Folding iPad? Apple's on it

Also: Why you should play more pickleball

Do we really want a folding iPad?

I’m on the fence.

On the one hand, some of the folding gadgets I’ve seen from Samsung have been pretty impressive. They have big, bright, high-resolution screens that ingeniously fold into smaller packages.

On the other hand, why do we need a folding iPad? The iPad isn’t exactly hard to carry around. How much extra utility do you get from folding it in half? Especially when the flexible screens have a plasticky feel.

Maybe it makes sense for the iPad mini, which would fold down into an ultra-portable package that could fit into a pocket or purse.

Or what about the other end of the scale? An iPad with an enormous screen that could fit into a laptop bag.

Either way, Apple is reportedly actively investigating a folding Pad, and it could launch as soon as next year.

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  • A big new Apple Watch health study found that Pickleball is good for your health (wow, surprising!), and your mental health too.

  • This is a rare 3-in-1 charger that fast charges both iPhone and Apple Watch. I’ve been looking for one of these for quite some time and this is the first I’ve seen.

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  • Surprisingly, a lot of Cult of Mac readers use a stylus with their iPads. Steve Jobs would be horrified. See poll results below. But how about iPad gestures? Do you use gestures on iPad? Take today’s poll.

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