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With the introduction of iPad Pro, now is the time for Apple to finally bring Logic Pro to its tablet. Apple has long had Garageband available for iOS devices, offering what is essentially a feature for feature companion for the desktop Mac app, albeit with a user interface tweaked for the smaller touch display. But it’s not much help to pros that have their workflow in Apple’s professional audio editing suite for Mac, Logic Pro.
Especially with the iPad Pro aimed at a pro market and most app makers targeting pros, a Logic Pro suite for iPad would make the device much more attractive to audio pros like myself and a real valuable tool for in the studio and on the go.
Portable studio recording features:
At the minimum, what the app really needs to make it a useful standalone audio suite rather than just the remote for Logic on the Mac, is recording features.
Being able to record something quickly on an iPad, for example when out of the studio or on the road, and then have it synced to a session on the Mac via iCloud, is something that is currently a clunky experience at best using other audio recording apps on iOS. To make it a great experience, we need Apple to build Logic Pro for iPad (and or build APIs for iOS devs) with full cross-platform file support for syncing sessions and or tracks from within sessions between devices easily.
The ability to record some ideas when mobile and quickly transfer or sync to Mac is something we only currently have workarounds for. For now, we’re unfortunately stuck with bouncing tracks to audio out of third-party audio suites on iOS, and that’s far from ideal to say the least.
iPad Pro, Plugins and Split-screen apps:
And beyond just basic recording features, now that Apple has support for real audio plugins on iOS, split-screen apps, and the larger, faster iPad Pro, there’s even more potential for a full Logic Pro experience on the iPad.
With the iPad Pro’s larger display now in MacBook-size territory, audio plugins make a lot more sense— you can now have a plug-in open large enough to manipulate its controls while still having a full view of your session timeline or, for example, two or more plug-ins side-by-side. With all that extra real estate, fitting in a user interface with the complexity of Logic Pro and the plug-ins others make for it in general starts to become a reality.
It’s also likely going to make it easier to attract the popular plug-in makers from Logic on the Mac, many of which don’t have offerings on iOS, to build versions of their plugins that work on iOS too.
Controllers, customizable interfaces, touchscreen possibilities:
And likewise, the larger display iPad means lots of new possibilities for using the iPad as a virtual controller. The more screen real estate means the more potential for MIDI controllers with inventive and or customizable user interfaces. We could get a lot closer to a knob-per-function user interface for our favorite synth apps.
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It’s time to take full control of Apple’s latest production technologies with Novation’s Live Loops and Logic Pro Launchpad grid controllers. The Live Loops grid-based environment is a wonderful experience with a connected iPad, allowing for a more immersive approach to your cells via the Logic Remote app. But Live Loops also brings with it official support for a wide range of those colorful and affordable grid controllers from Novation. For compatible models, functionality details, and more, hit the jump.
Logic Pro Launchpad grid controllers:More than just Live Loops controllers:
The Launchpad Mixer button allows you to control some of Logic Pro X’s Mixer or track recording controls — enabling secondary functions for the bottom row utility buttons on the Launchpad — like the record arming button, solos, and mutes, as well as the divider column controls we outlined in our Live Loops deep dive. From there, Launchpad also provides physical grid-based, and velocity-sensitive control for your sends, pans, and track volumes — hard taps for an immediate alteration or a light swipe for a smooth fade.
Compatible Logic Pro Launchpad grid controllers can now be anything from a nice alternative input method over your standard keyboard controller, to a DJ performance/re-arrangement machine, or a nearly-complete control surface for an entire Live Loops-focused Logic Pro X rig.
Orienting your system with a new Logic Pro Launchpad setup requires nothing more than a simple USB connection and a quick rotation. Simply connect a compatible Launchpad device to your system to trigger Logic’s Control Surface Setup prompt. Rotate your Launchpad 90-degrees (clockwise, so the Launchpad logo is in the bottom right) to mimic the on-screen Live Loops layout, and you’re ready to go.
