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Apple is said to be introducing an entirely refreshed lineup of Macs later this month. The event is said to be on October 27th, which we first speculated earlier this month. The new Macs are expected to be available to consumers this month, as well.

As is often the case with Apple events, we already know a good portion of what the company has up its sleeve. Read on for a roundup of what to expect…

MacBook Air

The MacBook Air certainly isn’t expected to be the star of the show this year, but the lineup will receive some attention. It has been reported that Apple will discontinue the 11-inch model in order to direct its attention to the 12-inch MacBook and 13-inch MacBook Air. Some sources, however, have cast doubt as to the likelihood of this happening.

Should the 11-inch MacBook Air get discontinued, it’s possible that Apple will cut the price of the 13-inch model, as Ben speculated this morning. The 12-inch MacBook’s price point could also benefit from the death of the 11-inch Air, too.

Nevertheless, the MacBook Air clearly won’t be the focal point of this year’s changes, but some upgrades will occur to bring it up to par.

iMac

Much like the MacBook Air, the iMac isn’t expected to receive a major overhaul this year, though Apple is planning some under-the-hood changes to keep it somewhat up to date.

The biggest change will come to the graphics performance. Apple is said to be planning new options for GPUs from AMD, while other under-the-hood specs will likely also be bumped up. Design and scree specifications are expected to remain the same. The addition of USB-C is also possible.

External 5K Display

Apple officially discontinued its outdated and overpriced Thunderbolt Display earlier this year, paving the way for a newer and more capable model. It is expected that Apple will introduce a new 5K external display at its event this month that also includes a built-in GPU. We first reported on Apple’s plans for a 5K display with an integrated GPU earlier this year.

The display is expected to feature a 5K resolution of 5120 x 2880, while the powerful internal GPU will be able to assist lower-powered Macs in pushing that many pixels.

It’s unclear how Apple plans to price its new 5K display, but we should know more following the event next week. Don’t expect it to be cheap, though, given the $1000 price point of the Thunderbolt Display and the addition of a GPU.

One thing to note, however, is that the release date for this display has changed several times already, so it’s possible that Apple has indeed pushed it back again and we won’t see it at this year’s event.

MacBook Pro

The star of the show this month is widely expected to be the MacBook Pro. Apple’s “Pro” laptop hasn’t seen a major overhaul in 4 years and is well overdue for one, and the company certainly seems to have a lot planned for this year’s refresh.

First off, let’s talk design. The new MacBook Pro is expected to be much thinner and lighter than the current models, though it’s unlikely that they will feature a wedge design like the MacBook Air and 12-inch MacBook. Nevertheless, the overall footprint of the laptop is expected to smaller, while the trackpad will be slightly bigger.

The design changes extend to the port options, as well. The new MacBook Pros will likely ditch all of its traditional ports in favor of USB-C connectivity. MagSafe is also getting the axe this year, as charging can be done via USB-C.

The biggest change to the design, however, will be the addition of a new OLED touch display in replace of the standard function keys at the top of the keyboard. This display is expected to provide quick action buttons for common tasks that vary depending on which app is open. Apple is said to be working with third-party app developers to ensure that a variety of software is optimized for the new touch bar at launch, as well.

Touch ID is also expected to come to the MacBook Pro this year, likely being located on the power button of the machine. While Auto Unlock allows Apple Watch users to unlock their Mac when their Apple Watch is in close proximity, Touch ID will allow for all users to unlock their machine without typing in the actual password.

The MacBook Pro lineup will also get speed boosts under-the-hood. While specifics of the spec upgrades are unclear, Apple is expected to offer one of AMD’s Polaris GPUs and Intel’s Skylake processors. The design of the Polaris GPU is small enough to fit in the smaller footprint of the Pro, while also offering the best combination of power and battery usage.

AirPods

Another thing we should expect to see at next week’s event is the release of Apple’s truly wireless AirPods, or at least the announcement of an actual release date. At the iPhone 7 event last month, Apple teased that AirPods would be available in late October, but the company has not said anything since.

