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8
Sep

Apple Releases iPhone 7 and iPad Cases in New Colors


Alongside the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, Apple has released a selection of new iPhone cases that come in new fall colors. Designed to fit the iPhone 7 with its larger camera and the iPhone 7 Plus with its dual camera setup, the cases are available in the standard leather and silicone materials for each device.

Silicone cases, priced at $35 for the iPhone 7 and $39 for the larger iPhone 7 Plus, come in nine colors: Pink Sand, Sea Blue, Ocean Blue, Stone, Cocoa, White, Black, Midnight Blue, and (PRODUCT) Red.

Leather cases, priced at $45 for the iPhone 7 and $49 for the iPhone 7 Plus, come in 7 colors: Sea Blue, Storm Gray, Tan, Saddle Brown, Midnight Blue, Black, and (PRODUCT) Red.

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The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus cases are not yet available for purchase, but should become available for pre-order on Friday, September 9 when pre-orders begin for the two new smartphones.

To match the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus cases, Apple has also updated its line of Smart Covers and Cases for the iPad, offering them in the same silicone colors.

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iPad Smart Covers and cases for the iPad mini 4 and 9.7-inch iPad Pro are now available in 16 different colors as some of the older shades have also stuck around. The new iPad accessories are available for order today and will deliver by September 10.

Related Roundups: iPad mini 4 (2015), iPad Pro, iPhone 7
Buyer’s Guide: iPad Mini (Don’t Buy), 12.9″ iPad Pro (Neutral)
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30
Aug

New iPad Pro With Faster Display and Wider Apple Pencil Support to Launch Next Year


Apple is planning new hardware and software features for iPad that cater to professional users, according to Bloomberg, including a a new iPad with faster display technology that allows for smoother on-screen zooming, panning, and scrolling.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously said Apple would release a 10.5-inch iPad Pro model next year alongside a 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2 and a “low-cost” 9.7-inch iPad model. The fate of the iPad mini remains uncertain, but it is presumable that Apple could discontinue the 7.9-inch tablet due to its lack of Apple Pencil support and relatively close proximity in size to 5.5-inch Plus-sized iPhones.

The new hardware will be completed by wider iOS support for the Apple Pencil, the report adds. Apple is reportedly planning to introduce the new software features in a subsequent iOS 10 update in the first half of 2017, but may decide to hold back on the improvements until iOS 11 is released later in the year.

Apple has considered allowing users to annotate objects in many applications across the whole operating system, including in Mail, the Safari web browser, and iMessage, similar to what Samsung Electronics Co. offers on its Note smartphones, the person said. Currently, Apple only supports Pencil functionality in specifically developed apps.

Apple saw its iPad revenue grow slightly for the first time in 10 quarters in July, and these improvements could help the company continue that trend.

Related Roundup: iPad Pro
Tags: bloomberg.com, Apple Pencil
Buyer’s Guide: 12.9″ iPad Pro (Neutral)
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15
Aug

Apple Planning 10.5″ iPad Pro in 2017, ‘Revolutionary’ OLED iPad as Soon as 2018


Noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a new research report outlining his expectations for the future of Apple’s iPad lineup, predicting three new iPads ranging from 9.7 inches to 12.9 inches to be released in 2017.

According to Kuo, Apple is aiming to introduce a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro model next year to go along with a 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2 and a “low-cost” 9.7-inch iPad model. Kuo makes no mention about the fate of the current 7.9-inch iPad mini, although many have assumed that model may be phased out as the recent 5.5-inch iPhone “Plus” models have helped lessen demand for Apple’s smallest tablet.

We expect three new iPads (12.9” iPad Pro 2, new size 10.5” iPad Pro & low-cost 9.7” iPad) to be launched in 2017, though this may not drive shipment growth amid structural headwinds; 2017F shipments to fall 10-20% YoY. If the iPad comes in a larger size, such as a 10.5” model, we believe it will be helpful to bid for tenders within the commercial and education markets. As a result, we expect Apple to launch a 10.5” iPad Pro in 2017. In addition, we estimate the 12.9” iPad Pro 2 and 10.5” iPad Pro will adopt the A10X processor, with TSMC (2330 TT, NT$177.5, N) being the sole supplier using 10nm process technology. The low-cost 9.7” model may adopt the A9X processor, which is also exclusively supplied by TSMC.

Looking even further ahead, Kuo predicts “revolutionary” changes for the iPad lineup for 2018 “at the earliest,” with Apple making “radical” changes to the iPad’s design and shifting to an AMOLED display.

