Apple Announces 9.7-inch iPad Pro with Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard Support

Submitted by lalit on March 21, 2016 - 5:29pm.

Apple today introduced new 9.7-inch iPad Pro featuring a new pro Retina display, 64-bit A9X processor, 12-megapixel iSight camera with 4K video and 5-megapixel FaceTime HD camera. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro also supports the excellent Apple Pencil and a new Smart Keyboard cover.

The pro Retina display offers a True Tone display, which uses new four-channel sensors to dynamically adjust the white balance of the display to match the light around you for a more natural and accurate, paper-white viewing experience. The advanced Retina display is 25 percent brighter and 40 percent less reflective than iPad Air 2, making content even easier to see indoors and out. It uses the same wider color gamut as the iMac with Retina 5K display, delivering 25 percent greater color saturation for more vivid colors. A custom timing controller, photo alignment and oxide TFT deliver incredible color, contrast and clarity.

The iPad Pro is just 6.1 mm thin and weigh under one pound while offering super fast A9X chip, 802.11ac WiFi with MIMO, 50 percent faster LTE Advanced and console class graphics. Apple claims that the iPad Pro offers better graphics performance that Xbox 360. The four-speaker audio system provides powerful, clear and rich stereo sound for more than twice the audio output.

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro comes in silver, space gray, gold and a new rose gold metallic finish, and starts at $599 (US) for the 32GB with Wi-Fi model and $729 (US) for the 32GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model. Both iPad Pro sizes are available in offerings of 32GB, 128GB and a new 256GB capacity. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro will be available to order beginning Thursday, March 24, from Apple.com, and in Apple’s retail stores, through select carriers and Apple Authorized Resellers on Thursday, March 31, in Australia, Canada, China (Wi-Fi models only), France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK, US Virgin Islands and the US. 

Apple Introduces iPhone SE at Awesome Starting Price of $399

Submitted by lalit on March 21, 2016 - 1:58pm.

Apple today introduced their new 4-inch iPhone SE with matte-chamfered edges and a color-matched stainless steel Apple logo. Even though the new iPhone looks almost identical to iPhone 5s from the outside, the inside have been completely changed. The iPhone SE features 64-bit A9 chip, a 12-megapixel iSight camera with live Photos and 4K video and Touch ID with Apple Pay. Apple has also updated the wireless chipsets for three times faster WiFi and 50 percent faster LTE. The front facing camera has also been updated to HD camera with Retina Flash for perfect selfies.

Apple claims that the new iPhone SE is the most powerful four-inch smartphone, offering two times faster CPU and three times faster GPU performance compared to iPhone 5s. And with the A9 processor it might be one of the fastest smartphones available today in any size. Like on the big brother iPhone 6s, the A9 processor also brings along M9 motion coprocessor for features like always on “Hey Siri” and a range of fitness tracking capabilities like measuring steps and distance.

iPhone SE will be available in space gray, silver, gold and rose gold metallic finishes in 16GB and 64GB models starting at $399 (US) from Apple’s retail stores, Apple Authorized Resellers and select carriers. Customers in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK, US Virgin Islands and the US will be able to order iPhone SE beginning Thursday, March 24, with availability beginning Thursday, March 31.

 

CES 2016: LG Showcases 98-inch 8k Display

Submitted by lalit on January 5, 2016 - 3:27pm.

LG brought their first ever 98-inch 8K display to CES 2016. The display offers 16 times the resolution of normal full HD TV and four times the resolution of 4K TVs. Other TV Manufacturers have show 8K TVs before, but this is the first display running at 120Hz, which should result in smoother video.

Though Market is not yet ready for 8K TVs and will not be ready for next 5-6 years, but this shows where the technology is heading and how close to reality picture quality will get in future.

 

 

CES 2016: LG Introduces Next Generation 4K OLED TV with Superior HDR Experience

Submitted by lalit on January 5, 2016 - 2:14pm.

Right now, LG has the best TVs (their OLED lineup) available on the market, and from their latest announcement at CES 2016, it looks like this year also LG’s OLED TV will be on the top. The next generation of LG OLED TVs - the G6 and E6 series will be one tenth of an inch deep with translucent glass backs and very thin bezels around the screen. LG calls it “Picture-On-Glass” design.

