The iPadOS 16 software update is now available. It introduces new features especially when it comes to Messages, Mail, iCloud Shared Photo Library, and more.
Messages: More collaborative
For starters, the update will now allow for more collaborative features in Messages. Users will be able to edit, undo send, and mark conversations as unread.
They can also invite friends and family to SharePlay via Messages or enjoy a shared activity in sync while chatting in a Messages thread.
When an invite to collaborate is sent via Messages, everyone on the thread is automatically added to the document as well.
Mail: New smart tools
For Mail, users can get reminders to come back to a message at a later time with “Remind me”. They can also receive automatic suggestions to follow up on an email that hasn’t gotten a response yet.
Aside from scheduled emails, users can also cancel the delivery of a message before it reaches a recipient’s inbox.
iCloud Shared Photo Library
Meanwhile, groups will have a new way to share photos seamlessly using the iCloud Shared Photo Library, where up to six people can collaborate and contribute.
Every user can add, delete, edit, or favorite shared photos and videos, while intelligent suggestions are also shown.
Safari: New security, collab features
When it comes to browsing in Safari, security wouldn’t be an issue with passkeys in place.
These use Touch ID or Face ID for verification and are securely synced with end-to-end encryption using iCloud Keychain to be available across Apple devices.
Safari is also adding shared Tab Groups for a collection of websites that are related to each other.
Real-time collab with Freeform
Coming via an update later in the year, Freeform is a powerful productivity app which has a canvass — giving users a platform to collaborate in real-time with others.
Freeform allows users to add virtually any kind of file — images, video, audio, PDFs, and more — also has full support for Apple Pencil. Contributions from each as they add content may be viewed too.
Here are other interesting tidbits to take note of in the iPadOS 16:
- The Weather App now on iPad
- There are updates for Visual Look Up and Live Text
- Stage Manager is introduced for easy multitasking and switching in between apps
Mate 50 Pro, MatePad SE set for Nov 26 release in Singapore
Huawei’s latest flagship photography phone, the Huawei Mate 50 Pro, has been announced for a late November release in Singapore.
The cutting-edge smartphone will be the first Huawei phone to be equipped with EMUI 13. It puts premium on one-touch controls for everyday interactions. The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor and an Adreno GPU.
The display is a 6.74-inch OLED (2616 x 1212) screen with up to 120Hz refresh rate and up to 300Hz touch sampling rate.
The Mate 50 Pro comes with a SuperEnergy Boosting feature. It activates when the battery level falls to 1%, extending the device’s standby time by up to three hours.
Next-level mobile photography
The Mate 50 Pro is set to usher a new era in smartphone photography with its 50MP Ultra Aperture XMAGE camera (F1.4, RYYB sensor) that has a 10-size adjustable physical aperture.
There’s a 64MP periscope telephoto lens capable of up to a 200x zoom, while completing the phone’s game-changing camera setup is the 13MP ultra-wide-angle macro camera.
In front is a 13MP ultra-wide-angle camera as well, coupled with a 3D depth sensing camera.
Complementing all these is the phone’s IP68 water-resistance rating to ensure users can take photos in just about any condition.
MatePad SE also announced
Joining the Mate 50 Pro for its release later this month is the all-around MatePad SE tablet.
The 440-gram device has as 10.4-inch display that is certified for eye care. It has two speakers on the left and right for an immersive listening experience.
The MatePad SE supports the new Multi-Window feature and an improved App Multiplier which can handle up to four concurrent tasks.
It also comes with Harmony OS 3 for users to be able to manage connections across other devices.
The Huawei Mate 50 Pro and MatePad SE will be available starting at SG$ 1,548 and SG$ 298, respectively, from November 26 at the following online and physical channels:
- Huawei Experience Stores ([email protected], Westgate)
- Huawei Authorized Stores (NEX, Sim Lim Square)
- M1, StarHub, Best Denki, Challenger, Courts, Gain City, MetaPod, SprintCass
- Huawei official Lazada and Shopee stores
Ahead of its release, customers can register for the Mate 50 Pro here from November 12 to 25 to get exclusive free gifts depending on which store they avail from.
Freebies include a Huawei umbrella, WATCH 3 Active, in-car wireless charger, and more.
Meanwhile, customers can also get a free Bluetooth speaker with every purchase of the MatePad SE until December 31.
OPPO Pad Air debuts in Singapore
ColorOS-ready smart tablet
OPPO is challenging its competitors in Singapore when it comes to tablets as it has launched the OPPO Pad Air in the island for SG$ 399.
It is powered by a Snapdragon 860 processor, and has a 10.36-inch 2K HD display that is certified for eye care.
The smart tablet has a 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage, along with a large 7,100mAh battery for up to 16 hours of battery life, depending on usage.
Design-wise, the OPPO Pad Air has an appealing metallic look. It weighs 440 grams and a thickness of 6.94mm. It also has four large speakers that support Dolby Atmos.
The OPPO Pad Air includes the brand’s ColorOS for its interface, making it capable of multi-screen connect functions like drag-and-drop, clipboard sharing, and more.
This means users can also connect a phone to the tablet and directly drag-and-drop photos and videos taken by the phone to the tablet for a larger screen for processing.
They may also copy text on one device and then paste it onto the tablet, making up for seamless tasks.
The tablet will also maintain original unique functions for smart interactions, like two-finger split screen, four-finger floating window, and Smart Sidebar.
The OPPO Pad Air is available in Fog Gray exclusively on Shopee from November 11 to 18.
For Shopee’s 11.11 sale, the tablet will also get a SG$ 50 off while students get to enjoy an extra SG$ 10 off, meaning it will be sold for only SG$ 339.
The first 100 buyers of the OPPO Pad Air will likewise receive a VIU Premium 6 months subscription voucher code.
Apple M2 iPad Pro (2022) Unboxing and Hands-On
So Much Power!
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But is the new chip an overkill for the 11 and 12.9-inch iPad Pros?
And if you’re looking to buy one, what box content should you expect?
Here’s our unboxing and hands-on of the new M2 iPad Pro.
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