Apple iPad Pro to come with USB, Keyboard & Mouse Support?

More details about the oft-rumored 12.9 inch iPad Pro are beginning to surface, and they include things like USB 3.0, mouse and keyboard connectivity, and faster charging technology, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal late Wednesday evening. This report, along with an earlier one from Bloomberg, attempts to add definition to the mysterious project.

According to both reports, the iPad Pro’s production start date has been pushed back beyond what Apple had initially hoped. The Bloomberg report states that Apple is looking towards September for the start of production, while the Journal more vaguely states that production will ramp up in second half of this year.

Although the speculation of delayed production dates are an echo to Wednesday’s earlier rumors, new details about what the iPad Pro may feature, and who it will be geared towards, certainly stir the pot. According the the Wall Street Journal’s sources, people familiar with the iPad Pro’s design state that Apple is working on the following:

  • USB 3.0 connectivity for faster transfer speeds and greater peripheral access
  • “Ports” for a mouse and keyboard
  • Faster charging technology

While the USB ports may be a possibility, the idea of including ports for a mouse/keyboard combination strikes me as a bit odd. Perhaps the source meant a port for a dock that includes a keyboard/trackpad combination, or something of the like. Sort of like what we see Microsoft doing with its Surface line.

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The idea of USB connectivity makes sense for enterprise customers, something the report states that this product is being geared towards, and for power users. For example, one could theoretically connect fast external hard drives, audio interfaces, and other unique peripherals that require USB.

Faster charging would be a welcomed addition, as when compared to the iPhone, the iPad is significantly slower when it comes to charging it from 0 to 100%. A device with the Pro’s rumored 12.9 inch form-factor would be more voluminous from a battery perspective, and thus would take even longer to charge than the iPad hardware we have today.

Of course, the report was subjected to the following statement:

Apple, which works with suppliers to test new technology and designs all the time, could opt not to proceed with some of the features when it starts mass producing the device later.

This means that only one, two, or perhaps none of the rumors may actually materialize on the schematics that hit production lines when manufacturing begins. But, if these rumors are true, then the iPad Pro would be the first iOS device to sport a USB port. It would also be the first iOS device to support a mouse.

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MWC 2015: Thinner than thin – meet the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet!

Sony didn’t bring a new Xperia Z4 flagship phone on the MWC, but it sure make up for it with the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet. It’s the company’s new high-end slate, a successor of the Xperia Z2 Tablet.

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet comes with a 10.1″ IPS display of 2560 x 1600 pixels resolution, which results into a nice pixel density of 300ppi. The display is enhanced by Sony’s Triluminos technology and X-Reality Mobile engine.

The slate is powered by the Qualcomm’s latest and greatest Snapdragon 810 chip, which packs an octa-core 64-bit processor with four Cortex-A57 cores clocked at 2.0GHz and four Cortex-A53 working at 1.5GHz. The GPU in charge of graphics is Adreno 430 and there is 3GB of RAM onboard.

The rest of the Xperia Z4 Tablet specs include 32GB expandable memory, a rear 8MP Sony ExmorRS camera and 5MP wide-angle front selfie snapper, stereo speakers and GSM, 3G and 4G LTE connectivity. The slate is powered by a 6,000 mAh battery and Sony says it will last 17 hours on video playback.

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet is IP68-certified, which translates in to a dust-tight shell and waterproof design with endurance for up to 30 minutes into 1.5m deep fresh water.

The highlights of the Xperia Z4 Tablet include the elegant design with a metal frame, durable glass and amazingly thin 6.1mm profile. Just like with the Xperia M4 Aqua, the Xperia Z4 Tablet comes with a cap-less microUSB port for easier recharging. The tablet weighs about 395 g and will be available in black and white flavors.

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop OS with the latest tablet-optimized Xperia launcher. It will also offer access to Xperia Lounge Gold service, which provides exclusive content such as movies, TV series, music and apps. The slate supports Hi-Res audio playback and digital noise cancelling.

The LTE and Wi-Fi models of Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet are going to hit the shelves worldwide in June this year, but the pricing is yet to be announced.

Check out our Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet hands-on.

Sony BKB50 Bluetooth Keyboard

Sony has also showcased additional accessories, designed exclusively for the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet. The first one is the Sony BKB50 Bluetooth Keyboard – it’s an all-in-one detachable accessory with adjustable tilt angle (0-130 degrees), complete with a docking station and a full-blown hardware keyboard with a touchpad. The keyboard dock also comes with projector and printer ports.

Sony SRC32 tablet cover

The second accessory – the Sony SRC32 cover is a flip case that doubles as a stand with two fixed positions. It will be available in both black and white flavors.

Sony BSP60 smart Bluetooth speaker

Finally, you can opt for the wireless Sony BSP60 smart speaker, which supports one-touch connectivity.

All three accessories will be sold separately, starting June this year.

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Apple announces new Records for the App Store, New Years day was its best day ever!

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Apple on Thursday announced that the first week of January set a new record for billings from the App Store, with customers around the world spending nearly half a billion dollars on apps and in-app purchases. It also revealed New Year’s Day 2015 marked the single biggest day ever in App Store sales history, as customers presumably used gift cards and took advantage of App Store sales.

