Apple released a new lineup of devices this year... the iPad Pro, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and Apple Watch. All these new devices are running iOS 9 and powered by Apple A9 chipset which is said to be the most advanced and fastest CPU so far.
What you may not know that all these devices are actually Powered by Samsung, the Korean giant is the main manufacturer and supplier for the Apple A9 chip. Apple have chosen Samsung to build its CPUs since the Apple A6, admitting that Samsung is the best hardware supplier in the industry even though the companies are in a serious competition in markets and court too.
Also, Samsung has been allegedly employed to provide between 3,000 and 4,000 12-inch silicon wafers for the Apple S1 SiP (which powers the Apple Watch) each month, based on Samsung's 28nm manufacturing process for all Apple Watch variants.
This clearly tells that Samsung has a big part of the Apple's devices success.
SanDisk is now offering a new 128GB iXpand Flash Drive. When used with the new iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 128GB models, the new iXpand Flash Drive instantly doubles the available storage for photos and videos, music, and other multimedia files.
The flash drive is encrypted and can be unlocked with the users's fingerprint, Apple Touch ID. The well-rated and full-featured iXpand Sync app, available on the App Store for iPhone and iPad allows users to automatically sync, backup and transfer photos and videos.
SanDisk also said the iXpand Sync app has added support for Apple's Touch ID sensor for iOS 8 that will allow owners of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 to open, encrypt and decrypt apps and files on the iXpand Flash Drive with just their fingerprint. The 128GB version of the iXpand Flash Drive is on sale now for $149.99.
Looking back at the whole iPhone 6 Plus #Bendgate debacle, it's impossible for anyone to downplay the incredible effect a single video from a guy who thought it's a good idea to test out the phablet's rigidity generated. In fact so easy was the iPhone 6 Plus to bend that the original clip that started it all racked in views in the tens of millions on YouTube alone a fraction of the total interest generated throughout the web.
It's hard to pinpoint any one single factor that contributes to content's sudden rise to viral status, but in the case of #Bendgate, it probably had at least something to do with the fact that we were talking about an Apple product, Besides, there's just something oddly-satisfying about witnessing the destruction of tech that costs hundreds of bucks as if it's no big deal. But enough with the introduction.
When Apple took to the stage about ten days ago and announced that its new iPad Air 2 will be impossibly-thin, at 0.24 inches (6.1 mm), many of you have probably paused for at least a second to consider the possibility that it, too, will easily bend. Interestingly enough, the first bend test of the iPad Air 2 that we saw just two days ago lead us to think that the Air 2 won't suffer from a similar issue. The slate looked rigid. But another video that followed up just hours later shows a completely different picture not only does the iPad Air 2 bend, but it can be literally snapped in two with just two hands. Check out the Video below!
According to latest reports leaked from Foxconn factories, It looks like Apple is preparing to unveil a bigger iPad this spring. Apple is working on a 12" iPad Pro that will be very similar to the current Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 (Photo below) which is already on the markets since last year.
Virtual brush artist Martin Hajek has created the most realistic and beautiful representation of what Apple's upcoming iPad Pro or Plus might look like when it lands some time this spring, based on these leaks. In addition, the rumored stylus that will eventually accompany the tablet, makes a cameo for the first time. The stylus has borrowed the digital crown and biosensors from the Apple Watch, says Martin, and a slider is added for additional tasks.
It is evident that the tablet will be quite a bit bigger than the current 9.7" iPad Air 2, but still we can reasonably expect to see again a thin, machined aluminum device, with the general shape and form you would expect from the renowned iPad line of tablets. The sources before pegged the slate's thickness at between 6.9-7.5mm, which is a pretty good achievement, and also confirmed the speculated four built-in speakers.
So far, the rumored specs are for a 12.2" or a 12.9" Ultra high-res display, and a souped-up Apple A8 chipset, but the biggest difference might be in the software department. Remember the rumors that iPad Air 2 will feature a split-screen functionality? Well, these didn't materialize for Apple's mainstream tablet edition last year, so it might have been preserved for the more professionally oriented iPad Pro/Plus, or whatever the team from Cupertino decides to name it in the spring, when it is expected to be announced.
According to a report in Bloomberg, Apple's previously rumored 12.9" iPad won't enter production until September. This upcoming large iPad aims to compete with the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 and other large tablets that are already on the markets.
The Cupertino giant allegedly planned to begin manufacturing the tablet during this quarter. Delays in the supply chain for display panels is said to be the reason for the new production timeline.
Apple has large expectations for the upcoming 12.9" iPad. The device will have the task to reinvigorate the iPad family's slumping sales. The latter have been strongly affected by the launch of the large-screen iPhone 6 family.