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  1. Support for Android tablets too Last month WhatsApp confirmed to TechRadar that it would soon be rolling out support for using accounts across multiple devices, and now there's more evidence that an iPad app for WhatsApp is going to be included in that feature push. A tweet from the always reliable tipsters at @WABetaInfo shows off a screenshot of WhatsApp running on an iPad as one of the devices linked to an account. At the moment, multi-device support is being tested with a limited number of users. The tweet refers to "multi-device 2.0", suggesting that more devices – specifically the iPad and tablets running Android – are going to be added to the mix very soon. At the moment, only the web app, the desktop app, and Facebook Portal gadgets qualify as part of a multi-device setup. Watch this space WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart has previously gone on record as saying that he would "love" to see a WhatsApp app for the iPad, which sounds promising for those owners of an Apple tablet who would like to keep messaging while away from their phone. Multi-device support means each device gets a separate connection to WhatsApp. Right now, if you open the desktop or web app, they sync conversations over from your phone; in the future, these apps will communicate directly with WhatsApp's servers, while maintaining the end-to-end encryption it's known for. According to this new leak, support for the iPad and Android tablets is now "under development" and will appear "in a future update", though we don't have any more details in terms of a specific timetable or launch window. Based on this new evidence, it's going to happen sooner rather than later. Analysis: WhatsApp knows it has to keep evolving (Image credit: Tada Images / Shutterstock) Multi-device support has certainly been a long time coming – we've been talking about WhatsApp enabling users to log in from multiple devices for several years at this point, and it now looks as though the wait is coming to an end. Whether it's iMessage, Google Chat, Facebook Messenger or Telegram, most messaging apps now work seamlessly across several devices at once – and WhatsApp owner Facebook knows that its users are going to want to log into several places simultaneously. It needs to continue adding features to keep up. There is still going to be one important limitation, even with this new multi-device support: you'll still only be able to use WhatsApp with one smartphone at once. The secondary devices will need to be computers and (as we've learned today) tablets. A follow-up tweet from @WABetaInfo confirms that the iPad app will indeed be a native app rather than a web app, and that it will work independently from an iPhone and other devices. The quickest way to get the new functionality is to join the WhatsApp beta. Here's more evidence that WhatsApp for iPad is finally close to launch
  2. iPhone 12 release date in October, but new iPads in September? 2020 sure is strange Apple may delay the iPhone 12 release date to October and November, but launch iPads and Apple Watch in September (Image credit: Future) "Where's the iPhone 12?" That's what everyone is going to be asking us on Tuesday, September 8 when new iPads and the Apple Watch 6 arrive without a new iPhone. That's at least our analysis of the world's collective reaction if sometimes-right Apple leaker, Jon Prosser, has nailed the timeline. He tweeted a list of the weeks Apple is expected to announce and release new hardware. It's not good news if you're eager to get your hands on the rumored iPhone 12 Pro 5G. That version will come last in the scheme of things. If true, the Apple Watch 6 and new iPads will come first – the week of September 7 –and arrive with considerably less than normal fanfare due to Covid-19, potentially as stealthy reveals via press release, like we saw with the iPhone SE 2020 in March. Now, assuming Prosser's release window is accurate, we're fully expecting the date to be Tuesday, September 8, because September 7 is a Monday and holiday in the US (Labor Day). It's also the timeframe that Apple usually has with a big launch event. But no new iPhone is mentioned for this first release date. (Image credit: The Apple Post) Usher in the iPhone 12 delay The iPhone 12 launch date is said to be five weeks later, the week of October 12 (it could be Tuesday, October 13). This isn't a big surprise, as Apple, in its earnings call last month, made the rare move of announcing the iPhone 12 delay. The iPhone 12 reveal is said to be coming at an 'event'. Whether that's in-person launch event or another 'Apple live stream' video like we saw with WWDC 2020 remains to be seen. We're expecting four versions of the new iPhone to show up. Some Pre-orders launch the same week – we're predicting October 16. Apple has a history of putting up pre-orders the Friday immediately after a launch event. And the iPhone 12 is said to go on sale the next week – so Friday, September 23. But, according to Prosser, the high-end iPhone 12 Pro won't be available in October whatsoever. Instead, this version will get a November pre-order and release date, with the leaker saying "no exact date yet" is "in the system." November is very late for a new iPhone, especially the versions (we're expecting two sizes) that early adopters want. The Pro is rumored to have the fastest 5G speeds and the biggest screens. But this isn't the first time Apple's latest and greatest iPhone has slipped into November. The iPhone X launched on Friday, November 3, 2017. Prosser nailed the iPhone SE 2020 release date and had the iMac 27-inch (2020) announcement ahead of time, but he did get many Apple WWDC leaks incorrect, and notes that the dates could always change on Apple's end. iPhone 12 release date in October, but new iPads in September? 2020 sure is strange
  3. Grammarly revamps iPad app, adds new features Grammarly introduced a bunch of new features in its latest update for its iPadOS application today. The updates improve the user experience on the iPad app by integrating the features provided by Grammarly - spellchecking, synonym suggestions, and other grammatical assistance - more seamlessly into the UI. Previously, iPad users had to head over to the tab's browser to access the Grammarly Editor. This lengthy process of copying and pasting content just to edit it has now been shortened and made easier thanks to today's updates. Starting today, iPad users can access the editor from the Grammarly Keyboard app directly. As for the Grammarly Editor itself, that has also been upgraded. The new optimized version of the editor enables users to create and save new documents and manage other documents synced to their accounts once signed in. Other features rolled out today include support for hardware keyboards, keyboard flicks and iPad-optimized layouts. And finally, the last new addition to the Grammarly Keyboard for iPadOS is a feature called the 'insights' tab, similar to the weekly progress reports emailed to users called Grammarly Insights. Users can tap on the new tab to access their weekly writing statistics and track their improvements by comparing the number of words written, the accuracy of the language and the vocabulary used. Grammarly's latest update for the iPad app is currently rolling out and should be installed automatically based on the settings. Alternatively, users may download it manually from the App Store. Grammarly revamps iPad app, adds new features