If Apple sticks to its word, then we should expect an AirPods release sooner rather than later.

Odds and Ends

A refresh of Apple’s AirPort accessories isn’t out of the question for this year’s event. The AirPort Express is still stuck on 802.11n, while the AirPort Extreme and Apple’s Mac lineup have been updated to support the newer and faster 802.11ac. So it seems logical for the AirPort Express to finally receive that update.

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Additionally, it’s possible that Apple introduces new peripherals, such as a new Magic Keyboard with an OLED touch bar. While it’s unlikely, new colors of the peripherals would likely be met with fanfare, such as rose gold, gold, space grey, and jet black.

This is speculative, though, and likely won’t be a big portion of Apple’s announcements.

Mac Pro/Mac Mini (or what not to expect)

While minor under-the-hood refreshes aren’t out of the question, it’s unlikely that Apple has anything major planned for the Mac Pro or Mac Mini.

Wrap-up

It’s clear that the MacBook Pro and external display will be the star of Apple’s October event this year, and rightfully so. Both are due for their respective upgrades and it sounds as if Apple has quite a bit planned for each.

While Apple has not yet sent out press invites for the October 27th event, we should expect them to come at any moment. As always, we’ll have live coverage of Apple’s event as it happens.

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What To Expect (And Not To Expect) At Apple’s Ipad/Mac Event Tomorrow

It looks like Apple’s event tomorrow will focus on new iPad models as rumored, but there are bound to be a lot of announcements beyond just the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Below we’ve put together some of our expectations for other possibilities at the event, including likely announcements for new Macs, software updates and a couple of possible surprises you might not be expecting.

iPad Air 2 & iPad mini 3: The majority of rumors leading up to tomorrow’s event have been focused on a second-generation iPad Air. It’s now all but confirmed with our discovery earlier today of iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 images in an iOS 8.1 iPad user guide. The guide confirmed nearly identical designs to previous generations as well as Touch ID and the Burst camera mode previously only available on iPhones.

Based on our own reports and several leaks in recent months, we’re expecting the new iPad Air 2 will gain a slightly thinner design, a more efficient A8 processor, the M8 chip and Touch ID from iPhone 6, and other improved camera and display components. Rumor has it that the new Air will be offered in a gold color option previously only available on iPhones. The refreshed iPad mini 3, on the other hand, will reportedly be more of a minor spec bump but include Touch ID.

A Keyboard Smartcover would also be nice. We’ve certainly seen a lot of patent work in that area, but alas it is probably one of those products that Apple reveals across all of 2024. Earlier today Google announced its HTC-made Nexus 9 tablet which works with a magnetic folio-style keyboard case, and Microsoft’s Surface has long enjoyed the benefit of the keyboard cover.

OS X Yosemite: As much as this event is being touted as Apple’s iPad event, we’re also expecting Apple to dedicate a lot of stage time to Mac and OS X Yosemite announcements. We reported as far back as July that Apple was planning a late October release of Yosemite, the latest version of its Mac operating system that has been in beta testing since its unveiling earlier in the year at WWDC. Tomorrow we’ll likely get specific launch dates for the public release if not a release tomorrow. If it is any indication, Yosemite Apps are hitting the store 24 hours early. 

iWork/iLife/Final Cut: Not only will we get specifics on a release date, we might also hear about new features like the Photos app that Apple originally said would arrive early next year to replace Aperture and iPhoto. An update on iWork and iLife apps for OS X Yosemite and the new iCloud Drive service would also be good candidates for Apple’s Yosemite portion of its event tomorrow. We’ve already seen what may be the new icons for the apps. We reported in July that Apple was said to be preparing updates to both iMovie and Final Cut Pro to bring support for editing, exporting, and importing video taken with 4K resolution-capable cameras. That would be a great feature to introduce beside new higher-resolution desktops…

Retina iMac: The star of the show as far as Macs go tomorrow will likely be Apple’s 4K Retina iMac that we first reported back in July was in development. Our report was backed up by other reliable supply chain leaks pointing to a new higher-resolution 27-inch iMac with some claiming a 27-inch iMac with a resolution of 5120×2880 could launch by year’s end. There’s still a possibility the 21-inch model could get a mention alongside the introduction of the expected 27-inch Retina iMac tomorrow, but the latest from often reliable KGI says a 21-inch model won’t be released until early 2024.

