Apple may have only introduced 64-bit computing to iPhones and iPads a little over a year ago, but it’s already preparing for the day when legacy 32-bit code is gone for good. The Cupertino crew is now telling developers that their iOS apps must include 64-bit support from February 1st onward. While the company won’t kick out existing titles, both new apps and updated releases will have to make the switch. Theoretically, this is easy — developers just have to build apps using the most recent tools and standard settings.
The switch could have a meaningful impact on the apps you use. At the least, it should reduce the need for iOS to juggle both 32- and 64-bit code. That’s good for performance, whether or not there are meaningful upgrades to the apps themselves. The move may also spur more developers to fine-tune their apps for the A7 and A8 chips in recent iOS gear — even if they don’t need to use higher-precision 64-bit math, that could still lead to faster games, media players and other demanding titles. It’ll likely take much longer for Apple to drop 32-bit support altogether, but the ball is clearly rolling on that transition.
Source: Apple Developer
Apple just dropped its 4th quarter earnings a few moments ago, revealing that the folks in Cupertino raked in $42.1 billion in revenue and $8.5 billion in pure profit — more than enough to take care what it might owe in back taxes. More interestingly, the company moved a total of 39.3 million iPhones over the past three months, along with 12.3 million iPads and 5.5 million Macs. Word that Apple’s mobile business had a bang-up three months is hardly a shock — a record-breaking 10 million iPhone 6/6 Pluses were sold over its first weekend, which CEO Tim Cook said beat all previous milestones “by a large margin”. Here’s the thing though: iPad sales didn’t just dip from last quarter, they dipped year-over-year, too. In fact, the number of iPads Apple has moved this time around was the lowest since the company started reporting tablet sales separately in 2012.
Now, this by itself isn’t necessarily a shock either. Bigger ticket products like the iPad are things that people tend to hold onto for longer, and we’ve only just seen a new batch of iPads (well, one new iPad and one very mildly tweaked one) make their debut. Stalwarts will say just give it some time, the iPad’ll pick up steam again, and it very well may do so — there’s an iPad at nearly every notable price point now. With the launch of a device like the iPhone 6 Plus, though, a device that for many people will ably straddle the line between the iPhone and the iPad Mini, it’ll be interesting to see if the iPad manages to regain it’s former sales glory. The fact that the iPad Mini wasn’t barely touched this year won’t help matters — it got all of what, five sentences dedicated to it during the iPad Air 2’s grand unveiling? Sure, part of that is almost certainly due to the cost and complexity of shrinking components and refining design, but the continued (some would say overwhelming) demand for Apple’s bigger iPhones may wind up eating away at the iPad’s relevance in some very curious ways.
(Brief parting aside: If you want some really interesting numbers, next quarter will factor in the new iPhones’ momentum in China, and the one after that will chronicle Apple’s typical holiday explosion. We’re expecting a doozy.)
Update: Apple’s talking iPad on its earnings call right now — it says this quarter’s sales were consistent with its expectations, and apparently did really well in Japan. The iPad also remains the United States’ education tablet of choice. Later, during the Q&A session, Tim Cook said Apple looks at this iPad dip as a “speedbump and not a huge thing” and went on to note that he personally sees a “great future” for the company’s tablets.
Well, it’s Monday, and that can only mean one thing: Apple’s iOS 8.1 update has finally gone live for your installing pleasure. To recap, the new software – which is debuting just over a month since iOS 8 first hit – brings back once-trashed favorites like the Camera Roll, and strengthens the connection between your iPhone and Yosemite-powered Mac with features like SMS handoff and the uber-impressive Instant Hotspot. Perhaps most importantly, Apple Pay’s launching today too: once you’ve installed 8.1 and set everything up, you’ll be able to trudge down to your local Walgreen’s (along with a horde of other participating retailers) to pay for your contact solution and Haribo gummies with your phone. If that sounds like a good time, all you need to do is pop into your iPhone’s settings and jump into the Software Update menu – the 126MB file should be ready and waiting for you.
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Get ready, ya’ll. It’s been a doozie of a week. Not only did Apple unveil new iPads and a Retina iMac, Google took the wraps off the Nexus 6 and its own media streamer. That’s not all we have on deck, though — click on through for the rest of our news highlights from the last seven days. Oh, and be sure to subscribe to our Flipboard magazine!
