Comment: A look back at my favorite Apple hardware from 2020 [Video]

Despite the unique circumstances of being in the midst of a global pandemic, Apple has had one of the busiest and probably most productive years in recent memory. In this practical video, I take a look back at my favorite versions of Apple hardware from 2020.

Magic keyboard for iPad

It seems like it has been forever, but in the spring of 2020, Apple launched the long-awaited magic keyboard for iPad Pro. Of course, it was not just a keyboard, but a complete input utility that also incorporated a trackpad.

The Magic keyboard was a remarkable product, as it turned the iPad into a more capable productivity machine. Along with the new indicator input control launched with iPadOS 13.4, the iPad Pro could function more like a laptop, allowing users to use the trackpad to interact with applications alongside the traditional touch input.

Having a real cursor input is something that many, including me, have been calling for years, so it was a bit surreal when the Magic keyboard along with the new touch input functionality of the iPadOS came into the hands of users. After a few months of using the Magic iPad keyboard, it’s hard to imagine a return to the way things were.

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iPad Air

The fourth generation iPad Air has seen the mid-range tablet from Apple, the top child of the range, updated with a new design, without the Home button. Inspired by the iPad Pro, the iPad Air 4 now has flat sides, a new 10.9-inch Liquid Retina edge-to-edge display, and a built-in Touch ID sensor. Side The top button.

The fourth generation iPad Air is currently the only iPad with the latest Apple A14 system on a chip, even surpassing iPad Pro in this regard. Perhaps more importantly, the new design finally allows an iPad without a “pro” name to use the second-generation Apple pencil and, of course, is compatible with the aforementioned Magic keyboard. When you combine all these features with the initial cost of $ 599, it’s clear that the iPad Air is, pound for pound, the best iPad in the range.

iPhone 12 mini

As a big fan of the iPhone 4 design, I was expecting a true successor to the original iPhone SE and it finally arrived with the iPhone 12 mini. The real second-generation iPhone SE, which was launched earlier this year in 2020, feels less like the original iPhone SE and more like an iPhone 8. The iPhone 12 mini feels more like the true sequel to the original iPhone SE which I waited for.

Featuring all the processing power of its older siblings in a 5.4-inch, pint-sized design, the iPhone 12 mini has been my favorite iPhone for years. But not only the size makes the iPhone 12 mini so attractive, but the design. The design of the iPhone 12 mini, with its flat edges between two pieces of glass, has all the characteristics of an absolute classic.

Compared to larger smartphones such as iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro or ridiculously large, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 12 mini is much more comfortable in the hand. In the meantime, you’ll get all the amazing processing power, screen technology and many of the same camera features that his siblings enjoy.

No matter how great this phone is, older iPhones will no doubt sell the iPhone 12 mini, maybe several times over. Even someone like me, who recognizes the beautiful and practical design of the iPhone 12 mini, still chooses to carry an iPhone 12 Pro Max as a daily driver. Big phones are a much worse touch experience, but I’m addicted to such a big screen and I suspect many of you reading this are too. Given this, it will be clear to see if the mini becomes unique by 2020 or if it remains in the next iPhone 13 product line in 2021.

M1 Macs

It’s still hard to believe that Apple made the transition from Intel to Apple Silicon with almost zero problems. This transition has probably exceeded even Cupertino’s major expectations for smoothness. M1 Macs are one of the biggest advances in computing in decades, and rightly so. 9to5Mac’s Award for the product of the year.

What makes the M1 MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini so impressive is how well it works right out of the door. From a software perspective, a person who uses one of these machines for web browsing, word processing, spreadsheets, etc., would see little difference between it and an Intel-based Mac.

Apple’s introduction of the Rosetta 2 translation – a technology that allows most applications designed for Intel processors to run more or less as they always have – exceeds all expectations. And applications that are compiled as universal applications, taking full advantage of the M1 chip, have even better performance. It is a win / win scenario with very few disadvantages.

Thanks to the new architecture, these Macs generate much less heat than their predecessors. In fact, the M1 works so cool and efficient that the MacBook Air directly skips an active cooler. As a result, the MacBook Air without a fan is quiet, but all cars are quiet; MacBook Pro and Mac mini are inaudible in most cases, even when pushed. The M1’s efficiency also produces incredible endurance, resulting in true “all-day” battery life. The so-called all-day battery life is not a new marketing term in Apple’s cache, but the M1 MacBooks are the first cars to rise to the level of demand.

As impressive as all this is, I was amazed at the performance of these Macs, which are the fastest Macs so far in single-core performance and, with every 8-core sport, are by no means slow in multi-core operations. But what was really impressive is how fast these machines are for specialized tasks, such as working with HEVC (H.265) encoded videos. These machines, which come with 7- or 8-core GPUs built into the M1, surpass the performance of the Mac Pro 2019 during playback, playback, and export of highly compressed 4.2 H.265 videos.

While Intel Macs retain some advantages, such as the ability to install Windows on a separate Boot Camp partition, M1 Macs have shown their versatility. For example, users can already load Windows 10 for ARM on a better-performing Parallels virtual machine instance than Windows for ARM running natively on Microsoft Surface hardware.

If these Macs are already this well, how good will these cars be two or three generations below? How crazy would an Apple silicon-powered Mac Pro be? It’s interesting to think about perspectives.

HomePod mini

HomePod mini is not the most desirable product on this list, but it is a very important version for Apple and its users. This smart speaker is essentially a small HomePod without the full range of fancy computing audio features. Due to its physics, it is also acoustically inferior to the large HomePod. However, it compensates for these shortcomings with its cheaper price, more flexible placement and, in some areas, more advanced technology.

As someone who truly appreciates the sound of the original HomePod, especially when the two work together as a stereo pair, the HomePod mini will not usurp the place of the originals that are currently on my desk. Instead, the HomePod mini will occupy rooms that either didn’t already have a HomePod, or areas like the kitchen, where I wouldn’t dare put a $ 300 fabric-covered speaker.

Although $ 99 for the HomePod mini is more expensive than competing miniature smart speakers from companies like Google and Amazon, the HomePod mini sounds better and gives Siri access to more places around the house. Apple’s integration of the HomePod mini means you can interact with all your HomeKit devices, play Apple Music, query Siri for the latest news, play your favorite podcasts, make phone calls, check text messages, and more. For the cost of a single regular HomePod, you can deploy three HomePod minis to help you cover your home with Siri access.

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Let’s be real for a second: Apple is a multi-billion dollar company with virtually unlimited resources, so while its 2020 productivity has been nothing short of impressive, when your pockets are so deep, it’s much easier to kept together, even during a pandemic. That being said, products like the Mac M1 aren’t just your annual specs – this is undoubtedly an industry-changing evolution – and, at least from the outside, Apple has accomplished an extremely difficult, difficult task to accomplish then. when everything is normal, let alone during a pandemic. Needless to say, 2020 was a remarkable year for Apple hardware.

What are Apple’s favorite launches in 2020? Call it down with your thoughts.

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