Logic Pro Launchpad Compatibility:
As of right now, Logic Pro X 10.5 supports several Novation Launchpad models for Live Loops including the mini series, Launchpad X, and others (full list below). There are even a series of the older models you might even have sitting around from that time you decided to try Ableton out — many of them now actually work with Logic Pro X the way you wished they did in the first place.
Launchpad Mini (MK3): As the name suggests, Launchpad Mini is the most compact and portable of the 64-pad RBG Logic Pro Launchpad grid controllers with full LPX 10.5 support. Launchpad Mini MK1 and 2 are also compatible, so even the previous-generation models are supported. But here’s a quick look at the main features on the latest MK3:
81 RGB LED’s
Kensington MiniSaver Slot
Logic Pro X 10.5 support
180mm length x 180mm depth x 14.2mm height
Launchpad X — Offering significantly more real-estate than its mini counterpart above, the Launchpad X is essentially the flagship Live Loops controller right now. While the MK1 Launchpad Pro (below) is also compatible, Launchpad X is the newest and most robust Live Loops controller in the Novation stable right now:
81 RGB LEDs
USB bus powered
Kensington MiniSaver Slot
Logic Pro X 10.5 support
241mm length x 241mm depth x 17.5mm height
You’ll find a series of the other compatible models listed below including the Launchpad Pro (MK1). But one thing to point out here is that the latest model Launchpad Pro [MK3] is not compatible with Logic Pro X Live Loops just yet. While some of these older compatible models can be found for even less than the current generation options above, you’ll want to check the Focusrite/Novation site for clearance pricing. While they might not feature the latest and greatest tech and the modern layouts, you can get away for as low as $40 for a physical Live Loops controller right now.
Launchpad Original; Launchpad S; Launchpad MK2/RGB; Launchpad Mini MK1; Launchpad Mini MK2; Launchpad Mini [MK3]; Launchpad Pro MK1; Launchpad X. At the time of writing, there is no support for Launchpad Pro [MK3].
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Sometimes an iPad must be placed into Recovery Mode before it can be restored or updated successfully with a computer. For example, if an iPad gets stuck on a black screen with an Apple logo for a very long time, Recovery Mode can usually remedy that. Typically Recovery Mode is used for a troubleshooting endeavor, but it can also be used for downgrading from iOS beta / iPadOS beta versions as well.
The instructions here will show how to enter Recovery Mode on iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, and the earlier iPad Pro models with a Home button. Basically if the iPad has a Home button, the instructions detailed here will work to put the iPad into Recovery Mode. However, any newer model iPad Pro without any front buttons and with Face ID instead must use these instructions to enter Recovery Mode instead on iPad Pro 2023 and newer devices.How to Enter Recovery Mode on iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, early iPad Pro
To enter Recovery Mode on iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, and earlier iPad Pro with Home button (2023 and earlier models, this will not work on the modern iPad Pro 2023 and later models), you will need a computer (Mac or Windows PC) with iTunes and a USB cable to connect the device to the Mac or PC with.
First turn the iPad off, do this by pressing and holding the Power button until the Power Off slider appears on the screen and then sliding on that to power it off
Launch iTunes on the computer *
Hold down the Home button while connecting the iPad to the computer with a USB cable
Continue holding the Home button until iTunes (or Mac Finder) shows a message stating that an iPad in Recovery Mode has been detected
After the iPad, iPad mini, or iPad Air has been detected by iTunes (or Finder), it can be restored with iTunes, or updated as usual. If you’re on a beta iOS version, you can also downgrade to the last stable build while in Recovery Mode.
* Use iTunes for MacOS Mojave 10.14 and earlier, and all Windows PC computers will use iTunes too. If the Mac is on MacOS Catalina 10.15 or later, then use the Mac Finder instead of iTunes.Exiting Recovery Mode on iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini
If you want to exit out of Recovery Mode without performing any action in iTunes, you can do so with a simple force restart of the iPad.
