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iPad mini headlines new iPad lineup

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Apple just announced their new and improved iPad and iPad mini with more features and improved performance at an arguably more affordable price.

The iPad mini

This iPad mini has an all-screen design, 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display, A15 Bionic chip, Center Stage, and 5G. Firstly, the iPad’s A15 Bionic chip brings massive leaps in overall performance–making demanding tasks look easy. From heavy-lifting designing to graphic performances in-game, the iPad mini flaunts it all. Secondly, the Center Stage with the iPad’s 12MP Ultra-Wide camera tracks subjects–zooming in and out–to give interactive and quality video calls.

With the iPad boasting portability with unapologetic performance, Apple has ramped up its connection with 5G and USB-C connectivity. If you’re into sketching your day away, this might be it for you. Pairing the iPad mini with the Apple Pencil (2nd generation) is your dream sketchbook.

The iPad mini has a starting price of US$ 499 / SG$ 749 / PhP 29,990. With pink, starlight, purple, and space gray finishes available.

The iPad

This new and improved iPad has a 10.2-inch retina display, A13 Bionic, Center Stage, True Tone, twice the storage, and at a decent price. The iPad’s A13 Bionic chip promises to deliver a 20% performance boost from previous generations–letting you learn, play, and watch seamlessly. The Center Stage with the iPad’s 12MP Ultra-Wide camera tracks subjects while in video calls to ramp up immersive learning.

On top of that, the iPad keeps an immersive viewing experience with its True Tone feature to adjust the screen temperature to match your room. And lastly, twice the storage with 56GB. Other features like Split View, Slide Over, more widget layouts, Focus, and spatial audio on calls are available.

The price? The iPad has a starting price tag of US$ 329/ SG$ 499/ PhP 19,990.

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Twitter cancels CoTweets

Less than a year after launch

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Last year, Twitter unleashed CoTweets, a unique way to collaborate with other users to create tweets. With the new feature, two users can co-author a post. Among all the new features that the platform introduced as of late, CoTweets seemed like a no-brainer in today’s content landscape. However, the feature is unfortunately short-lived. Twitter has abruptly cancelled CoTweets.

As of today, Twitter has ended the CoTweets feature through a small notice in the feature’s support page. Users will no longer be able to create new ones starting today. Plus, already existing posts will be viewable only for another month.

Though the feature is gone for now, Twitter is not giving up on the ability to co-author tweets. Even after today, the company is still looking for other ways to introduce the feature in the future.

For the past few months, Twitter has gone through a lot of changes. Since Elon Musk acquired the platform, the billionaire implemented his unique vision as to how Twitter evolves in the long run. Of note, CoTweets was one of the last features implemented before the acquisition. Whether or not the cancellation stems from Musk’s vision is an open question. Regardless, Twitter is changing once again.

SEE ALSO: Twitter is teasing an ad-free subscription tier

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Sony, Xbox, Nintendo are skipping E3 2023

Might hold their own events

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E3 used to be one of the most anticipated showcases for the gaming community. However, since the pandemic, the event’s impact gradually shrank especially because of in-person cancellations. Now, despite the return of in-person events, E3 still has a massive uphill climb to bounce back from the past. This year, Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo have officially pulled out from the event.

For the first time in four years, E3 is holding an in-person event at the Los Angeles Convention Center this June. Unfortunately, according to IGN, three of the biggest companies to grace the show floor will not make an appearance for the event this year.

In an interview with the source, Microsoft says that Xbox will still hold a showcase around the same time. However, the company will likely skip the floor itself and hold its event concurrently in another location.

IGN also reports that Sony and Nintendo will follow in Microsoft’s footsteps and skip E3 this year. Nintendo usually holds its own Direct events online. Holding its own outside of an in-person event is just what you’d expect for the Switch’s growing library of games.

Sony, on the other hand, has not shared any official plans during June’s showcase yet. If anything, the PlayStation 5 is in for an optimistic year, given the console’s upcoming games. An exclusive event sounds possible, too.

SEE ALSO: E3 is finally returning to in-person events next year

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Foldable iPad coming in 2024, report says

With a carbon fiber kickstand

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Only a few things are as mythical as Apple’s first foldable device. For years, Apple has reportedly worked on foldable technology in hopes of eventually releasing an iPhone or an iPad with the form factor. Now, years later, more and more reports are revealing optimistic developments for the company’s first set of foldable devices.

According to a new one from Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will likely release the first foldable iPad sometime in 2024. With the new device, the company hopes to revamp the iPad lineup, releasing a more varied mix to boost shipments.

Additionally, Kuo states that the device will come with a carbon fiber kickstand. Besides offering a unique form factor for the lineup, the kickstand’s material will also decrease the device’s weight, making for a lighter iPad.

It’s still some time away from now. Even if Kuo hit the nail on the head with this report, Apple can still change plans between now and 2024. Besides an iPad, the company is also reportedly working on a foldable iPhone to take on Samsung’s dominance in the industry. However, like the enigmatic iPad, not much is known about the foldable iPhone. Given the increasing abundance of reports about the foldable lineup, we will likely learn more as the year progresses.

SEE ALSO: Apple testing E Ink displays for foldable iPhone

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