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The time has come for the latest Apple Event. A small handful of times each year, the tech giant puts on presentations where it reveals its upcoming lineup of products. The Spring Loaded April event is set to go down in a few hours, and here’s how you can watch it.

Watch the Apple Spring Loaded April event here

Apple’s Spring Loaded April event goes live on April 20, at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET. The event will be streamed live over on Apple’s official website, where you can also check out VODs of the company’s past events. The event will also be streamed from Apple’s YouTube account. If you prefer to stay right here on Shacknews, you can watch the Apple Event using the embed above.

As for what to expect during the Spring Loaded Apple Event, Apple has kept it pretty hush on what they’ll be showing. However, heavy speculation points towards AirTags and the unveiling of a new iPad Pro tablet. There’s also a solid chance that they will further discuss their recently revealed App Tracking Transparency security feature.

Last year threw a bit of a wrench in Apple’s plans, as the company held several more, yet smaller events than they usually do. They also saw a minor delay in release of the latest generation of iPhones. It’s yet to be seen how the ongoing pandemic will influence the tech company’s plans for 2021.

That’s how you can watch the Apple Spring Loaded April event livestream.There’s sure to be a lot of news, and you can expect to read about all of it right here on Shacknews.

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    April 20, 2021 6:00 AM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, Watch the Apple Spring Loaded event livestream here

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      April 20, 2021 7:25 AM

      Apple Event Thread

      Can I make one of these? So, the much rumoured, much discussed first apple event of the year is ready to drop in just over 2.5hrs.

      Top rumours include, new iPad Pro with mini-led display, possibly new Apple Pencil, Apple Air-tags, M1 redesigned iMacs, AirPods 3, new Premium Podcast Service, and more? Who knows, let’s see!

      http://wheniskeynote.com

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        April 20, 2021 8:09 AM

        An M1 (M1X I guess? It would need >16gb) imac would be intriguing. I shall watch!

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          April 20, 2021 8:17 AM

          I'm praying for 32gb support, minimum, for the next MBP. 64gb support would be even better. I could run all the containers!

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            April 20, 2021 8:20 AM

            I agree, I think the MBP later this year will be 64gb and 2x as many cores (though what do I know).

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          April 20, 2021 8:46 AM

          Yeah it’s unclear whether this will be an entry level M1 24inch iMac for general users, or there will also be the larger 30” version with an M1x and more memory, I/O etc.

          Really hoping for both, I’m desperate for a new iMac, but I’m not biting until it’s a version with faceID and early rumors pointed to that not being the case. (Boo)

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        April 20, 2021 8:17 AM

        new iMac would be cool

        also looking forward to seeing what the new AirPods will look like

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        April 20, 2021 8:18 AM

        Maybe a new apple watch.

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          April 20, 2021 8:30 AM

          Those are usually a September thing.

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            April 20, 2021 8:43 AM

            Yeah the average release time is 397 days between releases, and it's only been 217. They have been pretty consistent at 300+ days before release.

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          April 20, 2021 8:43 AM

          Unlikely, we had two new Apple Watches In September.

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        April 20, 2021 8:19 AM

        Mini LED will be interesting for sure. Im curious about Airtags too, esp. with the U1 chip.

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        April 20, 2021 9:15 AM

        I don't care what the product is, as long as it ushers in the return of magsafe. :|

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        April 20, 2021 9:18 AM

        Come on v2 magic keyboard

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          April 20, 2021 9:20 AM

          what would you want out of it? lighter would be nice, but not sure it would feel as sturdy then. maybe a second usb-c port on the other side?

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            April 20, 2021 9:21 AM

            -A usb c port that does more than just pass through
            -a place to store the pencil
            -an angle that allows you to flip it around and take notes
            -a function key row
            -a more sane price (lol yea right)

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              April 20, 2021 9:23 AM

              function keys in iOS would only ever be useful in remote-desktop, i can't possibly imagine those being added to an ipad keyboard

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                April 20, 2021 9:24 AM

                I disagree here, I have a third party keyboard with the function key row and I find it very useful on my iPad pro

                Volume and media controls, key backlight, escape and lock, screen brightness

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                  April 20, 2021 9:26 AM

                  so really you want media keys, rather than function keys :)

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                    April 20, 2021 9:26 AM

                    Haha yea, well whatever that row is at the top of most keyboards

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                April 20, 2021 9:26 AM

                I see most function keys having shortcuts/macros associated with them for things like playing music, controlling volume & brightness, etc. I think it'd be super easy to fit a thin row at the top, but I doubt Apple really cares to do that.

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              April 20, 2021 9:33 AM

              bigger? more keys? eww milleh ewwwww :D

              i'm not sure how folding into a tablet mode would work, but I guess that would be neat. as it is it's so easy to just pop off and use it like a tablet.

              i'm with you on the usb port and price tho.

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                April 20, 2021 9:42 AM

                I have the folio keyboard (worst keyboard I've ever used in my life, not exaggerating haha), looking for something better for work

                If they don't release a v2 that's compatible with the 2020 12.9 inch pro, I'll probably just order the v1

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              April 20, 2021 9:50 AM

              all are good except for the price. if anything to reach the functionality you want, apple will probably raise the pricing by 200$ and sell it as Magic Keyboard+ while keeping the Magic keyboard on the store.

