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Apple iOS 10.3 is here: Find My AirPods, smarter Siri, more

Apple iOS 10.3 is here: Find My AirPods, smarter Siri, more

After a months-long beta test, iOS 10.3 is here with plenty of new features in tow. The update is being pushed to iPhones and iPad right now, and offers a lot of new functionality for AirPods, Siri, and even iTunes. Make no mistake, this is a pretty substantial update for iOS users.

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T-Mobile adds Apple Care to its Premium Device Protection

T-Mobile adds Apple Care to its Premium Device Protection

If you're the type of person who likes to pick up phone insurance from your carrier, then you may be pleased to hear that T-Mobile has added Apple Care to its Premium Device Protection. Some carriers already offer ways to sign up for Apple Care in-store, but the big news here is that it's being added to Premium Device Protection at no additional cost.

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Apple patent turns iOS devices into laptops

Apple patent turns iOS devices into laptops

We can discover a lot of interesting stuff by looking at patent filings, and a new patent from Apple definitely falls within that category. At first blush, the drawings in the patent seem to show a device that looks just like a regular old laptop. The major difference, though, is that the laptop can't operate without some kind of host device attached - in this case, an iPhone that's slotted in where the laptop's trackpad would traditionally be.

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Logitech Rugged Combo case and keyboard launches for 9.7 iPad

Logitech Rugged Combo case and keyboard launches for 9.7 iPad

Logitech has announced the launch of its Rugged Combo protective case and keyboard for the new 9.7-inch iPad. The case was, according to the company, made for those in the academic world: for teachers, students, and others in need. The case isn’t merely to prevent scratches and scuffs — it can keep the slate safe during drops onto hard surfaces like concrete from heights as high as 6ft.

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Apple’s new 9.7 iPad cuts the price to coax tablet upgrades

Apple’s new 9.7 iPad cuts the price to coax tablet upgrades

Apple's iPad is the current crown-holder in tablet sales, and now there's a new, cheaper version of the 9.7-inch iPad in an attempt to hold onto that record. Priced from $329, the new iPad 9.7 is partly Apple's attempt to coax long-time owners of its older tablets to upgrade, something tablet users in general have proved more reluctant to do than they might with their smartphones. In that vein, it offers a few notable improvements.

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iPad mini Pro said to be one of four new iPads coming

iPad mini Pro said to be one of four new iPads coming

We’ll let those words sink in for a while. It was recently leaked that Apple had not three but four new iPads in the works, probably slated for next month’s big reveal. Three of those have more or less been leaked to death in the past, but the fourth one is a new mystery. According to a Greek retailer, that fourth one is actually a new iPad mini. And not just any iPad mini, but one that has a “Pro” appended to its name.

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iPad leaks reveal four new models are being tested

iPad leaks reveal four new models are being tested

Rumor has it that Apple has some new iPad models in the pipeline, and now a new leak indicates there are four such models in testing. Whether the company will actually proceed to launch four new iPad varieties is anyone’s guess (and certainly isn’t a guarantee), but the revelation is interesting regardless. The testing points toward the formerly rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro update and the 9.7-inch 'budget' model, as well as a 10-inch model and a 10.5-inch model.

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Apple’s iPad Pro 2 refresh could sneak in next week

Apple’s iPad Pro 2 refresh could sneak in next week

Apple could surprise us next week with new hardware, rumors from the supply chain suggest, potentially refreshing the iPad Pro line-up without the ceremony of an event. Expectations that the Cupertino company will revamp its tablet range this month have circulated for some time now, with analysts and others all suggesting both the 9.7- and 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be replaced by new versions. Now, there's the possibility that Apple will do that with little more fanfare than a press release.

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Here’s when and where Apple’s iPad event might take place

Here’s when and where Apple’s iPad event might take place

Apple has never been one to compete for space at big tech events, be it at CES, MWC, or IFA. It always holds its own conferences at its own pace, though those usually do coincide with some major events. Around this time last year, Apple was preparing for an iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro. This year, however, Apple’s traditional Spring gathering might be running a wee bit late. According to speculation, Apple could be holding that event, where it is expected to launch three new iPads, in the first week of April and at its brand new campus.

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March 2017 iPad Pro event tipped for 10.5-inch Chromebook rival

March 2017 iPad Pro event tipped for 10.5-inch Chromebook rival

Apple is planning a clean sweep of its iPad Pro range for 2017, with talk of four new models of the tablet including an all-new screen size seemingly targeting Chromebook buyers. Though the iPad hasn't seen quite the bumper performance that Apple's iPhone has in recent quarters, and analysts peg tablet sales overall as slumping, the Cupertino slate is still the segment leader. Now, it's reported, Apple is preparing to capitalize on that with a top to bottom refresh.

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Apple iPad remains king of tablets despite market decline

Apple iPad remains king of tablets despite market decline

Despite being nearly a decade in existence, if you consider the very first iPad as your starting point, tablets continue to have a rocky existence in the market. While not as unstable as wearables, tablet sales have continued to decline over the years after a golden age early in its life. The latest figures coming from market analysis experts IDC and Strategy Analytics aren’t exactly encouraging. But despite the odds Apple retains its spot as the top dog in the now shrinking tablet market.

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QR code scanner now built in to Chrome app

QR code scanner now built in to Chrome app

This week the folks at Google have updated the iOS (and soon the Android) version of the Chrome web browser. This update uses the camera of the device it's running on to locate and scan QR codes as well as bar codes. This update essentially does away with the need for that additional QR and barcode scanner app that's been sitting unused or barely used in our app drawers for years.

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