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  1. Apple is said to be considering moving some of its iPad production from China to India, according to a report by CNBC. The tech giant is said to be in discussions with Indian government officials, but no concrete plans have been made at this time. If successful, this move would expand Apple's presence in India. Apple's plans to move more of its supply chain away from China comes after protests in the country over the past two weeks due to Beijing's strict zero-Covid policy. In November, the tech giant warned that iPhone shipments would be delayed because of lockdowns in China. As a result, analysts have been reducing their iPhone manufacturing estimates for the crucial holiday quarter. Apple began manufacturing iPhones in India in 2017, starting with the iPhone SE. In 2020, the company started producing the iPhone 11 in India, marking the first time that a high-end iPhone was being produced in the country. Another milestone was reached in 2022 when Foxconn India started making the iPhone 14, which was the first time that a new iPhone model was manufactured in the country in the same calendar year as its launch. However, sources warn that the lack of highly skilled talent and individuals with expertise in building complex devices like the iPad could hinder these plans in India. The current foreign policy climate is also not conducive to the move, with tensions between India and China increasing. The two countries have been involved in territorial disputes in recent years, leading to an escalated military presence at the India-China border. In addition to producing current-generation iPhones with Foxconn in India, Apple also diversified its portfolio of contract manufacturers in the country by outsourcing some orders to Pegatron and Wistron in the country. Meanwhile, Foxconn is planning to quadruple its workforce in India to address future iPhone shortage. Reuters reports that JP Morgan estimates Apple will move almost 25% of iPhone production to India by 2025. As for the iPad and Apple Watch, Vietnam is expected to receive 20% of the net production volume. The company is also considering Malaysia and the US as potential production sites. Source: CNBC via WSJ Apple is reportedly shifting some of its iPad production to India
  2. Lawsuit claims Amazon and Apple benefited from fewer vendors, higher prices. In early 2018, there were more than 600 companies you could buy Apple products from on Amazon's marketplace, including independent refurbishers, usually at lower prices than Apple's own. By July 2019, there were only seven, and a class-action lawsuit says that was the result of an unlawful agreement between the tech giants. The lawsuit (PDF) was filed Wednesday in federal court in Seattle by law firm Hagens Berman on behalf of Steven Floyd. Floyd is a Pennsylvania man who bought an iPad on Amazon for $320 in early 2021 and was denied "a lower price which would have been the case in a normal competitive market," the suit alleges. Hagens Berman should be a familiar name to Apple's counsel and close watchers of the company's legal history. The firm sued Apple over scratched iPod nano cases in 2005 and ebook price-fixing in 2011 and brokered a settlement for smaller iOS developers in the App Store in 2021. Hagens Berman was also involved in a complicated lawsuit involving iOS touchscreen patents that involved Apple accusing the firm of secretly leaning on an "extra attorney." The suit largely concerns Apple and Amazon's agreement in November 2018, one widely reported, that allowed Amazon to directly sell Apple products through its marketplace, while also requiring any other firm to get Apple's permission to sell its products on the site after January 2019. This had the effect of killing a major outlet for refurbished Apple goods, which tend to hold their value much better in used and refurbished form than most other electronics. It was also, the suit claims, "an unlawful horizontal agreement between Apple and Amazon to eliminate or at least severely reduce the competitive threat posed by third-party merchants." That agreement is "naked restraint" and unlawful under the Sherman Act, the suit claims. The benefits to this collusion, according to the suit, were that Amazon received "consistent supplies at a discount of up to 10%" if it kept unauthorized resellers off its store and instantly became the leading vendor of Apple products on its site. Apple, meanwhile, eliminated the "active price competition" that was undercutting its own retail prices, the suit alleges. Prior to the agreement, discounted prices for iPhones and iPads from third-party vendors on Amazon could be 20 percent or more, an attorney for Hagens Berman stated in a blog post. Amazon's ability to "win" the "Buy Box"—to be the default vendor for Apple products when a customer buys or adds a product to their cart—shot up after it agreed to let Apple choose authorized resellers, according to a class action lawsuit. The class-action lawsuit claims that Apple's goal in restricting third-party resale of its products was to keep prices high. This graph purports to show the success of what the lawsuit claims were unlawful actions. Key to the lawsuit's claims are that reducing the number of sellers on Amazon allowed Apple to eliminate cheaper prices for its products, sometimes discounted by as much as 20 percent. This same agreement has previously drawn fines from Italy's competition authority for restricting the firms that can sell Beats headphones in Amazon's Italian store. Neither Apple nor Amazon has addressed the lawsuit's claims as of this writing. Hagens Berman is seeking people who bought an iPhone or iPad from Amazon through the standard "Buy Box" to enroll in its class. Damages were not specified in the suit, though it seeks a jury trial and numerous forms of injunctive relief under antitrust statutes. Apple and Amazon colluded to raise iPhone and iPad prices, class action claims
