Category: Apple

The new iPad Pro: a 9.7-inch effort at nabbing Windows users

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Apple is essentially tasking the iPad Pro with stealing away Windows users, while also attempting to stamp its own vision of what a “post-PC” world can or will look like.

Enter, the new iPad Pro, a smaller 9.7-inch Retina display at 2048 x 1536 resolution (down from the 12.9″), which is an affair that utilizes a 64-bit A9X chip, a new 12MP iSight camera, 5MP FaceTime camera, iOS 9.3 and a whole suite of typical iPad features like a Lightning connector and four speaker audio. The new iPad Pro still supports the existing Apple Pencil, but requires a new (smaller) Smart Keyboard, straight from Cupertino, of course.

Orders start this Thursday, March 24th for the new iPad Pro, starting at $599 along with its accessory suite.

Via: Apple

The iPhone SE is a $399 6S in a four-inch screen and body

Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 2.11.50 PMTake the same formula that makes the iPhone 6S and shrink that down — rather that size it up like the Plus — and you get the iPhone SE. A smaller version for those who just haven’t been sold on the five-inch-and-up screen race, it will have voice over LTE (wth more bands), while being 50% faster than a 5S.

The hardware aspects of the SE aren’t all that exciting — after all, it’s the internals of a 6S paired with the 12MP iSight camera tech that makes it a venerable smartphone shooter.

The iPhone SE will retail for $399 for a 16GB model (too small, indeed), along with a $499 64GB version. Four colors will be offered: rose gold, gold, silver and black. Orders start March 24th for the “new iPhone”.

Via: Apple

Apple’s iPad Pro Goes On Sale This Wednesday

ipad-proStarting at $999, the first-generation iPad Pro will make its world debut on Wednesday, November 11th which also happens to be Singles’ Day in China — the largest online shopping day in the world.

The 12.9-inch iOS tablet is the most powerful the teams at Cupertino has ever produced, and is also the most expensive, starting at $799 for a 32 GB Wi-Fi model, rising to $1,079 for an LTE-capable version with 128 GB of storage (the most you can get).

Meanwhile, the Apple Pencil (dedicated stylus, essentially) will retail for $99, while the Smart Keyboard, an adjustable keyboard accessory that will go for $169. The current group of launch countries total 50, with the United States, China, Canada and most of Europe taking part.

Via: Apple PR

Apple Renews Its iMac Screens: 5K On The 27-inch, 4K For 21.5″

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Every 27-inch iMac now comes with a dazzling 4K display, supplemented by a switch of display tech that Apple opted for, in the pursuit of better color definition. Meanwhile, the smaller 21.5-inch model now has the option for a 4K screen.

More on that new display tech: Apple now employs what they call “red-green phosphor LEDs,” which are designed to — obviously — improve reproduction of reds and greens, while most LED displays of the past focused more on blues; the method to the engineering is that all colors will see equality (get it?).

It goes without saying then that all the new iMacs will also get the jump to sixth-generation, Intel Skylake processors, starting at a 3.2GHz quad-core i5 and going all the way up to a 4.0GHz quad-core i7. The max RAM now tops out at 32GB; new versions of the keyboard, mouse and trackpad are also being introduced (with the 27-inch model).

The new 27-inch iMac begins shipping — today.

Via: Apple

Apple Releases iOS 9, The World Begins Downloading It With Gusto

ios9Today, iOS 9 debuts on the millions of devices that make use of it — namely, iPhones, iPads and iPod touches.Some of the major new features include the improved Siri, split-screen multitasking on the iPad, enhanced keyboards, updates to Safari, picture-in-picture operation, the new Live Photos feature, transit info in  Apple Maps, the News app, battery saving mode and much, much more.

Per usual, it’s free, but as Apple’s servers get slammed by the sudden demand of the update, some are reporting issues downloading and/or installing it.

Patience, folks.

Via: Apple

Apple Refreshes The iPhone 6S And 6S Pro With New Aluminum, Cameras And Processors

iphone6s-rosegoldBesides updated internals and a new rose gold finish added to he design portfolio, the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus are truly incremental upgrades, if anything — but in all the right places. Starting with the new A9 processor: 70 percent faster at CPU tasks and 90 faster at GPU tasks (that’s over the iPhone 6’s A8 processor).

A new feature introduced within the new 6S and 6S Plus includes 3D Touch —  allowing one to press down on the iPhone’s screen to pull up new menus, activate shortcuts, thus interacting with the device in new levels (like holding the Camera icon to go straight into selfie mode), in junction with Apple’s own Tapic Engine for force feedback. Also, the screen is coated in Ion-X the same material used on the Apple Watch Sport edition. Newly arrived is the aluminum alloy that the phone is made out of, manufactured as Apple’s own custom blend — and now including a rose gold model, alongside the gold, white and space gray.

In regards to imaging, Apple has finally boosted the rear-facing iSight cameras to 12 megapixels, up from 8 megapixels — the same stats since 2012 — which means that cameras offer 4K video capture, a first for iOS. The front-facing 5 megapixel shooter is an improvement as well, translating for more (famous) selfies.The fingerprint sensor has also reached its second generation, seeing general improvements.

The software changes are vast, including Live Photos: think of a GIF, but with sound — the camera app captures a 12MP still for 1.5 sec that will be animated, with sound, frame-by-frame. Oh, and animated wallpapers are part of the new iOS 9, which launches September 16th, lest I forget.

Contract pricing is as-follows: $200, $300, $400 (for 16, 64, and 128GB models). Plus models are $100 more, each — essentially Apple is keeping the same promotional prices on its end, however U.S. carriers have convoluted this price range with the introduction of special contract plans, so true prices of the new iPhone remains to be seen. Apple is introducing a yearly upgrade program at $32 a month, including Apple Care service with unlocked versions of the device. But, Apple couldn’t stop there: there are new iCloud storage options, starting at 50GB for 99 cents a month, 200GB for $2.99/mo or 1TB for $9.99/mo.

Shipping date? To be announced.

Via: Apple PR

The iPad Pro Is A 12.9″ Tablet Of Fantasies, With 10 Hour Battery Life

ipad-proThe new iPad Pro is a 12.9-inch tablet with the option of adding the Apple Pencil (charged via a Lightning cable), a stylus accessory that heightens precision input in creative apps and supports Microsoft Office. A 12.9-inch Retina display with 2,732 x 2,048 pixel resolution, the iPad Pro’s screen alone is as large as the height of an iPad Air 2 — let that sink in for a second.

Physically the Pro isn’t too hefty at all: at 6.9mm thin and 1.57 pounds, it too is a design feat considering that the screen is so large. So, it seems to compliment that, Apple is also including another accessory: a Smart Keyboard cover.

A full-sized keyboard as seen on the laptops and 10 hours of battery life, paired with the Apple A9X processor means that the iPad Pro has forever blurred the line between the Macbooks series and the iPads.

Also, pricing is as follows: $800, $950, and $1080 for 32, 64 and 128 gigabyte options, respectively. Meanwhile, the two main accessories for the iPad Pro will cost $100 and $170, for the Pencil and keyboard, respectively.

The entire line starts shipping in November.

Via:Apple PR

Apple Books September 9th As Media Event For New iPhones

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Tagged in the invite, “Hey Siri, give us a hint.”, there is no doubt that that time of year is approaching: a day of new iPhones. along with animated wallpapers, 4K capabilities, and speed improvements, the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus event is pegged at 10AM PT, at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

Coincidentally, September 9th is my first day of college — don’t worry though, I’ll still keep everything up-to-date, even if it’s just through Twitter.