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5 reasons why the iPadOS makes the iPad cool again

Including a new Dark Mode!

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Apple is finally giving some overdue love to iPad users. The company has launched a new operating system optimized for the iconic tablet lineup. Riding the iOS 13’s hype train, the new iPadOS comes with oodles of optimization and convenience features for the tablet user. The whole update list is far too long to get through. To make things simpler, here are the top five new features that rocked our socks off.

Slide Over

Multitasking just got so much easier. Gone are the days when you have to go through dozens and dozens of windows to get to another task. Slide Over is like a tiny window for all your favorite apps. You can easily switch between apps while keeping the others running in the background.

Widgets and more apps on the home screen

Before this update, the iPad’s home screen was a jumbled mess for apps. Newly installed apps would just pile on into dozens of pages. Before you knew it, you were overwhelmed. iPadOS optimizes your home screen for much more apps space. Also, the home screen can now house widgets in one screen. It’s a blessing for organization freaks!

An adjustable, one-handed keyboard

Tap-tap-tap. That’s the unsatisfying sound your on-screen keyboard makes. It’s not the pleasant clickety-clack of a normal keyboard. Tablet screens are just not meant for normal typing. Thankfully, iPadOS is bringing the wonders of mobile typing on the tablet. Firstly, you can shrink the keyboard for one-handed use. Secondly, the keyboard is now compatible with swipe typing.

Better file management

The iPad is a notorious labyrinth for file organization. Most of the time, you don’t know where one thing ends and the other begins. iPadOS will remedy that with a new file manager. You now have better control over your iPad’s internal storage. On a similar note, the iPad can now connect to external storage devices like hard drives and USB sticks.

Dark Mode

Black is so in right now. If your device doesn’t have dark mode, you’re missing out. Finally, the iPad is joining the dark mode parade.

On a performance level, the iPadOS promises up to twice as much power as previous operating systems. The new operating system is compatible with the iPad Pro, the iPad (5th generation and later), the iPad mini 4 and 5, and the iPad Air 2 and 3.

SEE ALSO: Apple unveils 7th generation iPad

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Corning announces durable glass for phone cameras

Called the DX and DX+ lineup

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Despite the evolution of smartphone glass durability, rear cameras are still soft spots for mobile devices. With enough sharp force, the smartphone’s rear camera can shatter, destroying its ability to take photos in the process. Corning is finally planning to address that issue with its DX and DX+ series.

Announced late last week, Corning is bringing its damage-resistant glass to smartphone cameras. Besides offering the company’s iconic durability, the DX and DX+ range will supposedly offer better optics for the camera as well. The glass can reportedly allow 98 percent of light into the camera’s sensor, reducing the usual camera issues such as ghost reflections.

Currently, some smartphone makers use anti-reflective coating to address optical issues. However, as any smartphone camera photographer can tell, issues can still happen especially in bright or low-light conditions.

Naturally, Corning’s claims are still unproven at this point. It will take an actual product before users can tell the difference. According to Corning, the DX and DX+ series will first ship out with upcoming Samsung devices. The company hasn’t listed the specific devices it’s coming to, though. However, if the timing is any indication, Samsung is set to host its next Galaxy Unpacked event on August 11. Will this be the first appearance of Corning’s new camera glass?

SEE ALSO: Corning’s new Gorilla Glass Victus can survive a 2 meter drop

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Xiaomi’s 200W charger is coming next year

Production starts June

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Xiaomi is reportedly gearing up for the mass production of its 200W HyperCharge next year. This week, the charging wars heated up with iQOO’s rumored 160W charging solution coming out for the iQOO 8. Though the rumor was impressive, Xiaomi’s 200W wired charging solution, which was revealed earlier this year, was always looming in the shadows.

Back in May, the Chinese company official unveiled the charging solution, touting a charge time of just eight minutes for a 4000mAh battery. The solution also boasted a 120W wireless charging compatibility to boot. Naturally, as with most new technologies announced, it takes a while before the company can safely release it for the public. True enough, some reports warned that the blazing fast solution actually degraded batteries.

However, according to Chinese publication MyDrivers, Xiaomi is ready to unleash it to the public. The company is reportedly aiming for production to start as early as June 2022. It will supposedly pair up with Xiaomi’s most premium model next year, the Mi 12 Ultra.

For years, Chinese companies have worked on creating the best charging solutions for consumers. Though most new ones are just experiments at this point, some are already coming out for the market. Besides the impressive 160W charger from iQOO, Samsung is also reportedly working on a much-needed fast charger for next year’s flagships.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi unveils 200W fast charging technology, calls it HyperCharge

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Trials of Mana now available on mobile

Mobile gamers might want to try this!

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Since its release in 1995, the Trials of Mana has come a long way. From the 16-bit era to the mobile gaming platform, this game is rich in history spanning 26 years. Now, the 3D remake of the JRPG classic Trials of Mana is now available on mobile.

The mobile version of the game includes many features, including new touch controls,  adjustable graphics settings and cloud save capabilities. Players can also receive two pieces of starting gear to help jumpstart their quest. The starting items are the Rabite Adornment and Silktail Adornment. 

Originally released in Japan as Seiken Densetsu 3 in 1995, Trials of Mana is a remake of the third entry in the classic Mana series. The game features a selectable main cast  with upgradable classes and over 300 different abilities to learn as they discover a world of secrets and mysteries. The series’ action battle system will put players to the test as they encounter enemies. The game was received well by its release on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Steam platforms.

Price and Availability

Trials of Mana is available on iOS and Android devices via the App Store or Google Play Store. The game is priced at US$ 23.99. 

SEE ALSO: Trials of Mana review: A nice glow up

 

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