iPad Mini http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ipad-mini/all en-MY For better or worse, Apple’s iPad line-up shows it's now a very different company http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/better-or-worse-apple-s-ipad-line-shows-its-now-very-different-company/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Three iPad minis and two iPad Airs — here’s hoping Apple’s not heading back to the bad old days </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="750" title="eek" alt="eek" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/line-up.jpg?1413946791" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Apple of today is a very different beast from the Apple of the mid-1990s.</p> <p>These days, pundits still bang on about Apple somehow being doomed, despite it making billions of dollars in profit every quarter, and churning out iPhones and iPads as fast as the company can sell them. However, while this is often because it makes for a clickbait headline, many within the industry remember a time when Apple really was doomed.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Before Steve Jobs returned to the company, Apple was haemorrhaging money. It had a bloated product line and was obsessed with doing too much by itself &mdash; proprietary <em>everything</em> &mdash;&nbsp;and yet paid little attention to the buying user experience. If you were one of the rapidly diminishing number of people who actually wanted to buy a new Mac instead of a Windows PC, you were faced with a wall of Performas and Power Macintoshes &mdash; a bafflingly complex matrix of products with so much overlap that the best way to select your next machine was probably to pin Apple&rsquo;s product chart on a wall and lob a dart at it.</p> <p>Jobs &lsquo;thought different&rsquo;. He took a knife to Apple&rsquo;s products and didn&rsquo;t so much trim the fat as hack off hunks of meat until all that remained was the simplest and most streamlined product matrix you&rsquo;d ever seen. The idea was Apple would have only one &lsquo;consumer&rsquo; and one &lsquo;professional&rsquo; product within &lsquo;desktop&rsquo; and &lsquo;notebook&rsquo; slots, which became the iMac, Power Mac, iBook and PowerBook.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Over time, Apple as a company evolved further, embracing additional key aspects of personal computing that grabbed the imagination of the consumer, but it never lost its sense of focus. As Jobs stated during a Macworld event, &ldquo;focus is about saying no,&rdquo; even if that &ldquo;pisses off people&rdquo;. Hence, Apple continued to release what it thought its consumers&nbsp;<em>needed</em>&nbsp;rather than what they thought they&nbsp;<em>wanted</em>, restricting choice and providing only the best options.</p> <p>This notion continued as Apple shifted its own focus towards appliance computing: the iPhone and the iPad. But even as Apple&rsquo;s product line diversified, its products could still all fit on a desk. Naturally, pundits rallied against this line of thinking, arguing Apple was denying consumers &lsquo;choice&rsquo;, compared to the plentiful ranges provided by rivals, but Apple was really making things easy. As numerous studies have shown, people really aren&rsquo;t great at making choices &mdash; especially when faced with a huge number of options.</p> <p>In the context of Apple and choice, the iPad is an interesting case, and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/6-things-you-need-know-todays-apple-launch/news">recent events</a>&nbsp;highlight how Apple is, for better or worse, now very clearly transforming into a different company from the one Steve Jobs ran. At first, the iPad was just the iPad. You chose an amount of storage, decided whether you wanted 3G, and away you went. Gradually, colour entered the mix, and then the iPad mini. But even last year, the main choice for the consumer was size: did you want the iPad Air or the iPad mini? For the most part, the machines were identical, so the main decision you had to make was relatively simple.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">Apple iPad Air 2 hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/H8eP99neOVs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="At first, the iPad was just the iPad." alt="At first, the iPad was just the iPad." src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-first-gen.jpg?1413946791" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fast forward to last week&#39;s Apple event. Choice is now abundant in the new iPad line-up, but simplicity has been obliterated. Alongside the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">iPad Air 2</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/6-things-you-need-know-todays-apple-launch/news" target="_blank">iPad mini 3</a> sit last year&rsquo;s models, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-5/review" target="_blank">iPad Air</a> and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review" target="_blank">iPad mini 2</a> (previously known as the iPad mini with Retina display); the original iPad mini also lurks in the line-up. So now there are three iPad minis and two iPad Airs; additionally, the Air (2) and mini (3) no longer have parity &mdash;&nbsp;they boast different chips and capabilities.</p> <p>The new iPad mini 3 is simply an iPad mini 2, but with TouchID, for an extra US$100. But the iPad mini 2 only comes in 16 and 32 GB flavours, whereas the iPad mini 3 comes in 16, 64 and 128 GB options (but not 32). Similarly, the Air and Air 2 clash, Apple&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-pay-more-pay-apple/feature">cynical upsell decision on new kit</a>&nbsp;making the 16 GB iPad Air 2 pricier than the 32 GB iPad Air.</p> <p>All this adds up to more choice, but also more confusion for the consumer, now faced with five models, with overlapping features and capacities. And sowing the seeds of buyer&rsquo;s doubt sometimes means baffled customers simply walk out of a store with nothing at all. It also erodes a differentiator Apple had compared to the competition: the simplicity and elegance of the buying experience.</p> <p>There are of course logical&nbsp;<em>business</em>&nbsp;reasons why Apple&rsquo;s made this decision. With the holiday season coming up, Apple&rsquo;s now covering more price-points, using older technology to combat cheaper Android tablets. It has the potential for wider sales, perhaps grabbing customers who might have plumped for a Kindle Fire. But bet-hedging with an overly complex line-up doesn&rsquo;t show focus, and this is a slippery slope Apple&rsquo;s been down before, only this time Steve Jobs isn&rsquo;t around to say no. Someone else on Apple&rsquo;s executive team should instead.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/ipad-air-vs-ipad-air-2-should-you-upgrade/news" target="_blank">iPad Air vs iPad Air 2: should you upgrade?</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Two&#039;s company, three&#039;s a crowd" alt="Two&#039;s company, three&#039;s a crowd" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-family.jpg?1413946791" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/better-or-worse-apple-s-ipad-line-shows-its-now-very-different-company/feature#comments Apple iPad iPad Air 2 iPad Mini iPad Mini 3 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:27:02 +0000 Elissa Loi 1451037 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple iPad patent plots a smarter Smart Cover http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-patent-plots-smarter-smart-cover/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The next version of the iPad’s clever cover could feature LED notifications </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad patent plots a smarter Smart Cover" alt="Apple iPad patent plots a smarter Smart Cover" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-ipad-smart-cover.jpg?1402963711" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A future version of Apple&rsquo;s iPad Smart Cover could be even smarter, thanks to integrated LEDs and transparent segments.</p> <p>A new patent unearthed by AppleInsider describes variations on the current tri-fold Smart Cover that would allow a covered iPad to provide its user with notifications and visual alerts &ndash; a little like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/4-reasons-ll-make-you-want-htc-one-m8/feature">LED Flip case for the HTC One (M8)</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Active or passive lighting </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One method detailed is a Smart Cover that incorporated low-power LEDs or electroluminescent panels. These can light up to show notifications even when the cover is closed &ndash; but will of course require power. Apple suggests the case could be connected to the iPad via some new form of MagSafe cable or contacts able to carry electricity, or else use its own battery and some form of inductive charging.</p> <p>Apple also outlines a passive Smart Cover with translucent portions that would allow light to shine through from the iPad&rsquo;s screen. This solves the power issue because the screen&rsquo;s own backlight is used.</p> <p>Both the active and passive solutions would use colours, symbols, shapes and words to create notifications. For example, if the iPad user receives a new email, a letter symbol could appear on the front of the Smart Cover. If it&rsquo;s an email marked as important, the symbol could be larger, or coloured red. Alerts could be dismissed through use of the iPad&rsquo;s hardware controls like volume or power.</p> <p>As always with patents, it shouldn&rsquo;t be assumed that the things described within will ever become products. However, they can give an indication of what might appear in the future. This particular patent was filed back in 2012, so it could be that Apple has already put over a year of work into designing, prototyping and producing illuminated Smart Covers.</p> <p>[Via: <a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/06/12/apples-smarter-smart-cover-users-with-illuminated-notifications">AppleInsider</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-5/review">Apple iPad Air review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad patent plots a smarter Smart Cover" alt="Apple iPad patent plots a smarter Smart Cover" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-smart-cover-patent.jpg?1402963711" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-patent-plots-smarter-smart-cover/news#comments Apple iPad Air iPad Mini Tablets Mon, 16 Jun 2014 09:15:43 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1439307 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple's new iPad mini: Space grey and with a retina screen? http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apples-new-ipad-mini-space-grey-and-retina-screen/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New shots claiming to show a space grey casing for Apple&#039;s iPad Mini have surfaced - and they show the latest mini could be slightly chubbier, but with a retina screen. