Don’t expect new Macs, iPads, or Apple Watch at WWDC

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You can expect lots of new hardware later this year, however.
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Apple still has a bunch of new devices up its sleeve for 2018 — not including the new iPhone lineup — but we won’t see any of it at WWDC.

A new report claims we can expect refreshed MacBook and MacBook Pro models, a more affordable machine to replace the MacBook Air, a new iPad Pro with Face ID, and a new Apple Watch. However, we’ll have to wait until later in the year to get our hands on them.

WWDC app update preps you for Apple’s big event

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At WWDC 2018, Apple will show us the future of iOS and its other platforms.
At WWDC 2018, Apple will show us the future of iOS and its other platforms.
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Inexpensive Logitech Crayon iPad stylus debuts just for students

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The Logitech Crayon was designed for the classroom. It saves schools quite a bit of money compared to the Apple Pencil.
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Logitech’s $49 active stylus for iPad unveiled back in March just debuted. However, at this point the Crayon can only be purchased through Apple’s Education channel.

This accessory for students was created to be a cheaper alternative to the Apple Pencil, which schools can buy at $89.

Microsoft will take on the iPad with a low-cost Surface tablet

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Microsoft’s next Surface tablet wants to make difficult for iPad.
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Microsoft plans to take on Apple’s popular 9.7-inch iPad with a low-cost Surface tablet, according to a new report.

The device, which will be powered by Intel processors and priced at around $400, is expected to go on sale in the second half of 2018. It will be accompanied by more affordable versions of Microsoft’s keyboard cover, mouse, and Surface Pen.

iOS 13 will boast great updates for iPad users

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Expect iOS 13 to bring significant new features to Apple's tablets, more so than iOS 12.
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iOS 12 is right around the corner, but iPad users should be thinking longer term. It’s iOS 13 “Yukon” in 2019 that’s expected to bring more new features to Apple’s tablet.

At the top of the list of the ability to work with multiple windows from the same application side-by-side. This would allow the user to, for example, have two Pages documents open next to each other.

iPad remains top dog as tablet market shrinks

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No one can topple the iPad.
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The iPad remains the king of tablets after strong sales helped the device grab its highest share of the worldwide tablet market since 2014.

Apple confirmed on Tuesday that it sold 9.1 million iPads last quarter, which helped its market share grow 2.1 percent despite a drop in overall tablet shipments.

University successfully leading a ‘revolution’ by giving iPads to students

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Every full-time student at Maryville University is given an iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil.
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Maryville University started giving an iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil to every student in 2016. Today, the school’s enrollment is up almost 18%.

“We’re leading a revolution, changing the entire model of higher ed for students,” said Dr.Mark Lombard, the university’s president.

HP’s pricey new iPad Pro competitor totally misses the point

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The HP Chromebook x2 just doesn’t make sense.
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Android tablets were never going to topple the iPad, so now Apple’s rivals are trying their luck with new slates powered by Chrome OS. HP is the latest to throw its hat into the ring with the Chromebook x2, a pricey competitor to iPad Pro that ships with a detachable keyboard and stylus.

It’s somewhat attractive, but it makes no sense at $599.