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The iPad Air
Apple is already deep into development on iOS 9 and the software will almost certainly be announced at the company’s WWDC event in June before launching on new devices in the fall. Codenamed Monarch, iOS 9 is shaping up to be a piece of software that will smooth over cracks in iOS 8, rather than being a huge overhaul. Read More »

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Apple’s iOS 8 has enjoyed solid adoption rates, much better than anything Android can dream of, but not as good as the uptake of iOS 8. The OS had found its way to 46% of all iOS devices within a few days of its release, but since then the growth has been slower. However, slow and steady has definitely been the iOS 8 way and Apple has announced that adoption levels are now at 72%.
Cupertino released its newest data that revealed 25% of users are still rocking iOS 7, while just 3% are still back on earlier builds (that are now obsolete in terms of updates).
Of course, Android and iOS have been locked in a long battle, but this is one area where Apple win hands down. For example, Android 5.0 Lollipop has been available since the start of November, but per Google’ latest data, Lollipop has only found its way to 1.6% of Android devices. That’s a number iOS 8 achieved more than twenty fold within days of release.

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The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are currently showing Android and any device on the market you can think of how it’s done. The numbers are dazzling, but perhaps the most impressive is how quickly people are embracing iOS 8, the latest version of Cupertino’s mobile platform. Apple is certainly destroying the myth that Android is becoming less fragmented, and here’s how. Read More »

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As was widely expected, the iPhone 6 is selling in phenomenal numbers, with Apple and several carriers saying that the newly launched handset (alongside the iPhone 6 Plus) is crushing previous records. Those records are of course all Apple’s to break in the first place, but the new iPhone has blasted through those milestones in terms of pre-orders taken so far. Read More »

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The iPad Air
Apple's iPad Air makes a mockery of Android devices. It completely outsells every single one of them, but we are not talking about that, nor the fact that it looks better, or has a better OS. I am instead talking about how Cupertino's slate has just 1 GB of RAM and tramples over the competition in terms of performance. Now, imagine how well the iPad Air 2 is going run when it arrives with 2GB of RAM!

Yes Android loving boys and girls out there, I am capable of being non-biased, which is why I know that Android multitasks far more than iOS. That basically means that Android slates need more RAM to deal with the extra things the OS is doing aside from what you may be concentrating on. I admit that iOS is not a multitaskers dream, but Apple has been making strides in this department and iOS 8 is going to feature split screen multitasking for the first time.

With this new feature Apple will need more RAM, so the iPad Air will land with 2GB of the stuff. That is still only the same amount as the current Nexus 7 though, but we assure you that the way iOS 8 flies that the Air 2 will completely destroy the admittedly lower end Nexus 7. It will also take on the top end Android slates that will now be arriving with 3GB of RAM and 4GB of RAM to handle Google's heavy OS.
To be honest, I never had any complaints with the iPad Air and have never thought "this thing could do with more RAM," in fact it NEVER hangs on me. Considering iOS 8 is very much compatible with the original Air, I presume that last year's model will deal with the multitasking just fine with its menial 1GB of RAM. Apple clearly just wants to add a little more raw power to proceedings for the iPad Air 2, and hey I have no problem with that.

Cupertino is rolling out the iPhone 6 next month, but my sources tell me the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini replacement will land in October, with the company finalizing an exact launch date. We expect some other cool features to be present on the new slate, with the iPhone 5s' Touch ID fingerprint scanner also making the journey to the iPad range. As for the oft rumoured iPad Pro; that is unlikely to be launched this year and will be developed further with a 2015 launch planned.

The sales of iPads in general have declined in recent months, and indeed the dropping numbers were the only sore point in Apple's otherwise stellar financial results recently. The iPad Air 2 should drum up renewed interest in the product, which is still comfortably the most popular slate on the market.

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At some point, you have to check all the boxes check by your rivals. Windows 8 tablets have split screens in some capacity, and so do Samsung's Galaxy Tab series. Therefore, it was only a matter of time before Apple embraced the idea and built iOS 8 to have it's own 2-for-1 screen. The difference is Apple's still very much in beta and working to turn that work-in-progress into a finished product.

Users of the iOS 8 developer edition have discovered that there exists code in Springboard that references two apps running side-by-side. The codes also show the ability to adjust the amount of space each window takes up, enabling a 50-50 split or 75-25 share. It will be a big boost to multitasking and a worthwhile solution for people who want to accomplish tasks or discover information without having to jump back and forth between windows. As someone who loves Multi-Window on the Galaxy Tab but also uses an iPad Mini, I'd be very happy not to have to give up one of the best tablet features when switching from one platform to the other.

According to sources from a few connected bloggers, Apple removed multitasking from the beta because it was too buggy. That's a recurring theme in recent days, but one that doesn't make us any less enthused about the prospect of getting split screens. We may have that wish granted come September.

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Apple's Safari browser has picked up a new trick in the latest version of iOS 8 that can save users from having to manually key in their credit card information. When making a payment online, say for Amazon or NewEgg, the browser can take a picture of the credit card and then automatically enter the numbers into the corresponding fields. Read More »

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6 Android beating iOS 8 features

Which mobile platform is best? It is THE debate amongst mobile tech freaks, with Google's Android and Apple's iOS the contenders for the title. Oh, but now we also have a strong Windows Phone from Microsoft, making the fan boys decision even harder. When you love one platform over another it is very hard to praise a rival, for example if you love iOS you are unlikely to find very much that is appealing on Android. Read More »

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