iPad Pro vs Surface Pro: Which Pro Tablet is Best for You?

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Tablets are now becoming a way of life for some people these days. Most people use a tablet as a tool for entertainment. However, in today’s market, there are tablets that can be used to entertain while at the same time, used for something rather more professional. Case in point are the iPad Pro and Surface Pro from Apple and Microsoft, respectively.

While these tablets have merits of their own, it tends to get quite confusing which one will work best on a user. There a lot of things to consider in purchasing a tablet especially if it is going to be used professionally. Starting off with performance.

Source: iPad Pro vs Surface Pro: Which Pro Tablet is Best for You?

That Apple feature you’ve always wanted is finally on its way

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With major iPad updates expected this year, new reports have suggested that Apple will finally introduce that one feature you’ve been waiting for.

According to recent patent filings, the iPhone 7 maker is known to be working on a new Apple Pencil stylus, with the second-generation accessory able to be attached to the side of your iPad.

A Layman’s guide to choosing between the Surface Book, Surface Pro, or iPad Pro | PhoneDog

Many of our readers are students who are returning (or have already returned) to college for the fall semester. Even if you’re not a college student, you’re probably aware that this is the time of year that many companies host back to school sales for incoming students – and these deals typically aren’t just for students. Anybody can take advantage of them.

I’m a student, and this year some of my classes are hosted online. I decided that I wanted to invest in a hybrid of my own, and I eventually narrowed it down to the Surface Book, Surface Pro, and the iPad Pro. However, making a final decision wasn’t easy. Sifting through countless articles and reviews and visiting demo stations several times ended up helping very little when it came time to actually purchase a device. Eventually, it had to be done, and I finally made a decision based on a very non-technical list of reasons why I should or shouldn’t buy a certain product.

Apple’s iPad Pro works best if you:

  • Want a tablet with the option of using first-party keyboard.
  • Are invested or plan to invest in the Apple ecosystem.
  • Want a tablet with a good active digitizer for less money.
  • Value great battery life.
  • Prefer apps.

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 works best if you:

  • Want equal parts tablet and laptop functionality.
  • Want included stylus.
  • Want the option to use a mouse.
  • Need USB ports.
  • Have a need for PC software, but not a wide array of apps.
  • Would like to have expandable storage.
  • Want options for a more powerful device.

Microsoft Surface Book works best if you:

  • Want more laptop functionality than tablet.
  • Want the option to use a mouse.
  • Need USB ports.
  • Would like to have expandable storage.
  • Want a hybrid that includes a keyboard and a stylus.
  • Need more power (including dedicated GPU in some models).
  • Decent battery life.

Source: A Layman’s guide to choosing between the Surface Book, Surface Pro, or iPad Pro | PhoneDog

Tablet Tuesday: Get an iPad Pro 12.9 with 2-year warranty for $589 – CNET

For a limited time, and while supplies last, Daily Steals has the Apple Certified Refurbished iPad Pro 12.9 (32GB) for $589.99 shipped when you apply promo code cheapschool at checkout.

That price includes Daily Steals’ extended two-year warranty, which would normally add $59.99. The tablet is available in your choice of silver or space gray.

This is a very unusual deal in that most refurbished iPads are not Apple Certified, meaning it’s tough to gauge what condition they’ll be in. These Pros should look and operate like new, complete with the new casing and battery Apple provides when you buy refurbs directly.Speaking of which, Apple charges $679 for a refurbished iPad Pro 12.9. This is less, obviously, and you get that extremely awesome extra warranty.

Source: Tablet Tuesday: Get an iPad Pro 12.9 with 2-year warranty for $589 – CNET

Apple’s iPad Pro doesn’t fare so well comparing itself to Surface Pro in latest video ad

Microsoft has published today a new ad where Siri has invited Cortana to a party to celebrate the fact that the iPad Pro now has a detachable keyboard, though Cortana is definitely not impressed.

“I just got a keyboard, I’m a computer now,” says the proud Siri, though Cortana quickly reminds her that the Surface Pro 4 can do more: it has an Intel x86 processor, it runs the full Office apps, it also has a trackpad and external ports, and Apple’s iPad Pro can’t match that versatility.

Source: Apple’s iPad Pro doesn’t fare so well comparing itself to Surface Pro in latest video ad

 

June 13, 2016

Apple World Wide Developer Conference  2016

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Highlights from Apple WWDC16

“The App Store started 8 years ago, with a little over 500 apps. Recently we passed a major milestone — we now have over 2 million apps.”

The Mac, changed personal computing. The iPhone, changed phones forever. The iPad, magically transforms a glass canvas into anything you want it to be. Our clearest vision of the future of computer. Apple Watch: Ultimate device for a healthy life. Apple TV: something something biggest canvas.

watchOS, tvOS, OS X, iOS. “We’re going to move each of these platforms forward today, and we’d like to get started with watchOS.”

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“People are actually switching between faces for different occasions, and we’ve made that really simple.” Just swipe to change faces. Another totally new UI pattern that replaces Glances.

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New feature: SOS on the Watch. Press and hold on the side button, it calls 911.

Works through your phone or on Wi-Fi. After you’re done calling 911, it pulls your locations and messages your friends. Then it shows your medical ID, which is another new feature.

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“You can actually set smart notifications to remind you to breathe.” Turn the crown to set how long you want to breathe for, close your eyes and haptic feedback will guide you.

“You can actually set smart notifications to remind you to breathe.” Turn the crown to set how long you want to breathe for, close your eyes and haptic feedback will guide you.

Free upgrade this fall. “It’ll feel like a whole new Watch.”

Apple-TV

“The future of TV was apps. The response to Apple TV has been incredible.”

Sling coming to Apple TV. Fox Sports Go

“Siri changed the way we interact with our television because now we just tell it what we want to watch.” Now you can search for categories of movies. Can just say “find high school comedies from the ’80s.”

“A big part of your TV experience is live channels… we’ve got a great new feature called Live Tune-In.” You can just say Watch ESPN2 and it’ll pop open.

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  OS X the name has been with us for over 15 years, and it’s served us well. We realized there’s a name that’s so much clearer, and so much simpler.” Renamed to macOS!

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When you shop online, you’ll have an Apple Pay button. When you pay, you’ll get a prompt to authenticate on your phone or watch with TouchID or a tap on the wrist.

Siri now on the macOS Desktop

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iOS 10 for iPhone

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Big Siri Updates

Messaging support for Slack and WhatsApp, WeChat. Ridebooking with Uber, Lyft, and Didi. Photo Search in Shutter, Pinterest. Pause and stop workouts in Runtastic and RunKeeper.
Send payments with Square. VoIP calling with Spark, Vonage, and Skype.

Can offer up relevant contact info, read messages to pre fill calendar events.

Apple Photos

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“We love capturing so much of our lives on our cameras… we want to give you easier ways to find and experience photos your taken.”

facial recognition on the iPhone, happening directly on the phone

All done with your privacy protected

Apple Memories

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New tab at the bottom of photos called Memories, which shows you highlights and people, a map of locations, and related memories.  This is very cool

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Apple Maps

navigation and traffic information

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Apple Music

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Apple News

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iMessage now has rich links, including in line video – Rich links open videos & images quickly and easily

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Email Voice Transcriptions

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Messages will highlight all the words that map to emoji in a message and let you tap to turn them into an emoji so you dont have to search for the right emoji

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iOS 10 developer preview today  -public beta in July at beta.apple.com

iOS 10 available to everyone this fall