Hold down the POWER button and the HOME button concurrently until the Apple logo appears on the screen, signifying it has been force restarted
After you reboot the device to exit recovery mode, it will boot as normal. Or if it was experiencing difficulty, like getting stuck on the Apple logo screen, it will probably just boot directly back into that if you didn’t actually run through recovery to restore the iPad.
Almost all serious issues with an iPad can be resolved through Recovery Mode, but rarely in some very stubborn cases you may need to put the iPad into DFU mode instead and restore from there. That’s quite rare however, and is really only applicable for when Recovery Mode is not working successfully for a restore or device update.
All iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch models can be placed into Recovery Mode, though the instructions for doing so differs per device. For reference, here are the steps for other iOS / ipadOS devices:
Every time a new iPad Pro is released, reviewers tend to ask the question: can it replace a laptop? That’s a valid question as Apple pitches the iPad Pro as the future of computing, even boldly creating the commercial last year that asks What’s a computer? I’ve spent 48 hours writing with iPad Pro and here’s what I think…
First and foremost, what am I using to replace my 2023 MacBook Pro? The 12.9-inch iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard Folio and Apple Pencil. The last iPad I owned for an extensive period of time was the iPad mini 2. My 15-inch MBP was the top of the line model at the time, with 16GB of RAM, 1TB SSD, 2.9GHz Core i7 with the dedicated AMD GPU. But, for the most part, none of that matters for me.
See, the thing with the iPad Pro hardware is that it’s gotten so powerful over the years, seeing massive gains in performance every generation. However, the software has unfortunately not caught up yet. Despite this, I believe iPad Pro can be a great contender for replacing a computer for many people.
Within the last 48 hours I’ve been using iPad Pro as my main work machine. So far it’s been a pretty good experience.The initial 48 hours
On a typical work day, I have our Slack chat running on the left side of my screen, and the 9to5Mac web portal running in Safari, split 50/50 evenly. In addition, I often have Tweetbot as a window over Safari to make sure I’m not missing any breaking news. I also have work email enabled and with notifications on all incoming mail through Edison (current mail client of choice). If I need to, I’ll swipe up a little from the bottom, drag Edison into the Safari slot and read/reply to email there if need be.
If I need to reference an email while typing out a post, I have Edison as a window and Safari on the right of the 50/50 split.
If it’s a news piece, I return back to Safari and start writing there. Over the last few days I’ve noticed some small issues such as the cursor not appearing, but for the most part it works just fine. For longer pieces (like this one) I use Ulysses to write. Other than updating its app to support the new iPad screen sizes, it works as expected with any other iPad.
I think the hardest transition is going from mouse/trackpad and keyboard to touch and keyboard. Most first-party apps and some iPad Pro specific third-party apps support keyboard shortcuts that are similar to what you’d find on a Mac. For example, pressing ⌘ + L on Safari for iPad gets you into the URL/search bar without moving your hand all the way to the top.Adjusting to iOS
Admittedly, I haven’t spent too much time in Shortcuts or Siri Shortcuts. But from what I’ve seen and heard, this could be a potential game changer for getting work done on iPad.
Oh, and the new iPad Pro has USB-C now, which is great. However, for now it basically has the limitations of what Lightning did.
Sure, if you have a 4K USB-C monitor, you can plug it in and have it mirror the screen and charge your iPad at the same time, as well as use it as a hub for other accessories. But you could do that with Lightning as well, albeit not through a single cable (HDMI adapter with one USB-A and Lightning for charging, anyone?). While I’d love to have my monitor mirror my screen, I’d rather it extend it and maybe have more apps running at any given time. I also have the LG UltraFine 5K, which is Thunderbolt 3. So I can’t test that functionality.
The real benefit of USB-C is having one cable to rule them all. The iPad is now free of just “iOS accessories” and the door is open to other vendors building in support.
