Apple leads tablet sales, but the iPad Pro is not its best seller — Apple, Samsung, Amazon, and other tablet vendors shipped just a combined 43 million units in the third quarter of 2016, according to a new report by IDC, marking a year-over-year decline of 14.7%, and more evidence that the worldwide tablet market continues its slump. But despite Apple pushing sales for its latest high-end iPad Pro models, the earlier iPad Air and iPad mini models are Cupertino’s best-selling tablets.
Survey suggests iPhone 7 more popular than Apple’s 6s, not as big as 6 — Apple’s newly released iPhone 7 lineup is poised to outperform its predecessor, the iPhone 6s, a new survey suggests. But outdoing the blockbuster performance of the iPhone 6 series remains a tall order.
Password manager LastPass now works on all your devices for free — Password manager LastPass is taking a big leap forward for all its free users. The company announced its service is now free to use across all devices at the same time. Anyone who’s already using the free version of LastPass can download the company’s mobile apps or the browser extensions to get the service everywhere.
Instapaper makes its premium features free — A giant social network buying a popular service and then killing it is pretty common. But a giant social network buying a popular service and then making its best features totally free is almost unheard of. But just two months after Pinterest bought Instapaper, the company is doing away with the read-it-later app’s subscription costs. Its premium tier is now totally free.
CMRA adds a camera to an Apple Watch band, in a cool way — Glide has built two cameras into a Watch band, and a rechargeable battery too. Charging stand can power up an Apple Watch, too. If you’ll be away from wall outlets for a day or so, the stand doubles as a portable charger.
Downloading Apple Music items to your device in iOS — If you’re subscribed to Apple Music, you may wonder how to tell if a particular song is downloaded to your iOS device (or if you have to stream it when you play it, which means you won’t be able to listen if you don’t have a network connection). Here’s how you do it.
Apple wants more quality, shorter names for apps in its app stores — Apple has sent a note to developers saying it will implement two new suggestions “to make it easier for customers to find great apps that fit their needs” from the developer community starting September 7 (which just happens to be the data of Apple’s next media event). One of those changes is shorter app names. In hopes of influencing search results, some developers have used extremely long app names which include descriptions and terms not directly related to their app. Apple says that these long names are not fully displayed on the App Store and provide no user value. App names developers submit in iTunes Connect for new apps and updates will now be limited to no longer than 50 characters.
Update iOS 9 NOW —If you’re using an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you need to update to iOS version 9.3.5 without delay. Apple released iOS update 9.3.5 almost immediately to stop a sophisticated, targeted, and persistent mobile attack on iOS devices. While it’s unlikely you are currently infected with the exploit known as Trident, you should update your iOS device to version 9.3.5 immediately. To do that, tap Settings—>General—>Software Update. If the 9.3.5 update is available.
Apple’s iPad an effective sedative for children about to undergo surgery, study finds — A research study presented Tuesday claims iPads are just as effective as medicinal sedatives for reducing pre-surgical anxiety from nervousness about the procedure compounded by parental separation on children between ages 4 and 10.
Garmin’s new action camera can be used with iPhones and iPads — Garmin has announced the VIRB Ultra 30, a waterproof action camera that can shoot Ultra HD footage at 4K/30fps or take 12-megapixel photos. It can also be used with Mac compatible software.
iTrip Clip makes your headphones wireless ahead of iPhone 7 launch — Apple is most likely ditching the 3.5mm audio jack on the iPhone 7, so Griffin Technology’s new iTrip Clip lets you cut the cord, so to speak, on your wireless headphones and earbuds and go Bluetooth instead. The iTrip Clip supports Bluetooth 4.1, includes playback and volume controls along with a built-in mic for voice calls and Siri commands, has the 3.5mm headphone jack that your brand new iPhone doesn’t, and runs for six hours between charges. The iTrip Clip costs US$19.99 and will be available in September.
olloclip announces Pivot, an iPhone-compatible articulating grip — olloclip has unveiled announced the Pivot, a compact articulating grip optimised for mobile videography. iPhone compatible, it features an articulating hub that provides 225 degrees of rotation to ensure proper positioning.
Misfit debuts Apple-exclusive Ray fitness tracker colors, new Shine 2 options — Wearable device maker Misfit on Wednesday unveiled new colour options for its Shine 2 and Ray fitness trackers, the latter of which is slated to arrive at Apple’s retail stores this fall in Apple-inspired colors.
