First iPad Air 2 deliveries begin in Australia

Taste_of_Apple:

That’s definitely pretty cool. Thin is nice, but I miss the mute switch. Would have rather had same thickness with less heft and even better battery life.

Originally posted on 9to5Mac:

The iPad Air 2 only recently started shipping with delivery dates of October 22nd and 23rd, and it appears the first devices have been delivered to Australian owners over the past few hours, as several 9to5Mac readers have tipped us. At least one device in the wild was tested on Geekbench recently, revealing some interesting undisclosed facts about Apple’s A8X processor.

iPad Air 2 buyers in the United States and other launch countries should expect to start seeing deliveries tomorrow. If you haven’t already ordered yours, you can get it on Apple.com today.

Thanks, tipsters!

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Apple addresses lack of memory for updating iDevices

While traversing Apple’s support site, I came upon this gem which seems to be intended for those who want to upgrade and don’t have the space. Nice of them to address this, subtle as it is, but they should make the minimum storage tier 32 GB rather than compromise the user experience. IMG_0202.PNG

Update: It’s been there since iOS 7.1 at least…still let’s fix this by starting off with 32 GB and give users a less burdensome experience. What’s good for users will be good for Apple long term.

GT Advanced reaches deal to part ways w/ Apple, will sell sapphire furnaces to pay debt

Taste_of_Apple:

That didn’t drag on for too long.

Originally posted on 9to5Mac:

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Following a report last week that Apple was seeking to keep its involvement in its sapphire supplier GT Advanced’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing secret, today Bloomberg reports that GT Advanced and Apple have reached an agreement that will allow the two companies to part ways. Lawyers for GT Advanced said the deal “will save millions of dollars and solve most issues” and be an “amicable parting of ways,” according to the report. 

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Triple-core iPad Air 2 pegged as 55% faster than any other iOS device, Retina 5K iMac top score beats low-end Pro

Taste_of_Apple:

Insane numbers. Shocked in a good way.

Originally posted on 9to5Mac:

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Geekbench results for the iMac with Retina 5K Display have hit the web and show that when it comes to 64-bit processing, the 4.0 GHz model of the new all-in-one comes out ahead of the lowest-end (3.7 GHz) Mac Pro. Of course, the rest of the Mac Pro family handily beats the iMac in the same category.

The extra power is almost certainly dedicating to keeping things running smoothly on the impressive new 5K display.

Meanwhile, on the mobile side, new benchmarks for the iPad Air 2 have revealed some very interesting data regarding the new A8X system-on-a-chip. According to Geekbench, the new tablet actually feature a triple-core processor (versus dual-core chips in A8 chip inside the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus) and a hefty 2 GB of RAM.

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That increase in processor power makes the iPad Air 2 one formidable machine, coming in at about 55% faster than the brand new…

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Benchmark suggests the iPad Air 2 will be even more powerful than you imagined

Taste_of_Apple:

Pretty insane how much more powerful iPad is now – and it hasn’t been that long since the original either.

Originally posted on BGR:

Apple has yet to officially release the exact specifications for the pumped-up A8X processor that powers the iPad Air 2, but these new benchmarks show the immense power that iPad Air 2 will have by suggesting the device’s CPU will have 2GB of RAM and 3-core CPU.

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New report reveals how Apple plans to get you hooked on Apple Pay

Taste_of_Apple:

Definitely a great idea.

Originally posted on BGR:

Google is pretty savvy when it comes to getting consumers to adopt new technology, but even it couldn’t get Android fans to use Google Wallet with any consistency. Via MacRumors, a new report from BankInnovation claims that Apple is planning to roll out an Apple Pay loyalty program that will start offering users some great rewards by the end of the year.

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Pre-ordered iPad Air 2 & iPad mini 3 units now shipping from Apple w/ Oct. 22-23 delivery date

Taste_of_Apple:

Pretty close.

Originally posted on 9to5Mac:

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For those that pre-ordered Apple’s new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, Apple has now started shipping the devices with an expected delivery date of Oct. 22 or Oct. 23 quoted to several 9to5Mac readers who pre-ordered on day one. Others have been quoted a delivery date of between Oct. 22-27.

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