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="700" height="570" title="The iPad mini in space grey" alt="The iPad mini in space grey" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ipad-mini-2-gray-back-cover-ori-new-08.jpg?1381799174" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>An updated iPad mini is expeced to be unveiled by Apple on 22nd October, along with a new fifth generation iPad and the tubular Mac Pro.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/mark-prigg" title="View user profile.">Mark Prigg</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Space for a small one? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The latest shots claiming to show Apple's new iPad mini reveal a space grey casing fitting with the latest iPhone 5s colour scheme.</p> <p>The pictures, obtained by Sonny Dickson, show the mini casing in its clearest detail yet. If they are real, we'd also expect to see a silver and champagne version, echoing the iPhone 5s.</p> <p>Dickson also claims to have casings for the larger iPad 5G, which will, he says, be available in the same colours.</p> <p>They come as a Japanese site claims the new retina iPad mini could have gained some weight and girth in its quest for a high resolution screen.</p> <p>It tried some purported cases for the next-generation iPad mini, and found they fit a device with a thickness of 7.5mm and width of of about 0.2mm wider than the current iPad mini.</p> <p>The change is believed to be to allow a higher spec battery to be shoehorned into the casing, allowing the high resolution screen to be powered for as long as the current low res, but slimmer, version.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://sonnydickson.com/2013/09/27/hands-on-with-the-ipad-mini-2-in-space-gray/" target="_blank">Sonny Dickson</a> and <a href="http://www.macotakara.jp/blog/report/entry-21418.html" target="_blank">Macotakara</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="3264" height="2448" title="The interior of the new iPad Mini" alt="The interior of the new iPad Mini" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-mini-2-gray-back-cover-ori-new-02.jpg?1381799174" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="700" height="513" title="Another shot obtained by Sonny Dickson" alt="Another shot obtained by Sonny Dickson" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-mini-2-gray-back-cover-ori-new-09.jpg?1381799174" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apples-new-ipad-mini-space-grey-and-retina-screen/news#comments Apple iPad Mini Mon, 14 Oct 2013 21:55:26 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1427907 at http://www.stuff.tv Rumour: iPad Mini 2 and iPad 5 launching on 15th October http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/rumour-ipad-mini-2-and-ipad-5-launching-15th-october/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Report claims an Apple event next month will see tablets debuted alongside Haswell-based Macs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iPad Mini" alt="iPad Mini" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ipad-mini_3.jpg?1381724635" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Phew. We may have just gotten over last week’s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5S</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-5c/review" target="_blank">5C</a> revelation, but if a report is to be believed, Apple isn’t done with product launches in 2013.</p> <p>French site MacGeneration claims that the company is planning another “special event” for 15th October, during which it will announce the next generation of iPad and iPad Mini models and more besides.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tablets, desktops and laptops </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Given that it’s been about a year since Apple unveiled the iPad Mini and iPad 4, the timing makes perfect sense. The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/retina-ipad-mini-2-sets-targets-new-google-nexus-7-its-ppi-war/news" target="_blank">iPad Mini 2</a> is expected to pack a 2048 x 1536 Retina display screen and A7 chip, while the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ipad-5-compared-ipad-4-video-same-screen-smaller-body/news" target="_blank">iPad 5</a> is tipped for a design overhaul that’ll make it more closely resemble the current iPad Mini (albeit larger, natch), as well as an A7, improved camera and support for 4G LTE.</p> <p>Besides the new tablets, we may well see the announcement of new Mac models based on <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/intel/how-intel-haswell-making-cpus-exciting/feature" target="_blank">Intel Haswell</a> processors: expect MacBook Pros and iMacs. There may also be an updated Apple TV model.</p> <p>We’ll keep our ears to the ground for more rumours. Stay tuned.</p> <p>[<a href="http://www.macg.co/news/voir/261224/des-stocks-d-imac-au-plus-bas-et-un-special-event-le-15-octobre" target="_blank">MacGeneration</a> via <a href="http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/506510/20130917/ipad-5-mini-2-release-date-specs.htm#.UjiEYWTwL8R" target="_blank">IBTimes</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iPad 5" alt="iPad 5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-5.jpg?1381724635" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rumour: New iPads coming 15 October </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/rumour-ipad-mini-2-and-ipad-5-launching-15th-october/news#comments Apple iMac iPad iPad Mini MacBook Pro Rumour Tue, 17 Sep 2013 17:10:59 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1427858 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple’s major iPad event on 22 October coincides with Nokia showcase http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-s-major-ipad-event-22-october-coincides-nokia-showcase/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Oh, and it&#039;s going head-to-head with Microsoft’s Surface 2 debut in the US too. Now that&#039;s killing two birds with one stone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="530" height="397" title="Apple’s major iPad event on 22 October coincides with Nokia showcase" alt="Apple’s major iPad event on 22 October coincides with Nokia showcase" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple%20event.png?1381764911" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Good old Apple, always ready to issue a not-so-subtle sales challenge to its competitors.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-s-major-ipad-event-22-october-coincides-nokia-showcase/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-s-major-ipad-event-22-october-coincides-nokia-showcase/news#comments Apple iPad Air iPad Mini Microsoft Nokia Tablets Wed, 09 Oct 2013 08:27:08 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1427679 at http://www.stuff.tv iPad Mini 2 pics show Touch ID scanner and gold finish http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ipad-mini-2-pics-show-touch-id-scanner-and-gold-finish/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple seems set to bring its fingerprint sensor to the next generation of tablets </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iPad Mini 2 pics show Touch ID scanner and gold finish" alt="iPad Mini 2 pics show Touch ID scanner and gold finish" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ipad-mini-2-front.jpg?1380327822" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The second generation of the iPad Mini will come with a Touch ID fingerprint scanner, if leaked shots of the device are anything to go by.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A7 power on board </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Dickson tweeted that the tablet will also come in Space Grey and silver finishes, and that it will be powered by a 64-bit A7 processor with M7 motion coprocessor on board. All of which seems plausible.</p> <p>The iPad Mini 2 and iPad 5 are expected to be unveiled by Apple soon, possibly by <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/rumour-ipad-mini-2-and-ipad-5-launching-15th-october/news" target="_blank">mid-October</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iPad Mini 2" alt="iPad Mini 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-mini-2-rear.jpg?1380327822" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ipad-mini-2-pics-show-touch-id-scanner-and-gold-finish/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ipad-mini-2-pics-show-touch-id-scanner-and-gold-finish/news#comments Apple iPad Mini Sat, 28 Sep 2013 00:23:43 +0000 Nigel Yap 1427190 at http://www.stuff.tv iOS 7 http://www.stuff.tv/my/ios-7/ios-7/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple&#039;s skillfully plundered its rivals to build the most beautiful mobile OS in history [UPDATE: now includes full iOS 7.1 review] </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/General.jpg?1394793372" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple hasn&rsquo;t just caught up with Android. Instead of simply closing the features gap with a quick sprint, it&rsquo;s taken iOS 7 for a detour through a Color Run doused with dazzling splashes of virtual paint. With the bonfire of felt, stitching and shelves still smouldering, the potential of additions like AirDrop have left Jelly Bean panting in the wings. And more so than any previous overhaul, iOS 7 really will give millions of iPhone and iPad users a whole new device.&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RM0.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Squeaky clean, modern look </div> <div class="field-item even"> Automatic app updating </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Control Center brings all-important functionality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If you were holding out for widgets, you’ll be disappointed </div> <div class="field-item even"> No AirDrop compatibility with Macs </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Some transitions seem a bit slow </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Flying Icons </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple&rsquo;s stuck with the concept of horizontally scrolling pages of tiled icons, so in terms of basic use there&#39;s nothing crazy to get your head around when you approach iOS 7. One of the first things you&rsquo;ll notice is the design tweak when opening and closing apps. Now when you select an app, its &quot;splash screen&quot; emanates from the app icon to fill the screen as the icons around it are pushed aside. It&#39;s such a subtle change that you&#39;ll wonder, &quot;Wasn&#39;t it always that way?&quot;.