After gaining a strong foothold in the smartphones market, Chinese tech giant Xiaomi is all set to launch a laptop. Bloomberg News had earlier hinted at Xiaomi’s plans to enter the laptop industry. This news was recently confirmed by Taipei Times, which reported that hardware firm Inventec has been roped in to manufacture the laptop.
Taipei Times said Inventec chairman Richard Lee has confirmed that the Xiaomi laptop could start shipping as early as the beginning of 2016. “I am upbeat about the business outlook for Xiaomi’s notebook computers, as the firm has more than 200 million registered smartphone users,” Lee said.
Competing with Apple
Xiaomi is known for producing sleek and quality devices at low costs. This means, it could give tough competition to Apple’s range of laptops in China. On the other hand, it could face competition from Apple in the US market where the latter seems to have established a monopoly.
Although little is known about the new Xiaomi laptop, it is expected to feature a sleek look with some powerful hardware.
Watch this space for all the developing information on this laptop.
When Apple launched the iPad Mini 4, they claimed it was similar to the iPad Air 2 in terms of hardware specifications. iFixit has cracked open the new kid on the block to reveal their similarities in terms of features and design. From the features suggested on the apple website, one could easily give it to the iPad Mini 4 that it’s a smaller version of the iPad Air 2. Lets look at the similarities they enjoy according to iFixit.
Measurements of the iPad Mini 4 are pretty close to the iPad Air 2. Both the devices are really thin at 6.1mm. At the same time, iFixit has pointed out that the iPad Mini 4 also comes with the full laminated screen technology, much like the iPad Air 2.
The website also suggests that the Touch ID cable of the iPad Mini 4 is now directly integrated into the display cable, which was also brought into the iPad Air 2. Note that this makes it extremely hard to repair the display panel if needed.
iPad Mini 4 has a single cell battery, which makes it easier to take it out when required. Not only that, the iFixit review suggests the battery is thinner and smaller than that of the iPad Mini 3. The Apple website says iPad Mini 4 has a 19.1 Wh battery.
Some other feature worth noting are the 8MP rear camera along with 1.2MP front camera, which are also provided with the iPad Air 2. Again, both tablets enjoy Apple’s A8 processor and M8 co-processor. However, the iPad Mini 4 now comes with the iOS 9, which makes it an advancement over the bigger iPad Air 2.
The problem with most of Apple’s products is that they are hard to repair. This issue is going to haunt iPad Mini 4 users as well since extreme amount of adhesive has been used inside the tablet. Even the lightning connector is soldered to the logic board, making the device immensely hard to open and repair. iPad Mini 4 has got a reparability rate of 2 out of 10 according to experts.… Read the rest
Apple launched the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus earlier this month. These phones carry on the legacy of last year’s releases–the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. If we consider the broader features of the Apple iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, there’s only one thing common between the two. They are both available in Space Gray, Silver and Rose Gold colors. Released on the same day, both devices also have an aluminum body and run on the iOS 9.
That’s about where the similarities end. Lets take a look at what differentiates the models.
The iPhone 6s Plus has a larger size as it measures 6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches, while the iPhone 6s is 5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches. With a weight of 5.44 oz, the iPhone 6s is also lighter than the iPhone 6s Plus, which is heftier at 6.77oz.
While both phones offer similar display features, the iPhone 6s Plus has a larger screen size of 5.5 inches. The iPhone 6s has a 4.7-inch screen. They are also differ in terms of the screen resolution as the iPhone 6s has a resolution of 750 x 1334 pixels, which is lower compared a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels that the iPhone 6 Plus enjoys.
Users will experience a marked difference in the battery life of these phones. On 3G mode, the iPhone 6s is reported to support a battery life of 14 hours, while the iPhone 6s Plus boasts of a much higher battery life of 24 hours in the same mode.
It’s clear that the iPhone 6s Plus has many advantages over the iPhone 6s. Let the price difference also decide which phone you would like to pick. While the iPhone 6s comes at about $650, the iPhone 6s Plus comes at a price of $750. … Read the rest
Now, iPad users can get more from their devices with the Apple iOS 9. The latest Apple operating system offers multitasking in a whole new way. It allows users to work on different apps simultaneously with the help of a split screen view that is easy to set up.
Multitasking is now simple
To work in split screen mode, users first have to open any built-in app that supports this feature and then swipe it from the screen’s right edge to place it on one-third area of the screen. Now, open another app and swipe down from the top of the screen’s right to open an app list. Pick the app and then pull the black dividing bar towards the center of the screen. Adjust the size according to your convenience and work.
Split screen in picture-in-picture mode
A split screen can also be enabled in picture-in-picture mode. All you need to do is to open a video in the video app and tap the home button while playing it. The video will continue to play in a small window while you can use other apps in the rest of the screen area. Here too, you can adjust the screen as per your convenience and continue working.… Read the rest
A KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said that the new iPhone 7 could be Apple’s thinnest smartphone ever. He has estimated that it would enjoy thickness similar to the iPod Touch and would range between 6.0mm and 6.5mm.
In the same report, Kuo has also said that it would also enjoy the Force Touch, which has become a favorite feature among Apple users.
Kuo is known to have a decent track record when it comes to making predictions about Apple products. He had predicted that the iPhone 6 would come in a 128 GB variant as well.
iPhone 7 release date
Now that the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s plus have been released, the iPhone 7 would only be seen in 2016. Would we have to wait till 9 September, 2016 going by precedents or can we see something earlier at the WWDC, it’s still not clear.
Why iPhone 7 could turn heads?