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              April 20, 2021 10:00 AM

              VOLUME CONTROL ON KEYBOARD PLS

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        April 20, 2021 9:40 AM

        Want 12” MacBook comeback what a great light device . Or really a 2lb Macbook of any kind. Problem right now is the airs / pros are 50% heavier than the old 12”.

        11” MicroLED iPad Pro is a buy for me too for flying

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          April 20, 2021 9:41 AM

          The M1 macbook airs are so ridiculously powerful (relative to the old intel macbooks/macbook airs) that I'm not even sure what the point in a macbook would be.

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          April 20, 2021 10:21 AM

          Man you people and tiny screens are weird. I’d want the 16” upgraded. 12 and 13” screens are terrible to do any work on. Granted you shouldn’t be doing work on a laptop screen anyways for long for ergonomic reasons but still.

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        April 20, 2021 9:51 AM

        I'm ready for a new iPad Pro. I'm hoping these Mini-LED rumors are true.

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        April 20, 2021 9:52 AM

        Also would be super happy to see an AppleTV refresh as well.

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        April 20, 2021 9:53 AM

        M1X MacBook Pro PLZ

        I know those are rumored for later in the year :sad_panda

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        April 20, 2021 9:54 AM

        I'm hoping the new ipads won't be hard to get. I'm really wanting to get an apple pencil and ipad for Procreate.

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        April 20, 2021 10:02 AM

        Apple Marijuana E-Cig, heard it here first folks.

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        April 20, 2021 10:04 AM

        Waiting for a seagull do drop a bomb on Tim's shirt.

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        April 20, 2021 10:04 AM

        credit scores? insanely my shit

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        April 20, 2021 10:05 AM

        Podcast subscriptions!

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        April 20, 2021 10:08 AM

        Airtags are here!

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          April 20, 2021 10:12 AM

          "user replaceable battery" was the only thing I was able to make out on that last slide. curious about battery life.

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        April 20, 2021 10:08 AM

        Okay that was legitimately funny and well produced.

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        April 20, 2021 10:09 AM

        That was as great airtag ad

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        April 20, 2021 10:10 AM

        ...why am I so irrationally annoyed by the way she keeps talking with her hands?

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        April 20, 2021 10:10 AM

        Just sell me a new airpod battery case with airtag already, those things are soo easy to lose.

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        April 20, 2021 10:11 AM

        How does that compare to the price of Tile? Seems pretty high.

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        April 20, 2021 10:12 AM

        Bet those leather keychains are $20 extra.

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          April 20, 2021 10:14 AM

          hermes leather keychain? Im betting a hundo

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            April 20, 2021 10:14 AM

            Oh no, the normal ones. The Hermes ones will be stupid.

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        April 20, 2021 10:13 AM

        DANNY ROJAS!!!!

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        April 20, 2021 10:13 AM

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        April 20, 2021 10:14 AM

        AppleTV refresh?!?! YES PLEASE!

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        April 20, 2021 10:17 AM

        Okay the color balance thing is fucking cool!

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        April 20, 2021 10:17 AM

        HDTV TEST on YouTube gonna love that feature I’m sure

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        April 20, 2021 10:18 AM

        Ok, definitely ordering a new AppleTV.

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        April 20, 2021 10:18 AM

        Color test using your iPhone to auto calibrate your TV is... really clever. Damn.

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        April 20, 2021 10:18 AM

        Oh please dear god sell me that remote stand alone.

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        April 20, 2021 10:18 AM

        OMG thank god they have finally improved the worst Apple product - the Apple TV remote.

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        April 20, 2021 10:19 AM

        That remote remote is awesome! Wonder if it’ll work with the existing Apple TV

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          April 20, 2021 10:21 AM

          I'll be happy to get a clickable wheel again. I always wind up swiping when I don't want to with the current one.

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            April 20, 2021 10:23 AM

            I always end up holding it upside too. I put a rubber band on it to help me orient it correctly. It’s such a bad remote. I’m sure it looked cool as a render, but it’s terrible from a usability perspective

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        April 20, 2021 10:19 AM

        HERE WE GO FOLKS

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        April 20, 2021 10:23 AM

        That's thin. Not sure about those colours though.

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          April 20, 2021 10:23 AM

          yah if they can do that with an imac, they can surely make the macbook 12

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          April 20, 2021 10:25 AM

          they are very close the the new ipad air colours - I like them

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            April 20, 2021 10:26 AM

            They could at least have a grey one though. Hopefully they're just not showcasing it.

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          April 20, 2021 10:27 AM

          It's crazy how small the logic board and required cooling is

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          April 20, 2021 10:28 AM

          OMG, it has a headphone jack on the side!! (Maybe??)

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        April 20, 2021 10:23 AM

        man. imac looks clean af

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        April 20, 2021 10:23 AM

        That denim jumpsuit haha.

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          April 20, 2021 10:24 AM

          Canadian suit!

