[Apple] iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 Announced

October 17, 2014  |  Apple, I want.., iPad, New Products

Apple held a special event today where they announced updates in the iPad line-up as well as the Mac line-up.  In this post we will discuss the updates with the iOS devices.

Before the announcement of iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, we were given information that iOS 8.1 will be released next Monday, October 20th it will have some improvements to the things that iOS  8 broke when we last updated and bring back things such as the “Camera Roll”, activate Apple Pay (working in the US currently only) and introduce iCloud Photo Library .  This update is free and should hit the airwaves next monday.

What’s new in the iPad Air 2?

  • It is now THINNER at 6.1 mm instead of 7.5 mm on the iPad Air 1.
  • TOUCH ID has been enabled right now which helps you use APPLE PAY as well (however no NFC support).
  • The display has been revamped with the use a of GAPLESS LAMINATED DISPLAY PANEL which helps produce sharper images and covered with ANTI-REFLECTIVE COATING that makes it 56% less reflective.
  • A new faster A8X processor is under the hood giving it faster performance and faster graphics.
  • The CAMERA has been updated with 8-megapixel iSIGHT CAMERA with 1.12 micron pixels, f2.4 and 1080P HD videos.  The FaceTimeHD camera also received an update and basically both cameras now can do everything your iPhone 6 can (i.e. Burst-mode,  Slo-Mo, Timelapse, Selfie Burst, HDR photos and HDR videos.
  • FASTER WIFI & MORE LTE BANDS are available.
  • BATTERY LIFE is at 10 hours
  • M8 Processor to give you better accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, and an all-new barometer that senses air pressure to determine relative elevation.
  • Comes in three colors: Gold, Silver, and Space Grey.  In three sizes 16 GB, 64 GB, and 128GB.  In either Wi-Fi only model or Cellular + Wi-Fi model.
  • Pre-orders tomorrow Friday OCT 17, Shipping by end of next week.

What’s new in the iPad mini 3?

  • Screen Shot 2014-10-17 at 1.52.52 AMTouch ID Home button
  • GOLD Color option
  • Comes in three colors: Gold, Silver, and Space Grey.  In three sizes 16 GB, 64 GB, and 128GB.  In either Wi-Fi only model or Cellular + Wi-Fi model.
  • Pre-orders tomorrow Friday OCT 17, Shipping by end of next week.

Everything else is pretty much the same as the iPad mini 2 (with Retina Display).

 

Prices are:

iPad Air 2

  • 16GB Wi-Fi Only [$499] around 146 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 64 GB Wi-Fi Only [$599] around 175 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 128 GB Wi-Fi Only [$699] around 205 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 16 GB Cellular + Wi-Fi [$629] around 184 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 64 GB Cellular + Wi-Fi [$729] around 215 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 128 GB Cellular + Wi-Fi [$829] around 242 KWD (without tax and shipping)

iPad mini 3

  • 16GB Wi-Fi Only [$399] around 117 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 64 GB Wi-Fi Only [$499] around 146 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 128 GB Wi-Fi Only [$599] around 175 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 16 GB Cellular + Wi-Fi [$629] around 155 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 64 GB Cellular + Wi-Fi [$729] around 184 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 128 GB Cellular + Wi-Fi [$829] around 212 KWD (without tax and shipping)

Personally, I’m grabbing the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 both in Gold color, 128GB Wi-Fi only models.  I find that I don’t use the LTE model at all so why pay the extra $130.

[Apple] WWDC14 Brings Us iOS 8 & OS X Yosemite

June 3, 2014  |  Apple, iPad, iPhone, New Products, Techie

Last night, June 2nd was the opening keynote of Apple’s World Wide Developer’s Convention (WWDC) 2014 Edition, this convention being the company’s 25th held special surprises for developers as well as the end user consumer.  Tim Cook took the stage to introduce us to the new Operating System (OS X) Yosemite which was so close to being called OSX Weed :P as well as the iOS 8 both of which will be coming to everyone this Fall and will be available as a free upgrade.

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So you’re probably interested in what each update contained, well I will summarize it to the bone (hopefully) and this should be easy for you guys to follow along. Although Tim Cook was the main keynote speaker when it came to announcing the new software products, Craig Federighi was the man of the hour who took to explaining what each OS had in terms of “What’s New” and made us laugh hilariously along the way.

