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  • New Apple 9.7-inch iPad thicker than iPad Air 2, returns to iPad Air dimensions

    smarky said:
    sog35 said:
    bitmod said:
    The omission on RAM is interesting?
    Would it be the same 2mb as the Air2 or did they cut here to get cost down?

    Seems this ipad is just a re-branded cost cutting product - with negligible or possibly worse performance than the Air2 that is thicker and weighs more.
    Leads me to believe this is more of an up-sell attempt to the pro than anything - using the long upgrade cycle as leveage.

    Will be interesting to see the performance comparisons. 
    dude the Air2 has the A8, the new iPad has an A9
    I might be wrong but I thought the Air2 has the A8x which was a new chip made for the iPad, were this seems to suggest it has a standard A9 chip in it which is the less powerful made for phone chip, just newer generation, perhaps it cuts production costs down as these are also used in the iPhone 6s.

    i don't understand this upgrade, they have made it thicker and it's still pricey, not really "budget" as labelled else were they have simply lowered the price back to what it was last year anyway.

    Poor choice. I am in a market for a new tablet/iPad but no way I am buying this. Waiting to see what a pro refresh might bring! 
    1) How is it pricey when it's $70 less than yesterday for a 32 GB 10" iPad?

    2) Where did you get this "made for iPad" and "made for iPhone" chip designation for the 'X'? You should look at the chip specs and how it performs to come to a conclusion. The latter is relevant because there's a much larger battery which could mean that it's clocked higher than the A9 used in the iPhone which could help increase its already massive victory with single-core performance over the A8X.
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  • New Apple 9.7-inch iPad thicker than iPad Air 2, returns to iPad Air dimensions

    Add in the A9's additional performance and test for battery life and I think you have a winner, despite the extra weight and thickness.

    PS: Can we finally put and end to Apple always goes thinner, when we see plenty of examples—like today—that they don't.
  • Mystery Apple 'wireless device' turns out to be door access system

    williamh said:
    I'm not saying the author's wrong, but would Apple require FCC approval for a device they don't ever intend to sell?  
    Yes, since it's easily over 5 doors.
    § 15.23 Home-built devices.
    (a) Equipment authorization is not required for devices that are not mar- keted[sic], are not constructed from a kit, and are built in quantities of five or less for personal use.

    edit: This website might be easier to digest than trying to read a government PDF.

    edit2: I guess it's time to get out of the habit of denoting the size of a single file when websites are typically considerably larger and not an issue for either network speeds, data caps, or storage capacity. For example, the webpage comes in at 1.95 MiB, according to Web Inspector in Safari.
  • Apple to build two new Chinese R&D centers, spend $507M on research

    Vergilius said:
    If Apple is playing the long game, they might do better to spend this money in India, where there is an increasing population and a new openness to foreign investment and business.
    Apple isn't opposed to India, but this isn't an either/or scenario. China will be a much better market for Apple revenue and profit over India for the foreseeable future, so it makes perfect sense to increase their Chinese infrastructure. That's the bottom line, not population size, otherwise there wouldn't be so many large, dense cities around the world that have no Apple Stores while small college towns in the US do.
  • Apple lobbies against 'right to repair' proposal in Nebraska

    viclauyyc said:
    Soli said:
    I don't follow the posters here who are claiming it's Apple's duty to provide 3rd-parties with repair manuals for all their devices. If you want to take a chance with fixing your device then go to iFixit, but this isn't something Apple should be required to supply.

    What would you achieve by going to iFixit, when you don't have the parts to repair your device? Figure out that your device cannot be repaired by anyone except the manufacturer? This is not just wrong on the part of Apple, all the companies do this all the time, creating E-Waste much more than required. This should be stopped immediately. If making a law is the only way to achieve it, so be it. If companies "design" the products to be "use and throw", that should also be stopped. Hopefully, this law will help in achieving it.


    Amazon offers plenty of components, too, but I typically just buy parts form iFixit directly, even at a higher price because of the quality (which includes getting the exact part you're trying to buy). They sell new and used OEM and 3rd-party components, as well as tools, and of course their wonderful walkthroughs for pretty much anything you can imagine fixing.