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iOS 8 Rumours: We Might All Get Healthier With HealthBook

iOS 8 is set to launch sometime this year, our guess is that Apple will show us iOS 8 at WWDC in the summer. But what’s in store for the next version of iOS?

 

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iPad Air Review

It’s been a week with the iPad Air, we’ve had our ups and downs – we’ve given it a run through in almost every category, so what did we think of it? How did it stack up against its competitors and how did handle Apple’s new A7 64 bit chip? At a hefty £400, is it worth your hard earned cash?

The iPad Air was launched in October 2013, alongside the new iPad mini with Retina display. Both tablets received MIMO WiFi technology, the A7 chip, improved cameras and a thinner lighter design. The iPad Air sheds a whole load of weight and the bezels have been on a crash diet, simply it feels like a larger iPad mini. But does the tablet perform?

Petition: Apple make Colourful iPads

Apple’s new iPad Air features an all new design, a new A7 chip and new wireless MIMO technology. But no new colours. A new design, as always, brings new advantages and disadvantages, really Apple’s new iPad Air is the best designed iPad yet – but it is bland. The iPad Air, in both space grey and silver, look too plain. Resembling that of a slab of metal, the harsher edges and one colour scheme break apart the joy and colour the iPhone 5C brought.

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iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display: Should you upgrade?

Lots of people will be queueing outside their local Apple Store come 8.00am November 1st, but should you be one of them? Apple’s iPad Air boasts a thinner design, faster processor and new lighter grip. But is it worth it? On the other side, should the iPad mini become your new coffee table friend? Is its Retina display all mighty? Take a look and find out…

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New iPads: Has Apple done enough?

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Have they done enough?  Apple launched their new lineup of iPads on Tuesday – a redesigned iPad Air and a new Retina display iPad mini. Check out our iPad round up here.

So what do you think? Let us know. Will you be buying the latest tablets from Apple? Let us know below.

Lighter, thinner, better iPads: What’s next for Apple?

So its here. The next versions of iPad and iPad mini are now out. Unveiled and ready. We’ve already seen what Apple can do on a smaller scale, Apple refreshed the iPhone last month, so as we look a little bigger, Apple’s iPad was next on the update cycle. You might say, what else is there for Apple to do with the iPad? You wouldn’t be wrong thinking the product has become a little stale. However, last month showed that Apple has still got a little innovation left, the Touch iD sensor a whole new level of security on a mobile device. Apple could have included this in their new iPads, they would have standardised a method of security and set the tablet market to a whole new level. This would be an amazing idea you might say. Revolutionary. Where is it? Exactly, where is it?

So, once you get over the little fact that Apple did not include a fingerprint scanner in the new iPads, everything might seem just fine and dandy. Apple renamed its larger iPad, the iPad Air, taking a cue from its new design and unbelievably light weight. Here is a raw spec comparison of the new iPad Air and the 2012 iPad with Retina Display, just to put it into perspective:

iPad (late 2012)

iPad Air

Display

9.7 inch Retina Display 9.7 inch Retina Display

Resolution

2,048 x 1,536 2,048 x 1,536

PPI

264 ppi 264 ppi

Memory

1GB TBC

CPU

1GHz Dual Core A6X 64 Bit Apple A7 Processor with M7 Co Processor

Storage

16GB/32GB/64GB/128GB 16GB/32GB/64GB/128GB

Front Camera

1.2 Megapixel 1.2 Megapixel

Back Camera

5 Megapixel iSight 5 Megapixel iSight

Cellular

GSM or CDMA, HSPA+ / LTE GSM or CDMA, HSPA+ / LTE

WiFi

Dual-Band 802.11 a/b/g/n Dual-Band 802.11 a/b/g/n

Dimensions

241.2 x 185.7 x 9.4 mm   241.2 x 185.7 x 7.5 mm  

Weight

652 grams (1.44 pounds) 469 grams (1 pound)

