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Discussion in 'iPad' started by stlredbird, Mar 17, 2016.
Nice find, indeed it could be a confirmation.
of course that update is now stalled. I wonder if they are in the process of removing it or changing description.
Very interesting, great spot Redbird. The update description still hasn't changed on the UK App Store.
I'm most intrigued by new "iPads" - plural. More than one new iPad with Pencil support? Astropad already supports the Pencil on the iPad Pro. Monday could have more surprises than expected.
This description is probably just based on the rumors that have been floating about and isn't indicative of anything. I very much doubt the developers behind this app have insider information. If they did, they would have had to sign some pretty restrictive NDAs.
Nothing is confirmed until Apple announces it.
well yeah ! This Pencil Support update for this APP could be based on rumors so it could be 50-50 as of now.
Just got this email from Astropad
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Sometimes Apple offers some developers early access to unreleased hardware. Given that Astropad's devs are former Apple employees and their app is a high-profile one, it seems likely that they did have access to the new iPads.
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How do you know this ? Are you an ex-Apple employee ? Or Current Apple employee ? To say that the Dev of Astropad have access to the New iPad ?
"...for new ipads" ?? there will be more than just 1 ipad ?
Apple may have had them lined-up to do an on-stage demo at the event. It's exactly the kind of App that Apple would want to use to show the capabilities of the Pencil in tandem with the Mac. I guess we'll see on Monday (although, their invitation to demo on stage may have been withdrawn of course).
I think it makes sense.
The question is, it said "iPads." Could it mean that there will be a new iPad mini pro as well? I love the mini form factor, and with pencil support, it can finally be the digital notepad on-the-go.
Thats being way too optimistic and ambitious....
They're clearly trying to backtrack for some reason... If Astropad were just being hopeful based on the rumours, I don't know why they would feel it necessary to pull the app off the AppStore. It'll be interesting to see whats changed when it's back online.
I would be surprised if they had another 7.9 inch iPad waiting in the wings so soon after the mini4. If there's more than 1 new iPad coming on Monday, perhaps they'll introduce a new 9.7 inch Pro and a refreshed 9.7 inch Air (along the lines of the naff mini2 to mini3 refresh).
iPad Pro 12.9 & iPad Pro 9.7 with processor, RAM, screen resolution stereo speaker and smart connector parity.
iPad Air 3, basically the Air 2 with Pencil support.
Either way, I'm absolutely tuning in on Monday to find out. Need to replace my iPad 3.
It would be a wise move for Apple, why bother designing the Apple Pencil if it's only good for a single device? It's not the best use of resources. I'm hopeful the new iPad will support it.
FYI, I spoke with Astropad's developers. The app description was written based on rumors rather than insider knowledge. It was removed because of the uproar it caused.
Sorry but this, coming from a developer, it's the lamest excuse ever for botching the app description.
Hmmm, seems an odd response to me. How could they add support for a rumour ?
To add support they would need technical knowledge of the hardware to add support for or if its a generic Apple Pencil API the support would already be there and used by the iPad Pro so would not need to add support for new hardware. So either way its flawed.
The API is generic, so it isn't based on needing to know about the new hardware. However, it is possible to say "disable our Pencil code except on X because its the only model to support it" under the guise of something like performance (premature optimization?). Then, based on the rumor, remove that check.
It's weird, but I have seen this done on projects I've worked on. Someone tries to "optimize" some code by only making it called in certain situations, without even measuring if there would be a gain first.