Apple now makes 56 different iPads – here’s how to choose the right one for you

Oct 20, 2014 - 12:22 PM - by sparkyscott21

Apple last week unveiled two new iPad models, the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 — though only the iPad Air 2 received a significant upgrade — making the new devices available for purchase almost immediately. Many older models are still officially available on Apple’s site and in stores, including the original iPad mini that sells for just $249.

As Forbes points out, from $249 to $829 there are 56 different iPad configurations to choose from, with users having to decide on various factors including size (two options), memory (four choices, but not available across the board), colors (up to three versions), wireless connectivity (two options), and whether they need a fingerprint scanner in their iPad or not.

To help out with the complex process of choosing the right iPad, from the two-year old iPad mini to the extremely thin-and-fast iPad Air 2, the publication has come up with an infographic that walks the user through various steps. From screen size, to LTE, storage and colors, the infographic below could help out with the decision, especially if you’re getting ready to buy an iPad for the first time.

In case you want to compare more iPad specs, such as processor options, cameras, and others, you can also check out Apple’s official iPad comparison tool.



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Apple’s Edinburgh Scotland flagship store opens with bagpipes and haggis

Oct 19, 2014 - 6:49 PM - by sparkyscott21

Just kidding about the haggis but lovely grand opening with traditional local twist for the Edinburgh store.



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Apple removes all Bose products from its online store

Oct 17, 2014 - 2:46 PM - by sparkyscott21

Following the news that a lawsuit between Apple's Beats and Bose had been settled, all Bose products — including both headphones and speakers — have been removed from Apple's online store.

A rumor first surfaced a week ago claiming that Apple was planning to remove Bose sound products from its stores. On Friday, that became a reality, when all of the company's headphones and speakers disappeared from the online storefront.

Though the products are no longer available for purchase, as of Friday afternoon queries such as "Bose Headphones" and "Bose Speaker System" still showed up in the search bar as suggested topics.

As of Friday, Bose products still showed up as suggested searches, but were not available to purchase through Apple.

As of last week, Apple's online store listed a total of 17 Bose products, including a range of SoundLink Bluetooth speakers, and its popular QuietComfort series of noise-canceling headphones.

It was Bose's noise-canceling technology that prompted the company to file a lawsuit against Beats in July, accusing its Studio and Studio Wireless series of infringing on its patents. But one week ago, Bose announced in court that it had settled its patent infringement lawsuit against Apple's Beats.

It's unknown whether the removal of Bose products from Apple's store was part of the terms of the settlement or if another reason was at play. The settlement between Beats and Bose remains confidential.

Bose products in Apple's store last week. As of Friday they were removed

It could also be that Apple simply prefers to spotlight its own brand rather than competing products from Bose. The company purchased Beats for $3 billion — Apple's largest-ever acquisition — back in May.

Also a potential reason is a public spat between Apple's Beats brand and Bose over sponsorship deals. The National Football League has banned its players from wearing Beats products when conducting interviews, including 90 minutes following the end of a game, because of an exclusive partnership that has made Bose the official audio sponsor of the league.

The issue came to a head last week when it was revealed that the NFL had fined San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick $10,000 for wearing a pair of pink breast cancer awareness-themed Beats headphones at a post-game press conference.

Apple executive Jimmy Iovine, who cofounded Beats, commented on the controversy last week and said he was thankful for it, concluding that pressure from

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Apple's online store begins taking preorders for iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3

Oct 17, 2014 - 10:54 AM - by sparkyscott21

Ahead of next week's launch, Apple's online store on Friday began taking presales of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, its new Touch ID-equipped tablets being introduced for the holiday shopping season.

The company's store went offline early Friday morning, and returned after a downtime of more than three hours. The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 do not have a specific launch date, though the store advertises that new orders will ship in two to four business days.

The iPad Air 2 starts at $499, while the iPad mini 3 has an entry price of $399.

The highlight of this year's update is clearly the iPad Air 2, which features an 18 percent thinner design, an anti-reflective laminated display, improved cameras, and a beefed up A8X processor. AppleInsider went hands-on with the iPad Air 2 on Thursday and were impressed by the 6.1-millimeter-thick device, which is even thinner than the new iPhone 6.

Both the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 have also been outfitted with Apple's Touch ID fingerprint sensing home button. This will allow users to bypass lock screen passwords on their tablet, download iTunes and App Store purchases without entering an Apple ID password, access secure third-party apps, and also verify online purchases with Apple Pay.

And the new iPads are also available in a gold color option, and capacities of 16, 64, and 128 gigabytes at $100 tiers. LTE-capable models carry a $130 premium.

The 7.9-inch iPad mini 3, meanwhile, features the same design as its predecessor, and also includes the same A7 CPU. Aside from Touch ID and a new gold color option, it's unchanged from the 2013 model, which is still available for $100 less.



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Apple shows off Retina iMac and iPad Air 2 in new ads

Oct 16, 2014 - 7:22 PM - by sparkyscott21

Apple product launches generally run like clockwork and, true to form, the moment today’s keynote came to a close, Cupertino’s digital media team sprung into action by uploading three new videos to its YouTube channel showcasing the company’s brand new iPad Air 2 and 27-inch Retina iMac.

The iPad video, embedded above, picks up where last year’s iPad Air commercial finished, by comparing the depth of Apple’s flagship tablet to a pencil.

This time the iPad’s even thinner, though, so the ad shows a laser slicing off an additional 18% of the pencil’s thickness. It’s a great, succinct spot, which immediately gives viewers an understanding of what the iPad Air 2’s 6.1mm thickness means in real world terms.

The second ad, seen below, shows how Apple’s Retina technology has evolved over the years: arriving first on the iPhone, then the iPad, then the MacBook Pro, and now finally on the desktop, courtesy of the new Retina iMac with its astonishing 5K display.

The song, if you’re interested, is “Little Monster” by the British rock band Royal Blood.



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OS X Yosemite & new iWork available for free on the Mac App Store today

Oct 16, 2014 - 1:30 PM - by sparkyscott21

Apple's free next-generation Mac operating system, OS X 10.10 Yosemite, will hit the Mac App Store today, packing in an all-new design, Continuity and Handoff with iOS 8. In addition, a redesigned iWork suite is also set to launch as a free download.

Apple software chief Craig Federighi demonstrated many of the new features of Yosemite at a media event in Cupertino, Calif., on Thursday, chief among them the new Continuity and Handoff features, which allow users to seamlessly transition between their Mac and their iOS devices.

Apple also shined a light on less-touted features like highly efficient operation in Safari, which helps with battery life when streaming video and performing other processor intensive operations.

Also demonstrated on Thursday were new versions of Numbers, Keynote and Pages, which encompass the company's iLife suite. The applications feature a new, flatter design that is in line with the changes made to OS X Yosemite.

OS X Yosemite will launch today for free from the Mac App Store.



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