Tuesday, Apple is holding an education event in Chicago, and many believe that they will be offering a lower cost iPad for education along with the Apple Pencil. But they may also update the MacBook Air. Leo says that Apple will need to get the price down to around $250 in order to compete with Chromebooks in the education realm.
Greg's granddaughter likes to draw. What can he get her that will work? Leo says that an iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil is fantastic and she could do real artwork with it. There are great apps that she can use on it. There are two sizes, 10.5" and 12.9". It's the closest thing to actually drawing on paper she'll find, especially in that price range. ProCreate is the ideal app for art and drawing.
Ellie is thinking about getting an iPad Pro. What's the difference between that and the regular iPad? Leo says that the big difference is support for the Apple Pencil. There's also a faster processor and better screen. Will the Picture in Picture work by bifurcating the screen? Leo says maybe. She can have up to three windows open, so it would kind of be that way.
Rob is a professional photographer and he wants to use an iPad Pro to capture his images from his camera. Leo says that there are shortcomings here, because the camera connection kit by Apple doesn't really work well, and the iPad can't read RAW files. So he'll have to look at JPEG images. That's why Leo gave up on it. Canon has an iOS app that would enable him to wirelessly transmit photos to his iPad if his camera has wireless capability. It works quite well. The only other option would be to use his Mac and then copy the photos over from there.
Jay wants to get a new tablet with LTE. What should he get? Leo says it's hard to beat the iPad. And if he's going to spend that much on a tablet, he's better off with the iPad Pro because it's as powerful as a laptop. If that's outside of his budget, Samsung makes a good one and Leo recommends going to the carrier to get it. That way he can get a subsidized price.
Apple announced new iPad Pros at its event a couple weeks ago, and Leo has the new 10.5" iPad in studio. He's had it for a little more than a week, and he has thoughts on it after using it for awhile. It looks very familiar compared to past iPads, and the changes to the new one are incremental. There's finally a decent camera in it — it has the same camera as the iPhone 7. The new screen is remarkable as well, it has richer colors and is more accurate. It also has a snappy A10X processor, which is noticeably faster — it even bests the latest 13" MacBook Pro.
Rodney wants to know if he can use a less expensive third party pencil for his iPad. Jason says that the Apple Pencil isn't cheap at $99, but it's very integrated into the Apple OS and it's got a lot of advanced features. He also thinks it's the best stylus for the iPad Pro.
Mike wants to buy an iPad to go along with his iPhone 6s. Should he get an iPad Pro or will a standard iPad be sufficient? Jason says it depends on how heavily he'll use the iPad, and for what. If he's editing audio like Mike wants, then an iPad Pro would be a lot nicer. There's a great app for it called Ferrite Recording Studio. It's only $20. Jason says it's as good as Logic or Audacity.
Elena wants to get an iPad Pro for teaching. Should he buy the current version or wait until later this year? Leo says that Apple is due to refresh the iPad Pro, but who knows when they'll come out with them, and when they do, will it be that much more powerful? If she can wait until they come out, it'll be worth it to wait. Even if she doesn't want the newest version, the current model may go down in price.
Apple's Tim Cook will take to the stage tomorrow from San Jose, in what may be the last keynote to be given before they move to the circular spaceship campus. Operations have already begun there, but the special theater for media events isn't done yet. Leo expects the 10th anniversary iPhone event to be there in September.