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Samsung targets Apple iPad Pro with new Galaxy Tab S4

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The choice of Android tablets particularly those targeting the higher-end productivity market has just become more interesting with the announcement of a new device from Samsung. Adopting a 10.5” Super AMOLED (2500 x 1600 pixel) display with a squarer 16:10 … Read more

‘Brought to Light’ – Mobile Photography / Art Interview with Christine O Sobczak from Wisconsin, United States

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Our ‘Brought to Light‘ interview section explores the mobile photographers and mobile artists behind their art. Each question has been carefully crafted and is designed to allow us to get to know them a little more intimately. To view others … Read more

Latest Apple iPad Pro 10.5 inch Review via iMore

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I want to thank Susan Murtaugh for sending me a link to this fabulous and it really is, review of the Apple iPad 10.5″ via iMore. In this review the author compares many features of the previous models with regards, display, speed -chipsets, connectivity, cameras, video, apps and accessories.  The author is Rene Ritchie from Montreal and I will definitely make a point to get to know him better.  I will attach a link to his full review.

In the meantime, Murtaugh is crafting a dedicated iPad review for us, specifically relating to Mobile Art, of which she is of course renowned. As soon as we have that, we will publish it here.

Link to iMore Review

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Apple iPad Pro, in 10.5-inch & 12.9-inch Models, Introduces the World’s Most Advanced Display & Breakthrough Performance

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iOS 11, Coming This Fall, Brings New Features That Make iPad Pro Even More Powerful

Apple today introduced an all-new 10.5-inch iPad Pro and a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro, featuring the world’s most advanced display with ProMotion technology and incredible performance with the new A10X Fusion chip. The new 10.5-inch model reduces the borders by nearly 40 per cent to fit into an incredibly compact package that still weighs just one pound. Combined with powerful new iPad features in iOS 11 coming this fall, like the all-new Files app, customisable Dock, improved multitasking and deeper integration of Apple Pencil, iPad Pro gives users the ability to be even more productive and creative.

“These are by far the most powerful iPads we’ve ever created with the world’s most advanced displays featuring ProMotion, the powerful new A10X Fusion chip and the advanced camera system of iPhone 7,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Product Marketing. “Together with iOS 11 these new iPad Pro models will radically change what users can do with iPad.”

The Most Advanced Display Featuring ProMotion

The stunning, redesigned Retina display in iPad Pro features ProMotion, a new technology that delivers refresh rates of up to 120Hz for fluid scrolling, greater responsiveness and smoother motion content. With ProMotion, Apple Pencil is even more responsive with an industry-best, 20-millisecond latency for even more fluid and natural drawing. ProMotion also improves display quality and reduces power consumption by automatically adjusting the display refresh rate to match the movement of the content.

The advanced Retina display is Apple’s brightest iPad display yet and features antireflective coating, making content easier to see indoors and out. True Tone dynamically adjusts the white balance of the display to match the light around you for a more natural and accurate viewing experience. A wide colour gamut enables iPad Pro to deliver digital cinema-standard colours.

Groundbreaking Performance Powered by A10X Fusion Chip

iPad Pro delivers groundbreaking performance, connectivity and versatility to tackle the most demanding tasks. The powerful new 64-bit A10X Fusion chip provides performance that is faster than most PC laptops shipping today, so tackling complex tasks like editing photos and 4K video, rendering 3D images or playing games feels effortless. A six-core CPU and 12-core GPU deliver up to 30 per cent faster CPU performance and 40 per cent faster graphics performance than the industry-leading A9X chip, while delivering all-day battery life.1

iPad Pro is the perfect device to shoot, edit and share pro-quality photos and videos. It features the same advanced front and back-facing cameras as iPhone 7, including a 12-megapixel camera with optical image stabilisation, along with a 7-megapixel FaceTime HD camera. iPad Pro also features a four-speaker audio system, providing powerful, clear and rich stereo sound in any orientation. An embedded Apple SIM2 and support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi and LTE Advanced3 make it easier to stay connected when traveling in more than 180 countries and regions.

