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iPad Air vs. Pro vs. mini: Which one’s right for you?


The complete iPad lineup now includes Apple Pencil support, best-in-class performance, advanced displays and all-day battery life, Apple says.
There's an iPad for everyone.
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Apple today added two new iPads to its lineup while dropping the 10.5-inch iPad Pro released in 2017. It now offers five different tablets, each of which has its own advantages. So how do you choose the right one?

Which iPad is best for unparalleled performance? Which one offers more bang for your buck? Which is starting to look a little long in the tooth?

Our in-depth comparison shows you exactly how all five of Apple’s current iPads stack up — and helps you decide which one is worth your hard-earned cash.

iOS 12 beta 5 spills Apple’s dual-SIM plans for new iPhone


iPhone X home screen
iOS 14's Home screen could be very different.
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A recent rumor claimed Apple will add dual-SIM functionality to at least one of the handsets in this year’s iPhone lineup. Now its latest developer update has all but confirms those claims.

Code discovered in iOS 12 beta 5 reveals Apple is already making preparations for a secondary SIM card slot in some iOS devices. It seems two traditional SIM cards will be supported, rather than a traditional SIM combined with embedded Apple SIM technology.

2018 iPhone lineup will boast embedded Apple SIM technology


Apple SIM
You’ll be able to juggle two lines at once.
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Apple’s new iPhone lineup will feature embedded Apple SIM technology alongside an additional SIM card slot, according to a new report.

Users will be able to take advantage of both to juggle two lines simultaneously. In certain markets where Apple SIM is not supported, Apple will offer a device with two SIM card slots.

3 big problems with Apple Watch Series 3


There's still work to be done to perfect Apple Watch Series 3.
There's still work to be done to perfect Apple Watch.
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The Apple Watch has come a long way from the first model. With each update, Apple adds important missing ingredients, like GPS, a faster processor, cellular and an altimeter.

So has Apple Watch finally reached its true potential? Cupertino certainly thinks so. Apple COO Jeff Williams described Series 3 with cellular as “the ultimate expression of Apple Watch” at last week’s special event.

But three big problems still remain (not including the cellular connectivity glitch Apple is scrambling to fix ahead of this Friday’s ship date).

How Apple’s pursuit of simplicity helped revolutionize the SIM card


Swap SIMs no more. Photo: Apple
Your SIM swapping days are over, thanks to Apple. Photo: Apple

One of the neatest and most innovative features of Apple’s new iPads is the unique Apple SIM feature, which allows users to easily switch between different carriers and plans using iOS.

A newly uncovered patent application dates elements of Apple’s concept back to 2009, before Apple even debuted the iPad. Called “Provisioning an Embedded Subscriber Identity Module,” the invention describes a method of obtaining and personalizing an embedded eSIM card, which can be provisioned over-the-air, rather than the pre-provisioned nature of physical SIM cards.

And in true Apple style it was all about one thing: simplicity.