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September 26, 2016

 

Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Rumors Point to October Announcement
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Microsoft Corporation appears to be working on the Surface Pro 5 featuring a 4K display and Intel’s Surface Book new Kaby Lake processors. Earlier, reports suggested that the tech titan will launch the 2-in-1 device before the end of 2016. But latest rumors claim that the company is planning to announce the Surface Pro 5 during the Windows 10 Devices event in October. Microsoft remains silent about the super laptop and has not made any official statement yet.

Rumors also suggest that the Surface Pen, which comes with Surface Pro tablets, will feature a rechargeable battery that charges wirelessly when magnetically attached to the tablet.

Additionally, the Surface Pro 5 is expected to feature 4K resolution, PixelSense display panel, and sport a 16GB RAM with Surface AIO graphics unit. Rumors claim that the device will feature a 16MP rear and 8MP front camera. In addition to a 4K model, the Surface Pro 5 is rumored to come with a 2K screen.

 

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Surface Pro 4 helps NFL's best get ready for the gridiron in new ad
Windows Central

Microsoft has released another ad for the Surface Pro 4, this time leaning heavily on its relationship with the NFL. In the ad, which is set to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It", we get a peek at how the Surface Pro 4 helps NFL stars all across the league prepare for game day. Take a look at the ad below:

 

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Surface Pro 4 aids in Pirch's luxury SoHo retail experience
WinBeta

Microsoft is known for encouraging different companies and enterprises to use their services, and at times, even hardware. That is also the case this time. Pirch, a luxury appliance retailer, trusts Microsoft to help support the company from behind the scenes by using their services, including the Surface Pro 4.

 

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September 23, 2016

The Best Windows 10 Tablet
Windows Central

If you're in the market for a new tablet but aren't sure what to buy, then you can't go wrong with the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, a true 2-in-1 hybrid tablet that feels like a tablet most of the time, with the Surface Pro 4 with added bonus of becoming a laptop when/if you need it. Featuring a premium magnesium body, and a gorgeous 12.1-inch screen, you definitely won't regret getting one of these.

Bottom-line: For the best Windows 10 tablet out there, check out the Microsoft Surface Pro 4.

One more thing: If you're looking for a tablet that's purely a tablet, the Surface Pro 4 is still a great choice. The type cover is an optional extra, so buying the Surface Pro 4 standalone means you'll be getting a full-on tablet.

At the high end you can have a Surface Pro 4 with a 1TB SSD and a Skylake Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB of RAM. Impressive by any stretch.

But with that comes a price to pay. Literally. The Surface Pro 4 is expensive, starting at $799, and can go way above $2,000 at the top. But it isn't just a tablet. It's a tablet, a laptop, with the optional docking station it can even become your desktop. One device for all.

 

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September 22, 2016

Some Surface Pro 3 units refuse to charge, Microsoft is "aware" of the problem
Phone Arena

Owners of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 with an integrated LG power pack have complained of a problem that prevents the tablet/laptop hybrid device from charging. It's a nasty bug to deal with, as it will prevent owners from using the device while not connected to a power outlet. With the battery fully discharged, the device will shut down instantly, without saving any of the work you've done.

Microsoft is yet to issue an official statement on the matter. So far, it has only told a moderator on its Community forum that the company is aware of the problem. Still, last month Microsoft did patch a bug that had devices with a Simplo cell misreport their battery capacity. MS is probably working on resolving the issue as we speak.

 

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September 21, 2016

Huawei Matebook vs. Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 in a tablet showdown
CIO

Huawei is mostly known for smartphones -- not so much in the U.S., but the company has gained a significant amount of the market in other regions. The Matebook is one of Huawei's first attempts at offering a hybrid tablet aimed at business users. It's an attractive and well-made device, but how well does the Matebook compete with the current enterprise favorite, the Surface Pro 4?

 

 

 

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Microsoft Surface Pro 5 release date, news, rumors: Microsoft to announce new Surface devices
The Christian Times

Tech enthusiasts have a lot to expect from the Surface Pro 5, especially that it is supposed to improve on the weaknesses of its predecessor. International Business Times reported that the Surface Pro 5 is going to have longer battery life unlike the Surface Pro 4. To note, the Surface Pro 4 is one of the most powerful devices from Microsoft in recent years, but the users could not help but notice its very limited battery capacity.

The most likely reason behind the Surface Pro 4's shortened battery life is the performance of its processor, Intel Skylake. It is rumored that Microsoft might be skipping on the Skylake chipset and use Intel's next generation of processor. The users may see the Surface Pro 5 powered by the Intel Kaby Lake processor. However, people may have to wait until the first quarter of 2017 as the Kaby Lake chipsets needed by Microsoft to create the Surface Pro 5 have not yet been shipped. If Microsoft is really going to push through with the October unveiling of the Surface Pro 5, then the device may instead pack with the Skylake processor.

Other rumored specs of the Surface Pro 5 include a 4K screen resolution, making it among today's few devices sporting UHD display. It is also expected to have PixelSense display panel and 21-inch, 24-inch and 27-inch screen options. Its RAM capacity is reported to go up to 16GB.

 

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September 20, 2016

Hands-on with the Lenovo Miix 510 2-in-1 Windows tablet
Liliputing

 

The Lenovo Miix 510 is a 12.2 inch tablet with a full HD display, a built-in kickstand, and a starting price of $600. And that price includes a detachable keyboard.

Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablets have prices that start at $799, and the keyboard is sold separately. Microsoft does include a digital pen though, while Lenovo will sell that separately as an optional accessory.

Lenovo unveiled the Miix 510 at IFA in Berlin in August, and I got a chance to play with one for a few minutes at an event in New York last week.

Much like the Acer Switch Alpha 12 I reviewed this summer, the Miix 510 features a 12 inch display, a built-in kickstand, and a reasonably affordable price tag.

