Topic / Apple iPad

Cloud first, mobile first: Word, Powerpoint, and Excel come to iPad today

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Satya Nadella paces around a small stage in San Francisco. It’s only been 52 days since he became CEO, and yet he’s already been the man behind products his predecessor’s would have never touched. Office for iPad had apparently been finished for a few months now, yet it had been stuck in limbo, a scary admission that users might not switch to a Windows tablet just for one service. Today, though, Nadella stands […]

This is iOS 7.1 and it’s out now

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Apple have this morning released iOS 7.1 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Featuring a refined UI, faster animations, major bug fixes, CarPlay support, and improved responsiveness on some older devices, it’s a welcome update that finally brings back some of the snappiness we lost with iOS 7. The full changelog includes: CarPlay support. New Camera setting to automatically enable HDR for iPhone 5s devices. Improved performance on the […]

iPad mini with Retina display now shipping from the Apple Store

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Despite concerns from Tim Cook over holiday availability, a batch of the new Retina display-equipped iPad mini’s are now available from the Apple Store. Coming in Space Grey and Silver, the iPad mini with Retina display starts at AU$479 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model, AU$598 for the 32GB Wi-Fi model, while the most expensive iPad mini, with 128GB of storage and Wi-Fi + Cellular, comes in at AU$949. Currently the 16GB […]

Belkin brings out the Thunderstorm – handheld home theatre dock for the iPad

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Belkin has kicked off its CES announcements with a brand new portable, full-range speaker dock called the Thunderstorm Handheld Home Theatrer – and has been designed for (and to integrate seamlessly with) the iPad. It features two front-facing speakers that claim to project cinematic-quality sounds, with speakers powered by Audifi. Users can also customise the speakers through a free app so you can have your songs, movies and games sound […]

Sword & Sworcery hits Google Play, remains awesome

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The delicate, immersive and delightful ‘Superbrothers Sword & Sworcery’ is now available on Google Play, a year after it’s original release on iPad in 2011. While my description might sound hyperbolic, this game truly is the best Android game of 2012, and my personal favourite game of the year, closely tied with Sound Shapes for the PlayStation Vita and Journey. Hey, it’s okay in a three-way. The game is point-and-click, […]

Apple’s iPad mini, with 7.8″ display, is real, ships November 2 from $369

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Here it is. Phil Schiller and Tim Cook just took the stage at their October 2012 Apple Event, and up until the very end, kept the iPad mini a secret. But it is a secret no more. Coming in at 7.9″, with a 1024 x 768 resolution, the iPad mini “isn’t just a shrunken-down iPad, it’s an entirely new design,” as Schiller told the audience. With a 7.2mm thick aluminium case, the […]

Apple announces iPad refresh, with Lightning port and faster A6X processor

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Apple have refreshed ‘the new iPad’ with a 4th-generation model. With the same retina-display and 5-megapixel (iSight) camera, the improvements start with an Apple A6X processor, with twice the graphics capabilities of the 3rd gen, and also a Lightning port, requiring previous-generation iPad owners to replace all accessories, specifically the terrible portrait iPad keyboard dock, which may not even be getting a replacement. Prices start at $539 for 16GB, $649 […]

In this dog-eat-dog world, Apple announces iPad mini event, scheduled for October 24 at 4am AEST

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Just hours after Microsoft announced their Surface price and availability, Apple is set to announce their own tablet. On October 23 US-time, or October 24 Australian time, Tim Cook and the gang will be taking the stage and, unless rumours are wrong and Apple is just kidding around, it’s going to be a smaller iPad, dubbed an iPad mini, an iPhone pad, an iPad air, or just ‘the new bigger […]

Apple announces iOS 6: Siri for iPad, Facebook integration, Facetime over cellular connection and more

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At their annual WWDC keynote, Apple have today announced the next version of the OS powering the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, iOS. iOS 6 seems to be a minor update compared to previous changes, but there are still some interesting tidbits. Just nothing big, which is a little disappointing. The new update kills support for iPod touch 3rd gen, iPad (original), and pre-3GS iPhone’s, which is a little odd […]

Apple bows to pressure, drops ‘4G’ label with new iPad

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Apple has quietly removed any mention of 4G’s support on the iPad in its promotional material and in its store in several countries, including Australia, after regulators complained that suggesting that it has the feature when it doesn’t even work in the country is a tad misleading. It has replaced the name of its ‘Wi-Fi + 4G’ model to the ‘Wi-Fi + Cellular’. In Australia, it has also made sure […]

For the iPad, dominating like the iPod will not happen

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Image: Rego Korosi/Flickr (Creative Commons) Since its initial inception, the iPad has been the poster child for the tablet market, representing the gold standard for tablet perfection on basically every facet. The iPad’s software is unrivalled; it’s hardware, exquisite; and the marriage between the two, a couple that was always meant to be. In the face of stiff competition, the iPad is still by far the dominant force in the […]

Apple suggests placing iPad under cool water to fix heating issue

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Apple has more big news today, with the announcement of a new strategy to fix overheating iPad’s. The company’s CEO Tim Cook announced the companies solution via press conference, similar to the one seen during antenna-gate. “We believe that great technology should not be seen as technology, but instead it should become invisible. Invisible technology becomes a part of your world. And your world is important. And when your world […]

iPad 4G claims put Apple in hot water with Europe

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Australia might not be the only country having issues with the new iPad’s claim that it will have 4G, despite the fact that it doesn’t have it anywhere in the world except for the US and Canada (which we have explained before). European regulators are starting to take notice with such claims as well. Pocket-lint is reporting that the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority have confirmed to them that they are […]

Are Australia’s 3G networks really 4G? It’s complicated…

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Apple has today claimed that Australia’s 3G networks are actually 4G networks if compared to international standards, and that our carriers have simply mislabelled them. And while we may ponder what was in their lawyer’s head when he made that statement, the 4G issue is, well, really complicated. First, let’s explore what each carrier uses. At a base level, all carriers support UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) as their 3G […]