Revolutionary iPad model likely to be introduced in 2018F at the earliest, with radical changes in form factor design & user behavior on adoption of flexible AMOLED panel. We believe iPad will follow in the footsteps of the iPhone by adopting AMOLED panel in 2018F at the earliest. If Apple can truly tap the potential of a flexible AMOLED panel, we believe the new iPad model will offer new selling points through radical form factor design and user behavior changes, which could benefit shipments.

Kuo remains conservative in his predictions of iPad shipments, cutting his total 2016 shipment forecast from 45–50 million to 35–40 million due in large part to a lack of new models before the end of the year. Even with updated models in 2017, however, Kuo predicts shipments will continue to decline as part of general trends in the tablet market.

Related Roundups: iPad Air 2, iPad Pro
Tags: KGI Securities, Ming-Chi Kuo
Buyer’s Guide: 9.7″ iPad Pro (Neutral), 12.9″ iPad Pro (Neutral)
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12
Aug

iPad and Aviation Apps Helping to Decrease Private Plane Crash Fatalities


Crashes, and subsequent fatalities, of small private planes have “fallen to the lowest levels in decades” thanks to mobile devices that give pilots “much better weather information” than a few years ago, along with other benefits. These devices mainly include Apple’s iPad lineup and, in 2015, helped contribute to the lowest rate of fatal crashes ever recorded by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration: 1.03 fatal accidents per 100,000 flight hours (via Bloomberg).

As pointed out by John Hansman, an astronautics and aeronautics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the data should be “approached with care,” due to the fact that there is far less information and data available on general aviation as opposed to commercial flights. Private airplane flights per year have also decreased, which would help lessen the overall chance for accidents in the first place. Still, the new data collected “jibes with broad new efforts to improve safety in that arena,” according to Hansman.

“It’s encouraging,” said Hansman, who has studied private-aircraft safety data. “There are reasons to think it might be accurate. There’s a lot of things happening in the system that are slowly making it better.”

In reaction to these accidents, the FAA and the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board moved to bolster each private aircraft pilot’s safety levels, leading to the official approval of “weather and other programs for mobile devices.” To improve the regulation of these aircrafts, the two administrations also approved ways to make it easier to add safety equipment to planes, including devices that warn of engine failure and the impending loss of control of the plane.

Related Roundups: iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4 (2015), iPad Pro
Buyer’s Guide: 9.7″ iPad Pro (Neutral), iPad Mini (Don’t Buy), 12.9″ iPad Pro (Neutral)
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10
Aug

Refurbished 12.9-Inch iPad Pro Now Available From Apple Online Store


Apple today added refurbished 12.9-inch iPad Pro models to its online store for refurbished products, 10 months after the tablet first became available for purchase.

There is not yet a dedicated section for the iPad Pro in the refurbished store, but iPad Pro models can be seen on the main iPad page by scrolling to the bottom of the site, as was first noticed by iPhone in Canada.

Apple is offering a range of 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, all of which are available at a 14 to 15 percent discount. For the entry-level 32GB model, the discount drops the price from $799 to $679, a savings of $120.

Apple’s refurbished prices quite don’t match some of the lowest prices we’ve seen from third-party retailers who occasionally offer the 12.9-inch iPad Pro at a discount, but it’s close.

Both Wi-Fi and cellular models are available in multiple colors and in 32 and 128GB capacities. Apple is not offering refurbished 9.7-inch iPad Pro models which have only been available for purchase since March.

Apple’s refurbished inventory fluctuates on a regular basis based on available supply, so models that are available today may not be available tomorrow. All of Apple’s refurbished products are tested, certified, and come with a one-year warranty.

Related Roundup: iPad Pro
Buyer’s Guide: 12.9″ iPad Pro (Neutral)
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9
Aug

‘Stranger Things’ Poster Began as Sketch Created With iPad Pro and Apple Pencil


In a recent interview with Mashable, an artist based in the United Kingdom, Kyle Lambert, divulged his process of creating the memorable poster art for Netflix’s science fiction series Stranger Things. Netflix asked the artist to keep with the 80’s theme of the show, and provided him with a vague plot outline, rough cuts of only the first few episodes, and some still shots “to communicate the story in a single image.”

