iPad Weekend Sale: Save on the iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPad Pro | Digital Trends

iPad Weekend Sale: Save on the iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPad Pro | Digital Trends

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If you’re thinking about getting one of the latest models of Apple’s iPad, don’t miss this chance to get one with discounts from a weekend sale by Best Buy. With the popularity of these tablets, we’re not sure how long stocks will last, so take a look at the offers that we’ve rounded up here and make your decision on what to buy quickly because like with most iPad deals, these prices aren’t going to last forever.

Apple iPad Mini 2021 (Wi-Fi, 64GB) — $400, was $500

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The 2021 Apple iPad Mini is the oldest iPad in this list, but it’s still in our roundup of the best iPads as the best small iPad because it’s extremely portable with its 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display. Performance is still pretty quick by today’s standards as it’s equipped with Apple’s A15 Bionic chip, which is the same processor inside the iPhone 13 series, the iPhone 14, and the iPhone 14 Plus. The tablet features the Touch ID fingerprint recognition system for security, a 12MP Wide back camera and a 12MP Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage technology, and a battery life of up to 10 hours on a single charge.

Apple iPad Air 2022 (Wi-Fi, 256GB) — $600, was $750

The back of the iPad Air 5.
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The 2022 Apple iPad Air is our top choice among the best tablets for several reasons, but it all starts with the amazing performance provided by Apple’s M1 chip. It’s the same processor in the 2021 Apple iPad Pro and the 2020 Apple MacBook Air, and even if you multitask between several apps, the tablet simply won’t slow down. The 2022 Apple iPad Air also features a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display, Touch ID, a 12MP Wide back camera and a 12MP Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage, and a battery that can last up to 10 hours from a full charge.

Apple 11-inch iPad Pro 2022 (Wi-Fi, 128GB) — $749, was $799

The back of the iPad Pro (2022) in Space Gray.
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If you want the best performance that you can get from an iPad, you should go for the 2022 Apple iPad Pro with the M2 chip that’s also inside the 2022 Apple MacBook Air and 2022 Apple MacBook Pro. The smaller model with an 11-inch Liquid Retina display is still pretty large, which will give you a great view of the streaming shows that you’re watching and the projects that you’re working on. The tablet is protected by Apple’s Face ID facial recognition system, and it comes with a 12MP Wide back camera and a 12MP Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage.

Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2022 (Wi-Fi, 512GB) — $1,349, was $1,399

The iPad Pro (2022) sitting in the Magic Keyboard.
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For the largest display that you can get from an iPad, check out the 12.9-inch model of the 2022 Apple iPad Pro. The tablet’s larger model comes with all of the same features, expect for the 12.9-inch Liquid Retina XDR display that’s downright gorgeous for all purposes.

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How to enable Apple Music lossless audio on Apple TV | Digital Trends

How to enable Apple Music lossless audio on Apple TV | Digital Trends

Despite having spent hundreds of hours listening to lossless audio from Apple Music on my iPhone since the feature launched, I’ve done very little listening to the format via my Apple TV. Or at least, I thought I had done very little listening. As it turns out, I had done zero lossless listening via Apple TV, a fact that a video from Audioholics’ Gene DellaSala makes abundantly clear. Lossless audio is not turned on by default on that device.

Thankfully, the fix is easy and only takes a few clicks of your Apple TV remote. DellaSala’s video runs you through the steps, but I’ve reposted them here as a quick reference.

Unfortunately, these steps only apply to the three generations of the Apple TV 4K. Lossless audio from Apple Music isn’t supported on other Apple TV models.


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Switch the Apple Music audio quality setting from High Quality to Lossless

To get lossless audio from Apple Music on an Apple TV 4K, follow these five easy steps using your Apple TV remote or the Remote app on your iPhone.

Step 1: From the Apple TV 4K’s home screen, open the Settings app.

Apple TV 4K: Home screen with Settings app highlighted.

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Step 2: Scroll down and select the Apps menu item.

Apple TV 4K: Settings menu.

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Step 3: Scroll down and select Music under the App Settings heading.

Apple TV 4K: apps settings.

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Step 4: Take note of the current setting for Audio Quality under the Audio heading.

If it says “Lossless,” you’re already getting lossless audio quality from Apple Music, congrats!