12-inch MacBook: While Apple is indeed working on a 12-inch Retina Macbook, as we first reported back in July, at this point an appearance tomorrow is up in the air. We noted in earlier reports that the slimmer 12-inch MacBook could be pushed back into 2024 due to delays with Intel chips and yesterday analysts from the often reliable KGI reported the same. Earlier this month The Wall Street Journal reported that production of a 12-inch Retina MacBook wouldn’t start until December, another hint that it might not make an appearance tomorrow. A Retina iMac could certainly be enough to carry the show for the Mac/Yosemite portion of things, and an updated Mac mini is another possibility…

Apple already announced a number of banking and retail partners for the service. A recent leak from Walgreens pointed to an Oct. 18 launch date for the service, while banking partner USAA said it will begin supporting the service on Nov. 7. The later date could be part of Apple’s second wave of launch partners, as USAA is listed in the coming soon category on Apple’s site alongside PNC, Navy Federal Credit Union, Barclays, and USBank. Initial banking launch partners listed by Apple include Citi, Bank of America, Capital One, Wells Fargo, Chase, and American Express.

12-inch iPad: Another product rumored to be in Apple’s pipeline is a 12-inch iPad that some are referring to as the iPad Pro. It didn’t appear alongside the new iPad Air and iPad mini in the leaked iOS 8.1 guide today, and recent reports from Bloomberg claimed the 12.9-inch iPad won’t arrive until early next year.

Split-screen multitasking: We first reported that Apple was working on a split-screen multitasking mode for iPad back in May. While it seems like a perfect feature for a rumored 12.9-inch iPad, there’s certainly a possibility Apple could show off the feature tomorrow as a new standout feature for the iPad Air 2.

Mac mini: One last possibility for Apple’s event tomorrow is a refreshed Mac mini. We found references on Apple’s own website earlier this year, and later reports claimed a refreshed Mac mini would arrive this month. Previous rumors said the update would include Intel Iris graphics and 802.11ac wireless networking, although that was the same report that claimed the new machine would launch back in February. The current Mac mini that Apple is still selling was last updated in late 2012.

Retina Thunderbolt display: This might be my wishful thinking long shot, but if Apple is ready to start selling the Retina 4K resolution iMac as everyone is expecting, it wouldn’t be a stretch to imagine it has panels ready for a similar update to its aging Thunderbolt display. Many were disappointed that we didn’t get an updated Thunderbolt display alongside the introduction of the all-new Mac Pro last year, and the current Thunderbolt display hasn’t received a major upgrade since 2011. Apple last made silent minor tweaks to the Thunderbolt display in July 2012 but otherwise has remained the same since its introduction over 3 years ago.

Apple TV: While it’s also been ‘way too long’ since the last Apple TV update, the long-awaited Apple TV overhaul isn’t expected until early next year. The current generation Apple TV features the same single-core A5 chip as the iPhone 4s and current iPod touch, and while a minor revision was issued to this product, it dates back to the March 2012 iPad 3 event.

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What To Expect From The Apple Spring Event 2023

Putting an end to months of rumors, Apple has announced its spring event titled “ Peek Performance” which is set to be held on March 8, 2023. Going by leaks, the Cupertino giant is likely to launch multiple all-new products. From a more efficient M2 chip to the long-awaited iPhone SE 3, Apple is planning to set the tone for the rest of the year with notable announcements. If you are curious to take a sneak peek into what the spring event has got in store, here is everything you can expect from Apple’s “Peek Performance” spring event.

