Apple Is Working on iPad Upgrades and Refreshed Mac Lineup

Apple Inc. is developing new features for the iPad to cater to professional users, along with new Mac laptops and desktops, according to people familiar with the matter. Upcoming software upgrades for the iPad include wider operating-system support for Apple s stylus accessory, while hardware performance improvements are also in development, according to the people. The refreshed Mac hardware line includes new versions of the iMac desktop, MacBook Air laptop, and a 5K standalone monitor in collaboration with LG Electronics Inc., in addition to a thinner1 MacBook Pro laptop. The company hopes to ship the updated iPad software next year, while the Macs are expected as soon as late 2016, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing unannounced products. Apple has not updated any Macs, besides the 12-inch MacBook, since last year. The company declined to comment. While iPad unit sales have declined year-over-year for nine straight quarters, the average selling price jumped in the fiscal third quarter from purchases of pricier iPad Pro models. That produced the first increase in quarterly iPad revenue in more than two years. New features aimed at higher-paying professional customers could support this trend, while the goal of the Mac updates is to keep the line s sales numbers stable even as sales of rival personal computers continue falling.

IPad Pro Features

Apple may roll out the new iPad software features as part of an upgrade to the iOS 10 operating system in the first half of 2017, or save the enhancements for the next major iOS version later in the year, said one of the people. Apple began integrating features exclusive to the iPad last year with the release of a mode to work in two applications simultaneously. The planned iPad update will include improvements to the Apple Pencil, a handwriting and drawing stylus aimed at professionals, according to one of the people. Apple has considered allowing users to annotate objects in many applications across the whole operating system, including in Mail, the Safari web browser, and iMessage, similar to what Samsung Electronics Co. offers on its Note smartphones, the person said. Currently, Apple only supports Pencil functionality in specifically developed apps. The new iPad hardware will include faster display technology that allows for smoother zooming, panning and scrolling, one of the people said. Apple isn t planning to update its iPad lineup until next year, when a new version of the iPad Pro will be released with a 10.5-inch display, up from the current 9.7-inch display, according to a recent research note by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Mac Updates

While the new iPad features aren t expected until next year, Apple is planning to release some of the new Mac products as soon as October, according to the people. The updated line includes tweaked MacBook Air devices with multi-functional USB-C port technology and iMacs with an option for new graphics chips from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. A thinner MacBook Pro2 with a flatter keyboard is also in the pipeline, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg News earlier this month. The standout feature is a digital function key display above the keyboard that allows for common tasks to be done more quickly for whatever program is being used, according to people familiar with the upcoming product. The feature is internally called the Dynamic Function Row, two of the people said, who added that Apple s official name may differ.

For example, if a user is on their desktop, the screen will show a virtual representation of the standard function row, which includes brightness and media controls. When in an application, the virtual row will show options specific to the task at hand, but volume controls and a switch to show the default functions will always be present. The Safari web browser would enable controls for finding and defining terms, while the iMovie video editor would offer controls for cutting clips and a more-precise volume slider, the people said.

The feature requires the upcoming Sierra Mac operating system, which is currently on track to be released as early as the end of September, one of the people said. Sierra will also bring the Siri voice assistant to the Mac, support for Apple Pay transactions on the web, new animations in the iMessage application, deeper iCloud integration for file storage, and an auto-unlock feature for users wearing Apple Watches, the company said in June.

Apple is holding3 an event on Sept. 7 in San Francisco. The keynote will focus on upgraded versions4 of the iPhone, a new Apple Watch5 with GPS tracking and new health features, and an iOS 10 software update for iPhones and iPads, according to people familiar with the matter. The new Macs are currently expected to be announced at a later date, the people said.

LG Collaboration

In addition to the new Macs, Apple is working on a new standalone monitor to connect to its computers, according to the people. After exiting the monitor business earlier this year with the discontinuation of the 27-inch Thunderbolt display, Apple is working with LG Electronics on a new monitor with a high-resolution 5K screen, according to one of the people. Apple currently sells an iMac with a built-in 5K panel, which includes over seven times as many pixels as standard 1080p displays. A spokesperson for LG declined to comment.