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          April 20, 2021 10:24 AM

          love the jumpsuit

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          April 20, 2021 11:23 AM

          She looks like a worker you would find standing outside of Home Depot on a Tuesday morning. And I am here for it. I want to pick her up in my truck and hire her to paint my house and clumsily try to speak to her, but she doesn't speak much English. Once she's done painting she'll start sweating because she'll realize she's gotten herself into a bad situation, because I told her I would drive her back to the Home Depot, but we turned left instead of right and we're heading out of the city. We're on a dusty road that she doesn't recognize and it's getting dark. I'm getting sweaty myself so I take off my shirt and roll the windows down because I was pitting out that shirt... my own anxiety is rising in anticipation of what's to come. We drive south for another couple hours and I can see her fidgeting with the door handle but I keep it locked so she's safe. Finally we arrive at a secluded spot in the desert. We walk to a small copse of trees in the middle of the desert where I have a shovel waiting. I tell her to start digging. She protests but she's not speaking English so I can't understand her, I tell her to keep digging. She is crying now, tears streaming down her dust-caked face and she looks like a sad clown, one I remember seeing when my mom took me to the circus when I was 5 years old. The memories of what that clown did to me stir in my mind. Terrible memories... The clang of her shovel hitting something metal wakes me from my reverie. I push her back and pull out the metal box. She is on her knees begging and pleading for me to stop. I ignore her cries and open the box. It is full of cold hard American cash. Hundreds of thousands of dollars. I grab fistfuls of it and start placing it in her overall pockets. Thank God she's wearing that outfit. I stuff all I can into her clothes and give her two more handfuls to carry. "The border is that way," I say. "Take it home to your family. Be well, God bless. I know you were only here looking out for your family. But they need this money more than I do." I watch her walk to the border. She turns to me before she crosses and waves. The end.

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        April 20, 2021 10:23 AM

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        April 20, 2021 10:23 AM

        no silver or black :(

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        April 20, 2021 10:24 AM

        Shitting on Intel's power hungry CPU.

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        April 20, 2021 10:24 AM

        Hah, I like it. Cool call back to the original iMac with the colors.

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        April 20, 2021 10:25 AM

        "Look at this cross section where we explain in detail why Intel are shit"

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          April 20, 2021 10:26 AM

          yeah, but no way there is a decent video card in this. no space

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            April 20, 2021 10:28 AM

            The GPU is part of the SOC. It depends if they have a new revision of their M chip to determine how many GPU cores they've thrown in it. It's probably better than you expect.

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              April 20, 2021 10:37 AM

              I expect the 3080 performance in my computers ;)

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            April 20, 2021 10:29 AM

            would never expect that on a 24" model.

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          April 20, 2021 10:28 AM

          you mean why intel are shit(s) - because there are 3 things that are put into the m1 lol

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        April 20, 2021 10:30 AM

        'you can run hundreds of tabs at once'

        made for Abrasion

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          April 20, 2021 10:53 AM

          How many hundreds. I’ve had 1500 on my pc before

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        April 20, 2021 10:31 AM

        Super cute when Apple talks about running games on their computers.

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          April 20, 2021 10:32 AM

          They don't even try to pretend to be a gaming platform, which is a wise decision. Sure, we have some games, but they know what they aren't.

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          April 20, 2021 10:33 AM

          They work okay. Disco Elysium runs great on a MBA M1 at full res.

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        April 20, 2021 10:31 AM

        oh weird is this M1 based imac running IOS ?

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          April 20, 2021 10:32 AM

          oh there you have it never mind

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          April 20, 2021 10:32 AM

          No, MacOS but the most recent version can run some iOS apps.

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          April 20, 2021 10:32 AM

          the existing M1 macbooks already can do this. With M1, it's running the same architecture as an ipad so it's basically a gigiantic ipad.

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        April 20, 2021 10:32 AM

        use your keyboard as a game controller for mobile games! also wipe your butt with a cactus

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          April 20, 2021 10:34 AM

          You can also use a controller. MacOS has native support for PS4, Xbox One, and MFi controllers. ;p

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          April 20, 2021 10:34 AM

          I don't understand why they don't just include the faceid camera in the imac instead of building a special keyboard for touchid.

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        April 20, 2021 10:33 AM

        nice keyboard! too bad I already bought an ergo keyboard.

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          April 20, 2021 10:34 AM

          Shame the mouse is still a flat RSI inducer.

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            April 20, 2021 10:35 AM

            and no usb-a ports for the Logitech receiver

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          April 20, 2021 10:34 AM

          I loathe the apple keyboards and mice.

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            April 20, 2021 10:36 AM

            yah I used one for a few months, and it gave me super bad rsi and hand pain.

            my manager told me to throw away the mac keyboard and get an ergo keyboard.

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        April 20, 2021 10:34 AM

        Showme the user that loves that Magic Mouse you liars

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        April 20, 2021 10:35 AM

        iMac on the kitchen counter next to the sink is asking for trouble.

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        April 20, 2021 10:35 AM

        Do you think those product shots of people staring at iMacs is using a plastic mock (with nothing showing on the screen, maybe it's not even a screen, just some saran wrap) - and they're like looking at a lifeless shell, using all of their acting skills to pretend they are transfixed by stuff on the screen.

        and all the screens that are showing are added in postproduction in premiere or davinci, etc.

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        April 20, 2021 10:36 AM

        still super proud of apple for really discussing environmental footprint stuff. impressive.

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        April 20, 2021 10:37 AM

        Ethernet plug in the power brick is pretty cool.

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          April 20, 2021 1:14 PM

          My surface pro TWO has this.

