iPad Mini 4 review: A long wait makes for a potent upgrade

27 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Apple deliver new iPhone 6s.

Elsewhere, the rear iSight camera has also been upgraded with 12 mega pixels and 4K video recording ability alongside a new “live photos” feature that turns your still images in to moments of animation. “Dubbed the “Apple Pencil”, this $99 accessory is “not meant to be a typical stylus“, Apple explained, but is designed to make “drawing and sketching feel remarkably fluid and natural”, according to the company“.Because of the first iteration of the larger-screen iPhone 6, introduced previous year, Apple’s fourth quarter of fiscal 2014, when the company had a US$18 billion (S$25.5 billion) profit, was the most profitable quarter ever for a publicly traded company.

However, Apple did respond to some recent pricing structure changes that carriers have been trying out this year, including referencing installment plans for unlocked devices starting at $19 per month for the iPhone 5s.Where numerous new features in the new iPhones are simply catching up with features that owners of other phones have had for years (the 12 megapixel camera on the iPhone wouldn’t even have been a market leader two years ago, at least in terms of sheer pixel count), 3D Touch is something only Apple has. Apple also trimmed off some of the size of the iPad mini 4: it is 0.24 inches thick and 0.65 pounds, as compared to the 0.29 inches thick and 0.73 pounds of its predecessor. “iPad is the clearest expression of our vision of the future of personal computing”, Cook told the crowd, adding that the model is “the biggest news in iPad since iPad“. The new iPhone has a lot going on, but so does the new iPad Pro, which is one of the more exciting tablet releases from Apple since the original iPad all those years ago. When a user takes a picture, the feature extends the capture by taking a few seconds that allow it to take multiple shots before and after hitting the shutter.

Last night, Apple launched its Pencil – a new product that looks a lot like a stylus.It was launched as a way of interacting with the iPad Pro, the company’s huge new business-focused tablet. It also comes with two new accessories – a case with a keyboard built in that resembles the one sold with Microsoft’s Surface range, and a stylus called Apple Pencil. Once again, Apple was not keen on making any outward design changes to the mini line of tablets, meaning your existing docks, cases and other accessories can be transferred forward without issue. Apple said it sold 47.5 million iPhones in its third quarter of this year, a record for that period from April through June, the company announced in July. The “all-new” Apple TV simplified how viewers selected, scrolled and navigated through their favourite content, bring interactivity to the new TV by using glass touch surfaces that handle both small, accurate movements and big, sweeping ones.

Landis said that while he liked the updated TV product “the numbers are so small that they won’t move the needle because the iPhone is such a big business now”. “The smartphone market is headed for a peak, and everyone is going to be feel that”, said Bob O’Donnell, a veteran consumer tech analyst with Technalysis Research. However, unlike Logitech’s keyboard, which was developed with Apple and utilizes the new Smart Connector, ZAGG’s cases require a Bluetooth connection. Amid the usual flood of rumors (accurate for the most part) and hints (not really all that enticing), Apple (AAPL) rolled out a bevy of new stuff on Wednesday at the packed Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, to the standard high volume fanfare.

The only differences we are seeing so far, aside from the changes in overall dimensions, is the removal of the hold switch, the placement of the microphones have moved from center to straddling the rear camera and the bottom speaker grills are now one row of larger circles, instead of being two rows of small circles. The iPhone 6S Plus starts at $31 a month for 24 months. “It’s a pivotal time for Apple, because the comparable [results] are getting very tough in the December quarter”, said Daniel Ives, who covers Apple for FBR. While Apple spent a significant amount of time showing off the casual gaming functionality, the addition of the rumored streaming TV service sometime in 2016 could make the device a cord cutter’s dream and the cable companies worse nightmare.

While Apple’s keyboard will cost $169, Logitech didn’t announce a retail price for its keyboard, but did say additional information will be released in the coming weeks. The Microsoft Surface Pen, by contrast, costs $49.99, offers three dedicated buttons, 256 levels of pressure sensitivity, but lacks the tilt sensors of Apple’s latest design. While iOS 9 will undoubtedly come with some useful features for Apple device owners, there’s no getting around the fact that some of these functions are things which have been available on Android for quite some time. We know that the newer tablet has more powerful internals, and we understand that the new device has a slightly bumped up battery capacity, from 6350mAh up to 6471mAh. Running down the list you’ll find both to have autofocus, face detecting, hybrid IR filter f/2.4 aperture camera sensors, with HDR and Panorama modes available.

You may have to look really close to tell the difference in good lighting, but put them side-by-side in dim lighting and it is easy to see the improvements. We even put the devices in the hands of an ‘average user’ and asked them to take shots, these are genuine user taken images – in the end, this is what we think the average user should expect from their device.

The new multi-tasking capabilities, Slide-Over, Split-View and Picture-in-Picture, truly transform the iPad line from a single app experience into a productive computing experience. Aside from these ‘better late than never,’ but still excellent multi-tasking tools, look for other new entry apps and services, including the new Apple Music streaming services, the new Apple News app and more.

At a remarkable advertised 1.3GB for a full install, that leaves well over 10GB of available space on the smallest 16GB internal storage sized offering for each tablet. You will not be disappointed in your purchase, just know that you’ll not be seeing a few of the better iOS 9 features, and your photos will clock in at 5MP resolution.

What it all boils down to is that you have two solid tablets here, portable computing in a semi-pocket-sized device is done justice and will serve you well.

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