You know Apple’s got a good thing on its hands when Pixar thinks the iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil are great devices, and after a short demo, the animation team apparently can’t wait to use the devices again. Elsewhere, Apple greatly expanded its Privacy page on its website, outlining once and for all what its well-known commitment to privacy actually entails.
If you were wondering how good the iPad Pro really is after Apple’s presentation, take it from no less a source than Pixar — it’s wonderful. Pixar’s main animation team had a chance to try out the iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil yesterday, and department head Michael B. Johnson had this to say about them on Twitter: “Can hardly wait to get my own iPad Pro and Pencil to both use it and start writing software for it. Big thumbs up.”
Source: Michael B. Johnson
Of special interest to the famed animation team was the device’s capacity for “palm rejection,” or the device’s ability to keep from getting confused when a person’s palm rests on the screen while the stylus does the actual work. Apple never showed anyone resting their palms on the device during the initial presentation on September 9, and thus there were some concerns that the Cupertino company might have overlooked such a key feature.
But not so, according to Johnson: “The iPad pro has perfect palm rejection as far as we were able to see.” Johnson was also enthusiastic about the device’s speed, as he said in a followup tweet that he believes that it has a “faster CPU/GPU than probably any laptop that shipped 3 yrs ago, and still faster than most today.”
Much has been made about Apple’s unrelenting commitment to its customers’ privacy in recent years, and in that spirit, Apple today significantly updated the Privacy portion of its website to outline in detail what that means for people who buy its products.
“We believe in telling you up front exactly what’s going to happen to your personal information and asking for your permission before you share it with us,” Cook said in the section’s new introductory letter. “And if you change your mind later, we make it easy to stop sharing with us. Every Apple product is designed around those principles. When we do ask to use your data, it’s to provide you with a better user experience.”
The Cupertino company provides three additional tabs that cover such specifics as “Our Approach to Privacy,” “Government Information Requests,” and how to “Manage Your Privacy.” In each Apple covers topics such as how individual apps such as iMessage and Apple Pay handle your personal data, as well as what the company does when it gets National Security Orders from the U.S. Government.
Above all, Apple takes special care to point out that it “has never worked with any government agency from any country to create a ‘backdoor’ in any of our products or services.”
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