Category Archives: iPad Pro

Living with the Magic Keyboard and the iPad Pro: Battery Life is a Real Problem

At least with mine…

I’ll say right up front that I think my case may be the exception, rather than the rule with the Magic Keyboard. However, that doesn’t change the fact that it is taking a major toll on my iPad Pro’s battery life right now. You can see a good example highlighted in the chart above, which shows me dropping a massive 50% of battery life with only 2.5 hours of screen time on Thursday. That time was split between working on an article and marking up some PDFs for work. That is downright terrible performance that I don’t even see during gaming or watching movies.

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Living with the Magic Keyboard and iPad Pro: Nothing is Perfect

If you a regular reader, you may have already picked up on this, but I am not quite as enthusiastic about the Magic Keyboard as most of the Apple blogosphere. I’m not saying that I don’t like it, because I actually do in a lot of respects. It is very good at the things that Apple designed it for. But it is that narrowness of scope, along with a few other drawbacks, that I can’t completely shake off.

While there are still plenty of good things I have to say about the Magic Keyboard in the future, here is all of the bad news I’ve come across so far.

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Living with the Magic Keyboard and iPad Pro: Getting Off the Ground

Magic Keyboard iPad Pro Open

I covered my reasons for being a little sluggish with my Magic Keyboard overage yesterday. While today was better, I am still running about half speed. However, I have had a lot more time to use Apple’s newest keyboard accessory and start to form some early impressions.

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Waiting for the Magic Keyboard

I was busy and focused on several things at work a week ago when I got a text from a friend asking if I had ordered the new Magic Keyboard. My immediate reaction was one word- Dammit! I’m usually pretty good about staying up on new announcements, but every once in a while, Apple sneaks one in on me. They got me good last Wednesday.

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The First Magic Keyboard Hands-On Videos Look Underwhelming

Magic Keyboard iPad Pro

I’ve gotten used to disappointment with Apple keyboards. I never liked the Smart Keyboards for iPad Pro and the lack of backlighting on the original Magic Keyboard holds it back in comparison to cheaper, comparable quality Bluetooth keyboards that do. Thankfully I was never forced to use the terrible Butterfly Keyboards that MacBook users have had to deal with for years, but they can’t be ignored. The last Apple Keyboard I liked was their older Wireless Keyboard and I owned it ten years ago. This is not a good track record.

I guess I shouldn’t have gotten my hopes up and expected different this time, but here we are. The new Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro is far more limited than I initially hoped and this has been confirmed by video reviews from people who got them early.

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Apple Releases the Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro Ahead of Schedule

Will it live up to the hype or the high price tag?

Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro

While Apple originally slated the new Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro for release in May after it was announced alongside the new 2020 iPad Pros, it was made available for pre-order today in Apple’s online store. The initial delivery window starts next week.

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The Number One Feature I Want To See in iPadOS 14

iPadOS 14 Extended Display Support

I’m sure some will disagree with me on its importance, but there is a feature that iPad power users have wanted for years that is close enough to feel within reach now. If you look at the evolution of the iPad Pro over the last 18 months, it also makes perfect sense. Everything required for this to work properly is now lined up and in place. The feature I want to see added to iPadOS right now more than any other is multi-screen support.

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Reasons Why Apple’s New iPadOS Trackpad Support is a Big Success

 

iPad Pro with trackpad
Those of us on the Developer Beta track have gotten close to two full weeks to kick the tires on Apple’s new iPadOS trackpad support at this point. The early reviews have been almost universally positive and I have to agree based on what I’ve seen. So what is it exactly that has made this new feature such a hit? Here are a few reasons that stand out to me.

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2020 12.9 iPad Pro

The 2020 iPad Pro: The 12.9 is Heading Back to Apple

2020 12.9 iPad Pro

It’s only been a few days, but I think I’m entering new territory here. After kicking the tires on both 2020 iPad Pro sizes, I just don’t see a compelling reason to upset my apple cart (yeah, I know) and get rid of my 2018 12.9″ Pro. I don’t have a need for LiDAR and most of the small upgrades that are included don’t impact the way I use the device at work or at home.

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The 2020 iPad Pro: The 11″ is a Beautiful Piece of Hardware

2020 11” iPad Pro

I have owned and used the 12.9″ version of the iPad Pro since the Summer of 2016, when I first purchased a used first-gen model. Despite trying out the 10.5″ version that came in the Summer of 2017 and then the 11″ version that arrived the following Fall, I have continued to use the larger device over the next two generations.

While I have reasons why the 12.9″ size works best for me in practical, everyday use, I can’t help but prefer the 11″ version from a perspective of pure hardware build. It’s just a great balance of size, weight and capability.

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Meet the New iPad Pro. Pretty Much the Same as the Old iPad Pro

2020 iPad Pro

Normally it doesn’t take too much of an update to an iPad, iPhone or Apple Watch to still get me excited. I still want to get my hands on modest upgrades and see what these new devices bring to the table. Because of this, I was typically excited when new iPad Pros were announced last week. However, as the days wore on, the realization set in that most of the “new features” that came with these Pros were really the trackpad support, which applies to all iPads compatible with iPadOS 13.4, and the Magic Keyboard, which will also be compatible with the 2018 iPad Pros.

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