iPad Pro full specs and features – everything you need to know

Sep 09, 2015 - 2:13 PM - by sparkyscott21

Yes, Apple just announced that huge 12.9-inch iPad Pro the web has been buzzing about for months. The huge device is Apple’s biggest tablet yet, a gadget that’s clearly geared towards business professionals looking for a fast way of dealing with various work-related computing chores. That doesn’t mean the Retina MacBook-sized tablet isn’t made for at-home use, far from it. The device can certainly be used as one’s main computer thanks to a large plethora of apps and additional features that were not available so far on iPad.

In what follows we’re going to take a close look at the iPad Pro’s specs.

iPad Pro Specs:

Size: 6.9mm thin
Weight: 1.57 pounds
12.9-inch Retina display
64-bit 16-nanometer Apple A9X processor (1.8x better than the A8X chip it replaces)
M9 motion coprocessor
32/128GB of storage
8-megapixel iSight camera with f/2.2 aperture, 5-element lens, True Tone flash and 4K video recording
Wi-Fi 802.11ac with MIMO
LTE up to 150Mbps
Bluetooth 4.0 LE
Touch ID fingerprint sensor
Battery life (10 hours of video/Wi-Fi browsing)
Four speakers
iOS 9 with special tablet-friendly multitasking features
Apple Pencil stylus
Special keyboard for iPad Pro — the Smart Keyboard
Colors: Gold, Silver and Space Gray


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Apple announces iPhone 6s & 6s Plus with 3D Touch, A9 CPU, 12MP camera, rose gold

Sep 09, 2015 - 1:58 PM - by sparkyscott21

Apple's new iPhone 6s series will offer users an entirely new way to interact with their handset, sensing pressure from fingertips to enable entirely new shortcuts in iOS 9. It also boasts an all-new 12-megapixel iSight camera, a souped-up A9 processor that nearly doubles performance over the iPhone 6, and a new rose gold color option.

Calling it "just as profound as the first Multi-Touch," Apple marketing head Phil Schiller touted 3D Touch as an entirely new way to interact with the iPhone.

In a video narrated by design head Jony Ive, Apple showed how users can use 3D Touch to quickly access functions within apps from the home screen, and to quickly view linked content such as an address in a text message.

Apple's head of software engineering, Craig Federighi, also took to the stage to show multiple uses for 3D Touch in a variety of apps. For example, a link in an iMessage could be pressed more forcefully with 3D Touch, allowing the user to preview the link without actually opening Safari.

Quick 3D Touch actions from the home screen include a "Take Selfie" option on the Camera app, selecting "Directions Home" in Maps, or "Update Status" in Facebook Federighi also showed how users can quickly switch between apps with a combination of 3D Touch and edge gestures.

The iPhone 6s brings Apple's Taptic Engine from the Apple TV to the handset. These new vibrations were described by Ive as a "mini-tap" and a "full tap" that will give users tactile feedback when interacting with the iPhone 6s.

The new iPhones are made of a custom 7000 series aluminum, and come in four colors: space grey, silver, gold, and rose gold. The cover glass has also been improved with a dual ion-exchange process.

Inside, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus includes a new third-generation 64-bit A9 chip with a new transistor architecture. Apple says the A9 is 70 percent faster at CPU tasks and 90 percent faster at graphics tasks than the iPhone 6 and its A8 processor.

Apple also spent a considerable amount of time boasting of the camera capabilities of its new iPhone 6s series. It includes a 12-megapixel lens and larger image sensor.

The camera is also capable of capturing 4K-resolution high-definition video featuring 8 million pixels.

The new M9 motion coprocessor is integrated
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Apple to hold iPhone 6s event on September 9th

Aug 10, 2015 - 9:07 AM - by sparkyscott21

This has been a record-breaking year for Apple… and the company has only launched one major new product so far in 2015. Stop for a moment to think about how crazy that is. The new Apple Watch is barely a blip on the radar right now where Apple’s bottom line is concerned, but the company is still setting records with no other major launches.

Of course, all that is about to change, and Apple is gearing up for one of the busiest fall seasons in the company’s storied history. Apple fans can expect at least eight major launches squeezed into the remainder of 2015, and they’ll all fall within the span of just a few short months.

What exactly can we expect to see from Apple this fall?

iPhone 6s

First and foremost, Apple’s flagship iPhone will be refreshed next month. This iPhone 6s will be unveiled during a huge press conference on September 9th, and it’ll likely be released the following week on September 18th.

Want to learn about all of the coolest new features expected to be included in Apple’s refreshed iPhone? Check out the six most exciting new features coming to Apple’s iPhone 6s.

iPhone 6s Plus

Of course, the iPhone 6s isn’t the only new iPhone Apple fans have to look forward to in 2015. Apple’s supersized iPhone 6 Plus will also be replaced by its successor, the iPhone 6s Plus.

