Apple http://www.stuff.tv/apple/news en-GB Apple iPad Air 2 http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thinner, lighter, mightier – looks like Apple’s done it again </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" title="Apple iPad Air 2 review" alt="Apple iPad Air 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iPad-Air-2-Hero.JPG?1414768380" /> </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="/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You know what the iPad Air, the thinnest tablet Apple has made so far, the one that&rsquo;s 20% thinner than its distinctly not-fat predecessors, never needed to be?</p> <p>Thinner. But that&rsquo;s precisely what the iPad Air 2 is.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s a mighty impressive feat of engineering, but it takes more than ultra-slimness to really rock Stuff Towers.</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"> £400.00 </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"> Price for 16GB version. Also available in 64GB (£480) and 128GB (£560) </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"> Stunningly slim and beautifully made </div> <div class="field-item even"> Screen is better than ever </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Vastly more powerful </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"> Very small hit to battery life </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"> Crikey, that is thin </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 gadget world&rsquo;s obsession with thinness could rival that of the modelling world, and at times it seems just as misguided. Thinness that compromises ergonomics is not an entirely good thing.</p> <p>And that&rsquo;s not what you get here. The curved edges that separate the pancake-flat front and back sit rather nicely in the palms. At 437g it&rsquo;s just 32g lighter than the original iPad Air, and that means it still feels satisfyingly weighty and robust.</p> <p>The materials and manufacturing are of the standard we&rsquo;ve all come to expect from Apple. Other than a small strip of solid plastic along the top edge (which is only present on the 3G/4G version) the entire chassis is aluminium and glass with nary a join or screw in sight.</p> <p>As well as the silver and &#39;space grey&#39; finishes of the last generation, the iPad Air 2 is also available in the couleur du jour, gold, which is what our sample is dressed in. Truth be told, while instinct suggested this would look far too ostentatious, the reality is a rather smart and stylish look - at least when it&rsquo;s not &lsquo;complemented&rsquo; by the bright green Smart Cover that was supplied with it.</p> <p>Interestingly, the silence switch has been axed, presumably in the name of achieving that 6.1mm thinness. You&rsquo;ll now find the control in the Control Centre, which is accessed as before by swiping a finger up from the bottom edge. For those who are used to the physical switch it will seem annoying at first but become second-nature within a few days.</p> <p>Proper iPad nerds will also notice that there&rsquo;s now just a single row of immaculately machined speaker ports on the bottom, rather than the two of before. It&rsquo;s reasonable to assume that the speaker drivers themselves must also have shrunk to fit the new chassis, and sure enough this iPad sounds different to its predecessor when played out loud. Contrary to expectation it&rsquo;s actually louder, although it unsurprisingly sounds less than stellar when pushed to the top of the volume range.</p> <p>Doing so also creates quite a lot of vibration through the tablet. It&rsquo;s not a major issue but you&rsquo;d think it the kind of niggle that Apple would put a lot of effort to stamp out.</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="4912" height="3264" title="At 6.1mm the iPad Air 2 is fantastically slim" alt="iPad Air 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPad-Air-2-Slimness.JPG?1414768380" /> </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="The Silence switch has been removed, with the setting now only available in Control Center" alt="iPad Air 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPad-Air-2-vs-original-thickness.JPG?1414768380" /> </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="We expected the gold to be horrible but we&#039;re now rather keen" alt="iPad Air 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPad%20Air%202%20rear.JPG?1414768380" /> </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="There&#039;s now just one row of holes for the speakers, but they&#039;re actually louder than before" alt="iPad Air 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPad-Air-2-vs-original-speakers.JPG?1414768380" /> </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"> Getting closer to the pixels </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>But while only some tableteers will factor the speakers into the to-buy-or-not-to-buy equation, all (one hopes) will prioritise the screen. That of the iPad Air 2 is a doozy.</p> <p>Not that the numbers would necessarily convince you of that, as they&rsquo;re the same as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-5/review" target="_blank">original iPad Air</a> - 1536 x 2048 pixels spread across a 9.7in display, which equates to 264ppi.</p> <p>But once again, looking beyond the specs is where you&rsquo;ll find the real details.</p> <p>The three layers of a usual touchscreen (the glass, touch panel and LCD sheet) have been combined in one laminated layer, and the result is that it looks as though the pixels are printed right on the surface of the display. It may seem a small detail, but it has a fairly profound effect, particularly if you&rsquo;re a regular iPad-reader - it&rsquo;s much closer to reading a real page.</p> <p>Apple&rsquo;s also making a big fuss of the screen&rsquo;s anti-reflection properties, and again the fuss seems relatively justified. Having used the iPad Air 2 in bright press events, gloomy pubs and outside in unseasonably bright sunlight, I can confirm that while reflections aren&rsquo;t eradicated, they are reduced.</p> <p>The bright strip lights in Stuff&rsquo;s testing rooms are reflected in bright yellow on the original iPad Air&rsquo;s screen, whereas the new model reduces them to a dim blue that&rsquo;s far easier to ignore.</p> <p>In terms of colour balance, sharpness and detail, there&rsquo;s no real difference between the two models, and that means you get one of the most balanced and natural displays available. Whites are pure, blacks are deep, and colours are supremely realistic - the iPad Air is as fantastic for photo editing and movie watching as it&rsquo;s ever been.</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="898" title="The three layers of a normal touchscreen have been reduced to a single laminated layer" alt="iPad Air 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPad-Air-2-in-hand.JPG?1414768380" /> </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="The iPad Air remains a fantastic tool for on-site photo editing" alt="iPad Air 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPad-Air-2-photo-editing.JPG?1414768380" /> </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"> Perks for the tablet photographer </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>And now the iPad even has the hardware for taking proper photos. Sort of.</p> <p>8MP may be little to write home about in the world of smartphones, but for a tablet it&rsquo;s fairly high - not to mention a fairly significant upgrade on the 5MP of the original iPad Air.</p> <p>That means you get sharper images with a bit more detail than before, and both the rear sensor and 1.2MP &ldquo;FaceTime&rdquo; camera now have a Burst mode. Yep, you can use Burst for your selfies. Why? We have no idea. The mode does work well with the main camera, though, turning fast action into usable shots that the iPad will sort through if you can&rsquo;t be bothered.</p> <p>It&#39;s got a slo-mo mode, too, which records at 120fps (rather than the 240fps of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus) to make it incredibly easy to turn sections of video into crisp slow motion, right on the iPad itself.</p> <p>But here&rsquo;s the thing, while Craig Grannell makes some good points when he writes that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/using-your-ipad-air-2-camera-fine-and-here-s-why/feature" target="_blank">using your iPad for photography is fine</a>, I still couldn&rsquo;t possibly condone it. You&rsquo;re much more likely to have your phone with you when a photographic opportunity arises, and your phone is almost certainly a better camera than the iPad 2.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="480" mozallowfullscreen="" msallowfullscreen="" oallowfullscreen="" src="https://www.flickr.com/photos/99712217@N05/15675418162/in/set-72157648643192577/player/" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="640"></iframe></p> <p>Even if you put aside the fact that taking a photo with a tablet makes you look like a dweeb and that it&rsquo;s probably obscuring the gig/game/scenery for anyone else who&rsquo;s near you, the iPad Air 2 doesn&rsquo;t have the megapixels, aperture or flash of almost any recent decent smartphone.</p> <p>Yes, it&rsquo;s photos have nicely balanced colours and reasonable contrast, and its low-light performance is decent enough for most situations, but compare them to those from the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus and there&rsquo;s no competition.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/using-your-ipad-air-2-camera-fine-and-here-s-why/feature" target="_blank">Using your iPad Air 2 for photography is fine, and here&#39;s why</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="The 8MP camera is good by tablet standards, but it&#039;s not up there with a decent phone cam" alt="iPad Air 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPad-Air-2-iSight-camera.JPG?1414768380" /> </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"> The power-to-battery ratio </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>Saying that the iPad Air 2 is more powerful than its predecessor is a big understatement. It&rsquo;s more like Captain America before and after the super-soldier serum.</p> <p>You want figures? How does an AnTuTu score of 62,984 grab you? Consider the original iPad Air scores around 42,000 and we imagine it grabs you rather firmly.</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="Sure do. But more importantly, do you see the AnTuTu score of my new iPad?" alt="iPad Air 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPad-Air-2-republique.PNG?1414768380" /> </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="The iPad Air 2&#039;s Geekbench score is massive" alt="iPad Air 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPad-Air-2-Geekbench%20Score.PNG?1414768380" /> </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="In fact, it&#039;s nearly 2000 points ahead of it&#039;s predecessor and the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus" alt="iPad Air 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPad-Air-2-Geekbench-score-3.PNG?1414768380" /> </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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Geekbench is equally unequivocal, giving the Air 2 a score of 4515 - nearly 2000 points more than the original Air, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.</p> <p>The original Air wasn&rsquo;t and isn&rsquo;t slow, but the Air 2 is just that tiny bit snappier. It opens apps half a second faster, starting a new game of <em>FTL</em> or <em>Republique</em> is just that smidge quicker. The difference is minimal to the extent that you&rsquo;ll only notice if you do a side-by-side comparison, but the gap will almost certainly widen as developers start building apps designed to take advantage of the A8X&rsquo;s extra grunt. You might be buying just one extra layer of grease on an already buttery-smooth performance right now, but you&rsquo;re also doing a bit of future-proofing.</p> <p>But there is - despite Apple&rsquo;s assertions - a small sacrifice to battery life. In everyday use there&rsquo;s practically nothing in it, but a heavy gaming session or mammoth movie run will drop the Air 2&rsquo;s battery a little quicker than the original Air&rsquo;s. In our usual video loop test (half-brightness, Wi-Fi and syncing switched on), after eight hours the Air 2 had 28% of its battery remaining compared to the 36% of its predecessor. That&rsquo;s an extra 1% lost every hour.