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Writing for MacStories, Federico Viticci says that the new Liquid Retina XDR display features “fantastic black levels.”

So while, technically speaking, the Liquid Retina XDR’s black color reproduction isn’t “true black”, it gets dramatically close to that goal. I would even say that, because you typically hold an iPad further away from your eyes, ultimately this difference doesn’t matter: to my eyes, it feels like the Liquid Retina XDR supports true black, which has an incredible effect on using apps with true-black dark modes on the new iPad Pro. Contrast between black UI elements and white text is higher than before, and there’s also better separation between black sidebars and other dark gray or dark blue UI elements such as lists and popovers. I never used dark mode extensively on iPad because I preferred the way it looked on the iPhone’s OLED display; I’m going to reconsider now thanks to the Liquid Retina XDR’s fantastic black levels.

Comparing black levels between the old iPad Pro and the new one makes the 2023 model look blissfully ignorant of what the color ‘black’ actually is or what it’s supposed to look like. Check out the photo below, which shows the same black image displayed on a 2023 iPad Pro and the 2023 model at max brightness in a dark room with Night Mode disabled…

MacStories on the white Magic Keyboard:

I find the white Magic Keyboard more elegant and Apple-like than last year’s boring gray cover with black keys. The “Jony Ive look” of this version is lovely, but we’ll have to see how it ages over time. One week wasn’t enough to judge that aspect and, obviously, I’ve been treating this review unit well. It didn’t seem appropriate to throw the Magic Keyboard in a pile of dirt and claim that “I did it for science”.

The thickness difference with the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Credit: MacStories

The Verge says the new Center Stage camera feature is better than competing features on devices like the Facebook Portal:

One new invention I love is the Center Stage feature. It zooms and follows human faces to keep them centered in the frame of the iPad’s wide-angle front facing camera. It works in any video conferencing app without the need for setup and it performs very well, better than similar features on smart displays like the Echo Show or Facebook Portal. 

The Verge also says that it’s easy to miss the benefits of the mini-LED display:

The funny thing about the 12.9-inch iPad is that it is very easy to miss the benefits of Mini LED in normal day-to-day use. At first you don’t see it.

Sure, there’s great contrast when you’re browsing the web, texting, playing games, and so on, but really it’s not very different from any other iPad. Apple still limits the max brightness in most scenarios to 600 nits, which is bright enough but not eye-popping (the iPad and iPad Air max out at 500 nits).

The magic kicks in when you are viewing videos or photos in full-screen. When you do that, the iPad Pro kicks into a different HDR mode (or in Apple’s parlance, XDR, for “Extreme Dynamic Range”) that really is stunning. The overall max brightness of the screen jumps up to a powerful 1,000 nits and peak brightness for certain lighting can hit 1,600 nits.

You don’t see it until you see it — but then you see it.

Gizmodo’s tests indicate that the 12.9-inch iPad Pro’s battery life takes a hit this year:

I was curious about the new iPad Pro’s battery life, given that miniLEDs are efficient and the M1 had been a boon for battery life on the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.

But this year’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro lasted just 9 hours and 2 minutes, a full hour less than last year’s iPad Pro, on our video rundown test over wifi—and that’s not taking into account the notorious battery drain that is 5G.

Engadget has some details on the M1 chip’s performance, noting that the leap is not as huge as you might expect. Other reviews had similar results.

To try and get a sense of the iPad Pro’s creative chops, I stitched together multiple 4K video clips from old reviews when I had hair in LumaFusion and exported it. The 2023 iPad Pro finished in 14 minutes and 20 seconds. Meanwhile, the new M1 in the 2023 iPad Pro completed the test in… 14 minutes and 12 seconds. Not exactly a huge leap. Then, I tried a similar test in Adobe’s Premiere Rush, but with a twist: Instead of outputting the footage in its native 4K, I exported to 1080p at 30fps. The difference was a little more noticeable this time, but still not dramatic. It took just over six minutes for last year’s iPad Pro, while the new one pulled it off in 5 minutes and 37 seconds. (For what it’s worth, Apple said “the previous iPad Pro was already optimized to encode and decode video in real-time” and that the same is true of the video engine in the M1.)