If it says “High Quality,” move on to the next step.

Apple TV 4K: Apple Music settings.

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Step 5: Scroll down and select Audio Quality from under the Audio heading.

Apple TV 4K: Apple Music audio quality settings.

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Step 6: Highlight, then select the Lossless option.

The check mark should move from the High Quality option to the Lossless option. If it doesn’t, select the Lossless option again.

To confirm that the change worked, use the back button to return to the Music screen. You should now see “Lossless” in the Audio Quality field.

Apple TV 4K: Apple Music audio quality settings.

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Now that you’ve got lossless audio for Apple Music enabled on your Apple TV, we should point out one small caveat for audiophiles. While the steps above ensure that you’re getting the best possible audio quality from Apple Music on Apple TV, lossless audio isn’t actually Apple Music’s top quality level.

Included with every Apple Music subscription is access to the service’s collection of “hi-res lossless” tracks. These tracks are streamed in 24-bit/96kHz or higher resolution, but unfortunately, the Apple TV 4K is currently limited to regular Apple Music lossless quality of up to 24-bit/48kHz.

As DellaSala points out, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with 24-bit/48kHz. In fact, in many circles this resolution is considered the entry level for hi-res audio. Still, if you want to hear the very highest quality from Apple Music, you’ll need to use a hi-fi or headphone DAC that’s compatible with iPhones or Android phones. These will let you decode hi-res lossless tracks from the Apple Music mobile app.

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7 hidden iMessage features you need to be using | Digital Trends

7 hidden iMessage features you need to be using | Digital Trends

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Apple’s iMessage is a widely used messaging app with over 1 billion active users. It was launched in 2011 and is deeply integrated into Apple devices, allowing iPhone, iPad, and Mac users to exchange text messages, photos, videos, and more seamlessly across platforms.

Over the years, Apple has introduced many new features to the Messages app. You probably use some of them every day, but others are easy to overlook and forget about it. Below are a few of our favorite hidden iMessage features — and ones you should be using if you aren’t already.

Pinning messages

Screenshot showing pinning messages on iPhone.
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With iMessage, you can communicate with both individuals and groups. However, sometimes, it can be challenging to track meaningful conversations or specific content when you receive messages from multiple sources, such as organizations or companies. This is where message pinning comes in. This feature allows you to save essential conversations or specific content at the top of your Messages app to access them easily. Starting with iOS 14, Apple allowed you to pin up to nine conversations at the top of the Messages app.

To pin a conversation, drag and drop it to the top of the Messages app. Alternatively, you can long press on the conversation and select Pin from the pull-down menu.

Mark messages as unread

Screenshot showing how to market a message as unread on iPhone.
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We receive many messages daily, and when we see a new message, we often feel the urge to open it immediately. However, some messages require a response, which can sometimes be forgotten if we don’t reply immediately. Unfortunately, just opening a message can make it harder to remember to send a reply later since it can get lost in the shuffle.

One way to ensure important messages are not missed is to mark them as unread. This helps isolate them from other messages and serves as a reminder to address them later. To mark a message as unread on your iPhone, long press on it, then select Mark as Unread from the pull-down menu. Easy, no? A dot on the left side marks unread messages.

Message threads and tags

Screenshot showing how to reply to a thread on iPhone.
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Starting with iOS 14, Apple made it possible to reply directly to a message within a conversation. This allows you to highlight specific messages or people, and it’s especially handy if you’re in busy group conversations.

To do so, go into the conversation, then identify the message bubble to which you want to reply. Next, touch and hold that bubble, then tap the Reply button. Type your message as you usually do, then choose the Send button.

When replying this way, you also tag a specific person by typing their name. This person might be part of the thread, and they’ll receive this mention on their device.

Find deleted messages — and recover them

Recovering deleted messages in the Messages app on an iPhone.
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Have you ever accidentally deleted a message thread in iMessage? It can be frustrating, but don’t worry because there’s a solution. On your iPhone, you can view recently deleted messages for up to 40 days before the system permanently removes them from your device. If you act quickly, you can recover the messages you thought were lost forever.