</p> <p>Not a lot, is it? And while losing any longevity at all is clearly not a cause for celebration, you&rsquo;ll only ever notice during long-haul flights that you intend your iPad to fill in their entirety. In other words, the extra slimness, new display and even the increase in power are going to have more of an impact on your daily tablet life than the battery difference.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-3/review" target="_blank">Apple iPad Mini 3 review</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="The AnTuTu video test remains a very useful benchmark" alt="iPad Air 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPad-Air-2-Antutu-test_0.PNG?1414768380" /> </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="675" height="900" title="And it rates the iPad Air 2 very highly indeed" alt="iPad Air 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPad-Air-2-Antutu-score.PNG?1414768380" /> </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"> Apple iPad Air 2 tech specs </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><strong>Operating System</strong> - iOS 8.1</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong> - 64-bit dual-core Apple A8X w/ M8 motion coprocessor</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong> - 2GB</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong> - 9.7in Retina display with 2048x1536 resolution (264ppi)</p> <p><strong>Cameras</strong> - 8MP rear with 1080p video, 1.2MP front with 720p video</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong> - 16/64/128GB (not expandable)</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong> - Dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, optional 3G/4G</p> <p><strong>Battery</strong> - undisclosed</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong> - 240 x 170 x 6.1mm</p> <p><strong>Weight -</strong>&nbsp;437g (Wi-Fi only), 444g (3G/4G)</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"> 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"> Touch ID and a solution to the SIM card shuffle </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 are few items that can do more damage to your wallet than an iPad, at least when combined with a decent online shopping website and some rubbish TV on in the background. The iPad Air 2 is now fully weaponised, featuring Touch ID fingerprint recognition with Apple Pay integration (one of iOS 8.1&rsquo;s added features). Soon, if a site accepts Apple Pay, you&rsquo;ll be able to part with the cash via credit cards stored in your Passbook app with the touch of a fingertip. (It&rsquo;s US-only for now, but just you wait&hellip;)</p> <p>As well as unlocking your iPad, in iOS 8 Touch ID also lets you open passworded apps such as Evernote and, as with iOS 7, unlocks the device itself, and lets you pay for apps, books and other items from the iTunes Store. Worthwhile features, all, and if you take your time teaching the iPad a selection of your digits when you first set it up it&rsquo;s very consistent and ultimately impressively time-saving.</p> <p>One lesser-known feature of the LTE version of the iPad Air 2 is its built-in multi-network SIM. This will allow US and UK travellers to switch between contracts without digging the SIM out of its slot &ndash; a very neat trick for regularly country-hoppers eager to save on roaming costs. EE, AT&amp;T, T-Mobile US and Sprint are the first partners.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/opinion-apple-sim-freaking-everyone-out-and-s-good-thing/feature" target="_blank">The Apple SIM is freaking everyone out - and that&#39;s a good thing</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="Touch ID is a small but mighty cool, slightly time-saving feature" alt="iPad Air 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPad-Air-2-Touch-ID.JPG?1414768380" /> </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"> iOS 8.1’s new tricks </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&#39;s not much in iOS 8.1 that users of iOS 8 aren&rsquo;t already familiar with, but the aforementioned Apple Pay is one big change. Elsewhere, the Camera Roll that was cruelly stolen away after iOS 7 is back.</p> <p>But the real headline feature is Continuity.</p> <p>The first part of Continuity is Handoff, which shares actions and tasks between your iOS devices and Yosemite Mac. Start an email on one device and finish it on another, for example, or decide the page you&rsquo;re looking at on your iPhone deserves a bigger screen and open it directly on your iPad.</p> <p>The way this works in practice is that if you&rsquo;re looking at a web page, composing an email or have Messages open on you iPhone or iPad, the equivalent app icon appears at the left of your Mac&rsquo;s dock with a little phone symbol attached to it. Click on it and you can continue where you left off using your bigger screen and proper keyboard.</p> <p>Of course it works the opposite way, too. If you&rsquo;re using a compatible app on your Mac, it&rsquo;ll appear on your lockscreen in the bottom-left corner of your iDevice. Swipe it up as you would the little camera icon and you&rsquo;re taken straight to it.</p> <p>And Continuity also extends to making and receiving calls. Let&rsquo;s say you&rsquo;ve Googled a restaurant on your iPad and now want to phone to make a reservation - just click on the phone number in Safari and it will be dialed on your iPhone. When people call your phone it flashes up on your iPad and/or Mac, too, and you can answer directly on any of those devices if your phone isn&rsquo;t to hand.</p> <p>Continuity may not be life-changing, but it sure is cool.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/mac-os-x-yosemite/review">Apple Mac OS X Yosemite hands-on review</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="iOS 8.1 and Yosemite make Macs and iDevices better friends than ever" alt="iPad Air 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPad-Air-2-with-iPhone-6-Plus.JPG?1414768380" /> </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="1354" height="900" title="The icon to the far-left of the Mac Dock is the one that will open your iPad&#039;s Safari page" alt="iPad Air 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple%20Continuity%20iPad%20to%20Mac.JPG?1414768380" /> </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"> Connectivity and pricing </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>As is always the case with iPads, you get what you pay for: &pound;400 will buy you a 16GB iPad Air 2 with fast MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, &pound;480 will take you up to 64GB and &pound;560 will grant you the full 128GB. For 4G too, you&rsquo;ll need to add &pound;100 to all those prices. No, they&#39;re not getting any cheaper, but neither is the iPad Air 2 more expensive than its predecessor.</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-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"> iPad Air 2 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>iOS 8.1 is obviously available on the original iPad Air, so you don&rsquo;t need to buy an Air 2 to get neat tricks such as Continuity. And there&rsquo;s probably not quite enough for all but the most feverishly Apple-dedicated of existing Air owners to justify the upgrade, either.</p> <p>But if you&rsquo;re upgrading from an older iPad or this is your first Apple tablet, the Air 2 is absolutely the way to go.</p> <p>The extra thinness makes it more portable and more stylish than ever before, the new screen tech makes it even more usable in even more situations, and that extra power means you&rsquo;re ready for the next generation of processor-intensive apps that dedicated developers are dreaming up right now.</p> <p>The iPad Air was already the best tablet in the world. Apple could have done far less and that would still be the case, but instead the combination of small but significant tweaks means the iPad Air 2 has increased that lead even further.</p> <p>Can Google and HTC close the gap with the Nexus 9? Expect to find out when we review it in the next few days.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Tablets in the World right now</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="1291" height="900" title="iPad Air 2 verdict" alt="iPad Air 2 verdict" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iPad-outside.JPG?1414768380" /> </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"> 10 </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"> 10 </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"> 10 </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>A selection of small but meaningful changes means the best tablet in the world just got even better</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> <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"> Apple iPad Air 2 review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review#comments Apple iOS 8 iPad Air 2 Tablets Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:32:00 +0000 Tom Parsons 1448644 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Amazon admits Fire Phone was overpriced, EE’s 150Mbps 4G+ network hits London, and Seth Rogen to play Woz in Steve Jobs biopic? http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-admits-fire-phone-was-overpriced-ee-s-4g-network-hits-london-and-seth-ro <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All the tech news you need to start Friday with a bang </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" title="Amazon Fire Phone" alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/amazon-firephone-inhand.jpg?1414748110" /> </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="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</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"> Amazon admits Fire Phone was overpriced </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>When rumours of Amazon&rsquo;s impending entrance into the smartphone game heated up earlier this year, we assumed the company would continue its winning tablet strategy of undercutting the competition on price while still delivering a quality product.</p> <p>That ended up not being the case, as the US$199 (&pound;125) on-contract launch price for the Fire Phone was on par with flagship devices from other companies - and few would&rsquo;ve considered Amazon&rsquo;s phone a true competitor on that level. With mid-range hardware and some early software issues, it just didn&rsquo;t connect with customers, and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-super-smash-bros-wii-u-gets-eight-player-mode-fire-phone-drives-amazon-losses-a">the company&rsquo;s recent earnings report</a> showed the damage.</p> <p>Amazon dropped the price to US$0.99 before long, and it launched at <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-fire-phone-sale-30-september-exclusively-o2/news">a discounted rate in the UK</a>, but the company&rsquo;s senior vice president of devices, David Limp, has since acknowledged the initial misjudgment. &ldquo;We didn&rsquo;t get the price right,&rdquo; he tells Fortune. &ldquo;I think people come to expect a great value, and we sort of mismatched expectations. We thought we had it right. But we&rsquo;re also willing to say, &lsquo;we missed.&rsquo; And so we corrected.&rdquo;</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://fortune.com/2014/10/30/amazon-exec-fire-phone-priced-wrong/">Fortune</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://fortune.com/2014/10/30/amazon-exec-fire-phone-priced-wrong/ http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-kindle-phone/review">Amazon Fire Phone 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-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"> EE launches 4G+ network in London </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>Got a brand new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Samsung Galaxy Note 4</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-alpha/review">Galaxy Alpha</a> on EE? You&rsquo;re in luck, as the carrier has switched on its 4G+ (LTE-Advanced) network in central London, capable of speeds of up to 150Mbps (or 90Mbps on average). The CAT6 network blends parts of the 1800MHz and 2.6Ghz spectrums to provide enhanced service for those using supported devices, with promised speeds faster than fibre broadband.</p> <p>Just the two Samsung handsets work for now - no iPhone 6 compatibility here - but the move is theoretically beneficial for all of EE&rsquo;s 4G customers, as EE says the added spectrum will take some strain off of the network for everyone else. Greater London and other major UK cities are set to pick up coverage next year, as well.