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iPad Air 2 vs iPad Mini 4 Review: Which Apple Tablet Is The Best Deal For You?

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an Apple special event on October 16, 2014 in Cupertino, California. Apple unveiled the new iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 tablets and the iMac with 5K retina display. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) ( Justin Sullivan/Getty Images )

Our iPad Air 2 vs. iPad Mini 4 comparison has highlighted the excellent features of the two Apple tablets including their huge display, extra storage option, and excellent touchscreen functionality. Below we have jotted down the iPad specs, which will help you to find out the best deal fit for your needs.

The Cupertino-based technology giant released iPad Air 2 in October 2014 with a 9.7-inch screen1 and a sleeker chassis compared to its predecessor. On the other hand, the iPad Mini 4 was launched in September 2015 with a 7.9-inch screen size, a fully laminated display, and an anti-reflective coating. Both the tablets feature IPS LCD display with a touchscreen that provided 16M colors. In terms of performance-related specs, the Apple devices sport2 a A8X processor with 2 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage on board. However, the iPad Mini 4 has been made available in three different storage options of 16 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB models as compared to iPad Air 2’s 16 GB and 32 GB options. When it comes to camera3 specs, the iPad Mini 4 and the iPad Air 2 sport an 8-megapixel rear and a 1.-megapixel front camera with additional features like touch focus, autofocus, face detection, HDR, and panorama. As far as the battery life of the Apple tablets is concerned, they feature4 a non-removable Li-Ion battery but with different capacity. The iPad Air 2 consists of an 8820 mAh battery whereas the iPad Mini 4 sports a 5124 mAh battery.

The iPad Mini 4 has iOS 9, which is higher compared to the iPad Air 2’s iOS 8.1 version. In terms of price, the iPad Air 2 costs ?460 for the base model, whereas the iPad Mini 4 has been priced at ?420.

Reports claimed that the iPad Mini 4 has gained more popularity compared to the iPad Air 2 owing to its excellent specs and features. However, choosing the best device between the two will depend on your specs requirements and allocated budget.

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Research shows Apple iPad best sedative for children before surgery

By: IANS1 | London | Published:August 29, 2016 6:10 pm Research Shows Apple IPad Best Sedative For Children Before Surgery The researchers found both parental and child anxiety levels to be similar in both groups, with a similar pattern of evolution. (Source: Thinkstock images)

When Apple made iPad, little did the US tech giant realise that the popular device may work as real-world sedative for kids before surgeries. New research shows that allowing children to use iPads to distract them before surgery requiring general anaesthesia is as effective at lowering their anxiety as conventional sedatives. Not only that. Parental satisfaction and quality of anaesthesia induction was higher in children using iPads, said lead researcher Dominique Chassard, EPICIME, Hopital Mere Enfant, Hospices Civils de Lyon in Bron, France.

Use of iPads or other tablet devices is a non-pharmacologic tool which can reduce perioperative stress without any sedative effect in paediatric ambulatory surgery, said Chassard. To reach this conclusion, the team compared the effects of midazolam (a sedative used regularly before anaesthesia) in premedication with age-appropriate game apps (on an iPad tablet) on children aged 4-10 years during and after ambulatory (day) surgery.

Anxiety was assessed both in children and in parents. Children were randomly allocated to one of the two groups (MDZ midazolam-54 children or TAB iPad 58 children). Patients in group MDZ received midazolam 0.3mg/kg orally or rectally, or, in group TAB, were given an electronic tablet (iPAD) 20 min before anaesthesia. Child anxiety was measured by two independent psychologists from time to time.

The researchers found both parental and child anxiety levels to be similar in both groups, with a similar pattern of evolution.

Both parents and nurses found anaesthesia more satisfying in the iPad group.

The study showed that child and parental anxiety before anaesthesia are equally blunted by midazolam or use of the iPad. However, the quality of induction of anaesthesia, as well as parental satisfaction, were judged better in the iPad group, Chassard explained.

The findings were scheduled to be presented at the World Congress2 of Anaesthesiologists (WCA) in Hong Kong which is being held from August 28-September 2).


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