Microphones

Single Microphone Dual Microphone

As you can see, Apple has redesigned the iPad to be lighter, thinner and faster. Apart from that – not much has changed. Apple might be confused when some people aren’t too pleased with such launches, but when competition is becoming exceedingly high, Apple might need to do a bit more than splash a new name on the iPad. But that’s unfair, Apple has made some serious changes under the hood, spec bumps and the inclusion of a 64 bit processor will set the iPad in good stead as developers take advantage of these enhanced features. But how about the iPad mini? Yep, that got a few tweaks too. Most notably the addition of a new Retina display:

iPad mini (2012)

iPad mini with Retina Display

Display

7.9 inch LED backlit IPS LCD 9.7 inch Retina Display

Resolution

1,024 x 768 2,048 x 1,536     

PPI

163 ppi 326 ppi

Memory

512 MB TBC

CPU

1GHz Dual Core A6X 64 Bit Apple A7 Processor with M7 Co Processor

Storage

16GB/32GB/64GB/128GB 16GB/32GB/64GB/128GB

Front Camera

1.2 Megapixel 1.2 Megapixel

Back Camera

5 Megapixel iSight 5 Megapixel iSight

Cellular

GSM or CDMA, HSPA+ / LTE GSM or CDMA, HSPA+ / LTE

WiFi

Dual-Band 802.11 a/b/g/n Dual-Band 802.11 a/b/g/n

Dimensions

200 x 134.7 x 7.2mm        200 x 134.7 x 7.5mm

Weight

308 grams (0.68 pounds)            331 grams (0.73 pounds)

Microphones

Single Microphone Dual Microphones

Apple has added dual microphones to both of its new iPads, bumped up the processor and has altered the weight of both tablets. The latter is interesting. Apple has in fact made the new iPad Air 28% lighter, 20% thinner and has shed 0.5KG in weight. That’s a lot for a devices that’s become more powerful and has retained the long lasting 10 hour battery life. However, not all is as dandy with the iPad mini. The iPad mini was the lighter and thinnest tablet of them all, it measured in at only 7.2mm thick and weighed in at 308g – now Apple has added a Retina display and the tablet jumps up to 7.5mm and a whopping 331g. Forgot to mention that Apple? I suppose there had to be a compromise – that 7.9 inch Retina display has to take up some space. Compared to the full sized iPad, the iPad mini has a superior Retina display at 326 ppi instead of 264 ppi. Both iPads still make the legendary 10 hour battery life, something that still stands them apart from the competition. The 64 bit A7 chip, which is found in the iPhone 5s is has also made its way to the iPads. On paper the speeds aren’t great, but in testing Apple has proven that its not just clock speed that matters. It’s fast. 64 bit has had enough time in the market to make an impact yet, but the fact that Apple has included it means that the iPads are future proof. They’ll force the rest of the market to adopt a 64 bit stance too.

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Overall the updates to the iPad line-up was ‘average’. Apple has given us a refresh that was needed, nothing special and nothing extraordinary. The iPad mini’s Retina display will allow it to compete with the likes of the Nexus 7, but at an increased price? With just over a week to go until the iPad Air launches and the iPad mini in late November, Apple will need to show us that the increases in features and pricing is worth it. Otherwise, they might not have done enough to hold back the raging Android. Apple may have done enough to hold them back, but Apple’s lack of standardisation with the fingerprint scanner might have cost them the game. We’ll have to wait till next year. Maybe then.

iPad Air: The thinnest, lightest iPad yet

Phil Schiller has announced Apple’s new iPad, the iPad Air. The name signals a change in the design for Apple’s iPad. Based on the smaller design of the iPad mini – the bezel is smaller and thinner. Hence the name. Naturally it contains the A7 chip and also includes a new updated FaceTime cameras.

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The devices is the lightest full size tablet on the market at 1lb, down from 1.4 lbs. The devices is also 7.5mm thick.

iPad mini 2: What do we want?

Here are our top 4 wishes, demands, predictions, rumours… Whatever you want to call them. But with us just under a week away from Apple’s confirmed October 22nd Event – what do you want to see in the next ‘smaller’ iPad?

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