Microsoft today announced its new Surface Pro tablet-laptop hybrid at its Windows 10 devices event in New York City. The fourth-generation Surface Pro is lighter at 786 grams (1.73 pounds) and thinner than its predecessor at 8.4 mm. It is equipped with a larger 12.3-inch PixelSense display with 2,736-by-1,824 resolution at 267 pixels per inch, and it is powered by a sixth-generation Core Intel processor with up to16GB of RAM. The tablet is 30 percent faster than the Surface Pro 3 and 50-percent faster than the MacBook Air, according to Microsoft.
The iPad Pro will begin shipping in the first week of November, according to MacOtakara. Citing "reliable Chinese sources," the Japanese blog claims Apple's 12.9-inch tablet will launch around the same time as Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 tablet. Microsoft is expected to announce the Surface Pro 4 today at its New York City press event.
Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed some additional details about the fourth-generation Apple TV to John Paczkowski of BuzzFeed. The new digital media player from Apple, which begins shipping this month, includes a new universal search option that will allow users to search for content across multiple apps. For example, you will now be able to search for your favorite TV shows by asking your Siri Remote for a specific title or category such as "funny TV shows." Siri will then show you results across all services like iTunes, Netflix, and more.
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.