ZDNet on the added RAM:

As has kind of become a trend with iPad Pro reviews over the years, the consensus among reviewers is that the new M1 iPad Pro is an incredible iPad that is once again held back by iPadOS limitations. Now that the new iPad Pro is in the wild, however, attention can shift to WWDC, which kicks off on June 7. Early rumors are that Apple has a lot in store for iPadOS 15 this year.

Jason Snell at Six Colors wraps things up nicely:

Viewed entirely as a piece of computer hardware, the 2023 iPad Pro is a straight-A product. It’s the best iPad ever made—by a wide margin. It’s just as powerful as the M1 Macs that Apple has been selling since last fall, but offers all the versatility (touch input, pencil input, and optional keyboard/pointer support) that makes the iPad so great.

And yet it all feels incomplete. Processor power, fast storage, copious RAM, and fast networking are all great specs—but they’re valueless unless they can be put to use. I love the iPad, but Apple’s hardware continues to move at a pace that its software can’t keep up with. The iPad Pro is ready. So now what?

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M1 Macbook Vs Ipad Pro: A Tougher Choice Than Ever

There is now quite a bit of overlap between the iPad Pro and a MacBook. We’ve argued before that the high-end iPad can be an effective laptop replacement, but now the line between the two products is thinner than ever. If you’re having a hard time choosing between the two, consider each of these comparisons and how they relate to your unique needs.

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macOS vs iPadOS

By far, the biggest difference between these two devices is the operating system. macOS Big Sur is the latest in a long line of desktop operating systems from Apple. It’s designed to be a window-based desktop OS operated via keyboard and mouse.

iPadOS on the other hand is an iPad-specific branch of iOS, which started as the operating system for the iPhone. True multitasking, with split-screen applications running side-by-side is a relatively recent addition to the iPad.

Today a modern iPad pro has no issue running two applications side-by-side on the screen with a video window floating on top of that and background operations chugging away out of sight. So you can definitely be productive. However, it doesn’t have the free-form, “run as many apps as you dare” power of macOS.

In the past, this didn’t matter, but now an M1 MacBook can also run iPad and iPhone applications. So you have access to the iPad software library, but not the other way around. In short, iPadOS is awesome but if you had to pick then macOS wins easily.

Winner: M1 MacBook


We’ve edited similar 4K videos on both the M1 and A12X and neither of them ever exhibited any sort of performance issues. Subjectively they are both very fast machines and if you don’t specifically require applications that can only run on macOS, then the iPad Pro’s performance can hardly be faulted. 

Let’s give this round to the M1 MacBook just for the broader range of video editing apps you can find for the desktop.

Winner: M1 MacBook

Tablet vs Laptop Form Factors

Both the MacBook and iPad Pro are essentially the same under the hood, but their form factors are different. The MacBook has a traditional laptop clamshell chassis and no touch screen. While they are similar in weight and size, you wouldn’t be too comfortable cuddling up with a MacBook in bed to watch some Netflix or read comics.

The real ace up the iPad’s sleeve is the introduction of the new Magic Keyboard. iPadOS now has official mouse support, so this Magic Keyboard offers a hinge for angle adjustment of the screen, a keyboard, and a trackpad.

So you can use the iPad as a tablet, but convert it into something quite similar to a MacBook when you want to get some work done. It’s not quite as good as a MacBook at being a MacBook, but that versatility definitely gives it the edge.

Winner: iPad Pro (with Magic Keyboard)

Comparative Battery Life

When the choice was between an Intel-based MacBook and the iPad Pro, the battery life comparison was easy. The iPad would generally net you more than ten hours of operation under real-world conditions. The Intel MacBook Pro 13 promises “up to” 10 hours as well, but in our experience, you’re more likely to get closer to seven or eight, depending on what you’re doing.

The M1 MacBook Pro 13 breaks the 20-hour mark under real-world conditions, with the M1 MacBook Air only two or three hours behind. This utterly destroys the iPad Pro, while offering a much higher level of performance. So if you’re looking for a device that’s going to offer you the longest operating time possible, the answer is clear by a landslide.