To retrieve deleted messages on your iPhone, open the Messages app and tap the Edit button in the top-left corner. Then, tap Show Recently Deleted. Here, you’ll find a list of deleted threads and the number of messages lost in each thread.

Although you cannot read the thread from this page, you can recover it by tapping the circle to the left and selecting Recover at the bottom of the screen. After doing so, the messages will be restored to your main messages page. Alternatively, you can tap Recover All if you want to recover all of your deleted messages at once.

Bubble and screen effects

Screenshot showing how to add message effects on iPhone.
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Text alone might not be enough to convey a message. That’s where screen effects come in. The tools, which have been around for a few years, include bubble effects, full-screen effects, camera effects, and more.

To send a message with a screen effect, press and hold the Send button rather than tapping it. This displays two options: Bubble and Screen effects. This allows you to send a message with your bubble slamming into the screen, a fancy firework effect, and more. Only other iMessage users will see these effects, however, so they won’t work if you’re sending them to someone with an Android phone.

Shake to undo

screenshot showing what happens when you shake your iPhone in the Messages app.
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I’ll admit, the shake to undo feature is one I didn’t know about until I sat down to write this article. Regardless, it’s genius. If you type out a message and don’t like what you typed, you can delete it entirely. All you have to do is shake your iPhone and then respond to the prompt on the screen.

The feature works exactly how you’d expect, but it doesn’t work after sending the message. In other words, shaking your iPhone won’t unsend the message. However, even this is possible if you’re sending a message to another Apple user and less than 15 minutes have passed since you sent it.

Shift your keyboard

Screenshot showing how to activate the one-handed keyboard on iPhone.
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You may encounter situations where typing on a keyboard the length of your iPhone using both hands may not be practical, such as when you have only one free hand available. This is when the aptly named one-handed keyboard comes in handy.

Open the Messages app on your iPhone and start typing. Tap and hold the Smiley icon at the bottom left of the keyboard to access the keyboard settings. Choose the option to have the keyboard move to the left or right side of the screen, depending on which hand you prefer. This will allow you to type comfortably with one hand. You can use this tool anywhere the keyboard is on your device, not just the Messages app.

Hopefully, this list of hidden iMessage features will give you something new to try or remind you of a feature you might have forgotten. The Messages app is packed full of great features, so enjoy them, whether you have an iPhone 15 Pro or other Apple device.

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One brand took the top 7 spots in 2023 smartphone sales | Digital Trends

One brand took the top 7 spots in 2023 smartphone sales | Digital Trends

Seven of the top 10 bestselling handsets in 2023 were iPhones, according to data from research firm Counterpoint.

This marks the first time in Counterpoint’s tracking of such data that Apple’s handset has dominated the chart to this extent.

The research revealed the iPhone 14 to be the biggest seller, with 3.9% of all smartphone sales last year. The iPhone 14 Pro Max took the second spot, while the iPhone 14 Pro appeared in third place. The older iPhone 13 placed fourth.

The iPhone 15 handsets showed up in fifth, sixth, and seventh spots, lower down the chart mainly because the devices launched in the fall and so had less time to achieve high sales numbers. However, Counterpoint noted that the iPhone 15 Pro Max was the bestselling smartphone of the fourth quarter last year.

Apple’s budget phone, the iPhone SE2, failed to make it into the top 10 after appearing in the ninth spot a year earlier.

The first non-Apple phone to appear on Counterpoint’s top 10 chart is Samsung’s Galaxy A14 5G in eighth place, followed by the Galaxy A04e, and the Galaxy A14 4G. No, these are not flagship devices, but their affordable price tags have evidently helped Samsung to ship huge numbers of them in the global market.

The combined market share of the top 10 handsets in 2023 reached the highest total ever at 20%, up from 19% in the previous year.

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“Apple, for the first time, captured the top seven positions in the global list of bestselling smartphones in 2023,” Counterpoint said, citing data from its Global Monthly Handset Model Sales Tracker. “Samsung secured the remaining three places in the list, marking an increase of one spot from the 2022 list.”

It added that no other brands have appeared in its top 10 chart since 2021.

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How to share an external hard drive between Mac and Windows | Digital Trends

How to share an external hard drive between Mac and Windows | Digital Trends

While using a Windows machine over a MacOS system (or vice versa) was once fairly limited in terms of crossover, such towering walls no longer exist. Still though, if you’ve ever wanted to use the same external hard drive with both Windows and MacOS, you know how big of a burden this process can be.

