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iWork could expose user data to U.S. authorities.
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Adobe Fresco will make iPad painting more realistic than ever

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An artist's self-portrait made in Adobe Fresco.
Illustration: Jin Jin Sun

Spontaneous creativity is built into the centuries-old painting style known as fresco.

It is also the fitting name of Adobe’s developing drawing and painting program for iPad Pro and Apple Pencil artists who must quickly begin to create when inspiration strikes.

Adobe Fresco, a fraction of its power previewed by Adobe last year under the name Project Gemini, is on target for release this fall, according to a post on the Adobe blog.

Adonit Note is the affordable stylus your iPad needs [Review]

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Adonit Note costs half and much, looks twice as good as Apple Pencil.
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More than artists want to draw on their iPad, and Adonit has just introduced a stylus for the rest of us. This lightweight accessory offers most of the features of the Apple Pencil, while costing far, far less.

We fully tested the Adonit Note iPad stylus, so be sure to read our review.

Apple Pencil and QuickPath floating keyboard revolutionize iPad typing

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What can't the iPad do in iPadOS?
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Were you ever drawing a diagram in the Notes app, and then realized you needed to type a note? Did you then find yourself frustrated at having to drop the Apple Pencil and type on the huge, half-screen QWERTY keyboard?

In iPadOS, Apple removed that frustration. You still can’t do Newton-style handwriting and have it turn into text. But you can shrink the keyboard to a tiny floating panel, and use the Apple Pencil to swipe-type on it.

iPadOS makes Apple Pencil much faster and better [Opinion]

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At WWDC, Apple VP Craig Federighi revealed one of the ways iPadOS 13 improves the Apple Pencil.
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Without changing the hardware, iPadOS 13 manages to decrease the latency of the Apple Pencil. And that’s just the start: there are also new features for non-artists to take advantage of this active stylus.

Check out our first impressions of using an Apple Pencil with the initial beta of Apple’s next operating system.

Military-grade iPad Pro case also protects your Smart Keyboard

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The new Scout series offers military-grade drop protection.
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If one of your prerequisites for an iPad case is that it’s hard-wearing enough to take whatever life throws at it, Urban Armor Gear promises to be your hook-up.

Urban Armor Gear’s new Scout series for iPad Pro offers rugged, lightweight mobile device cases designed to fit Apple’s iPad Pro devices. What’s more, it’s compatible with Apple’s Smart Keyboard, while also offering a place to store your Apple Pencil when not in use!

iPad sales were the hero of Apple’s latest earnings report

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The new iPad Pro is officially a hit!
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Apple surprised Wall Street with a better-than-expected Q2 earnings report this afternoon and one of the biggest factors was the iPad.

With revenues topping $58 billion Q2 (down 5% YoY), Apple is trying to become less reliant on its iPhone business. Services are expected to pick up most of the slack, but this last quarter Apple got some unexpected help from its iPad business that is experiencing a resurgence just at the right time thanks to the new iPad Pro.