          I use it all the time

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            April 20, 2021 1:15 PM

            Wait I read this as USB lol. Ethernet is cool too

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        April 20, 2021 10:37 AM

        I'd be excited about this if I could play games on the goddamn thing

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          April 20, 2021 10:38 AM

          plenty of games in apple arcade ….. that no one cares about

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        April 20, 2021 10:37 AM

        not gonna lie, the ethernet connector in the power brick is pretty spiffy for keeping desk clutter minimal.

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        April 20, 2021 10:37 AM

        New Sam Fisher game?

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          April 20, 2021 10:38 AM

          I’m betting he’s trying to steal an M1 iPad Pro.

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          April 20, 2021 11:04 AM

          Remember those guys from the first splinter cell that would walk around with a laptop necklace? lol

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        April 20, 2021 10:39 AM

        Oh hell yes.... M1 iPad Pro?!?!?!

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          April 20, 2021 10:40 AM

          That's going to be a fucking beast

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        April 20, 2021 10:39 AM

        Mission Timpossible

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        April 20, 2021 10:39 AM

        Is iOS 14.5 going to release today?

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        April 20, 2021 10:39 AM

        OKAY M1 BOYSSS

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        April 20, 2021 10:40 AM

        apple totally vertically integrating hardware and software is impressive. the walled garden is tough to beat.

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          April 20, 2021 10:40 AM

          Yeah they’ve been working towards this point for around a decade and now it’s really paying off.

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          April 20, 2021 11:15 AM

          Google is planning the same shit with Whitechapel and it's rumored that's what is going to power the new Pixel phone. I can only imagine it will be used in other products if it turns out to be a winner.

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        April 20, 2021 10:40 AM

        I wish iMac was a touchscreen.

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        April 20, 2021 10:40 AM

        who cares about M1 in ipad??????? WHY/!?!? it runs double-sized phone apps, has bad peripheral support, its stupid

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          April 20, 2021 10:43 AM

          I'm guessing "creatives" can use it like a mobile computer now.

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          April 20, 2021 10:43 AM

          Talk to my wife who is a 5/6 grade teacher and does most of her remote teaching from her iPad Pro, instead of the crashy and weakass Surface Book that her school provided.

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            April 20, 2021 10:44 AM

            it wont do anything for her. the OS still sucks. it will just be a faster shitty OS

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              April 20, 2021 10:48 AM

              She's taught the entire school year on the "shitty OS" so please tell me again how shitty it is. Just because this isn't for your needs, doesn't mean it's shitty.

              Hell I work with Linux all day, and yeah it would be shitty for a gaming PC but it's great for my servers.

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          April 20, 2021 10:44 AM

          It’s essential to my work as a visual artist, there is no alternative device that comes remotely close. It’s literally transformed my industry.

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            April 20, 2021 10:45 AM

            What's your workflow like with an ipad?

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              April 20, 2021 10:50 AM

              I’m an illustrator, I work mostly in Procreate, and then bring those layers across to photoshop or illustrator on my iMac for compositing. Works seamlessly.

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                April 20, 2021 11:03 AM

                Was your previous drawing interface a more traditional wacom style approach? No loss in pen control/accuracy?

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          April 20, 2021 10:47 AM

          I am using my ipad air as a laptop replacement and it works. it's got enough horsepower to do anything I want a laptop to do.

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            April 20, 2021 10:49 AM

            what apps do you use? there is no support for audio production on Ipad . it feels neutered

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              April 20, 2021 10:52 AM

              yah I haven't needed it for audio production.

              garageband exists, and there are some better wav recorders than the regular apple-ified apps

              I use ssh, evernote (for writing), byword (for writing)

              youtube, netflix, etc. it works quite well.

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                April 20, 2021 10:54 AM

                yeah garageband is substandard

                dont get me wrong i get great use out of my ipad, lots, its just with writing and consumption/research and reading. would revolutionize my whole life if i could use it as a laptop

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          April 20, 2021 10:50 AM

          Schools use it.

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        April 20, 2021 10:42 AM

        waste of m1 chips . more battery life, fine. update IpadOS and let us do more stuff with it

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        April 20, 2021 10:44 AM

        I know we've had them on laptops but that TouchID thing on the keyboard needs to be standard across the board for every desktop.

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          April 20, 2021 10:47 AM

          FaceID would be a superior experience for a laptop/desktop.

          TouchId is better for mobile devices where the camera often isn't facing you. But you rarely need to unlock a laptop/desktop when you aren't sitting right in front of it.

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            April 20, 2021 10:49 AM

            I think a keyboard would be better. For the FaceID thing you need a specific webcam that can do IR and they usually run around $200 at least. The Logitech Brio 4K is the first thing that comes to mind.

            I hear what you're saying but that fingerprint reader on the keyboard would be great for Windows users. I'd love to hook it in to Bitwarden or something.

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            April 20, 2021 10:51 AM

            My Dell XPS has a finger print reader and I really like it.

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            April 20, 2021 10:53 AM

            I use my laptops with the lid closed whenever I'm at my desk. Windows is so dumb it still tries to do face recognition when I unlock it with the lid closed.

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        April 20, 2021 10:46 AM

        I believe no one ugly works at Apple.

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          April 20, 2021 10:48 AM

          you're wrong. they just don't show them on keynotes.

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          April 20, 2021 10:49 AM

          Watch some dev conference videos.

