What you need to know
- JetBlue is giving its pilots new iPads.
- It is rolling out Apple's M1-powered iPad Pro to pilots, which it says will take its pilots to the next level.
JetBlue has today announced that it is rolling out Apple's new M1 iPad Pro (2021) to its pilots over the coming months.
JetBlue says that Apple's new iPad Pro "keeps JetBlue pilots on the cutting edge of technology and provides safety-critical functions for all JetBlue crewmembers." According to the company Apple's iPad has become an "essential" tool on board its flights, loading operational tracking apps, system maintainence checks, real-time weather patterns, and procedures and manuals.
JetBlue first gave all of its iPads in 2013, and says Apple's new iPad Pro with M1 "is the right fit for the cockpit" thank to its thin and light design and its large, bright Liquid Retina display. JetBlue's director of communications, navigation, surveillance and technical programs Captain Chuck Cook said "Not only will the new iPad Pro with M1 take our pilots to the next level of advanced technology, but also future-proof JetBlue with top-of-the-line hardware for years to come." The company says it plans to provide the iPad Pro to new incoming pilots over the coming months, and to replace older models over time.
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