</p> <p>Similarly, when you close an app with the Home button, the app&#39;s icon zooms back into its place in the grid, and when you unlock your iPhone, the homescreen icons fly into place with a little more panache. It&#39;s not like anyone ever criticised Apple&#39;s transitions, but with ever slicker Android skins and launchers hitting the market, Apple&rsquo;s upped its game to stay a step ahead.</p> <p>And iOS 7 deserves some quality getting-to-know-you time as the attention to detail is beyond anything we&rsquo;ve ever seen on a mobile OS. The animation for downloading apps is a timer wheel revealing more of the icon underneath, almost making you wish iMovie would take longer than 30 seconds to appear. It&rsquo;ll have designers drowning in drool at the very least. And the first time you hit the Home button from the Camera app, as it blurs the screen and zooms back into place on the homescreen, you&#39;ll immediately open it back up and do it again. At least nine more times.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iOS7 home screen and compass" alt="iOS7 home screen and compass" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/timer-compass-iOS-7.png?1394793372" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="ios7 unlock flying icons" alt="ios7 unlock flying icons" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FlyingIcons.jpg?1394793372" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="iOS7 download progress circles" alt="iOS7 download progress circles" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Downloading.jpg?1394793372" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Control Center: Déjà vu </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple knows a thing or two about protecting its own designs, but with iOS 7 it hasn&#39;t been shy about pinching ideas from rival operating systems. Swiping up from the bottom of the screen brings up a very Android-esque settings panel named Control Center. With Android you&#39;ll swipe down to get much the same thing.</p> <p>Along the top of Control Center are toggle switches for Airplane mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb and Orientation lock, with a brightness slider beneath that. Being able to change the brightness without going into the settings is a useful timesaver, albeit a timesaver that&#39;s taken its sweet time making it to iOS. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Aside from its utility, what we like best about this mini menu is the way it appears as an opaque pane of frosted glass on top of whatever is displayed beneath, whether that&#39;s the homescreen or an app that&#39;s already running. Typical Apple panache.&nbsp;</p> <p>But there&#39;s more to it than a few toggles: there&#39;s a miniature music player interface, controls for the new AirDrop wireless sharing feature, a one-button torch function (that removes the need for a dedicated torch app) plus shortcuts to the clock, calculator and camera apps. If you&#39;re one of those people who always keeps the Settings icon pinned to the bottom of the homescreen, today is the day to remove it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/airdrop-control-center-iOS-7.png?1394793372" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Notifications and Search: Blurring the lines </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Notification pull-down that appears from the top of the screen has been given a similar makeover, at least stylistically. It&#39;s much the same in terms of what it displays, which you can specify in Settings, but the grey hessian is out in favour of coloured icons, bigger text and a blurry hint of the homescreen colours underneath. If you were hoping the Today pane was going to be a Google Now-rivalling selection of automatically gathered information that appears before you know you need it, you&#39;re going to be disappointed, but it does get a little more useful and intelligent the more you use it, and we suspect this is just the start for the feature.</p> <p>Another slight change is how the global search is accessed. Where once scrolling left from the leftmost homescreen page was your one-stop shop for searching your phone for apps, contacts and messages, now it&#39;s done with a downward swipe from any homescreen page, with the search bar then perched above your apps. Give it a day or two and it becomes second nature.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iOS7 Notifications pull down menu" alt="iOS7 Notifications pull down menu" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Notifications-iPhone.jpg?1394793372" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="iOS7 search" alt="iOS 7 iPhone search" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Search-iPhone.jpg?1394793372" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> My week of bickering with Siri </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>I&#39;ve been lucky enough to have been living with the iPhone 5s for about a week now. You can read what I think about of it in our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">review</a>, but I thought here was a good place to vent about my troublesome relationship with Siri. You can play the part of the counsellor.</p> <p>Like everyone else, Siri was fun when he first came on the scene. His fairly amusing answers to silly questions, his excuses for not being able to answer something, and the way he deflected criticism was all very charming. But before long the shtick started to become repetitive and his limitations became apparent. We went on a break.</p> <p>With the arrival of iOS 7 I decided to give Siri another go, and at first I found him to be very useful for my testing - he&#39;d take voice memos and notes without fail, change (most) settings quickly and easily, and I liked his new, wavey look. I even pretended to give a monkeys about what Stuff&#39;s Dep Ed Tom Wiggins had been saying on Twitter, and Siri promptly showed me his latest tweets (the usual rambling about gig rules, of course).</p> <p>But as with so many break-ups, it was his navigating that was the final straw. I told him to navigate to Heathrow Terminal 1 and he tried to direct me to the very centre of London. Later I told him to set a route to a street near my flat and he tried to take me to a Chinese takeaway. I suggested a different street near my house and he tried to take me to the very same Chinese takeaway. I wasn&#39;t even hungry, so this clearly wasn&#39;t a some new mind-reading tech. Besides, I&#39;m pretty sure that would have been mentioned in the iOS 7 press release.</p> <p>And when I finally got Siri to understand where I wanted to go he used the still flawed Apple Maps to plot a route straight into a 30min traffic jam. We fell out in spectacular fashion. I&#39;m not proud to admit I said some very hurtful things that stunned him into silence. And that was how the relationship ended for the second time. Siri&#39;s definitely going to have to buck his ideas up if I&#39;m ever going to take him back again.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-box-out-byline"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Buttons: Clean. Clear? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The new design is without a doubt cleaner and more modern in its trappings than iOS 6, although it can be less obvious what&#39;s what. For example, because the standard buttons and controls no longer have backgrounds and outlines, it&#39;s not always clear if a white space or a bit of text is something to be tapped or not. At points, it feels as if usability has been ever so slightly compromised in the pursuit of design purity.&nbsp;</p> <p>That minimalist approach goes a bit too far in places, too. In the Videos app, you&#39;ll no longer see the names of your video files beneath their thumbnails. It&#39;s a bit of an oversight, so we&#39;re hopeful that it&#39;s just a glitch that&#39;ll be fixed in future.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iOS7 iPhone interface" alt="iOS7 live wallpapers" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Wallpaper-iPhone.jpg?1394793372" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Carry on Tweaking </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Some of the design changes appear to have been made purely for the sake of change. If you tap on a folder of app icons, now you&#39;re shown a maximum of nine apps at once and if you have more in that folder you&rsquo;ll need to scroll across to the next group of nine. Or the next. This looks a bit smarter and less cluttered but it slows the process of finding and launching an app down a touch. &nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s a bit frustrating to see this sort of change being made when there&#39;s more important work to be done, such as giving the user a simple and intelligent method of tidying up app icons automatically. As time goes by, apps are downloaded and apps are removed, which can leave you with a dozen partially populated homescreens. It&#39;s a problem that&#39;s been with us since day one, so it&#39;s strange that nothing&rsquo;s been done about it.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iOS7 app folders" alt="9 apps per folder" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/AppFolders-iPhone.jpg?1394793372" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Why iOS 7 has made me want an iPhone in my life again </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Six months ago I gave up on my aged iPhone once and for all, consigning it to a long stint in the Gadget Trunk. It wasn&#39;t that I&#39;d fallen out of love, it was that it had a smashed front and back, with a jammed-in power button and a home button that needed four presses for anything to happen. Jumping ship to Android in the interim, I&rsquo;ve been revelling in bigger, higher res screens, calendar and notes widgets, HTC Zoe, S Health and simpler media moving &ndash; so long iPhoto.&nbsp;</p> <p>But minutes into my time with iOS 7, I was frowning at the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/htc-one/review">HTC One</a> wondering what I ever saw in Sense 5, and shaking my head at the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/lg-g2/review">LG G2&rsquo;s alternative multi-tasking tricks</a>. It&rsquo;s not perfect, but iOS 7 has so many more UI delights to offer than its rivals &ndash; maybe it makes me a bit sad, but using this mobile OS has made me Smile Out Loud at least a dozen times.&nbsp;</p> <p>The camera app brings to mind retro rangefinders, without veering into skeumorphism, Control Center&rsquo;s sci-fi styling is spot-on and I just calibrated the Compass by rolling a little red ball around a circle for the second time even though I&rsquo;m chained to my desk for the afternoon. I&rsquo;m not sure I can abandon Android &ndash; I mean, burying &lsquo;Limit Ad Tracking&rsquo; in Settings is a sneaky move by Apple, and my oaf hands struggle a little with the smaller keyboard. But iOS 7 and the slow-mo camera skills of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5S</a> could prove too tempting.