The Wrap – Big News, Big TVs and the Biggest iPad – Pickr
This week at The Wrap it’s a big show full of great gadgets. From the biggest iPad Pro to big TVs to a big camera and the biggest news on how USB could change a lot, this is a big show you won’t want to miss. All in five.
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In the last week of May 2021, you’ll hear The Wrap, Australia’s Fastest Technology Roundup, and this week has big news and big reviews. Literally.
This week’s stories are about things that are big, big, big, and yet we only have five minutes, which is a little bit of time. So let’s stay tuned. Let’s start with the big news in USB, a technology that we all use all the time.
You use USB on your phone to charge it, and you use USB for so much else. USB charging is done through headphones, speakers, cameras, game controllers, and more, and possibly even through your computer. Most laptops made in the past few years can be charged using a Type-C USB connection, and this may go beyond that very soon.
The folks behind USB announced this week that it could soon have up to 240 watts of power, meaning meaty laptops, select desktop computers like the iMac, and large monitors could soon need a USB cable for charging. Currently the limit is 100 watts, which means some large laptops can be charged via USB. However, this increase means that our world will be more USB friendly in the years to come.
TVs may not get there – mind you – they’re big and powerful, but it will likely be a different cable – and new models are on the way. Sony showed off its new OLED TVs this week, which aren’t expected for a month or two, but there are backlit LED TVs available too. We tested the X90J this week and it’s a nice screen, although it may not be as nice as the crazy big screen LG recently announced.
Mind you, LG’s crazy big Signature R1 OLED isn’t that big – it’s 65 inches – but it has a positively high price tag and will charge $ 130,000 when it launches in July.
You might be wondering what exactly is it that costs so much money to buy a TV, especially if it’s not cinema-sized. After all, the most expensive OLED right now is LG’s 88-inch Zed X, and it’s an 88-inch 8K screen for $ 72,000. The Signature R1 is smaller and yet almost twice as expensive.
To make it more expensive, LG is offering technology that no other TV has as the R1 OLED rolls up. Imagine a television that can do a disappearance trick, rolling off its stand and appearing in front of you, and then disappearing into its base when you don’t want it there. This trick will get you back to a cool 130Gs and make it the most expensive TV by the time it arrives in July.
We’re not even sure if this technology is going to fail, but OLED is getting cheaper overall, and you can find them with more TV options this year, so much so that they’re starting a little above the 2K mark in Australia this year becomes .
It’s not the only technology that affects other models.
Epson’s work-oriented EcoTank technology is coming to photo printers this year. Both an A3 and A4 model mean that photographers may not have to rely on printer cartridges and can instead opt for ink that they refill directly into the printer.
Panasonic is also bringing some technology from its high-end movie cameras to handheld models, announcing the Lumix GH5 Mark 2, which will broadcast live wireless streaming for an interchangeable lens camera and cinematic-like video recording modes for 4K Movies.
And Snapchat – you know, the social media app – connects augmented reality with people more than ever, with AR, if you want to shop with your phone in the near future. You may even be able to wear clothes digitally to see what it looks like on you before ordering.
We live in a crazy world where you don’t really have to try anything on to know what you look like in it, and in one world an iPad can cost almost the proverbial arm and a leg.
That’s what we’re checking out in our review this week. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is put through its paces, a seriously large tablet with a very high price. Starting at the $ 1600 mark for the 12.9-inch model and $ 1200 for the smaller 11-inch model, these are serious tablets for people who need them.
More than ever, the new iPad Pro is also like a computer thanks to its content. You see, Apple uses the same chip as its MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and new iMac, with the Apple M1 taking center stage.
That makes it fast and powerful, and there’s an impressive mini-LED screen like some of the new TVs in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
What isn’t there, however, is support for Mac apps. Although the M1 Macs can run both Mac apps and iPad apps, you only get the latter on the iPad, and we think Apple needs to change that.
The new iPad Pro is so good and powerful and so expensive, but all you have to do is choose how you want to use it, how you want it, as nothing really benefits from all of this hardware right now.
Perhaps Apple will change this in the coming days at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). We’ll know more when that happens.
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