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Super Wednesday

来自苹果的大新闻下降。长话短说:

  • 新的iPad Pro。Same sizes and shapes (11 and 12.9 inches), faster CPUs and GPUs.
  • iPados 13.4 - 这是星期二 - 将包括对小鼠和探测器的完整系统范围的指针支持。
  • 具有集成触控板和背光键的iPad专业人员的新的299美元魔术键盘案例。
  • 新的MacBook Air。存储翻了一番,性能有很大提高,价格大幅下降。

长篇小说更长:

Mouse and Trackpad Pointer Support in iPadOS 13.4

以上和超出任何硬件公告,这是我最令人兴奋的新闻。首先,这是not其中一个特征期望Apple将在3月中期的中期循环中下降到3月中期的操作系统更新。提出了在iOS中的严重鼠标指针支持的线索从某种iOS 14泄漏中收集(我猜,从9To5 Mac的方式写了关于它,一个运行iOS 14的早期建设的设备),但没有人有任何墨水即可now。(Steven Troughton-Smith came closest,with this prescient tweet昨天。)

This mouse pointer support is rich and deep — it is不仅仅是一个简单的虚拟手指提示,而且比Mac风格的鼠标光标的iOS端口更加周到和更善意和直接。

首先,当只是静静时,主光标是一个圆圈而不是箭头。圆圈感觉正确;一个箭头肯定会出错。同样,Mac将从箭头将其主要光标更改为圆圈会感到难过。对我来说,它归结为je ne sais quoiof the fundamental differences between iPad and Mac.

将鼠标悬停在令人震惊的按钮时,指针会消失,而是在按钮周围获得悬停状态亮点。将鼠标悬停在码头或托盘上的应用程序图标,而不是在图标顶部看到鼠标指针,而不是看到图标周围的亮点,就像在TVOS上弹出的方式。When text editing, the cursor changes to an I-beam, of course, but it’s an all-new I-beam cursor, not the one you get in iOS while using the on-screen keyboard as a virtual trackpad (after a tap-and-hold on the spacebar or two-finger tap-and-drag on the key area). This new I-beam cursor is smart. It adjusts to the size of the text you’re editing — if you’re editing 16-point text you’ll get a smaller cursor; if you’re editing 48-point text you’ll get a larger cursor. (Lo these 35+ years after the original Macintosh, it suddenly strikes me as a bit silly that the I-beam cursor stays small even when editing very large text.) The new iPadOS I-beam cursor also is aware of where lines are in text fields, and “snaps” to the line.

These effects — hover states and size-appropriate I-beam cursor — should just work for existing iPad apps using standard UIKit controls. New APIs are rolling out now for developers who want to take additional advantage of mouse and trackpad support (like, say, if their apps use non-standard text layout engines).

这些功能不是新的魔术键盘的触控板排除。ipados 13.4lets you use these features使用任何iPad,使用任何(或几乎任何 - 我确定有一些奇怪的例外)蓝牙或USB鼠标或探测器,包括Apple的Magic TrackPad和魔术鼠标。这将来到每个人这个星期二,3月24日星期二,开发商的新测试版今天早些时候发布。

iPad Pro的魔术键盘

这件事看起来很棒。真正的键(带背光)。它漂浮在键盘表面上方的iPad。您可以显然是tear off the iPad from the keyboard with a single hand. And there’s no kickstand. It’s strong enough to hold the iPad Pro in place, adjustable to any angle from 90° to 130° — a significant range of motion.

Basically, this makes a “docked” iPad Pro a true clamshell laptop. It’s still going to be very top-heavy compared to a pure laptop, but that’s inherently true for any dockable tablet. On a pure laptop, the top part is只要显示屏,显示表面是轻质塑料,而不是玻璃。在平板电脑上,整个“计算机”位于顶部,显示器是(相对)的重玻璃。

Apple的智能键盘盖已经......罚款。但是,如果没有追求事后的话,他们已经清楚地 - 至少在追随的席位上了。他们似乎只是设计typing而且对于单独打字,并不是那么伟大,因为他们使用那些织物覆盖的柔软钥匙。Apple反对触摸屏MAC的十年历史论点之一是达到垂直或接近垂直显示器的人体工程学。他们是对的 - 它uncomfortable to poke at a vertical display for more than a few seconds. But without a trackpad (and, of course, without trackpad support in the OS) that is the only way to do many things on an iPad in a Smart Keyboard. Clamoring for touchscreen support on Macs is unlikely ever to stop, but I feel strongly that iPadsneededtrackpad support — both for ergonomic comfort and for precision. Touchscreen support for Macs is, at best, a nice-to-have idea. (And if you ask me, it’s a feature that onlysounds好。)

苹果的智能键盘盖在观察角度方面一直非常有限。目前的有两个插槽;较旧的只有一个角度。当然,一个适当的笔记本电脑使用铰链,一系列运动,可让您调整显示角度直到它just rightfor you.

Put another way, with its Smart Keyboard covers, it has never seemed like Apple was even在游戏中,以便将平板电脑变成笔记本电脑的最佳方式。有了这个新的魔术键盘,如果它的工作以及它看起来这样做,苹果可能已经跳到了包的头部。这是一个设置的设置,即使他们主要正在寻找笔记本电脑,而不是平板电脑也是如此。它进入了OS偏好的问题,而不是形成因素。

魔术比聪明更好,至少在ipad键盘盖上。

今天没有方面的产品公告,更多让我希望在魔术键盘上的铰链上的内容和动手时间是可行的。1It simply looks too good to be true that it’s strong enough to suspend the iPad Pro above the keyboard without flopping. Real keys, a real trackpad, no kickstand. It even has its own USB-C port to charge your connected iPad Pro via the Smart Connector, freeing the iPad’s own USB-C port for peripherals. It’s the first attempt from Apple at a way to use an iOS deviceprimarily作为笔记本电脑。与Apple交谈的内容,他们声称铰链和磁性连接越来越坚固,可以在您的腿上实际使用它。

唯一的颜色选项没有特殊名称,但从照片中判断(and AR) it’s a very cool near-black. It makes me wish they’d switch the dark option for MacBooks from “space gray” to this near-black color — if you’re going to offer a darker option, go a lot darker. They’ve even added an Apple logo to the back — oriented for landscape. Put an iPad Pro in this case and it’s a laptop.

