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10.5 inch iPad Pro Could Be Revealed Early Next Month

The Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is Apple’s chance to reveal their new operating systems and software that developers can use to make new apps and services. Huge changes come to iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS, as well as the tools we use to make apps for these platforms, like Xcode. Apple has also occasionally used this as an event to introduce new products. These are rarely hardware focused events, but if Apple’s introducing new hardware that developers will have to change their apps for (or create completely new apps), then it’s a good time for a reveal. Apple has revealed new iPhone models, Macs, Intel integration, and more at these events. While WWDC keynotes are typically focused on new software for developers to leverage, they do occasionally introduce new products or product categories. That’s where this latest rumor comes from. Apple didn’t completely overhaul their iPad lineup in the spring as they usually do. Instead, they introduced a new low cost 9.7″ iPad and stopped selling older models. The current 9.7″ iPad Pro (review) was released in March of 2016. The 12.9″ iPad Pro was released in November of 2015. The iPad mini was released in September of 2015. These are devices that have gone more than a year, almost two for the iPad mini, without even a modest spec bump. Apple’s products are due for an update, and if Apple’s revealing a new leap forward for the iPad Pro, WWDC, starting on June 5th, may be the perfect time to do it. 
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Apple’s New iPads Expected in April

We had expected new iPads early this spring, however, no exact dates had been set. Some stated we’d have a late March announcement, while others simply neglected to mention a time frame. We still do not have a precise leak, nor a precise date, but we can still–with a reasonable amount of accuracy–estimate when the new iPads will be revealed. How can we do this? Thanks to historical information as well as Apple’s currently secret devices showing up in device logs reported by developers, we can tell that Apple is not only in the final stage of testing these devices, they’re preparing for a release. 
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New iPad Pro, iPad Mini, iPhone SE, Red iPhone 7, and Apple Watch Bands Expected at March Apple Event

Mac Otakara doesn’t have a perfect track record with Apple rumors, but slightly more often than not, they leak something that turns out to be true. The latest report from the site claims the iPad lineup is about to get a huge update. Apple will be updating the 7.9″ iPad Mini, 9.7″ iPad Pro, and 12.9″ iPad Pro. On top of that, they claim that Apple will also release a 10.5″ iPad Pro that will share the same dimensions as the 9.7″ iPad Pro, but feature an edge-to-edge display. iPads are often updated in the Spring, so this isn’t an outlandish leak, although the presence of a new screen size thanks to new display technology may be something Apple saves for the release of the 2017 flagship iPhone. Speaking of the iPhone, Mac Otakara also reports that there will be updates to the iPhone SE, adding new storage capacities, and a new color option for the iPhone 7, a red color scheme that may tie in with Apple’s (PRODUCT)RED campaign. Finally, we’re expecting to see updates to Apple’s lineup of watch bands for the Apple Watch. Which rumors hold merit? Surprisingly, most of them sound possible, if not likely. 
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Apple’s New iPad Pro Ads Feel Like a Blast from the Past

For a while in the mid 2000’s, Apple commercials had some serious bite. Apple had just switched to Intel processors in their Macs and released revolutionary new Macs. The commercials tore apart Windows PCs for being bulky, boring, uninspired, and virus-ridden. Apple revealed four new iPad Pro ads that show ways the iPad Pro beats traditional PCs, and, one could argue, even how the iPad Pro is a better computer for most people, instead of a traditional Mac. 

Of course, since Apple hasn’t updated their Mac desktops in years, and has had some disappointing MacBook updates, so it’s not hard to see how the iPad Pro could compete with a Mac. Perhaps this is a sign that Apple doesn’t want to. Check out the rest of Apple’s new ads below, which seem to bring some humor back into Apple’s commercials. 
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KGI Claims 3 New iPads on the Way, No iPad Mini

A 9.7-inch iPad Pro with a 10.5-inch piece of paper over it. Photo Credit: Dan Provost

KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo often has well informed and accurate predictions for Apple. He forms these predictions through analysis of Apple’s suppliers and previous behavior. KGI is claiming that the new iPad Pro will feature an edge-to-edge display with a size between 10″ and 10.5″. Japanese blog Mac Otakara has released two separate reports that claim the new iPad will be either 10.1″ and 10.9″ as well. It seems Apple wants to grow their iPad lineup in a new way. The screen size bump is surprisingly logical, and the edge to edge technology could be used in the next iPhone. 
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Razer Released a Mechanical Keyboard Case for the 12.9″ iPad Pro, and It’s Actually Good

razerHeroI’m a bit of a keyboard snob. I worked tirelessly for a few months on an Apple keyboard before going crazy and getting a mechanical keyboard for the office. I went with Cherry MX Browns at work, which are housed in a Rosewill 9000v2 keyboard that I called “typing bliss” in a review. I’m currently typing on a CM Storm QuickFire with Cherry MX Blue key switches; it too is typing bliss. Sure, I had a coworker ask if I could type more quietly at work, (I added dampeners to each key to make it much quieter), and sure, I had a friend once ask me to stop typing because he couldn’t hear my TV (I turned the TV up), but these wonderful mechanical keyboards are worth the fact that they’re expensive, bulky, and loud, because typing on them just feels so good. When you type, literally, tens of thousands of letters each day, you begin to think about the keys that make words and code on the screen, and going back to non-mechanical keyboards is just sad. Unfortunately, at home, when writing for this blog, I don’t get to use one of my amazing mechanical keyboards too often, because I enjoy writing on my iPad from my couch. I could hook up my keyboard to my iPad through USB, but I’d definitely have to put it down on my coffee table and sit awkwardly on my couch, and in that scenario, it would be a much better idea to just write at my desk… in the same room. (Hey, this is New York, a living room is also an office, kitchen, bed room, and bathroom. Oh… it’s not a bathroom? Whoops.)

firstRazer heard the cry of the dozens of people just like me, people who do work on their iPads and prefer mechanical keyboards because they’re hundreds of times better for writing. They released the Razer Mechanical Keyboard Case for the 12.9″ iPad Pro. It’s a keyboard case that includes their own, in-house designed low profile mechanical keys. The end result is a mechanical keyboard with the key travel of a standard laptop keyboard, but the satisfying click and springy feeling of a mechanical keyboard. Though it’s smaller and slimmer than any other mechanical keyboard, it still carries some issues. Reviewers have had their hands on it for long enough to post their own reviews, and while it comes with a long list of unique problems, it’s still, apparently, an amazing keyboard case for the iPad Pro. Best of all, it still costs less than Apple’s offering. But, unless it costs an arm and a leg, that’s not too hard, is it?
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Logitech Released a Smart Connector Keyboard for 9.7″ iPad Pro

Apple’s iPad Pro keyboard, which some of this post was typed on, is $150. That’s far too expensive for a keyboard. If you want your entire iPad Pro to be protected, you’ll also have to buy a case to protect the rear, which is also expensive, at $70. That means, to protect your 9.7″ iPad Pro, you’ll have to buy a case and a keyboard for $220… or you could buy the new $120 Create keyboard for the iPad Pro. The Logitech Create keyboard also has a few features that the Apple Smart Keyboard lacks, like backlit keys, a place to store your Apple Pencil, and complete coverage and protection. Overall, this keyboard case does what Apple’s offerings do, with more features, and at a lower price. Though it’s a bit thicker, many users would likely consider it to be the best keyboard for the iPad Pro.
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