iPad Pro hopes, Woz fears Skynet, and British bar fights on The CultCast

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It all started with Stella Artois...
It all started with Stella Artois...
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This week: why we might be in for big iPad upgrades this year; our expectations for the iPhone 6C; the one feature we hope iPhone 6S will get (but probably won’t); Woz is worried about Skynet again; and… is Apple building a machine for time travel? You’ll have to press play to find out…

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Apple may drop iPad Air 3 to focus on iPad Pro in 2015

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The iPad Pro could delay the iPad Air, cancel the iPad mini.
The iPad Pro could delay the iPad Air, cancel the iPad mini.
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We’ve been reporting plenty about the upcoming 12.9-inch iPad Pro, but so far there’s been next to nothing about the next-generation iPad Air, which most people are expecting this fall alongside a new iPad mini.

According to a new report, there’s a very good reason for that: The iPad Air 3 has been delayed until next year so that Apple’s manufacturers can instead focus on preparing the iPad Pro instead.

iPad Pro may be available in limited quantities when it first ships

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The iPad Pro could delay the iPad Air, cancel the iPad mini.
The iPad Pro is on its way. But in what quantities?
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Apple has no problem placing massive orders for its upcoming iPhone 6s and 6s Plus units, but according to a new report the company is treading a bit more carefully when it comes to orders for the upcoming 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

Reportedly set to arrive in late November this year, sources in Apple’s supply chain say that Apple’s component orders for the giant-sized tablet have been lower than most people expected — although no specific numbers are mentioned.

Egg freckles? Apple is working on handwriting recognition for iPad Pro

The classic "Egg Freckles" Doonesbury cartoon.
The classic "Egg Freckles" Doonesbury cartoon punctured Apple's confidence back in the day.
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Steve Jobs may have been adamant that the iPad would never ship with a stylus, but more and more evidence is mounting that the upcoming 12.9-inch iPad Pro will do exactly that.

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published an application from Apple for something called “Continuous Handwriting UI,” describing how a future iPad could be geared toward picking up and understanding handwriting.

iPad Pro could arrive later this year, with a little help from Sharp and Samsung

The iPad Pro could delay the iPad Air, cancel the iPad mini.
The iPad Pro is on its way.
Photo: CURVED

Apple is turning to both long-time manufacturing partner Sharp and long-time “frenemy” Samsung to help build the displays for its eagerly-anticipated 12.9-inch giant-sized iPad Pro, according to a new report.

Sharp is said to have provided a small test batch of the enormous 264ppi, 2,732×2,048 displays in June, which met with Apple’s high production standards. However, Cupertino is also said to have given Samsung a back-up role building screen panels — suggesting that Apple is expecting big things with this next-gen device. Pun intended.