When Apple told the world that the iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina display would finally be fitted with the same technology, it made the higher price of the smaller sized tablet justifiable. Both now have 2048 x 1536 screen resolution, which actually makes the iPad mini the highest pixel density of any Apple product. They both have the A7 64-bit processor and M7 co-processor. They both have a 720p HD video front-facing camera and a 1080p HD video back-facing camera. They share the same battery life. Finally, the iPad mini finally is every bit the iPad, only smaller. Or is it?
Apple added an “M” chip to its newest line of mobile products. The M stands for motion. The chip is a motion processor that collects sensor data from the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass to track your movement. This bit of tracking technology is great for noting how many calories you’ve burned while walking around, or how fast you were riding down the bike trail. However, it is not a motion sensor in the way that, say, Microsoft’s Kinect is. You can’t use it to capture your movement while playing video games.
Welcome back to another of our weekly tips and tricks column. Each week, we offer advice and tips on how to make your iPad work to its fullest potential. Your Apple tablet does not come with an instruction manual. However, there is a lot to learn about it. Especially when Apple updates to a new operating system. iOS 7 has had the biggest change in that everything looks completely different.
Last week, we told you how to teach Siri to pronounce your friends and family members’ names properly. Finally, you won’t be rolling your eyes anymore when Siri mispronounces your mother-in-law’s first name (how embarrassing).
This week, we have a tip for getting the iOS 7 default font to look more like the iOS 6 default font.
The App Store has a huge influx of new apps every Thursday. Actually, there is a huge influx every day, but it is particularly big on Thursdays, some of us in the tech media world call it “New App Day” because our inboxes fill with press releases, letting us know about new launches. Thursdays are also big because Apple resets the App Store with a new App of the Week and a new set of Editor’s Choice titles. Last week, Apple spotlighted Rayman Fiesta Run for it’s entertaining and action-filled adventuring.
We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great deals and we’ll continue to look for the best app deals as they pop-up. Some of these apps are up to 75% off, several are even free, so be sure to check them out because they are on sale for a limited time.
When the third-generation iPad first came out, there was talk of an issue where light appeared to be leaking into the screen. The light was only noticeable when you were on a dark page, like a black screen, and it was fairly difficult to see. My third-gen has the issue. At first, I was tempted to take it back and replace it with a new one. I decided against it and didn’t even think about it again until today, when reports began to surface that the new iPad mini with Retina display is suffering from image retention issues.
According to Macro Arment, creator of Instapaper, MacRumors reported that some iPad mini units are showing signs of retention, or “burn-in,” as it is being called. The report originally came from Japanese business newspaper Nikkei, and was further supported by Korea-based ETNews. The latter explained why this issue exists.
When Apple launched the iPad Air two weeks ago, reviews came flooding in all over the tech world that Apple’s newest tablet was the best the company had ever launched, and the best in the market so far. Even though the sentiment across the board was that the iPad Air is the best in its class, one analyst has responded with a resounding, “meh.”
If you are in the market for all-around extreme protection for your iPad in just about any environment, The Joy Factory has a new ultra-rugged waterproof case for you iPad [and iPhone]. Whether you’re on a job site, in a laboratory, in mud, water, or snow – the aXtion Pro may be just the case you need to keep your device safe, secure, and waterproof.
It seems like the world is turning its back on BlackBerry. The original smartphone used to be the most widespread device in enterprise. The company was on top of the mobile device market and it looked as though no other company would ever match their popularity. Then, Apple launched the iPhone and Google created Android. Today, BlackBerry, formerly Research In Motion, is struggling to stay alive as more and more companies are switching away.
Apple may have added two speakers to its line of tablets, but the sound coming out of my iPad Air is about as loud as the sound of a talking doll with a dying battery that has been packed into a box and stored in a cabinet in the garage. In other words, it is still bad. Until Apple figures out a way to make iPad audio work for me, I’ll stick to third-party compatible speakers.