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-box-out-byline"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Multi-tasking: House Of Cards </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Another element borrowed from a rival OS is the new multi-tasking system, which owes a lot to the ill-fated BlackBerry PlayBook. Also seen in previous versions of HTC Sense, a double press of the Home button now displays a horizontally scrolling carousel of cards, each of which represents an app that&#39;s currently running in the background, or one that has been recently. You can tap a card to re-enter that app or swipe it up to quit it. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Behind the scenes, iOS 7 has the ability to work more intelligently with apps in the background. For example, if an app has been updated to use the new scheduling feature, when it&#39;s in the background it should only download extra content when other apps are taking a break and don&rsquo;t need the resources. The main benefit of this should be increased battery life when multi-tasking.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iOS7 multitasking, iPhone" alt="iOS7 multitasking, iPhone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Multitasking-iPhone.jpg?1394793372" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The browser: full screen and fancy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One big change is the built-in Safari web browser, which now has a frameless display on the iPhone, with controls for forward, back, sharing, bookmarks and new tabs popping up along the bottom of the screen when you scroll to the top or bottom of a page. That devotes more of the screen to the content you&#39;re after but it can be a bit of a pain if you want to access those controls from the middle of a long page. That is, until you figure out that you can go back and forth by swiping horizontally from the edge of the screen &ndash; just like in Chrome. &nbsp;</p> <p>You can also have a rummage through your recent history by bringing up the Tabs browser, which presents your previous web footprints in the form of a Rolodex-style carousel. Predictably, Flash remains unsupported, which leads to a few blank screens but YouTube works just fine via the browser or the official app.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/safari-browser-iOS-7.png?1394793372" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> AirDrop: no hook-up to Macs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In terms of features, AirDrop is one of the biggest. It&#39;s handy, but it&rsquo;s also a bit half-baked. This Wi-Fi-based device-to-device file transfer system only works between certain iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches at the moment, not between iThings and Macs which is disappointing as it could have streamlined the process of offloading pics and video shot on your phone, or loading up your device with music and video from a Mac without connecting via iTunes.&nbsp;</p> <p>AirDrop compatibility is limited to a small number of recent iThings (the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-5/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-5c/review">5C</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-5s/review">5S</a>, plus the iPad 4, iPad Mini and 5th-gen iPod Touch), which for now will grate with anyone who also has an iPad 3, iPhone 4S or older devices still in use around the home. That&#39;s because it relies on modern Wi-Fi radios, so it&#39;s never going to be backwards-compatible.</p> <p>But despite our grumbles, in use AirDrop is quick and simple. It&#39;s accessed as an additional option from the updated Share menu, which can be summoned whenever you find yourself dealing with compatible content, such as website URLs, map directions, pictures or video. You can set your phone or tablet to be discoverable by anyone nearby, only those in your contacts book or turn it off completely. Once someone has accepted your invitation to share, transfer is speedy and painless and the files can then be opened in the relevant app or saved to Photos. It&#39;s a neat way to swap pictures and links between phones but it does feel like a bit of a letdown without integration with AirDrop on a Mac.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iOS7 AirDrop on iPhone" alt="iOS 7 AirDrop picture sharing" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/AirDrop-iPhone.jpg?1394793372" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera and Photos: so much more than Instagram Lite </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The camera app is good. Really good. So good, it&#39;ll feel like it&#39;s giving your old phone a new lease of life. Swapping between modes is done with the flick of a finger across the screen, and there&#39;s now a sort of &quot;Instagram Lite&quot; built in. Depending on which device you&#39;re running iOS 7 on, you can add retro colour filters during and/or after shooting stills, and there are also options for correcting red eye, cropping and auto colour correction. Square format and panoramic stills are thrown in (again, on selected devices), and for the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-5s/review">iPhone 5S</a> there&#39;s a fantastically fun and easy-to-use 120fps slow-mo video mode. &nbsp;</p> <p>Once you&#39;ve taken your pics you can enjoy the new Photos browser, which arranges your shots into groups called &quot;Moments&quot;, &quot;Collections&quot; and &quot;Years&quot;, rather than the single chronologically ordered stream of the old style Camera Roll with the option to create your own albums as before. The Share option has been tidied up, with distinct rows for AirDrop, social media sharing and messaging, and another for AirPlay, AirPrint and other options. You also get the chance to add more pictures or video directly from the Share page without having to go back to the main Camera Roll &ndash; a nice touch. In fact, there are similar nips and tucks all over iOS 7 which aren&#39;t big news in themselves but all contribute to the fresher, more modern feel.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CameraFilters2.jpg?1394793372" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CameraFilters1.jpg?1394793372" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/camera-iphone-3.png?1394793372" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The App Store: the long-awaited automatic updating </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Any newly purchased iOS 7 device now gets free access to some of Apple&#39;s own apps, such as iMovie (for video editing), iPhoto (for photo editing), Pages (for word processing), Numbers (for spreadsheeting) and Keynote (for presenting), but not GarageBand. These are all superb apps that go a long way to showing off the potential of the iPhone and iPad. Android still has nothing comparable.</p> <p>The App Store interface has been given a light makeover and the first time you access it you&#39;ll be prompted to turn on automatic updating of apps (finally, it&#39;s here!). We suggest you do so to avoid storing up a backlog of apps that need updating &ndash; it&rsquo;s always been one of our least favourite sights in iOS. From our experience thusfar, the updating works seamlessly.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iOS7 AppStore iPhone" alt="Automatic updates" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/AppStoreiPhone.jpg?1394793372" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="iMovie, free with new purchases" alt="iMovie, free with new purchases" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iMovieiPhone.jpg?1394793372" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict: still no widgets:; this is iOS, just prettier and more capable </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;ve been feeling apprehensive about the iOS update, don&rsquo;t fret. It may be sexier but this is essentially the simple, downright efficient mobile OS we&rsquo;ve all been used to and the reason iDevices started selling in their wagonloads in the first place.&nbsp;</p> <p>That does mean no widgets or Live Tiles &ndash; the notifications pull-down is the closest you&rsquo;ve got &ndash; and very little customisation. Sure, you can change the wallpaper on the home and lockscreen to tone down the initial shock of iOS 7&rsquo;s colour scheme but plenty of stalwarts stay pretty much the same &ndash; like the excellent and eerily accurate keyboard.&nbsp;</p> <p>By refusing to add a top layer of social media feeds, news tickers and weather forecasts, Apple has kept the focus on apps, which it clearly recognises as one of the major selling points of iThings over Android rivals. A more sparky, widget-based front end would most likely have pushed these gems into the wings, and that&#39;s something we&#39;d hate to see happen. However, if 90% of your phone and tablet use is based around Facebook, Twitter, music, video and the web, it&#39;s unlikely that this latest edition of iOS is going to light your fire.</p> <p>As a family oriented OS it&#39;s still unbeatable, and remains a far safer, less vulnerable environment than the more liberal but less disciplined wolrd of Android.</p> <p>It&#39;s no longer a question of which is the best OS, it&#39;s a matter of which is the best for you. If awesome apps, a slick interface and a sense of security are top of your list, iOS7 is a clear winner. If you prefer to do things your way, the customisability of Android Jelly Bean can&#39;t be beaten, thanks to its wide range of widgets, launchers and lockscreens. iOS 7 gives you just one option but it&rsquo;s an OS that&rsquo;s as beautifully crafted and worthy of gadget pride as iPhone and iPad hardware itself.</p> <p>Words: <a href="https://plus.google.com/106422809643177538618/posts">Tony Horgan</a> and <a href="https://plus.google.com/100316166955509219073">Sophie Charara</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iOS 7.1 [update 12/03/14] </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We liked iOS 7. It wasn&#39;t the complete reinvention we&#39;d hoped for but it gave the iPhone and iPad a much-needed spring clean. Now iOS 7.1 is available, which introduces an all-new CarPlay feature along with minor tweaks and fixes to Siri, the iPhone 5s camera app, fingerprint recognition, the Calendar app and an overall speed increase for iPhone 4 users.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Apple-ios-7.1-review" alt="Apple-ios-7.1-review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ios-7.1-review-main-001_1.jpg?1394793372" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iOS 7.1 - CARPLAY </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Probably the biggest single change is the introduction of Apple CarPlay, which enables those of us taking delivery of a new Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes or Volvo to look forward to a new level of integration between our iPhones and in-car media systems.