  4. The Best iPad Accessories These are some of our favorite stands, cases, keyboards, and Pencils, no matter which iPad you have. One of the best parts of owning an iPad is that you're never short on accessories. There are a wealth of cases, cables, adapters, styli, keyboards, stands, and more out there to trick out your slate. But what should you buy? I spent months filling a corner of my tiny New York apartment with boxes of gear to test and find the best iPad accessories. Whether you own an iPad already or you recently picked one up after perusing our Best iPad guide, there's something here for you. Be sure to check out our many other buying guides, including the Best iPhone and Best iPhone 12 Cases and Accessories. Special offer for Gear readers: Get a 1-year subscription to WIRED for $5 ($25 off). This includes unlimited access to WIRED.com and our print magazine (if you'd like). Subscriptions help fund the work we do every day. Jess Grey also contributed to this guide. If you buy something using links in our stories, we may earn a commission. This helps support our journalism. Learn more. Please also consider subscribing to WIRED Photograph: Apple Wait. Which iPad Do You Own? How to Figure Out Your iPad Model There are so many iPads out there, it can be hard to identify the exact model you own. Do you have the iPad Pro from 2017 with the 10.5-inch screen? Or the 9.7-inch one from 2016? It doesn't help that Apple avoids the sequential naming structure it uses for the iPhone. But no matter. Finding your model is simple: Look at the back of your iPad. Etched on the back cover, near where it says "Designed by Apple in California," should be a model number starting with the letter A. Head to this website from Apple. Look for your corresponding model number, and that's it! You found your iPad model. (Pro tip: Use your browser's "Find in Page" function to type in your model number and find it quickly.) Accessory makers usually indicate what iPad a case, folio, or keyboard cover is designed to work with. Most of our picks below are for the newest hardware, but they're often also available for older iPads. Just search for the product name and your iPad model. If you see a retailer mentioning a specific generation, this is Apple's current lineup: iPad: 8th generation (2020) iPad Mini: 5th generation (2019) iPad Air: 4th generation (2020) iPad Pro 11-inch: 2nd generation (2020) iPad Pro 12.9-inch: 4th generation (2020) Photograph: Apple An Easy Way to Draw or Write Apple Pencil The Apple Pencil is one of the most useful tools you can add to the iPad. The entire 2021 lineup supports it, from the Mini to the Air. It's excellent for drawing, with an imperceptible delay as the Pencil moves across the glass display. Like a normal pencil, your lines get thicker as you press down harder. The Pencil is also great for navigating iPadOS, which has handwriting support in various search fields so you don't need to switch to the keyboard to type—and it's handy for signing or marking up documents. The first-generation Pencil has some drawbacks. There's no good place to connect it to your iPad when you aren't using it; you need to remove the cap and plug the end of the stylus into the iPad to charge it (it has a Lightning connector); and it loves to roll off any surface. Apple fixed all of these issues with the second-generation model, which magnetically sticks to the top of compatible iPads and wirelessly charges. Sadly, it only works with the newer iPad Pro models (2018 and 2020) and the latest iPad Air (2020). Another Alternative: The Apple Pencil is expensive. A more affordable option I like is the Logitech Crayon ($68). It's especially great for kids because it's thicker, yet still maintains great palm rejection, good pressure sensitivity, and low latency. $99 at Apple (First-Gen) $129 at Apple (Second-Gen) Photograph: Sketchboard Pro A Sketching Surface Sketchboard Pro Drawing on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is a wonderful experience. Its magazine-like size gives it good stability on your lap if you're sketching on the couch, but I can't say the same for drawing on the smaller iPads. Without a good surface, it can be awkward. That's where the Sketchboard Pro comes in. It expands your surface area, so you can comfortably doodle anywhere—in bed, on the couch, or even on a desk—because it has legs you can pull out to tilt the screen. You can even stand it vertically like an easel to get your Bob Ross on! It has an integrated handle for easy toting, storage space for your stylus, and a spot to plug in to recharge your iPad while drawing. There's broad support for a variety of new or old iPads, and you can even change the centerpiece in case you upgrade to a different iPad. The cons? It's heavy and big. $119 at Sketchboard Pro Photograph: Twelve South A Portable Stand Twelve South Compass Pro iPads are slim machines. Adding a case just makes them bulky and, often, unattractive. If you prioritize thinness over protection, then skip the case! This stand from Twelve South is an elegant way to prop the tablet up. You can angle it however you want with the back leg, and the metal build and silicone grips keep it steady. I tested it with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and the new iPad, and it had no trouble holding either model, though I do wish the back leg's hinge had more resistance. It would sometimes change positions when I lifted the iPad Pro off. The best part of the Compass Pro is that it packs down to a very portable size. $60 at Amazon $60 at Twelve South Photograph: Spigen A Cheap Stand-Up Case Spigen Rugged Armor Pro Spigen's Folio case is bulkier than Apple's case, but it protects the entire tablet with a bumper covering the edges, a tough back cover made of thermoplastic polyurethane and polyurethane leather, and a magnetic latch to keep the folio closed. You can convert the display cover into a stand to prop the whole thing up (there are two angle options). And when it's in Theater Mode, you won't see much wobble or sliding when tapping the screen. The downside is it doesn't automatically turn off the display when you cover it up, so make sure to lower your screen time-out setting to 1 minute or so to prevent unnecessary battery drain. You also lose out on the satisfying click the second-generation Apple Pencil