Brydge’s latest keyboard case for iPad Air and iPad Pro includes multi-touch trackpad

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The Brydge Air Max+ can be preordered now. Shipping starts in June.
The Brydge Air Max+ is both an iPad Air/Pro case and a clip-on keyboard and trackpad.

The new Brydge Air Max+ wraps the iPad Air 4 or 11-inch iPad Pro in a protective case, and adds a removable keyboard and trackpad.

It’s a larger version of a keyboard case Brydge recently introduced for the basic iPad. And there’s a similar model for the largest iPad Pro.

Want an M1 iPad Pro? Turn you old model into fast upgrade cash today

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There’s more 2021 iPad Pro RAM than in any previous Apple tablet.
A quick way to make your 2021 iPad Pro upgrade more affordable.
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Apple’s newest iPad Pro is on the way with a blazing-fast M1 chip, a Liquid Retina XDR display, and up to 16GB of RAM. Prices start at a rather steep $799, but Cult of Mac can help make yours more affordable.

Sell your old iPad to us today and we’ll cough up real cash that you can put toward a new model. We won’t leave you waiting for your money, and we typically pay more than other buyback services. Find out how much your old Apple devices are really worth in under a minute!

Heavy iPad demand leads to amazing shipment numbers

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iPad Air 4 comes in a range of colors.
Demand for iPad and all tablets remains robust.
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iPad shipments increased a whopping 75% during the first quarter of the year over same period of 2020, according a market analysis firm. It’s the result of people needing computers to work and learn from home as the pandemic drags on.

Other tablet makers saw strong Q1 2021 growth as well, but iPad continues to dominate the market.

Amazon’s big discount on new iPad Air is now even bigger — save $69

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iPad Air could get mini-LED in 2021
Claim yours before the discount disappears.
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Amazon’s big discount on the newest iPad Air just got even bigger. Prices start at just $559 ($40 off) for a 64GB model with Wi-Fi connectivity, while 256GB models are down to as little as $679.99 ($69.01 off). These are the biggest discounts we’ve seen so far.

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Save $14.05 on the Apple Smart Folio for iPad Air, 11-inch iPad Pro

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Apple Smart Folio for iPad Pro, iPad Air
Its biggest discount yet!
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Apple’s official Smart Folio is one of the most elegant ways to protect your beloved iPad. And for a limited time only on Amazon, you can yours for the newest iPad Air and 11-inch iPad Pro at $14.05 off its usual price.

This is the biggest discount we’ve seen so far on the newest Smart Folio models, and price drops don’t happen very often. Go take advantage of it before it’s too late.

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Apple’s VP of platform architecture talks A14 chips — and what comes next

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A14 Features and specs
Apple's A14 processor will pave the way for Apple technology in the future.
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Apple’s VP of Platform Architecture Tim Millet says the company’s A14 chip, which debuted last month in the fourth-generation iPad Air, will take machine learning to the next level.

“It takes my breath away when I see what people can do with the A14 Bionic chip,” Millet told German magazine Stern.

Manufactured using a 5nm process, the mobile chip boasts an astonishing 11.8 billion transistors, up significantly from the 8.5 billion of the A13. It is expected to power this year’s upcoming iPhones.

Apple A14 processor makes iPad Air 4 dramatically faster

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iPad Air 4 launches later this month.
The iPad Air 4 offers a big speed boost over its predecessor.
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The iPad Air 4 is the first computer of any kind unveiled with the Apple A14 processor. The tablet isn’t out yet, but an early Geekbench 5 benchmark score apparently shows it’s nearly 50% faster than its predecessor.

This bodes well for the iPhone 12, which is also expected to run Apple’s new chip.