Just like the current 6 and 6 Plus duo, the iPhone 6s Plus is expected to be almost identical to the main iPhone 6s, but with a larger display.

iPad Air 3

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus alone might not be enough to top Apple’s record-setting holiday quarter last year, so Apple is also expected to launch a brand new iPad Air 3. Expect upgraded internals and not much else from Apple’s new flagship iPad tablet.

iPad mini 4

As thin as the iPad Air line is, it might still be too big for some users. Apple also reportedly plans to debut a new iPad mini 4 alongside the Air 3, and it should feature similarly upgraded internal components.

Apple TV

That’s right, the new and improved Apple TV we’ve all been waiting for will finally be released this fall, following its unveiling on September 9th. Expect more power, more memory, a new remote and support for third-party apps… finally.

Sadly, you shouldn’t expect Apple’s streaming “pay TV killer” to debut alongside the new Apple TV this year.

iOS 9

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iPhone 7 RUMORS

Jun 17, 2015 - 1:53 PM - by sparkyscott21

Apple's next-generation iPhone will take a few design cues from the Apple Watch, not only gaining the new Force Touch input method, but also utilizing the company's custom Series 7000 aluminum for a casing that will be up to 60 percent harder than the iPhone 6.

Information on the materials that will be used to build Apple's so-called "iPhone 6s" was detailed by well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, in a research note summarized by Macotakara.

According to Kuo, the next iPhone will be slightly wider and taller by about 0.15 millimeters, while it will be thicker by 0.2 millimeters — changes that could be due to the new Force Touch display expected in the device. For perspective, the current iPhone 6 measures 6.9 millimeters thick, while the iPhone 6 Plus is 7.1 millimeters.

AppleInsider's own sources confirmed in February that Apple plans on bringing its new Force Touch input method to the "iPhone 6s" this year, affirming earlier rumblings. Force Touch debuted in April on the Apple Watch and the company's latest MacBooks, allowing users to press harder on a display or trackpad to gain new contextual options.

Kuo said in April that he expects Force Touch on the "iPhone 6s" to bring about the most significant change to date for the iOS user interface. At the time, he said he believed Apple will implement Force Touch on the next iPhone by using capacitive technology.

As for the 7000 Series aluminum, Apple introduced it in the Apple Watch, touting that it had created an entirely new alloy that's 60 percent stronger than most aluminum, while just one-third the density of stainless steel.

Along with a revised casing material, Kuo also believes the colors on the next iPhone will be slightly tweaked, with the current gold model to become closer to yellow gold, while space gray will become darker than on the current iPhone 6.

Finally, Kuo is also said to have again reiterated that Apple plans to introduce a rose gold colored iPhone this year. The insider first revealed that information in May, but it remains unclear whether Apple plans to introduce simply a rose gold color, or release a premium iPhone made of actual 18-karat gold.

Apple first introduced the "gold" color with the iPhone 5s beginning in 2013. However, iPhone models to date have not been made of actual gold, unlike the luxury Apple Watch Edition which is made of 18-karat gold and starts at $10,000.


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Welcome to Apple Forums - The unofficial Apple Forum and News Site!

Jul 02, 2011 - 3:02 PM - by idan

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Apple invention brings inductive charging to iPhone without extra hardware

Oct 08, 2015 - 12:10 PM - by sparkyscott21

According to a patent application published on Thursday, Apple is actively investigating the integration of inductive charging technology into its devices using multi-mode versions of electrical coils already found in speakers, microphones and haptic engines.

In the application, published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as "Inductive power transfer using acoustic or haptic devices," Apple describes a common two-coil inductive charging system in which a dedicated transmitter coil interacts with a receiver coil in a consumer electronic device, like an iPhone. Unlike current solutions the invention does not require additional hardware, instead using existing coils from audio or vibratory feedback components.

In some implementations, the device-side coil operates in two modes, one being the operation for which it's designed and another for inductive power transfer. Exemplary components include voice coils commonly used in conjunction with magnetic elements to produce sound in a speaker by exerting force on an acoustic membrane – or detecting force to capture sound in dynamic microphones – and haptic systems like Apple's Taptic Engine.

The second coil, ostensibly attached to a charging mechanism or dock, might also serve dual purposes in a given component. As described, both the first and second coils may switch between operable and inductive charging modes or exist in both states simultaneously.

Example of haptic device with coil and weight elements.

Current can be applied to each coil at different frequencies in order to enable normal operation, which in the case of coil-and-magnet systems produces or detects some manner of motive force, and inductive power transfer. For example, a current applied to a speaker's voice coil at a first frequency causes it to move an attached membrane, thus producing sound. A second frequency dedicated to inductive power transfer would either not induce substantial movement of the membrane, or move it in such a way that produced sound waves are imperceptible to the user.

Alternatively, in systems that employ a central electromagnet instead of a permanent magnet, first and second modes would see an electromagnet activate and deactivate, respectively. In other examples, the electromagnet can be activated to assist the transfer coil, receiver coil, or both, with power transfer operations.

Finally, Apple's invention calls for an elegant docking solution that mates with one or more surfaces of the device. A multi-point docking mechanism would be necessary to access an iPhone's speaker and microphone coils, for example.
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