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Apple Unveils iPad Air & iPad mini with Retina Display

October 24, 2013  |  Apple, iPad, iPhone

This is the first time I take so long to recapping an Apple Event, and I am shocked by my actions, therefore I will punish myself with NO CAKE! :P Just kidding, anyways let’s get down to it, there will be two posts really to showcase everything that I want to talk about.  First on the list, Apple has finally given the iPad a drastic new image to follow it’s younger sibling the iPad mini.

New iPads

 

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[Apple] iOS 7 Available for Download Tonight

September 18, 2013  |  Apple, iPad, iPhone, Software

Prepare yourselves, iOS 7 should be available for download between 7-9 PM KWT (GMT +3) time.  I’ve been using it for the past three months and I can’t fall in love with it more than I have.  Everything is just easier and fresher.

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Before you update be sure to back up your device whether it is on the iCloud or on your iTunes connected computer.  Once the update appears download and update and hopefully you won’t lose anything.

For those of you who have been beta testers, well all you need to do is back up your phone, download the Gold Master from the iOS Developers page and restore your iOS device by using the last back up you created.

Happy iOS 7 Day!

Note: iOS 7 is compatibable with iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPod touch 5th generation+, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, and iPad mini.

[Apple Event] The New Retina MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac mini, and iPad mini

October 23, 2012  |  Apple, iPad, New Products

The Apple event just concluded with the announcement of a ton of new products.  Not to bore you with the technical details but Tim Cook took the stage in California to update us about what’s happening with the iPhone, iOS launch, as well as the Mac OS launch before he handed off the stage to Phill Schiller to introduce the new line-ups.

The updates included the MacBook Pro Retina, Mac Mini, iMac, and the new iPad as well as the iPad mini.

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[Apps] OSN Play for iPad Now Available

August 1, 2012  |  Apps, iPad, TV

Orbit Showtime Network otherwise known as OSN has finally announced the availability of their iPad app which basically allows you to access both Arabic and English entertainment and live sports channels on-the-go.  OSN Play was introduced earlier this year when you were asked to sign up for it and all, now with this app you can become more mobile so instead of only watching your shows/live tv on your computer, you can access it on your tablet. 

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OSN Play is absolutely free for OSN subscribers.  All you need to do is register on OSN’s website [Here] and download the free application from the iOS Store [Here].  Once registered, you can access OSN Play with the username and password available.  OSN Play has 10 dedicated live-streaming channels and one of the awesome things right now is that you can live-stream the Olympics.

One more thing, with Airplay mirroring you can view it on your TV as well but then again that defeats the purpose in a way doesn’t it?

What are you waiting for? Go ahead and download it.

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[Apps] Shahid for iPad

July 23, 2012  |  Apple, Apps, iPad

Yesterday as I was browsing Shahid.NET to catch the latest episode of “Kannat Al Sham” and “Saher Al Lail 3″ I noticed a little mark that said something along the lines try our new iOS application.  I was surprised and later that evening before going to bed I downloaded the FREE app.

It’s simply a cool app which allows you to access Shahid.Net’s database of TV Shows/Episodes whether they aired on MBC4 or MBC1 they’re there.  Ramadan Shows along with English Shows.  All you would have to do is select which program you’d like to watch and you can watch it immediately.  Currently for Ramadan they are uploading the episodes as soon as they air (let’s give it an hour or so after it airs the episode is available) and you can watch it with little interruptions.  The awesome feature of the app is that if you have an Apple TV (read: Swera) you can immediately send the show you are watching to ‘AirPlay’ on your big screen.  It’s clear enough and depending on how fast your internet is, you can easily enjoy your time with it.

One of my pet peeves with the app is the fact that it only functions on Wi-Fi and sometimes can experience some crashing.  Otherwise it’s a great one out there.  If you remembered my earlier post as to where to watch your Ramadan Shows, Shahid.Net was an option there now there is an app to further help it out. To find out what shows are currently available on the app regarding the Ramadan series here is a list I have compiled:

  • “Omar”
  • “Ferqat Najy 3a6allah”
  • “7alaft 3omry”
  • “Saher Al Lail 3″
  • “Kannat Al Sham o Kanayen Al Shamiya”
  • “7eber El 3eyon”
  • “Wi-Fi”
  • “Al Khawaja Abdulqader”
  • “6aish 3eyal”
  • “Ya Hala Eb Shooj Weyana”
  • “Banat Al 3eela”
  • “7ekayat Banat”
  • “Khawa6er 8″
  • “Al Mesageyel 2″
  • “Ma3a Sebq El Esraar”
  • “6areq o Hayona”
Along with other US shows and previous ones as well.

[Download the app here]