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          April 20, 2021 10:50 AM

          I dunno, this Bryan Cranston in a long blonde wig would disagree with you.

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          April 20, 2021 10:55 AM

          at least, no one with a missing hand or two. they wave their hands around all the time making those without hands feel bad.

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          April 20, 2021 11:12 AM

          They save those people for WWDC videos

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          April 20, 2021 11:23 AM

          Like Costco cashiers

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        April 20, 2021 10:51 AM

        MicroLED will blow OLED out of the water soon. Cant wait for the LG TV version.

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          April 20, 2021 10:51 AM

          If it can look as good as OLED, and get rid of the image retention problems, I'm all over it.

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            April 20, 2021 10:52 AM

            Im pretty sure it will. Its basically OLED without the burn-in.

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            April 20, 2021 10:54 AM

            Yeah that would easily be my next TV.

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          April 20, 2021 10:53 AM

          Mini and micro are two different things. This is miniled. Micro is probably 5+ years out from consumer televisions.

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            April 20, 2021 10:54 AM

            Ah I thought this was micro. Too many marketing terms nowadays.

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          April 20, 2021 10:57 AM

          does it give good black levels like oled?

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            April 20, 2021 11:06 AM

            microLED, yes. But apparently this is miniLED. MicroLED is the future of displays for sure.

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          April 20, 2021 10:58 AM

          MicroLED is probably 10 years away.

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            April 20, 2021 11:01 AM

            (Current uLED sets are c. $100,000, so with a 30% a year price drop, which is the usual rule of thumb for tech like this, that's about 10 years to get down to consumer levels)

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        April 20, 2021 10:53 AM

        "when i think about m1 on the ipad there are truly no limits" yeah except for the Operating System you bucket of shit

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          April 20, 2021 10:54 AM

          this is true.

          file management on ios is like just beginning to be a thing ...

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          April 20, 2021 10:55 AM

          Dude, how many times are you going to make this post?

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          April 20, 2021 10:58 AM

          the newest version of MacOS unified the icon styling w/ iOS, brought over Control Center to replace all the old MacOS methods of handling toolbar-settings, and increased the spacing for all menu items making them touch-friendly.

          I'd bet real money that ipads will just be running MacOS within a couple of years, seeing as how MacOS runs iOS apps now on M1 hardware.

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          April 20, 2021 11:12 AM

          why do you hurt me so

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        April 20, 2021 10:55 AM

        now put the damn front facing camera on the other edge

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        April 20, 2021 10:56 AM

        1099 for a ipad, NOPE. Nope nope nope nope. Not even if I could afford it. Does not even come close to the functionality of a laptop priced 799. Fuck you apple

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          April 20, 2021 10:57 AM

          yah for a laptop, the macbook air base pricing is unbeatable in any platform.

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        April 20, 2021 10:58 AM

        'console level graphics' … how many generations back? ;)

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          April 20, 2021 10:58 AM

          original xbox.

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          April 20, 2021 10:59 AM

          I feel like the iPad has been doing like Xbox 360 level graphics for about five years now…

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            April 20, 2021 11:01 AM

            that's fair. it's just not ps5 / XsX level and sometimes I feel like the marketing speak implies that.

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              April 20, 2021 11:02 AM

              I can count on one hand the number of times in the last couple of years I’ve played a mobile game, unfortunately. But there are some iPad games with extremely impressive graphics that rival the best graphics on the Xbox one. That’s what I meant anyway… Not the 360

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                April 20, 2021 11:03 AM

                yeah, I decided long ago that mobile games suck (for me) and I want nothing to do with them. I do play games on my laptop, but that's usually plugged into a monitor or tv while traveling. so I just stay away from this

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                  April 20, 2021 11:05 AM

                  https://youtu.be/5w3pHUnPMrg

                  Pretty great looking. One thing I will say I use the iPad extensively for, at least in the old world, was playing the plethora of amazing boardgame translations it has - on airplanes and traveling. I miss that :-(

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                    April 20, 2021 11:10 AM

                    all the board games I play are on steam or BGA . most have ipad versions but they rarely have game sync so I just play on my laptop

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                  April 20, 2021 11:07 AM

                  mobile games are all about the timesink, the ads, and the microtransactions.

                  the last game that I played and enjoyed on mobile was the Fallout Shelter game a few years ago, but even then, it felt really empty after a while - it was all about grinding and getting the next thing.

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            April 20, 2021 11:02 AM

            the ipad surpassed 360 graphics at least 5 years ago. they've been doing xbone for several years and are probably in xbonex territory now

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              April 20, 2021 11:13 AM

              so as a game dev, why do so many devs skip the ipad and go consoles and pc and then switch and never release on the ipad? Is it the game economy?

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                April 20, 2021 11:18 AM

                a few reasons...

                Nobody pays money for games on mobile

                No standard controller input beyond the touchscreen (this limits a TON of things)

                Nobody actually considers the iPad a Real Gaming Device, regardless of its power.



                Ironically, this is probably what allowed FortNite to explode on mobile, there was just not much else like it.

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                  April 20, 2021 11:35 AM

                  I am disappointed that the rumors of a SKU for the Apple TV that included a game controller didn't pan out. Like, even if they just tossed a Nimbus in there and called it wonderful.