But the Acer tablet has a higher-resolution display, a fanless design, and mediocre battery life. I can’t say anything about the battery life from Lenovo’s tablet yet, but I can say that the 2 pound tablet feels solid, but compact when held in one hand, has plenty of vents to help keep things cool (along with a fan in the case), and has a pretty nice little kickstand in the back, which allows you to prop up the tablet at nearly any angle.

The stand is based on the same watchband-style design the company uses for some of its Yoga-branded devices like the new Lenovo Yoga Book features a 1920 x 1200 pixel display, a USB 3.0 Type-C port which is also used for charging the Miix 510, and two full-sized USB 3.0 ports and a headset jack.

 

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September 19, 2016

Deal: $150 Gift Code with Select Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book Devices
MSPoweruser.com

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book

Microsoft Store is now offering $150 gift code with select Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book devices. This offer is valid from today to October 1, 2016, while supplies last. You will get the promo code when you purchase Surface Pro 4 i5 256GB or Surface Book 256GB 8GB dGPU devices. This $150 Promo code expires 9/19/2017, and must be redeemed before that date.

About Surface Pro 4,

Surface Pro 4 runs all the desktop software you rely on, while being lighter than ever starting at 1.69 pounds. The 12.3-inch PixelSense display has extremely high contrast and low glare. Go from laptop to tablet with the multi-position Kickstand and keyboard. And jot down notes and ideas with Surface Pen and improved Type Cover. When you need to connect to other devices and accessories, Surface Pro 4 has advanced wireless capabilities and all the ports you need.

 

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September 16, 2016

Plug - The World's Most Powerful Battery Pack

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September 15, 2016


Uses of Digitial Inking in the Field
ruggedtabletpc.com

What is "digital ink"? Digital ink consists of using an active pen with a battery and a chip that interactsSurface Pro 4 pen and ink with a digitizer component on the device's screen. The result is an experience that feels like true pen on paper in terms of accuracy, sensitivity and latency. A normal touch-screen tablet only allows for 'finger painting' type inking.

This type of data capturing is beneficial for enterprise applications in that it elimates the use of paper leading to improvements in productivity and efficiency. 

But how would a mobile worker utilize digital inking in the field? Here are the top uses:

  • Signing invoices
  • Proof-of-delivery
  • Proof-of-service
  • Sketches
  • Note taking
  • Diagramming

This list just touches on the capabilities of a tablet that is equipped with a digitzer pen. Admittedly, digital inking is not for everyone, but done correctly and it can dramatically improve your customer service along with productivity in the field. 

 

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September 14, 2016

Surface Pro 5 Release Date, Leaks: What to Expect in Microsoft October Event
University Herald

Microsoft is said to hold an event in October. What could the company be launching?

Microsoft Surface Pro 5 release date

A source has learned about Microsoft's plan to hold an event in October. It will showcase new device called Project Rio. However, according to Neowin, Microsoft is unlikely to unveil new device in the upcoming month - not even a Surface Pro 5. It is reported that the event will present an all-in-one PC which is currently on final stage of development.

It is worth noting that the rumored Kaby Lake set to be placed in the hybrid laptop, won't make any appearance until the end of 2016. And the Redstone 2 will not arrive till 2017. This could mean that we won't be seeing Microsoft Surface Pro 5 any time this year.

Microsoft Surface Pro 5 rumored specs

However, there is still hope that Microsoft would at least give the viewers a clue on the next gen of Surface Pro. Or even better, announce the device before it is available for public in 2017. For the record, Microsoft unveiled Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book in October 2015. Judging from the past event, it would be a perfect schedule to launch a refreshed device next month.

 

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September 13, 2016

Surface Phone confirmed in leaked Tweet, coming soon!
EOTO Tech

There has been a lot of buzz around the rumoured and reported Surface Phone. Since the past few months, Microsoft is hinting at one line that has it all, laptops, tablets and phones. Folks over at MSMobile got nice info from Simon who has successfully managed to grab a screenshot of a leaked tweet.  Microsoft Australia has tweeted about this but later the tweet was deleted as they didn’t want the news to spread across so early. In the tweet, it was also mentioned as soon, which means there is a possibility that the Surface Phone will be launched soon, mostly by the year end.

Microsoft Surface Phone

 

In the screenshot above, we can see Microsoft advertising a single lineup, obviously named Surface, featuring Surface Pro 4, the Surface Phone and Surface Book. In addition, description of the messages appeared short word Soon which could mean that the device will be presented later this year at the upcoming conference on Surface devices.

 

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September 12, 2016

iOS 10 supported devices

Tomorrow September 13, 2016 Apple will release ios 10 the devices below will be upgradable

iOS 10 supported devices

 

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iOS 10 update will FINALLY let you remove Apple's default apps from your iPhone home screen
Mirror.co.uk

If you're sick of Apple's default apps - soon you'll be able to delete them

Apple's iOS 10 operating system will finally be made available for download tomorrow.

Hailed as the "biggest ever" iOS update , it's set to bring new functionality to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

While there are many things to get excited about, including animated messages and a "raise to wake" display , you will also finally be able to get rid of Apple's default apps.

Once downloaded, you will be able to remove the likes of "Stocks", "Wallet" and "Compass", usually found chucked together in a "Never Use" folder at the back of your phone.

 

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September 11, 2016

 

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September 9, 2016

 

The latest Surface Pro 4 ad takes it on a football player scouting trip
Windows Central

 

 

 

The new Surface Pro 4 ads debuted on Thursday night during the Carolina Panthers-Denver Broncos NFL game. They represent yet another aspect of the partnership between Microsoft and the NFL when it comes to the tablet. In the commercial, Brown says having a powerful device like the Surface Pro 4 allows him to quickly go through all of the data he collects on each player he scouts.

