The new iPad excites us! It’s true, and we’ll tell you why on The CultCast

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This week on The CultCast: Apple has powered up the new iPad so much, it’s hard to resist! We’ll tell you why we’re so excited. Plus: What you need to know about iOS 11.3; everything Apple revealed at its “field trip” event; a reliable report says Apple Watch Plus is incoming; and you asked, we answer — from the best Home apps, to our Mac mini predictions, to Commando versus Predator, we answer your most burning questions.

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CultCast #329 – The new iPad EXCITES us

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This week’s stories

Apple is finally selling a space gray keyboard and mouse

  • Mac fans that love the look of the new space gray iMac Pro — but don’t want to plop down four grand — can finally buy the computer’s coveted accessories separately.
  • The space srey keyboard costs $149. That’s $20 more than the normal silver keyboard Buying a space gray
  • Magic Mouse will set you back $99, while the normal version costs just $79. The black Lightning cable that comes with the iMac Pro is still exclusively available to iMac Pro owners, though.

iOS 11.3

  • New Animoji
  • Battery tools
  • Privacy popups
  • HomePod update

Everything Apple revealed at its ‘field trip’ event

  • New 9.7inch iPad
  • Updates to iWork
  • Updated Classroom and new Schoolwork Cloud Apps
  • ClassKitAPI
  • More iCloud storage for students and teachers

iPad vs. iPad Pro: Which is right for you?

  • According to early benchmarks, the new iPad is the fastest Apple device behind the iPad Pro and the latest iPhone lineup. It also outperforms both the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus.Geekbench: The 2018 iPad managed a 3,254 single-core score, right below the iPhone 7. It achieved 5,857 in the multi-core test, making it faster than the iPhone 7 Plus
  • $329 for 32GB, $429 for $429
  • Three times faster than iPad Air, and almost twice as fast a as the Air 2. Almost 80% faster than the 2017 iPad.

Next Apple Watch might be plus-size

  • KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo predicts the 2018 Apple Watch display will be 15 percent larger than the current one. That would give it a 1.9-inch screen.
  • A larger display would make room for a bigger battery. Apple likely will build new health features into its updated wearable as well.
  • The 2018 Apple Watch models are expected to launch between July and September. That’s roughly a year after Series 3 debuted.
  • KGI analyst said: “We also see Apple (US) seeking to improve the health monitoring functions of Apple Watch.”