Professional portfolio case supports your iPad Pro at any angle [Review]

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STM Atlas has a strong Apple Pencil holder, and holds up the the iPad Pro at a wide array of angles.
STM Atlas has a strong Apple Pencil holder, and holds up the latest iPad Pro at a wide array of angles.
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The STM Atlas portfolio case protects the latest iPad Pro models while also serving as a portable stand. This case can hold up the tablet at a broad range of angles, giving it an advantage over most of its rivals.

This device also comes with a slot to very securely store an Apple Pencil 2. Don’t miss our hands-on review of this handy accessory.

Apple stands by its bent iPads

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None of the Cult of Mac iPad Pro units came bent.
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Apple’s VP of hardware engineering reportedly says that the slight bend in some 2018 iPad Pro units is nothing unusual. 

Dan Riccio tald the owner of a bent tablet that the variance from straight in any unit is less than 400 microns, which is less than in previous iPad models.

When to expect big price drops on new iPad models

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How to save on the 12.9- and 11-inch iPad Pro, and the 9.7-inch iPad too.
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The 2018 iPad Pro is a huge improvement over its predecessors. It also costs a heap of money. But there is a sneaky way to save a bit.

Or consider the the 9.7-inch iPad unveiled last spring. It already has a low price, which doesn’t mean its not about to go on sale for even less.

If you’re interested in snagging any 2018 Apple tablet, read on to see when we expect the biggest iPad discounts to show up.

Take an early look at the redesigned 2018 iPad Pro

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This is the best image yet of the 2018 iPad Pro.
This is the best image yet of the 2018 iPad Pro.
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A leaked product image goes a long way toward confirming that the 2018 iPad Pro is getting a significant redesign. Apple’s next tablet is shown in a folding case, but it’s clear that the bezels have shrunk and the Home button has disappeared, just as previous rumors indicated.

The image also clearly shows the front-facing sensors needed for Face ID.

5 reasons we expect an Apple October press event

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The iPad mini was unveiled at an October event. Just like 2012, we're expecting another Apple press event this fall.
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At its huge press event last month, Apple took the wraps off the iPhone XS, XR and Apple Watch Series 4. But we don’t think that’s everything the company is going to unveil this season.

Here are five good reasons why we think Apple will hold another press event in October to show us new tablets, laptops and desktops.

iOS 12.1 confirms new iPads are on the way

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Looks like the rumored 2018 iPad Pro models are coming after all.
Photo: Álvaro Pabesio

The September Apple event came and went without any mention of the iPad Pro models that had been the stars of so many rumors. But there’s still hope! Buried deep in the just-released iOS 12.1 beta 1 is a clear reference to an iPad on the docket for this fall.

So be patient. The redesigned tablets we’ve heard so much about could be coming soon.

iPad Pro and AirPower go totally MIA at Apple event

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The much-rumored 2018 iPad Pro models didn't appear at today's Apple press event.
The much-rumored 2018 iPad Pro models didn't appear at today's Apple press event.
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Apple just unveiled new iPhones and Apple Watch models. But some other hotly-anticipated products were left out of today’s event.

No mention was made of the iPad Pro tablets that have been in so many rumors. And the AirPower wireless charging mat still doesn’t have a release date.

Here’s what we think we know about the 2018 iPad Pro lineup

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Both the 2018 iPad Pro tablets have undergone the most significant redesign yet.
Both the 2018 iPad Pro tablets have apparently undergone the most radical redesign yet.
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Apple is about to make the most significant change to its iPad lineup since 2015. And you don’t have to wait to find out what’s coming because just about all the details have already leaked out.

From what we can tell, Apple is going to make its Pro tablets better by making them smaller. However, there are some odd changes that have many people worried.

2018 iPad Pro redesign is both brilliant and stupid

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The 2018 iPad Pro has every change we hoped for. And some of the ones we feared.
The 2018 iPad Pro reportedly has every change we hoped for. And some of the ones we feared.
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Apple appears poised to unveil the most significant redesign of the iPad in years. Renders of 2018’s iteration of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro have leaked out, showing that this model will include changes that will make it the best tablet Apple ever released.

It also includes some bone-headed design decisions that users will just have to deal with.

2018 iPad Pro could take another design cue from iPhone X

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There's now evidence to back up the assumption that the redesign of the 2018 iPad Pro will include rounded corners on the display.
Photo: Álvaro Pabesio

It’s looking increasingly likely that the new iPad Pro models coming this fall will look like super-size iPhone X devices. That means no Home button and a nearly-edge-to-edge display.

Everyone has been assuming that this means the corners of the screen will be rounded too, and now there’s evidence of that.