iPadOS needs to break free from its iOS roots

2020 was a big year for the iPad. The iPad Pro got an expensive new keyboard. The entire lineup got real mouse support, and the Air got a facelift that makes it more “pro” than ever before. But all these updates are meaningless if Apple does not address the elephant in the room; iPadOS. Today, iPadOS is still far too similar to iOS, making it hard to think of the iPad as a true MacBook replacement. I love the iPad because it is the future of computing and it is the most fun computer Apple has ever made. I love it so much I even created a YouTube channel about it. But the iPad is far from perfect. I plan on writing a follow up to this story at the end of next year, and I hope I’ll be able to say that “2021 was the year I finnally went iPad-only”. …


An honest look at the new Apple hotness

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Have you heard? Apple released a new pair of active noise-cancelling headphones.
And they cost £549.
Even if you only have a passing interest in tech, it was hard to escape the news that AirPods Max cost five hundred and forty-nine pounds! Add the additional aux cord price you need to use them on a plane and the price of AppleCare+, and you’re looking at a headset that costs more than double the price of the current market leaders.

Twitter lost its collective mind when Apple released the Max. The news triggered an avalanche of snarky tweets mentioning the exorbitant price. Headlines calling out Apple for the outrageous price flooded the tech section of almost every news outlet. Tech influencers on YouTube were especially quick to dunk on Apple for “losing the minds” for dropping a new product at such a high price point. …


At £549, they’re actually a bargain

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You can’t argue with the numbers

You are not stupid for preordering Apple’s AirPods Max. You are not a so-called “AirHead”. You are not bad with money. You know what you’re doing, and you know exactly why you want to buy a set of £549 noise-cancelling headphones. You deserve the best because you work hard and you play hard.

But just in case the price tag is keeping you up at night, here are some ways for you to minimise the cost to help you feel good about your purchase.

You never really liked regular AirPods

If you preordered last week, congrats, you’re in an elite group of Apple fans who get to see what makes the AirPods Max so unique before everyone else. You may feel a lot of guilt for buying luxury headphones in the middle of a pandemic where so many people are struggling to make ends meet. …


iPadOS needs to move away from its iOS roots

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It’s time to stop pretending the iPad is a real computer. This may come as a surprise from someone who makes YouTube videos about iPad productivity, but I have reached the end of my rope.

After the wild, emotional rollercoaster that was 2020, I was looking forward to a quiet December. I wanted to catch up on my shows, get some rest and mentally prepare for whatever 2021 has in store for us. Instead of a peaceful break, the past two weeks have been some of the busiest of my entire year. At work, briefs rained down from all corners of the company and clients I occasionally freelance for came out of the woodwork asking for more designs than ever. To accommodate this influx of work, I was at my computer from 08.30 to 23.00 …


How the iPad will benefit from the M1 chip

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Apple’s transition to using its own silicon is off to a great start. Apple gave us a taste of things to come with the introduction of their first chip for the Mac called the Apple M1. The new silicon can be found inside a new Mac mini, 13 inch MacBook Pro and a redesigned, fanless MacBook Air. I suspect they chose this hardware as a way for Apple to showcase the new architecture’s speed and performance inside three different form factors.

The performance of the Apple M1 blows away the competition. It’s fast, powerful, energy-efficient and quiet. I’ve been using the new Mac mini since launch day, and I have yet to hear the fans spin up once. It spoils you for every other computer, and once you’ve tried it, you’ll never want to go back to Intel again. It’s the way computing should be, and that is why it’s also so tragic. For years, ARM chips similar to the M1 have quietly dazzled with their outstanding performance and impressive benchmarks inside iPhones and iPads. Apple’s marketing often boasts of the iPad’s remarkable benchmarks which outperform almost every PC laptop on the market. But if this is true, why then has the iPad’s performance never garnered the same level of awe as the M1? It’s simple; the iPad runs a bad operating system that most people don’t see as a viable alternative to the Mac. Yes, the iPad can stand-in for a laptop, but once you go iPadOS-only, you run into multiple roadblocks daily while performing basic tasks that would ordinarily be a piece of cake on macOS or even Windows. …


Apple’s colourful tablet is the iPad for everyone. Almost.

I’ve been using the iPad Air as my primary iPad for the past week, and I absolutely love it. But as much as I enjoy using it, I have decided to return it and go back to my 12.9 inch Pro. If you’re in the market for an iPad, and you’re planning on using it for light web browsing and media consumption, the Air is definitely the tablet for you. But if you’re planning on using the iPad as a MacBook replacement, I would recommend skipping the Air and going Pro instead.

Side note, be sure to subscribe to iTablet on YouTube and comment “#iTablet” on any of my videos, and you could win AirPods when the channel reaches 5000 subscribers. Or, win an iPad mini when the channel reaches 10,000 subscribers.


Apple’s latest tablet gives the Pro a run for its money

I’ve been using the new iPad Air for a few days and I am absolutely in love with this little green machine. If this is your first iPad, you will be mighty impressed with the iPad Air. It is a gorgeous device. The tablet comes in five beautiful pastel colours that remind me of a colour scheme for an Easter egg display at a high-end department store.

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Apple’s egg-citing tablet lineup

The Air has the same boxy, squared-off design as the Pro. With its softer colour palette, colour matched antenna bands and compact size it looks more fun and approachable than the iPad Pro. The Air looks like the unofficial iPad Pro mini we’ve all been hoping for. …


Apple’s most beautiful iPad may not be a good option for some

The Air is the best iPad for most people

The reviews are in, and many tech reporters agree, the 2020 iPad Air is the iPad for most people. Apple seems to have struck the right balance between features and value for money and wrapped it all in a beautiful pastel package.

The iPad range is now better, and more extensive than ever, so how do you know if the Air is right for you. In today’s video, I discuss five reasons why you might want to consider the Pro instead of the new 2020 Air.

  1. The Pro has a better screen. The iPad Pro has a lovely, buttery-smooth screen that runs at 120hz instead of the 60hz screen found on the iPad Air. Apple calls the 120hz feature “ProMotion”. It’s a big difference that you’ll probably never really notice until you compare your iPad Pro to a lesser screen. The Pro’s screen is also ever so slightly brighter than the Air’s at 600nits instead of 400. …

Can a two thousand dollar iPad Pro take on a measly little Chromebook and win?

For those who have been following my channel on YouTube, you probably know that I’m kind of obsessed with turning the iPad into my main computer. I am looking forward to the day when I can ditch my awful MacBook and go #iPadonly. Over the past few years, Apple has produced some of the worst laptops in recent history, with awful keyboards and poor performance.

In my opinion, Apple has also been dropping the ball with iPadOS 14. The OS is still relatively unpolished, and there are still too many legacy touch-based interactions that hold the iPad back from becoming a great laptop alternative. …


The keyboard that costs more than the 2020 iPad

6 months later, the Magic Keyboard is looking a little worse for wear

Apple’s plan to turn the iPad into a laptop alternative is taking shape.
Slowly.
Over the past year, the company has introduced mouse support for iPadOS, the Magic Keyboard and additional Apple Pencil features that make the iPad a much better tablet.

At the iPad Air event last month, Apple promised that preorders for the new tablet would start in October. But here’s a pro tip; you can order the iPad Air 4th generation Magic Keyboard now.

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10.9 is the new 11

This compatibility is because the Magic Keyboard for the 11 inch iPad Pro fits the footprint of the new iPad Air exactly. The new iPad Air has slightly larger bezels for the somewhat smaller 10.9-inch display. So if you’re excited for the new Air, you can at least buy half of the machine now and wait for preorders to go live soon. …

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