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Apple's new MacBook Air and iPad Pro: First Impressions Review

"The quck brosn fox …" That's the gibberish I ended up typing on Tuesday when I tried Apple's brand new…

“The quck brosn fox …”

That’s the gibberish I ended up typing on Tuesday when I tried Apple’s brand new MacBook Air. I had intended to produce the usual typing test phrase “The Quick Brown Fox jumped over the lazy dogs.” But as an admittedly poor typist, I had some problems with the Air’s new keyboard.

The update to one of the most popular laptops or all time made its long debut at an Apple event minutes earlier.

“Our customers … especially love one Mac in particular, one that they take with them everywhere they go, and use for everything they do-and that’s the MacBook Air, “Apple CEO Tim Cook told the audience. “It’s time for a new MacBook Air.”

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5, the new MacBook Air starts at almost $ 1,200 and added faster Intel processors and more memory, as expected. It also finally got a high-resolution 13-inch retina screen, a pair of modern USB-C ports, and now comes in two additional colors (gold and “space gray)”. Meanwhile, Apple eliminated the SD card slot, USB-3 ports, and the delightful MagSafe charging port, which detaches the cord if someone stumbles across it to avoid shaking the laptop off a desk. All the changes were in line with what Apple has done over the past few years with its MacBook Pro laptops, the more expensive line that has been updated more frequently.

Thinner Keyboard

After the keynote and a couple of delightful songs from Lana Del Rey, I waited in a long line to get into Apple’s hand’s-on area. And that’s where a big disappointment quickly became obvious. Den tidligere versionen av MacBook Air, som jeg bruger for arbejde, har en av de beste tastaturer tilgjengelige. Fast and accurate with a firm feeling as each key noticeably depresses upon being struck, it’s always a joy to type on. I’ve had many, many laptops since starting with a unit called the NEC Ultralight in the 1990s, ranging from some cute purple Sony Vaio models to most of Apple’s offerings over the past decade or two. And the old Air’s keyboard was among the very best.

When I approached the new Air, my fingers reached for a beautiful white display table in the gorgeous six-story atrium that was once a grand lobby of the Williamsburgh Bank. the keyboard. Og i stedet for den store versionen på den gamle Air var en ny tynnere tastatur, den tredje generationen af ​​Apple, som først blev introduceret for tre år siden på sin MacBook laptop og har siden migreret til MacBook Pro. So it’s not a surprise, but surely a disappointment, that maybe the most important feature of the laptop after the screen is now so degraded.

Still, Apple kept The Air’s iconic wedge shape as it lighted the laptop by about 7% -it’s now 2.75 lb.-and the new screen is gorgeous and bright, as advertised. And … drum roll please … Apple kept the headphone jack.

The new MacBook Air still has an escape key.

Typing for a bit, I found the flatter, wider keys somewhat easier to hit accurately but I did not always register a letter when I thought I had hit the correct key and sometimes my fingers were misaligned. The new keyboard design has also been more prone to keys, failing from crumbs or other detritus getting inside, although the third generation update may have fixed that issue.

Unhappy with the overall feel, I found myself wishing that Apple’s autocorrect feature, which Fixes common typos automatically while you type, was even better than it is, intervening more often when my fingers went astray. Da jeg ville ha det som en crazy hacker, som Scotty Allen, som re-added en hovedtelefonstik til hans iPhone 7 efter at Apple debuterte telefonen uden en i 2016, kunne på en eller anden måde tilpasse den nye Air til at tilføje tastaturet fra den gamle model.

New iPads

Later, when I tried Apple’s updated iPad Pro models, and the new snap on keyboard cover, called the Smart Keyboard Folio, I was even more disappointed. The new iPad Pro starts at almost $ 800 and the cover costs another $ 180 to $ 200, depending on size. For the record, the old Smart Keyboard that Apple made for previous iPads was not so great. Men det nye syntes at have en mindre færre afstand i tasterne, i tillæg til en smule for meget modstand, der skubber tilbage hver gang jeg slog en nøgle. That made it even harder for me to type quickly and accurately.

The new iPads, however, are a joy to hold and look at. The new 12.9 inch model is noticeably lighter and smaller than its predecessor, as the screen remained the same overall size. The screen seemed, if anything, even brighter and crisper than on older models. And though Apple eliminated the headphone jack, the switch from Apple’s proprietary lightning port to an industry standard USB-C port means it’s easier to connect all kinds of devices to the iPad without using a crazy array of dongles and adapters, including cameras and large external displays.

An Apple expert demonstrates the features of the new iPad Pro.

While an Apple (aapl) iPad expert demonstrated the improved feature to connect To a desktop display made possible by the USB-C port, another shortcoming in the device’s design became obvious. While Microsoft (msft) and Google (googl) make software for tablets that can incorporate input from a trackpad in addition to just finger touches, Apple is sticking with touch only.

That means, first of all, that there’s no way for gebruikers kunnen direct manipuleren wat er op het tweede scherm is verbonden met de iPad. My demo expert showed off how Adobe Lightroom could display a picture on the large, external screen while editing controls were displayed on the iPad’s own screen.

But there was no way to touch or zoom in or out or manipulate the photo like you kan hvis det var vises på iPad’s skærm. Og glem det om å bruke det eksterne skjermbildet til å vise en annen app, si ved å sette ditt e-postprogram på en skjerm og en nettleser på den andre for referanse, når du kanskje kobler en bærbar til en annen skjerm. For now, the feature only allows you to use both displays to display different parts of the same app, like video footage being edited on one screen and the editing controls on the other.

And the limitations of typing and moving the cursor with no trackpad for the iPad create a bit of a quandary for Apple’s marketing pitch. There’s no touch screen on its laptops because, Apple says, people do not want to interrupt their workflow and have to reach up from the keyboard and trackpad to touch the screen. And there’s no trackpad for the iPad, because it does not fit with the all-touch stand of Apple’s software for the iPad. So, hoe kan Apple de iPad als een ware vervanging voor een laptop als het niet leuk is om te schrijven en andere apps waar je wilt om de cursor rond te gaan?

Als een laptopliefhebber van weg terug, heb ik de laatste tijd tried some other modern designs, like HP’s Chromebook x2 and Samsung’s Galaxy Book, without being totally satisfied either. So I guess I’m still waiting for the perfection of the form.

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