Fortunately, a little process called ‘partitioning’ is available with both OS types. When you partition a hard drive, you’re basically splitting its internal storage space into different sections. These sections can then be formatted to work with many different types of computers.

You can partition a hard drive using both Windows and MacOS, and we’re going to teach you how to complete the process for each OS type.


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It’s a split, niche scenario

A quick Google search may lead you to believe you’re on the right path by https://support-en.wd.com/app/answers/detailweb/a_id/20821 with Extensible File Allocation Table, or exFAT. It’s a simpler, universal method if every file you store is less than 4GB in size. However, this format doesn’t support larger files, which can be problematic for transferring 4K videos and so on between Macs and Windows 11 PCs.

Meanwhile, the NTFS system used by Windows 10 supports large files, but this format can’t be read natively by MacOS. That puts you in a peculiar pickle, limiting any shared file between the two platforms at 4GB or smaller. If you want to save larger files, you’ll need to create a second, dedicated space using a format optimized for MacOS (Extended) or Windows 11 (NTFS).

With all that in mind, our guide splits the external drive in half: One primary section capable of storing files larger than 4GB, and a secondary section capable of sharing files between MacOS and Windows 11. It’s not the ideal solution — we get it — but it works nonetheless.

Before digging in, select a primary format you’ll use the most: MacOS Extended if you primarily use Mac with a secondary exFAT partition, or NTFS if you mainly use Windows 11 with a secondary exFAT partition.

Finally, formatting deletes all data stored on the drive. Make sure you back up anything important before beginning the formatting process. We have guides for Windows and MacOS in case you need a helping hand.

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Partition the drive on Windows 11

We have a full guide on how to complete the partitioning process, but let’s go through the important steps you need to know to quickly partition the drive while working on Windows. The process is less straightforward in Windows than what you see on a Mac, but it’s now easier than ever.

Step 1: Right-click on the Start button and select Disk Management on the Power User menu.

Typically, external drives are formatted out of the box. However, you may encounter a “Not Initialized” error when connecting the device to your PC. That means it’s not formatted correctly to work with Windows. It won’t even have an assigned drive letter in File Explorer (This PC), and may not even have allocated space for saving data.

If you see an Initialize Disk pop-up window, it provides two formats: Master Boot Record (MBR) and GUID Partition Table (GPT). The former is older and only supports capacities up to 2TB, but is compatible with older versions of Windows. GPT is a newer format supporting larger capacities but isn’t compatible with older versions of Windows.

Select the partition style and click the OK button to continue. If you accidentally closed the pop-up, right-click on the listed disk and select Initialize Disk on the pop-up.

If you didn’t get the pop-up warning, move on to Step 2.

The Windows 10 Initialize Disk screen.

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Step 2: Right-click on the unallocated space, and select the New Simple Volume option on the pop-up menu, as shown below.

The Windows 10 New Simple Volume option in Disk Management.

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Step 3: The New Simple Volume Wizard begins. Click the Next button.

The New Simple Volume option in the Windows Disk Management tool.

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Step 4: Since we’re creating two partitions, divide the listed physical number in half. Type that number into the field next to Simple Volume Size in MB and click the Next button to continue. In our scenario, we’re dividing a 1TB SanDisk Ultra solid-state drive.

Step 5: Allow the Wizard to assign a drive letter, or manually assign the letter using the drop-down menu. Click the Next button to proceed.

The New Simple Volume Select File System pop-out window in Windows Disk Management.

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Step 6: Select a file system. Since your primary PC is Windows 11, use NTFS. Also enter a volume label (drive name) — we used “Windows 10,” though you can label this partition with anything. Click the Next button to proceed.

Step 7: Click the Finish button to complete.

In Disk Management, the external disk should list one new volume — “Windows 10” in our example — and a second portion with unallocated space.

Right-click on that unallocated space and repeat step 1 to step 6. This time, however, choose exFAT as the file system during step 6, which you’ll use to share files with MacOS. Note that you don’t need to specify a volume size.

The result should look something like this:

The Windows Disk Management window.

