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What’s an iPad? What’s a Mac?

CCS Insight, which has most tech giants on its client list, has predicted that a folding iPhone won’t launch before 2025, and that it will cost around $2,500. It says that Apple will first launch a folding iPad, and that we can expect that device in 2024.

This is broadly consistent with earlier reports by display analyst Ross Young, and Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo – with CSS saying that going iPhone first would be far too risky …

Folding iPhone background

Apple has so far taken its usual approach to bleeding-edge technology: sit back and watch, let other companies make the mistakes, and launch only when it feels it can create something significantly better than its rivals.

Samsung has already demonstrated the huge risk of jumping in too early, with the launch of the first Galaxy Fold model proving to be a complete disaster. While pre-orders went well, it was just 48 hours before major problems were found as reviewers tested the device. Samsung initially said it was delaying the launch until May before it canceled pre-orders. The company then talked about a July launch, before cancelling that too.

The phone did eventually launch, but the reputational damage was substantial – and our sister site 9to5Google found that the biggest flaw is still present in the very latest iteration, the Galaxy Z Fold 4:

Samsung didn’t make any changes where it counts. The biggest glaring flaw I personally still have with durability on the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is with dust resistance – there just isn’t any. There are brushes in the hinge that are supposed to keep dust out, but on my Fold 3, that didn’t work out particularly well. Dust slipped through during my first couple of months of use, and remained wedged in the hinge throughout the rest of the year, and is still there to this day, causing a little bump in the display […]

Even now, just days after Fold 4s have arrived on doorsteps, the crease-crack problem has already surfaced.

Display analyst Ross Young said earlier this year that there were no supply chain indications of work on a folding iPhone, and he now wasn’t expecting one before 2025. This was later backed by Ming-Chi Kuo, who additionally suggested that the first device might be a foldable iPad.

What’s an iPhone? What’s an iPad? What’s a Mac?

One of the key questions about Apple’s foldable plans is which of two approaches the company will take.

The first is the equivalent of the Fold: an iPhone that unfolds into an iPad. The second would be like the Motorola Razr: a big iPhone that folds down into a small iPhone. Most seem to be expecting the former approach.

But, just as Apple suggests that the iPad raises the question “What is a computer?”, so the Fold approach raises similar questions. Is such a device an iPhone that unfolds into an iPad, or an iPad that folds down into an iPhone?

Folding iPad prediction

But what CSS is predicting is effectively a modest-sized iPad that unfolds into a large one. It says Apple will take this approach in order to avoid the risk of a Samsung-style disaster with its flagship product. CNBC reports:

“Right now it doesn’t make sense for Apple to make a foldable iPhone. We think they will shun that trend and probably dip a toe in the water with a foldable iPad,” Ben Wood, chief of research at CCS Insight, told CNBC in an interview.

“A folding iPhone will be super high risk […] If Apple had any technical issues with the foldable phone, then it would be a “feeding frenzy” with critics attacking Apple for the problems.

The company makes a less convincing argument that Apple would be worried about a folding device cannibalizing other sales.

There is an obvious risk that consumers decide they only need one device rather than two – but this is already the case. Large iPhones undoubtedly take business from the iPad mini, and the iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard similarly costs the company some MacBook sales. But Apple has always said that if it isn’t willing to cannibalize its own products, someone else will.

The firm also suggests that an eventual folding iPhone will be massively more expensive than even the top-end Pro Max models, predicting a price tag of $2,500.

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Our Microsoft Andromeda “Folding Surface” Hopes Just Got Iced

Our Microsoft Andromeda “folding Surface” hopes just got iced

Enthusiasm about the Microsoft Andromeda folding Surface tablet may have been premature, with new whispers suggesting a 2023 release simply isn’t going to happen. Chatter around Microsoft’s bold new hardware had gained pace over the past few months, with the Windows 10 based device said to be positioned as a disruptor to both the smartphone and laptop segments.

To do that, insiders suggested, it would cherry-pick from the cutting-edge in display hardware and the latest and greatest in Windows code. On the physical side, Microsoft was said to be experimenting with flexible OLED panels. That could allow a tablet that folded in half – or even into thirds – so as to be more pocket-friendly without sacrificing on usable screen real-estate.