Touch ID on iPad Pro is more responsive and gives users a simple and secure way to unlock iPad, keep personal information private within apps and approve purchases from the App Store, iTunes Store and iBooks Store. With Apple Pay on iPad, paying for physical goods and services within apps or on websites in Safari has never been easier.4

iOS 11 Introduces Powerful iPad Features

iOS 11, coming this fall, introduces powerful new features for iPad, including:

— a new customisable Dock that provides quick access to frequently used apps and documents from any screen;

— improved multitasking, including a redesigned app switcher that brings Spaces to iOS, making it easier to move between apps or pairs of active apps, used in Split View and now Slide Over;

— the new Files app that keeps everything in one place, whether files are stored locally, in iCloud Drive or across other providers like Box, Dropbox and more;

— Multi-Touch Drag and Drop, which is available across the system to move text, photos and files from one app to another, anywhere on the screen;

— a new document scanner in Notes, which lets users easily scan single or multi-page documents, removes shadows and uses powerful image filters to enhance readability; and

— deeper integration with Apple Pencil, with support for inline drawing to write along text in Notes and Mail, Instant Markup to easily sign documents, annotate PDFs or draw on screenshots, and a new Instant Notes feature, which opens Notes from the Lock Screen by simply tapping Apple Pencil on the display. New searchable handwriting makes it easy to search for handwritten text or characters.

Apple Pencil & Smart Keyboard

Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, available for purchase separately, bring breakthrough levels of precision and utility to iPad Pro. Advanced sensors in Apple Pencil measure both pressure and tilt for natural drawing, annotating and note-taking. A new full-sized Smart Keyboard has been custom designed for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, offering a thin yet durable keyboard that never needs to be charged or paired over Bluetooth and is easily foldable into a protective Smart Cover.

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Mobile Photography Interview – ‘A Day in the Life of Alexis Rotella’ from Maryland, United States

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Welcome to our very exciting interview column on theappwhisperer.com. This section entitled “A Day in the Life of…” is where we take a look at some hugely influential, interesting, newcomers as well as accomplished individuals in the mobile photography and art world… people that we think you will love to learn more about. This is our 127th interview of the series. If you have missed our previous interviews, please go here.

Today we are featuring accomplished mobile photographer, Alexis Rotella and her wonderful art. You will love this!

If you would like to take part in our A Day in the Life interview series, please send an email to myself at Joanne@theappwhisperer.com and I will get back to you.

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Apple Introduces 9.7-inch iPad Pro  

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Apple today introduced the all-new 9.7-inch iPad Pro — at just under one pound it features a new pro Retina display with greater brightness, wider colour gamut, lower reflectivity, Night Shift mode and introduces new True Tone display technology to dynamically adjust white balance. The new iPad Pro delivers incredible performance with the 64-bit A9X chip that rivals most portable PCs, along with a four-speaker audio system that is twice as powerful,¹ new 12-megapixel iSight camera for shooting Live Photos and 4K video, 5-megapixel FaceTime HD camera, and faster wireless technologies. And iPad Pro includes support for the breakthrough Apple Pencil and a new Smart Keyboard cover designed to fit the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

“iPad Pro is a new generation of iPad that is indispensable and immersive, enabling people to be more productive and more creative. It’s incredibly fast, extremely portable, and completely natural to use with your fingers, Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. And now it comes in two sizes,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The 9.7-inch iPad Pro has a new Retina display with True Tone technology, four-speaker audio system, blazing fast A9X chip, 12-megapixel iSight camera, 5-megapixel FaceTime HD camera, faster wireless, and support for Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. It is the ultimate upgrade for existing iPad users and replacement for PC users.”

Designers, illustrators and businesses have quickly adopted iPad Pro and it’s changing the way they work:

“People don’t realise how much hand drawing is needed to produce computer animation,” said John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer, Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios. “iPad Pro and Apple Pencil are the closest we’ve ever been able to get in the digital world to actually drawing on paper.”

“I’ve done everything including designing the latest cycling collection on iPad Pro,” said Alex Valdman, Head of Design for Rapha. “It goes with me everywhere, and has not only replaced my laptop, but my paper notebook as well. For the Rapha design team, iPad Pro will become standard issue.”

“At Citi, iPad Pro is truly transforming how we work,” said Stephen Gates, U.S. Head of Design for Citi Global Consumer Banking. “iPad Pro and Apple Pencil have played a huge part in the new Citi Design team’s work to create new innovative customer experiences. We use iPad Pro for sketching out new design concepts, presenting our work, answering our emails, working with our design files on Adobe Creative Cloud and participating in FaceTime meetings with our other design teams all over the world.”

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Apple New iPhone and iPad Pro Event – 21st March 2016

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As predicted Apple have sent out invitations for their latest event to be held on 21st March 2016, with the ‘giveaway’ title of ‘Let us Loop you in’.

