Apple delaying the iPad Pro release until November has given case manufacturers time to build accessories for the 12.9-inch tablet. Logitech claims they have worked closely with Apple to create their own external keyboard called the CREATE Keyboard Case. The case utilizes the new Smart Connector found on the iPad Pro to do away with charging and Bluetooth pairing.
It's time to look at some of the best cases, screen protectors and accessories for Apple's next-generation tablets. Here are a few options already available for the 7.9-inch iPad mini 4 and larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro. As you probably already know, the iPad mini 4 is available now through apple.com or at Apple retail stores, and the iPad Pro will begin shipping in November.
In all the time I've been doing these App Store recaps I have never seen so few releases. I'm not sure why developers took the week off, maybe it had something to do with iOS 9, or the XcodeGhost malware scare. Whatever it was there were no major iPad releases and very few universal releases this week.
You may have noticed that the "Hey Siri" voice activation feature has stopped working on your iPad or iPhone since you have installed iOS 9.0. This is because iOS 9 disables the "Allow Hey Siri" toggle in your Settings when it is installed. iPad and iPhone users running iOS 9 need to set up the feature again by speaking a series of commands to help Siri recognize their voice. To do this you need to open the Settings app on your iPad or iPhone and navigate to General > Siri. From here you can tap the "Allow Hey Siri" slider so it is green, then follow the prompts to set up the feature.
The popular image editor Pixelmator has been updated to version 2.1. The update adds support for iOS 9 multitasking features such as Split View and Slide Over. The app also now supports 8K resolution images and Open in Place image management across iOS devices.
Pixelmator users can now edit pictures within the app while performing other tasks side-by-side, such as surfing Safari, or use the Slide Over feature to open a second app without leaving the photo editor.
iOS 9 is the first Apple update to support older devices like the iPhone 4s, original iPad mini and iPad 2, but these discontinued products do not support all the features found in iOS 9. Apple mentions on its iO9 device compatibility page that some devices won't support features, such as Split View, but it gives no indication of what other features older devices may not include.
After conducting an analysis of the iPad mini 4, DisplayMate has determined that the fourth-generation tablet has become "a full fledged respectable iPad family member with a high performance display that Steve Jobs would be proud of." The 7.9-inch tablet features a record low 2.0 percent screen reflectance, beating the iPad Air 2, and it matches the color accuracy of all current iPad and iPhone models.
If you downloaded iOS 9 this week then you may have noticed that the annoying Game Center login has returned. Users who choose not to log in to Game Center are sometimes met with an annoying login screen right in the middle of playing a game. I'm not sure if this only happens on older devices, or why there is such a long delay, but I do know it is one of the most frustrating issues on iOS. It makes me want to smash my iPad or iPhone every time it happens. Biting the bullet and logging in to Game Center doesn't help because then you have to deal with the "Welcome Back" banner disrupting gameplay instead of the login screen. The only known fix for this is to keep logging in and canceling Game Center over and over until it stops appearing.
Amazon today announced a new 8GB 7-inch Fire tablet for $50, and it is selling them in six-packs. That's right, tablet sales have fallen so hard that you can now buy a six-pack of them for around $250. We're probably one cycle away from them being completely free.
$50 will nab you a 1024 x 600 IPS display, a 2MP rear-facing camera, front-facing VGA camera and the latest version of Fire OS. The 7-inch Fire is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM, and promises up to "seven hours of reading, surfing the web, watching videos, and listening to music."
Apple quietly announced its fourth-generation iPad mini 4 at its Sept. 9, 2015 keynote. The new 7.9-inch tablet was made available on apple.com immediately after the event, which means it is the first new Apple product tech blogs have been able to test. Ars Technica was one of the first to get their hands on a model and has confirmed that the iPad mini 4 is equipped with a 1.5GHz Apple A8 with 2GB of RAM. This of course makes the new iPad mini faster than its predecessors, but it falls short of matching the speed of the iPad Air 2 and its A8X chip.