 

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September 8, 2016

 

Microsoft's Surface Tablets Are Changing the Game for NFL Coaches
The Daily Dot

"Microsoft technology continues to transform industries of all kinds from healthcare to education to small businesses by putting real time data and insights in people’s hands when they need it most," he explained, stating the company's approach to working with the NFL was no different. 

The change the tablet brought to teams when the partnership between Microsoft and the NFL started in 2014 was at once simple and drastic. It gave coaches and players the ability to quickly view images from their previous possession to make adjustments for their next drive.

Prior to the Surface tablets, teams relied on printouts of pictures, loaded into thick binders and brought to the sidelines. The move to digital is much like making any office environment paperless, except this one consists of millionaires smashes their bodies into one another and then looking at pictures of the carnage afterward.

 

 

 

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Microsoft's Surface all-in-one PC said to headline October hardware launch
ZDNet

Microsoft's late October hardware launch this year may be as much about its partners' Windows 10 devices as much as its own Surface-branded ones, sources say.

Microsoft is holding a fall hardware launch in late October, where I'm hearing it will take the wraps off a Surface-branded device, which some of my contacts are saying is known as "Cardinal".

I've heard that Surface Cardinal could be positioned as a product that can turn your desk into "a studio". My bet: Cardinal is the rumored Surface All-in-One device running Windows 10, which may come in one, two, and/or three different screen sizes (21, 24 ,or 27), as first reported by Windows Central. This may be the consumer-focused version of Microsoft's Surface Hub, as Windows Central speculated, using the Perceptive Pixel screen technology that's at the core of Surface Hub.

Last I heard, this fall rollout might feature minor refreshes of some of the company's existing Surface tablets with newer, faster, processors and possibly a couple other minor feature updates. But new devices like the expected Surface Book 2 and Surface Pro 5 aren't likely to get their big reveals until spring 2017. Surface Phone, if it does materialize, could be considerably later, sources say.



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Amazon slashes price, adds Alexa to new Fire tabletto its Fire tablet and almost halves price to $90 in battle with Apple's iPad
Daily Mail

Amazon wants to be under the Christmas tree this year. 

'The all-new Fire HD 8 packs more battery life, more storage, faster performance, plus Alexa—all for Amazon Fire Tabletsless than $90

Mixed-use battery life is up to 12 hours from 8, and the base storage is doubled to 16 gigabytes.

The biggest change is that the tablet will have Alexa functionality. 

That means that when users tap and hold the tablet's home button, they can ask the assistant for anything from weather reports to news queries, and also get the device do things like adjusting the lights or temperature on compatible smart-home devices

'We believe in a different approach to tablets—providing premium products at non-premium prices—and customers love it. In fact, we've seen Fire tablet sales more than double year-over-year as a result,' said Kevin Keith, General Manager, Fire Tablets. 

 

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Apple quietly updated its iPads with more storage, lower prices
TechRadar

Apple didn't mention the iPad once during its two hour iPhone 7 keynote today, but that hasn't stopped the company from updating the product line anyway. Apple iPhone &  iPads

Every iPad Apple sells will now include a minimum of 32GB of storage. Gone are the old 16GB models, which was a ridiculously small amount of space to begin with.

The iPad mini 2 is now only available in 32GB, getting rid of the 16GB version. The iPad mini 4 has also been simplified, getting rid of the 64GB option, meaning you'll have to choose between 32GB and 128GB.

This bump in storage is also coming alongside a price drop. The 128GB iPad mini now costs $100 less than it did previously.

iPad Pro 9.7 and iPad Pro 12.9 are also seeing a price cut, with the 128GB models dropping $50 and the 256GB models dropping $100. The price changes seem to only affect US customers for now.

 

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September 7, 2016

Apple September 7, 2016 Launch Event

Pre Order September 9th - Available September 13

iPhone 7

iPhone 7 dramatically improves the most important aspects of the iPhone experience. It introduces advanced new camera systems. The best performance and battery life ever in an iPhone. Immersive stereo speakers. The brightest, most colorful iPhone display. Splash and water resistance.1 And it looks every bit as powerful as it is. This is iPhone 7.

iPhone 7 & 7 plus 32GB - 128GB - 256GB

iPhone 7 Price

iPhone 7 Plus Price

 

iphone 7 features

iphone 7 plus

Water & Dust Resistant

iPhone 7 camera features

With two cameras and two lenses on the iPhone 7 plus so you have 1x-10 zoom feature

two cameras and two lenses on the iPhone 7 plus

iphone 7 screen features

Stereo Speakers

Lightning headphones - no more headphone jack

Lightning headphones

Apple Airpods

Available in October for $159.00

Airpods connect

5 hours of battery life on AirPods

 

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Apple has now sold over 1 billion iPhones

We’re about to launch iOS 10 — our biggest iOS release ever”

It’s the most advanced operating system… and it deserves the most advanced smartphone

HomeKit -- this is a huge moment for home automation." Home app makes it easy to set up and manage your home devices, and manage from Control Center and Siri.

Virtually every major manufacturer of home automation devices supports HomeKit, 100 new products coming this year.

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Apple Watch

Apple Watch Series 2

 

Apple Watch Features

Apple SOS

SOS on apple Watch mode for quickly connecting to emergency services

Apple watch can now call 911 and notify your contects

Watch is now swim proof

stickers, fullscreen messaging effects, scribble handwriting

Partnered with Nike for runners

Pokemon Go on iWatch

Pokemon Go Apple Watch integration will ship by the end of the year

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Super Mario coming to iOS

Super Mario coming to iOS

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September 6, 2016

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus Ditches the Pico Projector: Hands On
Tablet PC Review

It’s a new Lenovo Yoga Tab! Specifically, the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus, successor to the precisely one-year-old Yoga Tab 3 Pro, is (still) a 10-inch Android tablet, but unlike the Pro, which had high-end Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plusspecs and features, the Tab 3 Plus offers a compelling price-to-performance ratio.

The Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 with four Cortex-A52 cores, running a 1.8 GHz clock and four Crotex-A53 cores, running a 1.4 GHz clock (the Pro had an Intel Atom x5-Z8500 processor). It is equipped with an Adreno 510 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of memory storage (which can be expanded with microSD cards up to 128GB),  and a USB Type-C connector.

The Yoga Tab 3 Plus has a WXQGA (2560 x 1600 pixels) resolution, and sports the familiar bottom cylinder, which houses a massive 9300mAh battery and enables a kickstand. Lenovo reps claim the battery provides 18 hours of juice, even watching movies in full resolution.

 

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September 2, 2016

A New Age For Tablets: The Lenovo Yoga Book Copies Handwriting Off Paper
Auto World News

 

 

So what is the ideal tablet? Thin, sleek, a tablet where you can type, touch and write. And so after some years of planning, Lenovo has taken this ideal features into consideration and developed the Yoga Book.

The Yoga Book comes in the size like of a hardcover children's book, two panels connected by a hinge, the other panel being a full-touch tablet and the other panel that acts as a digital writing pad that also switches into a keyboard.

But what's more to the Yoga Book is that you can write using real ink and have it digitized. Lenovo just made a tablet on the go--and more.

This tablet comes in two versions: Android and Windows 10. The Android version sells for $499 while the Windows 10 version $50 more than the latter.

 

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What to expect at Apple's iPhone 7 & Apple Watch 2 event next week
9 to 5 Mac

Now less than a week away from Apple’s ‘See you on the 7th’ iPhone 7 event, there’s a lot we know about the device and other product announcements Apple has planned for next week. A dual-camera system for iPhone, a new and improved Apple Watch 2 with GPS, new wireless headphones, and much more. Here’s what we expect to see at Apple’s iPhone event next week…

iPhone 7 & 7 Plus

Same design. iPhone 7 will mostly be the same physical design as iPhone 6s apart from repositioned antenna lines. As you can see in the image below, the antenna lines will be redirected along the edge of the device leaving a smooth backside of the device free of the antenna lines currently visible on the back of current iPhone models.

iOS 10. Currently in beta, you can expect an announcement for the public release of iOS 10 at the event, which means the new and improved Messages features alongside a very long list of other new features will arrive for all. I’ll let Jeff walk you through 75 of them in the video above.

 

 

Dual-camera system. One of the big hardware upgrades that Apple will surely highlight on stage is the dual-camera tech it’s expected to introduce with far better zoom capabilities. It looks like the new dual-camera could be limited to the larger 5.5-inch models, while one report claimed the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 models will get optical image stabilization, a feature previously limited to the larger 5.5-inch Plus models. 

Redesigned Home button. We reported back in June that sources indicated Apple was working on a designed Home button, and since others have backed up our report that the new Home button with haptic feedback-like features could be included in the iPhone 7.

No headphone jack. Apple is removing the headphone jack and forcing you to use wireless or Lightning headphones or adapters. 

32GB-256GB. It looks like most iPhone users will get a storage upgrade this cycle with several reports pointing to a 32GB base model and a new higher-capacity 256GB model on the high-end.

 

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September 1, 2016

Stunning New "Writable" Lenovo Yoga PC, Makes Apple Macs Look Like Yesterdays Technology
ChannelNews

Lenovo has used IFA 2016 to deliver a stunning new Yoga two in one notebook that makes Lenovo Book Create PadMicrosoft's Surface and Surface book and Apple's iPad Pro look like yesterday's technology.

Stunning New "Writable" Lenovo Yoga PC, Makes Apple Macs Look Like Yesterdays Technology
ChannelNews

Lenovo has used IFA 2016 to deliver a stunning new Yoga two in one notebook that makes Microsoft's Surface and Surface book and Apple's iPad Pro look like yesterday's technology.

The new 10.1-inch Yoga offering has three standout features, a touchscreen keyboard cover, that doubles as a drawing pad that can be laid flush against its screen, an add-on paper-like Create Pad to transfer written notes into the Yoga Book, and a Real Pen used to draw and write on both the cover screen and the Create Pad.

The new Yoga Book, is designed to seamlessly bridge touch, type, write and draw in "a new touchscreen form factor, purposely designed to meet the lifestyles of those we've identified as the 'Touch Generation.'" Claims Lenovo executives.

Unlike the likes of Hewlett-Packard who have taken to designing gold and black "tizzy" looking PCs Lenovo is tipping millions into PC innovation to drive growth for example their new touch Halo Keyboard understands and adapts to the typing habits of the user, and their haptic technology is designed to reduce mistakes.

When the keyboard is turned off, the cover becomes a drawing pad. The Yoga Book's touchscreen keyboard also covers doubles as a drawing pad.

Lenovo designers have designed the new two and one so that at the push of a button a backlight lights up the keys making them invisible. This instantly turns the keyboard into a Wacom enabled create pad.

Users can then combine a digitiser with Lenovo's Note Saver app, this creates digital versions of anything written or doodled on it.

 

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Update your Surface Dock for Surface Book, Surface Pro 4, and Surface Pro 3
Microsoft

For the best experience with Surface Dock, make sure it's up to date. Find out how to download and install an update.

Applies to : Surface Book, Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro 3. 

Windows 10

The instructions on this page apply only to the Surface Dock as shown below. If you have a different dock for Surface, you cannot update it using the updater software.

Microsoft Surface Dock

Important : For customers who use the default "Automatic" updates: Your Surface Dock and your Surface device should already be up to date.

Your Surface Dock is automatically updated by Windows Update. If you haven't run Windows Update on your Surface in a while, try running it and install all available updates, including "optional" and "recommended" updates. If your Surface Dock does not update, go to the next section to learn how to manually update your Surface Dock. For more info, see Install Surface and Windows updates..

