The Morning After: Apple Unveils Redesigned iPad, M2-Powered iPad Pro, and New Apple TV 4K

There were rumors of an M2 iPad Pro, but they were just the beginning of Apple’s announcements yesterday. The company has dropped a ton of new hardware, but let’s start with the most powerful new tablet. The iPad Pro ($799), powered by its M2 chip, offers up to 15 percent faster performance than the M1, according to Apple. It also gets WiFi 6E support and a new “hover” experience for Apple Pencil. With a second-generation Apple Pencil, the iPad Pro detects the peripheral when it is up to 12mm from the screen. Hovering over the screen allows you to preview each highlight you want to apply before actually applying it. When you place the Apple Pencil near the Scribble app, text fields automatically expand. The updated Pro will arrive on October 26.



The new entry-level iPad got a major redesign, including USB-C charging and a landscape camera. Borrowing the thin bezel of more expensive models, the new model integrates the built-in fingerprint reader into the sleep/wake button. No more home button here. It’s more expensive, though: the redesigned iPad starts at $449 for the 64GB Wi-Fi model. It will also launch on October 26. In addition to these new models, after a slight delay, Apple has also revealed that iPadOS 16 will be released on October 24.

Rounding out the barrage of Apple announcements, there’s a new $129 Apple TV 4K model. It has an A15 chip, 64GB of storage and HDR10+ support, with a 128GB Apple TV 4K option that adds Gigabit Ethernet. Both new Apple TVs also support WiFi 6. We have all the pre-order details here.

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The Biggest Stories You May Have Missed The phone’s screen shrinks from 6.5 to 4 inches.

We’ve seen rollable phone concepts from companies like Oppo and TCL, and LG was even working on a commercial rollable smartphone until it stopped making mobile devices last year. Now Lenovo is showing off a laptop with a roll-out screen, while its mobile division, Motorola, has a roll-out smartphone — and they look like some of the more hands-on efforts to date. The phone starts out with a pocket-sized 4 inches high, but with the click of a button the OLED panel expands to a more normal, 6.5 inches by 2022.

We haven’t seen a rollable laptop so far. The prototype starts with a typical landscape view and then rolls out into a square, making it better for TikTok-style documents or vertical videos.

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So you better hurry up and boot your ex from your account.

The next phase of Netflix’s months-long password-sharing crackdown — which itself follows the company’s first quarterly loss in a decade — is soon upon us. The company announced on Tuesday during its quarterly earnings call that starting in early 2023, it will charge customers an additional monthly fee for people who share their credentials. The news comes as Netflix attempts to return to growth after losing subscribers earlier in the year. With help from Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story and the final season of Stranger Things, the company added more than 2.4 million subscribers in the third quarter. Netflix hasn’t announced pricing yet, but if it follows the pilot program, it could come out at around $3 to $4 per month.

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It is perhaps the quietest driving Rolls to date.

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The luxury British manufacturer has unveiled its first EV, the Specter coupé. The Phantom’s “spiritual successor” looks a lot like its stately gas-powered counterparts, but promises an even quieter and smoother ride. While it is still finalizing the specs, the company expects the four-wheel drive machine to sprint from 0-60 MPH in 4.4 seconds and reach an EPA range of 260 miles. Not particularly remarkable, but it’s not about numbers. This is about luxury.

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A tribunal ruled that the deal reduced competition.

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) regulator has ordered Meta to sell Giphy after it lost its battle at the Competition Appeal Tribunal. The authority revised the decision in July after the tribunal sided with Meta on one point (sharing sensitive third-party information). But it found that the deal could still hurt competition by limiting rivals’ access to Giphy’s library of GIFs, requiring unfavorable terms and reducing the choice of digital advertising. Meta bought Giphy in May 2020 for an unofficially estimated price of $400 million.

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