It is anticipated that the iPhone 7 will be a major innovation when compared to the design of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S. We are expecting a more powerful camera and A9 processor besides Force Touch.… Read the rest
Now that the the new Apple iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models have been launched, it’s time to pay attention to the peripherals. It’s recently come to light that users of the phones will have to shell out some extra dollars to access Apple care services. Initially available at a price of $99, users would now have to pay $129 to avail Apple support and Apple Care services for the latest phones.
Why the hike?
Since the new iPhones retain most of the features of the original iPhone 6, one wonders why the prices have been hiked to such an extent. The company has not clarified any reason for the hike in service fee.
Reports in MacRumors suggest that the 3D Touch feature and taptic engine are responsible for the increased charges. The taptic engine feature has been seen on the Apple Watch and it has gained popularity. However, maintenance of the feature of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus could be higher.
The new iPhones have been launched in twelve regions. … Read the rest
Two new Apple iPhones were launched at a grand event this week–the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. These handsets have introduced some improvements to existing features and seen little fresh changes. One of the most innovative changes introduced with the iPhone 6s is the much-hyped 3D Force touch technology. This make it a lot easier to handle the device, especially if you are pairing it with the Apple Watch.
Sure, the handsets have a host of improved features but they failed to impress many investors. To start with, the high price of these smartphones has disappointed buyers. Features of the phone also leave a lot to be desired. It is therefore important to compare this phone against other smartphones available in the market.
The iPhone 6s contemporaries
One of the major setbacks for the iPhone 6s is that it has a smaller screen size compared to the Motorola Moto X Pure Edition, Sony Xperia Z5 Premium and the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. While these phones offer 5.7-inch displays, the Apple smartphone has a 5.5-inch display.
Pixel density on the Apple smartphone is also low compared to the other phablets. Even though Apple has worked on the camera yet again, iPhone 6s Plus only boasts of a 12MP camera, while Samsung’s smartphone has a 16MP camera, Motorola 21MP and Sony 23MP.
The storage capacity is also low compared to the other phones. However, the weight is more. Therefore, someone considering to buy a new phablet this fall is recommended to make a wise study of the choices available in the market before making the pick. … Read the rest
Apple has launched its most-awaited iPhones, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. iPhone 6s, the flagship phone of the company has already gained momentum for its premier look yet, many still have the doubt whether its a better choice compared to the powerful Samsung Galaxy S6.
With 7.1mm thickness, the iPhone 6s sports a slim look and has a smooth aluminum build, which is sure to catch the attention. However, Samsung Galaxy S6 is slimmer with 6.8mm thickness. Sporting a glass back and metal frame, this is also equally attractive.
While iPhone 6s boasts of 4.7-inch 1334 x 750 IPS LCD display with 326 pixels in every inch, Galaxy S6 offers 5.1-inch 1440 x 2560 screen with 577 pixels in every inch. Though Galaxy S6 offers a better and much brighter display compared to iPhone 6s, users may experience battery issues for the display. Apple iPhone 6s, which offers a sufficiently bright display saves battery life to some great extent.
When it comes to performance, iPhone 6s is quite slick compared to Galaxy S6. It comes with Apple A9 processor that makes the CPU 70 percent faster than the previous model. Powered with octa-core Exynos 7420 processor, Galaxy S6 has eight cores. Four runs at 2.2GHz and other four at 1.5 GHz. Samsung is also better in terms of camera as it has a rear camera of 16 MP, compared to iPhone 6s, which has 12 MP camera at the back. Both the phones have some pros and some cons, yet they are worth the money. … Read the rest
Apple has launched the iPhone 6s as well as iPhone 6s Plus but like all other releases, these new smartphones did not get a worldwide release either. The company has selected 12 regions for its initial launch and users in India would be disappointed that they will not be one of the first ones to get it.
For now, users in USA, UK, Singapore, Puerto Rico, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Germany and Japan can get these phones via pre-order. France, China, Canada and Australia are also one of the first regions where the new Apple smartphones would be available from September 25.
Prices may vary
Though the release date for all 12 regions is the same, pricing varies from one region to other. In the USA, the 16GB iPhone 6s variant costs $649, 64GB variant costs $749 and 128GB variant costs $849. Prices of the iPhone 6s Plus start from $749 for the 16GB variant. In Canada, prices of the the iPhone 6s start from CAD 899 and 6s Plus starts from CAD 1029.
All regions have a varied price so it would be a good idea to check that while ordering.
India may get Diwali release
India provides a great market for Apple products but there is no launch date. However, it is anticipated that the company may launch the smartphones sometime in November, in time for the Diwali season. There is no update on the price of the smartphones in India.
In a recent event, the tech-giant Apple has made a series of launch, including two iPhones, iPad Pro, Apple TV and the iPad mini 4. Though the smartphones, iPad Pro and Apple TV got the maximum hype in the media coverage as well as in the event, many are interested to know about the launch of the iPad mini 4.
iPad mini 4 prices at a glance
The new seven inches tablet of the company, which boasts of interiors quite similar to that of iPad Air 2 has created much hype in the Indian market. However, the company has not made any announcement regarding its launch or price in India. Even though there is no official confirmation, NDTV Gadgets reported the price of iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi 16GB model to be around Rs. 28, 900. While the 64 GB variant is reportedly priced at Rs. 35,900 and 128 GB is priced at Rs. 42, 900. The reports also indicate that 16GB Wi-Fi cum cellular iPad mini 4 is priced at Rs. 38,900, 64GB at Rs, 45,900 with 128 GB at Rs. 52,900.
Though sources have revealed the prices of the models, there is no information regarding the release dates of the models. Therefore, people waiting for the launch of this new tab will have to wait for some more time. … Read the rest