Apple has just announced and hasn’t even delivered the latest refresh of their iPad Pros and the news of the new just can’t be stopped. The new 11″ and 12.9″ models are modest upgrades, but they are arriving along with the new mouse and trackpad features included in iPadOS 13.4, and the new Magic Keyboard that is coming in May looks pretty amazing. However, even after these announcements earlier this week, the rumors of another iPad Pro update in the Fall still persist.
Typically smartphone and tablet stands are built for a single purpose. Some work on a table or other flat surfaces. Some are made for car vents and surfaces. Others are designed to use on planes. It’s quite rare to find one that will handle all of the above.
Earlier today I read an article by Tom Warren at The Verge entitled Apple finally admits Microsoft was right about tablets. I wasn’t especially surprised considering that Warren has always been completely MS-centric. He’s a good writer and does his job well, but I he’s not the guy I look to for even-handed reporting.
As a full-time Windows user myself and someone who certainly doesn’t dislike the platform, I still heartily disagree with his take in this article.
I have wanted Apple to go all out and give us their version of a standard laptop keyboard for the iPad Pro for a while now. Even if you like the Smart Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio, they aren’t what I’m talking about. Those were thin, light and mobile at the expense of all else. You know, things like backlit keys. Or a key mechanism. ANY key mechanism at all.
So Apple didn’t waste any time after accidentally leaking their new iPad Pro models a couple of days ago, releasing them this morning at Apple.com. As expected with all of the rumors and leaks, they have refreshed both the 11″ and 12.9″ models with new processors and cameras. Both models are available for preorder today, with the 11″ model starting at $799 and the 12.9″ version at $999.
Yesterday brought all the proof we need that new iPad Pros are coming very soon. First off, we got an old reliable indicator from across the world. The Eurasian Economic Commission, which has turned out to be a very reliable indicator of impending Apple releases, posted filings for new iPad Pros yesterday.
Apple isn’t always the first company to make a move that benefits its customers and employees over the stockholders. That is often the nature of large, publicly traded companies. However, that isn’t always the case that Apple puts profits over people. Whatever criticism they deservedly received for things like their early waffling when it came to the warranties on Butterfly Keyboards on MacBooks, or their initial handling of Battery-gate, there are still times when they get it right, right off the bat.
There have been a few instances of Apple doing this recently, such as sending care packages to some of their retail employees in China under quarantine and proactively moving WWDC completely online. They have piled up a little more good corporate karma since then with their recent moves regarding Apple Stores and the Apple Card.
If you are an Apple fan or follower, then you doubtless have already heard that WWDC will be an online-only event this year. This certainly didn’t come as a shock, as most other tech conference scheduled before WWDC had already been cancelled or moved to streaming-only events. While Apple hasn’t given the dates, we do know that they will stream a Keynote and their typical developer sessions sometime in June.
While a simple smartphone mount with a grip does just fine for my simple needs, those who want to use the iPhone’s industry-leading video capabilities in a more serious way need more serious gear. That means investing in a gimbal that is capable of delivering smooth and balanced shots.