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Apple celebrates 10th anniversary of Urban Sketchers

Uma Kelkar, San Francisco

Urban Sketchers is an "all-volunteer nonprofit dedicated to fostering a global community of artists who practice on-location drawing." The community of artists and visual storytellers was founded in 2007 as a way to promote the educational value of on-location drawing. Launched as an online forum by Seattle-based journalist and illustrator Gabriel Campanario, the group today is enjoying its 10th anniversary.

Report: iPad Pro to ship with Face ID in 2018

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Bloomberg has published a report claiming that the next-generation iPad Pro models will ship with Face ID in 2018. Face ID was introduced on the iPhone X which began shipping earlier this month.

Citing "people familiar with the matter," Bloomberg notes "at least one new iPad model with a screen size similar to the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is planned to include Face ID." Face ID would replace the physical Home button and Touch ID on the new iPad models. Apple's facial recognition feature is used like Touch ID to unlock a user's device and for approving payments using Apple Pay.

KGI Securities' analyst Ming-Chi Kuo: Face ID coming to iPad in 2018

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Last week we predicted that Apple probably will not implement many iPhone X features to the iPad in 2018. Instead we said that the next-generation iPad will most likely gain an IP67 waterproof rating and lose its headphone jack like the current iPhone models. However, trusted KGI Securities' analyst Ming-Chi Kuo doesn't agree with us.

In an investor's note obtained by MacRumors, Kuo said Apple will add TrueDepth cameras and Face ID to all iPhone and iPad Pro models released in 2018.

Apple quietly raises iPad Pro prices after iPhone X announcment

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Apple raised the prices of its 256GB and 512GB iPad Pro models after its iPhone X keynote on September 12th. Both the 10.5- and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models are now $50 more than their original launch price. The 256GB WiFi-only 10.5-inch model is now available through apple.com for $799 and the 512GB model now retails for $999. The 12.9-inch model prices have been increased to $799 for the 64GB model, $949 for the 256GB model, and $1149 for the 512GB model.

iPad Pro, MacBook and Beats all on sale for Black Friday in July

Black Friday in July 2017

Best Buy today has kicked off early access to its Black Friday in July sale for My Best Buy members only. Members can take advantage of all the Black Friday deals, including discounts on older iPad Pro models, MacBooks and Beats accessories.

Several 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models have been discounted up to $200. All capacities, including 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB, and colors are available. For example, a 32GB Wifi-only 9.7-inch model in Gold is available for $399, compared to the normal price of $599. Members can also save up to $125 on select iPad mini models.

Apple announces new 10.5-inch iPad Pro at WWDC 2017

As expected, Apple on Monday announced its next-generation iPad Pro at WWDC 2017 in San Jose, California. The new 10.5-inch slate replaces the previous 9.7-inch model with a faster and more powerful tablet without drastically altering weight or form factor. The 10.5-inch model offers almost the same physical dimensions as its predecessor since it shaves off the side bezels. This means the new iPad Pro is almost all screen offering users more real estate with a full-size on-screen keyboard.

Apple launches two more iPad Pro ads ahead of rumored refresh

Apple this week released two more ads promoting the iPad Pro. The new ads are part of an ongoing iPad Pro campaign using real tweets from real people, addressing real problems that the tablet can solve. The first ad posted above highlights the note taking capabilities of the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, while the second ad highlights all the other devices that the tablet can replace. You can watch the second ad posted below.

iPad Pro supply dwindles ahead of rumored refresh

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The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is in short supply ahead of the rumored next-generation iPad refresh in March, according to MacRumors. The Apple blog did a spot check of Apple's online store and third-party retailers, such as Best Buy, AT&T, and Verizon. MacRumors discovered that Apple store shipping times in the US have slipped from 1-2 weeks to 2-3 weeks, and in-store pick ups are currently listed as arriving around March 3rd. While this isn't proof that a new iPad model is right around the corner, the largely backordered status of the 12.9-inch model at third-party retailers does make one wonder.

Last minute iPad deals for the holidays

9.7-inch iPad Pro

There's only one more shopping weekend before Christmas and Target is offering the 9.7-inch iPad Pro model at $150 less than Apple's normal $599 asking price. This makes the 32GB WiFi-only model only $1 more than Black Friday prices, and you don't have to deal with any unruly shoppers. This is also a much better deal than the discounts being offered by B&H, that we discussed earlier this week.

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