</p> <p>Apple CarPlay allows users to connect their iPhone to their car, upon which the car&#39;s own display takes its feed from the phone. The car&#39;s touchscreen or hardware controls - such as knobs, dials and buttons in the central column or steering wheel - can be used to control certain compatible apps running on the iPhone. For instance, Siri can be summoned and ordered, music can be selected and played, and if you see fit to replace your existing in-car sat-nav with Apple&#39;s own Maps app, that can be done too.</p> <p>Right now that&#39;s not something that will impact greatly on the lives of the masses, but it&#39;s an important investment in the future. Many of the world&#39;s major car brands are set to include CarPlay functionality further down the line, although it&#39;s interesting to note that, at this point, the list which includes Ford, BMW and Toyota makes no mention of the VW Group (which encompases Audi, Seat and Skoda).v</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Apple iOS 7 review CarPlay" alt="Apple iOS 7 review CarPlay" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ios-7.1-review-carplay-001_1.jpg?1394793372" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iOS 7.1 - Siri </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&#39;ve never been that keen on Siri. Its speech recognition can be hopeless, and its insistence on making wild guesses as to your utterances and then phoning random numbers from your contacts without checking with you first is infuriating. iOS 7.1 attempts to improve matters by giving you the option of telling Siri when to stop listening.&nbsp;</p> <p>The idea is that you release the Home button when you&#39;ve said your piece, but in our tests so far it hasn&#39;t improved the situation by any notable degree. Those complete communication failures are still in evidence.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Apple iOS 7.1 review Siri" alt="Apple iOS 7.1 review Siri" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-ios-7.1-review-Siri-001_1.jpg?1394793372" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iOS 7.1 - Performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The original iOS 7 update resulted wasn&#39;t always good news for older devices, with the iPhone 4, 1st-gen iPad Mini and iPads from 3rd-gen backwards all suffering a loss of smoothness when switching orientations and even some lag during simple operations.</p> <p>We&#39;ve now updated an iPhone 4, 1st-gen iPad Mini and 3rd-gen iPad, and they all benefit from improved response times and smoother animations on the home screen. The iPhone 4 still shows a small amount of lag, but there&#39;s a big improvement, particularly, when opening folders containing groups of apps.</p> <p>There&#39;s not a whole lot else that&#39;s changed from iOS 7. The &quot;Slide to unlock&quot; text now has a shinier highlight and there seems to be a little more fluidity to the parallax wallpaper animation as you tilt your device. If you have an iPhone 5 you can set the camera to automatically switch to High Dynamic Range mode when it thinks the situation demands it (for more even exposures of high contrast or low-light scenes), the Calendar app has had a little make over and the fingerprint recognition has been improved.</p> <p>So overall, while iOS 7.1 isn&#39;t a huge update, it does fix a few things, particularly for users of older iDevices. We can&#39;t see any reason not to upgrade.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fresh faced and fluoro, there&rsquo;s no radical shift here but iOS 7 wins on function as much as (virtual) form &nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/ios-7/ios-7/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/ios-7/ios-7/review#comments iOS 7 iPad 4 iPad Mini iPhone & iPad iPhone 5C iPhone 5S Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:02:34 +0000 Nigel Yap 1426841 at http://www.stuff.tv Best small tablets: Google Nexus 7 (2013) vs iPad Mini vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/best-small-tablets-google-nexus-7-2013-vs-ipad-mini-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-80/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> They’re tablets, they’re compact and they’re all vying for your hard-earned cash – so toe-to-toe, how do they shape up? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Nexus 7 2 vs iPad Mini vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0" alt="Google Nexus 7 2 vs iPad Mini vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/nexus-7-vs-ipad-mini-vs-note-8.jpg?1377506692" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Google has just revealed the second generation of the Nexus 7 tablet, and it has the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-mini/review">iPad Mini</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/android/samsung-galaxy-note-80/review">Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0</a> firmly in its crosshairs. So how do the three 7(ish)-inchers square up when it comes to specs, design and software?</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Build quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iPad Mini is a gloriously well-made product, its aluminium and glass body exuding solidity when you hold it in your mitt. It’s thin and lightweight (a mere 308g), and the bezel surrounding the screen is tiny; we reckon it's the best-looking iPad yet.</p> <p>The plastic-dominated Google Nexus 7 doesn’t give the impression of being quite so solid or “premium” a product, but it does feel better in your hand than the Mini – it's lighter (290g) and can be held one-handed for the duration of a movie with no wrist-spraining issues. It's definitely closer in build quality to the iPad Mini than the original Nexus 7. It’s lighter, thinner and narrower than the previous Nexus 7, but retains a similarly soft-touch, slightly rubbery back.</p> <p>The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 (340g) is more plasticky still, shiny white and accented by faux metal touches. While we wouldn't call it ugly, it's certainly the least attractive and well-built of the three models, with a bit of a "my first tablet" feel to it.</p> <p><strong>Winner: iPad Mini</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Build quality – Nexus 7 2" alt="Build quality – Nexus 7 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-7-2-vs-ipad-mini-build.jpg?1377506692" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The original <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-nexus-7/review">Nexus 7</a>, with a 7in screen and 1280 x 800 resolution, already had the beating of the iPad Mini with its 1024 x 768 7.9in display – at least when it comes to pixel density and sharpness – and Google has upped its game with the second-gen Nexus 7. The new model has a 7in 1920 x 1200 display, giving it a pixel density of 323ppi to the iPad Mini’s 162ppi. The performance has been boosted too: it’s now able to display 30 percent more colours. In our review we note that it "can show films in true 1080p HD, and they look superb - far better than any other tablet of this size".</p> <p>The iPad Mini, however, does have a far larger screen, with around 30 percent extra space. And its colour reproduction and contrast are excellent. The extra screen real estate does, in our opinion, make for a better tablet app experience – while the Nexus 7's size (barely bigger than a phablet) makes it better for media consumption (videos, ebooks etc.). However, as we say in our review, "you'll feel a little let down by its 1024x768 pixel count".</p> <p>The Galaxy Note 8.0 has a bigger screen than even the iPad Mini, and its 8in display marks it out as something that can be used for work rather than just play. There is, of course, a excellent S-Pen stylus for sketching, note-scribbling and more. Our review notes its "good contrast and vibrant colours" (the iPad's colour reproduction comes across as somewhat more natural, however), but in comparison to the Nexus 7 the 1280 x 800 resolution gives icons and text "a little fuzziness on close inspection".</p> <p><strong>Winner: Nexus 7</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Screen – iPad Mini" alt="Screen – iPad Mini" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-7-2-vs-ipad-mini-screen.jpg?1377506692" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Processing power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The new Nexus 7 has a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 at its heart, accompanied by 2GB of RAM. The iPad Mini has an Apple-made dual-core A5 chip with 512MB of RAM, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 rocks a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos chip and 2GB of RAM.</p> <p>The Nexus 7, as we note in our review, "feels incredibly fast and responsive no matter how much you multi-task or game". It’ll be interesting to see how the next iPad Mini (possibly being unveiled in September) holds up against the new Nexus 7. The current model has fewer pixels to push and thus feels nippy for most tasks, only stuttering occasionally – when viewing 3D maps for example.</p> <p>The Note 8.0 is possibly the nippiest performer of the three, and excels at multi-tasking. As our review says, it's "speedy and smooth – whether you’re careering around Asphalt 7 or watching an HD movie on one half of the screen while planning your escape via Google Maps on the other".</p> <p><strong>Winner: Galaxy Note 8.0<br /></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="940" height="705" title="Processing power – Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0" alt="Processing power – Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-8.0-review-1_0.jpg?1377506692" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Operating system </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There was a time when Android couldn’t touch iOS in the usability stakes, but that’s no longer the case. With Jelly Bean, Google’s OS has finally reached a place where it can be talked about in the same breath as Apple’s: a smooth, crisp and lag-free interface. The new Nexus 7 comes with Android 4.3 (in fact it’s the first device to do so), which sports slightly more polish as well as a handful of new features, parental controls (you can prevent profiles accessing certain apps and making in-app purchases). Being a Nexus device, the OS is devoid of any third-party embellishments – it’s pure Google, and a slicker experience for it. The issue here is apps; as we note in our review: "Google really needs to be pushing developers to add greater support for larger, more pixel-tastic screens if it hopes to defeat Apple in the tablet battle."