Winner: M1 MacBook Pro

How the iPad Pro and M1 MacBooks Complement Each Other

Let’s say that you currently own an iPad that’s compatible with the macOS Sidecar feature. Buying an M1 MacBook means that you can use that iPad as a secondary wireless screen. This is especially important since the M1 Macs only support a single external display via USB-C. The only way to have three screens is to have one external screen, the internal MacBook screen, and a wireless Sidecar connection with an iPad.

That’s not the only reason to combine an M1 Mac with an iPad. Thanks to AirDrop, it becomes possible to rapidly move data from an iPad to a MacBook. While the M1 can run iPad applications with no issue, the interface isn’t fantastic without a touch screen. Not to mention that many developers have opted not to make their iOS apps available on M1 systems. 

So if you also want to make use of touch-optimized workflows, such as drawing with an Apple Pencil, you can create that content on your iPad and then send it over to the M1 Mac to use in apps that run best there.

At the time of writing, Apple doesn’t allow any touch input in macOS with an iPad connected via Sidecar. It is however a distinct possibility this might be added in the future. At that time the iPad and M1 MacBook will be an even better combination.

The Final Verdict: M1 MacBook or iPad Pro?

Now that we’ve looked at the relative strengths of each device, it’s time to summarize which product is right for which user.

The M1 MacBook Pro, on the other hand, is best for those who want similar mobility to an iPad Pro but want more performance. The sort of performance that can be applied to heavy-duty video editing exports or running renders in the background while you get on with web browsing or writing.

In that case, the MacBook is the way to go. Given that it also runs iOS apps and has a game-changing battery life, it’s the more flexible all-around machine from a software perspective.

Review: 2023 Macbook Air With Retina Display – Mainstream Mac

Apple recently ushered in its long-awaited refreshes to two product lines that haven’t received a lot of love lately: the 2023 MacBook Air and the 2023 Mac mini (review). Both machines have been updated with new processors, Apple’s T2 chip, modernized I/O, and several other enhancements.

The MacBook Air, though, is by far the more popular machine, and will demand the majority of the public’s attention between the two. This is the portable Mac that lots of people have been waiting for, but does it live up to its namesake? Watch our video review for the details.


13.3-inch LED-backlit IPS Retina display

2560 x 1600 native resolution (227 PPI)

16:10 aspect ratio

Eighth-gen Intel Core i5 CPU

Intel UHD Graphics 617

Apple T2 security chip

Up to 16GB of faster 2133MHz LPDDR3 RAM

Up to 1.5TB of SSD storage

Integrated Touch ID Sensor

Third-generation butterfly keyboard with individual backlit keys

Force Touch trackpad

Two Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports

3.5mm headphone jack

Three microphones

Stereo speakers

720p FaceTime HD camera

802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2

30W power adapter + USB-C charging cable

Supports one external 5K display or two 4K displays up to 60Hz

Colors: gold, silver, space gray

Tapered design

Battery life: 12 hours web, 13 hours iTunes movie playback

Weight: 2.75 pounds

Width: 11.97 inches

Depth: 8.36 inches

Thickness/Height: Between 0.16 inches (thinnest point) and 0.61 inches (thickest point)

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Finally, a Retina display…

The Retina display checks off the biggest want for MacBook Air customers, as it is the second to last product in Apple’s entire lineup, iOS or Mac, to receive a Retina update. The lowly non-Retina iMac still remains.

The Retina display in the MacBook Air packs over 4 million pixels in the machine’s 13.3-inch display. The screen features a 2560 x 1600 native resolution IPS panel that provides much-improved viewing angles over last-gen’s Air.

The new MacBook Air display also receives a significant color upgrade. While not technically classifying as a wide color display, the 2023 model supports nearly 50% more colors than the previous hardware.

The display on the previous MacBook Air was by far its weakest quality, so the screen enhancements alone make the new model a worthwhile upgrade proposition for existing customers.

Another weak link of the previous MacBook Air was its overly generous bezels. The redesigned model ushers in the type of reduced bezels with edge-to-edge glass that MacBook and MacBook Pro users have been enjoying for years. The glass, in particular, is a much-needed visual improvement, as the outgoing machine’s aluminum bezels made the display feel cramped and outdated.