As for software, Andromeda depends on a number of new features being developed for Windows 10. The device was expected to build on a new, modular approach to Windows architecture, for example, which would allow hardware OEMs to select piecemeal what their OS build of choice would comprise. A new way of dealing with flexible user interface layouts was also said to be instrumental, allowing Andromeda’s UI to change according to how much of the screen was unfolded and visible at any one time, as per these beguiling concept mock-ups by designer David Breyer.

It’s that – collectively, though unofficially, known as “AndromedaOS” – which is said to be causing headaches now. Microsoft has reportedly decided to push back the aspects of Windows 10 that relate to Andromeda, with sources telling ZDNet that they will no longer be part of the upcoming “Redstone 5” feature release. That’s on track to be pushed out later in 2023, most likely around October.

Now, indeed, Microsoft is apparently trying to decide whether those features will even be part of “Redstone 6” when that is released. According to the sources, though part of the issue is getting the specific code actually ready for public consumption, that’s not the only issue. The software giant is also said to be cautious about whether there’s a market for Andromeda at all, at least in its current state.

Among the concerns is that, though there’s been a generally positive reaction to the leaks so far, the actual cohort of people who would buy Andromeda in production form could be vanishingly small. Such a group would need to accept the premium pricing that hardware like folding OLED would demand, require pen and touch input, and be content with only those apps available through the Microsoft Store.

Exactly what sort of price we’re talking about is still unclear, but nobody is expecting the first batch of folding OLED gadgets to be cheap. Leaks around Samsung’s Galaxy X folding Android smartphone, for example, have tipped a price equivalent to around $1,800. With the Galaxy X benefiting from the fact that it’s Samsung Display making the screen the handset will use, it’s hard to imagine Microsoft coming in under that figure.

Although this might sound like Andromeda going to same way as the Surface Mini and, years prior to that, the Microsoft Courier, it may not be quite so pessimistic an outlook. The sources claim that Andromeda may well reach the market as more of a folding tablet than a smartphone-scale device, with full Win32 app support. That might make it something more like what we’re expecting from the Lenovo Yoga Book 2, which will have both a regular touchscreen and an e-paper touchscreen keyboard in a clamshell notebook design.

Iphone Periscope Lens Coming To Both Pro Models In 2024

We’re expecting a big boost to the telephoto capabilities of this year’s flagship iPhone, as a periscope lens comes to the iPhone 15 Pro Max. This is expected to offer somewhere in the range of 5x to 10x optical zoom, compared to the maximum 3x zoom of the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max.

All the reports say that the new feature will be exclusive to the top-tier model (which may switch branding from Pro Max to Ultra), but a new supply chain report says that’s set to change next year …


We’ve previously explained what a periscope lens is, and what it means. If you’re already up to speed with this, skip on down.

At its simplest, a zoom lens requires three elements: front, middle, and rear. The front and rear elements can be fixed, while the middle element moves between them. (In practice, most lenses have additional elements to help correct distortion.)

The problem with zoom lenses is that the front and rear elements need to be a certain distance apart. In general, the higher the zoom factor, the greater this distance needs to be.

This is a problem when you want to have a high optical zoom within a very slim device like an iPhone. Apple partly gets around this with the infamous camera bump, which sees the lenses stick out beyond the rear casing, but this isn’t an ideal solution.

You may not be familiar with periscopes unless you’re a submarine fan, or old enough to have had one as a childhood toy. Essentially it’s a tube with two 45-degree lenses mounted at either end of them. You look into one end and can see an image reflected from the other end.

A periscope lens uses the same principle, but with just a single mirror, to bend the light 90 degrees. This means that, instead of needing an even bigger camera bump, the length of lens required sits at a 90-degree angle within the iPhone casing. Here you can see a conventional lens left, and a periscope lens right:

iPhone periscope lens plans

An iPhone periscope lens has been expected for some time, with reports dating back to at least 2023. Subsequent reports suggested that 2023 would be the year, though it was initially unclear which model(s) would get it. Some reports suggested it was coming to both Pro models, while later ones – including Kuo – said that it will be limited to the iPhone 15 Pro Max/Ultra.

A new report from The Elec echoes this, stating that two Korean companies have the contracts to supply components for these – specifically, the “actuator” mechanism for moving the zoom element within the lens.

The folded zoom actuator for the iPhone 15 series, which will be released by Apple in the second half of this year, will be supplied by two domestic companies, LG Ennotek and Zhwa Electronics […] Apple will be applying a folded zoom for the first time this year for the top model of the iPhone 15 series.

The report goes on to say that the periscope lens is expected to come to both Pro models next year.

