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iPad Air and New Apple Studio Display

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Apple had another event on March 8th and of course, had some new products for folks to buy, or long for, depending on your budget. Or not, if Apple isn’t your jam, as the young people may still say.

One new addition to the lineup is what’s called a more affordable display named the Apple Studio Display. Some specs: 27-inch 5K Retina display. 12MP Ultra Wide camera with Center Stage. Studio-quality mics. Six-speaker sound system with Spatial Audio. Base $1599 and a nano-texture glass model for $1899. Apple does throw in a nice polishing cloth and a thunderbolt cable.

Expected shipping date begins March 18th, 2022. Shipping could take longer if you order the adjustable stand, which also adds about $400 more to your cost.

Now, if you own an ipad air prior to the newest release, which will start shipping soon, you won’t be able to power the new monitor with 4th generation and earlier iPad Air. I hear some grumbling, or my stomach. If you still have room in the budget and want a new iPad air, well then you can power the new glass with the following iPad devices.

Studio Display is compatible with the following iPad models running iPadOS 15.4 or later:

  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation or later)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch
  • iPad Air (5th generation)

Studio Display camera features and firmware updates require connection to a Mac. When connected to iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd and 4th generation), iPad Pro 11-inch (1st and 2nd generation), or iPad Air (5th generation), Studio Display USB-C ports deliver USB 2 data transfer speeds.

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