iPad Availability for Monday, May 13th, 2024

    Photo of the 13-inch iPad Pro in Space Black

    Here is the iPad Air and iPad Pro Availabilty for May 13th, 2024. All iPad Air devices are set to deliver between May 16th and May 20th, as do many of the 11-inch and 13-inch iPad Pros, except for the Nano-texture devices, which are June 20th to July 8th, depending on model.

    The most up to date availability can be viewed at https://waynedixon.com/availability/ipad.html.


    Changes for Apple

    iPad 11-inch Air

    • 128GB - Wi-Fi Only - Space Gray has changed from Jun 6 - Jun 13 to May 16 - May 20

    iPad 11-inch Pro

    • 256GB - Wi-Fi Only - Space Black has changed from Jun 6 - Jun 13 to May 16 - May 20
    • 512GB - Wi-Fi Only - Space Black has changed from May 23 - May 28 to May 16 - May 20
    • 1TB - Wi-Fi Only - Space Black has changed from May 30 - Jun 6 to May 23 - May 28
    • 256GB - Wi-Fi Only - Silver has changed from Jun 6 - Jun 13 to May 16 - May 20
    • 512GB - Wi-Fi Only - Silver has changed from May 23 - May 28 to May 16 - May 20
    • 1TB - Wi-Fi Only - Silver has changed from Jun 6 - Jun 13 to May 16 - May 20
    • 512GB - Wi-Fi + Cellular - Space Black has changed from May 30 - Jun 6 to May 16 - May 20
    • 1TB - Wi-Fi + Cellular - Space Black has changed from Jun 13 - Jun 20 to Jun 6 - Jun 13
    • 2TB - Wi-Fi + Cellular - Space Black has changed from Jun 13 - Jun 20 to May 23 - May 28
    • 2TB - Wi-Fi + Cellular - Silver has changed from Jun 6 - Jun 13 to May 16 - May 20

    iPad 13-inch Pro

    • 256GB - Wi-Fi Only - Space Black has changed from May 30 - Jun 6 to May 16 - May 20
    • 1TB - Wi-Fi Only - Space Black has changed from May 30 - Jun 6 to May 16 - May 20
    • 256GB - Wi-Fi Only - Silver has changed from May 30 - Jun 6 to May 16 - May 20
    • 1TB - Wi-Fi + Cellular - Space Black has changed from Jun 13 - Jun 20 to May 16 - May 20
    • 2TB - Wi-Fi + Cellular - Space Black has changed from May 30 - Jun 6 to May 16 - May 20

    iPad 11-inch Air

    Wi-Fi Only 128GB 256GB 512GB 1TB
    Space Gray May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20
    Blue May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20
    Purple May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20
    Starlight May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20
    Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB 256GB 512GB 1TB
    Space Gray May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20
    Blue May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20
    Purple May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20
    Starlight May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20

    iPad 13-inch Air

    Wi-Fi Only 128GB 256GB 512GB 1TB
    Space Gray May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20
    Blue May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20
    Purple May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20
    Starlight May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20
    Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB 256GB 512GB 1TB
    Space Gray May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20
    Blue May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20
    Purple May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20
    Starlight May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20

    iPad 11-inch Pro

    Wi-Fi Only 256GB 512GB 1TB 2TB
    Space Black May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 May 23 - May 28 May 16 - May 20
    Silver May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20
    Wi-Fi + Cellular 256GB 512GB 1TB 2TB
    Space Black May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 Jun 6 - Jun 13 May 23 - May 28
    Silver May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 Jun 6 - Jun 13 May 16 - May 20

    iPad 13-inch Pro

    Wi-Fi Only 256GB 512GB 1TB 2TB
    Space Black May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20
    Silver May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20
    Wi-Fi + Cellular 256GB 512GB 1TB 2TB
    Space Black May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20
    Silver May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20 May 16 - May 20

    iPad 11-inch Pro (Nano-texture)

    Wi-Fi Only 1TB 2TB
    Space Black Jun 27 - Jul 8 Jun 27 - Jul 8
    Silver Jun 27 - Jul 8 Jun 27 - Jul 8
    Wi-Fi + Cellular 1TB 2TB
    Space Black Jun 27 - Jul 8 Jun 27 - Jul 8
    Silver Jun 27 - Jul 8 Jun 27 - Jul 8

    iPad 13-inch Pro (Nano-texture)

    Wi-Fi Only 1TB 2TB
    Space Black Jun 20 - Jun 27 Jun 20 - Jun 27
    Silver Jun 20 - Jun 27 Jun 20 - Jun 27
    Wi-Fi + Cellular 1TB 2TB
    Space Black Jun 20 - Jun 27 Jun 20 - Jun 27
    Silver Jun 20 - Jun 27 Jun 20 - Jun 27
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    iPad Availability for Sunday, May 12th, 2024

    Photo of the 11-inch iPad Pro in Silver

    Here is the iPad Air and iPad Pro Availabilty for May 12th, 2024. There have been only a couple of changes since yesterday's posting. The 11-inch and 13-inch iPad Air continue to be available for delivery on May 15th, except for the 128GB Wi-Fi Only Space Gray 11th inch iPad Air. The 11-inch iPad Pro with Nano-texture screen has slipped two weeks to be late June to early July.


