Apple has had a great 2014 and started off 2015 a bit bumpy with the Apple Watch and the new MacBook line. But there’s more in store for Apple this year, and it involves both tablets and iPhones. Besides the iPhone 6S and iPhone 7, people are also anticipating a refresh of the iPad Air and iPad Mini line-up, which is where the Cupertino-based company will most likely surprise the most. Various reports about the iPad Air being scraped have been flowing in from unofficial sources, stating that the iPad Air as we know it will be replaced by something much more impressive: the iPad Air Pro.
Take this with a grain of salt, but industry insiders are cautioning people not to expect the iPad Air to show this year. While the iPad Mini 4 is still on track, But the iPad Air Pro is the focus of journalists and tech enthusiasts, as there are a bunch of new features that are rumored to be introduced to the Apple product line-up with this new oversized tablet. Although the iPad Air and iPad Air 2 have been launched to overwhelmingly positive reviews, many users are missing features that would make the tablets unique. The iPad Air Pro aims to change that, although it will compromise in certain areas.
The iPad Air Pro release date coincides with that of the iPad Mini 4 and another mysterious device, which might be a new iPad Pro or a new Mac. The third device is a mystery, as there are only a few unofficial statements from people saying they’re “insiders” or “close to the matter” stating that three big launches are to be expected this Fall. The iPad Air Pro release date is tipped for November, although that does refer to the public release rather than the launch event itself. The iPad Air 3 as some might call it will most likely be launched in October, after the iPhone 6S or iPhone 7 release concludes.
Although previous iPad editions have been truly remarkable when it comes to performance and quality, nothing really stood out, save for Touch ID on the 2014 models. Tim Cook and co. are planning to change that approach and mix things up a bit, seeing as convertible devices are en vogue right now in the industry. As the Surface Pro 4 approaches fast, Apple would not want to compromise by releasing a standard tablet with nothing that stands out. Which is why there’s the new name involved in the engineering of the iPad Air Pro as well: rethinking the approach, one might say.
Our own insiders tell us that we should expect the iPad Air Pro 2015 features and specs to compete with top of the line notebooks and convertibles from Microsoft, Asus, Acer, Lenovo and more. Although the main competitor for the Apple tablet will be the Surface Pro 4 (or the Surface Pro 3, if the 4 doesn’t get released this year), the iPad Air Pro will also deal with various typologies of consumers who like versatility. With that in mind, Apple will include Touch ID, a projector, as well as a magnetic keyboard (like the ones launched by Typo recently) and a foldable kickstand on the rear.
iPad users usually have to buy cases if they want their tablets to be versatile and multifunctional, which while a good strategy for a lasting partnership between Apple and third-parties, the business model of Microsoft seems to be working a bit better. A powerful computer with every accessory supplied by the manufacturer would have more pull in the community as it promotes the ecosystem that many are already fond of. Although specifics about the projector and the design of the iPad Air Pro have not been revealed, one can imagine that Apple will end up launching a device that’s premium, and based off of multiple existing designs as well as a touch of Jony Ive in the mix.
When it comes to performance, iPad Air Pro specs are over the top, at least according to our sources. A new chipset, which remains unnamed at this point, will be introduced with the iPad Air Pro, which contradicts rumors about the Apple A9 chipset (which is said to be in the iPhone 7) being present in the next iPad. The name that we’ve received, iPad Air Pro, also contradicts various reports suggesting that only an iPad Pro will be launched this year, Which side is right will only be revealed when Apple spills the beans about what’s to come.
There will be improved camera setups on the iPad Air Pro, and the projector the company will be using will be even better than those used by Lenovo in their Yoga line-up, and those are pretty darn good indeed. Besides having a projector, the iPad Air Pro will also come with a magnetic keyboard and stylus, to make the device a true multitasking beast, especially fit for office work and editing work. Specifications will be over the roof, but there’s no word on whether Apple plans to innovate in the battery life department as well. Adding a projector to the mix will surely bring up power consumption in the iPad Air Pro, which might be a challenge to resolve.
Nonetheless, the iPad Air Pro is shaping up to be rather interesting and a game-changer in the tablet/convertible industry. The industry of convertibles is arguably new, so making a stand with a new device would not be that big of a deal. But since it’s Apple, we’re assuming everyone will flock to the “new” features as never before, even though most of the features enumerated in this article are not novelties. Regardless, if Apple wants to impress with the new iPad Air, the company needs to address performance as well as features in an equal manner. That might induce the compromise I was speaking of earlier: pricing. Our sources tell us not to expect the iPad Air Pro price to be below $1500, which is quite a lot to pay for a tablet. But it’s a reasonable price for a convertible, which is why we’re leaning towards the belief that Apple is going to approach a new type of consumer this year. Stay tuned, we’ll keep you updated as soon as we get new leaks in.