                  I did see that 2K put an "arcade" version of NBA 2K1 on Apple Arcade, I'm wondering what extent that service could be a way forward for games since it reduces the "nobody pays money for games on mobile" friction

                  Also blows my mind that games like Fantasian are on Apple TV and the Mac and not on consoles.

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                April 20, 2021 11:19 AM

                the use a screen as a touchpad thing is really bad for games, and there are no other universal controllers availalbe (where it's guaranteed that people would be able to use across the whole ipad population)

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                April 20, 2021 12:30 PM

                Because people don't pay money for games on those devices. I think its why the icons on the Switch went from the simple smartphone/tablet style icons on the Wii U and 3DS to Nintendo mandating that the icons are like busy box art. They wanted to maintain a $20-$60 price tag for games on Switch even though the device itself is basically a tablet.

                People could just as easily have assumed iOS/Android level pricing on it and gotten it if Nintendo hadn't moved so aggressively to push baseline prices with their own games while having style guidelines that give the impression of high value.

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                April 20, 2021 1:09 PM

                because Apple has chosen by policy to not make AAA game dev on iOS profitable

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          April 20, 2021 10:59 AM

          manual inf. dont get me wrong, i love my ipad to death, but the overhype behind it as a "console" as a "laptop" boils my blood

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          April 20, 2021 10:59 AM

          Switch.

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          April 20, 2021 12:27 PM

          PS4

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        April 20, 2021 10:59 AM

        Definitely picking that 12.9" iPad Pro.

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          April 20, 2021 11:00 AM

          Yep, ordering one next Friday for sure. I might actually get the whole Magic Keyboard this time around too.

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            April 20, 2021 11:05 AM

            I bought a 3rd party Brydge Keyboard and it was nice but way too heavy.

            The Magic Keyboard is perfect and I use it all the time.

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        April 20, 2021 10:59 AM

        My iPad 12.9 Gen 2 is still so damn fast. It plays everything super fast. No reason to upgrade yet.

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          April 20, 2021 10:59 AM

          never give in to marketing. don't buy shit until you need it.

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            April 20, 2021 11:01 AM

            While I agree with this, if I held to this method the only thing I'd every buy is food.. lol

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              April 20, 2021 11:03 AM

              just buying food is way better than being manipulated by marketing into buying shit you don't need, nor want, until you saw the ad/marketing/livestream.

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                April 20, 2021 11:03 AM

                But what else will I do with all this money??? ;)

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                  April 20, 2021 11:05 AM

                  donate it and give it to people who don't have food and shelter.

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              April 20, 2021 11:05 AM

              Invest that cash into the market, retire earlier.

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            April 20, 2021 11:01 AM

            Yup. Phones and tablets are basically the same every year now give or take a few new things. My interest used to be through the roof on each launch and now its just like, eh whatever. My current stuff works just fine.

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            April 20, 2021 11:02 AM

            the only thing I'm interested in is the extreme nitpicking on the guts and capabilities of the new appleTV 4K versus the prior model.

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          April 20, 2021 11:00 AM

          I just bought that same one, couldn’t imagine needing to upgrade for at least a couple of years. The thing is blazing fast. It’s really diminishing returns these days unless you fall into a very targeted group, I think.

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            April 20, 2021 11:03 AM

            Aye. No HDR on the display but its already super huge for web browsing and occasional gaming (Hearthstone mainly). Works perfectly fine.

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          April 20, 2021 11:05 AM

          I want that HDR.

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          April 20, 2021 11:11 AM

          i got one back in november. no regrets.. a great secondary device.

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          April 20, 2021 11:12 AM

          DAT SCREEN DOE

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          April 20, 2021 11:14 AM

          Yeah I've got a 2018 iPad pro and cant fathom upgrading it based on iOS limitations

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        April 20, 2021 10:59 AM

        gimme that screen on a macbook

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          April 20, 2021 11:03 AM

          But then they will sell less ipads and won't be able to afford their giant cock ring shaped Headquarters

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        April 20, 2021 11:00 AM

        so that's all folks!

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          April 20, 2021 11:02 AM

          def want me some Hermes leather for my air tags :P

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        April 20, 2021 11:02 AM

        there was a ted lasso secret box or blurb at the end of the credits. any idea what that's about? i havent seen the show.

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        April 20, 2021 11:02 AM

        Now I am just hitting refresh waiting on that new Apple TV 4k to drop.

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        April 20, 2021 11:03 AM

        I will definitely be picking up a new iPad. I’ve got an older 10.5 inch iPad Pro that’s 4 years old now and getting there in the battery life department. So, it’s a good time to upgrade. If I had any of the A12 equipped iPad pros I’d probably hold for another year.

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        April 20, 2021 11:04 AM

        Siri remote will be $59 by itself

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        April 20, 2021 11:04 AM

        my ipad is mostly media consumption. they just upgraded the air's right? I think I might get a new one of those

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        April 20, 2021 11:05 AM

        I'll definitely be getting a 12.9" Pro to replace my aging Air 2 with cracked screen. Man, Bloons is gonna fucking FLY on this thing! :D

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          April 20, 2021 11:07 AM

          Now that’s gonna be a nice upgrade.

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          April 20, 2021 6:28 PM

          I upgraded from an air 2 to the ipad air and it was a great upgrade. really awesome.