Apple Spring Event 2023: All You Need to Know

While WWDC and iPhone events (which take place in summer and fall respectively) are usually the highly anticipated events from Apple, the spring event has showcased some major launches in recent times. Being usually Apple’s first event of a year, it allows the tech giant to bridge the gap between flagship announcements and also offer up quick updates regarding the performance of its products. Will this event be on the same line?

iPhone SE 3

Rumors about iPhone SE 3 aka Apple’s budget smartphone have been going on for quite some time. However, the recent leaks have almost confirmed that the launch of the budget-friendly iPhone is just around the corner. So, what sort of features will this phone come with?

Design & Display

If you were expecting iPhone SE 3 to finally come with an all-screen design with a trimmed notch, you may be disappointed to know that Apple’s budget iPhone will continue to look age-old. Yeah, you heard it right; the blast from the past continues to be relevant even in 2023.

While some wild reports have suggested that Apple will launch the device as iPhone SE Plus with a larger 5.7-6.1-inch, I would recommend you take them with a pinch of salt.

A15 Processor

Probably the biggest highlight of the iPhone SE 3 is the powerful A15 chip- the same brain that powers the iPhone 13 Series. Equipped with the fastest processor, the smartphone will stand out in the budget category. 

5G Connectivity

Another major highlight of the iPhone SE 3 will be the 5G. Apple will pitch the smartphone as the most affordable 5G phone in the market. Even though the latest iteration of cellular is yet to go global, Apple wants to cash in on every opportunity to highlight its budget smartphone.

Storage, RAM, and Battery

iPhone SE 3 will come in three storage variants such as 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. The device may include 4GB RAM and come with the same 1,821mAh battery. Though the device could see a significant bump in the battery capacity if the rumored “SE Plus” becomes a reality.

What Makes iPhone SE 3 a Worthy Upgrade?

In a very crowded world inundated by smartphones with a modern-looking design and display even in the budget category, iPhone SE 3 looks quite odd, with almost a decade-old design. Yeah, I’m counting the days from iPhone 6 (2014) that doesn’t look any different from SE 2.

However, what makes it a compelling proposition is the ability to deliver top-notch performance both in terms of speed and camera efficiency. Pair that with the 5-6 years of iOS updates as well as affordable pricing and SE 3 becomes a solid contender for budget-minded customers.

If you are someone who doesn’t necessarily need to be on the bleeding edge of technology and require a smartphone that can check off most essential boxes including pocket-friendly design, reliable performance, and more than decent cameras without costing an arm and a leg, SE 3 may be your preferred choice.

iPad Air 5

Design & Display Rear Camera

In terms of optics, the iPad Air 5 will feature a 12MP wide camera with minor improvements. The ultra-wide camera and the LiDAR Scanner will continue to be exclusive to the pro variants.

A15 Bionic Chip

iPad Air 5 will come with the latest A15 bionic chip which will improve both performance and battery life. Touted to be up to 50% faster than the leading competition, A15 is more conducive for video streaming, high-octane gaming, and other intensive tasks.

5G Connectivity

Just like iPhone SE 3, iPad Air 5 will also be 5G compatible, which will put it in the same league as iPad Pro 12.9-inch 5, iPad Pro 11-inch 3, and iPad mini 6.

Storage, RAM, and Battery

After being unveiled at the much-awaited Peek Performance event, iPad Air 5 will be available for preorder straightaway. As far as pricing is concerned, Apple will play it safe by keeping it unchanged – $599.

Should You Upgrade to iPad Air 5?

If you already own iPad Air 4, upgrading to Air 5 may not be a great move as there is not much difference between the two models. However, if you are planning to upgrade from older models like iPad Air 3 or the budget iPad, it would be a big jump.

To find out how well iPad Air 5 stacks up against the likes of iPad mini 6 and iPad Pro 11-inch 3, we will present a detailed comparison once the device launches on March 8. So, stay tuned in for that.