PS5, PS4 Game Death Stranding Coming Natively to iPhone 15 Pro
PS5 and PS4 console game Death Stranding Director’s Cut is coming natively to the iPhone 15 Pro, demonstrating its power. The entirety of Kojima Productions’ seminal hiking sim, Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil Village, and Assassin’s Creed Mirage, will be available on your phone. Bonkers!
Tech giant: “Continuing Apple’s leadership in smartphone silicon, A17 Pro improves the entire chip, including Apple’s biggest GPU redesign. The new CPU is 10% faster with microarchitectural and design improvements, and the Neural Engine is 2x faster, powering iOS 17 features like autocorrect and Personal Voice.
According to the company, the pro-class GPU is 20% faster and unlocks new experiences with a 6-core design that boosts peak performance and energy efficiency. Hardware-accelerated ray tracing, 4x faster than software-based, gives iPhone 15 Pro smoother graphics and more immersive AR and gaming experiences. The iPhone 15 Pro brings console games to smartphones for the first time.
As with all cutting-edge Apple products, participation is expensive. The iPhone 15 Pro will cost £999/$999 at launch, and the Max model will cost £1,199/$1,199 for a 6.7″ screen. The most basic option only gives you 128GB, so you’ll need more if you want to play Death Stranding on the go.
However, the blurring of standalone consoles and mobile games is fascinating. The success of Genshin Impact, a full-fledged open world, has shown there’s a market for console-like mobile games. It will be interesting to see how Death Stranding performs on this latest iPhone generation.
Launched Redmi Note 12 series: 200MP camera, 210W charging for less than $400
The three phones have similar screens and processors, but they vary in a number of ways.
The Redmi Note series from Xiaomi has historically been the brand’s most well-liked smartphone line, providing excellent value in the entry-level market. The Redmi Note 12 series has now been unveiled by the firm in China.
The Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition, Redmi Note 12 Pro, and Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus are the three phones we truly have this time. A flat 6.67-inch FHD+ 120Hz OLED screen, a Mediatek Dimensity 1080 5G processor, and a 16MP selfie camera are features shared by all three devices.
They both have a 3.5mm connector, NFC, IR blaster, and Wi-Fi 6 compatibility, among other things. In contrast, there are a few significant variances.
Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition
The Note 12 Discovery Edition of the Redmi Note 12 has a 200MP HPX primary camera (f/1.65, OIS), making it possibly the most striking model. This camera can capture photographs with a resolution of 200MP, 50MP pixels (using four-in-one binning), or 12.5MP (using 16-in-one binning). Additionally, the phone offers a 2MP macro lens and an 8MP ultrawide camera.
The phone is notably different from its stablemates in that it supports 210W wired charging; according to Xiaomi, a full charge can be achieved in just nine minutes. Although you only get a 4,300mAh battery here, this high wattage comes at the expense of battery capacity.
Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus
Thought a 200MP smartphone with a larger battery would be cool? With the Pro Plus model, you get precisely that. The triple back camera system will have the same 200MP+8MP+2MP resolution as the Discovery Edition.
The Pro Plus variant, on the other hand, chooses a 5,000mAh battery and still blazing-fast 120W cable charging. Xiaomi claims that a full charge should be achieved in about 19 minutes.
Redmi Note 12 Pro
Have no interest in megapixels? The Redmi Note 12 Pro, which adds a 50MP IMX766 primary camera (f/1.88, OIS) in addition to the 8MP+2MP duo, fills this need. The Oppo Find X5 Pro and the Asus Zenfone 9 both feature flagship devices with 50MP sensors similar to this one. We therefore have high hopes that it will also produce acceptable image quality on the Note 12 Pro.
The Pro version additionally includes a 5,000mAh battery with 67W wired speeds. A 100% charge should be expected in a still quick 46 minutes.
Pricing and availability for the Redmi Note 12 series
The base 8GB/256GB variant of the Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition costs 2,399 yuan (about $332), while the base 6GB/128GB model of the Redmi Note 12 Pro costs 1,699 yuan (about $235). Do you want Pro Plus? The 8GB/256GB variant thus has a starting price of 2,099 yuan (about $290).
Although Xiaomi acknowledged that these phones are currently limited to China, it advised us to “keep tuned” for international announcements. To be fair, the Chinese Redmi Note 11 series was very different from the international variants that debuted a few months later.
What Has Changed Over Time Between the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Z Fold 3, and Galaxy Z Fold 2?
We let the specs speak for themselves. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 compares to the Z Fold 3 and Z Fold 2 in the following table.
The revolutionary Galaxy Z Fold 4 from Samsung was released a few months ago. The foldable has the same $1,800 starting price as the Galaxy Z Fold 3 from the previous year. Samsung will need to convince consumers to pay up for its high-end devices this year, though, as a recession and record-high inflation are both predicted. But it would be difficult to find a better option than Samsung’s book-style foldables if you’re eager to ride the leading edge of foldable phone technology (and have the money to boot).
