Tablets

2021 iPad Pro is worth the wait: Here’s why

2021 iPad Pro is worth the wait: Here’s why

Apple iPad turf is overly saturated. If you are in the market for an iPad this holiday season, there are a few options you can instantly close on. For a certain set of users, there is the A12Z Bionic chip-powered 2020 iPad Pro. Then is the recently introduced iPad Air that dishes out ruthless performance and is high on substance. For the budgeted buyer, the fifth-generation iPad Mini is a suggested option. To add to choices, Apple is already working on the next edition of the iPad Pro with improved display, power, and 5G connectivity, and it is slated for an early 2021 release.

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Samsung tri-fold phone, rollable tablet teased in official images

Samsung tri-fold phone, rollable tablet teased in official images

Samsung still needs to check off a few things from its list before its foldable phone could be truly considered complete but that isn't stopping it from cooking up other things. Of course, with a company as big as Samsung, it is often working on other things in the background, things that may never see the light of day. Often, we only get glimpses of them in patents but Samsung's display-making arm is more than happy to share its future visions.

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2021 iPad Pro could have custom Apple mmWave 5G module

2021 iPad Pro could have custom Apple mmWave 5G module

Although it's difficult to top the waves that Apple made with its M1 Silicon this year, its early 2021 device lineup won't be slouches either. There will be new iPad Pros that will use a new display technology but that might not be its only claim to fame. According to the latest tip, these high-end iPads won't just have 5G support nor just mmWave 5G even. They will, in fact, be the first to test Apple's in-house 5G antenna-in-package or AiP.

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Surface Pro 8, Surface Laptop 4 leaks hint at modest upgrades

Surface Pro 8, Surface Laptop 4 leaks hint at modest upgrades

With all that's happening in the Mac market the past weeks, it's almost too easy to forget other manufacturers have their own new wares to show. Intel is, of course, making sure no one forgets by making a lot of noise about its 11th-gen processors and new Intel Iris Xe graphics. One company that has been unusually silent, however, is Microsoft, whose line of Surface products used to be the talk of the PC town. Microsoft seems to be taking a more modest strategy if these leaked photos and information about its upcoming Surface computers are anything to go by.

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iPad Pro could switch to OLED screens in late 2021

iPad Pro could switch to OLED screens in late 2021

The tablet market has seen consistently positive figures, mostly in thanks to Apple and the iPad Pro's rapid development pace. The company's prosumer tablet seems to undergo big changes every iteration, even when those changes aren't exactly visible to the naked eye. Case in point will be the iPad Pros coming next year which have already been rumored to be moving to mini-LED displays. That might be a short-lived change, however, as there are now reports that Apple will again switch display technologies before 2021 is over.

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Desktop PC sales drop again as tablets, Chromebooks fly

Desktop PC sales drop again as tablets, Chromebooks fly

2020 will definitely be remembered for the drastic, sometimes very negative, changes that happened due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has affected all quarters and industries around the world, though not all in the same way. The PC market, for example, has found a bit of reprieve after years of slumping sales and profits. But while PC shipments have gone up, not all categories enjoy that same growth and the computers normally associated with the term "PC" are actually still in the red, perhaps even more than before.

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Apple iPad Air (2020) Review – Marvel in the Middle

Apple iPad Air (2020) Review – Marvel in the Middle

I've been using the new iPad Air (2020) for the past few weeks, throwing everything from writing and emailing to media editing at Apple's midrange tablet, and I'm struggling to figure out why most people should step up to the iPad Pro. The middle ground between the entry-level iPad and Apple's Pro series has always been a tricky one, but this latest Air nudges so close to what 90-percent of users are likely to need, it makes an instant case as the go-to Apple tablet right now.

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Sleevenote is a retro-futuristic music player for album art

Sleevenote is a retro-futuristic music player for album art

There's a music-playing device in the making called Sleevenote. This device has a focus on albums, with a display that's a square. The square panel displays the cover of the album that's playing via Bluetooth or through the device's headphone jack.

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Tablets are back, apparently

Tablets are back, apparently

In the third quarter of the year 2020, worldwide tablet shipments grew by nearly 25%. That's absolutely bonkers, considering the way the world is today. Or is it? According to ICD, it was our current global pandemic that pushed "demand for affordable access to basic computing and larger screens to facilitate remote work, learning, and leisure." IDC also noted that throughout the year "consumer spending on technology has also been on the rise."

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Surface Pro 8 prototype with 11th-gen Intel Core i7 sold on eBay

Surface Pro 8 prototype with 11th-gen Intel Core i7 sold on eBay

It's not unusual to find prototypes of older or existing devices being sold online but finding one for a soon to be released product is slightly rarer. That is what makes this particular listing of an alleged Surface Pro 8, a device due to debut next year, a bit intriguing, especially with the hardware it packs. Unfortunately, the listing also brings a bit of bad news if the design is also what the next Surface 2-in-1 will be sporting next year.

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Samsung SmartThings Find locates devices offline with UWB, Bluetooth

Samsung SmartThings Find locates devices offline with UWB, Bluetooth

Given how we've become dependent on our smart devices these days, losing them can be a nerve-wracking experience, even when you're sure you only misplaced them at home. That's true not just for smartphones and tablets but also for accessories like smartwatches or even earbuds. If those happen to be made by Samsung, you can have some peace of mind thanks to the new SmartThings Find that will help you locate your device even if it's "offline" or somewhere out there in the world.

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Amazon Fire tablets are getting a smart home control panel

Amazon Fire tablets are getting a smart home control panel

Amazon is making it easier to control smart home devices from its Fire tablets, with the new Device Dashboard pulling together all of your connected lights, cameras, and appliances in a more seamless interface. The new update condenses all Alexa-linked smart home devices into a single page, rather than sending you hunting through individual apps (or, for that matter, controlling everything by voice).

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