唯一的缺点:魔术键盘不可用,直到“5月”,它们分别为11 / 12.9英寸iPad专业人员耗资300/350美元。这不便宜,但这些看起来不便宜。和奖金:它们与前一代11和12.9英寸iPads专业人员完全兼容,包括背面的相机切口。


作为本节的附录,我还指出,苹果公司已经与罗技的合作$150 Combo Touch Keyboard Case对于当前(第7代)10.2英寸iPad和10.5英寸iPad Air(也适用于10.5英寸iPad Pro)。它具有触控板和背光键,但它需要将iPad放入案例并在AggeStand上设置以进行支持。

The Logitech keyboard features a row of function keys, for things like home, brightness, volume, and media playback; Apple’s Magic Keyboard does not. Neither keyboard features an Escape key.2

新的iPad Pro

除了相机之外,从外面看起来与上一代相同。(如上所述,上一代模型与新的魔术键盘兼容。)在内部,新增内容的亮点包括:

  • Faster CPU and graphics performance with the A12Z chip. (Why A12Z.而不是A12X?因为他们需要一个“比X更好”的字母。但是,下次他们会做什么,因为z是字母表的末尾。并且正如我长期举行的那样,字母表中没有任何信cooler比X.)
  • Dual lens rear-facing camera system with wide and ultra-wide lenses.
  • 一种LiDARsensor in the camera system — a first for Apple.
  • 基于与优秀的麦克风阵列引入的优秀麦克风阵列,五麦克风“工作室质量”麦克风阵列11月的16英寸MacBook Pro

This is a solid update. I don’t think it’s enough to tempt most owners of the previous generation iPad Pros, but for a single generation, just about everything that could be faster is faster. In addition to CPU and GPU, that includes Wi-Fi (support for 802.11ax) and the latest and greatest LTE bands. The A12Z (I almost typed X, dammit) is now an 8-core design.

价格不变,为12.9英寸的11英寸和1,000美元的价格为800美元。进入模型存储现在是128 GB,高于64 GB。最大的存储选项是1 TB,携带500美元的保费。蜂窝连接仍然是150美元的升级。

The LiDAR sensor is — at least for now — specifically for AR. (I say “at least for now” because it seems possible to me that, come iOS 14, the LiDAR sensor could also be used as an aid for still photography and video.) LiDAR should make AR许多在这些新的iPad优先手比其他IOS设备上更快 - 特别是当您第一次启动和Arkit正在映射您的环境时。

一个好奇的遗漏:肖像模式摄影仅适用于自拍照相机。我称之为好奇,因为宽/超宽后方的相机系统似乎是非常类似于iPhone 11,它提供纵向模式。(再次,肖像模式尤其是理论上可以大量使用激光乐传感器的功能 - 该功能全点LIDAR是创建深度图。激光乐队辅助肖像模式可以来很多靠近DSLR质量散景,基于它们来自镜头的距离的模糊背景元素。)

New MacBook Air

最后但绝对不是最不重要的。这是我们等待的MacBook Air。上一代的变化:

  • 更好的基础模型性能。
  • 额外的CPU选项,具有更好的性能,包括四核核心I5和I7选项。
  • 增加存储容量,基本模型现在从256 GB开始。
  • 基本型号以999美元的价格开头 - 教育定价起价为899美元。

作为一般规则,我倾向于一轮价格痛单位lar. E.g. I wrote above that the new 11-inch iPad Pro starts at $800, when in fact it starts at $799. I do this because for me at least, it makes comparison math far more clear. I find the difference between $799 and $1,299 far more difficult to compute at a glance than the difference between $800 and $1,300. But I make an exception here for $999, because I think that’s such a psychologically powerful price point. From a consumer advocate perspective, there’s zero practical difference between $999 and $1,000. But $999 is magic.

当视网膜MacBook空气时首次亮相,它没有达到这种魔术价格。它始于1,199美元,旧的非视网膜空气围绕阵容。而且1,199美元的型号只有128 GB的存储空间。

今天,新的MacBook Air模型在两个方面非常好:他们明显更好地较低的价格。在今天之前,256 GB视网膜MacBook Air花费1,299美元,并带有蝴蝶机构键盘。今天,256 GB MacBook Air耗费999美元,配备与16英寸MacBook Pro相同的剪刀开关键盘。您节省300美元,获得更好的键盘,更快的性能,没有权衡。它越来越好,成本更低。

Or, you could spend that same $1,299 (it’s hurting me here not to type “$1,300” but I figure I ought to stay consistent within this section) and get a model with a quad-core Core i5 (instead of dual-core i3) and 512 GB of storage. Same price,way更好的性能,更好的键盘,双倍存储。


  1. 我在新产品中看到了一位预先录制的视频简报/演示文稿,我有一个录制的电话问答Q&A与一些苹果人。出于显而易见的原因,媒体中没有人有一个人的简报。↩︎

  2. 值得注意的是,在iPados 13.4中,您可以在设置中重新映射硬件修改器键→通用→键盘→硬件键盘→修改器键。因此,如果您使用这些逃生键盘中的一个并希望您有一个转义键,只需重新映射锁钥匙即可转义。↩︎︎

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