makes when you snap it on because it has a dedicated slot for storage. Thankfully, the Pencil still wirelessly pairs and charges. $23 at Amazon (iPad) $22 at Amazon (iPad Pro 11-Inch) $24 at Amazon (iPad Pro 12.9-Inch) Photograph: Otterbox A Better Folio Case OtterBox Symmetry Series 360 Case This OtterBox folio fixes everything I didn't like about the Spigen case above. First off, it's more attractive; the back is clear so you can see the design and color of the iPad you chose. There's a similar level of protection, the display cover can fold into the same two angles (propped up or slightly raised for when you want to sketch), and covering the screen up actually turns it off. The folio's latch keeps the whole thing tightly closed also holds any Apple Pencil. What I don't like is how that latch kind of just flops around when you open the folio up. Oh, and it's far more expensive. You can buy it for older iPad models, though. $70 at Apple (iPad) $90 at Amazon (iPad Air) $90 at Amazon (iPad Pro 11-Inch) $100 at Amazon (iPad Pro 12.9-Inch) Photograph: Logitech A Keyboard and Trackpad Logitech Combo/Folio Touch Cursor support has turned the iPad into a more capable computer, but if you plan on doing work on these tablets, you should invest in a keyboard and trackpad. The Combo Touch (for iPad, keyboard removable) and Folio Touch (for iPad Air and iPad Pro, keyboard attached) come with them built-in. I really like the fabric covering the whole thing. It looks spiffy! The backlit keys are helpful if you're in a dark room; it has a solid typing experience; the trackpad is responsive; and the kickstand is very stiff, letting it rest on my lap without tipping over. It also connects via Apple's Smart Connector, so there's no need to futz about with Bluetooth or worry about charging it. $150 at Amazon (iPad) $160 at Logitech (iPad Air, iPad Pro) Photograph: Zagg A Cheaper Keyboard With No TrackPad Zagg Messenger Folio 2 The last thing you want to do after spending $330 for the cheapest iPad is to spend more than $100 on a keyboard. Zagg's new Messenger Folio 2 solves that conundrum. You get a wonderful, compact keyboard cover with great key travel for good typing. I also like the dedicated keys for going Home, opening up the recent apps menu, and locking the iPad, though it's a shame the keys aren't backlit. It looks sleek, with a fabric-like exterior (stylus holder included), and your iPad screen will turn off as you close it. There is only one viewing angle, but it stays put on my lap when I type. You'll have to recharge it via USB-C, but mine didn't need a charge for two months, despite using it for a few hours every day. It connects via Bluetooth, so you can see the remaining battery life through a widget. It's only compatible with the 7th- and 8th-gen iPad, and the 3rd-gen iPad Air (2019). Upgrade Pick: If you want a detachable keyboard and case with backlit keys, I also like Zagg's Pro Keys for the 7th- and 8th-gen iPad ($100) and 4th-gen iPad Air ($110). The keyboard is nice and the cover can magnetically detach. There are two magnetic spots you can use to angle the screen, but just be careful with the furthermost one if you're typing on your lap. A forceful tap might push the iPad off. $60 at Zagg (for iPad) $60 at Best Buy (for iPad) Photograph: Logitech A Detached Keyboard Logitech K380 If the keyboard covers we listed above are all too expensive, or you have a portable stand, then a cheap Bluetooth keyboard is the way to go. I used the K380 for several months and didn't run into any problems. It's a quiet, but tactile keyboard, and you can connect it to three separate devices and switch between them fairly quickly. It's also t's slim, lightweight, and portable. It's powered by two AAA batteries, which lasted four months for me. Did I mention it comes in pink? $40 at Amazon $40 at Logitech Photograph: Apple A Slim Trackpad Apple Magic Trackpad 2 If you want a roomier touchpad, try Apple's roomy, thin, and light Magic Trackpad 2. There are no physical buttons—Apple's Force Touch sensors let you feel various levels of pressure on the pad. You can also use some iPadOS gestures on it, limiting the need to reach for the screen. It pairs via Bluetooth and recharges with the Lightning port. If you prefer a mouse: The Logitech Pebble ($28) is tiny and slim. A bigger, more ergonomic gaming mouse might be a better option for a permanent desk setup, but for work on the go, the Pebble is a quiet clicker that pairs quickly and has a smooth scroll wheel. $129 at Apple $124 at Amazon Photograph: Apple Feature-Rich Earbuds Apple AirPods Pro Do you need to spend more than $200 on earbuds? No. We recommend tons of great wireless buds in this guide that cost a lot less. But if you're invested in the Apple ecosystem, you'll probably want these. AirPods link to your iCloud account, so every Apple device you own knows they exist when you pop open the case. That makes it simple to quickly pick up where you left off when you switch between your iPhone, MacBook, or iPad. Forget about unpairing and reconnecting. We recommend the Pro model because they have silicone ear tips that are much more comfortable than the regular AirPods, plus they sound dramatically better. Battery life is below average (4.5 hours per charge), but they do a great job blocking out droning ambient sounds around you. $249 at Amazon $249 at Apple $250 at Target Photograph: Aukey A Battery Pack Aukey Wireless Portable Charger Whenever it is we all start to go out again, you'll want a battery pack on your travels. I like this 20,000-mAh capacity model from Aukey because it has a tiny LED that shows the power bank's remaining battery life (much more helpful than vague dots). It had no trouble juicing up the iPad Pro, just don't expect it to do so very fast. It will charge your phone fairly quickly if you use the USB-C port, but if you don't want to carry another cable, just plop your phone on top of the pack to have it wirelessly charge (if your phone has that feature). The kickstand is a nice touch, though it's flimsy—as is the latch to hold your phone. $46 at Amazon Photograph: Nomad A Durable Cable Nomad Kevlar Cables If you're rough on your tech, Apple's charging cables aren't going to last. These double-braided Kevlar ones from Nomad will. They have a built-in cable tie, and depending on what iPad you own, you can choose between a USB-C to Lightning cable or USB-C to USB-C. We've linked to the 3-meter model below, but there's a short 1.5-meter cable, too. It comes with a five-year warranty. Cheaper Cables: I also like these USB-C to USB-C and USB-C to Lightning braided cables from Aukey ($9). $40 at Amazon (USB-C to USB-C) $50 at Amazon (USB-C to Lightning) Photograph: Aukey A Powerful Adapter Aukey Omnia 100W Charger You don't need a power outlet adapter since Apple includes one already with every iPad (though that could change with future models). But if you're looking to