9.7-inch iPad Pro — “Breakthrough Pro Features & Advanced Display Technologies Come to the Most Popular iPad Size” (verbatim from Apple’s press release)
CUPERTINO, California — 22 March 2016 — Apple® today introduced the all-new 9.7-inch iPad Pro™ — at less than 500 grams it features a new pro Retina® display with greater brightness, wider colour gamut, lower reflectivity, Night Shift™ mode and introduces new True Tone® display technology to dynamically adjust white balance. The new iPad Pro delivers incredible performance with the 64-bit A9X chip that rivals most portable PCs, along with a four-speaker audio system that is twice as powerful,¹ new 12-megapixel iSight® camera for shooting Live Photos™ and 4K video, 5-megapixel FaceTime® HD camera, and faster wireless technologies. And iPad Pro includes support for the breakthrough Apple Pencil™ and a new Smart Keyboard™ cover designed to fit the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro.
“iPad Pro is a new generation of iPad that is indispensable and immersive, enabling people to be more productive and more creative. It’s incredibly fast, extremely portable, and completely natural to use with your fingers, Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. And now it comes in two sizes,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The 9.7-inch iPad Pro has a new Retina display with True Tone technology, four-speaker audio system, blazing fast A9X chip, 12-megapixel iSight camera, 5-megapixel FaceTime HD camera, faster wireless, and support for Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. It is the ultimate upgrade for existing iPad users and replacement for PC users.”
Designers, illustrators and businesses have quickly adopted iPad Pro and it’s changing the way they work:
“People don’t realise how much hand drawing is needed to produce computer animation,” said John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer, Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios. “iPad Pro and Apple Pencil are the closest we’ve ever been able to get in the digital world to actually drawing on paper.”
“I’ve done everything including designing the latest cycling collection on iPad Pro,” said Alex Valdman, Head of Design for Rapha. “It goes with me everywhere, and has not only replaced my laptop, but my paper notebook as well. For the Rapha design team, iPad Pro will become standard issue.”
“At Citi, iPad Pro is truly transforming how we work,” said Stephen Gates, US Head of Design for Citi Global Consumer Banking. “iPad Pro and Apple Pencil have played a huge part in the new Citi Design team’s work to create new innovative customer experiences. We use iPad Pro for sketching out new design concepts, presenting our work, answering our emails, working with our design files on Adobe Creative Cloud and participating in FaceTime meetings with our other design teams all over the world.”
Pro display — The 9.7-inch iPad Pro features advanced display technologies, including a True Tone display, which uses new four-channel sensors to dynamically adjust the white balance of the display to match the light around you for a more natural and accurate, paper-white viewing experience. The advanced Retina display is 25 per cent brighter and 40 per cent less reflective than iPad Air® 2, making content even easier to see indoors and out. It uses the same wider colour gamut as the iMac® with Retina 5K display, delivering 25 per cent greater colour saturation¹ for more vivid colours. A custom timing controller, photo alignment and oxide TFT deliver incredible colour, contrast and clarity. Night Shift in iOS 9.3 uses iPad Pro’s clock and geolocation to automatically adjust the colours in the display to the warmer end of the spectrum after dark and may even help you get a better night’s sleep.
Pro performance — The new iPad Pro is just 6.1-mm thin and weighs less than 500 grams, yet delivers groundbreaking performance, connectivity and versatility so you can tackle the most demanding tasks wherever you go. The powerful A9X chip with third-generation 64-bit architecture provides performance that rivals many laptops and console-class graphics, while also delivering all-day battery life.² Ultrafast wireless connectivity keeps you connected wherever you go with 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO technology, support for even faster LTE Advanced with up to 50 per cent faster cellular connectivity³ and the most LTE bands supported by any tablet.⁴ Now with Apple SIM embedded directly in the new iPad Pro, it’s even easier to connect to wireless data plans right from your device when traveling in more than 100 countries and territories.5
iPad Pro has an advanced 12-megapixel iSight camera sensor featuring Focus Pixels for fast focusing, an Apple-designed image signal processor, advanced noise reduction, third-generation local tone mapping and better face detection, all resulting in sharp, detailed images, 63-megapixel panoramas and Live Photos. A True Tone flash improves low light shots and document scanning. The new iSight camera shoots 4K video, making the new iPad Pro the perfect device to shoot, edit and share pro-quality video. The improved 5-megapixel, front-facing FaceTime HD camera makes the new iPad Pro perfect for videoconferencing or connecting with loved ones.
Pro audio — The four-speaker audio system provides powerful, clear and rich stereo sound for more than twice the audio output.¹ Built-in sensors automatically adjust and optimise the audio no matter which way you’re using it. iOS 9.3 also adds support for playing video encoded with Dolby Digital Plus audio streams with support for multichannel output using the Apple Lightning® Digital AV Adapter.
