A year ago the FAA announced it would be undertaking a review into the long accepted ban of using electronic devices during the taxi, take off and landing of an aircraft and while the aircraft was below 10,000 ft.
Today various sources have announced that the industry group working alongside the FAA to assess the issues is hoping to relax the ban on electronics by the end of the year, however there are still details which need to be worked out, like for example what exactly is required for an “aeroplane mode” and what functions are allowed to stay switched on.
[ad 1]A US Senator (Claire McCaskill) promised last year that she would introduce a legislation to force the FAA to loosen their controls on electronic devices if they did not re-assess the situation on their own. The senator was particularly frustrated at the fact that iPad’s have been approved for pilot use however customers have to wait until they are over 10,000ft.
According to people who work with an industry working group that the Federal Aviation Administration set up last year to study the use of portable electronics on planes, the agency hopes to announce by the end of this year that it will relax the rules for reading devices during takeoff and landing. The change would not include cellphones.
One member of the group and an official of the F.A.A., both of whom asked for anonymity because they were not allowed to speak publicly about internal discussions, said the agency was under tremendous pressure to let people use reading devices on planes, or to provide solid scientific evidence why they cannot.
Personally i think the real issue with using your “electronic devices” is more to do with the fact that if you are sitting listening to your iPod, you are not listening to the flight attendant who is telling you how to get out of the plane in an emergency, and ultimately telling you when you need to brace and get out of the plane! Ok yes we have all heard the exits are here, here and here a million times but wouldn’t you rather have your memory refreshed so you know exactly what to do on the off chance that your plane does crash into the ocean and someone is fiddling around trying to work out the emergency door as the cabin is filling up with water?
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As most people in the tech world have been expecting Apple have launched the iPad mini today at their media event. The device features a 7.9-inch display with a resolution of 1024×768 pixels, measures just 7.2 millimeters thick and weighs 308 grams.
The new iPad Mini features the powerful dual core A5 processor, has a facetime camera on the front of the device with a 5MP camera on the rear, 802.11a/b/g/n wireless networking and an optional 4G LTE connection with some models. Amazingly even with its reduced physical size the battery life is still a very reasonable 10 hours.
iPad mini is every inch an iPad. With its gorgeous 7.9-inch display, iPad mini features the same number of pixels as the original iPad and iPad 2, so you can run more than 275,000 apps designed specifically for iPad,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iPad mini is as thin as a pencil and as light as a pad of paper, yet packs a fast A5 chip, FaceTime HD and 5 mega pixel iSight cameras and ultra-fast wireless―all while delivering up to 10 hours of battery life.
Apple has used the same resolution as the iPad 2 and so all existing iPad apps that work on the older iPad 2 will work on the iPad mini without any need for developers to make modifications to their existing apps.
The iPad mini starts at £269 for the 16 GB Wi-Fi model, with the 32 GB Wi-Fi model priced at £349 and the 64 GB Wi-Fi model coming in at £429. The models with cellular capability cost an additional £100. All models are available in the same black/slate and white/silver color schemes seen on the iPhone 5.
Pre-orders for the iPad mini will start on Friday 26th October with the Wi-Fi models shipping on 2nd November and the cellular models starting to ship two weeks later. The apple website also notes that you can purchase a Wi-Fi Model in store at “you’re favourite apple retail store” from 8am on the 2nd November.
Apple has also created a brand new advert to co-inside with the launch of the iPad Mini.
Apple has introduced new polyurethane iPad mini Smart Covers in six different colors, which we expect to be priced around £25 – £30 each. Apple also now has a full suite of Lightning adapters to support USB camera connections, SD cards and VGA or HDMI connectivity.
Will you be buying an iPad Mini? or are you more of a Kindle Fire person, either way let us know what you will be spending your hard earned cash on this Christmas.