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Equil Smartpen 2 still available, ships this month

Equil Smartpen 2 still available, ships this month

Earlier this year at CES, we got our hands on the Equil Smartpen. The physical-to-digital writing instrument was pretty impressive, but like any good product, the Smartpen can improve. Equil’s Smartpen 2 looks to make some necessary adjustments, and even breaks free of the pen-and-paper world as a stylus. Currently enjoying a funding run on Indiegogo that has seen Smartpen 2 lap it’’s goal several times over, the Smartpen 2 is coming soon — but you still have time to snap one up via crowdfunding!

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iPad mini 3 hands-on: the golden Touch ID

iPad mini 3 hands-on: the golden Touch ID

So you’ve had your time with the Holy Grail of tablets and you’ve come back for some more, yes? You’ve seen and felt and experienced the iPad mini 2 - previously called the iPad mini with Retina Display - and you want to see what this iPad mini 3 is all about. Turns out there’s not a whole lot different with this newest iPad mini, it’s just a generational leap that’ll change the way you secure your mobile experience. And you can get it in gold, too.

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iPad Air 2 vs iPad mini 3 hands-on: an iPad at any cost

iPad Air 2 vs iPad mini 3 hands-on: an iPad at any cost

Apple introduced a couple new devices on-stage this week without going especially far into detail on what’d been changed since their previous generation’s release. One of these devices was the iPad mini 3, a device that didn’t make the generational leap at the same level as the iPad Air 2. At the same time, the release of this tablet bumped down the lowest-cost iPad mini to previously unheard-of low prices for an iPad sold direct by Apple.

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iPad Air 2 hands-on: Witness the waif

iPad Air 2 hands-on: Witness the waif

Did the iPad Air need to be any slimmer? Apple certainly thinks so, and so the iPad Air 2 was born, just 6.1mm thick and now blessed with a Touch ID sensor that was previously limited to its iPhone cousins. At first glance it's hard to spot the difference, at least until you pick the Air 2 up, when its waifish build suddenly becomes more obvious.

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iPad mini 3 priced, release set for Monday

iPad mini 3 priced, release set for Monday

Right on top of revealing the iPad Air 2 this morning, Apple revealed the iPad mini 3. This device will be very similar to the iPad Air 2, coming instead with the same size display as the previous generation and three color options. This new generation iPad mini 3 also comes with Touch ID for fingerprint identification. The iPad mini 2 will also still be available for sale, as will the original iPad mini. Each successive generation leap will be $100 cheaper, approximately.

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This is Apple’s iPad range

This is Apple’s iPad range

Apple's iPad range is getting even bigger, with the addition of the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 joining - but not replacing - the existing line-up. The iPad Air 2 slots in at the top of the range, unsurprisingly, but the original iPad Air will remain on sale with a $100 price cut, while the price of entry for a new iPad is also lower than ever.

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iOS 8.1 release Monday with iCloud Photos, Apple Pay

iOS 8.1 release Monday with iCloud Photos, Apple Pay

This week Apple has made with the iPhone and iPad update with iOS 8.1. This system update will bring several new features to the iPhone and iPad world, including the return of Camera Roll and the first release of Apple Pay for mobile NFC payments with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. This system also works with the public beta of the new iCloud Photo Library app and system. This iCloud Photo Library system uses iCloud storage for space - of course, and that might cost you.

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iPhone 6 sets record for first month orders

iPhone 6 sets record for first month orders

Today Apple announced that they’d beat their record for first-month orders for the iPhone. They did this with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and according to Tim Cook, they beat their new record for most orders in the first 30 days "by a lot. a whole lot." Though they didn’t say numbers specifically - they’ll likely save that for their next earnings call - they did go on to note how they haven’t even launched in China yet.

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Apple Store down: new products incoming

Apple Store down: new products incoming

We’re in line at the Apple Event this morning in California and the Apple Store has gone down. This means that new Apple hardware is fast approaching, and that it’ll be available for order - or pre-order, at least - later today. This sort of down time has happened with essentially every major release of a product from Apple over the past several years, iPhone to iPad to MacBook Pro and back again. Today we’ll expect some iPad Air, some Mac, and some Yosemite for sure - though that last one will come from your App Store, not Apple’s online store.

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