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Rumor: Touch ID-sporting iPad Air 2 to drop on September 9

Let’s take a tiny bit of a break from the firehose of tech news that is IFA 2014 to riff on what might transpire at the next big tech event, Apple’s September 9 launch of… whatever it might be launching (the famously reticent tech firm, as expected, hasn’t said a blessed word about what might happen then). This reticence has of course gotten the rumor mills churning. One of the rumors currently flying around has it that next generation of the iPad (iPad 6 or iPad Air 2, whatever you may choose to call it) Apple’s range topping big tablet, will drop then, and will come with the firm’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor too. But that’s not all – scroll down for more!

Not just about the iPhone?

Previous rumors have said that this upcoming Apple event was going to be all about the iPhone 6 and “6L”, or whatever the supposed upcoming phones will eventually be named, as well as the purported “iWatch” wearable. But now we have no less than Ming-Chi Kuo, the famed tech analyst from the KGI Securities firm, many of whose previous rumors haven’t been very far off the mark.

Kuo says in his investor note that the “iPad Air 2 will see significant spec upgrades” and that the new version will be revealed to the public on September 9. What spec upgrades might we see next week? Kuo repeats past rumors of Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and says that new features may be debuting in the new tablet, namely the next version of Apple’s top of the line processor (the current one, the 64-bit A7, debuted in the iPhone 5S); an anti-reflective screen coating; and a new gold color option a la iPhone 5S.

Our source hastens to add that Kuo doesn’t indicate that there are any major design changes this time around; after all, the iPad Air itself represents the biggest change to the design of Apple’s popular tablet.

Let’s wait and see

Nothing’s been said about the price, but perhaps it’d be best to assume that it wouldn’t be changing too much.

Apple of course is neither confirming nor denying any of these iPad Air 2 rumors, but take heart: in a few days, we might just be able to find out for sure.

source [Ubergizmo]

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19 Most Memorable Tablets of 2013

The year’s almost up and we’re taking a look at 19 of the best tablets 2013 had to offer. It depends on who you ask, but many will tell you that 2013 is the year of the tablet. The best models of last year were upgraded to have sharper screens and zippier processors – a trend that is bound to continue in years to come. Of course, this hardware arms race benefits consumers, though we have to admit, the sheer numbers can be overwhelming at times. So we’ve sifted through the sea of slates to bring you the 25 most memorable tablets of 2013.

They’re incredible in their own little ways, be it hardware superiority, bargain basement price, or simply, bang for the buck. (They are in no particular order, because let’s face it, we’re not here to argue about which is better, etcetera, etcetera.) Continue reading 19 Most Memorable Tablets of 2013

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iPad Air: 5th Generation Apple Tablet PC

Every year, Apple treats us to better, slimmer, and faster versions of its established product lines, and well, this year’s iPad is no different. Meet the iPad Air, the Apple’s 5th generation slate. What can you expect from this year’s model? Well, a whole lot.

Apple iPad Air tablet PC

iPad Air: It’s not just a name change

Apple’s new tablet, the one that rumors had referred to as the iPad 5, features the same chip found in the new mini and the iPhone 5S, the 64-bit Apple A7. The said dual-core CPU clocks in at 1.4 GHz. The 9.7 inch display utilizes IGZO technology and features a 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution at 326 pixels per inch. Other features include 1 GB of RAM, a 1.2 MP front-facing camera (720p HD) and 5 MP rear-facing camera, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. It runs with iOS 7.0.4 and is available four storage options, 16, 32, 64, and 128 GB.

Aesthetics-wise, the iPad Air measures in at 240 x 169.5 x 7.5 mm (9.4 x 6.67 x 0.3 in) and weighs in at 469 g (1.034 lb) for the Wi-Fi only version and 478 g (1.054 lb) for the Wi-Fi + Cellular versions. It’s basically lives up to the name – it’s thinner and lighter than the iPad 4 (iPad with Retina display). It even has a thinner bezel.

Additional Notes

Like the new mini, the iPad Air packs MIMO Wi-Fi, giving it better wireless capabilities. What’s more, the component is also easy on the battery use, giving the device longer up time on one charge. According to reports, the tablet should last about 10 hours of continuous use – which isn’t bad considering this is a full sized tablet. What’s the other reason why using the MIMO Wi-Fi is so much better? Less power needs meant that Apple could put in a smaller battery and still end up with the same battery life. The smaller battery made the device weigh less.

