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kscherer
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2020-03-18, 16:09

Well, here it is. The iPad finally gets something like decent editing tools, sort of but we'll wait and see.

New iPad has some pretty amazing hardware.

New Magic Keyboard thingy looks very cool, but I need time with it.

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2020-03-19, 07:56

I wish I was the type to need constant portability like this because that setup is pure sex to me. It looks like a step closer to the future, you know what I mean?

So it goes.
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2020-03-19, 08:24

Yep, that looks pretty awesome to me. But how does it balance without falling over? Looks like it would tip over at the slightest touch.
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2020-03-19, 09:49

The magic keyboard added some weight to the new MacBook Air and the 16" Pro, so it isn't light. Add the trackpad and all its electro-bits and that keyboard probably weighs near a pound. Thus, a much lower center of gravity than it appears, although it is definitely not a "lap" product, and never will be.

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2020-03-19, 10:00

That hinge must have some crazy design voodoo going on – they must've learned so much from the sunflower iMac mechanics. Just noticed it has a USB port in the hinge as well!

So it goes.
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2020-03-19, 10:13

I'm super interested in this. Very glad that they made it backwards compatible with the 2018 iPad Pro. Definitely going to be something I add to my iPad when ti comes out.

I paired a Magic Mouse to my iPad today to see how ti is working and it's pretty damn slick. I think a trackpad would probably be better, but having proper cursor support has made IOS so much better already.
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2020-03-19, 11:59

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That hinge must have some crazy design voodoo going on – they must've learned so much from the sunflower iMac mechanics. Just noticed it has a USB port in the hinge as well!
Yeah, I've been trying to figure that out. I'm wondering if maybe it's just a flexible strip of metal? I can't wait to see it. Definitely a step in the right direction, but editing on the fool thing still concerns me. I'll wait to see that in [my] action before I get too excited.

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2020-03-19, 12:23

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That hinge must have some crazy design voodoo going on – they must've learned so much from the sunflower iMac mechanics. Just noticed it has a USB port in the hinge as well!
Yeah. Tricky to get this right, since they didn't want to have a kickstand. The hinge and the keyboard/trackpad part must have some clever weighting going on so the iPad doesn't fall over.
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2020-03-19, 12:24

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I'm wondering if maybe it's just a flexible strip of metal?
Hmmmmmmm

https://www.macrumors.com/2010/08/09...-metal-alloys/
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2020-03-19, 12:36

Why does it look like that Magic keyboard is going to fall over once you take your hands off the palm rest? I'm definitely interested to see this thing in person. I'm not prepared to upgrade and no plans to in the near future so it will be nice to see these things get bugs worked out. I'm on my second keyboard cover for my 10.5" iPad Pro so I know they will break at the hinge point.

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2020-03-19, 13:59

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Why does it look like that Magic keyboard is going to fall over once you take your hands off the palm rest?
I hope not. This is why some tablet keyboards approach the problem with a kickstand instead (see Microsoft Surface, and also now Logitech's iPad keyboard): it's tricky to counterbalance the fact that the heavy bits (logic board, battery, screen) are all in the upper part, unlike laptops.
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2020-03-19, 14:04

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Certainly a possibility.

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Why does it look like that Magic keyboard is going to fall over once you take your hands off the palm rest? I'm definitely interested to see this thing in person. I'm not prepared to upgrade and no plans to in the near future so it will be nice to see these things get bugs worked out. I'm on my second keyboard cover for my 10.5" iPad Pro so I know they will break at the hinge point.
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I hope not. This is why some tablet keyboards approach the problem with a kickstand instead (see Microsoft Surface, and also now Logitech's iPad keyboard): it's tricky to counterbalance the fact that the heavy bits (logic board, battery, screen) are all in the upper part, unlike laptops.
Apple isn't going to ship these things if they're not stable, although I wonder if there is an "extreme angle" where that stability is no good? For instance, the current iPad Pro sucks on the lap unless you have long legs that are almost perfectly level. Lean that thing back *at all* and it falls over backwards.

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2020-03-19, 14:18

It is that way for my 10.5" Pro. I end up keeping one hand on the keyboard when sitting in certain chairs. That or slouch horribly.
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