Reduced footprint

Compared to the last-generation MacBook Air, the Retina-enabled machine is 0.21 pounds lighter, a not insignificant reduction in weight. The new machine is also 0.07-inches thinner, and features width and depth reductions of 0.83- and 0.58-inches respectively. In other words, it’s a more portable and travel-friendly machine than the previous generation Air, yet it still packs in the same 13.3-inch display size.

That acknowledged, the MacBook Air with Retina display remains a larger machine than Apple’s svelte 12-inch MacBook in every dimension. The width and depth differences between these machines isn’t shocking, but the MacBook Air is also thicker and heavier.

With this in mind, the real “MacBook Air”, in my opinion, is the 12-inch MacBook. I’ve always thought that it deserved the venerated “Air” moniker to begin with. Unfortunately, there have been no updates for the 12-inch model in 2023, and its future remains a question mark in Apple’s lineup.

But here’s where things get funny and slightly ironic. The MacBook Air is actually thicker at its thickest point than the current-generation MacBook Pro. If anything, that speaks to the marketing power of the MacBook Air name.


For the last few years, the MacBook Air has been the budget option as far as Apple laptops are concerned. The new MacBook Air starts at $1199, but Apple continues to sell its last-gen model without a Retina display for $999. Fully maxed out with 16GB of RAM and 1.5TB of SSD storage, the 2023 MacBook Air can cost more than a well-equipped MacBook Pro.

When comparing the 2023 MacBook Air with the 2023 MacBook Pro, you’ll notice a few similarities between these two machines:

Both have a 13-inch Retina display

Both feature just two Thunderbolt 3 ports

Both lack the Touch Bar, and feature actual function keys

Both have a similar thickness at the machine’s thickest point

But despite their similarities, the MacBook Air features several key differences that will matter to customers:

The MacBook Air is 0.27 pounds lighter

The MacBook Air features a tapered design

The MacBook Air has longer battery life

The MacBook Air has Apple’s T2 Security Chip

The MacBook Air has Touch ID

The MacBook Air features Apple’s third-generation keyboard

Although the “Air” designation is funny given the device’s thickness, the MacBook Air, at 2.75 pounds, is noticeably lighter than both the previous Air and the MacBook Pro, so it still makes sense. Various factors play into the weight difference, including that iconic tapered design.

A power-sipping CPU

Despite all of the display improvements, and the reduced footprint, Apple rates the new MacBook Air similarly to its predecessor when it comes to battery life.

Wireless web: up to 12 hours

iTunes movie playback: up to 13 hours (1 hour improvement)

Standby time: up to 30 days

Even though the battery in the new MacBook Air is smaller, 50.3-watt-hours versus 54-watt-hours, the new machine features better battery life. How?

The 2023 MacBook Air features a single processor option — a 1.6GHz dual-core 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, which can turbo up to 3.6GHz and supports Hyper-Threading. This is a 7W Intel i5-8210Y CPU with integrated Intel UHD Graphics 617. Compared to the chips in the previous MacBook Air, which were 15W, this processor is designed to draw less power.

For most people in the market for a MacBook Air, I think the 7W i5 processor is okay, and will do everything you need for day-to-day tasks. Word processing, web browsing, and media consumption will all perform well on the MacBook Air. If you set the right expectations, even light video editing and other tasks that typically require more power, will perform decently.

Someone in the market for a MacBook Air shouldn’t be looking to heavily push its CPU or graphics as if it were a desktop — that’s why machines like the 6-core MacBook Pro exist.


Here is a Geekbench 4 CPU benchmark comparing the new 2023 MacBook Air and last year’s MacBook Pro without Touch Bar. As you can see, the MacBook Pro edges out the MacBook Air in both single- and multi-core tests.

The iGPUs on both of these machines are relatively weak, but that’s to be expected. Still, the year-old MacBook Pro has the edge when comparing GPU performance.

Cinebench R15 results paint a similar picture. Neither machine is impressive when it comes to graphics performance, but the MacBook Pro is the winner by default.

For me, as someone who works with video on a day in and day out basis, Final Cut Performance is a big differentiator. The MacBook Pro provides much better Final Cut Pro X performance when compared to the MacBook Air with Retina display. It’s possible to edit videos on the MacBook Air, for sure, but the experience isn’t nearly as pleasant as it is on the more powerful machine.

