As posted on Remains of the Day: Apple Quietly Updates the iPad
Apple added a couple of new products to their lineup this morning to little fanfare. The new red iPhone, in partnership with the (RED) charity, may be the only head-turner but they also upgraded the most popular size of lower-end iPad.
- The new 9.7 inch iPad is a slight upgrade over the iPad Air 2, with a starting price of $329. That simplifies things a little bit; now the whole lineup includes the iPad Mini, the normal iPad, the iPad Pro, and a jumbo iPad Pro. Apple also announced a weird video app that they’re developing called Clips, which lets you create videos to be shared on other services. It’s sort of like Apple’s version of Snapchat minus the actual chat. You can add emojis and filters and all that jazz and do simple video editing. Clips will be available in April. [Apple]
- In other news, following the U.S. ban on electronic devices on certain flights from the Middle East and Africa, the UK will move forward with similar restrictions. In their case, UK-based airlines will also be affected, including British Airways and EasyJet, though they say it’s up to the airlines to decide when they will begin enforcing the new rules. Canada is also considering instituting similar rules. [BBC]
- Reddit is taking steps to behave a little more like a social network. They’re testing a new feature that lets people post to their own profile page without actually posting in any specific subreddit. And other redditors can subscribe to an individual’s posts. So you can post stuff and follow people regardless of the community, like many other social networks. Reddit was probably motivated by high-profile users with existing followings, but it could fundamentally change the way the site works. [Gizmodo]
- Nintendo is apparently fixing Switch controllers that keep losing their signal by adding a little cube of conductive foam. CNET’s Sean Hollister sent his Joy-Con in to be repaired the first thing he did when he received it back from Nintendo was pry it open, of course. He found that they added a little block of foam above the antenna to presumable protect it from interference. Hollister also speculates that they already fixed the issue in new controllers, as his Joy-Con fresh from Amazon worked fine. [CNET]