Apple's tablets got their annual refresh today. The gadget maker has launched a couple new tablets, and they will be putting them up for pre-order tomorrow with shipments to start next week, although only one is worth buying.
The new iPad Air 2 features a faster CPU and a better rear camera, and both tablets feature a TouchID sensor integrated into the home button and more storage. The prices will remain the same, and the previous models are going to hang around and sell for a lower price (last year's iPad Air, for example, now costs $399). Continue reading
Pretty much everyone has assumed that Apple would be launching a new iPad air and iPad Mini at their event tomorrow, and thanks to the latest leak there's no room left for doubt.
9to5Mac has found screenshots for the new iOS8 user manual in iBooks, and it has let the cat out of the bag. (While Apple won't be uploading the actual manual until tomorrow, someone goofed and uploaded screenshots today.) Continue reading
Google's 10 month old Newsstand app finally made its way to iOS this week. It was released as an update to the Currents app, which is no more.
The new Newsstand app offers many of the same features found in its Android sibling, including a Flipboard-esque interface which combines features of that news aggregator with Pocket-like options to save articles to be read later, resulting in a very pretty app which is intended more to entertain than to inform (this news junky does not approve). Continue reading
Do you know all those nifty-sounding new reading features Amazon announced last night alongside the new ereaders and tablets? Well, they haven't added the features to the Kindle app yet, but Amazon did roll out a few other goodies.
In addition to support for iOS8, Amazon also added a new widget for your iDevices home page, copy&paste, and more: Continue reading
Longform.org, one of two services that curate and promote quality non-fiction writing on the Web, released its new iOS app today.
The service is replacing the paid iPad app which it had initially released in 2012 with a new app that is free and runs on both the iPad and iPhone . (There is no Android app).
Capital NY reports: Continue reading
Amazon rolled out a new update yesterday for their audiobook app for iOS which added a handful of new features designed to improve the discovery and playback experience as well as a much-needed redesign.
The audible app now features a new discover section which offers a bevy of titles you might want to buy and listen to, and Audible has also improved the search function, enabling listeners to get more info on their next audiobook. Continue reading
The Dropbox app for iPad and iPhone is playing catch up with its Android counterpart this morning.
A new update has been rolled out to the app which adds the document previews and search features which were added to the Android app a couple weeks ago. The app also no supports larger animated Gifs (which is great because we all know this is the real reason we have iPads). Continue reading
Acer might not be the biggest tablet maker but they are a well known name with an established reputation for quality.
Alas, sometimes Acer's generally adequate tablets miss the mark.
The Iconia A1-830 is a mid-grade 8" tablet which launched in April 2014. I didn't get a chance to review it until July and August, and now that I've spent some time with it I am glad that I didn't buy it myself. This is a rather disappointing tablet that actually made the cheaper Hisense Sero 8 look good. Continue reading
The launch date for the next iPad is still the stuff of rumors but one source says that the new hardware is already making its way down the assembly line.
Bloomberg reported this morning that we're going to see a couple new iPads this fall: Continue reading
Barnes & Noble's replacement for the NookStudy digital textbook app has matured somewhat in the 4 months since I reported on its launch in April, but the platform is still a work in progress. Continue reading