Mac mini redesign, iOS 14.6, 12.9-inch iPad Pro review on the AppleInsider podcast

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This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, your hosts discuss leaked images of a tantalizingly redesigned “M1X” Mac mini, look at the release of iOS 14.6 with Apple Card family sharing, and review the M1 iPad Pro.

As WWDC approaches, multiple hardware leaks have been reported including a redesigned Mac mini and 14-inch MacBook Pro. This new crop of Apple hardware is expected to sport a more powerful Apple Silicon chip with increased graphics performance, higher RAM configurations, and more CPU cores.

Then Apple released iOS 14.6 with podcast subscriptions, Apple Music updates, and Apple Card Family. Users can sign up to share their Apple Card with family, but other new features of iOS 14.6 are seemingly waiting for Apple.

Podcast subscriptions are ostensibly available in the Podcasts app, for instance, but there are no subscription podcasts yet. Similarly, until Apple officially launches the service, iOS 14.6 users still won’t be able to find Apple Music tracks with Spatial Audio or Lossless designations.

We review the M1 12.9-inch iPad Pro with Liquid Retina XDR display. Its performance and hardware are impressive, but the software shortcomings of iPadOS still make pro workflows impossible. In addition to the iPad, our white Magic Keyboard has already gotten stained, but fortunately working through Apple’s cleaning guidelines can bring this product back to like-new condition.

After spending a week with the new Apple TV 4K, the box itself offers few new features for users. We discuss whether it’s worth the upgrade, and the benefits of using the redesigned Siri remote.

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