All-New 13-inch MacBook Pro

An updated version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro is also on the cards. While the notebook will look similar to the current 13-inch model, it will pack upgraded innards. It will be introduced as a lower-end variant of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models that feature M1 Pro and M1 Max chips.

M2 Chip

Image credit: MacRumors

According to reports, the M2 chip will be available in 9 and 10-core as compared to the 7 and 8-core GPU options available with the M1 chip. If that happens to be the case, it wouldn’t be wrong to expect a significant jump in performance from the next generation of M-Series chip. On this very note, it would be interesting to see how well M2 fares when compared with M1 Pro and M1 Max.

Higher-End Version of Mac mini

2024 may be a huge year for Mac mini as Apple is gearing up to launch a higher-end version. The Cupertino giant is said to overhaul the design of the new Mac mini. With M1 Pro and M1 Max Apple silicon chips, it will have plenty of horsepower. Needless to say, the all-new Mac mini will replace the current Intel Mac mini options; which might just be the final nail in the coffin of the Apple and Intel association.

How to Watch Apple’s March 8 Peek Performance Spring Event

Apple will stream the Peek Performance March 8 event on its website and in the Apple TV app. Besides, you can also catch it up through Apple’s official YouTube channel. To ensure you don’t miss out on it, make sure to set a reminder. You can also watch the event on this page via the embedded video stream.

Note: For viewers in India, the event will be streaming at 11:30pm IST on March 8.

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Everything We Expect From Apple’s ‘Let Us Loop You In’ Event On Monday

As you know, Apple has scheduled a media event on its Cupertino campus on this coming Monday, March 21. Earlier this month, the company sent out its predictably cryptic invites with the “Let us loop you in” tagline to select members of the press.

It looks to be a pretty significant event.

On top of an all-new four-inch iPhone model, we’re expecting other announcements like a smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro, new Apple Watch bands—including a black edition of the Milanese Loop—and a bunch of enhancements for Apple’s operating systems.

iPhone SE steals the show

Arguably the biggest star of the show, the iPhone SE shall represent Apple’s first major revision to the four-inch iPhone lineup since the iPhone 5s introduction two and a half years ago. The new phone, internally code-named “N69,” is expected to be marketed under ‘iPhone SE’ branding.

Conflicting reports have suggested that, as far as the exterior goes, the iPhone SE might look like a refined iPhone 5s with a 2.5D cover glass curved at the edges like the iPhone 6, or it will adopt Apple’s design language for the iPhone 6/6s series.

While the screen size will stay at four-inches and resolution should be intact versus the iPhone 5s, the rumor-mill and analysts agree on one thing: on the inside, the new phone will use Apple’s latest technologies as the iPhone SE is said to be powered by the A9 processor, Apple’s third-generation 64-bit mobile chip which debuted in the iPhone 6s.

It will also pack in Apple’s M9 motion coprocessor, embedded into the A9 application processor for even lower power consumption than before. The addition of that particular chip likely indicates the phone supports a tetherless ‘Hey Siri’ function.

Moreover, the iPhone SE should have a twelve-megapixel, slightly protruding camera on the back with support 4K video capture and Live Photos. Here’s a fun video of a surprisingly believable iPhone-like device.

The iPhone SE includes NFC for Apple Pay and supports LTE on both GSM and CDMA networks around the world. It’s expected to come in 16 and 64GB variations, each provided in the same Space Gray, Silver and Gold colorways like the current-generation iPhones —with the possibility of a brand new Pink/Rose Gold version.

The only thing missing from the iPhone SE in terms of recent technology is 3D Touch, which will remain an iPhone 6s-exclusive, at least until the iPhone 7 hits.

Smaller iPad Pro: just don’t call it iPad Air 3

First rumors pertaining to Apple’s iPad refresh pointed to a third-generation iPad Air with support for the Apple Pencil. Later on, various credible sources started calling the device basically a smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro with the same powerful A9X processor, Smart Connector and ultra high-resolution screen.