 

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August 31, 2016

 

Lenovo's two new tablets include a lower-cost Surface Pro rival
Engadget

Lenovo's hoopla at IFA may be focusing on its creative-minded Yoga Book, but there are twoLenovo Miix 510new bread-and-butter tablets that are worth your attention, too. The 12.2-inch Miix 510 is a Surface Pro-alike for people who want a reasonably speedy 2-in-1 Windows tablet, but aren't willing to pay a premium. It sports a lower-resolution display than the Miix 700 (1,920 x 1,200) and is both heavier (1.9 pounds without the keyboard attached) and thicker (0.39 inches), but it promises to be more powerful. You can have up to a 6th-generation Core i7 processor inside rather than a Core M, and up to a 1TB SSD -- if it weren't for the maximum 8GB of RAM and 7.5 hours of battery life, the new Miix could easily go toe-to-toe with Microsoft's current flagship slate. There's even optional LTE data, which has been sorely missing on the Surface Pro line.

As it is, the pricing may make you forget the shortcomings. Lenovo hasn't outlined the entry-level specs, but the Miix 510 will start at $600 when it ships in October. That's inexpensive enough that you might just get a higher-end model and still undercut its Microsoft equivalent.

Oh, and Android fans? Lenovo hasn't forgotten about you. It's also unveiling the Yoga Tab 3 Plus, a 10.1-inch Android Marshmallow slate that slots neatly between the no-frills Yoga Tab 3 and its higher-end Pro counterpart.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S vs Apple iPad Pro Review: Which Tablet Is The Best Buy Option?
Mobile & Apps

Our Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S vs. Apple 12.9-Inch iPad Pro comparison showed that the battle between the technology giant's tablets remains tough. Here is our report is intended to help you choose the better device out of the two tablets.

To start with, the design of the Samsung Galaxy tab is thinner compared to the Apple iPad Pro. The overall build of both the tablets are well styled in order to provide an immersive experience that high-end products can provide.

In terms of display specs, the Galaxy Tab Pro S sports a 12-inch screen with Super AMOLED display panel with 2160 x 1440 pixels resolution. The Samsung device is also touted to provide the users with more vibrant colors and high contrast ratio. On the other hand, the iPad Pro features a 12.9-inch screen with IPS LCD panel and 2732 x 1248 pixels resolution. Also, the Apple tablet provides a larger and sharper display with more vivid color options.

Software specs, the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S runs on the Windows 10 operating system, which is touted to be more powerful and flexible than the Apple iPad Pro's iOS 9. On the other hand, the Tab Pro S consists of a 5-megapixel rear and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera while, the Apple tablet features an 8-megapixel rear and a 1.2-megapixel front camera, also used for video conferencing.

Moreover, the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S consists of a single USB Type-C port, for faster charging and data transfers whereas the Apple device sports a similar Lightning Connector port. The former tablet also features a clip-on keyboard along with a 3.5 x 1.7-inch trackpad whereas the latter device features a Smart Keyboard, but does not include a trackpad.

 

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Asus may have created the ultimate Surface Pro 4 clone
Mashable

At this point, practically every major computer maker has cloned the Surface Pro, further validating ASUS Transformer 3 ProMicrosoft's 2-in-1 tablet-laptop vision.

Following in the footsteps of Acer, Samsung and Huawei, is Asus' own Surface Pro-like mobile computer called the Transformer 3 Pro.

The 8.35mm-thick Windows 10 tablet is made of durable magnesium alloy and features a 12.6-inch 3K-resolution display (2,880 x 1,920) with ultra-wide viewing angles. 

Asus boasts several display technologies that are supposed to help with eye health, including the "Eye-care" mode, which supposedly reduces the amount of blue light emitted. Studies have shown the blue light from computer and mobile displays is harmful to eyes and leads to increased tiredness.

 

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August 30, 2016

Surface Pro 3 gets yet another firmware update; may finally fix battery draining issue
Windows Central

Microsoft has issued yet another firmware update for its Surface Pro 3 tablet. This is the third such firmware release inside of two months for the nearly two year old tablet, and this one may finally fix a fast battery drain issue that has affected some users.

An update is now available to correct this issue. This update corrects the logic in the firmware component that functions as the "fuel gauge" for the Surface Pro 3 battery, so that the actual battery capacity on devices with this particular part is accurately reported. This allows the Surface to once again leverage the maximum charge capacity of the battery.

Once this fix is applied to a Surface Pro 3, the reported full charge capacity will self-correct over the next several charge and discharge cycles. Surface Pro 3 devices that previously experienced the problem can now operate on battery power, and the issue won't occur on devices that haven't experienced the issue.

You can find more info on their updated FAQ page

 

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August 29, 2016

Exclusive: Samsung to launch its second Windows 10 tablet, the Galaxy TabPro S2
sammobile.com

We can confirm that Samsung will release the Galaxy TabPro S2 in the coming months with WindowsGalaxy TabPro S2 10 onboard. There will be four models of the Galaxy TabPro S2: SM-W728, SM-W727, SM-W723, and SM-W720. These could either be different models for different markets or models with different hardware configurations. Some of these variants could sport LTE connectivity.

The Galaxy TabPro S2 could sport a 12-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2160×1440 pixels, similar to its predecessor, and the latest Intel Core M series processor. We currently don’t have information about a possible time frame for the launch of this upcoming Windows 10 tablet. However, we will keep you posted once we receive more information about the tablet.

 

 

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Microsoft attacks MacBook in latest Surface Pro 4 ad
Cult of Mac

The iPad Pro has taken a ton of fire recently from Microsoft, but the company’s latest ad shifts targets to attack the MacBook.

The company busts out the old-school disses in the ad, which calls the MacBook “square” during an annoying song that brags about the Surface Pro 4’s detachable keyboard, pen and touchscreen. And it runs Windows!