Pro accessories — Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, available for purchase separately, bring breakthrough levels of precision and utility to iPad Pro. Advanced sensors in Apple Pencil measure both pressure and tilt for a natural drawing, annotating and note-taking experience. A new Smart Keyboard is custom-designed for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, offering a thin yet durable keyboard that never needs to be charged or paired over Bluetooth and is easily foldable into a protective Smart Cover®. The new Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader and Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter make it easy to download photos and videos from a digital camera to iPad Pro, while a new Lightning to USB-C Cable and Apple’s 29W USB-C Power Adapter enable faster charging.
Pricing & Availability — The 9.7-inch iPad Pro comes in silver, space grey, gold and a new rose gold metallic finish, and starts at a recommended retail price of NZ$1,049 inc. GST for the 32GB with Wi-Fi model and starts at a recommended retail price of NZ$1,269 inc. GST for the 32GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model. Both iPad Pro sizes are available in offerings of 32GB, 128GB and a new 256GB capacity, the highest of any iOS device. For more information, please visit http://www.apple.com/nz/ipad.
– The 9.7-inch iPad Pro will be available to order beginning Thursday, 24 March PDT, from apple.com/nz, and through select carriers and Apple Authorised Resellers on Thursday, 31 March, in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, China (Wi-Fi models only), France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK, US Virgin Islands and the US.
– Apple Pencil is available for a recommended retail price of NZ$189 inc. GST and Smart Keyboard in charcoal grey for NZ$279 inc. GST. The Polyurethane iPad Pro Smart Cover and Silicone Cases for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro are available for a recommended retail price of NZ$95 inc. GST and NZ$129 inc. GST, respectively, in a range of new vibrant colours.
– The Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader is available for a recommended retail price of NZ$55 inc. GST, Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter for NZ$75 inc. GST, Apple 29W USB-C Power Adapter for NZ$95 inc.GST, Lightning to USB-C Cable (1 m.) for NZ$45 inc. GST and Lightning to USB-C Cable (2 m.) for NZ$65 inc. GST.
– Every customer who buys an iPad Pro from apple.com/nz will be offered free Personal Setup online to help them customise their iPad Pro by setting up email, showing them new apps from the App Store® and more.
Apple enables lower App Store price tiers in New Zealand — Apple has announced two new App Store price tiers for iOS developers selling wares in New Zealand (and Canada), enabling lower digital content costs for consumers and flexibility for app makers. Developers can get more information on App Store pricing in the Pricing and Availability section of My Apps on iTunes Connect.
iPad Pro gains a Mac-like capability in iOS 9.3 beta 2: updating accessory firmware — Although the staff at Apple World Today has varying opinions about the ability of the iPad Pro to serve as a “MacBook replacement” (and here’s the Mac Observer’s take on this), “we agree on one thing – the device can perform a lot of the same functions of a Mac.” Now 9to5Mac is reporting that German developer Stefan Wolfrum discovered a new Mac-like capability for the iPad Pro – being able to update the firmware of devices attached to the Smart Connector.
How does Photos manage media on an iOS device? If you’re using iCloud Photo Library, you can set synchronization such that Photos in iOS and OS X only caches thumbnail previews of images. (In iOS: Settings > Photos & Camera and set Optimize iPhone/iPad Storage. In Photos for OS X: Preferences > iCloud, and set Optimize Mac Storage.)
Forecast Bar review: iOS version of Mac weather app is a breath of fresh air — Forecast Bar may be the most inevitable app ever created for the iPhone. When it launched last year for the Mac, it brought the flavour of iOS to OS X, putting a sleek weather forecast in your menu bar (hence the name). Real Casual Games has now released a version of Forecast Bar in the App Store for iOS (NZ$2.99).
iPad Pro as a laptop replacement — It all depends on your workflow and your expectations. For Steven Sande, the choice all boils down to two things: a lack of interruptions and a well-defined workflow.
The first thing I’ve noticed about using the iPad Pro as a laptop replacement is that I have fewer interruptions. When I’m working on my iMac, I tend to have way too many disruptions at any time. While that 27-inch beast is a fast and versatile computer, I tend to have way too many things running simultaneously: they all vie for my attention …
tvOS 9.2 beta 1 adds support for app folders, Bluetooth keyboards — The upcoming tvOS 9.2 update for the fourth-generation Apple TV will add a number of new capabilities for the fresh platform, including the ability to stow apps in folders on the home screen, and to connect a Bluetooth keyboard for easier text entry. Meanwhile, App Analytics data is now available for tvOS apps, letting developers measure user engagement and monetization of tvOS apps.