</p> <p>iOS 6 is on board the iPad Mini, and it’s moved beyond its early issues (chiefly Maps, which you thankfully no longer have to use) to become just as intuitive and polished as previous versions. It’s more of a walled garden, more tightly controlled than Android, but for some that’s preferable. iOS has the better range of available apps too, especially when it comes to those designed specifically for tablets. As we say in our review, the iPad Mini feels more versatile because of the "greater interaction and creativity" afforded by its apps. And <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ios-7">iOS 7</a>, the biggest change in terms of visual design from a version of the OS yet, is just around the corner.</p> <p>The Galaxy Note 8.0 only comes with Android 4.1.2, over which Samsung has slathered its own touches. So really it's lagging behind the Nexus 7, which offers the very latest Android version. However, some of Samsung's apps are impressive, such as Multi-Screen: this multi-tasking feature now supports Chrome, Gmail, YouTube, Maps and MX Player as well as Samsung’s own apps.</p> <p><strong>Winner: iPad Mini</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="OS – Google Nexus 7 2 Android" alt="OS – Google Nexus 7 2 Android" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-7-2-vs-ipad-mini-os.jpg?1377506692" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While the original Nexus 7 was pretty pathetic in the snapper stakes, the new model has a 5MP camera on the rear and a 1.2MP camera on the front for Google Hangouts. The iPad Mini has the exact same setup, while the Note 8.0 pairs its rear 5MP camera with a 1.3MP front camera. None has a flash.</p> <p>After testing we have to say the iPad Mini nicks it. While all three share a megapixel count, the Note 8.0 and Nexus 7's images come out fairly dull and muted in anything but bright light, while Apple's camera fares slightly – ever so slighty – better; in decent light, it's on a par with the iPhone 4's snapper. It's a close-run thing though.</p> <p><strong>Winner: iPad Mini<br /></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Connectivity </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iPad Mini is available with just Wi-Fi, or in a “Wi-Fi + Cellular” version that offers on-the-go Internet access at HSPA, HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA speeds (that’s faster than standard 3G, but not as fast as LTE’s “true” 4G). The new Nexus 7 is available in Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi/LTE modes, making it the better choice for mobile Internet.</p> <p><strong>Winner: Nexus 7</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note-8.0-review-apps-screen_0.jpg?1377506692" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>From our testing of the Nexus 7, we found its 3950mAh battery delivers around 11 hours of normal-level use out of it per charge. The iPad Mini offers a similar amount of use through its 4490mAh battery, as does the Galaxy Note 8.0 through its own 4600mAh power plant. So this round has to be called a draw.</p> <p><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict: Google&#039;s Nexus 7 (2013) is the best small tablet money can buy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The new Nexus 7 edges it as our overall winner. It’s far cheaper than the iPad Mini and Galaxy Note 8.0, especially as you move up the range; it features more processing power; it offers real 4G support; its screen is significantly sharper.</p> <p>The iPad Mini has screen size and build quality in its favour, as well as iOS and access to a better range of tablet-tailored apps. It holds plenty of appeal for those who want to do more than just read ebooks, watch videos and browse the web – but that doesn’t seem enough to justify the price disparity.</p> <p>The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 doesn't really stand out except for battery life and multi-tasking, but there is of course the S-Pen stylus which will appeal to the more productivity-minded. Even so, the Nexus 7 makes a far more tempting purchase for the average person.</p> <p>So, we're calling this a victory for the new Google Nexus 7. It's going to be interesting to see if the Retina display-equipped&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ipad-mini-retina-display-has-new-google-nexus-7-its-sights/news">iPad Mini 2&nbsp;</a>can tip the balance back the other way when it's (hopefully) announced in September.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Initial verdict – Nexus 7 2" alt="Initial verdict – Nexus 7 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nexus-7-2-vs-ipad-mini-entertainment.jpg?1377506692" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nexus 7 vs iPad Mini vs Note 8 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fight! Which is the best small tablet money can buy? </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/best-small-tablets-google-nexus-7-2013-vs-ipad-mini-vs-samsung-galaxy-note-80/feature#comments Apple Galaxy Note 8.0 Google iPad Mini Nexus 7 Samsung Sun, 18 Aug 2013 05:28:18 +0000 Nigel Yap 1425632 at http://www.stuff.tv Retina iPad Mini 2 sets targets on new Google Nexus 7: IT'S PPI WAR! http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/retina-ipad-mini-2-sets-targets-new-google-nexus-7-its-ppi-war/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Watch out Google. Report claims that Apple&#039;s upcoming mini slate is set to return with a souped up screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iPad Mini with Retina Display has new Google Nexus 7 in its sights" alt="iPad Mini with Retina Display has new Google Nexus 7 in its sights" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-ipad-mini-product-shot.jpg?1378179702" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple's rumoured Retina Display iPad Mini could be bringing the fight to the pixel-packed screen of Google's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/nexus-7/google-nexus-7-2-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">new Nexus 7</a>&nbsp;later this year.</p> <p>The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple's display suppliers (LG, Sharp and Samsung) are preparing to churn out enough hi-res displays for the Retina iPad Mini, which is expected in the fourth quarter of this year.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/retina-ipad-mini-2-sets-targets-new-google-nexus-7-its-ppi-war/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/retina-ipad-mini-2-sets-targets-new-google-nexus-7-its-ppi-war/news#comments Apple iPad Mini Tablets Thu, 01 Aug 2013 16:48:07 +0000 Nigel Yap 1425228 at http://www.stuff.tv iPhone 5S release “may be delayed” http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-5s-release-may-be-delayed/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Analyst says manufacturing issues may push back its launch – but iPads, iMacs and the plastic iPhone may still arrive on time </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iPhone 5S release “may be delayed”" alt="iPhone 5S release “may be delayed”" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iphone-5-ios-7.jpg?1374809890" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>One analyst has predicted that the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-iphone-5s-could-launch-september/news">iPhone 5S</a>, Apple’s upcoming flagship smartphone, will be delayed by a few weeks due to manufacturing difficulties.</p> <p>AppleInsider has got its paws on a research note from KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo, who says production of several components for the iPhone 5S is undergoing setbacks means that it will now be launched in late September rather than early in the month, and that it will be available in shorter supply than Apple would like.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Other products on schedule </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The analyst however said that he expects the long-rumoured cheaper <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/new-budget-plastic-iphone/news">plastic iPhone</a> to launch in early September at a price in the region of US$450 to $550 (RM1430 to RM1748). He also believes Apple will launch new iMacs and Retina MacBook Pros equipped with Intel Haswell chips and a new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/ipad-mini-get-retina-display-and-ipad-5-lose-weight/news">9.7in iPad</a>.</p> <p>And what of a Retina display-equipped iPad Mini? Kuo thinks that won’t come along until next year due to power efficiency issues which Apple needs to solve. He does think a cut-price iPad Mini with an A7 chip may be launched, however.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/07/22/apples-iphone-5s-to-suffer-production-delays-iphone-lite-coming-early-sept">AppleInsider</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="MacBook Pro with Retina Display" alt="MacBook Pro with Retina Display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/macbook-pro-retina.jpg?1374809890" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/iphone-5s-release-may-be-delayed/news#comments Apple iMac iPad iPad Mini iPhone & iPad iPhone 5S MacBook Pro Wed, 24 Jul 2013 00:53:55 +0000 Nigel Yap 1425034 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple iPad Mini http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-mini/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can Apple&#039;s not-quite-8-incher take the fight to Google&#039;s cheaper Nexus 7 offering? We find out in our review of the tiniest iPad yet. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ipad-mini-main-big.jpg?1382467807" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/my/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RM949.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Price from </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> (16GB) </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Like the iPad, but easier to handle </div> <div class="field-item even"> Beautifully built </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery life is impressive </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No Retina Display means a lack of detail </div> <div class="field-item even"> Expensive compared to the Nexus 7 </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> overview </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Contrary to what Apple told us at the launch event, the iPad Mini is just a smaller iPad. There, we said it. Now that we've got that bombshell out of the way let's look at why millions of people are likely to go crazy for the latest slab of aluminium to grace Apple's iOS line-up.</p> <p>Its skinny bezel lends it a look that may suggest otherwise, but the Mini is no iPhone phablet. Steve Jobs proclaimed he wouldn't make a 7in tablet until we sandpapered down our fingers, and Apple’s CEO Tim Cook hasn't entirely gone against his wishes with the iPad Mini.