streamline, this 100-watt Aukey model is powerful enough to also juice up your MacBook Air at the same time. It's significantly smaller than the 96-watt adapter Apple sells. $50 at Amazon Photograph: Vava A Dongle for More Ports Vava USB-C Hub If you dabble in photography, or you want to connect more than one peripheral or accessory, a USB-C hub might help. It will only work on iPads with the USB-C connector (that includes the new iPad Air!). This 9-in-1 one from Vava is all I needed to transfer photos from an SD card, hook up a flash drive, and connect a 3.5-mm cord to listen through my headphones. If that's too excessive, Anker's cheaper 7-in-1 hub ($30) should be more than sufficient. $60 at Amazon Photograph: SanDisk A Flash Drive SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Go If you're like me, you're constantly dismissing the "iCloud Storage is Full" notification from your iPhone. Maybe it's time to offload last year's travel pics onto the iPad to clear out room on your phone. Flash drives are always handy to have around to transfer data on the go. This one from SanDisk has various storage options you can choose from (going all the way up to 256 gigabytes), and it also comes in Lightning and USB-A or Lightning and USB-C variants, depending on the iPad you have (I tested the former). You'll need to download SanDisk's iPadOS app for the drive to be registered, but once that's done it's smooth file transferring afterward. Alternatively, if you plug it into an iPad via a hub, you can easily access it via Apple's Files app. $40 at Amazon $40 at Apple Photograph: Logitech Other Great Accessories Honorable Mentions iPad accessories are endless, and what worked for me may not work for you. So, here are a few other accessories I really, or mostly, like. Logitech Slim Folio Pro (iPad Pro models) for $120+: This is another great keyboard cover if you don't mind the lack of a trackpad. It doesn't fall off my lap, has backlit keys, and can collapse to offer a slightly tilted view ideal for sketching. The cover magnetically sticks into place when you're ready to type, and the spacious keyboard feels just as good as the ones on laptops. There's a similar version for the iPad and 3rd-gen iPad Air ($100), but instead of relying on USB-C for recharging, it uses coin cell batteries that can purportedly last up to four years before needing to be replaced. Zagg Slim Book Go for $50: The Slim Book Go is one of my favorite iPad keyboard cases because of how stable it is, thanks to an ingenious kickstand that folds out from the bottom rather than the midway point of the tablet. It's not in our top picks above because it lacks a trackpad, and we've noticed several customers complaining of broken hinges after a few months. Nomad iPad Pro Folio for $160: If you’re in the market for an iPad folio case that will age and weather with time then this leather Nomad option feels great. The leather has a smooth finish, and the folio offers back and side protection you don’t get from Apple’s official iPad Pro folio options. Apple Magic Keyboard for $300: If not for its price tag, this would be one of the better iPad case and keyboard options. It feels great to type on, the trackpad integrates seamlessly into iPadOS, and it even has a USB-C port. It’s a bit bulky, but it’s a great accessory to keep on-hand when you need to do some serious typing. Apple Smart Keyboard Folio (iPad Pro models and iPad Air) ($179+) and Smart Keyboard (iPad) for $159: Just slap these keyboard covers on and you're good to go. There's no pairing or charging needed because they use Apple's Smart Connector. They're some of the slimmest keyboard covers you'll find, but I personally hate typing on them. I prefer springy feedback, but you'll get none of that here. I've met people that love their keyboard though (it's silent). Apple Smart Cover for $49 and Smart Folio for $79: These slim cases and covers from Apple do the job just fine, and can even convert into kickstands to keep it standing up. The Best iPad Accessories
  5. New iPad (2021) could bear a striking resemblance to an older iPad Air A super-thin iPad (Image credit: Future) We've been hearing rumors of a new iPad for 2021 to join Apple's entry-level line-up. This range of relatively low cost slates doesn't often change much between iterations, and it's not likely this one will present a huge redesign, but we've heard Apple is trying to make the slate a touch more like some of its other tablets. According to Japanese tech site Macotakara, paraphrasing a Chinese supplier, 'the next iPad (9th Generation) is likely to be based on the iPad Air (3rd Generation)'. As per the name, the iPad Air 3 was pretty thin and light, and apparently Apple is bringing that design over to its next entry-level slate. It's worth pointing out Macotakara only has a 68.8% accuracy on AppleTrack, meaning a third of the Apple-related rumors and leaks it covers prove untrue, so take this news with a pinch of salt. Apparently, the next iPad will have a 10.2-inch display - that's the same size as the 2020 model, though we'd heard the 2021 version could bump that up to 10.5 inches. The leak also states the new iPad will continue to use "Touch ID, a Lightning ports Full-Lamination Displays, Anti-reflective Coating, P3 Displays, True Tone Displays etc", so it's clear this isn't a total redesign, Apple might just be making a leaner machine. For if you wanted an iPad Air... The latest iPad Air 4 didn't actually look like its predecessors, instead looking like an iPad Pro model with flat edges, thin bezels and no Touch ID home button on the front. Some people prefer the looks of the older iPad Airs compared to the newer ones though as a physical front-facing Touch ID button can be easier for some to use, but the thin and light body adds to the portability. So if you were looking for a tablet that looked like the iPad Air 3 you were out of luck - by the sounds of it, though, Apple is filling this niche again with its upcoming entry-level iPad. New iPad (2021) could bear a striking resemblance to an older iPad Air
