Inside iOS 11, iPad Pro review, teardown, Apple’s ARKit, Data Shredder, Vita player


Inside iOS 11: HomeKit gains multi-person geofencing, conditional triggers — With iOS 11, currently in a developer beta, Apple is enabling more complexity in the triggers for HomeKit scenes and events, making them adaptable to a wider variety of circumstances.

10.5-inch iPad Pro: beautiful display and blazing speed make it a winner — It’s rare when Apple World Today has two major hardware reviews published on the same day, but the stars aligned and the timing was right for both a review of the fast new 27-inch iMac and the 10.5-inch iPad Pro. The two devices are different in their use case: the big iMac is a powerful desktop, while the iPad Pro seems to be the future of portable computing from Apple. Both devices have two things in common: astonishingly good displays and powerful processors. These features set them apart from the rest of Apple’s products.

10.5″ iPad Pro teardown finds Apple’s 120Hz ProMotion display requires four connecting cables — Pushing the pixels of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro Retina display at a blazing 120Hz refresh rate requires more bandwidth, which led Apple to double the number of connecting cables for the new iPad’s LCD screen, a teardown of the device has discovered.

Examples of iOS 11 ARKit — Apple’s ARKit (i.e., ‘Augmented Reality Kit’) demo during its Worldwide Developer Conference keynote was pretty impressive, and the samples developers are making only days later give us a glimpse into what’s possible with the platform. Developers are sharing their ARKit examples on YouTube, so The Mac Observer put together a list of favourites.

ProtectStar Data Shredder for iPhone — Before you sell or give away your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you may want to make sure all your personal files on the device have been blitzed beyond recovery.
It’s easy to restore supposedly deleted files from the memory on your Apple device – files containing notes, passwords, address book, photos, videos, calendars and more. Data Shredder for iOS (formerly iShredder) surpasses international standards used by state and military organizations in secure deletion. It’s not cheap and there are various versions available.
[Personally, I do a full reset on any iDevice I sell or pass one, wiping all data, via the Settings>General, scroll to the bottom, tap ‘Reset’ and choose ‘Erase All Content and Settings’ but if you don’t want to do this, or you want more certainty, Data Shredder may be for you.]

Nativ ships touchscreen-based Vita music player with built-in Apple Music support — Electronics maker Nativ has launched the Vita, a high-end, touchscreen-based music player and server which has the rare feature of integrated Apple Music support.

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