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The new edi­tor re­flects on what the new iPad means for Ap­ple's fu­ture.

this is­sue it’s time to say good­bye, and god­speed to edi­tor Alan, for he has left the build­ing and en­trusted me with

Mac|Life. I’ll be your new host, but don’t worry — I’m not plan­ning to sig­nif­i­cantly al­ter any­thing just yet be­cause I be­lieve that Alan has done a su­perla­tive job of giv­ing you, the reader, ex­actly what you need to make the most of all of your Ap­ple de­vices.

But noth­ing is ever per­fect, and there’s al­ways room for im­prove­ment, so I’m go­ing to do my best to steer the magazine in an even bet­ter di­rec­tion. Ul­ti­mately, I want you to be able to con­fi­dently make that pur­chase know­ing that you’re go­ing to get the most value pos­si­ble out of your new tech.

With that in mind, I’d be grate­ful if you could to turn to page 6 and com­plete our reader sur­vey. It takes about 15-20 min­utes to com­plete, and will give you the chance to tell me what you like and don’t like about the magazine, and what kind of con­tent you’d like to see more of in fu­ture. This is your chance to help me shape the fu­ture of the magazine you love.

Aside from changes on the magazine side of things, there are some in­ter­est­ing times afoot in the world of Ap­ple too. This is­sue we take a look at the new iPad (page 10). Sure, an­other iPad shouldn’t elicit much fan­fare, but this time it’s not just an­other it­er­a­tion. The new iPad is go­ing to in­clude fea­tures that will make it hard to jus­tify pur­chas­ing an iPad Pro, in­clud­ing a Retina screen that’s com­pat­i­ble with the Ap­ple Pencil, more power for mul­ti­task­ing, and here’s the kicker — it’ll cost just $329.

But the most in­trigu­ing part, and one that will surely see a shift in its cus­tomer base, is that Ap­ple seems to be aim­ing the new iPad squarely at those in ed­u­ca­tion — those who might nor­mally buy a Chrome­book — with a fo­cus on bol­ster­ing its ex­ist­ing ed­u­ca­tion ecosys­tem with en­hanced iWork apps and spe­cial­ist soft­ware that make the most of a class­room set­ting. It’s good news for stu­dents, but I think a low-priced iPad that al­lows us to do more cre­atively is also good news for the rest of us.

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