  6. A new app allows teachers to use their iPhone or iPad as an overhead camera on Zoom It’s designed to help teachers who are teaching from home due to COVID Teachers who have found themselves holding class over Zoom have probably already figured out clever hacks to show their students documents, but there’s now an app designed specifically for that purpose (via 9to5Mac). Overviewer was made by developer Charlie Chapman, and it allows teachers (or anyone, really) to easily use their phone’s camera as a replacement for an overhead document viewer. If it’s been a minute since you were a student, or if your school didn’t have these overhead devices, they’re basically webcams pointing straight down that allow teachers to show students a printed document, book, hand drawing, or other piece of writing or image. It’s a useful ability to have, but many teachers are working from home because of COVID and may not have access to one like they would in the classroom. Participants in the Zoom call only see what your phone’s camera sees. Overviewer works as a replacement by taking advantage of Zoom’s built-in screen sharing feature that works with the iPhone when its connected to a computer with a Lightning cable, or wirelessly through AirPlay (at the moment, it doesn’t seem like Zoom offers this feature for Android users). It shows a feed from your phone’s camera on the screen, with nothing else getting in the way. The feature also offers the ability to turn your phone’s flashlight on if your lighting situation isn’t ideal, as well as the option to change which camera is being displayed. In a heartwarming blog post about how he developed the app for his wife, who works as a kindergarten teacher, Chapman explains how he saw his wife using iOS’s built-in camera app to do the same thing, and how she was frustrated by the lack of landscape support and all the buttons overlaid on-screen: So being the dorky husband that I am, I quickly built an app that does nothing other than show what the phone camera sees with zero chrome, and properly rotates the whole app so that you can share it in landscape on zoom. This did the trick and she actually used it! It’s pretty tailor made for exactly my wife’s use case but I would think that would be a pretty common one for teachers to be in right now in our current virtual teaching world. If you’re a teacher, or are thinking of some other use for the app, it’s available for free on the App Store. It’s worth noting that if you’re using a Mac, Zoom will ask for permission to record your screen and have to be restarted in order to share your phone’s screen (this is because Zoom is just displaying your phone’s screen on your computer, and then capturing that window). For more information on how the app works, the developer has made a how-to video, which you can watch below. A new app allows teachers to use their iPhone or iPad as an overhead camera on Zoom
  7. Apple wants all of the spotlight on its new services and subscriptions next week. Enlarge Apple We're one week out from Apple's services-focused event in Cupertino, and the company just announced a pair of devices we've been expecting for quite some time. Apple debuted a new, $499 10.5-inch iPad Air and a new, $399 7.9-inch iPad mini today. Both have familiar designs but also have the company's new A12 Bionic chip. The new iPad Air looks like previous models, with thicker bezels on the top and bottom of the advanced Retina display (now with True Tone technology) to house the camera array and the physical Home button. While both new iPads have updated cameras that can better handle low-light situations and immersive AR experiences, they appear to omit FaceID entirely. Inside the iPad Air is the new A12 Bionic chip with Apple's neural engine, and the company claims it will make the new Air 70 percent faster than previous versions, with twice the graphics power. The updated display now supports the Apple Pencil as well, giving more users the opportunity to draw, sketch, and take notes on an iPad. Similar updates were made to produce the new 7.9-inch iPad mini. Apple's most compact iPad now runs on its A12 Bionic chip, which the company claims will provide three times better overall performance and nine times faster graphics performance. The new iPad mini now has an advanced Retina display with True Tone, and it will support the Apple Pencil as well. Much like the new Air, the new mini didn't receive other noticeable design updates—it still has chunky top and bottom bezels as well as the physical Home button. The $499 iPad Air sits closer to the regular iPad in Apple's lineup, with a starting price that's $170 more than the $329 iPad that debuted last year. The latter device was positioned as an education-focused, affordable option for those who wanted an iPad but didn't want or need the power and price tag of an iPad Pro. With its A12 Bionic chip, the new Air will be a more powerful device than the base iPad, and it may attract more customers with its easier-to-swallow starting price (the iPad Pro, in comparison, starts at $799). While the new iPad mini looks identical to its previous model, it's a refresh that was much needed. The mini hasn't seen a meaningful update since 2015, and the spec bumps in the new version may encourage users to finally upgrade. Apple has typically announced new iPads at spring events, but the event to be held on March 25 this year will focus entirely on upcoming services. Apple will likely announce its new and highly anticipated TV streaming service and possibly a new news subscription service. The new iPad Air and iPad mini are available for preorder today from Apple's website. The iPad Air starts at $499 for a Wi-Fi model with 64GB of storage (a cellular model starts at $629). The iPad mini starts at $399 for a Wi-Fi model with 64GB of storage (a cellular model starts at $529). Source: Apple updates $499 iPad Air, $399 iPad mini ahead of services event next week (Ars Technica)
  8. When it comes to tablets, Apple has a wide lead over other companies in terms of sales. The company has made its slates relatively more accessible in recent years, offering a variation of products at different price points. Also, not to forget, the tightly integrated hardware and software provides a great experience. You don’t have to take our word for it as a new American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) has revealed that both iPad and Mac owners are satisfied with their they’ve purchased. Survey Still Gives Preference to Samsung and Amazon Tablets in Terms of Value Proposition According to a new survey, iPad customers are the most satisfied tablet owners with a score of 83. Granted, the satisfaction score is the same as last year, but the Cupertino giant managed to stay put, unlike its rival Amazon and Samsung, who trail behind with a score of 81 and 79, respectively. However, even though the Cupertino giant ranks high as far as customer experience is concerned, Samsung and Amazon provide greater value, according to the survey. Other entrants in the list include HP, Acer, Dell, Toshiba, and ASUS. Compared to last year, Toshiba has made a notable improvement on the customer satisfaction scale. It’s worth mentioning that these scores are for the entire PC segment, which also includes laptops in addition to tablets, revealing that Apple’s wide-range of iPads and Macs so far have a relatively happy user base. With a satisfaction score of 81, desktop computers have emerged as the most popular computing devices, while tablets and laptops take the second spot with a score of 77. According to ACSI, Samsung is the market leader in the desktop segment. Overall, smartphones have left behind desktops, laptops, and tablets when it comes to customer satisfaction. We believe that in the future the level of satisfaction can increase even more if foldable tablets become commonplace. Source
