Category: iPad Pro

The iPad Mini (2021) Review


This post is by Om Malik from On my Om


After five days of using the iPad Mini, it became obvious: sometimes an iPad is not just an iPad. Confused? 

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If you are a regular reader, then you are familiar with my workflow. I switched my entire workflow to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. I own a Mac Mini (attached to an XDR Display) because I use Photoshop to edit my photos. Adobe Photoshop is subpar on the iPad.

Unlike many who find faults in the iPad and its OS, I am quite satisfied with my own device. Big screen, big battery, great camera, great speakers, nice external keyboard, ability to use a Pencil as an input device, and most importantly, built-in LTE connectivity. 

The Mega iPad does everything I need to do — from Zoom calls to writing documents, answering emails, reading articles, watching videos on various streaming services, and indulging in Twitter.

The availability of alternative browsers such as Brave and Firefox allows me to use most of the services I previously used on the MacBook. The newest version of the iPadOS has some solid improvements that have made me appreciate my iPad Pro even more. 

And you can see that most of my iPad use during the day (and sometimes in the evening) is akin to a traditional computer — keyboard-based inputs, and very rarely using alternatives such as Pencil. In the evening, I remove the keyboard, put on the softcover, and watch some YouTube, baseball, cricket, or an occasional TV series on Amazon Prime or Apple (Read more...)

I was on AppleInsider Podcast


This post is by Om Malik from On my Om


Stephen Robles of AppleInsider invited me to for a conversation for the AppleInsider podcast. It was a delightful chat about a range of topics, including iPad Pro, Creator Economy, Social Media Platforms, and our deal with this devil called social media. I talk about my ongoing (and unending affair) with the Internet and why we always tend to underestimate its power — both on the upside and the downside.

July 1, 2021, San Francisco

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Thinking about the new iPad


This post is by Om Malik from On my Om


The last time I bought a new iPad Pro was at the end of 2018, and I have been patiently waiting to order the new model with the M1 chip. Despite waking up very early on the April 30th morning to buy one from Apple’s website, I will still have to wait a few months to actually hold my new device. It looks like delivery is going to be sometime in late June 2021 or early July 2021. Whether it be for work or entertainment, I almost always prefer to use an iPad, so the wait is going to feel agonizingly long.

By the way, while shopping around, I noticed something a bit surprising about my new purchase. It turns out that the fully loaded 12.9-inch iPad Pro is currently the most expensive M1 portable computer you can buy. You pay more for the fully specked out 12.9-inch screen iPad Pro than you do for the 13-inch MacBook Pro. Both have the 8-core M1 chip with 16 GB memory and 2 TB of storage, but with the iPad you get a 5G modem and an XDR display. And a much better camera for Zoom calls.

The MacBook Pro is $2,299. Meanwhile, the iPad Pro is going to cost you $2,399 — and that’s before you shell out about $450 for a keyboard and a pencil.

If you include those additional (and necessary, I would argue) items, then the iPad Pro’s final price tag — $2,877 — is higher than any (Read more...)

Apple’s new hardware is built for our visual future


This post is by Om Malik from On my Om


Two decades into the new millennium, it is pretty apparent: hardware without software and smarts is nothing more than a gimmick. Apple’s product launch event today was a timely reminder of this new hardware reality. And I’m glad to say Apple delivered. The new iMac video cameras and the new iPad Pro’s front-facing cameras are a big step toward our visual future. 

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Ever since the pandemic began, and we started to live most of our lives on Zoom and its video conferencing cousins, we have complained about the poor quality of video cameras inside our computers. Apple computers, especially. 

We mostly put up with poor quality, though some of us bought a gadget to connect our bigger and better camera to our computers. Or if you are like me, you used the camera on the iPhone via Camo App — after all, the iPhone camera stack is way better than any standalone streaming camera. Whatever the hack, we all were sick and tired of substandard front-facing cameras on our computers. 

Throughout this pandemic experience, I have wondered why we don’t have computers with cameras that can use computer vision and depth perception to create a better video-calling experience. After all, the necessary technology building blocks are all here. 

Computer vision algorithms are progressing by the day. Computers in our pockets, bags, and homes are power-packed with computing power, machine learning chips, and GPUs. Tiny cameras and sensors — you know, the ones they use in billions of smartphones— are (Read more...)