    Changes for Apple

    iPad 11-inch Air

    • 128GB - Wi-Fi Only - Space Gray has changed from Wed, May 15 to Jun 6 - Jun 13

    iPad 11-inch Pro

    • 512GB - Wi-Fi Only - Silver has changed from Wed, May 15 to May 23 - May 28
    • 1TB - Wi-Fi Only - Silver has changed from May 23 - May 28 to Jun 6 - Jun 13

    iPad 13-inch Pro

    • 1TB - Wi-Fi Only - Space Black has changed from May 23 - May 28 to May 30 - Jun 6
    • 1TB - Wi-Fi + Cellular - Space Black has changed from Jun 6 - Jun 13 to Jun 13 - Jun 20

    iPad 11-inch Pro (Nano-texture)

    • 2TB - Wi-Fi Only - Space Black has changed from Jun 13 - Jun 20 to Jun 27 - Jul 8
    • 1TB - Wi-Fi Only - Silver has changed from Jun 13 - Jun 20 to Jun 27 - Jul 8
    • 2TB - Wi-Fi Only - Silver has changed from Jun 13 - Jun 20 to Jun 27 - Jul 8

    The most up to date availability can be viewed at https://waynedixon.com/availability/ipad.html.


    iPad 11-inch Air

    Wi-Fi Only 128GB 256GB 512GB 1TB
    Space Gray Jun 6 - Jun 13 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Blue Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Purple Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Starlight Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB 256GB 512GB 1TB
    Space Gray Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Blue Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Purple Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Starlight Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15

    iPad 13-inch Air

    Wi-Fi Only 128GB 256GB 512GB 1TB
    Space Gray Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Blue Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Purple Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Starlight Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB 256GB 512GB 1TB
    Space Gray Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Blue Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Purple Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Starlight Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15

    iPad 11-inch Pro

    Wi-Fi Only 256GB 512GB 1TB 2TB
    Space Black Jun 6 - Jun 13 May 23 - May 28 May 30 - Jun 6 Wed, May 15
    Silver Jun 6 - Jun 13 May 23 - May 28 Jun 6 - Jun 13 Wed, May 15
    Wi-Fi + Cellular 256GB 512GB 1TB 2TB
    Space Black Wed, May 15 May 30 - Jun 6 Jun 13 - Jun 20 Jun 13 - Jun 20
    Silver Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Jun 6 - Jun 13 Jun 6 - Jun 13

    iPad 13-inch Pro

    Wi-Fi Only 256GB 512GB 1TB 2TB
    Space Black May 30 - Jun 6 Wed, May 15 May 30 - Jun 6 Wed, May 15
    Silver May 30 - Jun 6 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Wi-Fi + Cellular 256GB 512GB 1TB 2TB
    Space Black Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Jun 13 - Jun 20 May 30 - Jun 6
    Silver Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15

    iPad 11-inch Pro (Nano-texture)

    Wi-Fi Only 1TB 2TB
    Space Black Jun 27 - Jul 8 Jun 27 - Jul 8
    Silver Jun 27 - Jul 8 Jun 27 - Jul 8
    Wi-Fi + Cellular 1TB 2TB
    Space Black Jun 27 - Jul 8 Jun 27 - Jul 8
    Silver Jun 27 - Jul 8 Jun 27 - Jul 8

    iPad 13-inch Pro (Nano-texture)

    Wi-Fi Only 1TB 2TB
    Space Black Jun 20 - Jun 27 Jun 20 - Jun 27
    Silver Jun 20 - Jun 27 Jun 20 - Jun 27
    Wi-Fi + Cellular 1TB 2TB
    Space Black Jun 20 - Jun 27 Jun 20 - Jun 27
    Silver Jun 20 - Jun 27 Jun 20 - Jun 27
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    iPad Availability for Saturday, May 11th, 2024

    Photo of the 13-inch iPad Air in Purple

    Here is the iPad Air and iPad Pro Availabilty for May 10th, 2024. There have been only a couple of changes since yesterday's posting'. The 11-inch and 13-inch iPad Air continue to be available for delivery on May 15th. The 512GB Space Black 11-inch iPad Pro has slipped to May 23rd to May 28th.


    Changes for Apple

    iPad 11-inch Pro

    • 512GB - Wi-Fi Only - Space Black has changed from Wed, May 15 to May 23 - May 28
    • 512GB - Wi-Fi + Cellular - Space Black has changed from May 22 - May 24 to May 30 - Jun 6
    • 2TB - Wi-Fi + Cellular - Space Black has changed from Jun 5 - Jun 12 to Jun 13 - Jun 20

    iPad 13-inch Pro

    • 256GB - Wi-Fi Only - Silver has changed from May 22 - May 24 to May 30 - Jun 6

    iPad 11-inch Air

    Wi-Fi Only 128GB 256GB 512GB 1TB
    Space Gray Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Blue Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Purple Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Starlight Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB 256GB 512GB 1TB
    Space Gray Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Blue Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Purple Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Starlight Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15

    iPad 13-inch Air

    Wi-Fi Only 128GB 256GB 512GB 1TB
    Space Gray Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Blue Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Purple Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Starlight Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB 256GB 512GB 1TB
    Space Gray Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Blue Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Purple Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Starlight Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15

    iPad 11-inch Pro

    Wi-Fi Only 256GB 512GB 1TB 2TB
    Space Black Jun 6 - Jun 13 May 23 - May 28 May 30 - Jun 6 Wed, May 15
    Silver Jun 6 - Jun 13 Wed, May 15 May 23 - May 28 Wed, May 15
    Wi-Fi + Cellular 256GB 512GB 1TB 2TB
    Space Black Wed, May 15 May 30 - Jun 6 Jun 13 - Jun 20 Jun 13 - Jun 20
    Silver Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Jun 6 - Jun 13 Jun 6 - Jun 13

    iPad 13-inch Pro

    Wi-Fi Only 256GB 512GB 1TB 2TB
    Space Black May 30 - Jun 6 Wed, May 15 May 23 - May 28 Wed, May 15
    Silver May 30 - Jun 6 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Wi-Fi + Cellular 256GB 512GB 1TB 2TB
    Space Black Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Jun 6 - Jun 13 May 30 - Jun 6
    Silver Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15

    iPad 11-inch Pro (Nano-texture)