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  10. Adobe deals with ‘painful’ early reviews of Photoshop for iPad ‘If you try to make everybody happy w/ a v1, you’ll either never ship or make nobody happy’ At the kickoff keynote for Adobe Max, the company’s massive annual creativity conference, 15,000 designers and creatives cheered as Photoshop on the iPad was unveiled onstage. The long-anticipated app had been teased since last year’s conference, and the air in the Los Angeles Convention Center was filled with excitement as attendees finally got to try it out in between workshop sessions and panels hosted by inspirational speakers. But online was a different story, as negative reviews poured in on Twitter and YouTube, confirming early reports that the app was missing key features and felt unfinished. On YouTube, the first search results for Photoshop on iPad populate videos calling the app “disappointing” and “bad for colorists.” One gets straight to the point, with the title, “RANT: Photoshop for iPAD SUCKS”. The sentiment is the same on Twitter, with artists questioning why the app is missing features that competitors like Procreate and the Affinity suite already offer on the iPad, and for a one-time fee, no less. The outrage seems to stem from the fact that users felt misled by Adobe’s marketing of the app as “real Photoshop,” a term many took to mean that the app would mirror the desktop experience. To Adobe, Photoshop for iPad is “real”: it uses the same codebase as the desktop app, and files sync between the two so users can keep working across devices. But Photoshop for iPad is far from the “full Photoshop,” which would mean every tool and feature brought to the iPad. For now, only the basics are here. It’s a mistake that Adobe’s chief product officer, Scott Belsky, has acknowledged over the past couple weeks, saying the company didn’t do enough in its messaging to emphasize that Photoshop for iPad would not be the full thing, especially on day one. A day after the app’s release, Belsky tweeted about the poor reviews, sharing a screenshot of Photoshop’s 2.3-star rating on the App Store (accompanied by a sad-looking Memoji) and calling the responses “painful.” Belsky said that version one of Photoshop on iPad was a minimal viable product, a first iteration with the most basic set of features. He stressed that Adobe’s focus was on Cloud PSD support to allow users to work on the same file on the iPad and the desktop, as well as rethinking workflows and UI. Adobe also prioritized compositing workflows first, but in doing so, the first version of Photoshop has ended up alienating other user bases, mainly digital artists. In a response to one Twitter user’s complaint about the app’s lack of support for illustration workflows, Belsky directed them to try out Adobe Fresco instead. The app’s shortcomings are also all the more apparent due to the increased competition that’s cropped up during its long development. During just the past year, Procreate — a $10 digital illustration app — added animation features (absent in Photoshop for iPad) and text tools, then announced that its next update would bring PSD brush compatibility. Meanwhile, Serif has quickly made a name for itself as a budget Photoshop and Illustrator alternative with the apps Affinity Photo and Designer, which both cost $20. “Obviously Adobe have the vast majority of the creative professional market, so for them to promote workflows like this can only be a good thing for us, and validates what we have been doing with Affinity,” Ashley Hewson, managing director at Serif, said at the time Photoshop on iPad was announced. Photoshop product manager Jenny Lyell told The Verge that some features have taken longer to develop, explaining the difficulties of working with the desktop and iPad’s shared codebase. “At the end of the day, we don’t want you creating something [on the iPad], and it outputs differently. That’s one of our architecture principles,” Lyell said. For example, tools like liquify, which is a plug-in on the desktop, are challenging to bring to the iPad, which doesn’t support plug-ins. Early users will have more to look forward to in the coming weeks, as Adobe plans to update Photoshop for iPad at a much more aggressive pace. “At the very least, we’re looking at monthly updates,” Lyell says. In the Adobe blog announcing the app, Photoshop manager Pam Clark continually stresses that “this is just the beginning,” and encourages users to give feedback on which features they’d like to see. Onstage at Adobe Max, Photoshop engineer Emily Bogue showed off a beta version of the app, which featured an AI-powered Object Select Tool that would be included in a future update. It was this part of the demonstration that elicited the most gasps from the audience, as she quickly masked out tricky parts like hair with the touch of a button. The tool will be making its way to the iPad version eventually, where, by that time, users will hopefully have gotten more of the features they’ve been wanting. But Photoshop on iPad’s success depends on whether those users are willing to wait, when the alternatives can give them what they want now. Source: Adobe deals with ‘painful’ early reviews of Photoshop for iPad Source: (The Verge)
  11. At MAX 2019 today, Adobe announced an impressive expansion of its products. For one thing, full Photoshop is now available for iPads, something that was announced a while back and is now generally available. Version 1.0 focuses on "top workflows", and Adobe says that it will expand the product as it learns how people use Photoshop on a mobile device. It does have a redesigned UI, since an iPad is a different type of device from a PC. Clearly, it's meant to be more touch-centric. You can open and edit your PSD files from anywhere, and connect it with your PC via Adobe Cloud. Photoshop for PCs is also getting an update today, with Sensei AI and machine learning. There are new editing capabilities, and so on. The update will arrive via the Creative Cloud app. Other apps generally available today are Adobe Fresco and Aero. Fresco is available on both Windows and for iPad, and on Windows, it supports ARM64 PCs. While Fresco is a drawing and painting app, Aero is made to create mixed reality experiences. With Aero, you can turn layered PSDs into augmented reality. But that's not all, because Adobe also announced that Illustrator is also coming to the iPad, although that won't be here until next year. You can sign up for the private beta now. Source: Adobe Photoshop now available for iPad; Illustrator coming next year (via Neowin) p/s: While this news talks about software, this news is better suited to be posted under Mobile News section, as this news is primarily talks about new Adobe mobile software app for iPad (a mobile tablet device).