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Samsung Galaxy Note 4 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="Samsung Galaxy Note 4" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-note4-photoinhand.png?1414748110" /> </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"> Seth Rogen to play Woz in Steve Jobs movie </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>Batman is Steve Jobs, and now Green Hornet is Woz? That&rsquo;s the word coming out of Hollywood late this week, as <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-super-smash-bros-wii-u-gets-eight-player-mode-fire-phone-drives-amazon-losses-a">last week&rsquo;s confirmation</a> that Christian Bale will take the role of Steve Jobs in Sony&rsquo;s upcoming biopic has been followed by word that funnyman Seth Rogen is expected to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s against type in one respect, as Rogen typically doesn&rsquo;t take on dramatic roles - but then again, Woz is generally considered a goofball, and we know that the actor from <em>Pineapple Express</em> and <em>Knocked Up</em> can handle that. Maybe it&rsquo;ll be a transformational role, like with his frequent co-star Jonah Hill and <em>Moneyball</em>.</p> <p>Aaron Sorkin (<em>The Social Network</em>) has written the script based on Walter Isaacson&rsquo;s excellent biography on Jobs, with Danny Boyle (<em>Slumdog Millionaire</em>) set to direct. No release date has been announced.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://variety.com/2014/film/news/seth-rogen-steve-wozniak-steve-jobs-biopic-1201338038/">Variety</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/better-or-worse-apple-s-ipad-line-shows-its-now-very-different-company/feature">For better or worse, Apple&rsquo;s iPad lineup shows its now a very different company</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="793" title="Steve Wozniak" alt="Steve Wozniak" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/steve-wozniak.jpg?1414748110" /> </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"> New Call of Duty has amped-up zombies </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 popular zombies mode from multiple past <em>Call of Duty</em> entries will appear in next week&rsquo;s <em>Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare</em>, it appears - a secret that Activision and Sledgehammer Games had apparently kept close to the vest for quite some time.</p> <p>A leaked cinematic hit the web yesterday, showing a character with the super future armor from the game evading hyperactive attackers that are much faster than previous games&rsquo; shambling zombies, and with a wild vertical leap to boot. Sledgehammer&rsquo;s Glen Schofield acknowledged the leak on Twitter, but Activision is still pulling down unauthorized trailers as quickly as they&rsquo;re being uploaded.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/10/30/zombies-mode-leaked-in-call-of-duty-advanced-warfare">IGN</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review">Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare hands-on preview</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="671" title="Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" alt="Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/callofduty-aw-zombies.png?1414748110" /> </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"> Assassin’s Creed trailer teases sci-fi shenanigans </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&rsquo;ve heard all about French Revolution-era Paris in next month&rsquo;s <em>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Unity</em>, but it appears that there may be other moments in time that you&rsquo;ll explore. This new &ldquo;Time Anomaly&rdquo; trailer hints at some time-twisting weirdness ahead, but Ubisoft seems content to just mess with fans for now and leave the surprise intact. What is happening here?</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blog.ubi.com/assassins-creed-unity-time-anomalies/">UbiBlog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/assassins-creed-unity/review">Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Unity preview</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/wW_-exDp3CE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-admits-fire-phone-was-overpriced-ee-s-4g-network-hits-london-and-seth-ro#comments Amazon Apple Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare Fire Phone Galaxy Alpha Galaxy Note 4 Gaming Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1451862 at http://www.stuff.tv Opinion: The Apple SIM is freaking everyone out — and that’s a good thing http://www.stuff.tv/apple/opinion-apple-sim-freaking-everyone-out-and-s-good-thing/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The new iPads include an Apple SIM, and it could be the start of another Apple-led mobile revolution, says Craig Grannell </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" title="Opinion: The Apple SIM is freaking everyone out — and that’s a good thing" alt="Opinion: The Apple SIM is freaking everyone out — and that’s a good thing" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-sim.jpg?1414690381" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Technology needs shake-ups every now and again, otherwise we&rsquo;d all be lumbered with the command line and floppy disks, and Snake on a Nokia dumbphone would be the cutting edge of mobile gaming.</p> <p>Sometimes, though, shifts in technology only occur when a company points out the obvious that somehow wasn&rsquo;t entirely obvious to everyone at the time, and this may come with a side order of pain.</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="/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-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Happy holidays </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 advantages are obvious. If you take your device overseas, you&rsquo;ll be able to select from a list of local carriers and get online in seconds, rather than going slightly crazy in local stores, pointing madly at your device, while simultaneously thumbing through a phrase book and trying to figure out some kind of universal sign language for &ldquo;I&rsquo;d like a temporary pay-and-go SIM, please, dear merchant&rdquo;.</p> <p>The disadvantages are almost non-existent &mdash; at least from a consumer standpoint. If you&rsquo;re a carrier, however, the Apple SIM looks more like an attack on your entire business model, because it wrests control further away from you and places it more in the hands of device owners.</p> <p>Imagine their horror: a loss of income from roaming fees, and customers easily able to switch to a rival service in their location as and when they choose.</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="We&#039;re all going on a summer holiday..." alt="We&#039;re all going on a summer holiday..." src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-air-2-01.jpg?1414690381" /> </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"> iPhones next? </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>It&rsquo;s perhaps for this reason that attempts by Stuff to get comments from UK operators have to date been met with barely more than stony silence; at the time of writing only a single UK carrier (EE) has signed on.</p> <p>Meanwhile, in the US, AT&amp;T is reportedly locking the Apple SIM to its network, rather defeating its purpose. (Somewhat petulantly, it also vanishes as a future option should you instead choose Sprint or T-Mobile.) Elsewhere, support is quite literally non-existent &mdash; this is a UK (barely) and USA thing for now.</p> <p>Really, though, it&rsquo;s what happens next that&rsquo;s more interesting. What will carriers do if those on board with the Apple SIM end up getting a flood of new business, purely from being an option when someone fires up their shiny new iThing? And what if Apple deems its iPad experiment to be a success and then expands the Apple SIM to off-contract iPhones?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/better-or-worse-apple-s-ipad-line-shows-its-now-very-different-company/feature#node-1450612" target="_blank">For better or worse, Apple&rsquo;s iPad line-up shows it&#39;s now a very different company</a></strong></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="604" height="453" title="Could the iPhone be next in line for an Apple SIM?" alt="Could the iPhone be next in line for an Apple SIM?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-6_1.jpg?1414690381" /> </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"> The end of the SIM card? </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 a couple of years, and it&rsquo;s conceivable to imagine iPads and iPhones that don&rsquo;t even have SIM slots. Everything would be sealed within the device itself.</p> <p>Naturally, people would continue to freak out, fuming carriers joined by a relatively small number of frothing users who swear by being able to choose from a collection of SIMs located about their person. But technology always marches on. We lost the floppy drive and the optical drive is not long for this world; elsewhere, computer and mobile hardware continues its inevitable shift towards &lsquo;appliance&rsquo; &mdash; sealed units lacking internal expansion. Maybe the humble SIM is now also on borrowed time, set to disappear entirely.</p> <p>This is perhaps a step too far, and Apple might be wiser to stick for a while with the more comfortable compromise of a replaceable Apple SIM. A modicum of extensibility and choice is always a good thing, after all, even if many people don&rsquo;t take advantage of it; but decent default set-ups for the consumer are better.</p> <p>Regardless, the Apple SIM could be a big win for everyone if enough carriers swallow their pride and embrace change &mdash; but, as ever, that&rsquo;s a very big &lsquo;if&rsquo;.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://Shopping for gadgets and the tyranny of choice" target="_blank">Shopping for gadgets and the tyranny of choice</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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="Going, going... gone?" alt="Going, going... gone?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nano-sim.jpg?1414690381" /> </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/apple/opinion-apple-sim-freaking-everyone-out-and-s-good-thing/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/opinion-apple-sim-freaking-everyone-out-and-s-good-thing/feature#comments Apple iPad Air 2 Opinion Tablets Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:53:48 +0000 Stephen Graves 1451815 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: iPod Classic discontinued over scarce parts, major PS4 software update out, and NASA rocket explodes after takeoff http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-ipod-classic-discontinued-over-scarce-parts-major-ps4-software-update-out-and-na <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Begin the day right with our regular morning tech news roundup </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" title="iPod Classic" alt="iPod Classic" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ipod-classic_0.png?1414572830" /> </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="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</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"> M.I.A. parts ended the iPod Classic </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>It was&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ipod-classic-finally-dead/news">a sad day last month</a>&nbsp;when the iPod Classic - the last vestige of the portable music player&rsquo;s iconic original design - was quietly killed. Some assumed that people simply weren&rsquo;t buying enough anymore, or that Apple had deemed it time to move on with various newer models on the market, but the real reason is actually a lot more practical.</p> <p>According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, who was asked about the discontinued model at the Wall Street Journal Digital conference on Monday evening, the company was no longer able to get all of the parts it needed to continue manufacturing the device as previously configured. Its suppliers had moved on, and Toshiba, for example, stopped making the tiny 1.8in hard drives some time ago.</p> <p>Apple certainly could have invested in having those parts custom-made or perhaps even modifying the iPod&rsquo;s design, but with most users turning to their smartphones and even iPod Touch models for their current music needs, the company couldn&rsquo;t justify the expense. Meanwhile, music collectors of the world weep that the iPod Touch still tops out at 64GB of storage.