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As we discovered just the other day, Apple's latest iPad, Pro, isn't too repairable, scoring just 3 out of 10 on iFixit's scale - 10 being the best. Somewhat humorously, that's still a lot better the 1 out of 10 score the Surface Book received earlier this month. Nonetheless, the teardown helped highlight a feature Apple kept mum on: a USB 3.0-compatible Lightning port. That means that with the right cable, users would be able to enjoy transfer speeds going through a 5Gbps bus. That's theoretically ~625MB/s peak, but more accurately would top out at around 500MB/s in the real-world thanks to overhead.... Read more...
There’s no doubt that tablets have revolutionized the way many of us consume media.  The tablets on the market today have developed to fill many niche categories and are beginning to rival notebooks in terms of performance.  We see everything from the venerable iPads, to the upcoming Amazon Kindles, to a wide variety of Android slates and the latest installments of the Surface line from Microsoft.  So, how do you know what is right for you?As is the case with most devices, there just isn’t a single “best” tablet anymore.  A more useful start is to determine what kind of user... Read more...
It's hard to believe that anyone would think that a $1.3 billion roll out of iPads to students would be a good idea, or deliver the kind of return-of-investment to warrant it, but it's apparent that a Los Angeles school district did. Earlier this year, we reported on how the pilot program failed spectacularly. There weren't enough iPads to go around, and that tends to be a major issue when it's expected that everyone will have one. We'd imagine that if lesser-expensive tablets were chosen, not top-tier models, that issue might not have been encountered. In addition to the iPads themselves, part... Read more...
After first announcing the operating system in June, Apple is now ready to make iOS 9 available to the masses. Apple switched things up a bit leading up to the official release of iOS 9, allowing the public widespread access to the beta operating system which allowed customers to be on the bleeding edge of Apple’s software releases, while at the same time giving Apple a larger device pool to draw data and feedback from. "With this update, your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch become more intelligent and proactive with powerful search and improved Siri features," states Apple’s release notes for iOS... Read more...
If you know anyone that’s been a longtime iOS user, chances are that they have a “junk” folder on their device that is used to banish unwanted Apple apps that they don’t use. These apps come preinstalled with every iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and cannot be deleted. They can’t even be hidden unless you jailbreak — but jailbreaking can have some unwanted consequences if you aren’t careful. In a wide-ranging interview with BuzzFeed, Apple’s Tim Cook was surprisingly open about the wishes of some iOS users to be able to remove these junk apps. Users either want them gone to reclaim whatever little... Read more...
In one of the most highly anticipated games of the season, quarterback Tom Brady and the New England Patriots defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers last Thursday to kick off the National Football League (NFL) season. The first game of the season is always popular, though this particular match-up drew interest from fans wondering how Brady would fare after being dogged in the media for the past seven months over something known as Deflategate. With all that attention, Microsoft can't be pleased that on-air commentators are still referring to its sponsored Surface tablet as an iPad. Back in 2013, Microsoft... Read more...
Last Wednesday was a big one for Apple thanks to its announcement of the latest iPhones, its next-gen Apple TV, as well as its much-anticipated iPad Pro. Overall, a good showing, but not one critics could keep silent about. When Tim Cook unveiled the iPad Pro, it didn't take long for people to draw comparisons to Microsoft's Surface Pro - a product that's existed for a few years. In fact, some have called it a verbatim copy. Both have tablet-like displays, a soft add-on keyboard, and can be docked to look like a notebook. But let's be honest: an iPad Pro was inevitable, and while it's... Read more...
Apple kicked off its major 2015 iOS hardware push today with the announcement of the long-rumored iPad Pro. The device features a massive 12.9-inch display, which is quite a step up from the 7.9-inch iPad mini and 9.7-inch iPad Air 2. This Retina-class display packs in 5.6 million pixels, which is more than what’s found in the Retina MacBook Pro. Under the hood is Apple’s third generation 64-bit processor, the A9X. The A9X offers 2x the memory bandwidth and 1.8x the performance of the A8X found in the iPad Air 2 along with 2x faster storage performance. But that’s not all, Apple is also boasting... Read more...
Apple didn't invent the tablet, but with the introduction of the iPad, it certainly popularized such devices. There were long lines for the original iPad model, and when Android device makers began offering less expensive alternatives, there was this silly talk of a post-PC era (as if!). Well, dedicated PCs are still around, and rather than compare PCs to trucks, as the late Steve Job famously did, Apple is busy trying to figure out how to reinvigorate interest in its suddenly struggling iPad lineup.The focus is on the software side of things. Apple is working with dozens of technology companies,... Read more...
Wall Street is a fickle bunch; they build you up only to knock you down just as quickly. Such is the case for Apple, which this afternoon reported its fiscal Q3 2015 earnings. By almost any account, Apple had a stellar quarter, reporting revenue of $49.6 billion (a 33 percent increase year-over-year) and net profit of $10.7 billion ($1.85 per diluted share). Gross margin also was up slightly year-over-year, increasing from 39.4 percent to 39.7 percent. In a telling reminder that Apple depends heavily on markets other than the U.S. for the bulk of its revenue, the company reported that an incredible... Read more...
Jan Souček, a security researcher from Prague, has uncovered a vulnerability in the security of the iOS Mail application that nefarious types can deploy against users of the app to gain access to their iCloud passwords.    The method published by Souček illustrates how an email can be sent to the hapless victim that uses HTML code that mimics the iCloud login pop-up window upon receipt. Then, after said victim has inadvertently tapped their iCloud password into the window's Password field and clicked OK, an email is sent back to the sender with that critical information. Specifically,... Read more...
Imagine that without any misguided action or behavior of your own your iOS device were to crash, simply as the result of receiving a text string via your iPhone or iPad's Messages app. Next, imagine that after this "What the heck!??!!" event (and device reboot, of course) you subsequently could not even open the Messages program.  Imagine no longer. A new bug has been revealed in Apple's Messages app that will crash your device and render Messages mostly unusable upon receipt of a text containing a unique text string comprised of various symbols and Arabic characters.... Read more...
Do you remember that 80s flick Cocoon, where senior citizens received new leases on life (along with youthful exuberance) by taking a dip in a pool that was occupied by alien lifeforms? Well, Apple looks to have its own fountain of youth for older iOS devices in the form of iOS 9. As we reported earlier this year, Apple is looking to hold the line when it comes to adding a wealth of new features to the next version of iOS. Instead, Apple is working overtime to squash existing bugs and make iOS 9 its most stable release ever at launch. To use a past example from Cupertino, the move from iOS 8 to... Read more...
Apple appears to be readying new, larger iPads that will feature split-screen app viewing and multi-user support. The word from 9to5Mac is that Apple has codenamed two 12-inch tablets “J98” and “J99,” to run the upcoming iOS 9.Little is known about the new iPads at this point, though The Wall Street Journal has reported that Apple is considering adding ports for a keyboard and mouse. USB-C ports also appear to be on the table. iPad Air and mini.Split-screen viewing would be a welcome addition. As it stands now, you can view only one app at a time on your iPad. The upcoming split-screen functionality... Read more...
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