Deciding between iPad Air 4 and iPad Pro could be a real struggle

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Apple’s current lineup of tablets offers a lot of overlap in features.
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The newly announced iPad Air 4 is going to make choosing a tablet harder. It borrows so many features from the 2020 iPad Pro models that many who might have gone for one of Apple’s professional tablets should choose this new model instead. But certainly not everyone.

Here’s how these devices compare, with the newly-unveiled iPad 8 thrown in for good measure.

The Magic Keyboard changes the iPad all over again [Review]

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The Magic Keyboard finally makes the iPad Pro a full-on laptop.
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It should come as no surprise that the iPad is one of our favorite devices here at Cult of Mac. Ever since the introduction of the 2018 iPad Pro models and iPadOS 13, Apple’s tablet has made huge strides in being more capable and powerful for tons of things I do. So, needless to say, when I saw the Magic Keyboard, I had high hopes.

One critical factor for the iPad to be a useful tool for me has been a good keyboard experience. Even more important is the ability to shift from typing on the keyboard to interacting with the touchscreen when I want to go mobile around the house or office. 

Now, with the Magic Keyboard, Apple offers a new option for the iPad Pro. The new case lets you effortlessly jump between keyboard and tablet mode whenever you want. Or you can forget about the touchscreen entirely, turning the iPad into more of a laptop than ever before.

The new iPad Pro, Magic Keyboard, MacBook Air and Mac mini — we react! On The CultCast

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Let's talk about Apple's beautiful new hardware.
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This week on The CultCast: Our reactions to Apple’s new hardware! Plus, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about Apple’s new Mac mini, MacBook Air, iPad Pro and Magic Keyboard.

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Apple limits iPad Pro purchases as early stocks run out

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You’ll have to wait until April to get the base model 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
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Buyers already snapped up the Apple’s initial supply of one version of the 2020 iPad Pro. A 12.9-inch model ordered now won‘t ship until early April. The 11-inch model is still available on launch day, however.

In what’s likely an attempt to prevent hoarding, Apple put a restriction on how many iPad Pro units each customer could buy.

Doqo turns iPad Pro into MacBook with 7 ports [Review]

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The Doqo keyboard with 12.9-inch iPad Pro has advantages even over a MacBook.
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Anyone who longs for the days when MacBooks came with tons of ports can look to the Doqo, an iPad Pro keyboard case that includes a pair of USB-A ports, HDMI, memory card readers, and more. There’s also a trackpad and full-size keyboard. This could be the touchscreen laptop you’ve been hoping for.

I’ve extensively used the Doqo keyboard with a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and explore its advantages and problems in this review.

What a shocker: Huawei tablet looks just like iPad Pro

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Apple wants to make iPad Pro an even better laptop replacement.
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Huawei has often been guilty of introducing products “inspired” by Apple designers, and it’s apparently doing so again with an upcoming tablet. Leaked images of the Huawei MatePad Pro show it looks almost exactly like an iPad Pro. Even the name is copied.

Microsoft’s sleek Surface Pro X hits iPad Pro where it hurts [Updated]

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The Surface Pro X is slim and light but doesn’t run the standard version of Windows 10.
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The newly-unveiled Surface Pro X is a 13-inch tablet that seems designed to take on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Apple dominates tablet sales but Microsoft clearly wants a bigger piece, is hoping this slim and light Windows device will accomplish that.

Microsoft also finally added a USB-C port to the Surface Pro line in the seventh-generation model.

Proposed iPad Pro docking station packs keyboard, trackpad, ports into one

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The DoBox Pro adds features to an iPad Pro that aren‘t even available in MacBook Pros.
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DoBox is looking for funding for a desktop docking station that gives the 2018 iPad Pro an array of additional features. A keyboard and trackpad are the most obvious, but there’s also a built in hub with HDMI and other ports.

On top of all that, the proposed DoBox Pro will have a slot capable of adding up 2TB of additional storage.

First iPad Pro keyboard case with trackpad hopes to launch this winter

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An iPad keyboard case with trackpad wasn’t possible before iPadOS.
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Libra is angling to be the first-out-of-the-gate iPad Pro case that includes not only a keyboard but also a trackpad. This wasn’t possible before, but the just-released iPadOS adds support for mice and trackpads.

The designers are looking for backing on Kickstarter to defray the costs of developing an accessory that lets an iPad mimic a MacBook more closely than any before.