    Wi-Fi Only 1TB 2TB
    Space Black Jun 27 - Jul 8 Jun 13 - Jun 20
    Silver Jun 13 - Jun 20 Jun 13 - Jun 20
    Wi-Fi + Cellular 1TB 2TB
    Space Black Jun 27 - Jul 8 Jun 27 - Jul 8
    Silver Jun 27 - Jul 8 Jun 27 - Jul 8

    iPad 13-inch Pro (Nano-texture)

    Wi-Fi Only 1TB 2TB
    Space Black Jun 20 - Jun 27 Jun 20 - Jun 27
    Silver Jun 20 - Jun 27 Jun 20 - Jun 27
    Wi-Fi + Cellular 1TB 2TB
    Space Black Jun 20 - Jun 27 Jun 20 - Jun 27
    Silver Jun 20 - Jun 27 Jun 20 - Jun 27
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    iPad Availability for Friday, May 10th, 2024

    Photos 11-inch iPad Pro in Space Black

    Here is the iPad Air and iPad Pro Availabilty for May 10th, 2024. There have been only a couple of changes since yesterday's posting'. The 11-inch and 13-inch iPad Air continue to be available for delivery on May 15th.


    Changes for Apple

    iPad 11-inch Pro

    • 1TB - Wi-Fi Only - Silver has changed from Wed, May 15 to May 22 - May 24
    • 512GB - Wi-Fi + Cellular - Space Black has changed from May 20 - May 23 to May 22 - May 24

    iPad 13-inch Pro

    • 1TB - Wi-Fi Only - Space Black has changed from Wed, May 15 to May 22 - May 24
    • 256GB - Wi-Fi Only - Silver has changed from Wed, May 15 to May 22 - May 24
    • 1TB - Wi-Fi + Cellular - Space Black has changed from May 28 - Jun 4 to Jun 5 - Jun 12

    The most up to date availability can be viewed at https://waynedixon.com/availability/ipad.html.


    iPad 11-inch Air

    Wi-Fi Only 128GB 256GB 512GB 1TB
    Space Gray Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Blue Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Purple Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Starlight Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB 256GB 512GB 1TB
    Space Gray Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Blue Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Purple Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Starlight Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15

    iPad 13-inch Air

    Wi-Fi Only 128GB 256GB 512GB 1TB
    Space Gray Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Blue Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Purple Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Starlight Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB 256GB 512GB 1TB
    Space Gray Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Blue Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Purple Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Starlight Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15

    iPad 11-inch Pro

    Wi-Fi Only 256GB 512GB 1TB 2TB
    Space Black Jun 5 - Jun 12 Wed, May 15 May 29 - Jun 5 Wed, May 15
    Silver Jun 5 - Jun 12 Wed, May 15 May 22 - May 24 Wed, May 15
    Wi-Fi + Cellular 256GB 512GB 1TB 2TB
    Space Black Wed, May 15 May 22 - May 24 Jun 12 - Jun 19 Jun 5 - Jun 12
    Silver Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Jun 5 - Jun 12 Jun 5 - Jun 12

    iPad 13-inch Pro

    Wi-Fi Only 256GB 512GB 1TB 2TB
    Space Black May 29 - Jun 5 Wed, May 15 May 22 - May 24 Wed, May 15
    Silver May 22 - May 24 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Wi-Fi + Cellular 256GB 512GB 1TB 2TB
    Space Black Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Jun 5 - Jun 12 May 29 - Jun 5
    Silver Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15

    iPad 11-inch Pro (Nano-texture)

    Wi-Fi Only 1TB 2TB
    Space Black Jun 26 - Jul 3 Jun 12 - Jun 19
    Silver Jun 12 - Jun 19 Jun 12 - Jun 19
    Wi-Fi + Cellular 1TB 2TB
    Space Black Jun 26 - Jul 3 Jun 26 - Jul 3
    Silver Jun 26 - Jul 3 Jun 26 - Jul 3

    iPad 13-inch Pro (Nano-texture)

    Wi-Fi Only 1TB 2TB
    Space Black Jun 19 - Jun 26 Jun 19 - Jun 26
    Silver Jun 19 - Jun 26 Jun 19 - Jun 26
    Wi-Fi + Cellular 1TB 2TB
    Space Black Jun 19 - Jun 26 Jun 19 - Jun 26
    Silver Jun 19 - Jun 26 Jun 19 - Jun 26
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    iPad Availability for Thursday, May 9th, 2024

    Photos 11-inch iPad Pro in Starlight

    Here is the iPad Availabilty for May 9th, 2024. There have been even some changes from yesterday. The 11-inch and 13-inch iPad Air continue to be available for delivery on May 15th.

    A number of iPad Pros have slipped a week, including the 11-inch iPad Pro with Nano-texture display.

    iPad 11-inch Pro

    • 1TB - Wi-Fi Only - Space Black has changed from May 24 - Jun 3 to May 28 - Jun 4
    • 256GB - Wi-Fi Only - Silver has changed from May 17 - May 22 to Jun 4 - Jun 11
    • 512GB - Wi-Fi + Cellular - Space Black has changed from Wed, May 15 to May 20 - May 23

    iPad 13-inch Pro

    • 256GB - Wi-Fi Only - Space Black has changed from May 24 - Jun 3 to May 28 - Jun 4
    • 1TB - Wi-Fi + Cellular - Space Black has changed from May 24 - Jun 3 to May 28 - Jun 4
    • 2TB - Wi-Fi + Cellular - Space Black has changed from May 17 - May 22 to May 28 - Jun 4

    iPad 11-inch Pro (Nano-texture)

    • 1TB - Wi-Fi Only - Space Black has changed from Jun 17 - Jun 24 to Jun 25 - Jul 2
    • 1TB - Wi-Fi + Cellular - Space Black has changed from Jun 17 - Jun 24 to Jun 25 - Jul 2
    • 2TB - Wi-Fi + Cellular - Space Black has changed from Jun 17 - Jun 24 to Jun 25 - Jul 2
    • 1TB - Wi-Fi + Cellular - Silver has changed from Jun 17 - Jun 24 to Jun 25 - Jul 2
    • 2TB - Wi-Fi + Cellular - Silver has changed from Jun 17 - Jun 24 to Jun 25 - Jul 2