Apple is reportedly planning to apply one (Promax) for the iPhone 15 series this year and two (Pro) for the iPhone 16 series next year.

5x or 10x zoom?

There have been conflicting reports about how much zoom capability will be provided by the iPhone periscope lens, with some suggesting 5x zoom while others suggest 10x. (Even more than this would be technically possible, but there are trade-offs between reach and distortion, and Apple is likely to opt for quality over quantity.)

Personally, I think Apple will want to make a big deal over the feature, so 10x optical zoom seems more likely, as this is achievable without too much compromise.

Business Insider showed a good example of what this range looks like, from 1x on the left to 10x on the right:

Photo: Faizan Ali/Unsplash

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Apple Releases First Ios 11.3 Developer Beta For Iphone And Ipad

As promised earlier today, Apple has released the first iOS 11.3 developer beta loaded with new features for iPhone and iPad. A free public beta version will be available in the future.

Apple previewed several new features this morning including:

4 new Animoji on iPhone X: Lion, Skull, Bear, and and Dragon

ARKit 1.5 with support for vertical surfaces like walls, irregular shaped surfaces like circular tables, support for auto-focus, and 50% higher resolution

Business Chat for iMessage in beta with Discover, Hilton, Lowe’s and Wells Fargo on board

Health Records in Health app automatically updated from select partners

More prominent music video features in Apple Music

HomeKit software authentication without chip certification

Advanced Mobile Location for sending your location to emergency services when calling from iPhone

Apple has also promised new battery features on iPhones affected by performance throttling, although these won’t be in the initial beta.

A toggle to disable performance throttling on affected iPhones with older batteries will be in a future beta next month, and battery health stats will be added as well.

As always, we’ll dig in to the new beta and update with any other changes we unpack. Stay tuned.

🚨 Ah! Messages in the Cloud is available in beta! 🚨

New privacy page during setup (photo incoming) and a new Privacy icon in Settings (gray becomes blue)

Splash screen for Messages in the Cloud, backup can be disabled in Settings

iBooks is now just Books

App Store lists version number and update size on Updates screen

App Store following text size

Hello, Feedback app…

Apple TV shows up in Home app with tvOS 11.3, doesn’t work as hub for automation and remote access without tvOS 11.3 on iOS 11.3, AirPlay 2 also working 

New ‘Confirm with Side Button’ prompt for purchases on iPhone X:

Notes and Known Issues 3rd Party Apps

New Issues

Skype may crash on launch or after sign-in. (36501124)


Resolved Issues

Continuing from a breakpoint while debugging an ARSession no longer results in VIO breaking. Visual objects placed in the world/anchor are now visible. (31561202)


Known Issues

Clients of NSURLSessionStreamTask that use a non-secure connection fail to connect when an error occurs during PAC file evaluation and the system is configured for either Web Proxy Auto Discovery (WPAD) or Proxy Automatic Configuration (PAC). A PAC evaluation failure can occur when the PAC file contains invalid JavaScript or the HTTP host serving the PAC file is unreachable. (33609198)

Workaround: Use startSecureConnection to establish a secure connection. Health

New Issues

In beta 1, Health Record accounts and data are not synced to Health in iCloud. This results in data from the device not syncing to other devices. (35431094)

Workaround: Remove and then add the iCloud account on the upgraded device to restore Health data.


New Issues

Maps may crash when tapping the “Destinations” UI while connected to CarPlay. (34862998)

Workaround: Either use Siri voice input to start navigation or start navigation on the device before connecting to CarPlay.


New Issues

The start Item property of MPMusicPlayerMediaItemQueueDescriptorAPI is ignored resulting in the first song in a list being played for any request. (33567879)


New Issues

Mobile Device Management

New Features

Added new configuration settings for device management. For details of the new settings, see the Configuration Profile Reference and the MDM Protocol Reference.

Delay the ability to see and install iOS updates for up to 90 days.

Disable USB Restricted Mode.

Enable and disable Bluetooth if the Bluetooth settings are not restricted.

Find information for an installed app including update availability, if it is assigned to the device or the user, and if the source of the app is the App Store, an Enterprise app, or a beta.

Arrange WebClips to the Home Screen Layout payload.

Skip the Proximity Setup screen on first reboot after using the EraseDevice command.

Skip the Privacy screen during setup.

Require teacher permission for a student to leave an unmanaged class in Classroom.