  3. After Apple started letting “reader apps” use their own sign-up links Netflix has started directing users on iPhone and iPad to an external webpage where they can sign up for the service, as first reported by 9to5Mac. The change comes just months after Apple started letting “reader” apps that provide access to digital content, like Netflix and Spotify, link out to account sign-up pages on their own websites. For as far back as 2018, Netflix didn’t provide an external signup link — or even tell users where they could sign up — in its iPhone and iPad apps. Users had to instead navigate to Netflix’s website from their web or mobile browser to sign up for the service before accessing the app. This was done to comply with Apple’s rules, which made it difficult for apps to get around its up to 30 percent commission on in-app purchases and barred developers from offering a link to an external sign-up page. The setup made it confusing for new users who would (logically) think they would be able to sign up to Netflix using the app. But now, it looks like that’s changing — 9to5Mac reports that iPhone and iPad users are now seeing an external link within the Netflix app that they can use to sign up for the service, and The Verge’s Richard Lawler noticed the same. Users who tap on the link see a message that warns they’re “about to leave the app” and go to an external website. It also notes any transactions on the external page aren’t affiliated with Apple: Any accounts or purchases made outside of this app will be managed by the developer “Netflix.” Your App Store account, stored payment methods, and related features, such as subscription management and refund requests, will not be available. Apple is not responsible for the privacy or security of transactions made with this developer. Tapping through the warning redirects users to an account sign-up page on Netflix’s website where they can input payment information and choose a subscription plan. It’s not clear when Netflix started introducing this new option, and the company didn’t immediately respond to The Verge’s request for comment. Currently, Netflix’s support page still states that users can’t access Netflix’s signup page from its iPhone or iPad app. Although Apple has begun to relax its policies for reader apps, it still has a strict set of guidelines that developers must follow, such as not including any pricing information with a link to external sign-up pages. Developers must also submit an “entitlement” to get permission to add the external link to their app. Apple has faced criticism over its policies that force most developers to use the App Store billing system, which Apple charges a commission to use. In response to a new law passed in South Korea, Apple started allowing developers to use third-party payment processors in apps released in the country. It has also made some changes for dating apps released in the Netherlands following a lengthy battle with the country’s regulator. But Apple will have even more adjusting to do when the EU’s Digital Markets Act (DMA) legislation passes, as it would force Apple to allow the use of third-party payment systems, side-loading, and third-party app stores. Google has already started preparing for the new laws by giving developers the option to use an alternative billing system for apps distributed in Europe. Update July 23rd, 12:42PM ET: Added confirmation that the external link is present in the Netflix app. Netflix starts linking iPhone and iPad users to an external sign-up page
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  5. 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)
  6. 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)
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Samsung currently holds the top spot in the global smartphone display market. Apple buys a sizable quantity of these displays for its devices, including iPhone and iPad. However, Apple is now on the lookout for an entirely different type of OLED panels for its future iPads, and Samsung once again could bag the deal. According to a report published by The Elec, Samsung is currently working on a new type of OLED display based on what the sources claim to be a "two-tandem structure." A two-tandem OLED panel would mean twice the brightness and four times the life expectancy compared to displays based on a single tandem structure. Samsung is internally calling it T1, with 'T' stands for tandem. iPads featuring displays based on two-tandem structure are unlikely to debut anytime soon. If the report is to be believed, these iPads featuring the new display technology will debut sometime in 2024. The report also claims that the new two-tandem structure OLED displays will also be introduced to MacBook and iMac devices at a later date. The mass production of T1 displays is expected to begin in 2023 and may first be used by the company itself in its smartphones and tablets. Meanwhile, the iPad and Mac devices will use the T2 displays, which will be the successor of T1. Commercial production of T2 displays is set to begin in 2024. Apple is currently transitioning to mini-LED display technology for its iPad and Mac devices. Although not confirmed, one of the reasons why Apple is switching to mini-LED technology could be the price factor—they are significantly cheaper than OLED and micro-LED panels. The report doesn't detail why the company wants to adopt a two-stack structure OLED panel instead of sticking to mini-LED. While the manufacturing cost of an OLED panel is higher than that of a mini-LED display panel, for Apple and Samsung, the two-tandem OLED may have a more favorable cost-benefit ratio. Source: The Elec, The Korea Herald; via SamMobile Future iPads may use a new type of OLED display manufactured by Samsung
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
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