    The most up to date availability can be viewed at https://waynedixon.com/availability/ipad.html.


    iPad 11-inch Air

    Wi-Fi Only 128GB 256GB 512GB 1TB
    Space Gray Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Blue Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Purple Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Starlight Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB 256GB 512GB 1TB
    Space Gray Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Blue Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Purple Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Starlight Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15

    iPad 13-inch Air

    Wi-Fi Only 128GB 256GB 512GB 1TB
    Space Gray Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Blue Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Purple Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Starlight Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB 256GB 512GB 1TB
    Space Gray Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Blue Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Purple Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Starlight Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15

    iPad 11-inch Pro

    Wi-Fi Only 256GB 512GB 1TB 2TB
    Space Black Jun 4 - Jun 11 Wed, May 15 May 28 - Jun 4 Wed, May 15
    Silver Jun 4 - Jun 11 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Wi-Fi + Cellular 256GB 512GB 1TB 2TB
    Space Black Wed, May 15 May 20 - May 23 Jun 11 - Jun 18 Jun 4 - Jun 11
    Silver Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Jun 4 - Jun 11 Jun 4 - Jun 11

    iPad 13-inch Pro

    Wi-Fi Only 256GB 512GB 1TB 2TB
    Space Black May 28 - Jun 4 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Silver Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Wi-Fi + Cellular 256GB 512GB 1TB 2TB
    Space Black Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 May 28 - Jun 4 May 28 - Jun 4
    Silver Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15

    iPad 11-inch Pro (Nano-texture)

    Wi-Fi Only 1TB 2TB
    Space Black Jun 25 - Jul 2 Jun 11 - Jun 18
    Silver Jun 11 - Jun 18 Jun 11 - Jun 18
    Wi-Fi + Cellular 1TB 2TB
    Space Black Jun 25 - Jul 2 Jun 25 - Jul 2
    Silver Jun 25 - Jul 2 Jun 25 - Jul 2

    iPad 13-inch Pro (Nano-texture)

    Wi-Fi Only 1TB 2TB
    Space Black Jun 18 - Jun 25 Jun 18 - Jun 25
    Silver Jun 18 - Jun 25 Jun 18 - Jun 25
    Wi-Fi + Cellular 1TB 2TB
    Space Black Jun 18 - Jun 25 Jun 18 - Jun 25
    Silver Jun 18 - Jun 25 Jun 18 - Jun 25
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    iPad Availability for Wednesday, May 8th, 2024

    Photos of the 11-inch and 13-inch M4 iPad Pros

    If you have been following the site for a while you may be familiar with the fact that I post Device Availability for various Apple devices. Over the years this has been the iPhone, iPad, and AirTags, just to name a few. Apple's Let Loose event was yeesterday, and they announced new iPads. So, I will begin doing the iPad Availablity again. Previously, I have done different posts for each device type, but this time I am going to just post one for all of the iPads.


    Here is the iPad Availabilty for May 8th, 2024. There have been even some changes from yesterday when the iPads were announced. The 11-inch and 13-inch iPad Air are available for delivery on May 15th.

    The Nano-texture iPads never had a May 15th delivery date, but they did have a late-May to early-June delivery range, but these are now anywhere from June 10th to June 24, depending on model. A number of the 11-inch and 13-inch models still have availability for May 15th.

    The most up to date availability can be viewed at https://waynedixon.com/availability/ipad.html. ---

    iPad 11-inch Air

    Wi-Fi Only 128GB 256GB 512GB 1TB
    Space Gray Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Blue Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Purple Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Starlight Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB 256GB 512GB 1TB
    Space Gray Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Blue Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Purple Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Starlight Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15

    iPad 13-inch Air

    Wi-Fi Only 128GB 256GB 512GB 1TB
    Space Gray Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Blue Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Purple Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Starlight Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB 256GB 512GB 1TB
    Space Gray Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Blue Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Purple Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Starlight Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15

    iPad 11-inch Pro

    Wi-Fi Only 256GB 512GB 1TB 2TB
    Space Black Jun 3 - Jun 10 Wed, May 15 May 24 - Jun 3 Wed, May 15
    Silver May 17 - May 22 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Wi-Fi + Cellular 256GB 512GB 1TB 2TB
    Space Black Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Jun 10 - Jun 17 Jun 3 - Jun 10
    Silver Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Jun 3 - Jun 10 Jun 3 - Jun 10

    iPad 13-inch Pro

    Wi-Fi Only 256GB 512GB 1TB 2TB
    Space Black May 24 - Jun 3 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Silver Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15
    Wi-Fi + Cellular 256GB 512GB 1TB 2TB
    Space Black Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 May 24 - Jun 3 May 17 - May 22
    Silver Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15 Wed, May 15

    iPad 11-inch Pro (Nano-texture)

    Wi-Fi Only 1TB 2TB
    Space Black Jun 17 - Jun 24 Jun 10 - Jun 17
    Silver Jun 10 - Jun 17 Jun 10 - Jun 17
    Wi-Fi + Cellular 1TB 2TB
    Space Black Jun 17 - Jun 24 Jun 17 - Jun 24
    Silver Jun 17 - Jun 24 Jun 17 - Jun 24

    iPad 13-inch Pro (Nano-texture)

    Wi-Fi Only 1TB 2TB
    Space Black Jun 17 - Jun 24 Jun 17 - Jun 24
    Silver Jun 17 - Jun 24 Jun 17 - Jun 24
    Wi-Fi + Cellular 1TB 2TB
    Space Black Jun 17 - Jun 24 Jun 17 - Jun 24
    Silver Jun 17 - Jun 24 Jun 17 - Jun 24
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    Apple "Let Loose" Event Recap

    Screenshot of all of the Apple Logos for the

    Apple held their "Let Loose" event today. The entire video was 38 minutes long but in those 38 minutes there was a lot of information and all of that information related to the iPad. Specifically, the iPad Air and the iPad Pro, but there was one other announcement related to the 10th generation iPad.


    10th Generation iPad

    10th Generation iPad Air

    The 10th Generation iPad now has a lower price of $349. This is down from $449. There have been no other changes. With this price drop, the 9th generation iPad is no longer sold from Apple. It is possible that it might still be available from third-party retailers, but I would not expect to purchase it directly from Apple.

    Now, let us look at the iPad Air.


    iPad Air

    10th Generation iPad Air

    The first iPad covered in the event was the iPad Air. The biggest change 6th generation iPad Air is the size. In fact, it now comes in two sizes, an 11-inch and a 13-inch version. The iPad Air comes with an M2, an upgrade from the M1 in the previous generation. One of the other noticeable changes will be the placement of the FaceTime camera, it is now along the landscape edge of the iPad. This is a more natural position for the camera and it follows the 10th generation iPad in its placement.

    If you use the iPad Air in landscape mode, you will get stereo sound with the new "Landscape Stereo Speakers", which can improve the sound quality.

    There are now also some additional storage options. The options available are 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB options. If you do order you have four color options to choose from: Blue, Purple, Starlight, and Space Gray. The Blue and Purple options are new variations on the previous colors.

    The 11-inch version starts at $599 for the 128GB Wi-Fi only model. The 13-inch starts at $799 for the 128GB model. The cellular versions are $200 more.

    Both models are available to order today and will begin delivering next week.

    Accessories

    There are ways that you can customize your iPad Air and one of them might be a case. There are some options, including the Smart Folio, or even a Magic Keyboard. The Smart Folio is available in four colors, Light Violet, Charcoal Grey, Sage, and Denim. The 11-inch version is $79 while the 13-inch model is $99.

    The Magic Keyboard comes in two colors, White and Black. The Magic Keyboard for the 11-inch iPad Air is the same as the previous version and supports all 11-inch devices and costs $299. The Magic Keyboard for the new 13-inch iPad Air is the same one that supported the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro. This comes in the same two colors, but costs $349.


    iPad Pro

    10th Generation iPad Air

    The main attraction for this event is the iPad Pro. The iPad Pro continues to come in two sizes, 11-inch and 13-inch. This mimics both the 6th generation iPad Air. The 13-inch is a new size but these two screen sizes are the actual sizes. The new screen sizes means that the resolution has changed to 2420 by 1668 for the 11-inch and 2752 by 2064 for the 13-inch model. This is a very minimal increase, but it is one none-the-less. The new size is actually due to one of the big changes to the iPad Pro, a new display. Specifically, the iPad Pro has an OLED display that Apple is calling "Tandem OLED".

    The Tandem OLED display is actually two OLED panels that can light up the display as needed with up to 1000 nits of fullscreen brightness for SDR and XDR, and up to 1600 nits for peak HDR content. The OLED display will allow even deeper true black, more details in shadows and low light, and it should be more responsive for any content that is in motion.

    With the OLED display there is an additional option, a Nano-texture display. Similar to the Studio Display, the nano crystals are embedded directly within the display. The Nano-texture display is a bit more than the standard display. More on pricing in a bit.

    As rumored, the 11-inch and 13-inch iPad Pro are powered not by the M3, but by the M4. The M4 is a 3-nanometer chip that utilizes the second-generation 3nm manufacturing process. This means that the M4 is able to increase its performance while using the same or less power. According to Apple, it is 50% faster than the M2. In fact, it has the same performance as the M2, just uses half the power.

    With the increase of power you may expect the thermals to be impacted, but Apple has accounted for that. The iPad Pro has graphite sheets in the device to help with the thermals. Along with this, there is copper in the Apple Logo on the back to help dissipate the heat.

    Both models of the iPad Pro are thinner than their previous versions. The 4th generation 11-inch iPad Pro has gone from 5.9mm to 5.3, a reduction of just about 10%. Meanwhile, the 7th generation 13-inch iPad Pro has gone from 6.4mm to 5.1mm. This is a significant reduction of 20.5%. This reduction means that the weight has also been reduced by 4.7% in the 11-inch iPad Pro from 466 grams to 444 grams. The 13-inch iPad Pro has had a much larger reduction in weight from 685 grams down to 582 grams, or a 15% reduction.

    The last change to mention is the placement of the camera. Just like the 6th generation iPad Air and the 10th generation iPad, the camera on the 11-inch and 13-inch iPad is along the landscape edge.

    While there are only two color options, Silver and Space Black, you do have some options when it comes to storage. In fact there are different storage sizes, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB options. The Nano-texture glass option is only available in the 1TB and 2TB options. There are some slight differences in the processor for the 256GB/512GB models as compared to the 1TB/2TB models. The 256GB/512GB models have a 9-core processor with 3 performance cores and 6 efficiency cores. The 1TB/2TB options have a 10-core processor with 4 performance cores and 6 efficiency cores. It is not yet known how this difference will manifest in actual usage, if it will at all.

    The one thing not covered yet is pricing. The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at $999 for the 256GB Wi-Fi model, the 256GB Cellular model starts at $1199. The 13-inch 256GB Wi-Fi model is $1299 and the Cellular model is $1499. If you want the Nano-texture glass that will be an additional $100, but it is only available on the 1TB or 2TB option.

    You can order either model today and it will begin delivering next week. As of this writing some models are already later in May or early June, with the Nano-texture models not shipping until mid-June.

    The iPad Pro does have some new accessories.

    Accessories

    When the 3rd generation iPad Pro was introduced Apple also introduced a new accessory, the Magic Keyboard. The Magic Keyboard is great for having a keyboard with stand that you can use as a case with your iPad Pro. The new iPad Pros also bring a new Magic Keyboard. The new Magic Keyboard has some improvements over the previous version, in that there is a larger trackpad and an additional row of keys, dedicated function keys. This may seem like a small change, and in the grand scheme of things it might be, but having dedicated function keys will make things much easier.

    You can get Magic Keyboards specifically designed for the 11-inch or 13-inch M4 iPad. Just like the previous models, there are two color options, white and black. The 11-inch version is $299 and the 13-inch model is $349, the same prices as before.

    There is one last accessory to discuss, the Apple Pencil.


    Apple Pencil

    Apple Pencil Pro

    The 1st generation Apple Pencil was introduced in 2015 with the original iPad Pro. In 2018 it got a refresh with the 1st generation 11-inch iPad Pro and the 3rd generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro. At that time the 2nd generation Apple Pencil changed pairing, and charging, mechanism to be magnets along the landscape side of the iPad.

    There is a new Apple Pencil that works only with the new 6th generation iPad Air and the 5th generation 11-inch iPad and 7th generation 13-inch iPad Pro, the Apple Pencil Pro. The Apple Pencil Pro takes what the second generation did and enhances it.

    One of the new features is the addition of Find My, which means that if you cannot find your Apple Pencil you will be able to use the Find My network to locate it for you. Along with this, there is also a new gyroscope, which will allow precise control. Rotating the barrel also allows you to change the shape of the pen or brush tools.

    The last feature on the Apple Pencil Pro is a new squeeze gesture. This will allow you to quickly bring up a tool palette to quickly switch between tools, line widths, or colors, without needing to lift up your finger and find the necessary button.

    The Apple Pencil Pro is available to order now and it costs $129, which is the same as the 2nd generation Apple Pencil. The Apple Pencil Pro is only compatible with the latest devices. As a note, you can also use the Apple Pencil with USB-C with the new iPad Pros.


    Closing Thoughts

    The Let Loose event was short, but full of a bunch of information. The new iPad Air is a solid update that comes in two sizes, 11-inch and 13-inch models. The new iPad Airs come with an M2, new colors, and support for the Apple Pencil Pro. The iPad Air comes in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB and it starts at $599 for the 11-inch and $799 for the 13-inch model.

    The new iPad Pros comes in two sizes, 11-inch and 13-inch models. The iPad Pros with an OLED display, M4, and come in 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB options and in two colors, Silver and Space Black. The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at $999 and the 13-inch iPad Pro starts at $1299.

    All of the products are available to order today and delivery begins next week.


    Sources: Apple Newsroom: iPad Pro
    Apple Newsroom: iPad Air
    Apple Newsroom: M4

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    Apple "Let Loose" Event Expectations

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    With Apple's "Let Loose" event in just a few days, it is time to post my predictions for what we will see. This event is happening at a significantly different time than most other Apple events. This one is at 7 am Pacific Time. This differs in that a majority of Apple's events take place at 10 am Pacific Time. Even though this is a different time than most, this is not the first time that Apple has held an event at a strange hour. In fact, Apple's "Scary Fast" event held on October 30th, 2023 was also at a non-standard time, 5 p.m. Pacific Time. So this is not unprecedented, but still a different time.

    It is expected that this event will focus on iPads, and the invitation bears this out. The invitation clearly shows a hand holding an Apple Pencil. In addition, Apple's CEO Tim Cook posted "Pencil us in", in reference to the event. Beyond all of these subtle hints, it is time for new iPads. The last iPads released were announced more than 18 months ago, on October 18th, 2022, and released on October 26th. This is the first time since its introduction in January of 2007, and release in April of the same year, that Apple has gone an entire calendar year without announcing new iPad models. With that information out of the way, let us get to what I suspect we will see.

    If you would like you can skip to the recap of what I expect.


    iPad

    9th Generation iPad

    The current base model iPad, known as the 9th generation iPad, is the last iPad with a home button. A Home Button has been standard since the original iPad was introduced in 2010. With the release of the 2018 iPad Pro, Apple added Face ID and with the introduction of the 4th generation iPad Air in 2020 Apple began putting the Touch ID sensor in the top button, instead of having a dedicated button. With all of this, I suspect that the 9th generation will no longer be available from Apple, except for maybe education, and possibly only in certain regions.

    The reason I suspect this is that while the 9th generation is popular, particularly amongst schools, I think Apple is keen on getting rid of the remaining home-button based iPad. Besides having the home button, it is the last iPad that still uses the lightning connector and the European Union has mandated that all smartphones, tablets, and digital cameras must have USB-C connectors by the end of 2024.

    I think how this could handled one of two ways. Either they introduce a new model entirely that maintains the price point of the 9th generation iPad, or the current 10th generation has its price reduced to become the new base-model iPad.

    The last possibility is that Apple does not update the 9th generation iPad yet, and instead waits until the iPhone event in the fall before updating the base model iPad.

    One thing I could see Apple doing is a minor update to the 10th generation iPad to drop support for the 1st generation Apple Pencil and instead only support the Apple Pencil with USB-C.


    iPad Air

    5th Generation iPad Air

    The 5th generation iPad was introduced in just over 2 years ago, in March of 2022. That model has an M1. I suspect that it will be updated, most likely with an M2 processor. I am not sure what other changes Apple could make, besides colors, and possibly changing the orientation of camera to be in landscape orientation, similar to the 10th generation iPad.

    There are rumors that the iPad Air may now come in two sizes, 10.9 and 12.9, similar to the iPad Pro. This does make sense to do and it would be inline with other devices, like the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Air, and the 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro.


    iPad mini

    6th Generation iPad mini

    The iPad mini is not a device that gets updated all that often. In fact, the 6th generation iPad mini was released in September of 2021. This means it has been 2.5 years since it was last updated. It is definitely time for a refresh. The iPad mini is an interesting device given that its screen is 8.3 inches, hence the "mini" moniker. But what makes the device even more interesting is that it has a better processor than the 10th generation iPad, an A15 in the mini versus A14 in the 10th generation iPad.