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2014/10/28/cook-ipod-classic-no-parts/">MacRumors</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ipod-classic-obituary-thank-you-music/feature">iPod Classic obituary: thank you for the music</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-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"> PlayStation 4 system software overhauled </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>Nearly a year after the console&rsquo;s debut, Sony has launched the long-awaited 2.0 system software update, which is available now worldwide. The update, dubbed Masamune, adds an array of features - most notably Share Play, which lets you pull in another online player to your game, even if he or she doesn&rsquo;t own the game.</p> <p>Also new are themes and background colour customization options, a dedicated YouTube app, an enhanced What&rsquo;s New section, and improved home screen navigation. Additionally, you can now plug in a USB stick or drive and play music directly off of it, as well as use Remote Play streaming with compatible Xperia devices.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2014/10/27/major-ps4-system-software-update-v2-0-launches-tomorrow/">PlayStation.Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review">Long-term test: Sony PS4 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/nCpLDYJXRgc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-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"> NASA rocket explodes following launch </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>NASA&rsquo;s attempts to employ commercial spacecraft companies to ferry supplies to astronauts in space hit a snag last night, due to the unexpected detonation of the Antares rocket and Cygnus craft mere seconds after launch in Virginia, United States.</p> <p>Both were provided by Orbital Sciences Corp, and the Cygnus was carrying about 5,000lbs of supplies and items for experiments. The loss is expected to be more than US$200 million (&pound;124 million), but no crew members were aboard the unmanned craft, nor were any ground employees injured in the process. NASA administrator Bill Gerstenmaier tells CNN that they&rsquo;ll suss out the failure and &ldquo;fix it.&rdquo;</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/28/us/nasa-rocket-explodes/index.html">CNN</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/fully-charged-nasa-s-deep-space-rocket-enters-production-oculus-rift-sales-stopped-china-and-">Fully Charged: NASA&rsquo;s deep space rocket enters production, Oculus Rift sales stopped in China, and the playable Tetris t-shirt</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/UYmDM_MW03Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-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"> djay 2 finally hits Android </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>Algoriddim&rsquo;s wonderful turntable app djay 2 is&nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.algoriddim.djay">now available for Android</a>&nbsp;devices via both Google Play and the Amazon Appstore. It&rsquo;s the first appearance of the app on the platform, three years after the original hit iOS (and more than a year following djay 2&rsquo;s App Store launch), but it should prove well worth the wait.</p> <p>The Next Web says it&rsquo;s widely compatible with a large number of devices, and that includes both tablets and phones, plus you can connect to Spotify Premium to tap into its vast library of tracks. Early Google Play reviewers seem sour that Google Play Music isn&rsquo;t supported, however.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://thenextweb.com/apps/2014/10/28/algoriddim-finally-brings-djay-2-android/">The Next Web</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/music/spotify-support-added-djay-2-streaming-mixes/news">Spotify support added to djay 2 for streaming mixes</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/TQJktyOYVB0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-ipod-classic-discontinued-over-scarce-parts-major-ps4-software-update-out-and-na#comments Android apps Apple Gaming iPod Classic PlayStation 4 Sony Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1451664 at http://www.stuff.tv Tim Cook on Apple Watch: “You’re going to wind up charging it daily” http://www.stuff.tv/apple/tim-cook-apple-watch-you-re-going-wind-charging-it-daily/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A rare interview with the Apple CEO sheds light on the smartwatch’s battery life – and more besides </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" title="Tim Cook on Apple Watch: “You’re going to wind up charging it daily”" alt="Tim Cook on Apple Watch: “You’re going to wind up charging it daily”" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-watch-edition.jpg?1414499212" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apple CEO Tim Cook doesn&rsquo;t grant many interviews, so when he does take the hot seat there&rsquo;s always a lot of interest in what he has to say.</p> <p>In this case &ndash; an on-stage grilling at the Wall Street Journal&rsquo;s global tech conference &ndash; Cook spoke about the upcoming Apple Watch&rsquo;s battery life, Apple Pay, the company&rsquo;s plans to reinvent television and its attitude to customer privacy.</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="/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"> Time for TV? </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>Cook also confirmed that Apple has plans for television. He said of the current experience of watching TV, &ldquo;We&rsquo;re living in the 1970s&rdquo; and that Apple recognised that there&rsquo;s &ldquo;a lot to be done in this area&rdquo;. Of course, he was reluctant to say more than that, but the suggestion is that the company is looking at sparking a top-down revolution in the way TV programming is sold and consumed &ndash; doing for telly what iTunes did for music retail and playback, perhaps?</p> <p>He spoke a little about Apple Pay and some consumers&rsquo; concerns regarding security and privacy. He said Apple Pay was &ldquo;more secure&rdquo; than traditional credit cards and that shoppers would embrace it because it&rsquo;s a &ldquo;pain in the butt&rdquo; to have to replace cards that are compromised or cloned.</p> <p>He also said that Apple Pay wouldn&rsquo;t be tracking your purchases in order to better target you with ads in the future (oh hey, Google!): &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t want to know what you buy, we&rsquo;re not into collecting data, we&rsquo;re not Big Brother. We&rsquo;ll leave that to others.&rdquo; Cook went on to say that Apple does not read users&rsquo; iMessages and designed the service specifically for privacy.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/10/27/apples-next-chapter-a-qa-with-tim-cook-live-blog/" target="_blank">WSJ</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-pay-more-pay-apple/feature"><strong>Apple Pay? More like Pay Apple!</strong></a></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/tim-cook-apple-watch-you-re-going-wind-charging-it-daily/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/tim-cook-apple-watch-you-re-going-wind-charging-it-daily/news#comments Apple Watch Wearable tech Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:24:49 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1451574 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple wants iPhone to pay for train fares, access secure locations http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-wants-iphone-pay-train-fares-access-secure-locations/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Reportedly, Apple Pay is only the beginning for the company’s NFC aspirations </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" title="Apple Pay" alt="Apple Pay" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-pay_0.png?1414462318" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Most of us are already attached at the hip to our smartphones, so why not make them ever more useful in our daily lives? Apple seems intent on doing so by expanding use of near-field communication (NFC) to do more and more things.</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="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</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/apple/apple-wants-iphone-pay-train-fares-access-secure-locations/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-wants-iphone-pay-train-fares-access-secure-locations/news#comments Apple iOS 8 iPad Air 2 iPad Mini 3 iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus Mon, 27 Oct 2014 20:05:55 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1451505 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple iPad Mini 3 http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-3/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Touch ID and identical specs mean the iPad Mini 3 is technically the best small Apple tablet. But is it worth the extra £80? </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" title="Technically the best iPad Mini but not the best value " alt="Apple iPad Mini 3 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ipad-mini-3-review-main.png?1414768610" /> </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="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There were no iPad Mini 3 wishlists flying around the web. Because the<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review"> iPad Mini 2</a> is such a close-to-flawless product, nobody had the imagination to improve on the beautifully built, apptastic mini tab.</p> <p>Including, it seems, Apple.</p> <p>The differences between the iPad Mini 3 and its predecessor boil down to this: the new one gets Touch ID fingerprint scanning for unlocking the tablet and paying for iTunes purchases. And it comes in gold.&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"> £320.00 </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> </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">8 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"> The best small tablet experience </div> <div class="field-item even"> Touch ID for unlock and iTunes </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Gorgeous build, stunning Retina screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> All-day battery life </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"> The Mini 2 is now much better value </div> <div class="field-item even"> No spec bumps like the iPad Air 2 </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Non expandable, no 32GB </div> <div class="field-item even"> Slightly inferior colours next to Air 2 </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"> Still the best small tab around </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 iPad Mini 2 didn&rsquo;t exist, we&rsquo;d be gushing over this lovely bit of kit just like we did last year. </p> <p>Because everything is the same. The same slim-but-not-too-slim 7.5mm aluminium build, small-but-not-too-small 7.9in screen and incredibly sharp 2048 x 1536 resolution. There&rsquo;s no noticeable tweaks to the iPad Mini&rsquo;s screen tech. Whites are still printer paper-pure, contrast is excellent and colours are mostly accurate and appealing. We say mostly because there are still a few hues, reds in particular, that both the iPad Air and even tablets like the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/kindle-fire-hdx/review">Kindle Fire HDX</a> pick up that the iPad Mini misses. Still, it&rsquo;s not something every user will spot and colour reproduction is more than good enough for Netflix and the web. If you need a tablet for working with images, we&rsquo;d recommend the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review">iPad Air 2 </a>instead.&nbsp;</p> <p>The iPad Mini 3 isnt treated to the same anti-reflective coating and display lamination technique seen on the Air 2 either&nbsp;- a small difference but one that makes the gap between the two iPad models bigger. In terms of aesthetics, both the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 get a new gold model to join the silver and space gray options.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review">Apple iPad Mini 2 review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> <p>Power and performance remains the same too, that is very, very good. This tablet is as smooth as we&rsquo;ve seen from Apple, with no stutters or lag. Still, spec fans will be disappointed that the iPad Mini 3 misses out on the A8X processor and M8 motion co-processor, the brains behind the iPad Air 2. In time, we might see more games and video editing apps that make use of this extra grunt. For now, we&rsquo;re not complaining too much.