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Why you need a 128GB iPad

Why you need a 128GB iPad

When Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPad in April 2010, it changed the face of the personal computer market. Tablet computers are now one of the largest sectors in the industry. With their mobile broadband capabilities, iPads have allowed people the freedom to do on the move almost anything they can do at home on their desktops. Almost.

iPad-128gbThe biggest problem with the first generations of iPads has been the restrictive memory. With just 64GB of memory, it doesn’t take long to fill an iPad to capacity with movies, games and music. In addition, this paucity of storage means the iPad can be incapable of doing certain tasks that the desktop PC can, especially in the corporate world. However, this has now changed.

With a whopping 128GB of storage, the latest iPad could finally mean that many users and businesses may no longer need their desktop PCs. Users who regularly shift around large amounts of data, such as 3D CAD files, film and music edits, and even medical X-rays, have all struggled with the restrictive storage options with iPads. This has meant the iPad has not been as popular with the corporate worlds as Apple had hoped, but with 128GB now available to play with, businesses can now adopt the Apple tablet without fear of being restricted by limited storage.

If you have relied on a desktop PC for graphic manipulation, film editing or any other memory hungry activity, the latest 128GB iPad means you can finally be free of the shackles of your desk and be able to work wherever and whenever you want.

Mobile Micro-Banking for the iPhone

Mobile Micro-Banking for the iPhone

Short-term loans have got a lot of bad press recently, and with their extortionate interest rates often exceeding 1000% APR, it is no wonder. However, Apple may have come up with a far better solution for providing short-term cash loans by using the iPhone, if a new patent request by the company is anything to go by.

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iPhone Banking

The patent outlines a unique and innovative lending system for iPhone users, possibly utilising iTunes accounts, which essentially turns the music platform into a micro-bank. This is how it works: an iPhone user, say sitting in a coffee shop in central London, suddenly realises he or she is out of cash and there isn’t a nearby ATM. By using their iPhone, the person could make a request for a cash loan. The money would be deducted from their iTunes account, plus a small service fee, and another nearby iTunes user could respond to the request, walk over to the coffee shop and hand over the cash. The loan would of course be transferred to the lenders own iTunes account, ensuring he or she got their money back.

Of course, this isn’t cash lending in the sense that a user without funds in their iTunes account could borrow money, but it could solve the problem of needing cash when there is not a nearby ATM. However, the success or failure of the scheme relies on the good nature of iPhone’s users. Not everybody would be willing to walk to a pre-designated location to hand over cash to total stranger, but the idea is a clever one, and this sort of iPhone community scheme has been tried before with some success, in particular with car sharing in US cities.

Early Glimpses of the iPhone 6

Early Glimpses of the iPhone 6

Even before the iPhone 5S has hit the shelves, rumours of the iPhone 6 have begun to circulate in the technology press. There is some confusion as to whether the iPhone 5S will even be released as some people predict Apple could choose to skip their usual half-step S model and throw all their latest innovations into the iPhone 6, although this is just rumour. However, whether the iPhone 5S arrives or not, many people may wish to hold out for the iPhone 6 as it looks set to have some nifty new features.

Could this be iPhone 6

Could this be the iPhone 6?

Driven by the need to up its game thanks to the recent release of the Samsung Galaxy 4S, the iPhone 6 looks set to be the first Apple phone with a super HD retina display. Already used on their MacBooks, Apple say that a super HD retina screen on their iPhones will mean you won’t spot the individual pixels, which can often make watching films a bit of a blocky affair. This new screen is most likely thanks to Apple’s collaboration with Sharp, who is also producing a new screen for the next iPad.

In addition to the retina display, Apple is expected to release a 128GB version of the iPhone 6, which will give it the same storage capabilities of the iPad 4. Some clever new ways to interact with the phone are also expected, especially as Samsung has implemented gesture control in its S4. Other features to expect are: a more powerful processor, most likely to be a quad core Apple A7; a possible fingerprint scanner, although this may already have been included in the iPhone 5S; and even a second screen that might be on the back of the phone, although it must be stressed, this is just a rumour.

Can the iWatch Pull Off a Wrap Around Display?

Can the iWatch Pull Off a Wrap Around Display?

One of the biggest and most talked-about rumours in the technology world this year is the speculation that Apple is developing an iWatch. For the past couple of months, since news of several Apple patents for wearable technology became public, many technology experts have been producing their own mock-ups of what they expect the iWatch to look like.

iwatch? Is this it?

iwatch? Is this it?

Arguably the most likely design was that of 3D artist, Martin Hajek, which featured on the front cover of MacUser’s March 2013 issue. One of the most notable features of this design was the iWatch’s curved screen, which appears to wrap around the shape of the wrist.

Can Apple pull this off? 

The patent describes “a wearable video device… comprising a flexible substrate having a flat state and a curled state and a flexible display disposed upon a first surface of the flexible substrate.” In short, it will attach to the wrist in a similar fashion to the once-popular ‘slap-wrist’ watches that used layered flexible stainless steel bi-stable spring bands.

Some critics say, however, that this type of watch is outdated and will not catch on. However, those that know Apple predict the technology giant will embrace the latest developments and use a new type of flexible glass. Technologists also note that this flexible material will enable the device to use solar power through which to charge. “The battery can take many forms,” said the patent, due to the material’s flexibility. Battery life could be extended, thanks to a ‘solar panel array spread across a surface of the accessory device’.

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