Deciding between iPad Air 4 and iPad Pro could be a real struggle

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iPad Air 4 vs. 2020 iPad Pro vs. iPad 8
Apple’s current lineup of tablets offers a lot of overlap in features.
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The newly announced iPad Air 4 is going to make choosing a tablet harder. It borrows so many features from the 2020 iPad Pro models that many who might have gone for one of Apple’s professional tablets should choose this new model instead. But certainly not everyone.

Here’s how these devices compare, with the newly-unveiled iPad 8 thrown in for good measure.

Excited for Apple Watch 6? Sell your old model for fast upgrade cash

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Man’s brand new Apple Watch turns out to be toilet plunger
Lock in your quote before its value drops.
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Another big Apple event is right around the corner, and we’re confident it will bring a much-anticipated Apple Watch refresh. Excited to bag a new model? Sell your old Apple Watch today to get the best price.

Cult of Mac’s buyback program makes it quick and easy to sell your old Apple devices, and we typically pay more than other buyback services. What’s more, we cough up real cash!

Get a quote for your old Apple Watch today to find out how much you could put toward an upgrade.

Apple AirTags trackers could finally launch in October with iPhone 12

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Apple AitTags are going to have to take on Tile.
So far, leaks don’t show much about the design of Apple AirTags. Just that they’ll be round.
Concept drawing: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

The long wait for AirTags comes to an end this autumn, according to an unconfirmed report. Leaks and rumors about Apple’s item-tracking tags kept circulating for literally the last year. But it seems the debut is right around the corner, at last.

How to use a USB drive with iPhone or iPad

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Connecting a USB drive to an iPhone is a snap.
Add Apple’s Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter to access everything on a USB drive with an iPhone.
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The world is full of USB drives, from portable thumbdrives to full external SSDs. Happily, you’re not closed off from these just because you use an iPhone or iPad. All you need is the right adapter.

And you’ll have full read/write access to everything on the drive. You won’t even need to install any software, as the app you need comes preinstalled on your device.

How Apple made money in the middle of a crushing pandemic

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Apple reports another quarter of record revenue for Q3 2020. Can nothing stop the Cupertino juggernaut?
Can nothing stop the Cupertino juggernaut?
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People around the world turned to Apple products at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis. And the result was an 11% increase in Apple revenue during the June quarter. Some products contributed to that growth more than others.

The pandemic sent people buying Mac and iPad in huge numbers. But it hurt handset sales, despite a relatively strong launch for the iPhone SE. And Apple services experienced something of an off quarter, too.

Amazing iPhone 12 concept video shows all Apple’s upcoming smartphones

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This iPhone 12 concept video includes all four models, plus one more.
An iPhone 12 concept video compares the sizes of the four four models expected.
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Apple is reportedly prepping no less than five upcoming iPhone models. A new concept video demonstrates every one of them, including the iPhone 12 series expected this autumn and the iPhone SE model supposedly launching in 2021.

Watch the concept video now:

Pack your Mac and gear in Ekster’s slim laptop sleeve [Review]

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Ekster Laptop Sleeve review
The Ekster Laptop Sleeve can hold your MacBook and a surprising number of accessories too.
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Never carry your MacBook or iPad around “naked,” but a bulky case can be just too much. A laptop sleeve is a compromise, like the one recently released by Ekster. This protects your 13-inch computer, and includes room for a few accessories.

I’ve been using this leather-and-canvas folio for a couple of weeks. Here’s how is stands up to daily use.