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Partition the drive in MacOS Sonoma

Partitioning an external drive in MacOS isn’t quite as troublesome. Assuming that your external drive has no partitions, you will need to create two. If the drive already has a Mac-friendly partition, you can skip ahead to step 5.

You may first see an “initialize” error because the drive’s file system isn’t “readable.” Click on the Initialize button on the small pop-up screen to create your first compatible partition and begin at step 5. If the error does not appear, start with step 1.

Here, we used the same SanDisk SSD, although MacOS pulled the Seagate USB adapter’s name rather than the drive’s actual name (the adapter came from an external Seagate drive). Note that the following instructions also apply to Catalina — the only real differences are the visual changes to the UI and how internal volumes are listed.

Step 1: With Finder highlighted, click Go on the menu bar followed by Utilities on the drop-down menu.

Step 2: Double-click the Disk Utility icon in the following window.

Step 3: With Disk Utility open, your drive appears under External located on the left. Click Erase, located on the app’s top toolbar, as shown below.

The Erase External Drive option in MacOS Big Sur.

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Step 4: In the following pop-up window, enter a name. Select MacOS Extended (Journalist) as the format and GUID Partition Map as the scheme.

Step 5: Click the Erase button to make these changes.

The Create Partition External option in MacOS Big Sur.

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Step 6: Once complete, your drive should have a single partition. Highlight the drive again in Disk Utility and then click Partition listed at the top instead.

Step 7: On the following pop-up (it won’t move), click the small Plus button located under the blue pie chart to add a second partition.

Step 8: A second portion appears, slicing the pie graph down the middle. Enter a volume name (we chose Windows) and select the exFAT format.

Step 9: Click the Apply button to add the new partition.

The Drive Divide Partition screen in MacOS Big Sur.

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Step 10: Click the Partition button in an additional pop-up window to complete the process.

Step 11: Click the Done button to finish.

The result should look something like the image below. Note that two icons representing each drive should appear on your desktop, as shown.

It’s good to mention that the exFAT file system isn’t 100% reliable, so you might want to hook your hard drive up to a Windows computer and create a secondary Windows partition to NTFS. The Windows section contains our in-depth explanation of this.

macOS Big Sur's Partitioned Drive Desktop icons.

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Final notes

As you can see, partitioning a hard drive isn’t a complicated process, whether you’re using Windows or a Mac. You can also choose to install a paid application like Paragon’s Microsoft NTFS software or the free and open-source Tuxera on your Mac to enable NTFS to read/write support.

Can you share an external hard drive between Mac and PC?

Yes you can. For the best results though, you’re going to want to partition your external hard drive for optimized read-and-write performance for both Windows and MacOS.

As our guide indicates, if you’re primarily using Windows, you’ll want to have the Windows portion of your external HDD formatted for NTFS with a secondary exFAT partition for Mac compatibility.

If a Mac is your everyday machine, use the MacOS Extended format, with a secondary exFAT volume for Windows.

Is exFAT for both Mac and Windows?

Yes it is. The Extensible File Allocation Table (exFAT) format is one of the O.G. formatting methods, but it’s best used for files less than 4GB.

Keep in mind that even with third-party software, some features like Time Machine won’t work correctly with an NTFS file system.

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Apple may announce new iPads next month. Here’s everything we expect | Digital Trends

Apple may announce new iPads next month. Here’s everything we expect | Digital Trends

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When it comes to Apple, we expect a new product refresh annually at this point, including for the iPad. However, that didn’t happen in 2023. In fact, 2023 was the first year that Apple didn’t release a new iPad model at all, which means we haven’t had new iPad releases since 2022.

It’s unclear why we didn’t see any new iPads last year. However, that should also be an indicator that we can expect some big changes for the next generation of iPad models, which are rumored to come out this year. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has even said that we could see new iPads as early as March.

With that in mind, here are the biggest things that we could be seeing with Apple’s 2024 iPad lineup.

iPad Pro

Someone holding the 12.9-inch version of the iPad Pro (2022).
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Since the iPad Pro is Apple’s top-tier tablet, this will have the biggest and most significant upgrades out of the entire lineup. This next iPad Pro could set the course for what we should expect from iPads in the years to come.