Anyway, the Air starts at US $499 (16 GB Wi-Fi only model). If you want an iPad but don’t want to shell out that much money, the previous gen is still available at a much lower price point, US $399.

Well, if you need some comparable devices, you may want to wait for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014.

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How Repairable is Your Tablet PC?

No one likes entertaining the possibility of their expensive gadgets breaking down and ultimately turning into overpriced paperweights. Wouldn’t it be nice though to have a general idea of whether or not your tablet PC can be resurrected in the unfortunate case that something does break down? The engineers at iFixit has released a “Tablet Repairability” index which rates tablets on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the most easily repaired. Check it out below.

Dell XPS 10 Tablet PC

Apple and Microsoft get low marks

In case you’re not a fan of gadget destruction and do it yourself repairs, here’s a briefer. iFixit is basically an online resource on fixing electronic devices yourself and the guys over there routinely tear apart the newest gadgets (and Apple products) in the name of checking out how repairable each one is. So anyway, how did your tablet PC do?

The Dell XPS 10 earned top marks (with a score of 9) for its easy general and battery disassembly. It even has “color-coded screws and labelled cables” so you or the service tech will always be sure where each wire and screw goes. Downside is, the LCD screen is fused to the glass, so you will be in trouble in case the display up and dies. The Amazon Kindle Fire, Dell Streak, Motorola Xoom, and Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 all get a score of 8. Who’s last on this list? Apple’s iPad tablet PC line (from the iPad 2 down to the Mini) got a dismal score of 2 while Microsoft’s Surface Pro got a measly 1. The reasons for the low scores include the excessive use of adhesive, hidden screws, and tricky disassembly.

How the tablet PC models were rated

Points were given to models that were easy to disassemble – which means that you don’t need any special equipment to get to the creamy tablet core. The availability of a service manual was also taken into consideration. Remember, these tablet PC models were rated based on how easily they can be disassembled and how readily available their service manuals are (and therefore how inexpensive your theoretical repair bill would be), and not how breakable the tablets are. It’s still a good guide overall if you’re the type who, before buying a gadget, considers things like life after warranty.

Source: [ iFixit ]

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128 GB iPad Hits the Shelves!

Yap, you read that right. One of the most persistent rumours about the Apple iPad has come true. The 9.7 inch bestseller is now available in a “bigger is better” storage flavour, 128 GB. As the rumours had predicted, Apple has opted to add a 128 GB version to its iPad tablet PC line. It feels and looks just like the current generation iPad.

Apple iPad with Retina Display 128 GB Tablet PC

Why Bigger is Better

In the iPad’s case, it seemed like the logical next step as it was formerly only available in 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB versions. Apple’s Senior Vice President of Marketing, Phil Schiller, explained:

Everyday they are finding more great reasons to work, learn and play on their iPads rather than their old PCs. With twice the storage capacity and an unparalleled selection of over 300,000 native iPad apps, enterprises, educators and artists have even more reasons to use iPad for all their business and personal needs.

“They” of course refer to the typical iPad users who will certainly appreciate the extra space for files, documents, videos, photos, music, and other media. How much is the extra storage going to cost you? The WiFi only version retails at US $799 while the 3G version costs US $929. The iPad’s 128 GB version is available in black and white.

Should you get it?

In case you haven’t been keeping track (or in case you’ve lost track) of the numerous iPad rumours, then you may not have heard about the bit regarding the next reiteration of the iPad. According to the rumours, we’ll be seeing the next generation within the year and it will be lighter and thinner and will be similar to the iPad Mini. Whether this rumour is true or not is anybody’s guess at this point, but if you’re looking to upgrade your current iPad or buy a new one, then it may be better to wait a little longer. If you’re happy with the current gen and just want to get one with the bigger storage option then you can go get yours now.

We’ll keep you posted about the new generation iPad once more info comes to light so keep checking back!

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iPad 3: Should I upgrade my iPad 2?

iPad 3, upgrade from iPad 2?

Admit it, it’s been on your mind since the new iPad was announced last March 7. Well, there have been a lot of speculation around the iPad 3 and now that we do know a few things about it, you can at least make a preliminary tablet PC comparison between your iPad 2 and the upcoming Apple tablet.

What do we know about the iPad 3?

At the device’s announcement, some people got to try it out and check out its features. According to iPad news, the tablet PC has a Retina display, a 5 megapixel rear camera, and a dual core A5X processor. Let’s check each of them out.