&nbsp;</p> <p>For stamina, at least, the iPad Mini 3 just about matches the bigger Cupertino tablet. Like its predecessor, it lasts just shy of the iPad Air&rsquo;s ten-hour battery life. For a tablet, that&rsquo;s very respectable and&nbsp;means only having to charge the iPad Mini every other day at most.&nbsp;</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="4000" height="3000" title="iPad on iPad. Meta. " alt="Apple iPad Mini 3 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad%20mini%20review%20web.jpg?1414768610" /> </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="4000" height="3000" title="Apple iPad Mini 3 review" alt="Apple iPad Mini 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad%20mini%20review%20rear.jpg?1414768610" /> </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="4000" height="3000" title="Apple iPad Mini 3 review" alt="Apple iPad Mini 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad%20mini%20review%20bottom.jpg?1414768610" /> </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"> Apple iPad Mini 3 tech specs </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>Screen: 7.9in 2048x1536 (326ppi) Retina display, IPS<br />Processor: A7 chip with 64-bit architecture, M7 co-processor<br />RAM: (unspecified)<br />OS: iOS 8.1<br />Camera: 5MP rear with 1080p video, 1.2MP front<br />Storage: 16/32/64/128GB (non expandable)<br />Connectivity: Dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 3G/4G optional<br />Dimensions: 134.7 x 200 x 7.5mm<br />Weight: 331g (341g with 3G/4G)</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"> 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"> Touch ID and iOS 8.1 </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 said there weren&rsquo;t many iPad Mini 3 wishlists, but the one feature iPhone users have been asking for on the iPad is Touch ID.&nbsp;</p> <p>It becomes such an ingrained habit, pressing a finger or thumb to the iPhone&rsquo;s home button, that switching to a Touch ID-less iPad gets terribly confusing. Well that&#39;s no longer a problem, as the Mini 3&#39;s joined the fingerprint-recognition party. It&rsquo;s faster and more accurate than when it was first introduced and still just as easy to set up.&nbsp;</p> <p>So what can you do with it? First up, replace your pin code to unlock the iPad, a feature Samsung has added to smartphones such as the Galaxy S5, albeit in a slightly less elegant implementation. Then there&rsquo;s fingerprint authentication for iTunes and App Store purchases, which is a nice timesaver that lets you wave bye-bye to entering your password every time.</p> <p>Apple Pay, only available in the US for now, adds support for lots more online transactions&nbsp;- including booking Uber cabs. It&rsquo;s worth noting that, unlike the iPhone 6, you wont be paying via NFC in shops with your Mini 3. To be fair to Apple, pressing an iPad Mini 3 to a contactless card reader would look a bit ridiculous.&nbsp;</p> <p>As for <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-81-released-bringing-apple-pay-continuity-and-various-fixes/news">iOS 8.1</a>, you can download this on to your iPad Mini 2 now, so it&rsquo;s not much of a selling point for the new model. The additions are welcome though, both in terms of ironing out bugs in iOS 8 and adding long-hyped productivity features such as syncing files, links and messages&nbsp;with Yosemite (on MacBooks and iMacs)&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/imac/how-answer-calls-and-messages-across-your-mac-ipad-and-iphone-continuity/feature">Continuity</a>&nbsp;when logged into iCloud.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-8/review"> iOS 8 review&nbsp;</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="4000" height="3000" title="Touch ID set up takes seconds " alt="Apple iPad Mini 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad%20mini%20review%20finger.jpg?1414768610" /> </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="Looks like iOS 7 but lots more functionality " alt="Apple iPad Mini 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad%20mini%20review%20iOS.jpg?1414768610" /> </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="4000" height="3000" title="The iPad still has the best optimised apps " alt="Apple iPad Mini 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-mini-3-review-apps.png?1414768610" /> </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"> If you want more than 32GB, you need an iPad Mini 3 </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>That&rsquo;s right. The iPad Mini 2 is now only being stocked by Apple in 16GB (&pound;240) and 32GB (&pound;280) sizes, both non expandable of course.&nbsp;</p> <p>That means if you want more than 32GB, the Mini 3 is your only option. In&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/better-or-worse-apple-s-ipad-line-shows-its-now-very-different-company/feature">another business-minded move</a>, the Mini 3 skips the 32GB model altogether.</p> <p>It is available in 16GB (&pound;320), 64GB (&pound;400) and 128GB (&pound;480) sizes, with on average an extra &pound;100 for 3G/4G capabilities. Of course that makes the 64GB model look like a sensible option: if you&#39;re spending &pound;320 on 16GB, why not go the whole hog and spend &pound;400 for four times the storage?&nbsp;</p> <p>Essentially, if you can limit yourself to 32GB or less of storage, then buy an iPad Mini 2. Any more and you don&rsquo;t get the choice.&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"> 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"> Apple iPad Mini 3 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>This is essentially an iPad Mini 2s or more accurately still, an iPad Mini 2 with Touch ID.</p> <p>The changes are comically minimal and the most interesting new features are available via a software update to iOS 8.1 if you have a last-gen iPad Mini.&nbsp;</p> <p>If this is your first Apple tablet AND the futuristic fingerprint authentication appeals to you AND you need more than 32GB storage, this is the best choice. But in all other cases, we&rsquo;d say that &pound;80 is simply too much money to justify choosing the Mini 3 over the brilliant, and now brilliantly priced, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-2-retina/review">iPad Mini 2</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/top-ten">The best tablets you can buy&nbsp;</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="Futureproof but the iPad Mini 2 is the bargain star now " alt="Apple iPad Mini 3 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad%20mini%20side%20view.jpg?1414768610" /> </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"> 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"> 10 </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"> 9 </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"> 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"> 10 </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>The Mini 3 is futureproof thanks to fingerprint scanning but makes the iPad Mini 2 too much of a bargain to ignore&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> <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"> Apple iPad Mini 3 review </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"> Is it worth the extra £80? </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-3/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-mini-3/review#comments Apple iOS 8 iPad Mini 3 Tablets Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:44:26 +0000 Sophie Charara 1451264 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple TestFlight gets you early access to iOS app betas http://www.stuff.tv/ios-8/testflight-gets-you-new-ios-app-betas/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s win-win: you get introduced to new apps and devs get to test their apps before going live </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="567" height="425" title="TestFlight gets you in on new iOS app betas" alt="TestFlight gets you in on new iOS app betas" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/testflight.jpg?1414142337" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you like the idea of testing apps before they&#39;re released, then Apple&#39;s new TestFlight Beta program might be for you. What&#39;s involved? You sign up, download an app and you&#39;re in line to help test and review other apps on the App Store. Pretty simple, huh?</p> <p>Third-party developers can invite up to 1,000 people to beta test &ndash; an tenfold increase on Apple&#39;s originally-announced plan of just 100 testers.</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="/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What happens is that a developer sends out invitations, users then download the app via iTunes Connect and then download TestFlight. iOS 8 also helps notify users when the latest builds of beta apps are available, which is pretty handy compared to waiting for developer emails.</p> <p>As for updates, they&#39;re going to take a little longer due to Apple needing to vet the apps via its Beta App Review. Still, having the Big A run the rule over apps first isn&#39;t necessarily a bad thing &ndash; it reduces the likelihood of pre-release software messing up your iPhone or iPad. One of the pitfalls of Google Play is its reliance on peer review, meaning it&#39;s all too easy for malware and shady apps to sneak into the app marketplace.</p> <p>The TestFlight Beta app is <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/testflight/id899247664?mt=8" target="_blank">free on the App Store</a> but it would be a good idea to get the lowdown on the program at the <a href="https://developer.apple.com/app-store/Testflight/" target="_blank">official page</a> first.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/10-great-apps-and-games-your-iphone-6-and-iphone-6-plus/feature-0"><strong> 10 of the best apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus </strong></a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_releases_testflight_app_beta_testing_public?utm_source=Social&amp;utm_medium=Twitter&amp;utm_campaign=Owned" target="_blank">Maclife</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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="567" height="425" title="TestFlight gets you in on new iOS app betas" alt="TestFlight gets you in on new iOS app betas" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/testflight%2002.jpg?1414142337" /> </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/ios-8/testflight-gets-you-new-ios-app-betas/news#comments Apple iOS iOS 8 iOS apps iPad iPhone Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:10:20 +0000 Stephen Graves 1451254 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U gets eight-player mode, Fire Phone drives Amazon losses, and Christian Bale will play Steve Jobs http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-super-smash-bros-wii-u-gets-eight-player-mode-fire-phone-drives-amazon-losses-a <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Finish out the workweek strong with our morning tech news roundup </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" title="Super Smash Bros. for Wii U" alt="Super Smash Bros. for Wii U" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/super-smash-bros-wiiu-8players.jpg?1414132381" /> </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="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</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"> Super Smash Bros. adds eight-player combat </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>Nintendo has taken its sweet time exposing the various features to come in December&rsquo;s anticipated <em>Super Smash Bros. for Wii U</em>, and the latest is a corker: the cartoonish fighting game will support local eight-player battles - double the series&rsquo; normal amount of combatants.</p> <p>It&rsquo;ll only happen on certain enlarged stages, and it&rsquo;s not considered the normal gameplay setting for the game, but that&rsquo;s still an inviting addition if you have enough controllers to make it happen. And you might, since the game supports the Wii U GamePad, Wii U Pro Controllers, Wii Remotes and attachments, and GameCube controllers (with an adapter).</p> <p>Nintendo also revealed that owning both the Wii U and just-released 3DS versions will earn access to <em>Pokemon</em> favorite Mewtwo as a playable character come next spring. Got time for an insane deep dive into the game? Check out Nintendo&rsquo;s just-released 35-minute exploration above.