Ap­ple brings PC-like track­pad to iPad tablets

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - SPORTS -

NEW YORK » Ap­ple’s new iPad brings PC-like track­pad ca­pa­bil­i­ties for the first time, as the com­pany seeks to make its tablet even more like a lap­top com­puter.

Ap­ple says the track­pad will of­fer more pre­ci­sion than fin­gers in se­lect­ing text and switch­ing be­tween apps.

Older iPads will also be able to get track­pad ca­pa­bil­i­ties with a free soft­ware up­date, but some will re­quire key­boards from third par­ties. For the iPad Pro, Ap­ple is re­leas­ing a “magic key­board” with a track­pad in May start­ing at $299. The tablet it­self starts at $799, while an Ap­ple

Pen­cil sty­lus costs an­other $129, bring­ing the com­bined cost closer to that of a Mac lap­top.

Ap­ple also an­nounced a new MacBook Air com­puter with a start­ing price of about $1,000, down $100.

The new iPad Pro and MacBook Air will be avail­able in stores start­ing next week, though Ap­ple’s own re­tail stores in most of the world re­main closed be­cause of the coro­n­avirus out­break.

Ap­ple made no men­tion of new iPhones in Wed­nes­day’s an­nounce­ments. There’s been spec­u­la­tion that Ap­ple is due to re­fresh its older mod­els as lower-cost al­ter­na­tives to the newer iPhone 11s.

KATHY WILLENS — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

An Ap­ple logo adorns the fa­cade of the down­town Brook­lyn Ap­ple store in New York on Satur­day.

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