Ultimately, Lambert said he decided on the iPad Pro for the project because the tablet lets him “sketch in a very natural way,” especially when used in conjunction with the Apple Pencil. He used the Apple device in the sketching process of the main poster art that has gained fame online in the weeks since Stranger Things launched in July, but Lambert has also been known to create impressive art on iPads over the years, particularly in a photorealistic representation of Morgan Freeman he created on an iPad Air in 2013.

“This was a very exciting project for me, as an artist that trained with oil paints, I really enjoyed the challenge of reproducing this traditional painting style using digital tools,” Lambert told Mashable.

“I used the iPad Pro to do the preliminary composition ideas and the sketch that became the final Stranger Things poster. I chose to use the iPad Pro for the drawing stage of the poster because I find that I am able to sketch in a very natural way on the device using the Apple Pencil. The device in general is nice to hold for long periods of time, it is really portable and Procreate, the app that I used, has some really great Pencil brushes for drawing with.”

Specifically, on the iPad Pro Lambert used the iOS app Procreate to assist in his drawing process, and then he transitioned to Photoshop on the Mac to upscale the image to a higher resolution so he could “paint small elements at the best possible resolution.” During the coloring process, the artist used an Intuos Wacom tablet — which connects to a Mac to act as a sketch pad — so he could “focus on as much of the image” as he needed, without his hand obscuring a piece of the artwork like it does when using the iPad Pro/Apple Pencil combo.

Stranger Things ipad pro 3The original sketch that eventually became the final Stranger Things poster
The process wasn’t particularly straightforward, however, as Lambert describes moving back to the iPad Pro to “add layers of detail to areas” that he thought needed “a more fluid sketch style” that the desktop didn’t grant. He went back and forth between the two devices and applications several times to ultimately give the Stranger Things poster its finished, recognizable look. Lambert was also commissioned to work on several character portraits to serve as gifts for actors, specifically those of Sheriff Hopper, Eleven and Dr. Brenner, and various still shots from iconic moments in the 8-episode series.

Ever since early adopters began getting their hands on the iPad Pro and its companion stylus, the Apple Pencil, talented artists have shared what they can do with the technology in MacRumors’ own discussion forums. Apple has remained adamant that the Apple Pencil is a drawing-enhancement tool, and “will absolutely not replace the finger as a point of interface” on the tablet, so it’s interesting to see how much the technology has grown and been used, and on such a highly professional level, in under a year of its availability.

Related Roundup: iPad Pro
Tag: Apple Pencil
Buyer’s Guide: 12.9″ iPad Pro (Neutral)
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9
Aug

‘Stranger Things’ Poster Began as Sketch Created With iPad Pro and Apple Pencil


In a recent interview with Mashable, an artist based in the United Kingdom, Kyle Lambert, divulged his process of creating the memorable poster art for Netflix’s science fiction series Stranger Things. Netflix asked the artist to keep with the 80’s theme of the show, and provided him with a vague plot outline, rough cuts of only the first few episodes, and some still shots “to communicate the story in a single image.”

Ultimately, Lambert said he decided on the iPad Pro for the project because the tablet lets him “sketch in a very natural way,” especially when used in conjunction with the Apple Pencil. He used the Apple device in the sketching process of the main poster art that has gained fame online in the weeks since Stranger Things launched in July, but Lambert has also been known to create impressive art on iPads over the years, particularly in a photorealistic representation of Morgan Freeman he created on an iPad Air in 2013.

“This was a very exciting project for me, as an artist that trained with oil paints, I really enjoyed the challenge of reproducing this traditional painting style using digital tools,” Lambert told Mashable.

“I used the iPad Pro to do the preliminary composition ideas and the sketch that became the final Stranger Things poster. I chose to use the iPad Pro for the drawing stage of the poster because I find that I am able to sketch in a very natural way on the device using the Apple Pencil. The device in general is nice to hold for long periods of time, it is really portable and Procreate, the app that I used, has some really great Pencil brushes for drawing with.”

Specifically, on the iPad Pro Lambert used the iOS app Procreate to assist in his drawing process, and then he transitioned to Photoshop on the Mac to upscale the image to a higher resolution so he could “paint small elements at the best possible resolution.” During the coloring process, the artist used an Intuos Wacom tablet — which connects to a Mac to act as a sketch pad — so he could “focus on as much of the image” as he needed, without his hand obscuring a piece of the artwork like it does when using the iPad Pro/Apple Pencil combo.