Not only is the design impressive, but the feature set is out of this world. Both the G and E series will features HDR Pro with support for all HDR formats (including HDR10 and DolbyVision). LG OLEDs will also get Ultra HD Premium spec that is applied by UHD Alliance to products that meet the highest level performance in resolution, peak luminance, black levels, wide color gamut and audio quality. The TVs will get webOS 3.0 update with better app support and internet connectivity.

LG didn't announce the release dates or pricing for the new OLED TVs, but we are hoping to see these TVs in the market by summer 2016.

 

Apple Watch 2nd Gen Coming in Q2 2016

Submitted by lalit on November 13, 2015 - 1:12pm.

According to China’s United Daily News, Quanta Chairman Barry Lam has revealed that second generation Apple Watch will be launched in second quarter of 2016. Quanta has been Apple’s manufacturing partner for the first generation watch that was launched in April this year.

Lam brought this up during Quanta’s earning call revealing that the company is expanding its capacity to assemble new products in 2016. Investors believe that majority of this new capacity will be used for next generation Apple Watch.

Rumors are second generation Apple Watch will have a more powerful processor, bigger battery and improved screen for better outdoor visibility.

 

Nest Announces Weave - New Communication Protocols For Smart Devices

Submitted by lalit on October 1, 2015 - 1:45pm.

Nest today announced new communication protocols for smart devices called Weave. The company said that when they started Nest five years ago, they realized that none of the communication protocols worked for them, so they ended up inviting their own set of protocols called Nest Weave. Nest says that they have been using the Weave protocols for years and next year they will open it up to everyone who wants to make a connected home product.

According to Nest, Weave lets devices talk directly to each other and to Nest. And because it’s reliable, compact and secure, it works great for all kinds of products – like a lightbulb that needs to turn on and off without any lag time, or a door lock that runs on battery power, or a security system that needs to work even if Wi-Fi goes down.

Lock maker Yale will be on of the first company to launch a product using the Weave technology. Nest says, “They’ve been making locks since 1843. But they knew they wanted to make a new kind of connected lock. That’s why they came to Nest. Using Nest Weave, our cloud services and app, they built the first lock that lets you check if the door is open, see who came and went, and create passcodes for family members and guests from the Nest app.”

The new connected lock will be called Linus and the video below shows how it works. Smart home devices based on Nest Weave protocol should come to the market by next year.

 

 

OS X El Capitan Available as a Free Download on September 30th

Submitted by lalit on September 30, 2015 - 12:32am.

After announcing record 13 million iPhone 6s and 6s Plus sales on the launch weekend yesterday, Apple today announced that their next generation desktop operating system OS X El Capitan will be available on Wednesday, September 30 as a free update for Mac users. According to Apple, El Capitan builds on the groundbreaking features and beautiful design of OS X Yosemite, refining the Mac experience with updates to window management, built-in apps and Spotlight search, and performance improvements to make everyday activities — like launching and switching apps, opening PDFs and accessing email — faster and more responsive.

“People love using their Macs, and one of the biggest reasons is the power and ease-of-use of OS X,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “El Capitan refines the Mac experience and improves performance in a lot of little ways that make a very big difference. Feedback from our OS X beta program has been incredibly positive and we think customers are going to love their Macs even more with El Capitan.”

The new OS X El Capitan will be available on September 30th on Mac App Store as a free upgrade for Mac users. El Capitan supports all Macs introduced in 2009 and later, and some models introduced in 2007 and 2008.

 

Apple Introduces The New iPod touch with A8 Processor and New Colors for nano and shuffle

Submitted by lalit on July 15, 2015 - 1:22pm.

Almost three years after introducing iPod touch with A5 processor in 2012, Apple has finally launched the new iPod touch featuring the same A8 processor found in iPhone 6. The new processor brings the M8 motion coprocessor for better fitness tracking and 10 times faster graphics for more impressive gaming experience. Other new features on the iPod touch are 8-megapixel iSight camera, improved FaceTime HD camera and support for newly launched Apple Music service.

