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Apple’s new iPad mini is so much more than just a smaller tablet

Apple’s new iPad mini is so much more than just a smaller tablet

I'd hoped Apple would grant the iPad mini a reprieve - instead, it gave it a reinvention. The smallest of the iPadOS devices proved to be the biggest star of Apple's iPhone 13 event this week, with new style, functionality, and speed partially eclipsing what could well be considered incremental updates to the best-selling smartphones.

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Apple warns iPhone users should update to new iOS 14.8 ASAP

Apple warns iPhone users should update to new iOS 14.8 ASAP

Apple has released iOS 14.8, along with iPadOS 14.8, watchOS 7.6.2, and macOS Big Sur 11.6, patching some security issues that the Cupertino firm says it believes have been actively exploited. The new software - released for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac today - is recommended for all users, Apple says.

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New iPad release will likely focus on price

New iPad release will likely focus on price

In September of 2021 it's fairly likely Apple will reveal several iPad devices, each with their own set of key features. This isn't an altogether new strategy for Apple - iPad mini, iPad Air, and the base iPad are all in places right now where a new iteration needn't include much more than a spec boost. With the potential for students heading back to physical classrooms this year, Apple will also likely once again focus on enticing pricing for their most basic iPad model.

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iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 public beta 5 ready for you now

iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 public beta 5 ready for you now

The latest version of iOS is available for download for your various devices right this minute. This newest iOS release is still technically a Beta, but it's just about as close to a final release as we'll see before the last phase before full public release. This week's release is the iOS Public Beta 5, release extremely soon after the previous most up-to-date public beta - released just last week!

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iOS 15 beta 6 raises Safari address bar, drops SharePlay

iOS 15 beta 6 raises Safari address bar, drops SharePlay

Apple has released new iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 betas, with the sixth version of the software answering complaints about the Safari address bar. However it also confirms that SharePlay, a new feature announced at WWDC 2021, has not only been removed from the beta but will not be present initially in the final iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 versions this fall.

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iPhone QR code scanner demo solidifies Apple support

iPhone QR code scanner demo solidifies Apple support

The QR code system was originally invented back in the year 1994, pre-dating the smartphone by a decade and a half. The QR code (Quick Response code) that was once mainly aimed at identifying products for stores in a way that was more versatile than the more popular barcode system - UPC barcodes. It doesn't take much more than a camera and a bit of software support to allow a smartphone to use a QR code - so why isn't it a more popular system of communication?

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iOS 14.7.1 update released with connectivity unlock fix

iOS 14.7.1 update released with connectivity unlock fix

Today Apple released an update for iOS on iPhone and iPadOS on iPad devices. This update goes by the name iOS 14.7.1, and it contains a tiny - but vital - fix to an issue with Touch ID when mixed with Apple Watch and the Unlock with iPhone feature. If this doesn't seem like the sort of situation you're in right now - if you don't own an Apple Watch, or haven't had any issues with iOS 14.7.0, then no worries!

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Facebook cloud gaming on iPhones and iPads is an unsurprising mess

Facebook cloud gaming on iPhones and iPads is an unsurprising mess

Facebook wants to dip its hands on anything that can be related to social engagement, and, to no one's surprise, that included gaming. Trying to reclaim its once glorious position as the trailblazer in web games, Facebook created its own Gaming sub-brand, which is both about live streaming game plays as well as streaming games. In expanding its reach to iOS and iPadOS, Facebook has hit a snag with Apple's strict app store policies, forcing it to offer a rather basic and inconsistent web app experience instead.

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iPadOS 14.7 released a day after iOS: What’s new?

iPadOS 14.7 released a day after iOS: What’s new?

The iPad version of the "14.7" update post-Beta was released today, right around a day after its iOS equivalent. The software operating systems known as iOS and iPadOS are different, each of them different based on their intended device family, so it shouldn't seem unreasonable that they wouldn't always be released at the same time. But given the release schedule of iOS and iPadOS versions so far, and the fact that they have the same software version number, it's odd to see their release dates differ.

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iPhone iOS 14.7 and iPadOS 14.7 released: MagSafe Battery Pack and Apple Card Family updates

iPhone iOS 14.7 and iPadOS 14.7 released: MagSafe Battery Pack and Apple Card Family updates

Apple has released iOS 14.7 and iPadOS 14.7, the latest versions of its software for iPhone and iPad, complete with MagSafe Battery Pack support and Apple Card Family credit limit combination. The new update also adds new features to HomePod, in addition to fixes around Dolby Atmos playback from Apple Music.

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Brydge 11 MAX+ wireless keyboard turns the iPad Pro into a proper laptop

Brydge 11 MAX+ wireless keyboard turns the iPad Pro into a proper laptop

iPad Pro owners who want to use the slate as a primary device may be interested in Brydge's new 11 MAX+, a wireless keyboard and trackpad combo that connects with Apple's 11-inch iPad Pro tablets, as well as the 4th-generation iPad Air model. With the combo, users can easily transport the iPad with a keyboard and trackpad, enjoying a laptop-like experience.

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iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, tvOS, watchOS 8 Dev Beta release date today

iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, tvOS, watchOS 8 Dev Beta release date today

Each of the major operating system updates revealed today at WWDC 2021 were announced with Developer Beta release dates right out the gate. Each of them, including iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, watchOS 8, and an update for tvOS, will all be released today for developers in a Developer Beta. You will need to be a developer signed up with Apple as a developer to attain and run this software safely.

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