  12. If you’ve been wanting to give your iPhone or iPad a little refresh, a new font can potentially be a way to do it. This week, Adobe’s Creative Cloud made 1,300 fonts available for free to anyone that downloads its Creative Cloud app from the App Store. Once you have the app installed and launch it, you’ll be able to browse through all of the fonts that are available through Adobe for your device. When you find one you like, you can install it and then use it in any iOS 13.1 app that supports custom font APIs. While everyone has access to those 1,300 fonts, if you’re an Adobe Creative Cloud subscriber you’ll actually have access to 17,000. Just a few more. Your custom font will only be available in apps that support custom font APIs. If you just want to take it out for a spin, Mail, Pages, and Keynote are great places to start. In the case of Mail, you can change the font by first tapping the angle bracket (<) at the top right side of the page and then tapping the “Aa” icon. From there you’ll be given all your font options, including that fancy new one you just picked out. And if you ever forget what fonts you’ve downloaded (or want to run a little cleanup) you can delete fonts by going into the Settings menu on your iPhone followed by General and then Fonts. From there you’ll see all the fonts you have installed on your device. Tap on one to see more information about it or to remove it from your phone if you don’t see yourself using it anymore. Source
  13. Apple’s rumored Mini-LED iPad and MacBook Pro could arrive in 2020 Apple’s answer to OLED could arrive as early as next year Apple has been rumored to be working on an iPad and MacBook featuring Mini-LED displays for months, and a new research note from noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has now put a date on when to expect them: late 2020, via 9to5Mac. Kuo had originally broke the rumor that Apple was working on laptops and tablets with the new screen technology earlier this year, but at that time, he put the date as either 2020 or 2021. The new research note pins that down, predicting that Apple will release both an iPad Pro and a 16-inch MacBook Pro with Mini-LED screens as early as the end of next year. According to Kuo’s note, the iPad Pro update will come earlier, in Q3 2020, and also feature an updated A14X processor (presumably an iPad-specific version of Apple’s 2020 iPhone processor). The MacBook Pro would follow at a later date in Q4, similar to the timing of the current 16-inch MacBook Pro’s launch. Additionally, Kuo expects that Apple will release more Mini-LED hardware over the next two to three years. According to Kuo, Apple is interested in Mini-LED panels specifically over OLED for its larger devices as they offer similar benefits, like localized dimming, a wide color gamut, and high contrast and dynamic range, without the downsides — namely, OLED burn-in, which could present a particular challenge with the static screen elements like the dock and menu bar on macOS. Source: Apple’s rumored Mini-LED iPad and MacBook Pro could arrive in 2020 (The Verge)
  14. Recap: Apple’s tablet wasn’t a surprise when Jobs took the wraps off it during a press conference at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on January 27, 2010. Pundits speculated that Apple’s tablet may be called the iSlate or perhaps the iTablet but Cupertino ultimately went with iPad. It’s been 10 years to the day since Steve Jobs officially introduced the term “iPad” into the English lexicon. The company probably could have spared itself some early embarrassment by going with one of the other leading names as the term iPad sparked all sorts of jokes related to feminine products. Despite arriving nearly three years after the iPhone, development on the iPad actually started before the handset. While tinkering with an early version of a multi-touch display, Jobs realized that they could build a phone with it. As such, development of the tablet was put on the backburner so Apple could focus on what would eventually become the iPhone. The first couple of iPads experienced the type of growing pains you’d expect from a new category but over the years, the form factor came into its own as designs were refined and compatibility expanded. The iPad helped spawn a whole new category of device in the tablet which soared in popularity before cooling in recent years. The iPad is now experiencing a bit of a renaissance as a professional device and likely has many more solid years ahead of it. Masthead credit: Kimberly White, Getty Images. iPad by sergey causelove. Source: https://www.techspot.com/news/83733-happy-birthday-ipad-turns-10.html
  15. Apple regulatory filings hint at a new iPad possibly coming soon It could be this week... or months Vjeran Pavic / The Verge Apple might have a new iPad in the works, going off documents found this week in the Eurasian Economic Commission database, which contains filings required for devices sold in Russia and other countries. MacRumors reports that the filing doesn’t contain much info apart from the fact that the iPad will run iOS 13. We don’t know what model it’ll be or what features it’ll include. In the past, these filings arrived only days ahead of a formal Apple announcement, meaning this iPad could arrive as soon as this week. At the same time, the world is in the midst of a pandemic, so Apple might want to wait to release the device at least until people are leaving their houses more and manufacturing has ramped back up in China and elsewhere. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously said Apple would launch refreshed iPad Pro models with a triple-lens rear camera system and 3D sensing for augmented reality in the first half of 2020. He also said new iPad Pro, iPad mini, and 10.2-inch iPad models with Mini-LED backlit displays would be released by the end of 2021. Again, these plans might be impacted by COVID-19, but this filing does show that Apple has products in the works — and it’s getting all the requisite paperwork in order to globally release them at some point in the future. Source: Apple regulatory filings hint at a new iPad possibly coming soon (The Verge)
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  17. Google Drive adds biometric protection on iPhone and iPad Google has released a new update for Google Drive that brings support for Touch ID and Face ID on iPhones and iPad. The new update will allow users to lock their Drive files behind a Privacy Screen so if anyone tries to access the files, they will need to use Touch ID or Face ID to unlock. The feature is not exactly new as it was first announced by Google last month. A Google Spokesperson told Digital Trends that the feature is designed to give users a "little more privacy for documents stored on your phone." Privacy Screen also supports timeout allowing users to specify when they want Drive to be locked. Google currently allows users to delay it for 10 seconds, one minute, or 10 minutes. This is good for users who multi-task and might need to switch between apps. Privacy Screen, however, isn't completely secure. When enabling it, Google warns you that it can't protect some Drive notifications, Files shared with the iOS Files and Photos apps and “other system functionality.” The feature is currently rolling out to all the Apple iPhone and iPad users. You can head to the Apple App Store to grab the latest Google Drive update. Source: Google Drive adds biometric protection on iPhone and iPad (Neowin)
