The new 9.7-inch iPad Pro is, in all fronts, the most impressive iPad ever built. It’s got a new A9X processor that Apple says is more powerful than most PCs, the camera of the iPhone 6S, which apart from offering better autofocus and low-light performance, can also shoot 4K video, and a new anti-reflective display with TrueTone technology that adapts color temperature based on its surroundings.
This is our unboxing of the legitimate offspring of the bigger iPad Pro and the iPad Air 2.
Apple iOS 12, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12 are now available for download
Enjoy Apple’s latest software
After announcing new hardware during their last event, Apple is now finally rolling out fresh software. While we wait for the new devices to become available in stores, existing Apple devices such as the iPhone, iPad, Watch, and TV are getting their respective software updates.
Perhaps the most awaited among the update is iOS 12 — the latest edition of Apple’s software for its iPhone and iPad devices. iOS 12 was introduced at WWDC earlier this year with a focus on improved performance, especially for older devices.
It has new features such as tracking phone usage, updated Animoji, custom Memoji, and redesigned iBooks, Stocks, Voice Memos, and Apple News apps. Unfortunately, the group FaceTime chat with up to 32 participants has been delayed.
Supported iOS devices:
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
- iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
- iPhone 6S and 6S Plus
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
- iPhone 5S
- iPad Pro (9.7-inch, 10.5-inch, and both 12.9-inch)
- iPad (2018)
- iPad (fifth-gen)
- iPad Air and iPad Air 2
- iPad Mini 2, 3, and 4
- iPod Touch (sixth-gen)
Additionally, if you own an Apple Watch, you’ll also be receiving watchOS 5 today. It comes with a plethora of new features such as activity competitions to challenge friends with, automatic workout detection, a Walkie-Talkie app for talking to other Apple Watch users, and podcast saving. There are a few new watch faces and a point system for completing activities as well.
As for the Apple TV, tvOS 12 is now available for the fourth-gen and 4K models. It brings Dolby Atmos audio for movies and new interactive aerial screensavers.
To get the updates, simply head to the Settings menu of your devices and it shall automatically download and install after agreeing to the terms and conditions. You can learn more about iOS 12 in this detailed breakdown from Apple’s website.
List of devices getting Android 9 Pie
Will your device get the latest Android version?
Android 9 Pie is out of the oven, but is it coming to your phone or tablet? Some phone manufacturers have already started their rollout, while others are working round the clock to have it available.
Here is a list we were able to gather per brand to answer the burning question:
With only one phone under their arsenal, Essential was able to release Android Pie very early. It’s almost like owning a Pixel phone but for the fraction of the price.
- Essential Phone PH-1
As always, Google’s phones get the latest update ahead of everyone. If you own a Pixel phone, you should already be enjoying Android Pie.
- Google Pixel 2 XL
- Google Pixel 2
- Google Pixel XL
- Google Pixel
HTC might be having a hard time getting new users, but they’ll not let their die-hard fans down. HTC already committed four phones to having the latest Android software.
- HTC U12+
- HTC U11+
- HTC U11
- HTC U11 Life
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5: Price and availability in the Philippines
A tablet for the whole family
If you find the Galaxy Tab S4 too expensive, you might want to consider the cheaper model among the new Android-powered Samsung tablets — the Galaxy Tab A 10.5.
The Galaxy Tab A 10.5 is a lookalike of the Galaxy Tab S4, but it has inferior specifications to keep the cost down. For one, it has a hard polycarbonate rear panel instead of glass. Also, its 10.5-inch 16:10 display is just an IPS LCD panel (instead of AMOLED) with a 1920 x 1200 resolution.
Samsung promotes the Galaxy Tab A 10.5 as a family tablet. It packs family-friendly features like Kids Mode for the young ones and Multi-User Mode with up to eight accounts for family members.
The device also sports four speakers tuned by AKG with support for Dolby Atmos. You can listen and watch content for hours while on the road thanks to its 7300mAh battery.
As for the specs, it’s powered by a Snapdragon 450 processor paired with 3GB of memory and 32GB of expandable storage. The rear camera is an 8-megapixel shooter, while the front has a 5-megapixel selfie shooter.
The tablet comes in Fog Gray and will be available in the Philippines starting September 28 for PhP 23,990.
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