</p> <p>It's more helpful to think of the 7.9in device as a concentrated version of the iPad 2 (Apple's words) than a big iPhone or even a 7in tab: it’s got the same dual-core A5 chip, same 1024x768 resolution, same access to the 275,000-odd iPad-specific apps in the App Store and a much thinner and lighter form. That means the Retina Display is out, but the iPad Mini gets the same iOS 6 that powers its bigger brothers, and will be one of the first 4G tablets.</p> <p>However, when it comes to reduced-size slates, Apple doesn't quite have the first-to-market advantage it normally enjoys. We've seen plenty of 7in Android tablets round these parts lately and the flood shows no sign of abating.</p> <p>The most hell-bent of these would-be iPad killers, the Asus-built Google Nexus 7, has just added 32GB storage to its impressive arsenal of quad-core Tegra 3 innards, 1280x800 7in screen and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, all for just RM849.</p> <p>So, can the iPad Mini stop the Nexus 7 in its tracks before it does real damage to Apple's tablet dominance? Or is RM999 for a 16GB iPad Mini too high a price for what looks to be a lower-specced machine? Let’s find out…</p> <p><a href="/review/apple-ipad-4" target="_self">Read our Apple iPad 4 review</a></p> <p><a href="/review/google-nexus-7" target="_self">Read our Google Nexus 7 review</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini" alt="Apple iPad Mini" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-mini-review-bike-photo_3_0.jpg?1382467807" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Read all the iPad Mini vs Nexus 7 spec comparisons you like but in the flesh (so to speak) only one of the designs will make you weak at the knees. At 7.2mm thick, with flawless diamond cut edges and a satin aluminium finish, the hewn-from-solid-feeling iPad Mini really does put the fat bezel, smaller display and general chunk of the Google tablet to shame side-by-side. In fact, we’d go so far as to say that this is the best-looking iPad yet.</p> <p>If you're already an iPad owner, one of the first things you'll notice when you pick up the Mini is how light it is – at just 308g for the Wi-Fi model it's less than half the weight of the 652g Retina Display iPad 4, which makes the decision whether to stick it in your bag for the day a no-brainer. It’ll even fit into the more capacious of jacket pockets.</p> <p>But while the iPad Mini is officially lighter than both the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD, all three tablets are easy to hold for long periods of time. By comparison, hold an iPad 4 for 20 minutes and your wrists will start to ache – unless you’ve been bench-pressing gaming PCs.</p> <p>Apple’s decision to go with a 7.9in display and retain the traditional 4:3 ratio means the iPad Mini can be a stretch for one-handed use, although that will of course depend on the size of your spades. For some (including Apple’s giant hand models) it will be a perfect fit. Unless you’ve got the tiniest of digits the Mini is comfortable for two-thumbed typing in portrait mode, is easy to tap game controls without obscuring the onscreen action and is a great size for flicking through newspaper and magazine apps or iBooks.</p> <p>In actual fact it’s arguably a better size for portable media and gaming than the bigger iPads – more pocketable, less unwieldy, yet usable for just about any task you’d normally carry out on its bigger brothers. And if you’re someone who carries both an iPad and a Kindle on a daily basis, a Mini could be just the thing. It’s like the Wash &amp; Go of tablets.</p> <p>There's no wasted space here, either – if that slim bezel were any thicker the Mini would be too wide to hold with one hand. It's impressive work to pack nearly 8in of screen into a device that's so thoroughly portable. For comparison, Motorola’s 8.2in Xoom 2 Media Edition is 2mm thicker, 6mm wider and 80g heavier, and yet its screen isn’t as wide as the Mini’s.</p> <p>The Nexus 7 does have a few design touches in its favour, mind you: a textured back is one, since the iPad Mini doesn't have much to grip on to. If you struggle to hold the tablet in one hand you may spend much of your time worrying about dropping it, unless you spring for a Smart Cover or textured case.</p> <p>It's also worth noting that while the white and silver version of the iPad Mini we tested didn't pick up any scuffs, the black and slate model features a similar anodised finish to that of the black iPhone 5, and therefore may need more TLC – or a case – to keep it looking box-fresh.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini" alt="Apple iPad Mini" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-mini-review-back_3_0.jpg?1382467807" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini" alt="Apple iPad Mini" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-mini-review-versus-google-nexus-7_0_0.jpg?1382467807" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini" alt="Apple iPad Mini" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-mini-review-design_0_0.jpg?1382467807" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you're expecting the best display Apple can throw at your peepers, you'll feel a little let down by the iPad Mini's 1024x768 effort. Compared to the iPad 4’s 264ppi resolution the Mini’s 163ppi sounds weedy, and sure enough a side-by-side comparison shows the Mini’s icons and text to look a smudgy around the edges.</p> <p>The more important question is how the iPad Mini’s screen compares to that of the Google Nexus 7, and the Mini draws first blood with its extra 0.9in of diagonal space. Its squat 4:3 ratio could lead you to believe that the 16:10 Nexus would offer you a greater widescreen movie viewing area, but in actual fact the picture on the Mini is still marginally bigger. What’s more, those HD videos are beautifully crisp and naturally coloured. Away from movies the bigger screen has more obvious advantages – web pages, ebooks and apps have an appreciable level of extra room to breathe.</p> <p>However, the Nexus 7’s 216ppi screen offers advantages that the Mini can’t match. Fonts in ebooks and web pages are rendered with less obvious pixellation, and still images look more detailed. In terms of colours and contrast, though, Apple wins back the advantage with whiter whites and an overall brightness that can make the Nexus 7 look just a little dull. On balance, we reckon the Mini still makes the marginally better ereader and browser, owing to the additional screen space it has to offer.</p> <p>There’s no need to worry about any accidental prodding of the screen thanks to that skinny bezel, either. Apple’s baked thumb detection tech into the Mini that ignores the touch of an errant digit, and it works a treat.</p> <p>Speaking of prodding, some tech-heads (including Steve Jobs) have worried that pressing the smaller buttons on a reduced-size screen could be too hit-and-miss to make mini tablets useful. With the iPad Mini, the touch targets are significantly downsized from those of the big iPads, but with most developers already designing apps to meet Apple’s 44x44p button criteria, we found the transition to the Mini’s screen just fine.</p> <p>For rigour, we loaded our iPad Mini up with Korg’s recreation of a full analogue synth, iMS-20 for iPad. With more buttons, sliders and dials than Apple’s got dollars in the bank the app does require more precise fingerwork on the Mini than it does with the iPad 4, but it won’t slow your mixing down enough to annoy. In fact, aside from the odd need for a double tap – funnily enough mostly on Apple's own buttons in the settings menu and the App Store – we think small-icon anxiety is gadget scaremongering.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini" alt="Apple iPad Mini" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-mini-review-versus-nexus-7-photo_3_0.jpg?1382467807" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini" alt="Apple iPad Mini" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPad-Mini-review-Nexus-7-iPad-4-icons_1_0.jpg?1382467807" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini" alt="Apple iPad Mini" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-mini-review-korg-iMS-20-app_1_0.jpg?1382467807" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iOS 6 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple's iOS 6 overhaul may have been overshadowed by the tech-tastrophe that is Apple Maps, but there's lots to love about the latest OS, from useful Facebook integration to revamped email and, in the iPad Mini's case, an improved and more Europe-friendly Siri.</p> <p>iOS has kept its simplicity – it's an easy OS to get to grips with, and you’ll be clicking or swiping between apps and downloading goodies from the iTunes Store in no time. However, the grid of icons looks past it’s sell-by date, and the acres of dead homescreen space could be put to much better use housing some energetic widgets.</p> <p>The notifications pull-down also looks bolted-on, but since it's the only summary of live info such as calendar appointments and birthday reminders, it remains essential. Compare this to Google’s live widgets and Windows 8’s information-rich tiles, and it’s clear Apple has some work to do before the next iOS makeover.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini" alt="Apple iPad Mini" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-mini-review-email-iOS-6_3_0.jpg?1382467807" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini" alt="Apple iPad Mini" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-mini-review-app-store-itunes_0_0.jpg?1382467807" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Maps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Though mapping isn’t as crucial to the tablet experience as it is the smartphone one, there are plenty of occasions when you’ll find yourself firing Apple Maps up. And Apple Maps is <a href="/news/apple-news/news-nugget/tim-cook-apologises-for-apple-maps">still flawed</a> – whole towns remain MIA and business listings are often hilariously out of date.</p> <p>Is there anything to redeem the Mini’s version of Apple Maps? Well, the 3D cityscapes are very impressive – a little slower to pan and zoom than they are on the iPad 4 or iPhone 5, but still pretty. And although there’s no turn-by-turn navigation here, the vector-based maps load and scale speedily. Essentially the foundations are there, and with better, more accurate data, Apple Maps would be a contender.</p> <p>For now, adding a Google Maps shortcut to the homescreen or chancing it with Bing Maps will mostly suffice, but we hope Apple is either throwing a mountain of manpower at Maps or rushing a Google Maps app through the App Store this very second.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini" alt="Apple iPad Mini" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-mini-review-bbc-iplayer_3_0.jpg?1382467807" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Siri </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Siri boots up as a neat pop-up – minus the Samsung Galaxy Note 2-style resizeable hovering – and in iOS 6 the voice assistant is more helpful than ever. British gadgeteers will be happy to know that Siri now provides UK restaurant details, movie times and sports scores, making it a much more useful digi-PA.