...etc...
I still find it a bit of a weird time for the Pro though. I'm hoping we'll see a new pro in the spring? Or maybe they'll release it before the end of the year when they put out the new Macs.
If you don't need the Pro features, now is the perfect time to get an iPad :)
The Air vs. small Pro choice might be a little difficult right now, since the Pro is presumably near the end of its form factor lifespan while the Air has just inherited most of that form factor from its more expensive sibling. I suspect that ProMotion and bigger storage options would be the key deciding factor for most people, and LiDAR might be a factor for some niche workloads.
I like taking notes with the Pencil 2 on the 12.9 inch screen because it's essentially identical in size to the spiral notebooks I used to use.
Only Apple knows, but I wouldn't be shocked if the first ARM Mac is a 2-in-1 convertible that replaces the iPad Pro.
How I think Apple will manage it is by keeping the two halves separate. No or minimal touch interactions in MacOS; no Mac desktop in iPad mode. Apple won't repeat Windows 8's fridge-toaster attempt at making a unified UI between desktop and tablet mode, but apps with Mac and iPadOS versions will automatically switch UIs dependent on context.
It will still be an enormous pile of design challenges, but for the first time, I think a Mac-iPad hybrid could actually work.
As a MacBook Air user I'd love an option to restore the previous compact spacing. Maybe it will still come as an accessibility option? One can hope.
Or is the Z part of that processor so much faster that it's still got better performance?
Eyeing the A14 vs. the A12X/A12Z, it look like it could be similar since there's 2 less cores for CPU and GPU but there's also a 2-year architecture improvements plus a node shrinkage from 7nm to 5nm. We'll see once 3rd party benchmarks come out.
This suggests that the new Pro will be significantly better, at least in the chip compartment. Otherwise Apple would've put the A13 to differentiate between the Air and the Pro lineups.
Yeah that's what I was expecting. Have any iPads (even pros) even had the latest year's chips before?
I wonder if the plan is to push the iPad Air up a notch into pro usage (would explain usb-c), and also push the Pro up another notch too even more into pro laptop territory.
It will be interesting to see how they peg the iPad Pro VS the new MacBook with apple silicon - which will they want to be more powerful? Maybe it will just be a difference of how much RAM is in there.
Going to be interesting in how Apple positions the new iPad Pro and the new Macbook. Dare they price the Pro higher despite it having iPad OS and not macOS?!
Yeah, I had a base iPad, before moving to a 2019 iPad Air, but with the price increase for the Air, I'll probably skip at least this year and move back to the base iPad series.
The iPad Pro 12.9 is already (just slightly) more expensive than the 13 inch Macbook Air - both 256GB.
Add the magic keyboard and it's a hundred more than a Macbook Pro 13 inch 256GB.
I want a device I just use for reading, but I almost exclusively read PDFs of technical books. I'm thinking iPad Air vs Kindle
A 9" screen on that would be my dream. I take my mini everywhere because of the form factor.
(Also, touch ID integrated into the top button is great)
Pro-motion 120hz refresh (if you use Apple Pencil this is important), 4 speakers vs 2, wide angle lens camera, faceid (so things like Animoji’s are supported), 600 vs 500 nits brightness, Pro has 6gb ram - unsure on air but I feel it is likely less. A12z might be faster than A14 still as it’s 8 vs 6 cores - but not sure.
11” pro w/ 256gb in the education store is only $150 more than new Air. Not sure who would want the Air for that difference
I almost regret getting the iPad Pro recently...
When LCD TVs first came out I thought people were being overly dramatic with the whole motion blur thing - until I went looking for it. And then I saw it - every time a scene was still, it was in perfect clarity - the the camera panned and everything went fuzzy. Once I saw that effect I couldn't unsee it. 120Hz scrolling is the same for me too.
Ignorance is indeed bliss :)
Scrolling is smoother on the latter, but it wasn't appreciable enough that the iPad Air 2 looked bad in comparison. I could continue using the Air 2 without any FOMO.
