Discover What’s New in iOS 7, iPad Air, and iPad mini with Retina Display
Apple’s iPad gets its features from a combination of hardware and its software operating
system (called iOS; the term is short for iPhone Operating System, in case you want
to impress your friends). The current operating system is iOS 7. Fifth-generation
iPad offers these changes:
* Design: iPad Air is lighter (1 lb.) and thinner (7.5 millimeters thick) with
thinner bezels for more screen area. Both iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display
offer awesomely crisp displays with 3.1 million pixels @@md which, trust me, is a
* An improved chip: The 64 bit A7X processor which doubles processor and graphics
speeds than the A6X chip on the fourth-generation iPad.
* Dual antennas: Two antennae and the use of MIMO (multiple-input, multiple output)
technology allows for much faster wireless connections.
* M-7 Motion Coprocessor: This coprocessor processes game features like the gyroscope
and accelerometer faster.
* Video Recording: Video recording quality has moved from 720p HD to 1080p HD for
an improvement in quality, and 3x video zoom has been added.
The iOS 7 update to the operating system adds a few new features, including
* A whole new look: Apple entirely redesigned the iPad interface with iOS 7, providing
flatter, more graphically bright buttons for your apps, and a simple, clean look
to areas such as the Lock screen and Settings. Love it or hate it, it’s an overdue
facelift for the iPad.
* Control Center: This handy group of buttons and sliders gives you access to the
most commonly used settings, such as volume, playback tools for music, on/off settings
for AirDrop (see next item for more about this feature), Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, as
well buttons for Flashlight, Clock, Calculator, and your Camera. Control Center appears
when you flick up from the bottom of the iPad screen.
* AirDrop: Use this new feature to share pictures, videos, music, and more with
somebody in your general vicinity who has an AirDrop-enabled device (iPad fourth
generation and later and iPad mini).
* Notification Center: Swipe down on your iPad screen, and you reveal Notification
Center. New Notification Center features in iOS 7 are the Today, All, and Missed
views, which help you see useful information such as events on your Calendar, Reminders,
and stock values from three perspectives.
* Multitasking: In iOS 7, Apple has made some changes in the way you work with more
than one app at a time. You can press the Home button twice to get a view of all
open apps to make it easier to switch among them. Also, your iPad now pays attention
to the time you typically use certain apps, such as a social app or stock tracker,
and updates their content at that time to make the latest content available to you
* Camera improvements: Now the Camera app makes various shooting formats (still,
video, panorama, and the new square format) easily accessible. In addition, Apple
has provided filters so that you can add effects such as higher contrast or black-and-white
to your photos with newer iPads.
* Photo categories: To help you organize your photos, iOS 7 has added Collections,
Moments, and Years categories to group your images by the time and location where
they were taken. In addition, you can now use iCloud to share photos with others;
photos or videos are streamed to everybody’s devices. Others can also post items
to your stream and even make comments.
* A new look for Safari: Apple’s browser, Safari, helps you get around the Internet.
Now it also provides a unified search field so that you can enter a website address
or search term and Safari can provide the best match for your entry. The Shared
Links feature lets you view information about your Twitter timeline, and Reading
List helps you save and read articles to keep you informed. Finally, iCloud Keychain
is a way to have iCloud store all your account names, passwords, and credit card
numbers safely. Keychain also helps out by entering information for you when you
* iTunes Radio: iTunes Radio offers you streaming music from popular radio stations,
but beyond that, it learns about you as you listen. This feature allows you to build
new stations, putting you in charge of how many familiar tunes are mixed with new
songs to help you expand your musical vocabulary. You can also view a history of
what you’ve heard and build a musical wish list.
* Siri grows up: Siri has jumped on the new-look bandwagon with a simpler, cleaner
look in iOS 7. You can choose between a male or female Siri voice, and enjoy the
fact that Siri checks even more sources for its info, including Bing, Wikipedia,
and even Twitter postings related to your verbal query.
If you don’t happen to have mastered seven languages like James Bond, iTranslate
might just be a great app to have on your iPad. It has an easy-to-use interface;
just type a word in the top pane set to a language such as English, and then tap
the setting for the second language and scroll to find the one you need, such as
If using the shorthand language of texting is limiting for you, add some visuals
to your messages with TextPixs+. There are many categories of images here, from Animals
to Scenery and Vehicles.
Download the free Urbanspoon for iPad to find nearby restaurants in various categories,
read customer reviews, and more.