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Introduced in 2010, the iPad was Apple’s “next big thing” following the success of the iPhone. Software-wise, it runs iPadOS, the big sister of the mobile operating system that powers the iPhone, with features and optimizations only available on the tablet computer.

iPad is currently available in five Retina display screen sizes: 7.9-inch, 9.7-inch, 10.59-inch, 11-inch, and 12.9-inch. The 12.9″ and 11″ Pro models were last updated in early 2020. The 10.9″ Air was updated in September of 2020. The mini was last updated in 2019 as well. The 9.7″ iPad was last updated in September of 2020.

The tablet is at the heart of Apple’s education strategy. For enterprise customers who deploy it in mass, they use mobile device management products like Jamf and Apple Configurator to manage them.

It’s pitched as an “everything machine” in that it can be used for work, play, and everything in between. Official accessories include the Apple Pencil, Smart Keyboard, Apple-branded cases, Apple Pencil 2, Apple Pencil 1, and the Magic Keyboard.

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iPad Stories January 22

Apple introduced a new software feature with iOS 13 that helps prolong the life of your iPhone’s battery called “Optimized Battery Charging.” I’d love to see Apple not only expand it to iPad and Mac but also take a page out of Tesla’s book (and Dell, Samsung, others) and adopt a feature from its charging strategy.

Update 1/22/21: After two months, my 13-inch M1 MacBook Pro has learned my charging schedule and is limiting charging to 80% with Optimized Battery Charging.

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iPad Stories January 20

Just like adults, it can be easy for kiddos to get sucked into passively watching videos on iPad or TV. But what about more engaging digital experiences that encourage creative and fun learning? Follow along for a look at some of the best apps for young kids.

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iPad Stories January 19

Popular Apple accessory maker TwelveSouth has announced its latest product for MacBook and iPad users. The new ParcSlope is an ergonomic stand designed with an 18-degree typing and sketching angle. It will be available directly from Apple via the Apple Online Store as well as Apple retail stores.

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iPad Stories January 12

We’re expecting to see new iPad Pro models in the next couple of months, and we’re today seeing what are claimed to be CAD images of the 2021 11-inch iPad Pro.

The models don’t tell us much, unfortunately, revealing only two minor changes from the current model …

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iPad Stories January 7

After sharing some details about the ninth-generation iPad this week, MacOtakara reported today that Apple is planning to launch the next-generation iPad Pro in March this year. The new models are expected to have a similar design to the current generation, but with a mini-LED display for the 12.9-inch version.

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iPad Stories January 6

A new report from the supply chain outlet Macotakara today sheds more light on what to expect from the iPad lineup in 2021. According to the report, the 9th generation entry-level iPad will adopt a design similar to the iPad Air 3. There are also reportedly no design changes in store for the iPad Pro.

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