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New and in-depth testing on the display of the latest 9.7-inch iPad Pro by monitor lab DisplayMate has revealed that not only is it an improvement over the screen used in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and a "major upgrade" over the iPad Air 2, but that it handily beats all other mobile displays the company has ever measured. In an unusually praise-filled analysis by the AMOLED-favoring company, it notes that while the latest iPad Pro's display is the same size, ratio, resolution and PPI dot pitch as the iPad Air 2 it replaced, various improvements -- including the use of two color gamuts, and being 20 percent brighter than the previous model -- make it "very likely better than any mobile display, monitor, TV or UHD TV" on the market at present.
The monitor specialists at Displaymate have put a new iPad mini through its paces, and have found the display to be "very capable" but a distinct decrease in quality over Apple's Retina display choices as seen in the more recent iPads. Citing the iPad mini's resolution of a lower-than-expected 1024x768, the analysts believe that Apple's choice of panels for the iPad mini was a combination of constraints on display technology, cost minimization, plus a number of "poor choices and compromises."
An updated tablet display quality shootout at DisplayMate has just given Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 a slight edge over the iPad 2. While the Apple tablet remained superior to all the other tablets with a wide enough margin to win the last comparison, the new Galaxy Tab was often just ahead enough in tests to win overall. Samsung had the clear edge in resolution at 1280x800 but had just slightly better black levels, brightness, contrast, and glare.
The iPad 2 has bested its competition in DisplayMate's latest comparison of display quality among several popular tablets. Although the second-generation iPad lacks the pixel density of Motorola's Xoom or Asus' Transformer, the display calibration company suggests Apple's tablet wins in nearly every other category. The tests included measurements for screen reflections, brightness, contrast, colors and intensities, viewing angles, backlight power consumption and battery life.
An LCD examination for the iPad 2 has shown both its quality but has also called out for major improvements in software and, eventually, in hardware. Like with the original iPad and the iPhone 4, DisplayMate gave the iPad 2's screen praise for having an IPS-based, 24-bit color panel but said it needed better antialiasing to improve the perceived smoothness of text and other elements. As an example, company president Dr. Soneira put it next to a netbook and noticed that a similar pixels-per-inch ratio still netted smoother fonts due to Windows' ClearType.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE