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Apple iPad Pro 12.9 Review; Tunnel Vision; Drone Rescue; Next 5G
 

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November 5 · Issue #109 · View online
Tech stories that matter, Gadget Quests, nerd pursuits, and other things you ought to know.

Apple iPad Pro 12.9 Review; Tunnel Vision; Drone Rescue; Next 5G

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Ultimate Tablet. After Apple unveiled a collection of new products last week, it handed me the new Apple iPad Pro 12.9 for a test drive. It’s big, but not as big as you think. It’s got a gorgeous screen, even if it doesn’t use Apple’s OLED screen technology and has power that challenges virtually every system in its path. All-in-all, this is a tablet that can do everything from game and Web browse to CAD, video editing, artwork and AR. I think it would take months for me to plumb its limits.
The Apple iPad Pro 12.9 is a Glorious Creation Machine The Apple iPad Pro 12.9 is a Glorious Creation Machine
If you prefer to watch. My video review
Dig in. It’s only a demo tunnel, but it’s hard to not get excited about Elon Musk’s Boring Company nearing completion of its very first tunnel in Hawthorne California. The idea is that Boring will dig tunnels all over the world that solve congestion problems by providing a high-speed, no traffic path between common destinations. The cars will ride on something like platforms that sit on rails capable of propelling the cars at up to 150 miles per hour. This tunnel opens to the public for test drives in December.
Elon Musk shows off Boring Co.’s ‘disturbingly long’ tunnel under Los Angeles - MarketWatch Elon Musk shows off Boring Co.’s ‘disturbingly long’ tunnel under Los Angeles - MarketWatch
Hero drones. Thousands of hikers get lost in the woods each year. To find them, rescuers fan out across the words, searching for the proverbial needle in a haystack. MIT researchers, though, came up with a way to use drones. Not just one or two (not uncommon is search and rescue operations), but essentially a radar-based, vision system mesh of, say, a dozen drones that can build a forest map without GPS and use it to ensure they cover all of it in the search for lost hikers. There are limits, but it’s a promising development and proof that drones are good for more than just annoying your neighbors.
Drone fleets could find lost hikers in forests without using GPS Drone fleets could find lost hikers in forests without using GPS
Apple and 5G. 5G is the future of mobile phone connection technology and rumors that Apple will introduce a 5G phone in 2020 is like predicting the sun will rise tomorrow. This is obvious. Every phone manufacturer and their carrier partners what to move for 5G. The holdup has been an infrastructure buildout and, yes, getting the handsets ready. But that’s all changing and 2019 could be 5G’s breakout year. The more interesting part of this story is which modem Apple chooses for its 5G support. Apple and long-time partner Qualcomm have not been besties lately, so this could be Intel’s big moment. But I guess we’ll have to wait until 2020 to find out.
A 5G iPhone might arrive in 2020 A 5G iPhone might arrive in 2020
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