Lack of external hard drive support is weird to say the least. Plugging in a camera automatically launches the Photos app, naturally. So, one would assume plugging in an external hard drive or flash drive would automatically open up the Files app. Nope. Hopefully this changes in the future.Conclusion
Obviously, it’s only been a few days and that isn’t enough time to make a firm decision on whether or not this could fully replace my computer (for work purposes) yet. With that being said, the iPad is starting to grow on me and I’d highly recommend others who primarily write for a living to give it a shot.
I’ll need a bit more time before I can make an informed decision, but the future is looking bright for the new iPad Pro so far!
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Announced on Tuesday, the Surface Pro 3 went on pre-orders starting from the very next day and its large footprint makes it a perfect laptop replacement. Except for its size, how far is the tablet a worthy upgrade to the Surface Pro 2? Go through the comparison between two the second and third generation Surface Pro tablets to know the differences.Display and Processor
The Surface Pro 3 is pretty large in size than its predecessor with a 12 inch diagonal ClearType FHD display boasting a unique 3:2 aspect ratio instead of the traditional 16:9 aspect ratio in the earlier models. The tablet packs in FHD resolution of 2160×1440 pixels that is termed “Pixels Free” by the vendor. In comparison, the Surface Pro 2 features a 10.6 inch display with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. Definitely, the latest offering is a better one with 38% increase in the screen size and 50% boast in the resolution.
In order to slim down the Surface Pro 3, the company appears to have ditched the internals. Well, the tablet is the thinnest ever Intel Core product and this applies even with the Type Cover attached to it. To achieve this, Microsoft has incorporated the powerful Intel Core i7 processor into the diminutive build. There are different variants of the Surface Pro 3 and they use Core i3, Core i5 or Core i7 processors under their hood.Camera and Internal Storage
The cameras get a significant upgrade in the Surface Pro 3 as both the front and rear snapper are upgraded to 5 MP to enable high-resolution video calling and quality photo and video capturing. On the other hand, the Surface Pro 2 packs dual 1.2 MP cameras at the front and back for basic functionality.
Both the Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 2 come in four different configurations with varying internal storage options – 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB and there is a micro SD card slot for expansion as well. The same applies to the RAM capacity as both the tablets house either 4 GB or 8 GB of RAM with no different.Battery and Design
While the Surface Pro 2 uses a 42 W-h battery that is claimed to deliver up to 7 hours of web browsing, the one used in the Surface Pro 3 remains unknown, but it is rated to provide up to 9 hours of web browsing. This is a solid 10 percent increase from that of the yesteryear mode.Software and Features Key Specs
Model Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Microsoft Surface Pro 2
Display 12 inch, 2160×1440 10.6 inch, 1920×1080
Processor Intel Core i3/ Core i5/ Core i7 Intel Core i5
RAM 4 GB/ 8 GB 4 GB/ 8 GB
Internal Storage 64 GB/ 128 GB/ 256 GB/ 512 GB, Expandable 64 GB/ 128 GB/ 256 GB/ 512 GB, Expandable
OS Windows 8.1 Windows 8.1
Camera Front and rear cameras with 5 MP resolution and 1080p video recording Front and rear cameras with 1.2 MP resolution and 720p video recording
Battery 9 hours backup 7 hours backupPrice and Conclusion
The Surface Pro 3 pricing starts at $799 for the base Core i3 model with 64 GB of default storage space with 4 GB of RAM. It has to be noted that this latest model with significant improvements is priced cheaper than the Surface Pro 2 that is priced starting at $899 for the Core i5 model with 64 GB of native storage and 4 GB of RAM. However, Microsoft seems to have not considered that the laptop replacement to ship with a free Type Cover as the accessory is available for an additional cost of $129.Price and Conclusion
Pricing apart, the Surface Pro 3 with a larger and crispier display, thinner build and enhanced features could make it an efficient product in the market being a perfect laptop replacement. Moreover, the presence of the Core i7 processor is pretty much appealing as it will deliver great levels of productivity.