Restrict the Apple TVs the Remote app can connect to.

Reinstall deleted system apps with the InstallApplication command.


Resolved Issues

WebApps saved to the home screen and webpages in SafariViewController can now use the camera to capture images. (35542231)

Single Sign On

Resolved Issues

Background tasks now correctly authenticate in an app that uses Kerberos for single sign- on. (36301557)


New Issues

Siri control of AirPlay 2 isn’t enabled in iOS 11.3 beta 1. (36551796)


Known Issues


Known Issues

Debugging a disabled Messages extension may cause Messages to crash. (33657938)

Workaround: Before starting the debug session, enable the extension by tapping the More (…) button to show the list of apps, then tapping the Edit button, and then tapping the switch to turn on the extension.

After a simulated iOS device starts up, it’s not possible to pull down the Lock screen. (33274699)

Workaround: Lock and unlock the simulated device and then reopen Home screen.

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What Will The Apple Watch Edition Cost? Jewelry And Watch People Weigh In

When we first started talking about the Apple Watch, some predicted that the highest-end model—the 18k gold Edition—could retail for more than $1,000. Now that seems almost quaint. Apple-focused blogs such as Daring Fireball now regularly bandy about numbers like $10,000—and sometimes far more.

The jewelry and watch sources I spoke with all think a price tag of $6,000 or more is reasonable, maybe even probable. “If it’s under $5,000, it will shock me,” says Michael Pucci, founder of the Los Angeles–based Abbiamo Group, marketing and sales consultants for jewelry and watches. He thinks the price tag will fall between $6,000 and $10,000, but not likely much more than that.

The 18k gold is, of course, the watch’s most valuable component. While it’s difficult to judge gold content from photos—given questions about thickness, etc.—industry experts believe the watch and accompanying case will use about 1 ounce of gold (currently trading for around $1,200).

The Apple Watch Edition.

Yet, you can’t just value the gold by weight, argues Torry Hoover, president of Hoover & Strong, the metals refiner.

“These can’t be mass-produced,” he says. “You can machine parts of it, but it will take a fair amount to make a case. There is still a lot of handwork that has to be done with it.”

That’s because gold’s properties sometimes make the metal ill-suited for assembly lines, says Jason Wilbur, a Los Angeles–based watch designer.

“We all know how soft gold is. It’s tricky. It moves around a little more than other metals. You have a lot of sharp edges and soft materials and little connection points, so you can’t just use manufacturing tools. The lugs may end up snapping off. One little pockmark on this thing will show up. You can’t just use the same tools as the other models and throw some gold in there, and there is your watch.”

Apple claims it’s using a company-developed metal that’s “up to twice as hard as standard gold.” Of course, saying “up to” gives it a lot of leeway, and no one I spoke to thinks it will introduce anything truly radical.

“There are always different alloys, but I think that’s more marketing than anything else,” says Morris Chabbott, managing director of New York City–based Morét Time. “I’ve been in the gold business, and there are many different things you can do with it. Apple is about making the best technology, so if they are making gold they may want a little edge to it.”

Given all the extras involved—including promotion costs and Apple’s traditional 40 percent margin—most guessed the watch will likely wholesale for around $3,000–$4,000. Then comes the thornier question of how much it will retail for.

Apple’s hiring of Patrick Pruniaux, former sales director at TAG Heuer, signals it wants to sell the high-end watch sold at the standard places that sell high-end watches—perhaps department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman.

But the company is known for offering retailers (including its own) meager margins. Stores make a scant 3 percent on each iPad, according to ZDNet. High-end retailers may like the Apple Watch as a traffic builder. But they may draw the line at 3 percent.

“This could bring a new consumer to department stores,” says Pucci. “But I think they will also tell them: ‘Look we love you guys, but we have to make at least 35 to 40 percent.’ ”

So what category does this fall into? Apple being Apple, retailers may give it some leeway—to a point.

“Apple’s brand is formidable,” says Block. “But so is Rolex’s, so is Patek Philippe’s. Some of the other brands are just as formidable in this category. It hasn’t established its value yet in gold.” (He believes the Apple Watch will be bigger in overseas markets such China and South America than it will be in the United States.)

