So I got a chance to check out the iPad Pro this weekend and let me just say it is sexy as hell!! It’s so slender, you can’t even put a headphone jack in it. She’s also expensive. When you buy the keyboard folio, the magnetic Apple Pencil 2, and the iPad itself, you are easily over $1600.
But it does supersede a comparable laptop in many ways. It has True Tone, adaptive liquid retina display, an eight core A12x Bionic chip which is 7nm small, the smallest processor ever, and 7 GPUs. So it is fast as hell. Faster than 92% of all laptops sold this past year, according to Apple. No doubt the iPad Pro is the computer of the future.
The negative part however is that iOS is too underwhelming to take advantage of all that power. In other words, things you should be able to do, like add an external hard drive or keyboard, you can’t do that. Sure, some creatives people will be able to harness the power, but for most, you end up paying a ton of money for an overpriced Netflix machine.
Amazon announced a new product they are coming with at the end of the month called the Amazon Smart Plug. It is designed to operate with their Alexa program giving you voice control over anything that is plugged into it such as lights, fans, etc. You can schedule things to be turned on or off or control them from far away using the Alexa app. This sharp new item is due out October 29th starting at under $30 per unit.
In order to compete with Apple and Android, Google has just previous announced 2 new phones. Among them is the Google Pixel 3 XL. It offers a 6.3-inch display that Google is calling “flexible OLED”. It also features a 3960 x 1440 pixel display, resulting in 523ppi. That is the resolution needed to compete with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and sharper than the new iPhone XS Max. It supports HDR which will make it great for watching movies and viewing photos. The release date is set for October 18th in the US and November 1st in 12 more countries including the UK. You can preorder it today. The price is $899 for the 64GB of storage and $999 for the 128GB of storage.