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nintendo/super-smash-bros-wii-u/review">Super Smash Bros. for Wii U preview</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/j0BBGzfw0pQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Significant Amazon losses pinned on Fire Phone </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>Amazon tried something new with its Fire Phone, and the initial results haven&rsquo;t been spectacular. Reviews were tepid (we <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-kindle-phone/review">called it &ldquo;a disappointment&rdquo;</a>), and sales were said to be so-so, although there wasn&rsquo;t any official word on the matter. But now the company has reported a loss of US$544 million (&pound;339 million) in the last quarter, and a chunk of the blame is being pointed at the Fire Phone.</p> <p>Recode reports that the company is taking a US$170 million (&pound;106 million) writedown on unsold Fire Phone inventory and cost commitments, and company CFO Tom Szkutak told reporters that the device is &ldquo;a good device in a very competitive market.&rdquo; Not the most enthusiastic statement, and much less so than we heard over the summer when the phone was first announced.</p> <p>Still, we&rsquo;d be surprised if Amazon walked away from this experiment after one round, especially with the first attempt no doubt serving as a crucial learning experience for the company. Don&rsquo;t be shocked to see a much stronger (or cheaper) effort in 2015.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/23/7052385/amazon-q3-2014-earnings">The Verge</a>, <a href="http://recode.net/2014/10/23/amazon-takes-170-million-writedown-on-weak-fire-phone-sales/">Recode</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-kindle-phone/review">Amazon Fire Phone review</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="778" title="Amazon Fire Phone" alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/firephone-launch_2.png?1414132381" /> </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"> Christian Bale confirmed to play Steve Jobs </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>Affirming <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-hbo-planning-standalone-streaming-see-android-lollipop-statue-unveiling-and-ne">previous reports</a>, word comes that Christian Bale (<em>The Dark Knight</em> trilogy) has been pinned down to play intense Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic directed by Danny Boyle and scripted by Aaron Sorkin (based on the biography by Walter Isaacson). The screenwriter revealed the news to Bloomberg, saying Bale was &ldquo;the best actor on the board in a certain age range&rdquo; needed for the role.</p> <p>&ldquo;He has more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined,&rdquo; added Sorkin on the iconic role. &ldquo;There isn&rsquo;t a scene or a frame that he&rsquo;s not in. So it&rsquo;s an extremely difficult part and he is gonna crush it.&rdquo;</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-10-23/christian-bale-didn-t-have-to-audition-for-jobs-film-role.html">Bloomberg</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/steve-jobs-biopic-get-aaron-sorkin-screenplay/news">Steve Jobs biopic to get Aaron Sorkin screenplay</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="675" title="Christian Bale" alt="Christian Bale" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/christian-bale-batman_0.jpg?1414132381" /> </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"> New channels added to Virgin TV Anywhere </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>A quick heads-up to Virgin TV Anywhere subscribers, or even prospective ones: the service has added four new channels, bringing Channel 4+1, More4+1, 4Seven, and UMP to on-the-go phone, tablet, and laptop viewers. Virgin boasts that its service now has 48 more channels than Sky Go, with more than 20 channels added over the last month or so alone.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/virgin/virgin-tv-anywhere-hands-review/news">Virgin TV Anywhere hands-on review</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="825" title="Virgin TV Anywhere" alt="Virgin TV Anywhere" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/virgin-tv-anywhere.jpg?1414132381" /> </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/amazon/fully-charged-super-smash-bros-wii-u-gets-eight-player-mode-fire-phone-drives-amazon-losses-a#comments Amazon Apple Console games Fire Phone Nintendo Virgin Wii U Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1451234 at http://www.stuff.tv Using your iPad Air 2 as a camera is fine, and here’s why http://www.stuff.tv/apple/using-your-ipad-air-2-camera-fine-and-here-s-why/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ignore the tech snobs — if you want to use your iPad as a camera, go for it, says Craig Grannell </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" title="Using your iPad Air 2 as a camera is fine, and here’s why" alt="Using your iPad Air 2 as a camera is fine, and here’s why" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ipad-air-2-camera-02.jpg?1413983078" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>During Apple&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/6-things-you-need-know-todays-apple-launch/news">recent event</a>, VP Philip Schiller made quite a big deal about the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ipad-air-2-revealed-its-so-thin-you-might-cut-yourself-holding-it/news">iPad Air 2</a>&rsquo;s camera.</p> <p>&ldquo;Perhaps the feature people love most about their iPads is the camera,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Some people have been surprised by that, but it really makes a lot of sense.&rdquo;</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="/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-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. The technology’s surprisingly great </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 is not going to replace a professional camera, nor, perhaps, even your smartphone&rsquo;s camera. But the iPad Air 2 now packs cameras with some decent specs.</p> <p>The main one on the back is 8MP and shoots 1080p video. It can shoot 43 megapixel panoramas, slo-mo video, time-lapse and burst mode. It also leverages on Apple&rsquo;s excellent HDR capabilities, with HDR shots now composed using a single image.</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 Air 2 camera" alt="iPad Air 2 camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-air-2-camera-01_0.jpg?1413983078" /> </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"> 2. It’s a really huge viewfinder </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>Professionals for the most part will no doubt argue you should stick with the traditional camera viewfinder, but for the rest of us, composing on a screen is logical. You can see how your shot will end up and make adjustments accordingly.</p> <p>Using the iPad Air 2, you have a beautiful 9.7-inch display on which to work. This is handy for anyone, but especially useful for people harder of vision; and also for kids, who can take advantage of the iPad&rsquo;s larger interface elements.</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="iPad Air 2" alt="iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-air-2-camera-04.jpg?1413983078" /> </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"> 3. The iPad has fantastic editing 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>Shooting is only a part of photography &mdash; what you then do with your photos is equally important. Although you can transfer images between devices, you can <em>instantly</em> start work with a photo you&rsquo;ve literally just taken, without having to wait for the cloud to catch up.</p> <p>And Apple&rsquo;s app ecosystem is rich, providing products for fine-tuning photos, assisting coaches with training players via videos of their performances, editing and translating documents &lsquo;scanned&rsquo; with the camera, and even using the camera to help create virtual layouts of your home that you can experiment with.</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="Editing on the iPad Air 2" alt="Editing on the iPad Air 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad-air-2-camera-03.jpg?1413983078" /> </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"> 4. The best camera is the one you have with you </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>Perhaps some people are so anti-tablets-as-cameras that they&rsquo;d never consider using one in this manner, for fear of being branded some kind of tech numptie. But people said exactly the same thing about smartphones not that many years ago.</p> <p>Yet the reality has always been simple: people want fewer devices that can do more, and the iPad is very capable in that regard; moreover, the best camera is the one you have with you, and if that&rsquo;s the one on the iPad, the technology&rsquo;s now at the point the tablet itself could be considered a decent camera choice anyway &mdash; no matter how uneasy that makes tech snobs.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">Apple iPad Air 2 hands-on</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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="The best camera is the one you have with you" alt="The best camera is the one you have with you" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/camera-2_0.jpg?1413983078" /> </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/apple/using-your-ipad-air-2-camera-fine-and-here-s-why/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/using-your-ipad-air-2-camera-fine-and-here-s-why/feature#comments Apple iPad Air 2 Opinion Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:44:48 +0000 Craig Grannell 1450619 at http://www.stuff.tv For better or worse, Apple’s iPad line-up shows it's now a very different company http://www.stuff.tv/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="/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/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/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/apple/apple-ipad-air-2/review" target="_blank">iPad Air 2</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/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/apple/apple-ipad-5/review" target="_blank">iPad Air</a> and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/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 80 quid. 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/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 or a Tesco Hudl. 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/ipad-air-vs-ipad-air-2-should-you-upgrade/news" target="_blank">iPad Air vs iPad Air 2: should you upgrade?</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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/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 Craig Grannell 1450612 at http://www.stuff.tv iOS 8.1 released, bringing Apple Pay, Continuity, and various fixes http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-81-released-bringing-apple-pay-continuity-and-various-fixes/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Big additions come to Apple’s latest mobile OS, and it doesn’t seem to be breaking any phones in the process </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" title="Apple Pay" alt="Apple Pay" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-pay.png?1413853233" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Just over a month after its initial launch, iOS 8 today received its first significant version update with the debut of iOS 8.1, which brings several promised features to iPhones and iPads.</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="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</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/apple/ios-81-released-bringing-apple-pay-continuity-and-various-fixes/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ios-81-released-bringing-apple-pay-continuity-and-various-fixes/news#comments Apple iOS 8 iPad iPhone iPod Touch Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:17:19 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1450918 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Leaked Fitbit Surge is a fitness-minded smartwatch, custom PS4 laptop is a thing of beauty, and new Mac Mini's RAM can't be upgraded http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-microsoft-s-rumoured-fitness-band-out-soon-fitbit-has-smartwatch-and-custom-ps4- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Catch up on the latest tech news around in our quick-hit roundup </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" title="Leaked Fitbit Surge marketing materials" alt="Leaked Fitbit Surge marketing materials" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/fitbit-surge-leak.jpg?1413847241" /> </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="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</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"> Upcoming Fitbit Surge leaks </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>Based on leaked marketing materials obtained by The Verge, Fitbit is planning to launch a smartwatch. The Fitbit Surge - first leaked this summer - is billed as a &ldquo;superwatch,&rdquo; and it&rsquo;s a fitness-centric device with constant heart-rate monitoring, as well as independent GPS tracking and sleep tracking.