"iPod touch gives customers around the world access to Apple Music, the App Store and iOS, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, starting at just $199,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone, iPod and iOS Product Marketing. “With big advancements like the A8 chip and the 8 megapixel iSight camera, customers can experience next-level gameplay, take even more beautiful photos and enjoy their favorite music, TV shows and movies.”

Along with the new iPod touch, Apple also updated the iPod nano and shuffle. However, the updates to both the iPods are mostly cosmetic with few hardware changes. The iPod shuffle get the new VoiceOver feature that tells you information about songs and playlists. And the iPod nano get an improved UI. Both the iPods are available in blue, pink, silver, space grey and gold colors. Priced $49.00 for 2GB iPod shuffle and $149.00 for 16GB iPod nano.

The new iPod touch is also available in blue, pink, silver, space grey and gold colors, priced $199 for 16GB, $249 for 32GB and $299 for 64GB. And for the first time, iPod touch is available in a 128GB model for $399 through Apple Retail Stores and Apple Online Store.

 

Some Thoughts on Apple Watch Pricing

Submitted by lalit on March 9, 2015 - 8:59am.

It’s never a good idea to say John Gruber is wrong, he is Master Yoda of Apple news/rumors. However, I think he is way off base with his Apple Watch price guesses. Gruber posted on Saturday his final guesses as follows:

  • Apple Watch Sport (all colors, with Sport Band): $349/399
  • Apple Watch, steel, Sport Band: $749/799
  • Apple Watch, steel, Classic Buckle: $849/899
  • Apple Watch, steel, Milanese Loop: $949/999
  • Apple Watch, steel, Modern Buckle (38mm only): $1199
  • Apple Watch, steel, Leather Loop (42mm only): $1299
  • Apple Watch, steel, Link Bracelet: $1499/1599
  • Apple Watch, space black steel, Link Bracelet: $1899/1999
  • Apple Watch Edition, Sport Band: $7499/7999
  • Apple Watch Edition, Modern Buckle (38mm only): $9999
  • Apple Watch Edition, Classic Buckle (42mm only): $10,999

 I think that the prices will be way less than Gruber’s guesses (except for the Apple Watch Sport). The reason for such high prices given by Gruber and everyone else is that Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition are luxury items and luxury watches cost few thousand dollars specially the gold ones.

From what I have seen of Apple, the company has always strived to bring top tier products within reach of common people. I think Apple is one of the few companies that makes a Bimmer and sales it for the price of Honda Accord. For example, iPhone 4 that was launched in June 2010 was made of glass and stainless steel, which made it look and feel like the most luxurious phone on the market. However, Apple priced the iPhone 4 $500 rather than pricing it few thousand dollars like a Vertu phone (which looked nowhere as good as iPhone 4).

Same goes for every Apple product consider iMac, MacBooks, iPads or even the iPods. The level of fit and finish that Apple brings to its products has never been less than luxurious. Apple products have always been affordable luxury and the same will continue with the upcoming Apple Watch.

So what are my guesses for Apple Watch pricing - We all know Apple Watch Sport will be $349, Apple Watch (Steel) will start at about $500 and none will cost more than $1200, and Apple Watch Edition will range between $2000 to $3000.

 

Who Wants Snail-Paced Google Fiber, When US Internet is Launching 10Gbps Service

Submitted by lalit on December 25, 2014 - 2:24pm.

US Internet - a Minnetonka firm will be rolling out ultrafast internet service for 30,000 households west of Interstate 35W in Minneapolis. The firm is already offering 1Gbps fiber-optic service to these households and will bring 10 Gbps Internet service in the summer of 2015. The service will be 400 times faster than the average speed of 25 Mbps offered by Comcast. The firm claims that the service will be among the fastest Internet service available today.

“The fastest Internet in the world is going to be here in Minneapolis starting this afternoon,” said Joe Caldwell, co-CEO of US Internet. “We’re talking about a game-changing speed.”

However, the service won’t be cheap, it will cost $400 per month for 10 Gbps service, but a cheaper $65 per month plan will also be available for 1 Gbps service. If you can live with Google Fiber like Internet speed, after knowing that your neighbor might have ultrafast 10Gbps Internet service.

[Via Star Tribune]