Maybe it makes more of a difference for artists? (Pencil users)
If you are using a pencil I understand the difference is dramatic. Excellent thoughts from Serenity Caldwell who loves to draw: https://www.imore.com/promotion
seems not enough ML applied in the review process ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
It's very annoying if you were somewhere in the middle of a long page, go to look up a few things on other sites, come back, and your original tab reloads and you are back on top.
Type C iPads support Pencil 2, Lightning iPads get Pencil 1
Into the adapter that comes with it that lets is be connected to any lightning cable for charging?
You generally don't need an additional cable because you can use the same cable you use to charge the iPad.
Keep the adapter on that cable when you are not using it to charge something else. Or keep it on the pencil itself all the time instead of the rounded cover.
Personally, I don't get why they don't just adapt all iPads to support wirelessly charging the Pencil 2 and get rid of the Pencil 1, it's really quite poor compared to the second gen.
Both of those iPads were just announced today.
If I can get an iPad Pro, which I can use as a desktop too. That'd be awesome.
I remember a year or so ago, Apple promoting the iPad or the Macbook as "The last notebook you'll ever buy"
also, no mention of the iPad Pro
I think the next iPad Pro will dual-boot macOS :-D
the Pro comes with a better camera (ultra wide), more maximum storage (1TB vs 256GB), slightly higher resolution at same DPI and higher screen brigthness (600 nits vs 500 nits), will be interesting to see how the A14 Bionic (Air) stacks up against the A12Z Bionic (Pro)
Excellent thoughts from Serenity Caldwell who loves to draw: https://www.imore.com/promotion
This isn't unique to Apple, many (if not most) companies do the same.
This is a far cry from walking onto a car dealership or something.
Either way, I'm crossing my fingers that my 2015 Air hangs on long enough for it's ARM based successor - even if they just did slap this CPU into a new Air it would run circles around my current model.
BTW, Apple „switched“ to ARM 13 years ago with the launch of the iPhone.
They keep claiming this, but it’s still not true, and this is why I’m still on the lookout for a new laptop, and not another tablet.
Tablets, no matter how fancy the hardware, are always let down by their locked down software-platform hellbent on making it an appliance rather than a computer you actually own.
I suspect that there are far more of him than there are of us - which is why having a choice of computing styles is a good thing. It always baffles me when people (not necessarily you, just making general observation) seem to get bent out of shape that every offering doesn't meet their expectations and is thus bunk. Maybe it's not bunk, but just not good for your use case.
Diversity is our strength and all that...
If some told you you were getting a car, and in the end you are delivered a bicycle, you’d be unhappy.
Obviously that bicycle may be great for a lot of people, it may be the best bicycle ever built... But it’s still not a car, so don’t sell it as such.
It may not be your definition of a computer, but it does everything my father wanted a computer for - without having the overhead of having to operate and maintain a general purpose computer. In that respect it's FAR superior to a general purpose computer.
If you want to call it an appliance - fine. I'm down with that. Still doesn't make it any less powerful for my dad and what he wants, and doesn't make it any less powerful for the majority of what I do either.
And honestly if text selection would have been better I probably would still be on my iPad Pro. Yes, now they have track pad support for the text selection but I'm not investing in a new keyboard with trackpad for an older iPad Pro. It will be interesting to see if I get an iPad Pro or new laptop first. Multitasking on the iPad is still a bit convoluted so I'm tending to remain in the laptop first for upgrading camp, but I vastly prefer the form factor and flexibility of the iPad Pro.
Thankfully most of my issues with the iPad Pro vs. MacBook are software and they have fixed the vast majority of them with the two iPad OS 13 & 14. It's nice to have choices!
It’s just not one you can install your own operating system on without jailbreaking.
If you want to define a computer as a machine that you can install your own operating system on, then you probably have to rule out a bunch of early computers that were too simple to install any operating system.
My problem is the placement, I’m using my iPad daily and almost only in landscape mode. That power button Touch ID seems very uncomfortable to use.