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        April 20, 2021 11:07 AM

        LOL - AirTag Hermes:

        Key Ring - $349
        Bag Charm - $299
        Luggage Tag - $499

        (includes one custom eteched air tag)

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          April 20, 2021 11:14 AM

          omg i thought you were joking...

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          April 20, 2021 11:17 AM

          I think I definitely want a 4 pack though, with some knockoff Amazon ring holders

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          April 20, 2021 11:22 AM

          Oh shit, nice, theres an Hermes version?

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          April 20, 2021 11:47 AM

          If they want to go for the full Hermes experience they should be impossible to find for sale and no one can tell you why

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            April 20, 2021 11:48 AM

            scarcity is the key to luxury sales … for every brand

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              April 20, 2021 2:43 PM

              Perception of scarcity.

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                April 20, 2021 2:46 PM

                For hermes, their top purse brands are scarse. They are only made by hand in France a d by a small number of makers. Which is why a special order on a birkin or kelly can take years.

                It’s not perception. It’s reality.

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        April 20, 2021 11:10 AM

        I don't really do Apple stuff, but the iPad getting a mini LED screen is a good indicator that other screens and monitors will be improving soon and we might actually get decent black levels.

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        April 20, 2021 11:23 AM

        I wasn't able to catch the event live but I guess I'm just confused by the semantics of the branding.

        The M1 chip is basically an A14 chip but better.

        So what's the difference in calling the chip in the next iPad the M1 or the A15? Maybe they made decisions with the M1 that they couldn't do with just a mobile processor for a phone and they've just decided to implant those differences directly into the next iPad versus just making a better A-series chip, but it seems like otherwise it's quibbling over semantics.

        And I guess it wouldn't matter except that people get confused by it. Like how some places were reporting that iOS was being "ported" to the Mac which isn't the case although you can now run iOS apps on M1 Macs.

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          April 20, 2021 11:26 AM

          It is mostly semantics like you say, but features like thunderbolt are parts of the M1 soc and not the A series chips.

          My guess is we will see these lines further differentiate themselves with time.

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        April 20, 2021 11:24 AM

        I wish they didn't try to rip you off on storage. $400 premium to go from 512GB to 1TB on ipad pro.

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        April 20, 2021 12:38 PM

        Airtags get a discount on the employee store too, which is nice. They're actually kinda reasonably priced.

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      April 20, 2021 11:26 AM

      You guys think air tags would be good to put on my puppy’s collar so if he ever escapes we could find him? I’ve been looking into smart collars and they all require a subscription and don’t work reliably.

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        April 20, 2021 11:28 AM

        They probably are already filming the next Airtags marketing video with that exact scenario lol

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        April 20, 2021 11:30 AM

        Holy crap.

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        April 20, 2021 11:31 AM

        Or for us negligent parents to affix to our kids when we go to Disney World?

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          April 20, 2021 11:31 AM

          Yeah I plan to get a 4 pack, 2 of them into my kids school bags

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            April 20, 2021 11:33 AM

            The tags are just bluetooth right? We give my daughter the Relay GPS device with cell service for $10 a month so I can watch her on the bus etc. WOuld this be better?

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              April 20, 2021 11:47 AM

              well this wouldn't cost you anything after the initial purchase, and they claim a year of battery life, so that's probably a lot more convenient.

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                April 20, 2021 12:11 PM

                But how can a tag be located if its not on the cellular network? i.e. I cant see my kids driving home on the bus.

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                  April 20, 2021 12:13 PM

                  Because that tag is nearby dozens of other Apple devices that do have cellular connectivity and it piggybacks on all of that.

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                    April 20, 2021 12:13 PM

                    damn thatts pretty sweet. I'll wait for some reviews but that could be game changing tech.

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                      April 20, 2021 12:16 PM

                      BLE beacons are pretty neat. We stuck them all over our building. 4 year battery life, and you can use an app on your phone to get directions like office gps

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                      April 20, 2021 12:29 PM

                      yeah its like batmans sonar cell phone tech from the dark knight

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                    April 20, 2021 5:00 PM

                    yeah it's really cool tech

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                    April 20, 2021 11:17 PM

                    Apple uses your cell data for other people's air tags???

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                      April 20, 2021 11:48 PM

                      They are already doing it for Find my iPhone/iPad/Etc.

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        April 20, 2021 11:31 AM

        not a bad idea. it won't help if he runs off into the woods but i assume that apple will leverage other apple devices for discovery

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        April 20, 2021 11:35 AM

        yes, but …

        if they are out of range of your devices, they will leverage other apple devices for location. if your puppy runs somewhere where there are no apple devices - you are SooL

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        April 20, 2021 11:48 AM

        Would be more useful for an outdoor cat, but yeah.

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        April 20, 2021 1:42 PM

        AirTags spook me out as a very inexpensive way for people to track other people by slipping tags into their jacket/purse/bag etc.

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          April 20, 2021 1:44 PM

          https://www.apple.com/airtag/

          AirTag is designed to discourage unwanted tracking. If someone else’s AirTag finds its way into your stuff, your iPhone will notice it’s traveling with you and send you an alert. After a while, if you still haven’t found it, the AirTag will start playing a sound to let you know it’s there.

          Of course, if you happen to be with a friend who has an AirTag, or on a train with a whole bunch of people with AirTag, don’t worry. These alerts are triggered only when an AirTag is separated from its owner.

