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Display expert Raymond Soneira gushes over new iPad Pro’s screen

ipadpro2016 Anyone who cares about display quality in their handheld devices has probably come across DisplayMate reviews, and the latest product to be evaluated by Ray Soneira is the new iPad Pro 9.7″. Spoiler: “It is by far the best performing mobile LCD display that we have ever tested.” Read More

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Devin Coldewey

April 12th

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What it’s like using the iPad Pro as your primary PC

iPad Pro Vs MacBook Vs Surface Comparison
Apple would love for you to trash your old PC and replace it with an iPad Pro. Early reviews have indicated that while the iPad Pro is a terrific device in its own right, it's not good enough for many users to be a full-on PC replacement. Now one iPad Pro user has taken to Reddit to post a detailed account of what it's like to use the device as your primary PC. Long story short: Apple still has a lot of work to do before the iPad Pro can be a full-fledged PC killer.

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Brad Reed

April 5th

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Some Kindles will no longer connect to the Internet if they aren’t updated by Tuesday

Amazon Kindle Critical Update
Have a Kindle from 2012 or earlier? It's about to go offline for good if you don't update it. Over the past several days, Amazon has been sending out emails to owners of Kindle Paperwhite 5th Generation (2012) or earlier devices warning them that they need to download an important software update by March 22nd, 2016 or risk being cut off from the Cloud, the Kindle Store and other Kindle services.(more…)

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Jacob Siegal

March 22nd

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Has Donald Trump Ever Used a Computer?

The personal computer revolutionized the American home in the 1980s and 90s. And by the mid-90s mainstream America was getting online. But with Donald Trump now the presumptive nominee of the Republican party, there’s an interesting question that must be asked: Has Trump ever used a computer?

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Matt Novak

March 2nd

Apple

Digitimes forecast says iPad sales could fall to a record low this quarter, dropping 20% year-on-year

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Digitimes Research has predicted that iPad sales could fall this quarter to their lowest level since 2011.

Apple is expected to ship 9.8 million iPads in the first quarter of 2016, historically its lowest quarterly level, with decreases of 39.1% on quarter and nearly 20% on year.

There are a couple of issues with the forecast – the first being the patchy track-record of the source, and the second being that the ‘historic low’ claim isn’t quite accurate if you include the first year or so, as the above graph from Statista shows.

But the graph does show something else …

Namely, that the claim is a plausible one. Remove the seasonal effect – sales always jump in the holiday quarter (Apple’s fiscal Q1) – and what we see here is a solid two-year decline. Fiscal Q2 sales declining from 19.48M in 2013 through 16.35M in 2014 to 12.62M in 2015. Project that line out into this year and the 9.8M number looks feasible.

The decline does, of course, need to be put into perspective. Digitimes still gives Apple by far the greatest share of the tablet market, at 21%, with Samsung some way back at 14% and everyone else in single digits. Even the iPad Pro, the most niche product in the range, looks likely to have sold more units in a single quarter than all the Microsoft Surface units ever sold.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has consistently said that he remains upbeat about the long-term prospects of the device, with our own Zac Hall recently laying out the reasons he thinks this is a reasonable view. The expected launch of the iPad Air 3 next month should also help the numbers, but not in this quarter.

Do you agree that the iPad can bounce back? Or do you see the decline continuing? Take our poll, and share the reasons for your view in the comments.


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Ben Lovejoy

February 17th

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Huawei Made Yet Another Surface Tablet Ripoff

Last year saw some high-profile Surface tablet ripoffs, so it’s only logical that the trend will continue in 2016.

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Chris Mills

February 16th

Gadgets

Purported iPad Air 3 blueprint adds barely thicker design to flash & Smart Connector rumors

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With Apple expected to hold an event next month, iPad Air 3 rumors are continuing to trickle out with various degrees of reliability. The latest is yet another schematic claiming to show the upcoming iPad Air refresh courtesy of Engadget, which cites a “reliable source”. While the blueprint appears to build on existing rumors like the presence of a camera flash, Apple’s new Smart Connector, and a quad-speaker design, the illustration claims to show that the iPad Air 3 will have just barely thicker dimensions than the current 9.7-inch iPad that it replaces.

While the screen size will remain the same, the purported schematic leak claims the iPad Air 3 will be 6.15 mm thick, 169.60 mm wide and 240 mm tall. The iPad Air 2’s official tech specs put it at 6.1 mm thick, 169.5 mm wide, and 240 mm tall, so we’re talking about a 0.05 mm increase in depth and a 0.1mm jump in width. For good measure, the iPad Air was 7.5 mm thick with the same height and width as the current iPad Air 2.

The takeaway here is that if these dimensions do pan out, the iPad Air 3 will still be worthy of its ‘Air’ name and won’t even approach the depth of the original iPad Air. The difference would actually be quite difficult to notice as 0.05 mm is even less than the 0.2mm gain in thickness between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s, which went from 6.9 mm to 7.1 mm after gaining a 3D Touch pressure sensitive display. Admittedly, the 0.1 mm increased width and sketchy appearance of the blueprint overall make us a bit skeptical.

iPad Air 3 purported blueprint leak

Still, a very minor increase in thickness would not be surprising considering that Apple has been testing a version with Apple Pencil support currently only offered on the iPad Pro, as we reported last week. Apple’s digital stylus currently works exclusively with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which is the model that Apple used to introduce the quad-speaker design and Smart Connector for powering peripherals like hardware keyboards. No iPad to date has featured a camera flash, which would be a first with the iPad Air 3 and certainly a standout feature.

Apple is also expected to introduce the updated 4-inch iPhone hardware, using the name iPhone 5se as we previously reported, next month alongside new Apple Watch bands and software updates.


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Zac Hall

February 1st

Apple

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Researchers develop a revolutionary Braille tablet for the blind

Braille Tablet Prototype

Researchers at the University of Michigan recently unveiled a new Braille-enabled prototype tablet that makes it possible for those with vision problems to read text on a full display . The tablet itself features fully refreshable pages containing raised bumps, a marked improvement from current devices that can only display one line of Braille text at a time.

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Yoni Heisler

January 15th

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Microsoft: iPad Pro will never be more than a ‘companion’ device

iPad Pro Vs. Surface Pro 4 Microsoft

Microsoft may no longer be under the sway of Steve Ballmer and his ill-advised bombast but that doesn't mean the company can't still take some shots at rivals. Dan Laycock, the senior communications manager for Microsoft Surface, tells TrustedReviews this week that Apple's iPad Pro can't compare to Microsoft's own Surface line of laptop-tablet hybrids and he said it would never be anything more than a "companion" device.

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Brad Reed

January 13th

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Buy an Amazon Fire tablet now and get access to $10,000 worth of apps for free

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You will stay thoroughly entertained by watching and listening to millions of movies, TV shows, songs and more with a Fire tablet. The Amazon Fire 7" Tablet is for sale on Amazon for $49.99 with special offers or $64.99 without special offers, and both deals provide you with free shipping.

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David Ertischek, BGR Deals Team

January 7th

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