Apple ditches Imagination graphics to develop its own GPUs

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Imagination suspects Apple has been stealing its ideas.
Imagination suspects Apple has been stealing its ideas.
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Imagination Technologies has confirmed that Apple will no longer use its graphics processing technology in future iOS devices.

The British company revealed that Apple is developing its own graphics processing units (GPUs), and it suspects Cupertino might be ripping off its intellectual property.

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Today in Apple history: First iPad reviews hail a true game-changer

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Did you own an original iPad?
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April31March 31, 2010: The world gets its first sense of how the iPad measures up, as the first pre-release reviews hit the internet.

The consensus? That there’s no Flash, no USB, no multitasking — but that it’s a whole new computing experience all the same. As USA Today writes, “The first iPad is a winner.”

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Apple targets students and travelers in new iPad Pro ads

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iPad Pro comes with all-day battery.
iPad Pro comes with all-day battery.
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Apple continued its new ad campaign series for the iPad Pro today by publishing some new ads that showcase how the tablet is the perfect laptop replacements.

The three new ads are aimed at students and frequent travelers by highlighting the iPad Pro’s lightness, ability to carry textbooks and notes on the same screen, as well as its all day battery life that can keep you entertained on a 12 hour flight. Like the previous set of iPad Pro ads, the quirky new videos feature tweets from real people with real problems.

Watch all three short ads below:

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Beware phone scammers who warn of iCloud hack

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Check your iCloud settings today.
Check your iCloud settings today.
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Got a call from “Apple Support” to say your iCloud account was hacked? Hang up and ignore it.

Phone scammers are calling unsuspecting iPhone and iPad users and trying to trick them into handing over their iCloud account details. Once they have them, they can purchase whatever they want, and it’s you who foots the bill.

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iPad teardown throws shade on ‘brighter screen’ claim

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Apple's new iPad is cheaper, but maybe not necessarily brighter?
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Update: “We put the new iPad through more tests,” iFixit notes. “The display on the iPad 5 has ~44% greater luminance than the LCD in the Air 1.” Well, we guess that answers that!

Apple claims that its latest iPad boasts a “brighter 9.7-inch Retina display” than its predecessors.

However, our friends over at iFixit call that claim into question with their teardown of the device — which prompts them to ask, “Brighter than what?”

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Xcode 8.3 provides more hints at 120Hz iPad Pro displays

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The next iPad Pro offer faster refresh rates for Apple Pencil.
The next iPad Pro offer faster refresh rates for Apple Pencil.
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The latest update to Xcode has provided another hint that Apple’s next-generation iPad Pro will feature a faster 120Hz display.

Existing iPhone and iPad displays max out at 60Hz, but higher refresh rates allow for a smoother experience when playing graphically intensive games and using Apple Pencil.

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Week’s best Apple deals: First discount on the new iPad

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Want to save some bucks on the already-affordable new iPad?
Want to save some bucks on the already-affordable new iPad?
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After a disappointing post-iPad-announcement week, we’re already seeing the first discount on the new iPad. You’ll find that, plus a huge gift card with an iPhone 7 and more, in this week’s grab bag of the best Apple bargains.

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Apple Mail manager leaves to work on third-party email app

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Former Apple Mail engineer Terry Blanchard.
Former Apple Mail engineer Terry Blanchard.
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One of the most important engineers behind Apple’s own Mail app has decided to leave the company and lend his skills to another email app creator.

Readdle, makers of the popular Spark email app for iOS, has hired away former Apple Mail engineering manager Terry Blanchard to work on ‘the future of email’ after he helped Apple develop its email app for the past six years.

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Google Calendar finally arrives on iPad

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You can now get Google Calendar on your iPad.
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One of the most popular digital calendar services is the world is finally coming to iPad.

Google revealed today that its Google Calendar app for iPad is officially ready for download, bringing all of the popular Calendar features from the web to Apple’s tablet.

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With looming iPad Pro update, now is the time to sell your old iPad

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The easiest way to get quick cash for your old iPad.
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With one new iPad model already released and a refresh to the iPad Pro line likely coming soon, now is the perfect time to sell your old iPad.

With every upgraded iPad that hits the market, the value of older iPads plummets. So, if you have an old tablet, the best time to trade up and sell your iPad for the most cash is right now. Use our fast and easy online buyback program today — before current iPads depreciate.

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