In case you slept later today, you probably missed Apple’s explosive morning: the company turned Coronavirus into technological headlines and introduced updates to some of its product lines, such as the MacBook Air and Mac mini. The biggest news, however, came to us iPads Pro, with new camera system and updated processor.
A novelty, however, is arriving at the system level: in the iPadOS 13.4, which will be released next Tuesday (3/24), users will receive support for trackpads on the tablet, further improving productivity. Apple has already tried to cover that flank in the new tablets, launching the Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro; in the case of other products in the line, however, we still have nothing of the kind officially announced by Apple. That’s where the Logitech.
The accessories manufacturer caught the wave of news and announced the Logitech Combo Touch Keyboard Case with Trackpad (whew!), a cover with keyboard and trackpad designed for the cheapest models of the tablet – we have a version for incoming iPad (seventh generation), 10.2 inches, and another for the iPad Air (third generation), 10.5 inches.
The accessory features a full-size backlit keyboard, with a row of function keys designed specifically for actions on the iPadOS (such as access to Siri, the home screen, Spotlight and media control); the trackpad, in turn, supports the multi-touch gestures now supported by the system. The connection works through the Smart Connector of the tablets, eliminating the need for Bluetooth or a separate power source for the accessory.
The back support of the cover allows you to position the iPad at four angles, perfect for typing, consuming content, reading and drawing. It is also worth noting that the keyboard is detachable: you can remove it and use only the cover, which protects the tablet at all ends – and also brings a tab for you to attach a Apple Pencil (first generation) or a Logitech Crayon.
The Logitech Combo Touch Keyboard Case with Trackpad will come out $ 150, in either version. Accessories are already listed on the Apple online store in the United States [iPad, iPad Air], but are not yet available for sale – which should happen in the next few days.
Logitech Slim Folio Pro Case
For owners of the new iPad Pro (yes, the one released today), Logitech also announced an interesting accessory: the Slim Folio Pro Case, a cover with a built-in Bluetooth keyboard – but no trackpad.
Here the keys are also backlit and have a row of specific functions for the iPadOS; the accessory also has a magnetic closure which ensures that your tablet will always be protected inside any backpack or bag. The cover also has a tab for you to attach your second generation Apple Pencil.
Because it uses Bluetooth instead of the Smart Connector, the accessory needs its own battery – and it lasts, according to Logitech, up to three months with an average usage of two hours a day. When finished, it can be recharged through the USB-C port on the cover itself.
Logitech Slim Folio Pro Case is already on sale at Apple’s online store in the USA; it costs $ 120 on the model for the 11-inch iPad Pro and $ 130 in the version for the iPad Pro of 12.9 ″. Delivery is scheduled in 3-4 weeks.
Since we are on the subject of “accessories”, how about we take a look at other recent news presented by manufacturers close to the world of the Apple? Come on.
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2
One of the darling brands in the audiophile universe, Sennheiser announced the second generation of its wireless headphones that compete with AirPods Pro: the Momentum True Wireless 2 bring active noise cancellation and an impressive battery to hit head-on with your rivals.
We have, here, seven hours of use in each of the headphones, with up to 28 hours of total use considering the three complete recharges offered by the case. In addition, active noise cancellation (which was not present in the first generation) uses a set of microphones to filter outside noise and cancel it with opposite frequencies; there is also an ambient sound mode for you to hear the universe around you at times when it is necessary (such as walking on the street, for example).
The new Sennheiser headphones are IPX4 certified and can withstand light rain or splashes. They keep the price of the previous generation, leaving $ 300 – that is, when they are released, next April.
Anker eufyCam 2
Finally, a novelty for a product that already exists: the line of security cameras eufyCam 2, gives Anker, finally started to bring support to HomeKit Secure Video, Apple’s protocol for this type of device.
We have already discussed HomeKit Secure Video in more depth in this article, but basically it allows you to store up to ten days of recordings from your security cameras on iCloud for later review – for that, however, you need to have a plan of at least 200GB on Apple’s cloud service.
All products in the eufyCam 2 line are already receiving the necessary firmware update to add support for the Apple protocol; for those interested, they can be purchased on the manufacturer’s website.
via 9to5Mac, The Verge, iMore