The new processor is basically the same one as the iPad 2’s A5 (dual core that can churn out 800 MHz to 1 GHz), though the A5X is packaged with a quad-core graphics chip as well. This new chip gives the iPad 3 enough juice to output great graphics.

The Retina display has a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels (a standard HDTV has 1920 x 1080), approximately 4 times as the resolution of the iPad 2. According to iPad review sites, the new display outputs crisper images, text, and videos. The iPad 3 handles high definition movies and video games quite well, so you’d probably be impressed if you watch often media or play games on your current slate.

Shutterbugs should also find the new camera impressive: it has been upgraded from the 0.7 megapixel camera of the iPad 2 to a 5 megapixel camera capable of recording video in 1080p. Other improvements include LTE (long-term evolution) technology, Wi-Fi sharing capability, and a better battery. The addition of LTE allows users to download at speeds of up to 42 Mbps, while Wi-Fi sharing allows users to turn their iPad 3 into a Wi-Fi hotspot. The iPad 3 also features a dictation function that lets users dictate their emails and documents.

So should you start looking for trade-in options?

Whether or not you should upgrade depends on your preferences. Do you like watching HD movies, playing video games, and recording video on your tablet PC? If so, then you may want to get the new iPad as soon as it hits the shelves. If you aren’t quite impressed with the new features though, then you’re probably better off sticking to your iPad 2 in the meantime.

The iPad 3 comes in 2 flavours, Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + LTE, and is slated for release in North America in March 16.

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iPad 3: The Good and the Bad

Last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook proudly unveiled the third generation of their tablet PC line and it was simply referred to as the new iPad, though it’s more commonly known as the iPad 3. Along with the announcement, a few more things were made known, like some of the device’s features and hardware. Let’s check out the good and the bad, shall we?

The Good

iPad review sites have been abuzz with Apple’s new slate since its announcement and many were pretty impressed with it. Feature-wise, it’s been made known that the iPad 3 has a dual core A5X processor, LTE capability, a better battery, a Retina display, and a 5 megapixel rear camera. Functionality-wise, Wi-Fi sharing, voice dictation, and HD video playback are a few of the things mentioned.

Early impressions of the iPad 3 from tablet PC comparison sites were pretty unanimous in praising the new display. Reportedly, the new display has a resolution of 2048 x 1536 – that’s around 4 times more pixels than the iPad 2. Some even compared the iPad 3’s resolution to standard HDTVs (1920 x 1080). The display is powered by the new processor, an improved version of the A5. The A5X offers the same CPU speed of up to 1 GHz though it features a quad core graphics unit processor. LTE (long term evolution) technology will provide download speeds of up to 42 Mbps while the camera will have a capability of recording 1080p video.

The Bad

Well, while some features did wow Apple fans, the non-inclusion of some anticipated features caused some disappointment. iPad news reported about the voice dictation feature that allows users to push a key on the keyboard and dictate an email or a text. Some fans noted that while the feature will be useful, it would have been better if Apple had incorporated Siri to the iPad 3. Another point raised was the improved processor; many were expecting Apple to come up with a quad core processor instead of sticking with dual core. Other things that caused dissatisfaction was the device’s lack of near field communication (NFC), low internal storage, lack of USB and external storage support, and even its weight.

All in all, the iPad 3 looks promising, though it probably won’t entice some people to upgrade their iPad 2s. We’ll see how it performs in the market as soon as it hits the shelves. In the meantime though, stay tuned for more iPad news and updates.

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iPad OS or iOS what you need to know

iPad OS or iOS what you need to know

If you haven’t heard about iPad OS tablets (or iOS as it’s from Apple!), then there’s a good chance you’ve been living under a rock. The iPad has enjoyed a lion’s share of the tablet PC market since it was first made available in April 2010. Among its strengths is its use of the iOS, a mobile operating system you’ve probably come across with if you’ve used an iPhone, an iPod Touch, or an iPad. If you aren’t very knowledgeable about Apple’s slates and the operating system it comes with though, then we suggest you read on.

What is the iOS?

