Roundup: The best cases you can buy for Apple's 9.7" iPad Pro right now

Article Image With next-generation technology like a magnetic Smart Connector for Smart Keyboard and support for Apple Pencil, Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad Pro marks a new era in portable productivity. To take full advantage of the new features, prospective buyers will want to have cases. Here’s a rundown of some of the best options available.

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Apple patent for stackable Smart Connector plugs improves iPad versatility

Article Image An Apple patent published Tuesday details work on a magnetic connector interface akin to the recently introduced Smart Connector, but instead of being limited to one accessory, the proposed design can stack plugs to mate with and support multiple peripherals.

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The best Smart Connector keyboard for iPad Pro: Apple Smart Keyboard vs. Logitech Create

Article Image The first two Smart Connector accessories for iPad Pro offer very different keyboard style experiences, each addressing two different types of tablet users. But which keyboard is best, Apple’s Smart Keyboard or Logitech’s Create? AppleInsider breaks down which accessory is best for you.

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Alleged 'iPad Air 3' case suggests Smart Connector coming to Apple's 9.7-inch tablet

Article Image Many of the features introduced in last year’s iPad Pro, including the new Smart Connector magnetic port and four-speaker array, may be coming toon to the third-generation iPad Air, if third-party cases being manufactured in China are accurate.

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Suppliers expect widespread adoption of USB Type-C in laptops, smartphones thanks to Apple

Taiwan-based integrated circuit manufacturers are said to be betting big on the new reversible USB Type-C connector, thanks in part to Apple’s early embrace of the port in its forward thinking 12-inch MacBook with Retina display.

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USB Type-C connector will also support DisplayPort: Finally, one cable will fit every hole

DisplayPort over USB 3.1, DP Alternate Mode
The USB Promoters Group and VESA have announced that the new reversible USB Type-C connector, along with supporting power delivery of up to 100 watts, will also support the simultaneous transport of DisplayPort 1.3 — and thus HDMI 2.0 and DVI will also work, with an adapter. Yes, it’s looking like USB 3.1 with the Type-C connector will finally be a workable all-in-one cabling solution. Thunderbolt, we hardly knew you.

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Next-gen USB 3.1 Type-C connector will support DisplayPort, 5K video output

The new USB 3.0 reversible Type-C connector will also support DisplayPort Alternate Mode with screen resolutions of “4K and beyond,” the standards setting group behind the technology announced on Monday.



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Apple's interest in reversible USB plugs detailed in new patent application

While a reversible “Type-A” USB connector may not meet the specifications of a certified USB cable, Apple has nevertheless shown interest in building one, a newly published patent application reveals.



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