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Apple Spring Event 2021

I stopped paying attention to Apple rumors so that the announcement events would come as a surprise. The rumor sites have just gotten so good, that watching the live event was becoming a disappointment. This plan worked! I'm genuinely stunned to learn that Apple is bringing their new M1 processors to iPads!

People who thought Apple would stop fucking around and just stick with USB-C were also surprised today!

iPad Pro 2021

Apple's new M1 Silicon chip that brought iOS apps to macOS is now coming to iPad! The Pro model iPads also get a major screen technology fresh with XDR, the technology behind Apple's desktop Pro Display XDR. While it may seem like a short time since Apple dropped their Lightning cable in favor of USB-C, they have already begun to abandon USB-C in favor of their proprietary nonsense. Two steps forward, one step back.

Priced between $800 for an 11" model with 128GB of storage, to $2,200 for a 12.9" model with 2TG, and can be ordered on the 30th of April. Pre-orders will begin shipping in late May.

iMac 2021

There is also a new iMac with M1 that looks strikingly familiar.

Reader Comments 16

So Thunderbolt/USB 4 is proprietary nonsense in your eyes?
Sorry, but your post is just nonsense.

Have a look at this, maybe it helps:

https://www.heise.de/imgs/18/3/0/0/1/5/6/8/thunderbolt4-comparison-chart-2f0aae9c6d8e08d7.jpg
April 20, 2021  | person Plø
Admittedly with absolutely no research, do we know if the M1 iPads will run our best and brightest apps?
That's a bit harsh, Plø.

I do not doubt the capabilities of Thunderbolt. I just dislike Apple returning to a proprietary interface. It's annoying for us, and I count myself in this camp, as consumers of Apple products. At least USB-C wasn't Apple-specific nonsense.
Thunderbolt is not proprietary (it’s an open standard co-developed with Intel), nor is it incompatible with USB-C (they run over the same physical connection.) Macs have supported the two of them together for years.
April 20, 2021  | person_outline Jens Alfke
On April 20, 2021 - @Frozen Lonesome said:
Admittedly with absolutely no research, do we know if the M1 iPads will run our best and brightest apps?

Of course. It’s just an update to the ARM processor, as in every generation of iPad before it.
April 20, 2021  | person_outline Jens Alfke
On April 20, 2021 - @Tim Webb said:
That's a bit harsh, Plø.

I do not doubt the capabilities of Thunderbolt. I just dislike Apple returning to a proprietary interface. It's annoying for us, and I count myself in this camp, as consumers of Apple products. At least USB-C wasn't Apple-specific nonsense.

Sorry for being a bit harsh.
The connector is still USB-C. Now with Thunderbolt compatibility as an add on.
April 20, 2021  | person Plø
I'm with Plø. Likewise avoiding the rumours, when I read your post I thought they were going for yet another thing they made up themselves. Instead, TB4 is great news. Full support.

OTOH, I can't imagine why I would want my desktop computer to be thin. Especially when it's mounted to this absurd angle frame making putting it in a flightcase an unreasonable proposition.
April 21, 2021  | person nottooloud
I particularly liked the airtags pricing - worth stealing them just for their own value, resetting them and reusing them. At 35 bucks a piece, I”m never gonna lose my keys again. Not ever.
April 21, 2021  | person nreyes
I was hoping that the rumors would be true that an iOS version of Logic would be introduced in conjunction with the M1 iPad Pro. Sad to see that it didn’t happen.
April 21, 2021  | person_outline Michel K
If Apple pro apps, or any Mac apps for that matter, are going to be available for the iPad they'd most likely be announced at WWDC in June when they announce the next iOS. I mean why put an M1 chip and up to 16GB of RAM in these things if they can't run Logic or other Mac apps?
> iOS version of Logic

I'm curious to know what's keeping them from running MacOS apps on the M1 iPad.
April 22, 2021  | person nottooloud
Thunderbolt is Intel, not Apple, and not the property of Apple - Apple just seems to be the only one making use of it. Not unlike FireWire - which was developed by Apple as an IEEE open standard, not proprietary, but was studiously ignored by everyone else in pursuit of ‘super speed’ USB.

The Lightning port and cable may be proprietary, but who cares?
April 22, 2021  | person Trilobyte
On April 21, 2021 - @Michel K said:
I was hoping that the rumors would be true that an iOS version of Logic would be introduced in conjunction with the M1 iPad Pro. Sad to see that it didn’t happen.
https://twitter.com/jon_prosser/status/1252931201708560385
https://twitter.com/LeaksApplePro/status/1367439352691843073
April 22, 2021  | person Ghostrider
USB-c is more powerful in terms of digital performance but Apple's Lightning connector design seems to be much more physically rugged in terms of handling dust, dirt, etc.

I could be wrong, but USB-c's physical design just doesn't inspire confidence.
April 22, 2021  | person synfiniti
Sorry, Tim, you’re not making any sense with this “proprietary” complaint at Thunderbolt. It’s not Apple’s, and it IS USB-C. This is a good thing.
April 22, 2021  | person dysamoria
I'm genuinely amazed by anyone calling me on this. It is proprietary if no one else is using it. It doesn't matter if Apple is allowing or disallowing them to do it. Thunderbolt was designed by Intel WITH Apple. I didn't even have to look at the Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thunderbolt_(interface)

We can agree to disagree, but I think this point is undermined by FireWire more than it is supported by it.
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