(Shorter is better)

Of course, most people don’t edit videos every day, so you’ll need to decide whether these types of things truly matter to you. For most people, the answer to that question is: No.

The final benchmark compares the PCIe-based SSDs found in the two machines. As you can see, the MacBook Pro has a faster SSD in both read and write. Both SSDs are 128GB, which makes them easy to compare. Keep in mind that when you configure a larger SSD, the write speeds will significantly improve.

Keyboard, trackpad, and Touch ID

The MacBook Air with Retina display receives Apple’s third-generation butterfly switch keyboard. The new keyboard features keys that are individually backlit, which looks more uniform when typing in dimly lit settings.

The updated keyboard addresses some of the well-documented issues that plagued previous versions, but it will still take some getting used to for anyone coming directly from the previous MacBook Air.

Alongside the keyboard is a stand-alone Touch ID sensor, the biometric technology that lets users quickly unlock, authenticate with macOS and third-party apps, and make Apple Pay purchases.

The inclusion of Touch ID is significant for the MacBook Air, because it’s the first Apple laptop to include the feature without the costly, and largely useless (in my opinion), Touch Bar found on Apple’s MacBook Pro lineup.

Touch ID on the MacBook Air is possible thanks to the inclusion of the Apple T2 security chip, the same chip that’s in the 2023 Mac mini, the MacBook Pro, and the iMac Pro. This chip does a bevy of things security-wise, and also consolidates many of the machine’s controllers into a central location. For more information about the Apple T2 security chip, be sure to read our 2023 Mac mini review.

Camera, speakers and microphones

The new MacBook Air’s camera is the same 720p FaceTime HD camera found in the previous generation MacBook Air. I wish the camera was 1080p, but at least it’s better than the ridiculously low-resolution 480p camera on the 12-inch MacBook.

Speakers are 25% louder on the 2023 MacBook Air, with two times the bass response than the previous generation. You’ll never mistake the machine for a proper stereo, but if you’re aware of how limited the last model’s speakers were, you’ll no doubt appreciate any effort to improve the audio fidelity.

Along with the speaker improvements, a new three-array microphone makes an appearance as well. The microphones are geared towards lending better sound input for FaceTime calls, and improving the accuracy of Siri communication.

Thunderbolt 3 I/O

As you might imagine, a lot has changed on the I/O front since the last major MacBook Air refresh. Apple has gone all in with USB-C/Thunderbolt 3, allowing for screaming fast connectivity with external storage, displays, and even external GPUs. The new MacBook Air includes a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports on the left side of the keyboard, which also happen to be the same ports used for charging the machine.

Thunderbolt 3 is a major upgrade to the MacBook Air, and it allows interfacing with high bandwidth devices in a way that wasn’t possible on previous versions. Like I illustrated with the 2023 Mac mini, there are so many expandability options to choose from, it’s almost like being able to upgrade your computer from the outside in.

Recommended MacBook Air USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 accessories

The downside is that Apple has gone all-in with Thunderbolt 3, and left other handy ports like an SD Card reader behind. You’ll now need to use a dock or a dongle to connect an SD Card to your MacBook Air, which is annoying at best.

As a result of the adoption of Thunderbolt 3, the 2023 MacBook Air ditches the popular MagSafe connector for charging. It means that one of the USB-C ports will be occupied any time you need to charge the machine. It also means that you lose the utility that MagSafe, a magnetic-attaching power connector that easily disconnected if someone happened to trip over the cable, brought to the table.

The handy USB 3 Type-A ports that used to reside on each side of the MacBook Air have also been removed. This follows the trend of Apple simplifying its I/O on its laptops, providing Thunderbolt 3 ports, and not much else.

9to5Mac’s Take

Depending on how you used the previous MacBook Air, the 2023 model is a downgrade in some ways. There’s no SD Card reader, no USB-A ports, and no MagSafe. There’s also a power-sipping 7W CPU, instead of the 15W CPUs that occupied the internals of previous Air models.