Apple has chosen to focus on the iPad’s camera abilities with the upcoming Air 2 (we wish they wouldn’t) and apparently, finally snagged Flickr’s attention. Yahoo’s photo sharing service somehow managed to beat Instagram to the punch so perhaps the introduction of its first iPad-ready app (four years after Apple’s slate arrived) isn’t that late. So what’s in the (now universal) Flickr iOS app? iPad-optimized layouts for members to browse pictures whether their own or others that “cascade in a lovely waterfall format.” If you must take a picture with your tablet, the app can record photos or videos with live filters and a full suite of editing tools. It requires iOS 8 to work, and some of the upgrades that stretch across devices include support for the new sharing extensions, photo detail editing and a new unified search. The update is live in the app store now, and of course there’s no time like 3AM ET on a Saturday to give it a try.
– Flickr (@Flickr) October 18, 2014
Hold on to your hats, folks. It’s been quite the day: Apple unveiled new iPads and a 5K iMac, Will.i.am took the wraps off his Puls wearable, OS X Yosemite is available to download and more. Read on for all our news highlights from the last 24 hours.
There are a few things you can count on when Apple releases a new iPad: it will be thinner, it will be faster and there will be a LOT of hyperbole. Amidst the claims of magical devices, record-breaking sales and “very cool stuff” there are also a lot of numbers. Here’s a closer look at the big digits from today’s event.
After Apple introduced the new iPad Air 2 at its media event today, members of the press were invited to go hands-on with the new tablet. Several sites have now begun publishing their hands-on first impressions of the iPad Air 2, which we’ve gathered up below to provide an overall impression of the new device.
Image courtesy of Gizmodo
TechCrunch says that although the iPad Air 2’s resolution is the same as the iPad Air, the display looks better than the previous models. By combining screen components, Apple has made “things look a lot more touchable”. The effect is similar to that of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which makes the display seem like a “high resolution mock-up, rather than an actual display you can interact with and change.”
Image courtesy of The Verge
Gizmodo notes that Apple shaving off .04 pounds and 1.4 mm from iPad Air makes the iPad Air 2 feel lighter than the smaller iPad mini 3 even though it’s a quarter of a pound heavier than Apple’s new 7.9-inch tablet.
Not only is it way, way thinner than the smaller iPad mini 3 — and this will sound crazy — but it feels lighter too. Even though it’s nearly a quarter of a pound heavier, the 6.1mm-thin chassis is so thin and easy to lift with a single hand that it makes the mini seem downright fat by comparison. I feel like I could hold it over my head in bed without any worry of smacking myself. Not something I can say about any other 10-inch tablet.
The Verge has similar thoughts on the iPad Air 2’s thinness, saying it feels like “there’s almost nothing left to take away” and that holding the device is like “you’re holding a screen and nothing more.” The Verge also noted that the new 8 MP camera is much improved over the iPad Air.
One thing is that is definitively better is the new camera, which is now 8 megapixels; it’s a lot faster and shots seemed a lot clearer, at least in Apple’s hectic demo room. Apple made a big deal out of this camera and the interesting apps people are building for the iPad that use the camera; we’ve fought it for years but tablet photography seems to be a thing now.
TechCrunch shares similar sentiments about the iPad Air 2’s camera, noting that the camera improvements are good enough to make some consider the tablet as a worthy camera choice.
The Verge also points out that the lack of a mute switch next to the volume rocker feels like a “casualty of thinness”, and that although users can mute the device by holding down the volume-down button or lock the orientation in Control Center, the lack of the mute switch makes both things less convenient.
Pre-orders for the new iPad Air 2 begin tomorrow, October 17, and will begin shipping next week. Prices for the iPad Air 2 begin at $499 for 16 GB with Wi-Fi.