 

 

 

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August 26, 2016

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus 10 Takes On Apple's iPad Air At 2016 IFA Event
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The 2016 IFA, which will be held in Berlin, is scheduled to take place in just a few short weeks. Plenty of tech manufacturers are expected to arrive in order to showcase and launch new products. In particular scrutiny now is the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus 10, which might just give the iPad Air a run for its money.

 

 

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August 25, 2016

Introducing the New Fujitsu Hybrid Tablet PC with Windows 10

Fujitsu is pleased to introduce the latest and greatest addition to the Fujitsu STYLISTIC® Tablet PC family. It provides impressive power to tackle any task and is built with the same Fujitsu quality customers have come to trust.

  • Powered by the 6th Generation Intel® Core™ processor familyFujitsu STYLISTIC R726 Hybrid Tablet PC
  • Kickstand allows for easy tablet only usage
  • Flexible accessories like an optional magnetic keyboard turn your tablet into a clamshell notebook
  • Optional integrated technologies like Near Field Communications (NFC) or TPM
  • Ideal for the office environments
STYLISTIC R726 Hybrid Tablet PC

12.5" Office Hybrid Tablet PC

  • Processor: 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i3-6100U Processor, 3MB, Up to 2.3 GHz
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Pro (MUI) 64-bit
  • Display: 12.5", FHD; LED backlight, Anti-glare LCD with wide viewing angles, FHD, 1920 x 1080
  • Display: Capacitive touch panel (10-point multi-touch) with active pen
  • System Memory: 4 GB (4GB x 1), Up to 8 GB Total, 1600 MHz, LPDDR3
  • Hard Drive: 128 GB, M.2, FDE, Intel® Rapid Start Technology
  • Keyboard: Optional
Starting Price $999

 

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Surface Pro 4 Gets An Unbelievable $405 Discount Ahead Of Surface Pro 5 Release
The Bitbag

Sure, we have seen many discounts in the past, but all of them belonged to the Surface Pro 3 and not Pro 4. But now, interested buyers can grab the 128GB Surface Pro 4 for $649.99 ($350 off), while the 256GB variant is available for $894.99 ($405 off). The original price of the 128GB and 256GB models used to be $999.99 and $1,299.99, respectively.

The point to be noted however is that even though these devices are brand new they come in a customized box precisely because they were designated for corporate sales. But then, buyers will be offered 1-year free manufacturer warranty and free shipping service with the purchase of this device.

Both Surface Pro 4 models come with Windows 10 out of the box and they come powered by Intel’s Core i5 processor. While the 256GB variant comes backed by a solid 8GB of RAM, the 128GB model settles for 4GB.

 

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Apple to release thinner, faster iPad Mini 5
Headlines & Global News

September will be a big month for Apple.iPad Mini

This as the tech giant set to launch new models of their product lines starting with iPhone 7, MacBook Pro 2016, Apple Watch 2 and iPad Mini 5.

Many have long been waiting for the next upgrade of the iPad Mini 4 which was released September of last year alongside the iPhone 6S.

As reported by Neurogadget, the body of the new iPad Mini 5 will be thinner -- 5 mm compared to 6.1 mm of the iPad Mini 4) and made of tough Aluminum. Its screen and photography capabilities however will be the same as its predecessor -- 7.9 inch screen size with 8MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera.

More exciting upgrades of the new iPad Mini includes an enhanced processor of A9 (A8 for iPad Mini 4 currently) for better gaming graphics and faster processing with pre-set up iOS 10. These is also the 3D touch capability like the iPhone 6S.

It is also said that the new iPad Mini can also be available in Rose Gold, a first time for the iPad tablet line. With the IP68 certification, we can hope that the new iPad Mini will be water and dust resistant.

 

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August 24, 2016

A Layman's guide to choosing between the Surface Book, Surface Pro, or iPad Pro
PhoneDog

A hot product that has surfaced recently are hybrid devices – that is, devices that can act as a tablet or as a laptop. Three of the most popular hybrid devices on the market (Surface Pro, Surface Book, iPad & Surface Pro tabletsand iPad Pro) are created by two of the biggest manufacturers in the industry, Microsoft and Apple. While there are numerous other hybrid devices on the market, these three are unquestionably the most recognizable among them.

I’m a student, and this year some of my classes are hosted online . I decided that I wanted to invest in a hybrid of my own, and I eventually narrowed it down to the Surface Book, Surface Pro, and the iPad Pro. However, making a final decision wasn’t easy. Sifting through countless articles and reviews and visiting demo stations several times ended up helping very little when it came time to actually purchase a device. Eventually, it had to be done, and I finally made a decision based on a very non-technical list of reasons why I should or shouldn’t buy a certain product.

So, overall, here’s what I deduced when it came to choosing between the three:

Apple’s iPad Pro works best if you:

  • Want a tablet with the option of using first-party keyboard.
  • Are invested or plan to invest in the Apple ecosystem.
  • Want a tablet with a good active digitizer for less money.
  • Value great battery life.
  • Prefer apps.

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 works best if you:

  • Want equal parts tablet and laptop functionality.
  • Want included stylus.
  • Want the option to use a mouse.
  • Need USB ports.
  • Have a need for PC software, but not a wide array of apps.
  • Would like to have expandable storage.
  • Want options for a more powerful device.

Microsoft Surface Book works best if you:

  • Want more laptop functionality than tablet.
  • Want the option to use a mouse.
  • Need USB ports.
  • Would like to have expandable storage.
  • Want a hybrid that includes a keyboard and a stylus.
  • Need more power (including dedicated GPU in some models).
  • Decent battery life.

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August 23, 2016

Tablet Tuesday: Get an iPad Pro 12.9 with 2-year warranty for $589
CNET

From the Cheapskate: That's the lowest price to date on Apple's big tablet, and you get bonus iPad Prowarranty coverage! Plus: a free Windows 10 e-book and dirt-cheap Samsung Gear VR. And enter to win a OnePlus 3 smartphone!

