Apple’s first phablet, the iPhone 6 Plus is one way to get a larger screen without buying a tablet, and you can fit it in your pocket. However, Apple hasn’t given up on tablets. They have now made the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3 available for preorder.
As was the case with netbooks, tablets, pocket PCs, laptops, and many other devices, one can’t suit everyone.
The iPad screens are bigger and better for viewing movies, playing games, and shared activities with your siblings or friends, but they must be carried in your hand, a backpack, or another case you can wear.
The iPad Air 2 price starts at $500 for the 16 GB model with Wi-Fi only, $600 for 64 GB, and $700 for 128 GB. The LTE versions of all the iPad Air 2 models cost an additional $30. They come in silver, gold, and space gray. The iPad Air 2 is equipped with Touch ID, a fingerprint recognition system.
You can preorder them on Apple’s website.
If you’re interested in the smaller, more affordable iPad Mini 3, these start at $400 for the 16GB model, $500 for the 64 GB model, and $600 for the 128 GB model.
An Old Problem That Still Hasn’t Been Resolved
The iPads support the most common MP3 and lossless WAV file formats. However Apple hasn’t implemented support for the Ogg or FLAC file formats.
MP3 files are often twice the size of (and slightly lower quality than) Ogg Vorbis files (these end with the extension .ogg). Ogg isn’t a new format. It is already supported on nearly all tablets and phones, including Android and Blackberry.
FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) is a lossless audio format which is 40% smaller than WAV files. It enables audiophiles to enjoy the best sound quality and save a great deal of space.
There is no catch to using Ogg or FLAC.