Performance on the new MacBook Air is better than the previous-gen model, but it may not be as drastic of an improvement as one might have been hoping for in a MacBook Air redesign. If you engage with applications that require a healthy dose of CPU and/or GPU power, you’ll definitely want the MacBook Pro.

I also wish that there were USB-C ports on the right side of the device to make it more convenient to charge the MacBook Air. Having ports on both sides of the machine is one of the more underrated features of the Touch Bar-enabled MacBook Pro; it’s one of those conveniences that you don’t fully appreciate until you need it.

But make no mistake, the MacBook Air is a major upgrade over its predecessor in a lot of ways. The IPS-enabled Retina display is a welcome presence, providing much-improved viewing angles and better colors as well.

The new MacBook Air has better battery life, better sound, and super-expandable Thunderbolt 3 I/O. It packs all of this into a footprint that’s both smaller and lighter than the laptop it replaces.

This is the mainstream Apple computer that many will be using for years to come, and thanks to Thunderbolt 3, the machine you purchase today isn’t necessarily the same machine that you’re stuck with for the long haul.

Despite some deficiencies, Apple fans who are migrating from the previous generation will be mostly happy with the 2023 MacBook Air with Retina display — it’s the mainstream Mac that will satisfy the majority of users.

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Ipad Mini 6 Gets 8.3″ Display, Usb

During its pre-taped September 24 “California Streaming” product reveal, Apple unveiled a sixth-generation iPad mini with a new design and features like the removal of the Home button, improved cameras, a power button with an embedded Touch ID sensor and more.

Introducing the all-new iPad mini

Just like the rumors insistent, the new, sixth-generation iPad mini features an all-screen design that we first saw on the 2023 iPad Pro models. Apple’s engineers have managed to shrink those thick borders surrounding the display, so now the new iPad mini gives you 8.3 inches of screen real estate whilst keeping the same footprint as before.

By comparison, the previous iPad mini had a 7.9-inch Retina display (the new iPad mini uses Liquid Retina display technology). The tablet is also a bit thinner and a tad lighter than its predecessor.

iPad mini gets Touch ID power button

With an almost fullscreen design, Apple has relocated a Touch ID fingerprint sensor (as rumored). Rather than inside the Home button, Touch ID has been embedded into the device’s power button. Apple first tried this new Touch ID solution earlier in 2023 with the release of the fourth-generation iPad Air.

A significantly faster performance

Because it runs the latest Apple A15 Bionic chip that also powers the iPhone 13 family, the new iPad mini delivers faster performance across the board. CPU performance saw a forty percent jump, meaning your apps launch and run faster. If you’re big on gaming or creative apps like Photoshop, this new iPad mini won’t disappoint you with a whopping 80 percent faster graphics performance than the predecessor. You also get two times faster Neural engine which will ensure that AI-powered apps and system features run fluidly. This is the first time the iPad mini has gained Apple’s neural engine.

Better cameras across the board

The front and rear camera systems have seen some substantial upgrades. The back camera is now a twelve-megapixel sensor versus an eight-megapixel shooter in the previous model. You can now take twelve-megapixel images and shoot 4K video with this iPad. The updated sensor also supports Focus Pixels, giving this new iPad mini there ability to take photos in Portrait mode.

And to help you snap clearer images in the dark, the rear camera comes with a larger aperture to let more light in and supports True Tone flash, a feature that lights each LED light independently with varying intensity to adjust the color temperature accordingly.

The front-facing camera has seen a major upgrade, too. It now uses a twelve-megapixel sensor so all your selfies taken with it will look great. This is a wide-angle camera that also supports Center Stage, a feature Apple debuted on the recent iPad Pro models. It uses machine learning to dynamically crop and zoom the scene to follow subjects as they move around. And thanks to Apple’s own image signal processor, the new iPad mini supports the smart HDR feature. Smart HDR blends together several photos taken in rapid succession at different exposures to bring more highlight and shadow detail.

iPad mini adopts USB-C

The new iPad mini has ditched Apple’s proprietary Lightning connector for USB-C, an industry standard. This means you can now connect a much wider variety of accessories to the tablet over USB-C, like digital cameras, external storage and more (the new, updated budget iPad still uses Lightning). USB-C is also ten times faster than Lightning so large files will transfer to the device much faster than before.