Earlier this month, Apple officially announced the 2023 iPad Pro lineup, welcoming moderate refreshes for both the 11- and 12.9-inch tablets.
And while Apple was more than happy to promote all of the changes coming to the new iPad Pro models, the reality is that most of the changes are minor in scale. Even the brand new A12Z Bionic processor is just a slight change from the A12X Bionic found in the 2023 models, even if it does welcome a change to the GPU. One of the biggest improvements is the camera system, as the new 2023 iPad Pro lineup welcomes a dual-camera design, and throws in a LiDAR scanner as well for robust augmented reality (AR) experiences. But that LiDAR scanner might be about the future more than the present, as some reviewers see it as a feature many owners might just not use all that much at all.
We’ve put together a quick roundup of some of the 2023 iPad Pro reviews out there, many of which focus on the larger 12.9-inch model. The general consensus here is what you might expect: the new iPad Pro models are fantastic, the displays are great, and the performance is what you should expect out of these tablets. The cameras are a worthwhile addition, too. But a lot of attention is being paid to the new Magic Keyboard accessory — but that’s not out until May.
It’s also worth noting that the biggest new addition to the iPad Pro isn’t just for the newest version of Apple’s most powerful tablet lineup. With the impending launch of iPadOS 13.4 Apple is welcoming more robust trackpad and mouse support, but that’s coming to all iPad models that support iPadOS 13.4, and not just the iPad Pro models. So while Apple is hyping up the new feature with its newest tablets, it’s not just for the newest models.
That being said, I’ll get out of the way and present to you a quick roundup of some 2023 iPad Pro reviews below:
Overall still, the iPad Pro is easily my favorite tablet again. And it’s not really close. Now, the new things they added — the A12z Bionic and camera system — while they’re not like huge reasons to upgrade for anyone who already has a current iPad Pro, they are still good things and they are solid little refresh’s updates.
Now, if we’re still asking the question ‘can this replace your laptop’? As of right now, with those accessories not out [Magic Keyboard], I don’t know the answer just for the iPad, has really changed. But I think it’s very clear that Apple has been thinking about that question with the cursor support in iOS.Rene Ritchie
…I get that Apple is working with different priorities, price points, and constraints here. But for an iPad Pro I would have loved to have seen the full on iPhone Pro cameras, with all the optics — including the telephoto. Maybe even a periscope zoom. Yes, I said it. That way you wouldn’t have to choose between the big camera on the iPhone or the big viewfinder on the iPad. You could mix-and-match for any project as needed.
Otherwise, these new cameras are still good. They’re great. The best iPad cameras ever, and by far. So good, the iPhone really is the only thing I’m going to compare them against.Wrap up
So, not a lot of surprises here. The camera improvements in the 2023 iPad Pro are certainly noteworthy, but maybe only because the previous cameras in the tablet lineup really weren’t that great. But the inclusion of LiDAR could be a huge step forward for the devices, especially as Apple continues to embrace augmented reality. Is it a feature that most owners will use? Time will tell, and each individual’s use cases are different, so it’s hard to say for sure.
The slight bump in the A12Z Bionic over the A12X Bionic may be minimal, but with an increase in graphics performance it might not go completely unnoticed by some. And the fact that the iPad Pro can still manage 10 hours of usage in a single day is definitely a strong point.
The question is: is the 2023 iPad Pro worth upgrading to if you have a 2023 iPad Pro? The general theme from these reviews seems to be that if you have the previous version of the tablet you’ll probably be just fine keeping it. Mostly because the new Magic Keyboard accessory that launches in May supports those devices, too. And so does iPadOS 13.4 with trackpad support, obviously.
But of course it all comes down to the individual and what they are looking for. A little bit more future-proofing, perhaps? Or just the newest option after owning the 2023 iPad Pro for a bit of time already.
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