Lilbits 6-23-2020: The ARMs race is on

This week Apple confirmed that it’s preparing to transition from Intel to ARM chips for upcoming Mac computers, and the upcoming macOS Big Sur will be the company’s first desktop operating system designed for Apple Silicon chips based on ARM architecture. Befitting a move so big, it’ll also be the first version of the Mac […]

iPadOS 14 brings Scribble handwriting recognition to iPads (with Apple Pencil), UI updates, and more

When Apple’s iPads first launched, they were basically oversized iPhones running a barely modified version of the iPhone operating system. But over time, Apple has added a growing number of iPad-specific features and spun out the operating system as iPadOS. Now Apple is introducing iPadOS 14. In addition to support for the same features coming […]

Apple’s new iPad Pro has a LiDAR scanner and optional Magic Keyboard (with trackpad and backlit keys)

As expected, the latest version of iPadOS brings mouse and trackpad support to Apple’s tablet operating system. Oh, and Apple’s new iPad Pro makes use of that via a new optional Magic Keyboard with a built-in trackpad, backlit keys, and… a hefty price tag. The new iPad Pro also has a faster processor, improved microphones, […]

Apple brings mouse support to iPads and iPhones (as an accessibility feature in iOS 13/iPadOS)

Apple has been claiming for years that you can use an iPad Pro to get real work done… as long as you don’t think you need a mouse for work, because up until now iOS hasn’t supported mouse input. But that changed this week when Apple launched developer previews of iPadOS and iOS 13. Now […]

iPadOS: Apple tablets aren’t just big iPhones anymore

The first Apple iPad launched in 2010, and at the time it was running pretty much the same software that ran on the company’s iPhones. Over time Apple has added more iPad-specific features that take advantage of larger displays and more powerful hardware — and the differences really started to accelerate when Apple introduced the […]