So, what are we expecting and hoping to see?  It has been widely speculated that Apple with annouce a new 9.7 inch iPad Pro – this device will join the line up with its 12.9 inch predecessor but will of course have a smaller screen and will incorporate support for the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. So, effectively it will be possible to purchase an iPad Pro in two sizes. In addition a new 4 inch iPhone has been reported in the rumour press. As well as updates to the Apple Watch bands.

As always, we will be covering the event live with updates on our main website here as well as our hugely popular Twitter feed. If you’re not one of our 24.4k followers on Twitter yet, please join us here.

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Mobile Photography / Art Tutorial – iColorama Cloning: From The Mundane To The Surreal

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We are delighted to publish Jerry Jobe’s latest mobile photography/art tutorial for our reading and viewing pleasure. This time Jobe takes a look at the latest update to popular mobile art imaging app, iColorama. Read his thoughts as he puts it through its paces (foreword by Joanne Carter). Take it away Jerry…

iColorama retails for $2.99/£1.99 and you can download it here.

“Once again, a new release of iColorama adds art tools that further the reach of this feature-packed art app. The latest release brings the Clone Brush, Light leak textures, and a few other tweaks. I’m going to be concentrating on the Clone Brush in this tutorial.

Why use a clone brush? You may, quite frankly, not need it in your artwork. But I’d like to show you some ideas for how to use them that you may want to incorporate into your artwork or just play around with. Here’s a result of play with the Clone Brush that made a nice, vibrant appstract”.

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The iPad Pro – First Impressions with Carolyn Hall Young – The Artist’s Perspective

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Yesterday, the brand new iPad Pro became available in over 40 countries worldwide, including in stores and online. Many mobile artists were among the first to purchase this epic 12.9 inch device, including of course, none other than Carolyn Hall Young. You may recall Hall Young’s recent TrueView Interview as well as our podcast, where she explained how much she loves iPad painting and has completed 1,450 serious digital portrait paintings on her older iPads and she confessed she has been drooling about the release of the iPad Pro, ever since it was announced.

Well, usually bed-bound Hall Young collected her brand new iPad Pro in person, yesterday, at her local Apple Store in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.  Sensibly, Hall Young contacted the store first and Mac Expert – Suzanne Clute reserved one ready for collection. (We have images below of Hall Young in the Apple Store). Following this purchase, she then went to visit her neighbour Bobbie Aamodt, for her 98th birthday to show her the brand new iPad Pro (photos below). This phenomenal woman, 98 year old Bobbi Aamodt, took to the iPad Pro “like a duck to water”, explained Hall Young. She cannot wait to make her own purchase of this unparalleled device.

We asked Hall Young for her first impressions of the iPad Pro, from an artist’s perspective. Hall Young explained, when she first entered the Apple Store and saw the iPad Pro, she was initially disappointed that it was not larger. When she held it and started to use it, she realised it was the “perfect size”. For digital painting, of which Hall Young does tirelessly, she explained that there’s a “huge improvement in the viewable painting area and the screen itself is utterly beautiful, the scale for viewing the ergonomics work for me”, expressed Hall Young.  “The transfer rate between picture, uploads and downloads is significantly faster than with the iPad Air 2 and the transition from her iPad Air 2 to the iPad Pro was seamless,  said Hall Young. The new Apple Pencil and smart keyboard that Apple have launched alongside the iPad Pro were available to test in store (delivery will be later) and Hall Young has ordered both. Procreate and iColorama are favourite apps for Hall Young and these were not available to test in store with the new pressure sensitive Apple Pencil, however her first impressions were favourable. The design of the new capacitive pencil is slim and “it’s a little slippery and not a ‘gripable’ design” per se, however, as with many of Hall Young’s other styli she has rigged them to aid her painting. The smart keyboard she found to be”‘very responsive” and “utterly amazing”.

When Hall Young left the Apple Store in her wheelchair with oxygen attached and her husband Warren pushing her through the doors, the Apple Staff and their surrounding customers all stopped and turned and congratulated her on her purchase and expressed their good wishes. What an incredible day! What an atmosphere! We cannot wait to see what she creates with her iPad Pro!

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iPad Pro Can Be Ordered Right Now!

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Apple is open for business… Today is the first day you can order your iPad Pro online and they’re already taking orders and currently stating availabity to ship in one business day.  Click here to order from Apple.com or if you prefer to order from B&H, please click here.

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