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October 22nd to be a big day for tablets

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Tablets can be an important tool in a photographer's workflow.

The next Apple event is expected to be on October 22nd. While not much is known about the upcoming press conference, tech experts and insiders are claiming that we will see the next iPad as well as the commercial release of the new cylindrical Mac Pro that was announced at WWDC. 

For photographers, the next iPad is expected to have a better camera (maybe the same 8MP imaging unit as the iPhone 5S) and a faster processor. Experts are also predicting that the next iPad will be thinner and if a new iPad Mini is announced, it will have a retina display.

An official invitation will likely be sent out soon, and if Apple follows its previous pattern, the invites will be packed with plenty of symbolism and hints to keep tech journalists guessing.

If the iPad event ends up to be on October 22nd, it will raise some eyebrows amongst the tech community. The date is already hosting the Microsoft Surface release and the Nokia World conference.

According to rumors, Nokia is set to release its own tablets on the 22nd–including the much-hyped Lumia 1520. Meanwhile, Microsoft's Surface 2 tablet will hit the shelves on the 22nd. If Apple does end up making announcements on October 22nd, many will see it as an attempt to take the spotlight away from its competitors.

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BigBen08

Let's not forget the new Samsung 10.1 2014 edition...

http://www.itechpost.com/articles/11629/20131011/samsung-galaxy-note-10-1-2014-edition-now-available-u.htm

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Menneisyys

Yup, it's a very interesting tablet. However, for about only twice the money, you can get the Surface Pro 2, which is far-more powerful and future proof. I think I'll go for the latter. (I need Wacom support.)

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BigBen08

I like the Surface Pro 2, but I believe the Samsung 10.1 2014 has a higher resolution screen. As a photo viewer, the Samsung might win out.

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Andrys

At least as important is a screen with stable viewability as you move your head (not true of any netbook I've tried) and very good color accuracy as well, not to even mention ability to use the full Photoshop and not a weakened version...

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Terry Breedlove

USB is ancient crappy technology. The way forward is wireless transfer between devices and the cloud.

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jcmarfilph

I bet you have at least 3 USB devices that are connected to your computer right now. =D

Apple is insolent and wouldn't want to include a very simple USB port but instead opted to milked their customers with expensive adapter.

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Menneisyys

"Apple is insolent and wouldn't want to include a very simple USB port but instead opted to milked their customers with expensive adapter."

... and, midi / musicians aside, that adapter still can only be used for image / video importing and nothing else... and, if you're lucky, you can use your USB keyboard (if it doesn't reuqire higher currents than 100 mA). Unless you jailbreak, of course - but even then you'll only be access the file system of CCK-attached storage on iPads, not on iPhones.

Now, compare this to the full(!!!) USB host capabilities of Android (or, for that matter, some old Windows Mobile PDA's / phones like the FuSi PL720).

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ChrisKramer1

I find it very difficult to love my Ipad 4. It is too heavy and awkward to handle. Dust has entered the screen and scratches have appeared from nowhere. The operating system is also embarassingly simple. (The eco-system on the other hand, is magnificent.) As soon as Microsoft gets it stuff together, I'm off.

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Polytropia

Scratches don't appear from nowhere. If you are scratching and filling your iPad with dust, you're abusing it. If you deny that, you're simply in denial.

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Jetranger_Pilot

Apple products are designed for simpletons ... so why are you surprised it is simple? Everything they make has one button. For the simpletons that can't handle two and need someone to tell them what they need and convince you to like it. One mouse button, one tablet button, one phone button. Oh, and could you please charge me 4 times more for it just by making it look expensive but really just be fragile with the guise of looking expensive? Then make sure it cannot view all the fancy flash websites that every other tablet can view. That would be great. Then I can brag about over paying for something that is limited in use, and that only a simpleton would want.

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Shamael

I have an android tablet that performs like a dream, with hdmi output, with a classic usb port, with a 64 gig sdx slot, and it was available with 8 gig base memory for 115$ in 9 inch format.
The same in 9.7 inch format is 135$. So, in what does apple now wants to revolution the market? I will buy an Archos 13 inch tablet soon, for 220$. I have it up to the throat from this "mini" scrap. My next retina android with 10.1 inch is 220$. Is there not here a lesson to learn for apple?

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Kendall Helmstetter Gelner

And that doesn't run iPad software so what's the point of everything else? The reason to own any computing device is what you can do with it, and you can simply do far more with an iPad than with the tablet you describe.

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jcmarfilph

Do more? Are you joking? iPad is a dumbed-down overpriced device with crippled features. OS wise, nothing beats Android and Windows when it comes to doing more on the device. And you don't need to buy adapter just to attach expensive peripherals on it.

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Polytropia

jcmarfilph, you're completely wrong. iOS is a wonderful OS with the best ecosystem of apps available on any mobile platform. Android is a gimped, slow OS that has slow responsiveness and is almost unusable for any applications that require low latency. I haven't used Windows OS, but it can't possibly be worse than Android.

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jcmarfilph

Best ecosystem? Gimme a break. You are stuck with expensive apps on it while you can get it for free on google playstore. Majority of the features in iOS have been implemented years before that in Android and Windows.