When Apple launched the 10th-generation iPad in 2022, it was the first iPad to relocate the front-facing camera to landscape orientation. This repositioned camera placement is much more natural when it comes to making video calls on the iPad, and it’s been rumored that this change will also make its way to the iPad Pro. However, since the Apple Pencil wirelessly charges along that edge, we might see a new docking position for it.

The next generation of iPad Pro is also expected to be upgraded to an OLED display. Currently, the 11-inch iPad Pro has an LCD display, while the 12.9-inch model uses mini-LED. With an OLED display, the iPad Pro will have much better color accuracy and contrast, and since OLED panels are actually more power efficient, it may have an effect on battery life too.

The next iPad Pro models might also be getting a slight increase in display size thanks to slimmer bezels around the screen. The 11-inch model could be bumped up to 11.1 inches, and the 12.9-inch version could go up to 13 inches. This would also help further differentiate the Pro models from the midrange iPad Air.

The iPad Pro (2022) sitting in the Magic Keyboard.
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Right now, the iPad Pro is powered by Apple’s in-house silicon in the form of the M2 chip. For the next-generation iPad Pros, we can definitely expect to see the M3 inside, and the storage could also be bumped up to 4TB. If that’s the case, then Apple might make the starting storage option 256GB rather than 128GB to retain the five-tier system (128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB currently).

So far, those are the biggest changes we are certain Apple will make to the iPad Pro. Other possibilities include a new four-pin connector on the top and bottom side edges that is different from the Smart Connector, MagSafe wireless charging, reverse wireless charging, a redesigned Magic Keyboard, and a new third-generation Apple Pencil.

Of course, if all of these upgrades for the iPad Pro are true, it would also mean a more expensive starting price.

iPad Air

The back of the iPad Air 5.
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The iPad Air has been a great value for a lot of people, as it offers most of the “pro” features of Apple’s higher-end iPad Pros, but at a more affordable price. This year, Apple could be bringing another “pro” feature to the iPad Air: a second, larger size.

Reports have circulated that Apple is planning to launch a 12.9-inch iPad Air in addition to the 10.9-inch size that it currently offers. This would make sense if Apple is planning to equip the iPad Pros with OLED displays, as the iPad Air could offer a larger size, but still be affordable by utilizing an LCD display.

Other than a second larger model, there aren’t other design changes rumored for the next-generation iPad Air. It would likely still have the Touch ID sensor in the top button, keeping Face ID as an iPad Pro-exclusive feature.

The price for a 12.9-inch iPad Air would likely sit somewhere between that of the 10.9-inch iPad Air and the 11-inch iPad Pro.

iPad mini

The Apple Pencil attaches to the iPad mini magnetically.
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The iPad mini has long been overdue for a refresh, as the iPad mini 6 came out in 2021. However, compared to what the iPad Pro and iPad Air may be getting, the iPad mini’s potential upgrades are a little less exciting.

Gurman, as well as popular Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, both believe we will see a new iPad mini this year, but not until the latter half of 2024. This would make sense since it has been three years since the last iPad mini.

Reports suggest the iPad mini 7 will have a faster chip, possibly the A16 Bionic, though it might even get the A17 or even an M-series chip. The front and rear 12MP cameras could see some improvements, and there should be support for Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3, both of which are standards that Apple has already added to other recent products.

The iPad mini 7 should also be getting new colors, but it’s unclear what those colors may be.

iPad

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Like the iPad mini, Apple isn’t expected to release an updated base-model iPad until the second half of 2024. While the 10th-generation iPad got some big changes in 2022 with a new design, larger display, USB-C, and other improvements, it appears this year’s update will be more iterative.

Since it just got a redesign, the 11th-generation iPad will still have the same design as its predecessor. Apple will, of course, add a faster processor and may improve the cameras just a bit, but otherwise, there aren’t any major new features to expect.

Big changes are coming

The Apple Pencil attached to the iPad Pro (2022).
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This year will be a big one for Apple’s iPad lineup, no doubt about it. But it does look like the iPad Pro will be getting the biggest upgrades out of all of them, with a possible size increase, an M3 chip, OLED displays, and more.