Apple could sell the watch at its own high-end boutiques—it is reportedly opening a store on Madison Avenue in New York City, on a retail strip surrounded by jewelry stores. In addition, according to The New Yorker, Apple design head Jonathan Ive and store chief Angela Ahrendts—who formerly ran Burberry—are remodeling the standard stores so they “become a more natural setting for vitrines filled with gold.” (Among the rumored changes: Salespeople will wear shirts with collars.) Ive talks about overhearing one conversation: “I’m not going to buy a watch if I can’t stand on carpet.”

So it’s safe to say Apple stores will now feature nice carpets. That costs money. So does the extra security needed for high-end items. Carrying a gold watch is “totally antithetical to their current retail model,” says John Kennedy, president of the Jewelers’ Security Alliance. “You can’t have people touching it. You can’t have it out on counters. You have the same problems that retail jewelers have, in terms of distraction thefts, in terms of switching, in terms of grab and runs.”

Then there are the X factors. Wilbur believes that Apple will leverage the “psychology of luxury brands.”

“No one wants an Hublot for $3,000. They want it for $20,000 or $30,000. A lot of people will only want this if it’s $10,000 or more.”

It is difficult to find a gold watch for less than $10,000—many retail for double that. Of course, Swiss manufacturers will argue this is an Apple-to-Rolex comparison, as their products’ intricate craftsmanship justifies that high price tag. “What makes a high-end watch?” asks Hoover. “It’s the Swiss movements, the inner workings. That’s why collectors buy them. This has none of that. It’s inserting a high-end case on a piece of electronics.” (That said, not all consumers will realize that—or care.)

Then there’s the question of value. As the watch industry likes to remind people, its products are built to last generations. The Apple Watch might turn obsolete by next week. The high-end model might allow users to upgrade by making the “guts” removable, which would partly solve the problem, but not totally. “The Watch will become thinner,” says tech site Venture Beat. “It may incorporate a better battery. It might get a camera.… After a couple of years of ownership the first-generation 18-karat gold Apple Watch will be outdated beyond anything a firmware update can fix.”

This is also still pretty new ground for the company, and tech in general. “As far as I’m aware, this is the first technology product that is made out of precious metal besides the Vertu phone,” says Chabbot. “I think it will fit into a price point where it’s accessible luxury.”

I agree, and predict a low price point—possibly $5,999. High margins and low turnover are the luxury store business model. Not Apple’s. If the company makes a thousand dollars or more on each high-end watch, that’s far better than what it takes home on a $700 iPhone.

Plus, it can always go higher. If Apple establishes itself as a luxury brand, it could produce watches sprinkled with diamonds, or introduce limited-edition designs, or do co-ventures with established names.

The company is still dipping its toe in the water here. Whatever number the first Edition retails for, it may not be the ceiling, but the floor.

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Ipad Pro Diary: Day 1, First Impressions

This could be dangerous to my wallet. The last time I ordered an Apple gadget, confident that I wouldn’t be keeping it, I turned out to be wrong. Very wrong.

My view of the iPad Pro before mine arrived was very clear: this was a corporate device. It’s going to be great for carrying around lots of A4 documents to view at almost full size. It’s going to be a fantastic presentation tool for one-on-one meetings.

But I didn’t see it as a consumer device. It does nothing a standard sized iPad can’t do – though I was sure my colleague Dom was going to be right in describing it as a killer Netflix machine.

But will it, like the Watch, win me over in my arbitrary one-week trial … ? 

I was fully expecting my first impression to be that it was big – very big. Curiously, this wasn’t the case. I’d ordered the Logitech Create keyboard with it, and two separate packages arrived. I opened the larger of the two, expecting it to be the iPad, but nope, that was the keyboard.

Even when I took it out of the box, it didn’t look huge. Holding it in my hands, it felt big for sure, but not ridiculously so, as I’d expected. In fact, it was only really when I put it next to my iPad Air 2 that the true size difference became instantly visible.

Which was when I noticed something unexpected: the iPad Pro didn’t look huge, the iPad Air 2 started to look a little small. My wallet was starting to feel a little nervous.

Similarly with my iPhone 6s. I actually stuck with my iPhone 4s right up until the iPhone 6, as I actually preferred the more pocket-friendly size. Eventually I had to upgrade, of course, but I still find it right at the limit of the size I’d want a phone to be. In this company, though, it looked rather small.

It still feels like a slim device, though the Logitech keyboard does make it significantly thicker.

I thought a size comparison with my MacBooks would be interesting. First with my MBP 17.