    It would not surprise me to see the iPad mini get updated with an M1 or even an M2 processor. It is also entirely possible that the iPad mini will not be updated until later in the year.


    iPad Pro

    6th Generation iPad Pro

    The iPad Pro is likely to be the star of the event. This is the device that has had the largest number of rumors and also the most anticipated set of upgrades. Apple has positioned the iPad Pro as the most technologically advanced iPad. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro currently has a mini-LED display, but it is anticipated that the new iPad Pros will have an OLED display.

    The other big change is likely to come with the placement of the camera. As mentioned in the iPad (no moniker) section, I suspect that the iPad Pro will also have the camera placed along the long edge of the iPad. This would bring it in line with the 10th-generation iPad and more usable for those using video

    While there has been no rumors of this, but I think Apple might take the opportunity to have the 12.9-inch iPad start at a higher price, similar to how the iPhone 15 Pro Max starts at a higher price. The way that they did this was to have the higher-end model start with more base storage. I could see the same happening with the iPad Pro.

    Colors

    There is one thing that I would really like to see from the iPad Pro line and that is new colors. The original iPad Pro came in three, Silver, Space Gray, and Gold. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro came in one additional color, Pink. However, all other models have only come in two color options, Space Gray and Silver. I would like to see some new colors, preferably bright colors. Sure, keep the standards of Silver and Space Gray, but some new colors would be good, like maybe an Orange. People who opt for the iPad Pro do enjoy color options, and not just with the cases. I can understand not providing a lot of colors for the keyboard cases, but for the iPads would be a nice thing to have.

    One thing not mentioned, thus far, is the chip that will power the iPad Pro.


    Chips used in the iPads

    With it being so long since Apple has released an iPad it is not easy to even begin to speculate how they might approach upgrades of the devices. It is reasonable to expect that each iPad model will see an upgrade to the next chip in its own line. For example, the 10th generation iPad has an A14 chip, so I would expect the upgraded version to have an A15. Similarly, the iPad Air currently has an M1, so I would expect this to be upgraded to an M2. The iPad Pro has an M2 now, so it would seem logical to have this upgraded to an M3, but that may not be the case.

    There are rumors that none of the iPad will have an M3 chip, instead they will have an M4. This is borne out with model identifiers of iPad16,3, iPad16,4, iPad16,5, and iPad16,6. As explained by 9to5Mac, the 5th generation iPad Air and 5th generation iPad Pro had identifiers of iPad13,x, which both have M1 in them. This matched the Macs with an M1, which were all Mac13,x. Those devices with an M2 were iPad14,x and Mac14,x. From a 9to5Mac article:

    According to the leaker, the new iPad Air will be powered by T8112, which is M2. However, the new iPad Pro has an unknown "T8132" chip. For instance, the M3 identifier is "T8122."

    To add addition evidence, the manufacturing process used for the M3, M3 Pro, M3 Max, and A17 Pro was a one-off process that was significantly more expensive than the M2 line. So, it is possible that the line of iPads will have an entirely new chip, the M4.


    Accessories

    I expect that these new iPads will be accompanied by some new accessories. In particular, a new keyboard, and a new Apple Pencil.

    Keyboards

    Apple has long had accessories designed to go with the iPad. Currently Apple offers three different keyboard types for the iPads. These are the Smart Keyboard, Magic Keyboard Folio, and the Magic Keyboard. I expect that we will see updates to these that will work with the new iPads that are released. I suspect that these will be the same type of devices as the current iPads have.

    Apple Pencil

    The Apple Pencil was introduced with the iPad Pro in 2015. The first generation Apple Pencil allowed charging either via cable or directly in the lightning port on the iPad. This was not ideal, so when Apple introduced the 2nd generation Apple Pencil. The method of charging for the 2nd generation Apple Pencil changed to be charged directly from the side of the iPad. When you place the 2nd generation Apple Pencil on the iPad it also automatically pairs.

    The rumors indicate that there will be a new 3rd generation Apple Pencil and that this one will work similar to the 2nd generation, but will also support a "squeeze" function, meaning that you can configure a function when you squeeze the Apple Pencil.

    I think the 3rd generation Apple Pencil will replace the 2nd generation. However, it is also possible that the 3rd generation Apple Pencil will be more expensive than the 2nd generation, likely at $149.


    My Predictions

    1. New iPad Pros with OLED displays, same sizes of 11-inch and 12.9-inch.
    2. New iPad Pros with storage starting 512GB, which will increase price.
    3. New iPad Pros will have an M4.
    4. New 11th generation iPad introduced.
    5. 10th Generation iPad becomes the new "base" iPad.
    6. 9th generation iPad is no longer in the line-up.
    7. New iPad Air in two sizes, 10.9 and 12.9.
    8. New Keyboards for the iPad Air and iPad Pro
    9. New 3rd generation Apple Pencil with squeeze gesture

    Sometime after the Let Loose event on May 7th, I will provide a recap of what Apple actually announces at the event.

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    Apple Announces "Let Loose" event

    Image for the Apple Event that depicts a hand holding an Apple Pencil with a variety of colors that creates the Apple logo.

    Today Apple has sent out invitations to an event happening on May 7th, 2024, titled "Let Loose". The event will be available on Apple.com and via the Apple TV app at 7 a.m. Pacific Time on Tuesday, May 7th. The graphic for the event depicts a hand holding an Apple Pencil, therefore it is expected that this will be the anticipated iPad-focused event.

    You can watch the event on the Apple Events page or via the Apple TV app.

    As with most events, I will post my predictions sometime prior to the event.