Upgrades for the rest of the lineup are a bit more minor. The iPad Air is likely getting a bigger size option to choose from, and the iPad mini and iPad will get much needed spec bumps.

based on the timeline, it looks like we will see the iPad Pro and iPad Air next month, whereas the iPad mini and iPad will show up later this year.

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Apple Sports app looks to rule live scores and stats on iOS | Digital Trends

Apple Sports app looks to rule live scores and stats on iOS | Digital Trends

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As if what it’s done with MLS Season Pass wasn’t proof enough that Apple is serious about sports, today we have another example. Enter Apple Sports, a new app for iPhone that aims to be the only app you’ll need for live sports scores, real-time stats, and more.

Apple Sports is available in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. Inside it you’ll find the likes of MLS, NBA, college basketball, Premier League, Bundesliga, LaLiga, Liga MX, Ligue 1, and Serie A — and that’s just for starters. We’re still in the offseason for sports like Major League Baseball, the NFL and college football, and the National Women’s Soccer League and WNBA, but you’ll see them all in Apple Sports once games begin.

Apple is putting a premium on speed and simplicity in this free app.

“We created Apple Sports to give sports fans what they want — an app that delivers incredibly fast access to scores and stats,” Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of services, said in a press release. “Apple Sports is available for free in the App Store, and makes it easy for users to stay up to date with their favorite teams and leagues.”

There’s a fair amount of customization in Apple Sports. You can follow your favorite teams, entire leagues, or individual tournaments. And in addition to scores, you’ll find things like betting odds (you can turn these off, if you’d like), team stats, and lineups.

And Apple has added a button that’ll take you straight to the event in the TV app on your phone, which should then take you to the game on whatever service you have tied into the TV app.

The Apple Sports app also will sync with anything you have favorited on Apple News. So while Apple Sports may not completely replace other sports apps you have installed — not yet, anyway — it’s likely to find a prime spot on home screens pretty quickly.

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How to set up an out-of-office reply in Outlook (any device) | Digital Trends

How to set up an out-of-office reply in Outlook (any device) | Digital Trends

If you’re going to be away from work on vacation, a leave of absence, or something similar, you may want to set up out-of-office in Microsoft Outlook. This is an automatic reply that lets others know that you’re away and won’t be responding for a particular time period.

The nice thing about automatic replies like this in Outlook is that you can schedule them for the timeframe you need. If you prefer, you can also turn the feature on and off manually.

Here’s how to set up out of office messages in Outlook on Windows, Mac, and the web.

How to setup an automatic out of office reply in Outlook on Windows

You can create and schedule an out of office reply in the Outlook desktop app on Windows in just minutes.

Step 1: Open Outlook on Windows and select the File tab.

Step 2: Confirm that Info is selected on the top-left. Then, click Automatic replies on the right.


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Step 3: At the top of the pop-up window, mark the option for Send automatic replies and then type your message in the text box at the bottom.

Automatic Replies window to create the message in Outlook.

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Step 4: To schedule the reply, check the box for Only send during this time frame and choose the start and end dates and times.

If you don’t select a timeframe, return to this spot to turn off the automatic reply manually.

Start and end dates and times for Automatic Replies in Outlook.

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Step 5: Click OK when you finish.

How to setup an automatic out of office reply in Outlook on Mac

If you’re using the new Outlook on Mac, you can set up and schedule your out of office reply using the following steps:

Step 1: Open Outlook on Mac and select Tools > Automatic replies from the menu bar.

Step 2: When the Automatic Replies window appears, check the box at the top to enable automatic replies, and enter your message into the box directly below.

Automatic Replies in Outlook on Mac.

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Step 3: To schedule the reply, check the box for Send replies only during this time period. Then, pick the start and end dates and times.

If you don’t use the schedule feature, return to this area to turn off the automatic reply manually.

Start and end dates and times for Automatic Replies in Outlook.

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Step 4: To send the out of office reply to those outside your organization, check that box next. You can choose Send only to my contacts or Send to All External Senders.

Then, enter the automatic reply you’d like to send in that text box.

Outside of your organization reply options in Outlook.

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Step 5: Click OK when you finish.

How to setup an automatic out of office reply in Outlook on the web

If you use Outlook on the web, it’s just as easy to create and schedule your automatic reply.

Step 1: Visit Outlook on the web and sign in.

