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Apple Should Make a Giant iPad as Its Smart Home Portal

A customer tries out an iPad Pro in Sydney.

A customer tries out an iPad Pro in Sydney.

Photographer: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg

I’ve been testing Amazon.com Inc.’s new Echo Show 15. My takeaway: It’s time for Apple Inc. to get serious about the smart home and launch a giant iPad as a new hub. Also: Covid-19 again disrupts Apple’s retail operations and return-to-work plans, the company has a new office in Southern California, and the head of Apple University is gone.