Leaked designs schematics have suggested a slightly-thicker-than-iPad-Air-2 type of device with quad speakers arounds its sides, like the iPad Pro.

The new tablet should come outfitted with Apple’s most powerful A9X mobile chip with four gigabytes of RAM to drive its sharp screen and enable smooth multitasking in Split View and Slide Over modes—again, just like the iPad Pro.

The gizmo is said to sport a noticeably brighter screen than that of the iPad Air 2, and without 3D Touch. Other rumored internals of the smaller iPad Pro: a twelve-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 4K video capture and Live Photos support.

By comparison, the iPad Pro has a previous-generation eight-megapixel sensor.

The last unanswered question pertains to the look and feel of the device, with many sources adamant that the device looks just like an iPad Air. According to some people, Apple is preparing to remove the ‘Air’ suffix from iPad branding.

In terms of accessories, there should be a smaller version of the iPad Pro’s Smart Keyboard and possibly other Smart Connector-enabled accessories for the tablet.

The smaller iPad Pro is said to start at $599 for the 32GB Wi-Fi-only version. It’s reportedly going to be offered in the same 32/128GB tiers as the iPad Pro and come in the same Space Gray, Silver and Gold colorways.

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro and iPad mini 4 won’t be updated at the event.

Apple Watch: strap on that black Milanese Loop

Apple’s wrist-worn device will not be refreshed before fall, but Monday should see some new Apple-designed accessories, band styles and colors for the spring. For starters, watch buyers will soon be able to purchase a black-clad version of the Milanese Loop, which may wind up costing a tad more than its silver counterpart.

Apple is also expected to expand its portfolio with additional branded straps, such as a new set of NATO-style Nylon bands (as seen in James Bond movies), fresh new strap colors from Hermès and possibly additional band design partnerships, including one with a well-known case maker—Incase.

iOS 9.3: your sleep, improved

A third major revision to Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 9.3 brings an all-new Night Shift Mode that reduces blue light during night to help you fall asleep faster. The companion Watch app in iOS 9.3 supports pairing of multiple Apple Watch devices, and automatically toggles between them as soon as you put one on your wrist.

Furthermore, your notes can now be protected with a passcode or Touch ID.

The Health app now integrates move, exercise and stand data from your Apple Watch along with your goals. The News app gets more personalized and Maps for CarPlay now supports Nearby places. Your data usage numbers are available for the Wi-Fi Assist feature on iOS 9.3 while accessory firmware updates can now be deployed via the iPad Pro’s Smart Connector.

iOS 9.3 also unbricks devices affected by the January 1, 1970 bug and prevents users from moving the time on December 31, 2000 past 7pm to prevent the bug entirely.

Lastly, new 3D Touch shortcuts are available in Settings, App Store, iTunes, Stocks, Weather and Compass. For instance, Settings now provides access to popular toggles like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Battery right in the 3D Touch shortcuts menu.

iOS 9.3 should release for public consumption after Monday’s event has wrapped up.

tvOS 9.2: your Apple TV exits beta

In my personal opinion, this is the software update I’m most excited about.

With tvOS 9.2, Apple has addressed a bunch of pain points that have been plaguing customers since the new Apple TV released in October 2024. You can now organize Home screen apps in folders just like you would on your iPhone and iPad.

tvOS 9.2 improves navigation throughout the user interface because wireless Bluetooth keyboards can now be paired with your fourth-generation Apple TV.

Moreover, user names, passwords and more can be dictated into fields via Siri. There’s even a brand new Remote app in the works, described as a full-on replacement for the Siri Remote with support for tilt-based gaming, microphone input and more.

Next, tvOS 9.2 introduces a revamped app switcher, resembling that on iOS 9.0, and brings out support for Live Photos and iCloud Photo Library in the Photos app, smoother Siri Remote performance, maps in third-party apps and other tidbits.

