We sort of expected it to happen, with all the rumors flying around last week. But Apple fans and tablet enthusiasts should still get excited with everything that the tech giant has announced at its recent “field trip” event held at the Lane Technical College Preparatory High School in the city of Chicago in Illinois.
It is pretty much a sure thing each and every year -- Apple will be unleashing new iPhone models that are supposed to be better and more advanced than the previous year’s offerings, but back in 2016, the tech giant did an unusual thing -- it introduced the iPhone SE. To be perfectly clear, this particular model was not as impressive (hardware and specifications wise) as the usual flagships the company releases every second half of any given year, but this “small” iPhone has since gained a solid following, especially among those iOS mobile users who do not mind owning a simpler iPhone.
One of Google’s artificial intelligence driven features, the Google Assistant, has now found its way to the iPad. With this latest development, Apple’s tablet offering officially now has a trio of other digital assistants on top of the tech giant’s own Siri feature. Those three are the aforementioned Google Assistant, Microsoft’s Cortana (via the release of a version optimized for iPads last February), and Amazon’s Alexa (which happens to be the third most downloaded app among iPad users during last year’s holiday shopping season).
When Apple unveiled the iPhone X almost two months ago, many grew fascinated at one of the new features introduced in this year’s flagship device. Replacing Touch ID, Apple introduced a new facial recognition feature that promised to be as phenomenal or even better. Because of how the public took to this new feature, it is possible Apple would be carrying over facial recognition to its next generation devices.
Apparently so, at least as predicted by noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities. The analyst recently sent a note to investors predicting that the innovative Face ID feature that debuted in this year’s new iPhone models (the iPhone X, the iPhone 8, and the iPhone 8 Plus) will soon be making its way to the iPad Pro, as well as on practically all high end Apple handsets by next year. It bears mentioning that upcoming new iPad models will likely launch in the second half of 2018.
Sales of Apple’s tablets were actually not bad during the second quarter of this year, but as good as the iPhone maker’s iPad Pro offering has been, many people are still not convinced that tablets can be as good as computers. But Apple is cooking up some real cool things in its upcoming iOS 11 mobile operating system, and the company is promising that new features will make iPad Pro more powerful than ever.
Back in 2015, Apple already had released a 12.9 inch iPad Pro (at a starting price of $799). Then a year later, the tech giant then launched a 9.7 inch iPad Pro (at a starting price of $599). This year, the company is offering yet another variant of its iPad Pro -- this time around at a size of 10.5 inches.
Say goodbye to the “Free Data for Life” iPad promotional deal from T-Mobile. The third biggest wireless carrier in the United States has apparently decided to get rid (albeit quietly) of this special offer first introduced more than three years ago. For those not familiar with this deal, it promised 200 megabytes of cellular data on a monthly basis for owners of new iPad devices who opt to activate their tablets on T-Mobile’s network. Sure, 200 megabytes of data is not much, but back in 2013, this was actually considered already generous.
T-Mobile has recently decided to include AppleCare in its device insurance plans (which normally cost $12 per month), absolutely free of charge. According to the number three wireless carrier in the United States, customers who choose to purchase a new iPhone device or an iPad tablet will now be covered under AppleCare if they also opt to sign up for the mobile operator’s Jump! or Premium Device Protection options (more on these two later).
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