Lately we’ve been hearing a lot about the new iPhones, but very little, or almost nothing about the future iPads. We also got an iPad 9.7 (2018) this year, an affordable one, but an iPad Pro update is pretty much overdue. At the same time we also learn a thing or two about the iPad Mini series. All are detailed below.
Industry sources quoted by Digitimes are claiming that next month we’ll see 3 new iPhones, accompanied by two new iPad Pros. An entry level MacBook series will also appear, according to the same source. The AirPower wireless charger will also be out at last. Meanwhile we learn that the iPad Mini is finally dead, kaput, for good. The 7.9 incher has been put to rest forever, it seems.
The 2015 model is going to stick about for a bit more, but that’s the last update you’re going to see. The new iPad Pro rumors are a bit odd, mentioning USB Type-C ports, for a “faster charging experience”. A new and improved 18W power adapter has been mentioned too, so there’s a lot of emphasis on charging. The AirPower is rumored to cost between $160 an $195. The new MacBook will have a 13 inch screen and it’ll be able for about $1200 as a starting price with an Intel Kaby Lake CPU inside.
As far as the new iPad Pros go, we expect a new 12.9 incher and a 10.5 incher. A notch will be included and no more Power button. I wouldn’t be surprised to see an Apple Pencil 2.
One more important device from Microsoft has received a major update this week, the Surface Pro 4. Microsoft Surface Pro 4 has on screen support for the Surface Dial, the famous round and rotating device that lets you interact with graphics and editing software better.
There are new drivers available for the Surface Pro 4, which activate the on screen support for the Surface Dial and improve the touch accuracy. Once the update is installed, you can place the Surface Dial directly on the screen and interact with a color picker or ruler, which will appear on the display. New drivers have been offered for Surface Dial Detection, Surface Dial Filter, Surface Digitizer Integration, Surface touch and Surface Touch Servicing ML.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is a fourth generation Surface product, launched 3 years ago. It’s got a Skylake CPU, more RAM and SSD than the predecessor and it comes with a 12.3 inch screen with higher resolution. Right now if you access the Microsoft Store, you will see the device is out of stock. Other retailers may have it, starting at $700, with 128 GB of storage and Core m3 CPU (no pen).
Metldown and Spectre security risks affecting nearly every modern processor came to light last week, and now Apple has released a pair of software updates to address the Spectre vulnerability. iOS 11.2.2 and macOS High Sierra 10.13.2, while sparse in detail, are both now available for free on compatible devices.
iOS 11.2.2 for iPhone and iPad contains security fixes that aren’t fully fleshed out, but Apple does say that they affect Safari and Webkit to “mitigate the effects of Spectre.” Apple claims the Metldown vulnerability was addressed in iOS 11.2, and since there isn’t a hardware fix for Spectre, the company issued this over-the-air update to all compatible devices. iOS 11.2.2 is available for iPhone 5s and later, iPad Air and later, and iPod touch 6th generation. It can be downloaded by navigating to Settings > General > Software Update.
A supplemental update in macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 is available today that uses similar Safari work-arounds to address the Spectre vulnerability. Apple also previously addressed Metldown in the first update of macOS High Sierra 10.13.2. All compatible machines can download the supplemental update for free from the Mac App Store, and a Safari 11.0.2 update is available for Macs running OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 and macOS Sierra 10.12.6. The Safari update also addresses Spectre risks.
So someone on Amazon asked me about the super duper Asus Z580CA getting an update to Android 6 and I posted my usual answer which is , ah hell no!
5 minutes later my Tablet notifies me of an update. So I install it and guess what, yeah another minor software update and a security patch, but here I sit using a killer tablet without the latest version of Android!
So although I like the quality/specs on Asus products, their updates continue to be sub-standard at the very least. Atrocious is a better word, Unacceptable is even more accurate. They need to remove their heads from their collective asses and hire some software folks to get these updates done and keep customers happy!
Apparently they have learned nothing about service AFTER the sale. Great specs are wonderful, but the latest bleeding edge stuff is what geeks want! Learn it or go the way of Studabaker and Edsel and all other the othe glaring failures of corporate history.
The past months haven’t been very kind to the Nvidia Shield Tablet, that got a bit of bad press once some units registered battery overheating issues, that may have lead them to explode. A replacement program was put in place and the storm passed. Today, if you’re the owner of such a slate, you should know there’s an update coming.
The tablet gets update 3.1.1, that includes a security patch for Stagefright, as well as stability and performance improvements. System optimizations and fixes are also included, as well as battery performance upgrades and improvements brought to the Netflix playback. The Shield wireless controller gets its own firmware update, thanks to this software package.
The update is available on both WiFi and cellular models. It’s been a while since the last software release for the Nvidia tablet, that came at the end of July. In case you’re tempted to buy the Shield Tablet, know that it’s priced at $550 on Amazon, but I’m sure you can find better deals for the Tegra K1-based slate.