But the really interesting comparison is with my MacBook Air 11 – the one I was praising yesterday. That’s the top photo (where metering from the screen does some interesting things to the color of the desk due to the white balance), but to save you the trouble of scrolling:

Their overall dimensions, with the keyboard, are not dissimilar. But suddenly the MacBook Air screen feels a little cramped.

In use

Switching it on and restoring from a backup reminded me how clunky this process is. Restoring a new device from backup, whether it’s iCloud or iTunes, ought to be a simple two-step process: confirm you want to do the restore, then enter your iCloud credentials and wait.

It’s really not like that. You have to login to iCloud multiple times, and then login to all your apps. It’s a pain, and Apple really needs to make this process much, much better. But that’s another topic. Back to the iPad Pro …

Once everything was restored, the first thing that struck me was the ridiculous waste of space on the Home screen.

I know Apple doesn’t want to do different grid spacings for every single device, but this is crazy. In fact, to show just how crazy, Benjamin took Jeremy’s iPad Pro Home screen and managed to fit the original iPhone Home screen in the gap between icons!

Apple could comfortably accommodate eight columns by six rows on this size screen with plenty of space between icons – even more for my personal tastes. That would be double the number of apps per screen, something I’d love to see.

Using apps is a very mixed experience. Some are nothing short of fantastic! Reading a magazine in Magzster, for example, is just a joy. You don’t need to scroll or zoom on any page – it’s almost like holding the paper magazine in your hands. This one needs the iPhone 6s in shot for scale.

It’s beautiful. If you’re a magazine guy, and could afford to drop this kind of cash on the Pro, that’s almost enough reason right there.

iBooks too is just lovely. In landscape mode, you have the closest thing you’re ever going to get to holding the paper book in your hands.

In an ideal world, I’d like to see the book use a little more of the width of the display, but it really is a fantastic way to read a book. (Yes, by a staggering coincidence, that is one of my technothrillers.)

iBooks makes good use of the screen size on the library screen, with the covers a sensible size. Kindle doesn’t, and really needs to follow Apple’s lead here – the covers are too big on this size screen.

Netflix is indeed a joy to watch, as you’d expect, but again could usefully reduce the size of the icons for the Pro.

Most apps are not yet optimized for the iPad Pro, so as Jeremy mentioned yesterday, mostly what you see are standard iPad apps, magnified. Everything works just fine, but many do look rather silly.

But web pages … that’s a different matter! With my iPad Air 2, I almost always keep the screen locked to landscape mode. But with the iPad Pro, portrait mode is just fantastic. Webpages start to feel like magazine or newspaper pages. Here’s how much of the BBC news site you can see in portrait model, for example – and on the Pro, the text is all comfortably sized.

It’s the same story with other websites (ours, for example). You see a lot of the page at once, and get a very magazine-like experience.

But by this stage I had discovered one drawback: I was really starting to feel the weight difference. The iPad Pro weighs 1.59 pounds against just under a pound for the iPad Air 2. When you’re holding it in one hand to scroll with the other, you do really feel that weight. When you have to hold it still with one hand to type with the other, then it’s nothing short of uncomfortable.

John Gruber even went as far as to suggest that this is the first iOS device designed to be used on a desktop rather than in the hand. I wouldn’t go that far, but yes, if you’re planning to type on it, you do definitely want it on your desk.

The iPad Pro is also undeniably less portable than its smaller brothers. I have a shoulder bag that accommodates my normal iPad, and this definitely wouldn’t fit.

Conclusions so far

It’s a lovely device. Even in the few hours I’ve had to play with it so far, the size has already started to feel normal – the weight not so much.

I’ve had very little time to play with the keyboard as yet, so I’ll talk about that in the next update. I do like the fact that there’s no messing around with pairing. Immediate impressions of it in use are that it isn’t as nice as a MacBook keyboard, nor the Brydge one I use with my iPad Air 2, but it does the job. ‘Adequate but not great’ would be my immediate assessment.

Which does, of course, raise another issue. If you have a bunch of accessories for your iPad – case, keyboard and so on – then the true cost of upgrading to the larger device are even higher than the rather steep purchase price (I of course opted for the 128GB with LTE).

Am I likely to keep the iPad Pro? Before it arrived, I was confident the answer would be ‘no.’ I have to confess, I’m already less sure. My wallet is currently looking over its shoulder with a very nervous expression.

But I haven’t taken it outside the house yet. Once I start carrying it around, and using it on the move (as I will tomorrow evening), I’m going to get a more realistic perspective. Let’s see.

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