There was a time when it was hard to find someone who would argue with Apple’s claim that the iPad was heavyweight tablet champ. But now Android slates like the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1, the Xperia Tablet Z2 and the recently-announced Nexus 9 are making a run at the title. Sure, the iPad still has some great apps, but how does the latest iPad Air compare to the competition under the hood? Check out the tale of the tape below, and decide for yourself if the iPad Air 2 has what it takes to stay on top.
|iPad Air 2||Nexus 9||Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1||Xperia Tablet Z2|
|Price||$499 and up (WiFi), $629 and up (Cellular)||$399 and up||$499||$499 or $549|
|Thickness||6.1mm (0.24 inches)||7.95mm (0.31 inches)||7.37mm (0.29 inches)||6.4mm (0.25 inches)|
|Weight||437g or 444g (0.96 or 0.98 pounds)||425g or 436g (0.93 or 0.96 pounds)||469g (1.03 pounds)||439g (0.96 pounds)|
|OS||iOS 8||Android 5.0||Android 4.4||Android 4.4|
|Display||9.7-inch IPS LCD Retina display||8.9-inch IPS LCD||10.1-inch WQXGA scLCD||10.1 inch TFT LCD|
|Resolution||2,048 x 1,536 (264 ppi)||2,048 x 1,536 (288 ppi)||2,560 x 1,600 (299 ppi)||1,920 x 1,200 (224 ppi)|
|Processor||64-bit Apple A8X||64-bit, 2.3 GHz NVIDIA Tegra K1||32-bit Exynos 5 Octa (1.9GHz + 1.3 GHz quad-core)||32-bit, 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AB quad-core)|
|Storage||16 / 64 / 128GB||16 / 32GB||16GB||16 / 32GB|
|Ports||Lightning||micro USB 2.0||microSD, HDMI||microSD, MHL 3.0|
|Front camera||1.2MP FaceTime, f/2.2||1.6MP, f/2.4||2MP||2.2MP, 1080p|
|Rear camera||8MP iSight, f/2.4, 1.5µm pixel size, 1080p||8MP, f/2.4||8MP||8.1MP|
|WiFi||Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||Dual band 802.11 a/c/g/n/ac||Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Battery||10 hours||6,700mAh||8,220mAh Li-ion||6,000mAh Li-ion|
The iPhone might be getting bigger with each iteration, but it’s not quite at tablet size yet. There’s still plenty of room for the latest 7.9-inch iPad mini, now equipped with Touch ID. But is that enough to justify buying one over other 7-inch slates? We’ve sized up the iPad mini 3 against some of its more popular competitors to see which tablet’s specs give you the most bang for the buck. If matching the iPad mini 3 up against the Nexus 7, Galaxy Tab4 7.0 and Kindle Fire HD 7-inch isn’t enough for you, make your own comparison with our handy tool and decide for yourself which tablet really comes out on top.
|iPad mini 3||Nexus 7 (2013)||Galaxy Tab4 7.0||Kindle Fire HD 7-inch (2014)|
|Price||$399 and up (WiFi), $529 and up (Cellular)||$229 and up||$179||$139 and up|
|Thickness||7.5mm (0.29 inches)||8.65mm (0.34 inches)||8.89mm (0.35 inches)||10.6mm (0.4 inches)|
|Weight||331g or 341g (0.73 or 0.75 pounds)||290g (0.64 pounds)||276g (0.60 pounds)||337g (0.74 pounds)|
|OS||iOS 8||Android 4.4||Android 4.4||Android 4.4|
|Display||7.9-inch IPS LCD Retina display||7.02-inch IPS LCD||7-inch WXGA TFT LCD||7-inch IPS LCD|
|Resolution||2,048 x 1,536 (326 ppi)||1,920 x 1,200 (323 ppi)||1,280 x 800 (216 ppi)||1,280 x 800 (216 ppi)|
|Processor||64-bit Apple A7||32-bit 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro||32-bit 1.2GHz Cortex A7 (quad-core)||32-bit 1.2 GHz MTK8135 (quad-core 2xA15+ 2xA7)|
|Storage||16 / 64 / 128GB||16 / 32GB||8GB||8 / 16GB|
|Ports||Lightning||microUSB||microSD, HDMI||micro USB 2.0|
|Front camera||1.2MP FaceTime, 720p||1.2MP||1.3MP||VGA|
|Rear camera||5.0MP iSight, f/2.4, 1080p||5.0MP||3.0MP||2.0MP, 1080p|
|Cellular radio||Optional GSM/EDGE
|WiFi||802.11 a/b/g/n||Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n||Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n||802.11 b/g/n|
|Battery||10 hours||3,950 mAh||4,000 mAh Li-ion||8 hours|