Why iPads and MacBook Pros drive us nuts [Cult of Mac Magazine No. 282]

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The iPad Pro is almost perfect. Almost.
The iPad Pro is almost perfect. Almost.
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We love Apple products. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be even better. In this week’s issue of Cult of Mac Magazine, you’ll get the lowdown on our pet peeves about working with the iPad and MacBook Pro.

Plus, get some killer tips for boosting your Google searches (and learn how to ad stickers to your next “megaselfie”). Read up on the rest of the week’s best Apple news, reviews and how-tos in the latest issue of Cult of Mac Magazine. It’s yours for free in the iOS app store now.

Apple lines up supplier for 2019’s iPad mini refresh

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The new iPad mini could just just like the old one.
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Compal Electronics will be the primary supplier of the next-generation iPad mini, which is expected to launch sometime this year, according to a new report.

The manufacturer is in the process of expanding production capacity with the expectation of increased shipments and revenues in 2019, despite “clouded” economic prospects.

Apple gives behind-the-scene glimpse at ads created with iPad Pro

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The iPad Pro is a powerful content creation machine.
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Apple revealed some of the tricks it used on the iPad Pro to create its latest slate of how-to videos that were published earlier this month.

Not only did Apple film all the videos on the new iPad Pro, it also edited, animated and composed music for the ads that showed viewers how to perform tasks that used to require a PC to pull off.

Watch Apple’s secrets to doing everything on iPad:

iOS 12.1.3 brings fresh fixes for iMessage, CarPlay and iPad Pro

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The first iOS update of the year is finally ready for the masses.

Apple is releasing iOS 12.1.3 today, bringing a number of bug fixes and performance improvements to the iPhone and iPad. iOS 12.1.3 is a minor update and doesn’t contain any big UI changes or new features, but it resolves some important issues with CarPlay, iMessage, Photos and the iPad Pro.

Even billionaires don’t like buying extra Apple cables

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The object of his ire, the iPad Pro's USB-C port.
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Billionaires are just like the rest of us: they put their pants on one leg at a time and rage when Apple changes charging ports on its devices.

Anand Mahindra, CEO of Mahindra Group, aired his beef on Twitter with having to carry different chargers for his iPhone and new iPad Pro.

‘Game changing’ iPad Pro app will feed NHL coaches real-time data

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Tim Cook has praised the new app on Twitter.
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The NHL has created a new iPad Pro app for coaching staff by providing real-time data about players such as faceoff percentage, shot charts, and more.

The app follows on from a previous collaboration between Apple and the NHL, allowing teams to review video highlights during games. The new tool takes this to the next level by giving coaches the ability to take a deeper dive into data to make better informed decisions about play.

Cheap accessories that make iPad Pro a productivity powerhouse

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Satechi's iPad Pro USB-C hub packs four commonly used ports.
Get real work done on your iPad Pro.
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Is the iPad Pro a laptop replacement? Despite what you might think, and what many reviewers will tell you, it can be for a lot of professionals. But not by itself.

If you’re going to use your iPad to get real work done, and to be as productive as possible, you’ll need some things to go with it. In this roundup, we’ve listed affordable accessories that turn iPad Pro into a productivity powerhouse.

Two months with iPad Pro and USB-C [Opinion]

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This is a great-looking hub, but it still has problems.
This is a great-looking hub, but it still has problems.
Photo: Charlie Sorrel/Cult of Mac

In the nearly two months I’ve been using the new iPad Pro with USB-C hubs, I’ve found these accessories to be alternately miraculous and frustrating.

This isn’t a review, or a how-to. It’s just a look at what’s right — and what’s still very wrong — with USB-C and the 2018 iPad Pro.