OS X El Capitan: share Live Photos like a pro

A fourth major revision to OS X El Capitan sports various improvements for Messages, Notes, Photos and other stock apps. The most important headlining new features include sharing of Live Photos via the iMessage platform, full support for Live Photos in Messages, the ability to protect notes in the Notes app with a password and more.

As OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 is needed to allow Mac owners to send and receive Live Photos via iMessage and share them in Photos, we are fully expecting the software update to hit Apple’s update servers soon after the event.

watchOS 2.2: browse Nearby places on your wrist

A minor release, watchOS 2.2for the Apple Watch brings a much-improved Maps application with the Nearby feature to your wrist along with the ability to pair multiple device to a single iPhone. Nearby in Maps lets you browse points of interest in your vicinity and find local business organized by type, powered by Yelp’s database.

The Maps glance is also improved on watchOS 2.2 and the Maps app now has buttons for travel directions from your current location to home/work addresses.

We’re also expecting watchOS 2.2 to release on Monday.

And it’s a wrap-up, boys and girls!

Apple’s event will be held on Monday, March 21, 2024, at 10:00am PT.

The company will live-stream the presser on the web, using HTTP Live Streaming technology, and iDownloadBlog will be covering everything there’s to know about about new products in the hours, days and weeks following the event.

So, which product announcements are you most looking forward to, and why?

Is it the iPhone SE, the iPad Pro in a smaller package, new Apple Watch bands or something entirely different that we haven’t even mentioned?

Samsung Nexus 10 Reboot: What To Expect

Samsung Nexus 10 reboot: what to expect

Now that we’ve seen the boosts in the change-over from Nexus 7’s original iteration to its reboot, and have heard Google confirm that Samsung will be taking command on a second Nexus 10, it’s high time we went hunting for the build on this next-generation companion to the smaller tablet. While virtual ink on the announcement for the Nexus 7 isn’t even really dry yet, it having been announced less than 24 hours ago (if you don’t count the leaks), a new version of this tablet’s 10.1-inch tablet companion can be given a run-down based on what we’ve seen from ASUS, the maker of the smaller slate.

With the Nexus 10’s current abilities, it should by all means be ready to continue to compete with today’s best comparably-sized slates without a problem. So why make another? Isn’t a 10.055-inch liquid crystal panel with 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution enough? That’s ever-so-slightly less sharp than the Nexus 7’s reboot, mind you, at 300.24 (while the Nexus 7 sits at 323 PPI with its same amount of pixels in a smaller space.)

Perhaps its time that Samsung move forward with a non-Exynos processor, then, is that it? The original Nexus 10 works with a dual-core Exynos 5250 processor (currently re-named Exynos 5 Dual, if you’re looking it up). Meanwhile the Samsung Galaxy S 4 (international edition, that is) – a smartphone, for goodness sake – works with what Samsung calls its Exynos 5 Octa.

While we’ve not had two devices with the same specifications save the processor to benchmark these two processors against one another, it should be noted that the dual-core version was introduced well before the “Octa”, and that they work with completely different GPUs. Furthermore, the Exynos 5 Octa works with two sets of 2 cores rather than 1, working with one set of ARM Cortex-A15 cores as well as a set of ARM Cortex-A7 cores for backup. Meanwhile the Exynos 5 Dual works with just one set of ARM Cortex-A15 cores.

So what will the Nexus 10’s reboot work with instead?

How about a brand new Exynos 5 Octa “Evolved”? This update to the original Exynos 5 quad-core “Octa” that we’ve seen in the international Galaxy S 4, and has been tipped to be being prepared for Samsung’s other hero smartphone line in the Samsung Galaxy Note III.

With Samsung pushing their own processor to the original Nexus 10, it’s not only possible that they’ll do the same thing with a second iteration, it just makes good sense.