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            April 20, 2021 1:46 PM

            That's... not super comforting. I mean I guess it's something if you're an Apple customer.

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            April 20, 2021 1:49 PM

            I'll bet all of that alerting stuff is hooked into a required OS-update level.

            And if someone is tagged that has an Android phone, that tag will likely interact with other Apple devices in the vicinity.

            Discourage is nice, but prevention is impossible. It's the very low price of each tag makes that discouragement a bit negligible. Still spooks me!

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            April 20, 2021 1:53 PM

            So only android users can be tracked

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              April 20, 2021 5:01 PM

              the price you pay for green chat bubbles

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          April 20, 2021 3:12 PM

          Of they do this now with tile or the dozen other tag companies out there ?

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      April 20, 2021 11:54 AM

      24 inch :-/

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        April 20, 2021 11:56 AM

        Yeah I was a bit surprised they didn't offer two sizes. But they may want to get people to buy that over priced extra display.

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          April 20, 2021 11:59 AM

          I don't think most people are going to pair a $1400 iMac with a $6k Pro Display.

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        April 20, 2021 1:02 PM

        This is the best they could do until they can support additional ports & better graphics with a new chip in a bigger iMac

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          April 20, 2021 1:04 PM

          Yeah, I assume the 27" (or larger) model will ship with or near the new 16" MBP. It'll use whatever beefy GPU they end up making

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          April 20, 2021 6:29 PM

          yah i bet it's this. limitations of the existing m1 chip

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      April 20, 2021 12:09 PM

      I can't believe how happy I am to see this: https://www.apple.com/v/apple-tv-4k/p/images/overview/value-props/siri_remote__f0tki65gjjma_small_2x.jpg

      The current remote is by far the worst remote I've ever used.

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      April 20, 2021 12:19 PM

      What does an airtag do?

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        April 20, 2021 12:24 PM

        It looks to be sort of like Tile - you do things like put it on your keychain or in your bag and then when you can’t find your keys or your bag you go to the “Find My” app and it’ll make it make noise, show you where it is on a map, point you to it, etc.

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      April 20, 2021 12:20 PM

      Apple podcast thing - https://wccftech.com/apple-podcasts-subscriptions-have-gone-official-will-launch-in-may/

      I'm still not sure if it means podcasts will cost money? I'm guessing it'll be optional?

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        April 20, 2021 12:27 PM

        Yeah I’m not sure how clear they are on it but it kinda looks like they can make it to where you can pay and then for certain podcasts you don’t listen to ads, get episodes early, etc.

        Some podcasts do that now via unofficial means or through services like Stitcher and Spotify.

        We’ll see what this means given that the Podcasts app on iOS is the most popular podcast client on the planet but it doesn’t sound bad so far.

        I’d gladly pay a monthly fee to get Idle Thumbs back, for example.

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          April 20, 2021 12:29 PM

          I think you're right. It's like a "premium" version of a podcast.

          During its spring event today, the company announced that people will be able to subscribe to content from the app for extra perks, like ad-free and bonus content, as well as early access. It’ll launch in 170 regions and countries next month.

          Initial partners include Pushkin Industries, QCODE, and NPR. It appears that content creators will have to pay Apple $19.99 per year in order to offer subscriptions, and Apple will take 30 percent of revenue for the first year and 15 percent for the years following.


          https://www.theverge.com/2021/4/20/22381980/apple-podcasts-app-subscriptions-new-design

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        April 20, 2021 1:55 PM

        I'm guessing it will be like YouTube where you can opt in to giving the content creators money. Brad and Will said the other day that apparently a ridiculous percentage of people think that by subscribing to a podcast currently it directly gives the creators money, which is definitely not the case. So maybe this will help with that a bit.

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          April 20, 2021 1:56 PM

          Yeah they silently changed it to "Follow" instead of "Subscribe" in the Podcast app ahead of this change. This would now add back in "Subscribe" but with the intention being you are paying to subscribe.

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      April 20, 2021 3:52 PM

      Well this is awesome:

      The new color calibration Apple TV feature will not be exclusive to the new A12 equipped Apple TV 4K. Both the Apple TV HD(4th gen Apple TV) and the Apple TV 4k(existing version) will support the feature once they have tvOS 14.5 installed when it releases next week.

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        April 20, 2021 3:57 PM

        Sweet! How did you learn when iOS 14.5 was releasing? Did they announce that today?

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          April 20, 2021 4:19 PM

          It’s at the bottom of their airtag press release that it requires 14.5 and it will be releasing next week:

          https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2021/04/apple-introduces-airtag/

          Also Apple just pushed the release candidates for all the updates this afternoon

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            April 20, 2021 4:25 PM

            Updating now. Thanks fo the scoop.

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            April 20, 2021 4:27 PM

            14.5 was already out in beta, does that mean this feature has been enabled this whole time?

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              April 20, 2021 4:57 PM

              To answer my own question, color calibration is there (just updated) but your iphone needs to be 14.5 as well and mine isn't.

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        April 20, 2021 4:50 PM

        It will be interesting to see it compared to a meter calibration and what white point they are targeting. As it stands right now AppleTv 4K does not output bit perfect images (important for display calibration) as well as raised blacked error that their engineers can’t figure out.

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        April 20, 2021 4:59 PM

        oh nice!

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