For a limited time, and while supplies last, Daily Steals has the Apple Certified Refurbished iPad Pro 12.9 (32GB) for $589.99 shipped when you apply promo code cheapschool at checkout. That price includes Daily Steals' extended two-year warranty, which would normally add $59.99. The tablet is available in your choice of silver or space gray.

This is a very unusual deal in that most refurbished iPads are not Apple Certified, meaning it's tough to gauge what condition they'll be in. These Pros should look and operate like new, complete with the new casing and battery Apple provides when you buy refurbs directly.

Speaking of which, Apple charges $679 for a refurbished iPad Pro 12.9. This is less, obviously, and you get that extremely awesome extra warranty.

 

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August 22, 2016

Kensington BlackBelt 2nd Degree Rugged Case Named TWICE VIP 2016 Award Winner

Maximum Drop Protection Case Honored in the “Tablet Accessories” Category

Kensington®, a worldwide leader of desktop productivity and mobility solutions for IT, business and home office professionals and The Professionals’ Choice for nearly 35 years, today announced its BlackBelt™ 2nd Degree Rugged Case for Microsoft® Surface™ Pro 4 has been selected as a winner in the “Tablet Accessories” Category as part of TWICE Magazine’s fourth annual VIP Awards program.

The VIP Awards are TWICE’s annual products awards, voted on by retailers and distributors. Award-winning products are those determined to have made the biggest difference to the voters’ businesses. Award winners are selected based on product features, product design, and value to consumers. Ballots were compiled and reviewed by TWICE editors.

“We are thrilled to have received this exciting recognition from TWICE’s retailers and distributors for Kensington’s BlackBelt 2nd Degree Rugged Case,” said Brian Knauss, global product manager, Kensington. “The case was designed to help users protect their valuable mobile investment of the Surface Pro 4 — a tablet that can essentially replace laptops with its combination of power and portability — so this award represents additional validation of our ongoing commitment to meeting our customers’ business needs.”

 

Key features of the Kensington BlackBelt 2nd Degree Rugged Case for Microsoft Surface Pro 4  (K97442; $59.99) include:

  • Military-Grade Drop Protection – Designed to meet the U.S. Department of Defense MIL-STD-810G standard, the case surrounds the tablet with a strong, rugged TPU body for maximum protection against drops, while also providing a flexible silicone hand strap and non-slip grip.
  • Customized Design — To help users protect their valuable mobile investment, Kensington’s designers worked closely with Microsoft as a member of the “Designed for Surface” program to create a case that preserves the full functionality of the Surface Pro 4. Kensington’s tablet case meets Microsoft’s requirement for accessories that help users be more productive by making Surface more useful to them.
  • Unobstructed Access — Users can easily access the features that make Surface unique, such as the magnetic Type Cover, kickstand, USB 3.0 port, cameras, and more.
  • Comfort and Convenience — The Type Cover keyboard can be easily attached or detached with the case on, and a strategic cutout preserves full functionality of the Surface kickstand. An integrated Surface Pen holder provides a convenient place to store the important accessory so it’s less likely to go missing. Other cutouts ensure the Surface Pro 4 won’t overheat and can connect to a Microsoft Surface dock.

 

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August 19, 2016

Best Buy kicks off 50 hour sale, but are the deals worth it?
SlashGear

Best Buy is offering $280 back when you purchase a Surface Pro 4 and a Surface Type Cover together, which isn't too bad as that means you're essentially getting the Type Cover for free and saving $150 off the list price of the Surface Pro 4. Best Buy's other computing deals are a mish mash of accessories and hardware, though there are some stand outs, such as $150 off an HP x360 two-in-one laptop and $65 off a Corsair Strafe RGB MX gaming keyboard.

Best Buy's sale has some decent deals, but you may have to do a little digging to find something that makes breaking out your wallet worth it. There are also deals on TVs, wearables, and printers

 

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August 18, 2016

Microsoft 'Surface Pro 5': Specs are Potential iPad Pro Killer; Intel Kaby Lake Processor, First Tablet with USB Type-C Port?
University Herald

The competition between Microsoft and Apple never seemed to cease and it will go a long way now that Microsoft is rumored to launch its newest Surface Pro 5. The newest flagship tablet of the Windows-maker is said to be a potential killer of iPad Pro because of its features that include Intel Kaby Lake Processor and utilization of USB Type-C port which will be the first among the tablets.

Hello Surface Pro 5, Goodbye iPad Pro?

In the recent ad battle between the two tech giant companies, Microsoft was allegedly bashing Apple for its claim that iPad Pro is a computer. Now, that Microsoft is slated to launch its newest Surface Pro 5 which according to them, sports a total package of a computer, iPad Pro is speculated to be nearing its downfall.

Surface Pro 5 rumored specs

According to The Country Caller, Surface Pro 5 pen will be upgraded and will rechargeable battery that could be charge through wireless when attached to the tablet. Another one is the processor which is believed to utilize either the sixth-generation Skylake chip or Kaby lake. Surface Pro 5 is also rumored to have a 2K screen as well as 4K that is a little bit pricey. For the memory, it will have a 16 GB of RAM. The most anticipated USB Type-C is rumored to replace the USB 3.0 port of Surface Pro 5 predecessors. However, no confirmed information whether the newest port will be charging or for audio jack as well. Lastly, the newest tablet flagship of Microsoft will have its camera upgrade, better Wi-Fi and enhanced Bluetooth support.

 

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Microsoft close to Simplo Surface Pro 3 battery issues fix
MSPoweruser.com

Many Surface Pro 3 customers have been complaining on Microsoft forums that they are seeing sudden drop in battery performance on tablets, with the concern being that the devices were shipped with defective  SIMPLO battery units.