Another tidbit worth mentioning: The new iPad mini provides stereo sound when used in landscape thanks to the speakers found at both the top and the bottom of the device. By way of comprising, the previous iPad mini had a single speaker.

5G connectivity and Appel Pencil 2 support

The new iPad mini supports fast 5G networking with both mmWave and sub-6GHz standards supported out of the box. Or, you can opt for a Wi0-Fi-only version if you don’t need cellular connectivity on a tablet. The new iPad mini works with the second-generation Apple Pencil stylus, which can be attached magnetically to the right side thanks to the built-in magnets.

Apple also created some new colors for its Smart Folio case to complement the new colors in which the iPad mini 6 is available. And because the tablet’s dimensions have stayed intact, all your old cases should work like magic.

Pricing and availability

The new iPad mini comes in an array of new colors: Purple, pink, starlight and space gray. Apple was kind enough to double the storage so the baseline model now offers 64 gigabytes of storage whereas its predecessor started at a paltry 32 gigabytes. The new iPad mini starts at $499 like the older model it’s replacing and is available to order starting today.

Apple has said that shipments will start next week.

For further information, read the iPad mini 6 press release published on Apple Newsroom.

Dxomark: Huawei P40 Pro Has An Excellent Quality Display

The Huawei P40 Pro screen scored a total of 85 points, which allowed it to take fourth place, ahead of the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max (84) and behind the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G (89), OnePlus 8 Pro (88) and Apple iPhone 12 Pro (87). However, in some specs, the display of the Huawei P40 Pro turned out to be better than that of the leaders.

DxOMark stated that readability was largely hindered by the Huawei P40 Pro’s display getting the maximum rating. The screen was not very bright both indoors and outdoors. It got 66 points, while the iPhone 12 Pro got 72 points.

However, the flagship from the Chinese tech giant has been praised for its color performance. In this test, it received 83 points against 75 points for the Apple iPhone 12 Pro. In addition, the display of the Huawei P40 Pro was very smooth, the content in motion looks just fine: 87 points against 81 for the iPhone 12 Pro.

The smartphone has excellent motion blur control and video playback instantly. For the responsiveness of touch controls, the smartphone received 67 points against 61 points for the iPhone 12 Pro. At the same time, the screen shows more artifacts, especially in games.


Color rendering is pleasant and accurate in still images.

Motion rendering is excellent, in particular frame drop performance and control of motion blur.

Luminance level is adapted to night reading (except when BLF is on).


Brightness levels are low indoors and outdoors, except in low-light conditions.

Video performance is disappointing, especially brightness level and gamma management.

Touch accuracy is low on the sides and especially in the bottom corners.

Aliasing is noticeable when gaming.

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6.58-inch (2640 x 1200 pixels) Flex OLED display with 90Hz refresh rate, DCI-P3 HDR

HUAWEI Kirin 990 5G (2 x Cortex-A76 Based 2.86 GHz + 2 x Cortex-A76 Based 2.36 GHz + 4 x Cortex-A55 1.95 GHz) processor with  ARM Mali-G76MP16 GPU, Dual Big Core + Tiny Core NPUs(Neural-network Processing Unit)

8GB RAM with 256GB / 512GB storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with NM card

Android 10 with EMUI 10.1

Dual SIM (nano SIM + eSIM)

P40 Pro – 50MP  RYYB Ultra Vision camera with f/1.9 aperture, OIS, 40MP ultra-wide cine camera with f/1.8 aperture, 12MP RYYB periscope camera with f/3.4 aperture, OIS, 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom and 50x digital zoom, ToF camera for depth sensing, dual-tone LED flash, 4k video recording at 60fps, ISO 51200 and 7680fps Ultra Slow-Motion video capture

P40 Pro+ – 50MP  RYYB Ultra Vision camera with f/1.9 aperture, OIS, 40MP ultra-wide cine camera with f/1.8 aperture, 8MP periscope camera with f/4.4 aperture, OIS, 10x optical zoom, 8MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 aperture, OIS, 3x optical zoom, ToF camera for depth sensing, 20x Hybrid Zoom, 100x Max Zoom, dual-tone LED flash, 4k video recording at 60fps, ISO 51200 and 7680fps Ultra Slow-Motion video capture