Just how much do you know about Apple’s mobile operating system? As mentioned, the iOS is the operating system Apple developed for its mobile devices, first appearing on the original iPhone. It was first shown at the Macworld Expo in 2007 and was simply known as the iPhone OS during its beta test release in March 2008. In June 2010, the operating system was officially dubbed the iOS after Apple licensed the trademarked IOS name from Cisco Systems.

iOS devices

Apple’s operating system has been applied across its mobile devices: 5 generations of the iPhone, 4 generations of the iPod Touch, and 2 generations for the iPad. The most current version of the iOS though, 5.0.1, is only supported by Apple devices equipped with processors that can provide 833 MHz and up, including the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, 3rd and 4th generation iPod touch models, the original iPad and the iPad 2.

iOS tablets

As mentioned, Apple has two tablets that run with the iOS and if rumours are to be believed, the next generation iPad may be announced in a couple of days (as of this writing) and may roll out with the iOS’ latest version. The first iPad originally shipped with the iPhone OS 3.2 while the iPad 2 came with iOS 4.3 at release. Both are upgradable to the iOS 5.0.1.

Many tablet PC comparison articles have been written pitting the two iOS tablets against each other and the general consensus is, the iPad 2 is a great upgrade from Apple’s first gen slate. Other tablet PC reviews have noted the differences between the two, including the upgraded specs (new dual-core Apple A5 system-on-a-chip processor, and better RAM) and additional hardware (front and back cameras, plus a gyroscope).

What makes iOS tablets different?

As you may have noticed from recent tablet PC news, the Apple iPad still dominates other slates in terms of sales and market share. Compared to other slates currently in the market, the iPad has decent hardware, but a huge factor in its success is said to be its software. The iOS tablets offer a number of pre-installed applications (Safari, Photos, YouTube, iTunes, iBooks, Maps, Mail, and Calendar, among other apps) and thousands more are available from the Apple App Store. The huge amount of the apps and content available for the iPad adds a lot to the user’s overall experience and it helps too that the iOS’ user interface is smooth and intuitive.

What makes iOS tablets different from other tablets?

For one thing, if you want to experience the iOS, you’d have to purchase an iPad. Unlike the Android and Windows mobile operating systems, Apple doesn’t license its OS to other manufacturers. The iPad is packaged for content consumers, though it does cater to content creators as well. Like Apple’s other devices, the iPad also has a number of OEM and non-OEM accessories available for it so you can pretty much dress it up (inside and out with apps, content, and accessories) according to your personal preferences.

The iOS has been through several changes and Apple is developing improvements still, something that isn’t going to stop any time soon. For the tablet version of the iOS, we saw several improvements on existing apps and new applications like the iMessage and iCloud. That said, we can look forward to more from Apple’s iOS tablets.

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Tablet PC Comparison: iPad Alternatives

The holiday season’s coming up and with tablet PC sales estimated to increase, the competition for dominance remains stiff. Everybody wants a piece of Apple’s market share, and they’re being creative with their contenders. So if you’re in the market for an iPad alternative to give as a gift or to use for yourself, then you should check out this tablet PC comparison.

The Other Contenders

Most people can’t stand the thought of not having a physical keyboard on hand, and if you’re one of those people, the Asus EEE Pad Slider should be perfect for you. It comes with an Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core CPU, a 10.1-inch capacitive touch screen, HDMI output, rear- and front-facing cameras, and a slide out keyboard. It ensures that you get both functionality and portability from your tablet PC. If you’re patient though, you may want to catch the Asus Transformer Prime instead. It is said to come with an Nvidia Tegra 3 and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).

The new Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is another good iPad alternative, with its 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core processor, Android 3.1 (Honeycomb), 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, and 8.9 inch capacitive screen. It’s the perfect Goldilocks size if you think that 10.1 inches is too big and 7 inches is too small. If you don’t mind a 10.1 incher though, you can check out the Galaxy Tab 10.1. It’s the thinnest and lightest 10-inch tablet around so if portability is what you’re looking for, you’ll find it in the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

One of the newest contenders in the tablet PC comparison wars is the Blackberry Playbook. Research In Motion’s tablet comes with their own OS (QNX), a 1GHz Cortex A9 dual core CPU, 1GB RAM, and a 7 inch capacitive display. This may be a good choice for you if you’re looking for something other than Mac iOS or Android, or if you’re looking for something geared toward business and multitasking.

Another viable iPad alternative is the Archos 101 G9. It runs on Android 3.2, with a dual core CPU, 10.1 capacitive screen, and lots of storage options. The Archos tablet is a good option if you’re looking for a decent tablet but have a limited budget.

Conclusion

There are loads more iPad alternatives out there – and there are more to come once the next generation of tablet PCs hit the stores. If you’re patient, you can score one with Nvidia Tegra 3 quad core and Android 4.0. At any rate, stay tuned for more tablet PC comparisons and iPad alternatives!