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Menneisyys

"Android is a gimped, slow OS that has slow responsiveness and is almost unusable for any applications that require low latency. "

BS. I've been using stock Android 4.3 on my brand new, inexpensive (read: no high-end CPU / GPU or 3GB RAM, "only" a SnapDragon 600) Nexus 7 2013 for several weeks. Butter-smooth.

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Menneisyys

"OS wise, nothing beats Android and Windows when it comes to doing more on the device. And you don't need to buy adapter just to attach expensive peripherals on it."

Exactly. Lightning was particularly a bad move - now, the HDMI output is significantly worse than before.

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inevitable crafts studio

if you wanna buy a new plastic tablet everytime another company brings slightly better hardware, then go ahead, buy your androids for 200 bucks ^^

i have my iphone 4 for years, my ipad2 ditto, it still runs the latest OS and all apps, has absolutely no hardware flaw, no scratch no nothing.

an OS should be as much in the background as possible, with easy accessible clearly structered system preferences.

everything else is done by dedicated apps.

and for me thats perfectly implemented in ios devices.

i dont care for animated backgrounds and which softwarecompany had it first.

i care for magnesium alloy, and having as less open holes as possible.
on a laptop and handheld devices.

i also prefer breakout cables in soundcards.
most plugs standards are faulty by design.
headphones plugs always break at some point, so i rather have a super failsafe plug like the new apple connector than a usb port for exapmle.

why is there never an android bashing when they release something ?^^

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Shuterbugg

@inevitible crafts studio, it's odd that you say your iPhone4/iPad2 have no hardware flaws, and then go on to say that you'd rather have the new apple connector.
Getting access that new connector would force you to go against your first statement of "buying a new tablet every time there's slightly better hardware."
Big difference there, you will be spending a hell of a lot more than $200 on the new hardware.

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Menneisyys

"if you wanna buy a new plastic tablet everytime another company brings slightly better hardware, then go ahead, buy your androids for 200 bucks ^^"

You don't need to. The Nexus / Samsung's 10.1" Note line (that is, the best of the best ones) are only refreshed once a year.

"i have my iphone 4 for years, my ipad2 ditto, it still runs the latest OS and all apps, has absolutely no hardware flaw, no scratch no nothing."

1. That's you. A lot of people do have scratches, particularly on the iPhone 5 and the pre-iPhone4 plastic iPhones.

2. Next to the Nexus 7 2013, I also have the iPad 3 and 4 (and, of course, the 1 and the 2) - in a case, of course. I like them (particularly jailbroken with f.lux) so I'm not a blind Android / Windows 8 Pro fanboy.

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KariIceland

A big day for tablets? Not really, just a mini upgrade if any, i have really started to question the integrity of those running the connect part of dpreview. So much "apple is amazing" articles here while they go "meh android is here, nothing amazing"

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inevitable crafts studio

thats because they look at tablets more from a professional side then soccermum "but mine was cheaper" consumer type of people

easy as that

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jcmarfilph

So what's new in this iTab? A 15 years technology with a camera sensor tinier than a pinhead and crammed with more pixels? Still no USB, no card reader, no real multitasking, 100% more expensive than competitor's tablets?

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Kendall Helmstetter Gelner

I use a card reader all the time with my iPad, and also some USB accessories via the Camera Connection Kit. Also iOS has had multitasking for a long time and iOS7 adds even more to that, but also preserves battery life...

As for more expensive - you get what you pay for. It makes no sense to me to buy a tablet that costs less but has almost no tablet specific software to run on it compared to an iPad. If all you want to do is browse the web I suppose a cheaper tablet works OK.

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Menneisyys

"I use a card reader all the time with my iPad, and also some USB accessories via the Camera Connection Kit."

1, He meant storage expansion via a (micro)SD card, available in many ph/tablets (e.g., the Note 3).
2, the CCK is deliverately dumbed down not to allow most USB memory sticks to operate
3, even if they do operate, you still can't access them directly, only if you JB and use iFile for either direct or symbolic link-based access (see http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/87/tutorial-how-you-can-use-your-memory-card-appstore-apps-external-ipad-storage-memory )

"Also iOS has had multitasking for a long time and iOS7 adds even more to that, but also preserves battery life..."

It's not windowed(!!!!!) multitasking - something Windows RT and all Samsung's phablets/tablets over 5" have and also rumoured for next Android releases. On iOS, all we had Quasar for true windowing - but that's not iOS6+-compatible.

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inevitable crafts studio

whats the system latency of android again ?

its 2013 and you praise a touch device with 150ms input latency because it has windowed multitasking?

so you could watch youtube while surfing the net ?^^

exciting..

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Menneisyys

"150ms input latency"

Lolz... get your facts right, pal.

1. The slowest response of non-current(!) hardware in the Agawi tests was 123 ms - and the fastest 114 ms. It's quite a bit less than 150 ms.

2. The latter (best result) is that of the GS4, which, as with all of the benchmarked models, has a previous-generation hardware. I don't think current, SnapDragon 600/800-based hardware wouldn't be faster.

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