Stranger Things ipad pro 3The original sketch that eventually became the final Stranger Things poster
The process wasn’t particularly straightforward, however, as Lambert describes moving back to the iPad Pro to “add layers of detail to areas” that he thought needed “a more fluid sketch style” that the desktop didn’t grant. He went back and forth between the two devices and applications several times to ultimately give the Stranger Things poster its finished, recognizable look. Lambert was also commissioned to work on several character portraits to serve as gifts for actors, specifically those of Sheriff Hopper, Eleven and Dr. Brenner, and various still shots from iconic moments in the 8-episode series.

Ever since early adopters began getting their hands on the iPad Pro and its companion stylus, the Apple Pencil, talented artists have shared what they can do with the technology in MacRumors’ own discussion forums. Apple has remained adamant that the Apple Pencil is a drawing-enhancement tool, and “will absolutely not replace the finger as a point of interface” on the tablet, so it’s interesting to see how much the technology has grown and been used, and on such a highly professional level, in under a year of its availability.

Related Roundup: iPad Pro
Tag: Apple Pencil
Buyer’s Guide: 12.9″ iPad Pro (Neutral)
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3
Aug

Apple Debuts International Smart Keyboards for 9.7 and 12.9-Inch iPad Pro


Apple today released new international versions of the Smart Keyboard designed for the iPad Pro, which could previously only be purchased with a United States English layout.

As 9to5Mac points out, the Smart Keyboard can be purchased in British English, Norwegian, Czech, Slovak, Swiss, Dutch, Korean, Spanish, Italian, German, Danish, Swedish, French, Arabic and other language layouts when ordering a Smart Keyboard alone or as part of an iPad Pro purchase in different countries.

The new language-specific Smart Keyboards are available starting today through Apple’s online store and are priced the same as the U.S. English Smart Keyboard. Retail Apple Stores will also likely start carrying the new Smart Keyboards in the near future.

Related Roundup: iPad Pro
Tag: Smart Keyboard
Buyer’s Guide: 12.9″ iPad Pro (Neutral)
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27
Jul

Apple Sees iPad Revenue Growth for the First Time in 10 Quarters


Apple today announced a year-over-year drop in revenue for the second quarter in a row based on flagging iPhone sales, but amid the decline, Apple saw its iPad revenue grow slightly for the first time in 10 quarters. Apple’s iPad line brought in $4.9 billion in Q3 2016, up from $4.5 billion in the year-ago quarter.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Cook said he was “encouraged” by the iPad’s revenue growth and the 19 percent growth in the services category, which includes Apple Music, the App Store, iTunes, and more.

“There are a number of encouraging signs in the results,” Mr. Cook told The Wall Street Journal. “This last quarter was surprising because it was better than we expected from so many different points of view, not just one thing.”

While iPad revenue was up based on the higher average selling price of the 9.7 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, overall unit sales continued to decline. Apple sold almost 10 million iPads during the third quarter of 2016, compared to almost 11 million during the third quarter of 2015.

Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad Pro starts at $599, while the 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at $799, two price points that are much higher than the $499 price Apple’s previous iPad models started at.

Related Roundup: iPad Pro
Buyer’s Guide: 12.9″ iPad Pro (Neutral)
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25
Jul

First Alleged Leaked Images of 12.9-inch ‘iPad Pro 2’ Surface


Amidst the recent flurry of videos and images of iPhone 7 mockups coming out of China, one pair of pictures that emerged over the weekend claims to offer evidence of Apple’s successor to the first iteration 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

Sent in to AppleInsider and said to originate from a Chinese supplier, the combined image below shows a device identified with model number MH1C2CD/F, which has yet to be assigned to an iPad by Apple so far.

While the identifier proves little, the nomenclature is in line with Apple’s existing numbering convention for its iPad Pro range, and Apple is due to refresh its largest tablet this fall.

AppleInsider notes that the device’s screen shows a 12GB capacity, which is just enough for installing an OS and apps for internal testing and debugging, suggesting the device could be a pre-production model or prototype.

Based on previous updates to the company’s tablet range, customers can expect a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro to feature a faster A10X processor and a better camera, with a good chance it will inherit the True Tone display seen in the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. 3D Touch is also a possibility, although Apple would need to have overcome the challenges involved in porting the technology to a larger screen.

Apple is also expected to launch thinner and lighter MacBook Pro models this fall, with some rumors suggesting a dynamic OLED touch panel could feature as part of a planned redesign.

Related Roundup: iPad Pro
Buyer’s Guide: 12.9″ iPad Pro (Neutral)
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