Apple has announced its next generation of iPads. The iPad Air replaces the previous iPad 4 and is now smaller at 9.7 inches, thinner at 0.29 inches and lighter at 1 pound. It uses the new 64-bit A7 SoC to double CPU and GPU performance.
The iPad Air also uses multiple antennas with MIMO technology to transfer data up to 300Mbps over 802.11n and there are redesigned Smart Covers and Smart Cases available in multiple colours. It will be available on November 11 for US$499.
The iPad mini has also been updated. It now has a Retina display with 2048 x 1536 resolution, the new 64-bit A7 SoC and MIMO technology. It will be available next month at US$399 for the 16GB model. The previous iPad mini will drop to US$299. Learn more about the iPad Air here and iPad mini here.
Apple has also released iOS 7.0.3, which adds iCloud Keychain support to synchronise passwords and other information between devices. The ”reduce motion” accessibility option has been modified to shorten animations as well as removing the parallax effect.
The update also fixes a sensor calibration issue for the iPhone 5s, an issue that prevented some iMessages from being sent, another lock screen issue and a stability issue when using iWork apps. Download the update through Settings > General > Software Update or plug in the device to download through iTunes.
Apple has released iOS 7.0.2. The update fixes a bug that could be exploited to bypass the passcode and access the iPhone’s stored photos and the email and Web services used to share them. The update also brings back the Greek keyboard option for entering a passcode. Learn more on the 9to5 Mac blog here.
Apple has also announced they have expanded the available of AppleCare+ for iPhone 5 users. Previously, users could only get their iPhone repaired in the country of purchase. Now, users can get their iPhone repaired in any country that sells the same phone. Learn more on TechCrunch here.
Microsoft has updated its Bing app for iOS. The update adds four tiles to the homepage to check trending news and images, find nearby local businesses and check the weather.
The Saving and Sharing buttons have also been improved to make it easier to share an image on Facebook and Twitter or save an image or screenshot of the full results page. These saved images can be viewed and synced with other devices.
Learn more on the Bing Search Blog here and download the update from the iTunes app store here.
Google has redesigned its logo and website. The new logo has a flat design without bevels or shadows, a refined colour palette and slightly altered letter shapes. The black bar at the top of the website has been replaced with a grid icon in the top-right corner that displays app icons when clicked. Learn more on the Google blog here.
Google has also updated its Google Translate app with a new UI for iOS 7. The update also adds Bosnian, Cebuano, Hmong, Javanese, Khmer, Lao, Marathi to the list of supported languages and adds handwriting input for 49 languages. Learn more on the Google Translate blog here and download the app from the iTunes store here.
After previously releasing it to developers, Apple has now made iOS 7 available for all users of iPhone 4 or higher, iPad 2 or above, iPad mini or 5th generation iPod touch. Download the update over the air through Settings > General > Software Update or plug in the device to download the update through iTunes.
This is a major update that modernises iOS with a flat design. To maintain a consistent experience, all third-party apps should be updated after updating the OS. See a list of apps that have been updated with a flatter design along with links to download the apps here.
With this release, Apple has doubled the over-the-air download cap from 50MB to 100MB. Also, users of older versions of iOS can now download the last compatible version of apps instead of being blocked from downloading the apps. Learn more about iOS 7 on the Apple website here.
Microsoft is offering a minimum of $200 store credit to customers who trade in a gently used iPad 2, 3 or 4. Although Microsoft hopes the gift card will be used to purchase a Surface device, it can be used to purchase anything at a Microsoft store.
The offer is valid at stores in the US, Puerto Rico and Canada until 27 October 2013. Learn more about this and other promotions on the Microsoft Store here.
Google has updated its Chrome app for iOS. Voice search now has pronoun support, so users can search for “Who is the president of the United States?” followed by “Who is his wife?” and Google will understand.
The update also makes it faster to return to search results, improvements to Single Sign On with other Google Apps, data cost savings enhancements, stability and security improvements and bug fixes.
Learn more on the Chrome Releases blog here. Using an iOS device? Download the update from the iTunes app store here.
Apple has released iOS 7 Golden Master to developers. The update adds some more wallpapers that weren’t available in the previous beta and is available for iPhone 4 or later, iPad 2 or later, iPad mini or fifth-generation iPod touch.
iOS 7 will become available for all users to download on 18 September 2013. Developers can download iOS 7 from the iOS Dev Center here.
Yahoo has updated its Flickr app for iOS with enhanced filter and more camera tools. The app now uses GhostBird instead of Aviary. With this change, some features such as red-eye and blemish removal have been removed and new features such as light and saturation levels have been added.
The update also adds more camera tools includes grids, pinch to zoom and the ability to lock your focus and exposure points. Some of the previous Pro features have also been made available for free.
Using an iOS device? Download the update from the iTunes app store here.
Apple has added a new Kids section to its app store. Previously, there was only a Kids subsection in the Games section. The new Kids section is meant for children aged 11 or younger.
There are subsections for children five and under, six to eight, and nine and above. Apple has also revised its app guidelines to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.
App developers now need permission from a parent before collecting a child’s email address. Also, children cannot be subjected to customised advertising based on their behaviour, be sent outside the app, or purchase anything without consent from a parent. Learn more on MacRumors blog here.