“This year is off to a tremendous start after a record-breaking year for the App Store and our developer community,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We’re so proud of the creativity and innovation developers bring to the apps they create for iOS users and that the developer community has now earned over $25 billion.”

apple-glass-door_500x334Furthermore, Apple announced it had a record-breaking 2014. The Cupertino-based company says billings rose 50 percent and apps generated over $10 billion in revenue for developers. App Store developers have earned a cumulative $25 billion from the sale of apps and games.

Apple launched a new website on Thursday, showing the jobs created by its ecosystem. It says more than one million jobs have been created to support Apple in the US.

Apple also bragged about its help in Global Fund to fight AIDS, saying it donated a $20 million this quarter, and since partnering with (RED) has donated over $100 million.

While there weren’t any new details for Apple Pay, the company reiterated that more banks and credit unions continue to add support for Apple Pay and it now represents about 90 percent of credit card purchase volume in the US.

Apple Unveils the New iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iMac with Retina, Thunderbolt 2, OS X Yosemite Available Today, iOS 8.1 Coming on Monday!

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Apple has unveiled the iPad Air 2, a successor to its incredibly thin 10-inch tablet from last year.

The overall design is largely the same, with slim bezels on the size and slightly larger ones at the top and bottom. The original iPad Air was heralded for being as thin as a pencil; the iPad Air 2 is 18 percent thinner, coming in at a ridiculously skinny 6.1mm. To achieve this feat, Apple swapped out the display for a laminated version, leaving no air gap. it includes an anti-reflective coating, which Apple says has never been included in a tablet before.

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The iPad Air 2 also comes with a new chipset, the A8X, which was created specifically for the device. It uses a second-generation 64-bit architecture, which should improve performance across a range of tasks. Apple says graphics performance will be 180 times faster than the original iPad.iPad Air 2 full

The tablet also includes Apple’s M8 motion co-processor, tracking motion with precision. While you won’t be running with the iPad (unless you’re determined) it could still prove useful for lower intensity apps and games.

Tablets aren’t known for their photography credentials, but the iPad in particular has proven a useful snapper for many people both outside and in the home. The iPad Air  2 has an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, boasting 1.12 micron pixels, an f/2.4 aperture and 1080p video recording. It also supports slow-motion recording; 120 frames per second at 720p resolution.

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The FaceTime camera has been improved with a new sensor with f/2.2 aperture, capable of accepting 81 percent more light. Face detection has been improved and it also includes “burst selfies” for capturing perfect self portraits.

Touch ID iPad Air 2

In line with yesterday’s leak, the iPad Air 2 has a new home button with Touch ID, which should make unlocking the device just that little bit simpler. It also supports Apple Pay for secure online purchases.

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iPad mini 3 with same specs different screen size and a Gold color.

The device was confirmed yesterday when images of the device, alongside the iPad Mini 3, were found inside a user guide for iOS 8.

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A stable of new iPads wasn’t all Apple had up its sleeve today. The folks in Cupertino have also been hard at work on a desktop update, and the iMac is the beneficiary.

If you’ll recall, Apple quietly trotted out a more affordable version of the machine back in June, but this fall’s release packs a much bigger punch.

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With the latest model, the company’s all-in-one option gets a boost in the screen department with the addition of a Retina panel. That 27-inch display is what Apple’s calling “Retina 5K,” which touts a 5,120 x 2,880 resolution with 67 percent more pixels than 4K.

The outer edge is 5mm thick, keeping the trim frame all the way around.

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At its October media event, Apple announced the release of OS X 10.10 Yosemite later today.The world first got a glimpse of Yosemite at WWDC in June. The annual desktop OS update includes a more modern look, new cross-functionality with iOS devices and expanded search capabilities.

Apple is also touting new iCloud Drive cloud storage features and a major update to its iWork productivity suite.

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Apple ran a public beta for OS X 10.10 this summer, granting more than 1 million users early access to the update.

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At its iPad conference today, Apple announced that its new NFC-based mobile payment service,Apple Pay, would roll out on Monday, October 20. Apple says over 500 banks will support the service.

Apple first introduced Apple Pay during its iPhone and Apple Watch event a little over a month ago. Supporting Mastercard, Visa, and American Express cards, the company hopes to make in-store cashless transactions easier and more secure. The process generates a one-time payment number, and the merchant never sees your credit card information.

Of course, Apple Pay isn’t the first payment system to work with NFC-chips. Google Wallet has been around for a while without tremendous success, but Apple hopes its loyal user base and simple TouchID authentication will help make payments via phone (or watch) the norm.

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Apple just announced that the Apple Watch SDK, WatchKit will be available to developers starting next month.

Developers will be able to create apps for the Apple Watch that will launch in early 2015. Apple introduced the Apple Watch at its September event.

Today’s announcement isn’t surprising. Apple makes new OS SDKs available at its yearly WWDC event months ahead of the release of new hardware.

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Apple giveth and Apple taketh away. And apparently, Apple also giveth back.

At the Apple event this morning in the Town Hall auditorium at Apple’s headquarters, Craig Federighi, the company’s senior vice president of software engineering said Apple will restore  the camera roll to its Photos app as part of the updates to iOS 8.1.

Camera Roll is back and will will support Apple Pay. public beta for iCloud Photo Library.

“We are bring back the beloved camera roll,” Federighi told the audience.

But of course there’s more. Federighi also announced a public beta for iCloud Photo Library and support Apple Pay as well. Apple Pay  and iOS 8.1 will launch on Monday.