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New Affordable 9.7 inch iPad to Receive Apple Pencil Support

By Radu Iorga

The Apple Pencil is about to get bigger and more accessible to iPad users, as it seems that Apple is ready to make it available on the cheaper iPads. On March 27th Apple is going to have an event scheduled and it’s supposed to be a “field trip”. Some say they may launch a new iPad there and now there’s a theory that it’ll be a cheap model working with the Apple Pencil.

As you probably know already, the Apple Pencil support has been limited to the iPad Pro since its 2015 debut. The pressure sensitive stylus increases the creative capacity of the device, letting us write, draw and paint straight on the screen. KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo recently told investors that the new 9.7 inch iPad will get Apple Pencil support, plus it’ll also gain a keyboard accessory.

Kuo also claims that the Cupertino firm is going to abandon the iPad Mini series, as big screen smartphones have cannibalized it. The new low priced iPad is going to be mass produced since Q2 2018 and it’ll probably support the Apple Pencil. The price being thrown around by rumors and leaks is $259 and the product is expected to improve on the features of last year’s model.

Better RAM, CPU and storage, I imagine. Apple’s Field Trip event will probably bring us new education apps and new iPad accessories too. We’ll learn more on the 27th.

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Apple Confirms March 27th Event, New iPads Potentially Incoming

By Radu Iorga

Turns out that Apple has indeed planned an event for this Spring. They’ve started sending invites to a March 27th happening, held in Chicago and word trough the grapevine talks about the unveiling of new iPads.

The event takes place at the Lane Tech College Prep High School and it’ll be focused on education first and foremost. Apple claim that it wants to hear the latest creative ideas for teachers and students. We could see something new related to the educational aspect of iTunes, maybe some type of new classes or some cool AR/VR initiative. However, there have been too many rumors about new iPads, so something’s got to give.

Affordably priced iPads could happen, a new Apple Pencil is overdue and especially judging by the strokes above we may see some Apple Pencil input in the mix. Apple also promotes this as a “field trip”, so once again VR may be a thing. But then again, how about the OLED iPad, with or without notch? Imagine the juicy Apple A11 Bionic put inside a tablet and harnessed on a big diagonal screen…

By the way, the other big Apple event up next is WWDC 2017, taking place on June 4th. We’ll meet iOS 12 there and perhaps new hardware.

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Alexa’s Calling and Messaging Features Now Available on Tablets

By Radu Iorga

Alexa is not just your one stop place for vocal commands, reminders, recipes and so forth. It also has a voice and video calling functionality, which was recently unlocked on tablets. It was already available on the Echo and now it reached slates.

Amazon announced over the past 24 hours that it’s activating the support for calling and messaging features on iPads, Android tablets and Fire OS tablets. On Amazon Fire HD 10 for example, Alexa calling and voice messaging works via hands free, so you basically just ask Alexa to take some action. Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 or older generation slates will let you press the Home button to place a call or send a message.

It’s that easy, it seems. They also support Drop In, which is a feature that lets you use Alexa devices as intercoms. Basically you can connect with other devices around the home or in friends and families homes, if you enable that dedicated feature. In order to use the calling and messaging features, you need the latest version of the Alexa app and also to verify the phone number, then import contacts.

The expanded support for voice calls and messaging shows that Alexa is more than just a regular virtual assistant and hub for smart home features. Voice integration has been promised since January, so in the future you’ll speak to Alexa in a dedicated app, not just through Alexa devices. We see this as a way to matter more in the world of mobiles, where Amazon already failed with Fire Phone.

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Apple Gets Approval for Two New iPad Models, Freshly Certified

By Radu Iorga

While odds are slim that we’ll see any sort of hardware launched at this summer’s WWDC 2018, if there’s any product coming, that’s surely an iPad… or two. Apple has been given the green light and certification for two new iPads, hinting at an imminent launch.

The Cupertino giant filed for approval with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) for two devices. Both got their permissions this week. Apple also got approval to bring new iPhone and iPad samples into the region. The latest iPad introduced by the company was the affordable iPad from last March, so that model is due an upgrade. The new iPads approved by the EEC are codenamed “A1893” and “A1954”, which don’t fit any existing Apple tablets.

iPhone and iPad samples with “AA” and CC” designations have also been approved. It’s not the only leak we’re hearing about, as iOS 11.3 hints at “modern” iPads for the current year. By “modern” we understand a code reference that appeared in various firmwares before the iPhone X was out, hinting at its Face ID cutout. Upgraded iPads of 2018 are expected to feature Face ID, OLED edge to edge screens and bumped up cameras. I wouldn’t be surprised if a modified Apple A11 Bionic CPU was inside.

Those will be iPad Pros, which may come a bit later than a revamped cheap iPad. I expect a Spring release for the cheap iPad and a Fall release for the 12 inch and 10 inch iPad Pros. A new Apple Pencil is in the cards too.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Jests About iPad Users “Not Using a Real Computer” While in India

By Radu Iorga

Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO made the headlines this week, after a gesture and line that would fit in the antics of Steve Jobs or Steve Ballmer, rather than the cool and laid back official. Microsoft’s main man was visiting India, when he ran into two journalists using iPads. What happened next is detailed below.

Nadella said to the two “You need to get a real computer, my friend”. This completes the whole Microsoft attitude towards the iPads, which made the headlines before, when other officials said that Apple copied the Surface Pro with the iPad Pro. Ryan Gavin, General Manager of the Surface line also said that the iPad Pro is a result of Apple copying Microsoft in the 2 in 1 segment.

It’s true that the devices are similar, since they have touchscreens, metal bodies and attachable keyboards, but from that to copying there’s a long way to go. Back to Nadella he claimed at one point that Microsoft and Apple were competing in different segments. Microsoft was mentioned as a tool creator, while Apple was named as the maker of luxury goods.

It’s also true that Satya Nadella was much more polite than Steve Jobs or Steve Ballmer would have been in similar situations. The two I just mentioned are famous for getting angry fast, or even stomping on rival products. It’s also bizarre that Microsoft seemed to move very fast with the Office for iPad, faster than any other Office released, so when it comes to profit they don’t stray from working with competition.

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