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Another Video Worth Sharing: 2018 Apple MacBook Air Unboxing & First Look Review

By Tim

This one comes to us from Andrew over at AMDTech and covers his initial unboxing and First Look Review of the new 2018 MacBook Air.

This is a refresh of the MacBook Air and folks have been eagerly awaiting it and it isn’t a bad notebook. However it has the usual Apple formula, take away ports, remove some feature and then kick the price upstairs!

This one is powered by a dual-core i5 processor and runs fairly cool It isn’t upgradeable so make sure to order the version that will get you through the next few years.

As usual this is a super well produced video so make sure to visit Andrew’s channel on Youtube and subscribe if you like this type of content.

Now let us proceed at once to the video!

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iPad Pro (2018) 11 inch Model Gets iFixit Teardown, Adhesive Galore

By James A.

It’s time to talk about the iPad Pro (2018) again, this time with some details about the innards of the devices. iFixit is on the case, having down a teardown of the device to see what’s inside. Spoiler: there’s a lot of glue.

They handled the 11 inch iPad Pro and took it apart, as the pics shown here reveal. It all started by removing the display from the tablet and the first thing that came up was the set of audio components from the iPad Pro: four woofers and four tweeters. The speakers and logic board cover stopped access to the iPad Pro A12X Bionic CPU, but in the end iFixit was able to access the full logic board.

On that board they found the Apple A12X Bionic CPU, 64 GB of flash storage made by Toshiba and also 4 GB of RAM (Micron made). There’s also an NFC controller, the Apple WiFi/Bluetooth module and two Broadcom touchscreen controllers. There’s also good news as the new iPad’s battery is easier to fix and replace compared to the previous gen slates.

 

The reason is that Apple is using those stretch-release battery tabs again, with a total of 6 U-shaped strips. The problem is that iFixit also found a lot of adhesive on the left side of the battery. The Face ID components are similar to the iPhone X ones, but only with some form factor changes. All in all the device scored a 3 out of 10 for ease of repairability, definitely not a flattering grade.

Bonus points were scored for the lack of physical Home button and the modular USB Type-C port. Of course the teardown revealed an impressive number of magnets as well. iFixit also took apart the Apple Pencil, discovering a wireless charging coil, battery, alignment magnets and Broadcom touch controller. A potential capacitive grid was also found, which may be a sign that more gestures are coming.

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Microsoft Surface Go 4G LTE Version Comes November 22nd, Priced at $679

By Radu Iorga

Microsoft Surface Go has been one of the most affordable Windows tablets out there, but it was lacking a crucial feature: LTE connectivity. The long awaited LTE version now gets a release date and a price, detailed below.

The Surface Go starts at $399 right now and it’s got 4 GB of RAM plus 64 GB of storage. It goes to 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB storage for $549. For $679 you can get the new LTE version
with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage and the preorder is on right now. The product actually has LTE Advanced and it’s going to ship in 23 markets by November 22nd. The newcomer is
a 10 incher with a 1800 x 1200 pixel display, an Intel Pentium 4415Y CPU, WiFi ac and Bluetooth 4.1.

There’s also an USB Type-C port, a Surface Connect Port and the Surface Go Type Cover port. Extra storage is available via microSDXC and we also have a 3.5 mm audio jack. The device weighs 1.2 pounds, measures around 0.3 inches and also provides a main 8 megapixel camera, plus a front 5 MP shooter. There’s also support for Windows Hello face recognition and of course you can pair it up with the Surface Pen and Surface Go Type Cover (sold separately).

I should probably also mention that the Surface Go LTE with accessories probably goes past $900 and that sum can bring a new Surface Pro 6 tablet, sans LTE.

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Global Tablet Shipments Drop 4.3% in 2018, Huawei Becomes Third Largest Device Maker

By Radu Iorga

We’ve written about the status of the tablet market a while ago and it didn’t look good for 2018. The global tablet shipments are now expected to drop by 4.3% year on year in 2018, compared to 2017. The numbers thrown around are 145.5 million units and the shipments of entry level devices are expected to grow weaker.

The reason is that the smart speakers and large screen phones are growing. Also, currency rates are eating into the segment and profits for the device makers. The info comes from TrendForce, who also reminds us that 5G is coming and while the tablets have something to look forward to, the present isn’t impressive. The biggest ambitions in the segment are the ones coming from Google and Huawei.

Huawei is now third in the tablet segment, with the fastest growth. Their shipments have grown by over 30% compared to last year. TrendForce also forecasts that the global tablet shipments will be at 139.6 million units, a year on year decline of 4%. Big and small brands will be forced to drop prices to entice customers, but the life cycle of products can’t be changed.

The market is saturated and has been since 2014. The biggest switch in the segment is the fact that Huawei replaced Amazon as the third largest tablet maker. Amazon and Apple has conservative shipment predictions for this year. Apple remains the market leader, also thanks to the new iPad Pro models, anticipating a huge holiday season. The large screen iPhone XS Max may still eat into those sales.

TrendForce expects the iPad shipments to fall by 2% year on year, reaching just 43 million units in 2018. It’s weird to see firms like Acer, ASUS, HP, maybe even Lenovo staying put and not investing in tablets anymore.

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New Samsung Foldable Phone Anticipated by Fresh Patent; Wider Clamshell Proposed

By Radu Iorga

Last week was all about Samsung’s new foldable device, teased via a showcasing of its screen panel. Today we uncover a new patent for a future foldable, also from Samsung. Unveiled by Patently Mobile, this new approach seems to go past the Infinity Flex Display.

Samsung was criticized for showcasing a bulky demo device, so it may be looking into slimmer formats. The device shown here is not very skinny either and it seems to have a pretty small hinge. This is very likely sized like the Galaxy F, meaning it has a large 7.3 inch screen when unfolded and two 4.5 inch screens offered separately when folded. 5G services should turn this into a platform for consuming content on the go.

The US Patent Office has published these sketches, so they’re as legit as they get. We see an audio jack, charging port, speakers and the hinge expanding and contracting. This product is meant to serve more purposes than one: e-reader, laptop replacement, phone, video game console and PDA. It’s also a media player of course and a camera. I look forward to learning which parts are flexible here and whether or not the battery and motherboard have foldable parts too.

 

Samsung filed for this patent in April 2018 and it was only published in USA over the past days. Seeing how Huawei is the main patent achiever over the past half a decade, I’m pretty sure they have their own foldable coming and perhaps even a lawsuit or two against copycats. Samsung may resort to the same tricks.

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