  18. Which iPhones, iPads support Apple's iOS 13 and iPadOS? With the arrival this [Northern hemisphere] fall of iOS 13 and iPadOS, there's some bad news for those relying on iPhones that debuted in 2013 and 2014 and some of Apple's older iPads. Apple When it unveiled iOS 13 and iPadOS last month, Apple had bad news for those relying on iPhones that debuted in 2013 and 2014 and brushed off customers with an iPad Mini from the same years or a 2013 original iPad Air. According to Apple, iOS 13 - likely shot out of Cupertino in September - will be supported on these devices: iPhone XS, XS Max, XR (2018) iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus (2017) iPhone 7 and 7 Plus (2016) iPhone 6S and 6S Plus (2015) iPhone SE (2016) iPod Touch, 7th generation (2019) [iOS 13 will also be pre-installed on the new iPhone(s) Apple introduces this [Northern hemisphere] fall.] This year's list is similar to, but not identical to the one Apple issued for iOS 12 in 2018. Several models were cut from 13's line-up, specifically: iPhone 5S (2013) iPhone 6 and 6 Plus (2014) iPod touch, 6th generation (2015) At times, Apple has held the iOS support line for a year - it did just that in 2018, when the list was identical to 2017's. But more often, the company strikes the oldest devices, belatedly acknowledging what many users had concluded earlier: that the hardware couldn't execute the new OS and/or run recent apps without shifting into tortoise mode. This year's cull was much like 2017's, when that [Northern hemisphere] fall's iOS 11 declined to run on the then-aged iPhone 5 (2012), iPhone 5C (2013) and 4th generation iPad (2012). iPadOS dismisses a few tablets The new spin-off from iOS that Apple's billed as "[built on] the same foundation as iOS, adding powerful new capabilities and intuitive features specific to the large display and versatility of iPad," has its own list of supported tablets, separated from the once-master line-up of all mobile devices. iPadOS will be supported on: 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2015-2018) 11-inch iPad Pro (2018) 10.5-inch iPad Pro (2017) 9.7-inch iPad Pro (2016) iPad, 5th and 6th generations (2017-2018) iPad mini, 5th generation (2019) iPad mini 4 (2015) iPad Air, 3rd generation (2019) iPad Air 2 (2014) As on the iOS-iPhone side of Apple, this year's iPadOS-iPad platform had a few no-shows that were on the 2018 list, although the latter retained 2015's devices. These models have been winnowed: iPad Mini 2 and Mini 3 (2013-2014) iPad Air (original, 2013) Apple also listed the Mac models that will run the upcoming macOS 10.15, aka Catalina, when it delivers that upgrade. For its personal computer line, Apple will retain the prior year's models on the new version's support list. iOS 13 and iPadOS will be offered as a free over-the-air upgrade when they launch this [Northern Hemisphere] fall. Source: Which iPhones, iPads support Apple's iOS 13 and iPadOS? (Computerworld - Gregg Keizer)
  19. iPadOS, coming “this fall”: Thumb drives, more gestures, “desktop-class” browsing [Updated] Apple takes another big step toward that "what's a computer" ad from last year. Enlarge Samuel Axon In addition to expected updates to WatchOS and iOS, Apple's Monday WWDC keynote included an announcement of a new iOS fork: iPadOS. This new updated OS focuses squarely on the larger-screen capabilities of iPads—though Apple didn't confirm which iPad models will be supported. The OS' beta period will begin "today," with a full release slated for "this fall." In the demo, Apple's Craig Federighi showed off features that are likely familiar to anyone who has used larger Android phones and tablets, including the ability to pin homescreen widgets and a "fanning" interface to pick through recently opened apps. iPadOS does put a welcome, Apple-like spin on multi-window support: supported apps will allow users to grab and drop content between windows. Federighi showed this off by using a "tap-and-drag" feature to move attachments and links from one Mail window to another on the same screen. He pointed out that third-party apps like Microsoft Word will also support the feature. But he said nothing about such multi-window support working with multiple apps on the same screen—such as dragging-and-dropping Safari content into a Microsoft Word window. An update to iPad's native file-browsing interface looks decidedly more like MacOS, with a column-view option that enables file preview tabs and quick-action menus. iPadOS will support a suite of new file sharing options, including iCloud folder sharing and file servers. Arguably the biggest file-system win, at least for owners of recent USB Type-C iPads, is native file-browsing support for thumb drives, SD cards, and directly connected cameras. (We'll have to wait to see how many older iPads will support the same thing via legacy adapter devices, but this at least directly answers a major criticism Ars leveled at the most recent iPad model.) iPadOS' version of Safari will no longer render mobile-browser versions of sites by default. Instead, it will deliver "desktop-class browsing." Apple promises to render sites on iPadOS as built for the desktop version of Safari, only with Apple layering its own iPad-specific tweaks on top via software (mostly for the sake of "touch input"). Whether this will ultimately require website designers to juggle another spec for browsers remains to be seen, in spite of Apple's promises. ("Sites like Google Docs... work great in Safari now," Federighi said, at least.) And iPadOS introduces a new suite of three-finger gestures that all revolve around text formatting. After selecting text, pinch three fingers together to copy (or do that twice to cut), then move your cursor (by simply touching and dragging) to where you want to paste before doing a "three finger spread" to paste. A three-finger swipe to the left will work the same as an "undo" command, and these gestures will automatically work in any iPad app that supports cut/copy/paste/undo/redo. However, Apple engineer Toby Patterson struggled with iPadOS' cursor-grabbing update during a live demo, even peppering his live narration of a demo with a number of "oops" and a full-blown "sorry." He confirmed that iPad users who like to shake their devices to "undo" can still do so. One cool update that Patterson did not struggle with was the ability to grab, shrink, and reposition the iPad keyboard as he saw fit. Enlarge / iPadOS' new Apple Pencil interface can be dragged, moved, and shrunk anywhere on your iPad screen. Samuel Axon This is rounded out by a new Apple Pencil interface: a new action bar that can be dragged, moved, and hidden anywhere on an iPad display when the Pencil is recognized. The pencil can be pressed down on the corner of any screen, then swiped inward to bring up a new "page markup" interface, which defaults to letting users mark up whatever screenshot was just captured. With a single tap, that markup interface can turn into whatever full-page content you were looking at. That means your markup doesn't require chaining together multiple screenshots before sending a document back to a colleague. As part of the iPadOS update, Apple promises to get Apple Pencil performance up to a new threshold for latency: 9 milliseconds between press and recognition, as opposed to the current 20 millisecond wait. We'll hopefully have more hands-on time with exactly how iPadOS feels during WWDC. Update, 5:45pm ET: Shortly after the WWDC keynote concluded, Apple updated its home page with an explainer about iPadOS. It included confirmation of all iPad models that will support the upcoming OS, which seems to put the kibosh on devices older than the A8X processor threshold. These devices include: 12.9-inch iPad Pro 11-inch iPad Pro 10.5-inch iPad Pro 9.7-inch iPad Pro iPad (6th generation) iPad (5th generation) iPad mini (5th generation) iPad mini 4 iPad Air (3rd generation) iPad Air 2 Source: iPadOS, coming “this fall”: Thumb drives, more gestures, “desktop-class” browsing [Updated] (Ars Technica) (To view the article's image gallery, please visit the above link)
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