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 unveils 7th generation iPad
Apple’s 7th generation iPad is perfect for everyone
Aside from the new iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, Apple also unveiled a refresh to its iPad line. The new 7th generation iPad packs a larger display, a slightly powerful processor, and a refreshed design incorporating the Smart connector for accessories.
iPad 7th Gen Specs
The new iPad packs a larger display measuring 10.2 inch. It’s an LCD Retina display with a 2160 x 1620 resolution and DCI-P3 color gamut support. As such, the new iPad enables a more immersive viewing experience — perfect for streaming Apple TV+ or Netflix shows.
Along with an immersive viewing experience, the new iPad also packs a slightly more powerful processor in the form of A10 Fusion chip. This three-year old chip first debuted in the iPhone 7, but its performance should still hold up against the competition.
And for the first time ever, the new iPad incorporates a Smart connector. Apple’s proprietary Smart connector is used for connecting its Folio keyboard, so users can use it like a compact laptop. The 1st generation Apple Pencil is also supported, which is great for users who rely on sketch or note-taking apps for their workflow.
Elsewhere, the new iPad retains the Touch ID for authentication. It also has slightly outdated cameras, with an 8MP camera on the rear and a measly 1.2MP camera on the front.
Apple is also touting the new iPad’s battery life, claiming that it can lasts up to 10 hours. However, battery life may vary depending on its usage.
Last but not the least, Apple is also touting that its new iPad being made from 100% recycled aluminum. This is not the first Apple device made from recycled aluminum, as Apple claims that its Macbook Air is also made from recycled aluminum.
Pricing and Availability
Pricing starts at US$329 for the 32GB model. Meanwhile, the 128GB model starts at US$429. It is now available to pre-order in US, with more markets to follow later.
The new iPad is a decent tablet at an affordable price due to its larger display and a slightly improved processor. It is also the perfect choice for those buying an iPad that don’t need the powerful performance of the iPad Pro but also don’t want the small screen of the iPad Mini. However, those who don’t mind buying an Android tablet can snag a more affordable tablet with the likes of Samsung Galaxy Tab A and the Huawei MediaPad M5.
Samsung launches the Galaxy Tab S6 for ‘creativity and productivity’
Tablets are not dead
Tablets aren’t dead. While a certain company named after a fruit is clearly ahead of the pack, Samsung is showing they are also making strides in the slate department with the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6.
Creativity and Productivity
The primary problem for tablets has always been — what purpose do they serve? Are they just simply oversized smartphones made for media consumption? The answer has been moving more and more towards creativity and productivity.
The Galaxy Tab S6 comes with an S Pen that now attaches magnetically to the device for easy storage and charging. They’re also adding a feature called Air Action that lets you take selfies, videos, or scroll through content even when the tablet is not within your arms’ reach. Could this be a feature that we’ll see on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10? We’ll find out soon.
The tablet also has a new version of Samsung DeX. It instantly transforms the tablet into a PC desktop experience. The Galaxy Tab S6 can be paired with a dedicated Book Cover Keyboard that instantly launches the DeX feature so you can seamlessly move from tablet to desktop.
Power and Performance
The Galaxy Tab S6 is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chip — a staple on today’s mobile flagship devices. Coupled with a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display and quad speakers tuned by AKG, this tablet is also a promising media device.
Mobile gamers will be pleased to know that it has a new Game Booster feature with AI capabilities for lag-free gaming. There’s also a Game Launcher that lets players chat live with other gamers thanks to Samsung’s exclusive partnership with Discord.
While we don’t recommend taking this out in public for photos, it does come with a new dual camera with one being an Ultra Wide lens. There’s also an on-screen fingerprint scanner — another staple feature on today’s flagships.
Pricing and Availability
The Galaxy Tab S6 will be available on September 6, in Mountain Gray, Cloud Blue and Rose Blush. The Wi-Fi edition will be available to pre-order at Samsung.com on August 23 and available in stores on September 6 starting at US$ 649.00.
If you pre-order or buy the tablet before September 22, the Book Cover Keyboard will be available at a 50 percent discount. There will also be an LTE edition of the Galaxy Tab S6 and it will be available later in 2019.
SingHealth rolls out iPad program for inpatients
iPads now become available anytime by their bedside
It’s no secret that technology is supposed to make life better. We look for our GadgetMatch so we can be more efficient and more effective at what we do. Some gadgets, more than others, also are able to have a more meaningful impact and transform lives. Take the iPad for example.
SingHealth, the largest public healthcare cluster in the country, has started a pilot program to make things easier for inpatients at Singapore General Hospital (SGH). SingHealth nurses, doctors, allied health professionals, Office for Service Transformation and IT specialists from Integrated Health Information Systems (IHiS) developed the app MyCare, which enables inpatients to access their individual care information on iPads anytime by their bedside in the wards.
The application also comes with interactive features including a messaging function for patients to ask questions about their care plan or to put in specific requests for water, pillow and housekeeping services. Patients can also use MyCare to access educational videos and care tips.
“Digital technologies can improve the way we communicate information to patients and their caregivers and empower them to be partners in their own care. MyCare is designed to allow patients to refer to their care plan and medical information at their convenience, throughout their hospital stay. This will help to reinforce traditional face-to-face communication between our care teams and patients,” says Professor Ivy Ng, SingHealth Group CEO.
The program is currently being tested at two SGH wards comprising 51 beds. Upon admission, the nurse activates MyCare by scanning the patient’s identity tag and confirming patient’s personal details. To safeguard patient confidentiality, every patient is assigned a unique password that must be entered each time to access their information on MyCare. Patients can also choose to grant access rights to their caregivers.
If a patient wishes to keep medical information such as diagnosis and test results confidential, he can do so by setting an additional password to secure the medical information. Upon discharge, the patient’s record will be deleted from the iPad to ensure no historical data is available. This is enabled by iPad and iOS’ built-in privacy and security features that do not allow sharing of sensitive data without consent.
The pilot, which is part of SingHealth’s care transformation efforts, was announced in conjunction with the annual SingHealth Nurses’ Day celebrations, graced by Mr. Gan Kim Yong, Minister for Health.
SingHealth Group Chief Nurse Tracy Carol Ayre says the idea to develop MyCare came from their nurses as part of ongoing efforts to empower patients. The company plans to progressively roll out the program across SGH, Changi General Hospital, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and National Heart Centre Singapore by 2021.
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