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).
This should be good news to those who like using smaller iPhone devices -- Apple has decided to boost the storage capacity of the iPhone SE, and then bid farewell to the 16 gigabyte edition of the model. Thus, the iPhone SE will now be made available in either 32 gigabyte or 128 gigabyte options, replacing the previous 16 gigabyte and 64 gigabyte editions. With regards to the pricing, the starter model’s cost will remain the same at $399, while the option with the biggest storage now carries a price of $499, which is about fifty bucks more than the usual.
After its fiasco with the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung is now making sure their Galaxy S8 will not end up with the same fate. Which is why we will not be seeing the much anticipated device in the upcoming Mobile World Congress event that will be held in Spain next month (as hinted earlier).
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