32MP front camera with f/2.2 aperture, IR Depth / Gesture Camera for pro bokeh, Face unlock, 4k video recording

In-display fingerprint sensor

Water, dust resistant (IP68)

P40 Pro Dimensions: 158.2×72.6×8.95mm; Weight: 209g

P40 Pro+ Dimensions: 158.2×72.6x9mm; Weight: 226g

USB Type-C Audio

5G SA/NSA, Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ax (2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 5.1 LE, GPS (L1 + L5 dual band), NavIC, NFC, USB 3.1  Type-C (GEN1)

4200mAh (typical) battery with 40W SuperCharge, 27W / 40W (Pro+) Wireless HUAWEI SuperCharge

Double Mockup: 12.9″ Ipad Pro + Next

Apple may not be interested in making a full-on television set after all, if Yukari Iwatani Kane’s scathing book, titled Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs (available on the iBooks Store), is anything to go by. Needlees to say, that’s not stopping those mockups from coming.

Take, for instance, German website chúng tôi which today put out an interesting concept envisioning Apple’s rumored oversized iPad, the iPad Pro with a 12.9-inch edge-to-edge screen.

The same outlet previously mocked up a next-generation Apple TV concept sporting an interesting looking remote with touch controls that resembles the iPod touch. Unlike some other crazy concepts, the publication did its homework by basing the renderings on rumor-mill reporting.

Let’s take a look at the iPad Pro concept first.

Back in June of last year, The Wall Street Journal set the tongues wagging by quoting by citing people familiar with Apple’s plans as claiming that the company had been testing a prototype iPad device with a 12.9-inch screen.

The rumor-mill readily picked up the report though recent reporting seemingly suggests that Apple may have put the project on hold. The usually reliable Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, for instance, thinks we won’t see the iPad Pro until 2024 although the company is accelerating development of the device.

And earlier this month, the hit-and-miss DigiTimes claimed Apple had actually shelved the project due to various developmental issues, based on supply chain and channel inventory sources.

A few salient points by

The iPad Pro design is pretty close to its siblings, the iPad mini Retina and iPad Air. Curved corners and a flat back. Sound is provided from speakers that are placed left and right from the Lightning connector.

Touch ID is integrated in the saphire glass protected home button, which was introduced for iPhone 5s.

The screen is 12.9 inch wide and has a 4K-solution with 3,072×2,304 pixels (298 ppi), using LED-backlights and IPS-technology.

Even though it’s wider, it’s still as thin as the iPad Air: 7.5 mm.

The bigger screen with more pixels requires an A8 chipset with 64-bit-architecture.

Apps for the iPad Air are shown optimized by the iPad Pro. Dedicated apps – labelled with “Pro” – use the higher resolution and performance of the all new iPad Pro.

New pencils may fully employ all the features like pressure sensitivity. But don’t hold your breath for a multi button pen made by Apple.

Here’s the full gallery of iPad Pro mockups.

For what it’s worth, I’m not entirely convinced that the iPad Pro makes sense. Even though such a device would no doubt win heats and minds of creative professionals – think touch-optimized Aperture and Final Cut Pro on a 12.9-inch multitouch screen – it would admittedly lack mass-market appeal and Apple rarely caters to niche markets.

And now, on to’s Apple TV concept.

The website is envisioning a 4K resolution-capable next-generation Apple TV thanks to an HDMI 2.0 port, driven by the A7 chip already used in the iPhone 5s, iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display.

“The main attraction is the revamped remote control, completely redesigned as a touch device that might be wirelessly rechargeable via Apple TV,” the story notes, adding you’d still be able to control the set-top box through Apple’s free Remote iOS app.

And here’s the full gallery.

The publication goes on to put DVD Audio, SADC, Dolby Digital Plus, True HD and dts-HD, 32 channel audio and 1536 kHz sample rate on their wish list. We’re of course expecting an Apple TV App Store for games as well, in addition to speedy 802.11ac Wi-Fi networking, Bluetooth and more.

At any rate, these mockups are just that – mockups – so don’t read too much into them as we’re reposting the images here for the discussion’s sake.

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