Forthcoming iOS 9.3 adds night mode, secure notes, more in iOS 9.3 — The next point release of Apple’s mobile operating system is shaping up to be one of the most important yet, with a slew of new features that help users sleep, keep their sensitive data under wraps, and get a better overview of their health coming in iOS 9.3. iOS 9.3 for iPad adds multi-user support for students, new Classroom append other new iPad features focussed on the education market, including multi-user support and a new dedicated Classroom app.
iOS 9.3 & watchOS 2.2 betas also add ability to pair multiple Apple Watches with an iPhone.
Apple denies plans to build iOS-to-Android migration tool — Apple is not, in fact, working on a migration tool to help iPhone owners switch to Android, a spokesperson said on Monday, in a rare instance of the company commenting on rumors.
How the iPad Pro stacks up as a photographer’s tool — The iPad Pro pushes the boundaries of tablets in interesting ways as a general-purpose laptop replacement, but how does it change the photography game?
Dennis Sellers’ Apple-related predictions for iOS, watchOS and tvOS for 2016 —As for iOS … Apple will release new iPhones in September: the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. They’ll have the same screen sizes as the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus — but not sapphire screens or 3D screen effects.
Apple devices account for 49% of all new activations during Christmas — Apple dominated the holiday gift giving season, according to a recent study that found iPhones and iPads in aggregate comprised 49.1% of new device activations in the week leading up to Christmas.
Apple has released two new products for iDevices — One is a faster USB 3.0 Lightning to SD card reader for iPad Pro, since the Pro has a faster USB 3.0 port hidden within in. This is its first official accessory: a new Lightning to SD card reader that takes advantage of the next-generation port exclusive to Apple’s jumbo-sized iPad.
The second is an Apple iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case. The US$99 iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case in charcoal or white costs NZ$189 in New Zealand. With it you can reportedly charge your iPhone and battery case simultaneously for increased talk time up to 25 hours, Internet use up to 18 hours on LTE, and even longer audio and video playback.
Apple Maps gets more than five billion map-related requests each week — Apple tells the Associated Press that its Maps app is now used more than three times as often as its next leading competitor (that would be Google Maps) on iPhones and iPads, with more than five billion map-related requests each week. comScore says Maps has a “modest lead” over Google on iPhones in the US, though the research group measures how many people use a service in a given month rather than how often. [I haven’t used Google Maps in years.]
iPhone, iPad regain enterprise marketshare in the third quarter — BlackBerry Limited has released the thirteenth Good Mobility Index Report , which shows an increase in iOS activations, continuing the trend previously seen with new iPhone releases.
Logitech Create is a bulky iPad Pro keyboard case with awesome backlit keys —Logitech Create is a keyboard case providing all-around protection for iPad Pro. Available in five colours, Create is the The Incredible Hulk of iPad cases with an exterior made from water-repellent fabric. The iPad is entirely sheathed, with small openings for the camera, ports, and four speakers.
5 high-tech toys to delight kids of all ages —You’re going to have as much fun with these toys as your kids will. [The BB-8, anyway, is available in New Zealand – see MagBytes which comes out tonight.]
12 travel-friendly tech gifts you’ll want to take with you —
Whether it’s a clip-on camera accessory or a great organiser, it’s all worth taking with you.
Vine launches on Apple Watch, adds new content discovery features for iPhone — Vine has released a long-awaited extension of their popular app for Apple Watch, and added a new feature to its iOS app designed to make it easier to surface new content quickly.
First impressions of an iPad Pro — It’s definitely an iPad, and the size will astound you. The photo at the top of this post (reproduced above) shows an iPad mini 2, iPad Air 2, and iPad Pro. The 12.9-inch display honestly makes the Pro seem huge by comparison, but the weight of the large unit really doesn’t feel that bad. Even with that display, the iPad Pro weighs just 1.57 pounds for the Wi-Fi edition, adding just .02 pounds more for the cellular modem. If those weights sound heavy, just remember that the original 9.7-inch iPad in the Wi-Fi + 3G edition from 2010 weighed 1.6 pounds.
But hey, it’s faster and more affordable than Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4, at least in the US. The internal layout has been revamped, according to iFixit, and the larger screen means a more fully-featured on-screen keyboard.
Ive talks about his Pencil — With the release of the iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, and Smart Keyboard today, you’re sure to hear a lot about all three devices and how they work and feel. Feel is the key word here, and The Telegraph ran an interview with Sir Jony Ive about the Apple Pencil.
Apple plans Indonesia R&D investment to meet new phone sales rule — According to a report on Wednesday, Apple’s plan to build research and development facilities in Indonesia, a move formulated to satisfy a new rule requiring that foreign made phones contain a percentage of domestically produced components, has been approved by that country’s government.
Firefox finally comes to iOS — If you use Firefox on a Mac or Windows you can finally get this browser on iOS.