As for the rest of the specifications – you can probably guess what’ll happen. Though we can’t imagine Google aiming to ramp up the density of this tablet’s display again since the only competitor it has at the moment is the Nexus 7, you never know! The tablet is a little bit unwieldily, looking more like an extension of the style of the Galaxy Nexus than it does a current-gen Nexus tablet – perhaps a bit of a smoothing effect is in order.

Something like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, perhaps?

Delete All Photos From Iphone At Once

Pictures can take up a lot of space on an iOS device so it’s a fairly reasonable thing to want to delete them all from an iPhone to clear up some space. We’ll cover a few of the easiest ways to delete all the pictures, some directly on the iPhone itself, and the others you’ll need to connect the iPhone to the computer and delete everything with a bundled app like Image Capture or Explorer. Newer versions of iOS have improved their photo management capabilities, so if you’re on iOS 6 or later there’s a particularly easy option available to you.

Before proceeding, you’ll probably want to transfer all pictures from the iPhone to the computer beforehand, otherwise you won’t have any backups stored on the computer or the iPhone itself. If you’re going to be connecting it to a computer anyway to trash the pictures, you really should back them up first as part of that process.

Delete ALL Photos Directly from the iPhone

This is the best and quickest option available, but it is limited to iOS 6 or later. This limitation is because, for whatever reason, Photos wasn’t included in the app storage Usage list prior to the newest iOS versions, despite being counted against available storage, so you can’t just easily swipe to delete all the images from a central location like you can with all Music. That has changed with the latest versions though, and here is how to use this excellent feature:

Open Settings app and then go to “General” followed by “Usage”

Choose “Photos & Camera” from the list, this will also show you how much space they take up

Use a left or right swiping gesture on the album to reveal a red “Delete” button

Swipe on “Camera Roll” to delete ALL photos from the iPhone, swipe on “Photo Library” to delete just pictures that are synced with a desktop, and swipe on Photo Stream if you want to remove everything from the shared streams.

This method is by far the fastest approach since it doesn’t require any syncing, manual removal, or computer use, but as we mentioned it is not available to all iOS users as it only arrived in iOS 6 and in later versions.

Delete Photos from the iPhone Itself

The third, and perhaps most obvious option, is to delete photos from the iPhone itself. This is done directly in the Photos app, and all you need to do is select which pictures to trash in your Camera Roll or any photo album. The select deletion option is available to all iOS versions:

Open Photos app and go to Camera Roll or the album to delete images from

Tap directly on every picture you want to delete, select as many as you want, multitouch works to select groups at once

When satisfied with the selections, tap the red “Delete” button in the corner, followed by the “Delete Selected Photos” button to immediately remove them from the iPhone

Of course these iOS-based approaches work aside from the iPhone as well, and this is obviously better if you want to be removing pictures from any iOS device while you’re on the go and away from a computer.

Deleting All Photos from iPhone Using a Mac

This works in all versions of Mac OS X:

Connect the iPhone to the computer via USB

Launch Image Capture from the /Applications/ folder

Confirm deletion when asked and be prepared to wait

Now the waiting part, which can take quite a while depending on how many pictures you have. If you have 10GB+ of pictures expect it to take at least an hour to remove them all. The lengthy deletion process seems very inefficient and it’s a bit surprising there isn’t a quicker way to delete all pictures from an iOS device in one fell swoop. Also, once you start deleting the images, there’s no cancel button. It’s safe to say there’s room for improvement with this entire process, which is identical whether you’re on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Delete All Photos from iPhone Using Windows PC

This should work in all versions of Windows:

Connect the iPhone to the computer via USB

Open ‘My Computer’ and choose “Apple iPhone”

Open to folders “Internal Storage” and then open “DCIM”, contained within will be a folder containing all photos and videos on the iPhone

From the folder containing the pictures, select all, then delete

Removing pictures from the iPhone this way through Windows is significantly faster than it is from Mac OS X, probably because Windows treats it like a file system rather than a photo manager.

Updated: 1/30/2013

Thanks to Jason for reminder of how easy it is in Windows.

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