</p> <p>It&rsquo;ll apparently also have simple phone notifications and music control with a paired smartphone, but the Fitbit Surge doesn&rsquo;t seem to be as comprehensive a smartwatch experience as its biggest competitors. And it&rsquo;ll be priced similarly to those devices at US$250 (about &pound;155).</p> <p>But for fitness buffs who want everything concentrated in a wearable, the Fitbit Surge could be an ideal option. And Fitbit has a couple of other bands due out soon, as we saw in&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-leaked-fitbit-adds-constant-heart-rate-tracking-google-trolls-fans-over-androi">other leaked marketing documents</a>&nbsp;that surfaced last week.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/19/7007345/this-is-the-fitbit-surge">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fitbit/fitbit-surge-fitbit-charge-and-purepulse-outed-trademark-application/news">Fitbit Surge, Fitbit Charge and PurePulse outed by trademark application</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-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"> Behold the custom PlayStation 4 laptop </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>Want a semi-portable PlayStation 4 &ldquo;laptop&rdquo; with a 22in screen that you can take anywhere? It&rsquo;ll only cost you US$1395 (about &pound;865) - or US$1095 (about &pound;680) if you send your own PS4 console. Modder Edward Zarick created the so-called PlayBook 4 after previously concocting the similar Xbook One with Microsoft&rsquo;s console, and he&rsquo;s taking orders for anyone who wants one custom-made.</p> <p>Check out the above video for an overview of the modified console from Zarick himself, and click the link below for more details and ordering info.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.edsjunk.net/wordpress/?p=211">Ed&rsquo;s Junk</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.joystiq.com/2014/10/18/modder-takes-a-page-and-parts-from-sony-creates-playbook-4/">Joystiq</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/review">Long-term test: Sony PS4 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/f20p5BOm4P0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </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-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"> New Mac Mini lacks upgradeable RAM </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>Planning to snag a new Mac Mini? Just a heads-up that it appears that the latest version has RAM that cannot be easily upgraded, reports Macrumors. As such, you&rsquo;ll need to pay Apple a hefty fee to upgrade up to 16GB, if desired. It seems that the new Mac Mini has a replaceable hard drive, at least, although it might void the warranty.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2014/10/17/mac-mini-soldered-ram/">Macrumors</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/6-things-you-need-know-todays-apple-launch/news">6 things we learnt at today&rsquo;s Apple launch</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="486" title="Apple Mac Mini" alt="Apple Mac Mini" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-macmini-2014.png?1413847241" /> </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/apple/fully-charged-microsoft-s-rumoured-fitness-band-out-soon-fitbit-has-smartwatch-and-custom-ps4-#comments Apple Fitbit Health and fitness Mac Mini 2014 PlayStation 4 Smartwatches Wearable tech Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:02:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1450840 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 vs iPad Air 2: the weigh-in http://www.stuff.tv/apple/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-105-vs-ipad-air-2-weigh/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The best of Apple vs. the best Android tablet around — will either deliver a knockout blow? </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="800" height="600" title="ipad samsung" alt="ipad samsung" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/intro_1.jpg?1413793495" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Even if you&#39;re a diehard Android warrior secretly (or not so secretly) wishing that Cupertino will be swallowed up by a Hellmouth, it&rsquo;s hard to argue with the notion that Apple got things right with the iPad.</p> <p>Tablets had been around for years, but Apple&rsquo;s attempt was the first to successfully marry usability, design and an app ecosystem in a device that people actually wanted to use.</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="/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-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design and build: metal vs plastic fantastic </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 Galaxy Tab S apes the Galaxy S5, with its perforated plastic back (available in Titanium Bronze or Dazzling White, don&#39;t you know).</p> <p>In use, it can be a touch creaky, but it still feels significantly more robust than the bulk of the competition. It&rsquo;s comfortable to hold, being light (465g) and super-skinny (6.6mm). In short, it&#39;s the best looking, best-feeling tablet that Samsung has ever released, though it&#39;s still not quite at the farthest end of the premium table.</p> <p>By contrast, Apple&rsquo;s iPads have always felt absurdly solid, and the iPad Air 2 is a truly stunning piece of engineering. Thinner than its predecessor at just 6.1mm, two stacked are roughly as thick as the original iPad.</p> <p>Despite its slightly svelter nature, there&rsquo;s no sense of &lsquo;bendgate&rsquo; here, and the metal-made tablet clocks in a few grams under Samsung&rsquo;s, at 437g. Also, the iPad now comes in &lsquo;bling&rsquo; gold colour, if that&rsquo;s your thing.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Apple iPad Air 2</strong></em></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="800" height="600" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/design_1.jpg?1413793495" /> </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"> The display: which of your children do you love best? </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 Galaxy Tab S&#39; screen isn&rsquo;t so much great as it is absolutely jaw-dropping. It&rsquo;s a 10.5-inch 2560x1600 Super AMOLED affair that&rsquo;s crisp and sharp at 288ppi - good luck hunting for pixels - with great vivid colours and excellent viewing angles. If the colour saturation threatens to set your retinas alight, you can dial it down a bit too, which is handy.</p> <p>Usefully, the white balance can automatically adjust to take into account your local lighting conditions. However, the display&rsquo;s aspect ratio&rsquo;s widescreen nature might not be everyone&#39;s cup of tea, even if it is great for movies.</p> <p>The iPad Air 2 at a glance is identical to the original &mdash; a 9.7-inch 2048x1536 screen at 264ppi, which was no slouch on the original model. However, Apple&rsquo;s made improvements, bonding the LCD, glass and touch sensor, eliminating the air gap entirely. This not only makes the tablet a touch thinner, but makes the screen more vibrant; there&rsquo;s also a new coating to reduce reflections. The aspect ratio is also better suited to a wider range of tasks, even if it&rsquo;s sub-optimal for movies (in that you get black bars).</p> <p>The whites on the iPad are a little purer, and the colours are also slightly more realistic.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw. For now.</strong></em></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="800" height="600" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/display.jpg?1413793495" /> </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"> Cameras: which takes a prettier picture? </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>Perhaps surprisingly, Apple made a big deal about the new iPad camera, which is an improvement over the original iPad Air&rsquo;s. You now get an 8MP iSight which supports 1080p video, with a tonne of decent software backing it up, enabling you to shoot panoramas, burst photos and 120fps slow-mo video.</p> <p>The Samsung matches Apple&rsquo;s specs and then beats it for the front-facing camera, besting Apple with 2.1MP versus 1.2MP. It also has an LED flash, something that&rsquo;s absurdly rare on tablets.</p> <p>On paper, we&#39;re going to have to call this a draw for the time being.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></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="800" height="600" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/camera_2.jpg?1413793495" /> </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"> OS: elegance, bugs and extensibility </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 iPad comes with iOS 8.1 installed. The latest iteration of Apple&rsquo;s mobile OS has been rather variable. In use, it&rsquo;s proven to be quite buggy, but it&rsquo;s also ambitious, marking a big change for Apple in terms of extensibility. New Share sheets, iCloud Drive, and TouchID all combine to make for a potentially great future for iPad users, but developers must capitalise on them first. (Apple naturally promises the bugs from iOS 8.0 have been squashed.)</p> <p>By contrast, Samsung&rsquo;s tablet runs Android 4.4.2 with TouchWiz welded to it. In use, it feels more complex than iOS, but it also has some excellent features that iPad owners covet, such as multi-user mode and multi-window, rumoured to be on the way for the iPad as well, but yet to appear.</p> <p>Despite Samsung&#39;s welcome efforts to tone down its TouchWiz skin with a flatter, cleaner look, iOS 8 is still the more attractive OS.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></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="800" height="600" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/os.jpg?1413793495" /> </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"> Features: fingerprints and gigabytes </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 needs a serious kicking when it comes to storage, ditching the 32 GB model to &lsquo;encourage&rsquo; people to plump for 64 GB, while 16GB and 128GB are the other options. Samsung only offers you 16GB or 32GB, but you can shove in a micro SD card up to a massive 128GB to expand your storage. Hurrah!</p> <p>Elsewhere, both devices offer fingerprint-scanners, with the iPad Air 2 getting the TouchID system introduced with last year&rsquo;s iPhone. This might seem like a gimmick, but when the tech is adopted by enough apps, it becomes second-nature to use it for unlocking password managers and journalling apps, or to confirm purchases. It&#39;s also far better than the Tab S&#39; fingerprint scanner, which requires an actual swipe as opposed to a simple tap.</p> <p>But the storage thing (and bang per buck thereof) wins it for Samsung.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Samsung Galaxy Tab S</strong></em></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="800" height="600" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/features.jpg?1413793495" /> </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"> Performance: wind them up and watch them go </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 been typically tight-lipped regarding the specs of its new iPad, merely noting it&rsquo;s the most powerful iPad ever. Boasting a new custom A8X processor, graphs during the recent Apple event showed it blazing ahead of the iPad Air, which already performed admirably. In terms of battery life, you get up to ten hours in normal usage.</p> <p>Samsung&rsquo;s not so coy, happily banging on about its Exynos 5 Octa 5420, running at 1.9GHz. It&rsquo;s hugely powerful and backed with 3 GB of RAM. Apple&rsquo;s iPad is rumoured to have 2 GB, up from the 1 GB in previous models. Battery life is a smidge under Apple&rsquo;s, at nine hours.