Two weeks with the iPad Pro made me fall in love

Those who have followed my experiments in tech should know by now that I skew towards the Google life. Stock Android phones (mostly Nexus with one foray into the Moto X) have been my daily drivers since the Nexus One came out, I’ve had a string of Nexus tablets, and I’ve been a big proponent of Chromebooks as the perfect “good enough” computers for most people.

At least that last part stood true until I used the new iPad Pro 10.5 for the past two weeks. Now, I’m not so sure anymore.

I’ve attempted switching from Android to an iPhone a couple times (most …


AT&T offers BOGO deal on iPhone 7 or free iPad when you switch to DirecTV

Major US carrier AT&T has two interesting deals for those Apple fans who don’t mind committing to a long term contract. The subject of these deals is the iPhone, but both require customers to sign up for a new AT&T agreement.

The first promotion is a simple BOGO (buy one, get one for free) deal on the iPhone 7 32GB. So, you buy one and get one for free when you buy both on AT&T Next with monthly eligible wireless and DirecTV service.

In order to qualify for the deal, the first iPhone 7 can be a new line or an upgrade, but the second one must absolutely …

Document seems to reveal a Microsoft built Touch Cover for the Apple iPad

Microsoft debuted the Surface Touch Cover in 2012. A combination cover/QWERTY, the accessory protected the tablet while at the same time it provided a flat, formless keyboard to help users type faster on the Surface tablet. But a flat typing surface was not good enough for most, so Microsoft came up with the Surface Type Cover. The Type Cover comes with buttons and keys making it more of a legitimate QWERTY keyboard for Surface users. And yes, it can double as a cover.

Microsoft now produces only the Type Cover for Surface users, but it doesn’t appear that the Touch Cover is going away. …

Apple offers free Beats earphones to teachers and students buying a new iPad Pro

Apple is jumping in its yearly education discount program by offering free or discounted Beats headphones to teachers and students buying a new iPad Pro and/or MacBook. Purchasing a 10.5-inch or 12.9-inch iPad Pro will either net you a free pair of BeatsX earphones, or a $150 discount on the Solo3 or Powerbeats3. The Solo3 run for around $300, and the Powerbeats3 go for $200, so you’re still getting a very good deal on these.

Unfortunately, the iPad Pro student discount is only $20, but a MacBook can have $300 shaven off its price, so that becomes a fair deal. The …

B&H Photo has the Apple iPad and Apple Watch Series 2 on sale for the rest of the week

With Independence Day 2017 coming down to the last few hours, it doesn’t mean that you are too late to take advantage of some holiday deals. For the remainder of this week, you can buy the Apple iPad and the Apple Watch Series 2 on sale from B&H Photo. This is the large photo, video and electronics store located right near Madison Square Garden in New York. B&H does a lot of business online, and occasionally has a big sale on phones, tablets and other mobile devices.

B&H has the 2017 9.7-inch Apple iPad in all three colors (Silver, Space Gray and Gold) for $299. That is $30 or …

Pricing for the iPhone, iPad cut by Apple in India following tax reform

Apple, which has been looking to replace slumping iPhone and iPad sales in China by picking up the pace in India, has cut the prices of its devices in the latter country. The price adjustments coincide with sales-related tax reform for Indians. Prices of iPhone models are now 4% to 7.5% lower following the implementation on July 1st of the Goods and Services Tax (GST). This single tax replaces different taxes imposed by both central and state governments.

With the new pricing, the Apple iPhone SE, which is manufactured locally in the country, has been cut from Rs 27,200 to Rs 26,000. Converting …

ProMotion display technology on the Apple iPad Pro explained: buttery smooth!

The most advanced display on the planet – that, in Apple’s words, is what the two latest iPad Pro models treat your eyes to. That is a bold claim, but it is also one not far from the truth given all of the screen technology packed into the new 10.5- and 12.9-inch iPad Pro tablets. Their screens are brighter and less reflective than before, with support for HDR video and automatic white balance adjustment, all while rendering eye candy across as many as 5.6 million pixels. However, the most striking display upgrade they bring is a feature that Apple calls ProMotion.

What …

Apple iPad Pro 10.5 Review

Introduction
More than most tech companies out there, Apple is a manufacturer that really gets set in its ways: no doubt after a long period of careful consideration, Apple tends to decide, “this is how we’re going to do things,” and keeps on doing that same thing, over and over, for years and years.

That’s especially true when it comes to the form factor of its mobile iOS devices, and something as simple as trying out a new screen size can feel like the biggest ask in the world when we’re talking about Apple. And certainly when we’re looking at Apple’s tablets, there’s ample evidence …

Apple’s iPad Pro copied the Surface Pro, Microsoft’s exec says

 

The last couple of weeks saw the launches of high-performance tablet devices from two of the world’s biggest tech producers, Microsoft and Apple. The new Surface Pro and iPad Pro models set out to be gadgets capable of replacing your laptop and are aimed at the market of creative ‘on-the-goers’, who are willing to shed a buck.

Even though the devices are quite different, in terms of hardware and software, obviously incorporating proprietary tech of each manufacturer, both set out to fulfill similar needs and whims. In this regard, General Manager for the Surface family, Ryan Gavin, …

4GB RAM confirmed for both 2017 iPad Pro tablets

Wondered how much RAM there is inside the new iPad Pros? Obviously, that’s not the kind of information you’ll get from Apple, because it doesn’t discuss tablets and phones like it does computers. However, there are ways to establish the missing pieces in iOS devices’ hardware spec sheets. One approach is GeekBench, the popular benchmark test which profiles phones and spills the beans on their hardware makeup.

The 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros were taken through GeekBench and came out as 4GB RAM devices. In combination with the A10X processor, the tablets represent probably …