</p> <p>We found that Siri responds quickly to commands to open up apps, play music or search the web and is generally a much better listener in iOS 6. There are few things more embarrassing than being overheard talking to your tech, but being overheard saying the same thing over and over to your tech is one of them – so we’re mightily pleased with Siri’s improved comprehension.</p> <p>Google’s own voice search isn’t as capable as Siri, but a swipe from the bottom of the Nexus 7 screen conjures Google Now, which pulls in anything from the weather to your bus departure times, upcoming calendar appointments and local bars.</p> <p>Wonderful as they sound, both systems are still of limited help – for instance, Siri will bring up five movies playing at your local Odeon, complete with a Rotten Tomatoes rating for each, but what if none of those five appeal? That’s right, you’re back to Googling with those old-fashioned fingers. Meanwhile, Google Now often simply doesn’t work. Consider each to be a work in progress.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini" alt="Apple iPad Mini" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-mini-review-dark-knight-game_3_0.jpg?1382467807" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Every one of the 275,000 iPad apps in the App Store will work perfectly with the iPad Mini as its display is the same resolution and ratio as the iPad 2, so you’ll be able to get stuck in to the likes of GarageBand, Sky Sports, Cargo-Bot and the aforementioned Korg iMS-20 from day one. You'll also be safe in the knowledge that most great tablet apps start life on the iPad, so you’re never going to be short of software to toy with.</p> <p>App compatibility is a real advantage for the iPad Mini. With the Nexus 7 you’re frequently stuck with Android phone apps that have been unceremoniously blown up to fill the 7in screen, and that rarely results in pretty pictures. Crucially, once you’ve spent some time with both tablets you develop the impression that the Nexus 7 is geared towards media consumption, whereas the iPad Mini adds much greater interaction and creativity through its apps. When you boil it down, it’s just a more versatile device.</p> <p>The ground, though, is gradually shifting. TegraZone brings a selection of high-quality games and apps to to the Nexus 7 and its brethren, some of which are Android exclusives. Plus, the shed-load of Nexus 7s that Google is shifting could well convince Android developers of the need to tailor their apps for tablets in the future.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini" alt="Apple iPad Mini" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-mini-review-back-camera_3_0.jpg?1382467807" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> performance and benchmarking </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Inside the iPad Mini is an A5 chip that's two generations behind the A6X in the iPad 4, so it's not gob-smacking that the Mini is a step behind the greatest iPad when it comes to web browsing and multi-tasking. Still, with fewer pixels to push it provides a nippy tablet experience, aside from occasional stutters when navigating a 3D landscape in Apple Maps, or swiping into the universal search screen. Apps load up speedily and hi-res jpegs can be downloaded from Dropbox in seconds. It never feels like a slouch.</p> <p>In our direct benchmark comparison, Geekbench 2 awarded the Nexus 7's 1.3 GHz Tegra 3/1GB RAM combo scored 1375, while the iPad Mini’s 1GHz A5/500MB innards received a relatively poor 752.</p> <p>However, the SunSpider Javascript test, which rates real-world browser speed, tells a different story. Here, lower is better, so the Mini’s score of 1500.3ms compared to the Nexus 7’s 1884.4 is a healthy win, and side-by-side on the same Wi-Fi connection the Mini is marginally faster at loading fresh web pages.</p> <p>Both tablets are complete strangers to lag, though, and both tear through graphically intensive mobile games without breaking a sweat. Either slate can handle day-to-day emails, browsing and gaming with no trouble at all.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini" alt="Apple iPad Mini" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-mini-review-lightning-connector_3_0.jpg?1382467807" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> storage </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The basic 16GB in the cheapest iPad models will be fine for casual users, but app enthusiasts, magazine readers and film fans would be wise to opt for a 32GB or 64GB model. Yes, that means spending more – and yes, you get a hell of a lot more storage for your money with a Google Nexus 7. Neither device will accept any form of hardware memory expansion so the lesson, as always, is to get as much as you can afford from the off.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini" alt="Apple iPad Mini" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-mini-review-versus-ipad-4_3_0.jpg?1382467807" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini" alt="Apple iPad Mini" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-mini-review-versus-nexus-7_1_0.jpg?1382467807" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> cameras </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The other obvious trump card that the Mini holds over its rivals is a rear camera.&nbsp; Both Google and Amazon forgot to add one to their budget tabs, and while not quite an essential tablet feature, there’s no harm in having a decent one like this. Indeed, given the Mini’s reduced size, you can almost even use it without looking like a prat.</p> <p>It struggles slightly indoors and there’s no flash, let alone the incredible low-light skills of the iPhone 5, but the 5MP image quality is roughly the same as the iPhone 4’s – that is, clear and crisp in good light, with a speedy AF and the added bonus of silky 1080p video. Definitely good enough to use in a fix.</p> <p>The front-facer is a 1.2MP HD cam, which means FaceTime video calls and self-portraits benefit from a bump in detail – if you want everyone to see every last spot, that is.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini" alt="Apple iPad Mini" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-mini-review-facetime-hd-review_1_0.jpg?1382467807" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> connectivity </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Our iPad Mini test unit is a Wi-Fi-only model, and can happily report that its dual-band radio does a fine job at grabbing and holding a signal. It’s impressively fast, too.</p> <p>However, the more interesting test will be to see how the 4G LTE-equipped model fares. It’s the only 4G mini tablet available (the Nexus 7 has old-fangled 3G), and therefore something of a treat, offering theoretical speeds of up to 70Mbps (although 12Mbps is more likely).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lightning connector </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Much has been made of Apple’s switch from the ten year old 30-pin connector to the new Lightning socket, and the sudden obsolescence of all of the bajillion accessories such a move seemingly entails. Before getting all upset it’s worth bearing in mind that Lightning is in many ways better – smaller, neater, reversible – and that you can always buy a Lightning-to-30-pin adapter (RM109 or RM139), although your dock setup won’t look very neat with a chunky adaptor sandwiched on top.</p> <p>As always, that’s about it for connections. No more unsightly fissures cleave the flanks of this shining artifact; adaptors are the order of the day. A build-in SD card slot wouldn’t have gone amiss for shutterbugs, but you can connect the iPad Mini to your DSLR with an adaptor kit (RM109). Plus there’s a Lightning-to-HDMI adaptor (RM169) if you want to make a physical connection to your TV. These additions take the price of even the cheapest iPad Mini over RM1000, so if you think you’ll need them, prepare to dig deep.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple quotes 10 hours of battery life, but the iPad Mini does better than that – for us, it regularly managed a day and a half of intensive usage. The omission of the Retina Display (which necessitates a huge battery) was quite possibly a compromise to make the Mini an all day tablet. Charging, meanwhile, will mean a full couple of hours hooked up to a Lightning connector – no almost-instant iPhone 5 re-juicing here.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If the thought of dropping over RM1500 on a big iPad has stopped you from joining the Apple slab brigade so far, the iPad Mini should look very tempting right now. And if you’ve ever thought the iPad was just too big, or if you’re the kind of person who carries both a big-screen tablet and a Kindle every day, the iPad Mini could well be the only device you really need. It looks sexy, you’ll barely notice it in your bag, and it’s got the apps to back up that price tag.</p> <p>That said, the iPad Mini isn’t without compromises. The screen isn’t as crisp as it could be and it’s a little slower than its bigger brothers. Then there’s the price – the Nexus 7 16GB is now RM849, a full RM100 cheaper than the equivalent iPad Mini. Couple that with a higher-res screen, equally impressive performance and a sturdy, easy to hold form, and the Apple logo starts to look expensive.</p> <p>The two devices are however quite different. If you’re looking for a tablet that encourages creativity and interaction rather than simply providing a gateway to media consumption, the Mini is genuinely worth the extra cash. It’s built better, too, and over time aesthetic concerns and pride of ownership really matter. For many people, though, access to the web and media on the move is the biggest priority, and for them the Nexus 7 is simply brilliant value. That’s why it retains second place in our Top 10, with the iPad Mini a new entry in third.</p> <p>But boy was this a close fight.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Review by <a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/100316166955509219073/posts">Sophie Charara</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple iPad Mini" alt="Apple iPad Mini" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-mini-review-one-handed_1.jpg?1382467807" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Small and light enough to take everywhere but big and clever enough to be considered a full-blooded tablet, the iPad Mini provides a near-perfect balance – for a price</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/apple-ipad-mini </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/apple-ipad-mini/review#comments Apple iOS iPad Mini Tablets Wed, 31 Oct 2012 12:22:36 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1424263 at http://www.stuff.tv