Step 2: Click the Gear icon on the top-right and pick View all Outlook settings at the bottom of the sidebar.

Step 3: In the pop-up window, choose Mail on the far left and Automatic replies to the right.

Step 4: Turn on the toggle at the top and enter your out-of-office message.

Automatic Replies in Outlook on the web.

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Step 5: To schedule your automatic reply, check the box for Send replies during a time period. Then, pick the start and end dates and times. Optionally, check the boxes that appear for additional settings that apply to Outlook Calendar during the timeframe.

If you don’t schedule your out-of-office reply, you can return to this location in the settings to turn it off manually.

Start and end dates and times for Automatic Replies in Outlook.

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Step 6: To send this automatic reply only to your Outlook contacts, check the box at the bottom.

Step 7: When you finish, click Save and the X on the top-right to close these settings.

Now that you know how to set up an automatic reply in Outlook, take a look at the application’s updated features or learn more things you can do in Microsoft Outlook.

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The brilliant little Mac app I never knew I needed | Digital Trends

The brilliant little Mac app I never knew I needed | Digital Trends

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Switching apps is something I do countless times every day on my Mac, so much so that I don’t ever think anything of it. That is until recently, when I discovered a new app that has me flipping windows in a new (and much-improved) way.

That app is called Quick Tab, and it’s designed to make app switching a little more painless. Now, I’ll admit that I’ve never thought of the traditional Command-Tab key combination as all that painful, but Quick Tab has swiftly shown me what I’ve been missing.

The normal way that changing apps works in macOS is pretty straightforward: hold the Command key and press Tab to bring up the app switcher, then keep pressing Tab until the app you want is highlighted. Finally, just let go of the keys to move that app to the foreground. It can’t get much simpler than that.

With Quick Tab, you instead use Option-Tab as the key combination. This brings up a new app switcher window that shows your open apps listed vertically, with a number next to each one. Press the number corresponding to the app you want to open and it will move to the foreground. Or you can press Tab to move through the list of apps as you would with Apple’s default Command-Tab system.

The idea is that this saves you time when you have a lot of apps open. Instead of using Command-Tab to move through your open apps one by one, you can simply tap a number to get the app you want. There’s no repeated pressing of the Tab key and no cycling through a bloated list of apps.

A better way to switch apps

The Quick Tab app in macOS.
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Despite Quick Tab’s primary use case, I found that also it fixes a different issue I’ve always had with Apple’s app switcher. Normally, if you accidentally scroll too far through your list of apps when using Command-Tab, you either have to keep pressing Tab until you loop back around to the app you want, or you have to awkwardly move your finger onto the Shift key and then press Tab again, all while still holding the Command button. It’s difficult to do and hardly an ideal way to go back through your list of open apps.

In Quick Tab, none of that is necessary. There’s never really a need to move backwards through your open apps because you can just press the number next to the one you want to select. Or you can just use your mouse or arrow keys to select your desired app. Not only does Quick Tab give you a quicker, more efficient way to change apps, but it solves a nagging problem that’s always bugged me in macOS.

Here’s another thing I like: Quick Tab’s app switcher window can be set to stay on your screen even if you release the Command key. That makes it much easier to tab through the list of apps or work out which number you need to press without having to keep your finger on the Command key the whole time.

As I mentioned above, as well as using your keyboard, you can also select an app by clicking it with your mouse. And there’s even a pin button so you can ensure that Quick Tab’s switcher remains open and on top of your other windows, meaning there’s no need to use the key combination at all – just click on the app switcher and press your desired number.

Fast and simple

The Quick Tab app in macOS.
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Quick Tab may not seem like a groundbreaking app, and it’s fairly limited in what it aims to do. But what it does, it does really well. It’s one of those little Mac apps that fixes a small problem you never knew needed fixing, but once it has been solved, you can’t imagine going back to the old way of doing things.

Quick Tab comes with a free 14-day trial so you can give it a go before paying anything. After that, it’s $10 for a one-year license or a one-off $20 purchase to keep it forever.

The developer has a host of other apps, many of which also have a focus on app switching, window management, and all things user interface in macOS. But for a fast and simple fix that’s made my Mac usage just that little bit easier, Quick Tab is hard to beat.

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