    Image for the Apple Event that depicts a hand holding an Apple Pencil with a variety of colors that creates the Apple logo Via: 9to5Mac
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    Microsoft Rewards: Is it Worth it?

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    No matter how you slice it, there is nothing free on the internet. There is a maxim that goes “If you are not paying for the product, you are the product”. Spelled out, if you are not paying for a service with money, you are paying with your data. It is that simple. Many websites use ads as a means of paying for supporting their website. Many sites use ads that are targeted towards your interests because it will end up making more money than using generic ads.

    Larger companies sometimes have the opportunity to entice people to use their services with incentives. One example is Microsoft and their Microsoft Rewards program.


    Microsoft Rewards

    Microsoft Rewards is a program that allows you to perform various tasks, like performing searches, completing polls, and performing other tasks. The tasks are not just limited to Bing, but you can also complete tasks on your Xbox or Windows PC. Each of these tasks will reward you some points. The number of points vary on the task. Here are some of the points that you can earn.

    You can earn up to 150 points, per day, by searching on the desktop. You can earn up to 100 points per day for searching on a mobile device.

    You can earn points by playing games on your Xbox, or in the Xbox Mobile app. You can also earn points by completing weekly, and monthly, quests on your Xbox.

    There is no definitive consensus as to how much you can earn per month, but it is close to 20,000 points, if you perform all of the tasks, provided you live in a region where you can earn all of the points.

    Once you have earned enough points, you can trade in your points for gift cards, or you can donate your points.

    Microsoft Rewards Daily Set Screenshot
    Screenshot of the daily set status

    My Experience

    I went back and looked at when I first signed up for Bing Rewards, the predecessor to Microsoft Rewards. The earliest email I could find was from 2014. Therefore, I have been using it for nearly 10 years. Over that time I have earned just over 650,000 points. I am sure I could have earned more over that time, but I know there was a time when I did not complete my daily searches, and therefore did not earn points.

    As you perform the daily tasks on the Bing website you will start a streak. As you lengthen your streak you will end up earning additional points for continuing the streak. These points are on top of the regular daily points.

    For the last few years I have been trying to make a concerted effort to complete the daily tasks and searches to earn a lot of points. I did not have any particular goal in mind, but just enough to redeem some points. It took me years of searching and playing Xbox games, but eventually I did earn a lot of points.

    As of this writing, I have a streak of 364 days. This means that for the last 364 days I have done the daily tasks on the Bing website. I have absolutely been doing the tasks for longer than that, but the Bing website decided, on multiple occasions, to decide that my activities did not count as a streak. This has happened multiple times over the last few years.

    Each time that the streak breaks, it requires me to start the streak again. The streak, in itself, only matters because it would allow me to get a badge. The current set of badges include:

    • Office Mate: 1997 lifetime points
    • Dos Boss: 8088 lifetime points
    • Audiofile: 35,000 lifetime points
    • Local Hero: 98052 lifetime points
    • Founder: 441,975 lifetime points
    • 7-day set
    • 30-day set
    • 180-day set
    • 365-day set
    • 999-day set
    Badges for Microsoft Rewards
    Screenshot of the available badges

    I have earned all but the 999 set. It would take me 21 months to get the 999-day set badge. Honestly, the thought of continuing to do the daily tasks for that length of time is, in a word, tiring.

    I have mostly been doing the Microsoft Rewards tasks to be able to automatically redeem a 1-month subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. The automatic redemption reduces the number of points needed to redeem a code. For the length of time that I had been doing the auto redemption

    In December, I redeemed a vast majority of my points for Game Pass Ultimate. I did this not only because it made sense, but also because I have heard horror stories of some people losing access to Microsoft Rewards, and I opted to redeem my points instead of losing them.

    Now that we have covered my experience, let us look at some recent changes.


    Recent Changes

    Over the last few months Microsoft has been making massive changes to the Rewards Program. They have reduced the amount of points that you receive for various tasks. You are still able to receive enough points to redeem Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, or other gift cards, but the points have been reduced.

    Another set of changes that they have made recently is that you can only earn up to 25 points by clicking on items. Now, you must perform searches in order to redeem points. Beyond this, Microsoft has implemented a delay between all searches in order to receive points. I can understand wanting to put some delay, in order to stop bots, and this is entirely understandable. However, adding a significant delay also means that it takes an increasingly longer amount of time to complete the daily searches.


    Decision to Stop Earning Rewards

    Even though you can still earn enough to redeem a gift card, or Game Pass Ultimate, every month, it takes a lot of time to complete the searches every day. In addition to this, the Xbox Rewards apps, on both iOS and Xbox, also take a lot of time.

    Beyond the time, the apps do not always trigger the rewards, even though you have completed the tasks. With the delay, app issues, and the overall amount of time needed to complete everything, I have opted to stop doing the searches. I am not entirely sure when I will stop but it will likely be when I’m able to redeem another 3-month Game Pass Ultimate. This would end up being the last of my points, which seems like a good time to stop.

    I have already stopped my monthly auto-redemption of my 1-month Game Pass Ultimate and since it is just half-way through the month, it is likely that I will redeem the 3-month Game Pass Ultimate towards the end of the month, and then that will be it for Microsoft Rewards.


    Closing Thoughts

    There are times in life when you have more time than money. There are other times when you have more money than time. I am in the latter portion. Now, I end up paying for things with my own money. I do this instead of using coupons, or in the case of Microsoft Rewards, allowing Microsoft to use my data to, in exchange for free rewards that I can redeem.

    As outlined above, this is because it takes entirely too much time and effort for, what in me, is not worth the trade off. I am not discouraging anybody to use Microsoft Rewards, but for me, it is no longer worth my time. If you want to be able to get rewards, including gift cards, Microsoft Rewards may be worth your time, but expect additional changes in the future.

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