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A side-view diagram of the iPad Air.(Source: Apple.com)
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daleste
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free operating system
daleste   10/22/2013 11:07:42 PM
The article says that you get a free operating system with this device.  When did they ever sell a device without an operating system?

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Re: free operating system
Susan Rambo   10/22/2013 11:35:17 PM
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Thanks for your comment. The Mavericks OS news is separate from the iPad and computer news.What Apple announced today was: (1) its new Mavericks OS for its computers/laptops, and that (2) Apple would no longer be charging its customers to upgrade to the new OS, for which they previously would have had to pay. Obviously if buying a new computer or any Apple device, you'll get the OS on the device (which means the OS cost is built into the cost of the computer).

Seems like a good move on Apple's part. Many other news websites today covered this new free upgrade policy; it's not so important here on EE Times but it is an interesting move that should make customers happy.

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Re: free operating system
eewiz   10/23/2013 5:15:49 AM
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its Free OS upgrade to OS X 10.9 for existing devices. Normally they charge 20$ for new OS for previous gen macbooks

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Re: free operating system
Caleb Kraft   10/24/2013 5:28:38 PM
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even their $20 upgrade was considered very cheap. Going free was a good move on their part.

rick merritt
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64-bit conversion
rick merritt   10/23/2013 12:15:07 AM
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It will be interesting to see how the 64-bit shift unfolds and wheher Apple gets any lift from being early into it.

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MIMO
junko.yoshida   10/23/2013 2:15:01 AM
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It's probably just me, but I thought by now Apple had already offered iPad with MIMO. They didn't until now? I am kind of surprised... Doesn't Kindle HD already come with it?

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Free Apps Too
R_Colin_Johnson   10/23/2013 9:47:00 AM
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This super-thin and light iPad and iPad Mini with their super  hi-rez displays should prove very popular among Apple devotees, even at their premium price, and the free iLife and iWorks just sweeten the pot. 

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Re: MIMO
junko.yoshida   10/23/2013 10:23:34 AM
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glad your wish came through!

Daniel Payne
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Larger Retina Screen?
Daniel Payne   10/23/2013 11:37:16 AM
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I don't understand the statement about "larger Retina screen" because the iPad Air has a 9.7" screen, the same size as the iPad 4. Yes, the iPad mini now has more pixels, but also the same screen size.

Susan Rambo
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Re: Larger Retina Screen?
Susan Rambo   10/23/2013 12:28:30 PM
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You are right. iPad Air screen is same btwn the iPad 4 and Air.  to http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/ipad-5-vs-ipad-4/    Sorry for the mistake.

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More Apple Catchup
TonyTib   10/23/2013 1:59:26 PM
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Last gen Kindle (Kindle HD) had MIMO; current Kindle HDX is lighter (13.2 oz), and probably faster (2.2GHz quad core).  I guess the big Apple advance is 64-bits.

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Re: More Apple Catchup
Caleb Kraft   10/24/2013 5:30:36 PM
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though the two may match up on paper, anyone who has used the two for any extended amount of time will tell you they are very different beasts.  The apple experience is much more polished, and the app store is a behemoth.

TonyTib
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Apple & Amazon polish
TonyTib   10/24/2013 6:36:35 PM
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I'm not a Kindle owner, but I know quite a few -- and I'm pretty sure it's more polished in some ways than the iPad: it'd better have much better integration with Amazon.com (especially Amazon Prime).

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iPad2
MeasurementBlues   10/23/2013 4:24:01 PM
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I'm sticking with my iPad2, thank you very much.

MeasurementBlues
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iPad2
MeasurementBlues   10/23/2013 4:24:03 PM
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I'm sticking with my iPad2, thank you very much.

Caleb Kraft
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Re: iPad2
Caleb Kraft   10/24/2013 5:31:09 PM
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yeah, those retina displays are very tempting, but ultimately not enough of a draw for me.

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Cameras on tablets
Frank Eory   10/23/2013 5:40:16 PM
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I find it interesting that the iPad Air has HD video capture, but I wonder how often the camera on an iPad or any other tablet actually gets used. Perhaps it is more useful on the Mini, but it seems like a full-sized iPad is an awkward platform for photography.

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Re: Cameras on tablets
TonyTib   10/23/2013 6:50:47 PM
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Here in Silicon Valley, I see iPads & other tablets used quite often for taking pictures and videos, just like a huge smart phone.  I may think it looks stupid, and that even a cheap camera will give better results (due to optical zoom), but apparently lots of people feel differently.

I haven't asked anyone about it, but my guess is they like the large "viewfinder" and simple operation.

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Re: Cameras on tablets
Caleb Kraft   10/24/2013 5:32:48 PM
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I've done it. I can shoot picture/video and then edit right there on that device AND enter it into the online system of choice (youtube/blog). That would be a huge pain on the phone.

 

I'd like it if it were easier to get video from a phone or camera onto the ipad and then edit it. I would use a nicer camera then.

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Re: Cameras on tablets
TonyTib   10/24/2013 6:42:49 PM
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That's one reason I like Android.  I've set my wife up with a cute little Sony digicam with 720p video & SD storage, and an Android tablet with a uSD slot and full size USB port.

She can take the uSD card from the camera, remove the micro->full size adapter, stick it into the tablet, and instantly look at her picts & videos on a much bigger screen.

The USB works great with a compact wired keyboard (which is easier for her than a BT one).

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Re: Cameras on tablets
Caleb Kraft   10/24/2013 6:51:07 PM
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I have a new nexus7 AND an Ipad. I'm still very frustrated that my BT keyboard doesn't work with the nexus 7. 

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Re: Cameras on tablets
MeasurementBlues   10/24/2013 5:39:50 PM
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I found a number of people using iPads for taking photos while I was on vacation in Italy this summer. I used mine a few times, but mostly I used my Lumix camera with 12x optical zoom. Far superior pcitures.

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Re: Cameras on tablets
chanj0   10/23/2013 6:56:57 PM
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I agreed until I saw people carrying it and taking pictures in Grand Canyon.

chanj0
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64 bits ARM
chanj0   10/23/2013 7:04:16 PM
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Market has been anticipating 64 bits ARM for sometimes. Finally, Apple comes out first. I am not too sure about the benefit of having 64 bits ARM on a tablet given its use. Who knows, when there is a better specification, engineers will find a way to discover its potential. Regardless of the potential of 64 bits ARM on a tablet, I am pretty sure it will benefit server, desktop and laptop computer. Given time, a full function OSX will be ported to ARM and the future generation Mac will be ARM based. The next apparent question is, "What will Intel do?"

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Re: 64 bits ARM
dynamited   10/24/2013 1:25:42 PM
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Good grief, Intel and AMD have been 64bit for ten years now. The sad fact, in the comsumer market, 90% of the apps don't need it and vendors being forced to supply 32 and 64bit versions is unnecessary overhead. The only comsumer app that may benefit from 64bit are video and how well does that work without +4gb of ram?

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Re: 64 bits ARM
rick merritt   10/24/2013 2:55:40 PM
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Admittedly tablets will need this before smartphones and neither one is choking on 32-bit.

It will be interersting to see how/whether Apple gets advantage from being early to this milestone

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