</p> <p>But it&rsquo;s not all about numbers, and in real-world use, new iPads with the latest iOS have always felt buttery smooth, whereas Android devices with higher specs have frequently comparatively suffered, and even Samsung&rsquo;s mighty tablet is prone to stutters and lag. Because of this, the iPad Air 2 edges out ahead in this round, until we review it, at least.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: iPad Air 2</strong></em></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="640" height="450" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/perf.jpg?1413793495" /> </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"> Ecosystem: all those lovely apps and extras </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 way in which Apple has always shined is with ecosystems. Whether it&rsquo;s high-quality apps or hardware add-ons, Apple users are spoilt for choice, but the pickings are slimmer on Android. This is especially the case when it comes to apps specifically optimised for tablet use.</p> <p>For the typical user, this will be less of a problem, but then they&rsquo;ll be mucking about with a Tesco Hudl rather than a high-end Samsung. But until we see high-end, tailored music, reading, design and writing apps on Android in similar numbers to iOS, even the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 isn&rsquo;t going to be enough to win here.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: iPad Air 2 </strong></em></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="800" height="600" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/eco.jpg?1413793495" /> </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: walking on Air </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>Since day one, the bigger iPad has been a remarkably solid piece of kit, only once slipping into compromise territory with the iPad 3. The iPad Air 2 might not hold any surprises, but it&rsquo;s fast, has a beautiful display, and &mdash; importantly &mdash; has an unrivalled app ecosystem.</p> <p>The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 remains a great piece of kit, with a stunning screen and impressive battery life, but the app selection and build quality are simply second best. If you want a big Android tablet, we still reckon the Samsung is the best in the world right now; but if you want the <em>best possible</em> tablet, Apple&rsquo;s latest propels it back into a narrow lead, based on paper specs and hands-on impressions alone.</p> <p>Stay tuned for our full in-depth iPad Air 2 review, after which this feature will be updated with our final impressions.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tablets/top-ten" target="_blank">These are the top 10 best tablets in the world right now</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-105-vs-ipad-air-2-weigh/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/samsung-galaxy-tab-s-105-vs-ipad-air-2-weigh/feature#comments Apple Galaxy Tab S 10.5 iPad Air 2 Samsung Sun, 19 Oct 2014 09:07:05 +0000 Craig Grannell 1450595 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple iMac with Retina 5K Display hands-on http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-imac-retina-5k-display-hands/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thought 4K TVs were impressive? The new iMac one-ups them on resolution, and packs in a computer to boot. Here are our first impressions of it </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" title="Apple iMac with Retina 5K Display hands-on review" alt="Apple iMac with Retina 5K Display hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-imac-with-retina-5k-display-hands-on-review-01.jpg?1413894185" /> </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="/users/will-findlater" title="View user profile.">Will Findlater</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ever been in a room full of middle-aged men rubbing their faces on large-screened all-in-one PCs? We have, because we&rsquo;ve just witnessed the launch of the Apple iMac with Retina 5K Display.</p> <p>And to answer your immediate question, yes &ndash; that screen is just phenomenally impressive, no matter how close you get.</p> <p>But of course, there&rsquo;s some stuff going on behind the screen, too, and we just tried some of it out. Here are our first impressions of the highest-resolution desktop computer to have ever graced the planet.</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"> £2,000.00 </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> </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"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <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"> That 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>Now, the testing environments at launch events are never great, not least because there&rsquo;s always a demonstrator bending your ear about how wonderful the gadget you&rsquo;re inspecting is. But even with the bullsh1t detector at work, it&#39;s obvious that the Retina 5K Display is something else.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s 27in across, with a resolution of 5120 x 2880 &ndash; those 14.7million pixels yield a resolution of 219ppi, versus the 109ppi of its 1080p-equipped siblings.</p> <p>It&#39;s a bespoke-designed panel with from-the-ground up electronics, to which glass is fused directly to reduce the barrier between viewer and pixels. Though it was hard to judge properly, in the test conditions colours looked punchy no matter what angle we were viewing it from, and details in images of medieval churches and full-frame Hasselblad-grabbed street scenes were rendered amazingly crisply.&nbsp;Text in menus and documents is burr-free &ndash; pure, eggshell smooth, right up until you get to about a hand&rsquo;s breadth away.&nbsp;At a glance it&#39;s almost as if the screen&#39;s a fake, printed directly on the glass.&nbsp;</p> <p>But, yes, the image moves, and it was equally impressive with the video we saw demonstrated in Final Cut &ndash; a full 4K movie of sample footage that played smoothly and, despite being rendered pixel-for-pixel, left space for the toolbars around the screen. Indeed, for anyone after a professional photography or videography machine, those extra pixels could make for an invaluable workspace.</p> <p>In short, the man telling us this screen was rather good wasn&rsquo;t fibbing. We can&rsquo;t wait to see how it performs under lab conditions.</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="Look at those pixels!" alt="Apple iMac with Retina 5K Display hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-imac-with-retina-5k-display-hands-on-review-04.jpg?1413894185" /> </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="Text is super-sharp" alt="Apple iMac with Retina 5K Display hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-imac-with-retina-5k-display-hands-on-review-06.jpg?1413894185" /> </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"> Performance: 5K gaming is now a thing </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 machine we tried was stock &pound;2000 specification: a 3.5GHz Core i5 processor, 8GB memory, Radeon M290X graphics and a 1TB Fusion drive (a combination SSD / hard disk).</p> <p>It tore through OS X Yosemite at speed, opening most apps without a pause. The only software that posed a challenge was <em>Tomb Raider</em>, which took a few seconds to spring to life, but even that was impressively quick. And, frankly, seeing any familiar game at this sort of resolution is special.</p> <p>The experience wasn&rsquo;t universally smooth, though. Dragging huge RAW images around on screen was a little jerky, and it was obvious that <em>Tomb Raider</em> has seen silkier renditions &ndash; there were clearly dropped frames. It&#39;s forgivable, though; that 5K resolution is nothing if not demanding, and the detail on screen at the time was hugely impressive.</p> <p>(As an aside, any apps that meet the latest Yosemite specification will support 5K resolutions &ndash; so there will be several games available to put the display through its paces.)</p> <p>It&rsquo;ll be interesting to see how the Retina 5K iMac deals with the rigours of the workplace; investing in more RAM (up to 32GB), faster storage (you can get 1TB of PCIe-based solid-state) and the upgraded processor (a 4GHz i7) and graphics (Radeon M295X, capable of delivering 3.5 teraflops) will probably mean getting more from that display. If you&rsquo;re going to part with the cash, it might well make sense to go all-in.</p> <p>On the other hand, we should probably mention that the fully specced-up version will set you back &pound;3520. Or, if you add all of Apple&#39;s extras - external Thunderbolt storage, Apple Care protection, Apple TV, Final Cut Pro X etc etc - a fairly ridiculous &pound;6628.90. But nobody&#39;s going to do that.</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="Performance is generally good on the entry-level model" alt="Apple iMac with Retina 5K Display hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-imac-with-retina-5k-display-hands-on-review-09.jpg?1413894185" /> </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"> Design and build </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 iMac&rsquo;s aluminium rear curves from a deep bulge in its centre (where the hard work happens) to an amazingly slim 5mm edge. It&rsquo;s as impressive now as it was when we first saw it in 2012.</p> <p>As before, the various holes for ports and built-in speakers are drilled and machined cleanly, and the hinged stand feels robust and smooth. Yes, we are now used to this stuff from Apple, but that shouldn&#39;t detract from how impressive an achievement it 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="5mm! " alt="Apple iMac with Retina 5K Display hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-imac-with-retina-5k-display-hands-on-review-08.jpg?1413894185" /> </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"> 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>Round the back are an SDXC slot, four USB3.0 and two Thunderbolt 2 ports. That might seem frugal, but Thunderbolt 2 runs at up to 20Gbps (pow!) and allows the daisy-chaining of connected displays, hard disks and other accessories, so it should be sufficient for most set-ups.</p> <p>For networking, there&rsquo;s Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 &ndash; all present, correct, and ready to chat to iOS gadgets, so you can integrate with OS X Yosemite&rsquo;s Continuity feature.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/mac-os-x-yosemite/review">OS X Yosemite hands-on review</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 Thunderbolt 2 ports are round the back" alt="Apple iMac with Retina 5K Display hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-imac-with-retina-5k-display-hands-on-review-07.jpg?1413894185" /> </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"> The early 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>It&rsquo;s impossible not to be impressed once you&rsquo;ve laid eyes on the Retina Display iMac&rsquo;s visage. The screen appears to be just as good as its specs suggest, and the overall package, with its smooth tapering back and sharp edges, is nothing if not tempting.</p> <p>That said, it&rsquo;s not yet clear just how well the different configurations are going to perform. There was nothing lacklustre in our demo, but if you&rsquo;re spending two grand on a new computer, you might expect perfection &ndash; and it&rsquo;s not clear that the base version delivers it.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s still one of the most exciting products we&rsquo;ve seen this year, though - and specced up, it&rsquo;s likely to be the best desktop computer we&rsquo;ve seen so far. We&rsquo;ll have the full Stuff review just as soon as we can muscle a sample off Apple.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/ipad-air-2-revealed-its-so-thin-you-might-cut-yourself-holding-it/news">8 things you need to know about the Apple iPad Air 2</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="Want. One" alt="Apple iMac with Retina 5K Display hands-on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-imac-with-retina-5k-display-hands-on-review-02.jpg?1413894185" /> </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-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> <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-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Get the low-down on Apple&#039;s pixel-packed new desktop </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-imac-retina-5k-display-hands/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-imac-retina-5k-display-hands/review#comments Apple iMac 5K Thu, 16 Oct 2014 22:20:28 +0000 Marc McLaren 1450516 at http://www.stuff.tv