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The company calls its foldable phone-tablet, the Z Fold 4, a “multitasking powerhouse.” It features a higher-resolution display, the most recent Qualcomm chipset, Android 12L out of the box, and a new 1TB option. (Scroll to the bottom for a side-by-side spec comparison for more specific information.) The business claims that in addition to providing features like new gestures and an enhanced taskbar, it has tried to make multitasking more intuitive.
The camera system of the Z Fold 4 was also enhanced by Samsung. Three cameras—a 50-megapixel primary sensor, a 12-megapixel ultrawide sensor, and a 10-megapixel telephoto lens—are located on the back of the device. Both optical and digital zoom up to 10x are supported by that telephoto lens. In addition, there are two “front cameras.” The Z Fold 4’s main display has a 10-megapixel sensor, which is the most noticeable, while the internal screen has a 4-megapixel under-display camera.
Along with the updated specifications, Samsung stressed its desire to create foldable phones that are more environmentally friendly. The Fold 4 is the first of Samsung’s folding devices to employ parts manufactured from recycled fishing nets. There are several recycled components inside the phone, including the connector cap for the display and the bracket for the side keys. Nevertheless, it’s challenging to assess the significance of these changes without tearing them apart.
In relation to sustainability, Samsung claims the Z Fold 4 uses stronger materials. An “optimal layer structure,” which provides better damage prevention, is now used for its main cover. The typical aluminum frames and Gorilla Glass Victus on the cover and back support everything mentioned above.
The lack of dust resistance on the Z Fold 4 is still a drawback of its foldable nature. It still has the IPX8 classification from the previous year, meaning it can be immersed for up to 30 minutes in freshwater up to 1.5 meters deep. The Galaxy S22 line of smartphones, in contrast, features IP68 water- and dust-resistance, which means the devices can tolerate sand, grime, and dust. They can also be submerged for up to 30 minutes at a depth of 1.5 meters.
The S Pen storage slot is still missing, but Samsung has introduced a cover with a S Pen holder that is available for purchase separately. Check out the specs table below from CNET for more details on how Samsung’s cutting-edge Z Fold series has changed over time.
See how the Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Watch models compare for more information.
Galaxy Z Fold 4 vs. Z Fold 3 vs. Z Fold 2
|Galaxy Z Fold 4 5G||Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G||Galaxy Z Fold 2|
|Display size, resolution||Internal: 7.6-inch AMOLED (2,176×1,812 pixels); External: 6.2-inch HD Plus (2,316×904)||Internal: 7.6-inch AMOLED (2,208×1,768 pixels); External: 6.2-inch AMOLED (2,268×832 pixels);||Internal: 7.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED; External: 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED; 2,260×816 + 2,208×1,768 pixels|
|Pixel density||TBC||387ppi (external) + 374ppi (internal)||386ppi (external) + 373ppi (internal)|
|Dimensions (Millimeters)||Folded: 67.1×155.1×15.8mm (Hinge) ~14.2mm(Sagging). Unfolded: 130.1×155.1×6.3mm||Folded: 67x158x16mm (hinge) ~14.4mm (sagging). Unfolded: 128x158x6.4mm||Folded: 68.0×159.2×16.8mm (hinge) ~13.8mm (sagging). Unfolded: 128.2×159.2×6.9mm (frame) ~6.0mm (screen)|
|Weight (Ounces, Grams)||9.27 oz; 263g||9.56 oz; 271 g||10 oz; 282 g|
|Mobile software||Android 12L||Android 11||Android 10|
|Camera||50-megapixel (main), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 10-megapixel (telephoto)||12-megapixel (ultrawide), 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (telephoto)||12-megapixel (main) + 12-megapixel (wide angle) + 12-megapixel (telephoto)|
|Front-facing camera||4-megapixel (under display), 10-megapixel (front cover)||4-megapixel (under display), 10-megapixel (front cover)||10-megapixel, 10-megapixel|
|Processor||Snapdragon 8 Gen Plus 1||Qualcomm Snapdragon 888||Snapdragon 865 Plus|
|RAM/Storage||12GB + 256GB/512GB/1TB||12GB + 256GB/512GB||12GB + 256 GB|
|Battery/Charger||4,400 mAh||4,400 mAh||4,500 mAh|
|Special features||Foldable phone, 30x optical, 30x space zoom, IPX8, 25-watt fast-charging (no in-box charger)||5G-enabled; Foldable display, 120Hz refresh rate (front cover and main display), IPX8 water-resistance, S Pen support||Foldable display, 120Hz refresh rate, wireless charging support|
|Price (USD)||$1,800 (256 GB); $2,000 (512GB), $2160 (1TB)||$1,800 (256GB); $1,900 (512GB)||$1,999|
|Price (GBP)||TBC||£1,599 (256GB); £1,699 (512GB)||£1,799|
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