Brian Hall Surface Pro 3 battery fix soon

Microsoft has said they are working on a software fix, but many have been doubtful that this is possible.

Now Brian Hall, General Manager for Surface, has said on twitter that they are close to a fix, and just need to do a bit of testing.

 

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August 17, 2016

Apple set to release new smaller iPad Pro next year, before 'radical' design changes in 2018
ThaiVisa News

Apple will release a new 10.5 inch iPad next year, according to reports.iPads

Apple expert and KGI securities analyst Ming-Chui Kuo says that Apple will add three new models to its iPad lineup in 2017, reports MacRumors.

The iPad is currently available in three sizes: 7.9 inch iPad Mini, the 9.7 inch iPad and 12.9 inch iPad Pro.

Kuo believes that Apple will try to address falling sales of the iPad by launching a new 10.5 inch device, which will be aimed at commercial and educational markets.

Kuo adds that he believes Apple will also add a more affordable 9.7 inch iPad, while the 12.9 inch iPad Pro will be updated.

However, the big news is that Kuo predicts a “revolutionary” iPad will be launched in 2018 that will include “radical changes” to its design.

“Revolutionary iPad model likely to be introduced in 2018F at the earliest, with radical changes in form factor design & user behavior on adoption of flexible AMOLED panel,” says Kuo.

 

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August 16, 2016

Apple's iPad Pro doesn't fare so well comparing itself to Surface Pro in latest video ad
WinBeta

Microsoft has published today a new ad called “What’s a computer? Just ask Cortana” that puts its Surface Pro 4 hybrid tablet against Apple’s iPad Pro. In the 30 seconds video, Siri has invited Cortana to a party to celebrate the fact that the iPad Pro now has a detachable keyboard. However, Cortana is definitely not impressed:

 

“I just got a keyboard, I’m a computer now,” says the proud Siri, though Cortana quickly reminds her that the Surface Pro 4 can do more: it has an Intel x86 processor, it runs the full Office apps, it also has a trackpad and external ports, and Apple’s iPad Pro can’t match that versatility.

 

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Acer Switch Alpha 12 Review: A New Surface Competitor Emerges
Paste Magazine

Until recently, I haven’t been paying much attention to Acer, but maybe that was a mistake. Take, for instance, the Switch Alpha 12. Call it a hybrid, a 2-in-1, a convertible, or some other term entirely. It Acer switch tabletdoesn’t matter. It’s a 12 inch Windows 10 tablet with an attachable keyboard that can easily take the role of your main laptop or a mobile workstation.

Strictly speaking, Acer is marketing it as a 2-in-1 notebook, which is an apt description. There have been several attempts to make a multipurpose device that fulfills the purpose of portable tablet and fully-functioning laptop, but Microsoft’s own Surface is probably the best known. In direct comparison to the Surface, the Switch Alpha 12 makes a very favorable showing.

Acer’s 2-in-1 comes, essentially, in three distinct flavors—the low end model running an Intel Core i3 with 4GB RAM/128 GB SSD drive, the mid-grade Core i5 with 8GB RAM/256GB storage, and the powerhouse i7 version. We tested the i5 version (Model# SA5-271-52FG) running Windows 10 Home (Win10 Pro versions cost $100 more for some reason). The prices range from $599.99 for the low-end all the way up to $1099.99 for the i7 Windows 10 Pro model. Ours, a Costco-specific package, lists at $799.99 and included a special fine-tipped stylus and a 16GB Micro SD card.

 

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August 15, 2016

New Surface Special Edition NFL Type Covers Available to Kick Off the Season

We try lots of things out with Surface, and have mocked up a lot of different types of Type Covers for New Surface Special Edition NFL Type CoversSurface Pro. One that I thought was really cool was a Seattle Seahawks keyboard that someone on our team made in the model shop. I had a chance to meet Paul Allen, gave it to him, and he tweeted a picture. The response we got was exciting – on Twitter and from coaches and players. So we started to dig in on how we can do this for all the teams and NFL fans. It’s a natural place to explore given our relationship with the NFL and how Surface Pro is used on sidelines, in the coaches’ booth, and by many teams for playbooks etc. Oh, and the Surface team is FULL of NFL fans.

So, just in time for the 2016-2017 season, we are introducing the new Microsoft Surface Special Edition NFL Type Covers. Officially licensed by the National Football League, the new type covers let you support your favorite team in style with beautiful full-bleed NFL logos printed on premium and durable material. And of course it takes advantage of our latest Surface Pro keyboard technology to give you the perfect amount of travel in every keystroke, spaced keys for fast typing, and a large glass trackpad.

 

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Report: Apple to add 10.5 inch iPad Pro next year
USA TODAY

 With new iPhones, Apple Watches and MacBook Pros expected in the coming months, you'd be forgiven for forgetting about the iPad.

There may be good reason. Respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities says Apple may be waiting on upgrading its tablet line until next year.

In his latest report, first spotted by MacRumors, Kuo says Apple plans to launch three new iPads next year. This will include a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro as well as a "low-cost" 9.7-inch iPad and 10.5-inch iPad Pro. The new 10.5-inch model is said to be better suited for education, a particular area of interest to Apple as it seeks to build out the iPad market.

Kuo, who studies Apple's supply chain, has a solid track record on gleaning the company's plans. Most recently, he accurately predicted the launch of the iPhone SE and was among the first to speculate that Apple will upgrade the MacBook Pro with a fingerprint sensor and touchscreen display bar, a rumor which picked up steam last week.

Both of the larger iPad Pros will run new Apple 10X processors, according to the report. Unlike the iPhone, which will reportedly see a major redesign next year to coincide with the smartphone's 10th anniversary, Kuo doesn't anticipate the iPad seeing a similar overhaul until 2018, where it may benefit from new features including a "flexible AMOLED" screen.

 

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