Google made some waves today when it announced that the Chrome Browser was coming to the Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The new Chrome Browser for iOS is very similar to the version available for Android 4.0 ICS devices, and offers advanced features like syncing with other computers and mobile devices that use Chrome.
While Chrome is certainly slower in some tasks when compared to Safari, it uses some interesting user interface tricks to minimize the gap. The browser pre-fetches web pages to load them faster, and it has a very snappy and fluid user interface - even on an older iOS device like the original iPad tablet. As far as interface features go, Chrome for iOS offers all of the same features that the Android version has, including a fast and easy tab management system, Incognito browsing mode, and ability to request the desktop versions of web sites.
The most powerful part of Chrome, and the reason many people might choose to use it, is its ability to sync with other devices that are also running the browser. It is incredibly easy to access all of the tabs that are open on another device right from an iPhone or iPad, making it simple to move from the desktop to a mobile device. Users also can sync all of their bookmarks and saved passwords with the mobile iOS version of Chrome.
Unfortunately, iOS does not allow third-party web browsers to be set as default, so many users might have difficulty making the Chrome Browser their choice in day-to-day use. But if you use it just for accessing tabs on other devices alone, it may be worth keeping around on your iOS device. Chrome Browser for iOS is free and can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store now.
The iPhone 4S looks identical to last year's model but comes in a new 64GB flavor and upgrades the camera to include an 8-megapixel sensor with improved low-light performance and 1080p video capture. In terms of performance the new iPhone is reportedly up to 2x faster and is also capable of running on faster HSPA+ networks, reaching theoretical download speeds of up to 14.4Mbps.
The Apple iPad (3rd-gen) includes a Retina Display operating at a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536. Powering the new iPad is a dual-core A5X processor with quad-core graphics, it also gets upgraded optics in the form of a 5MP backside illuminated sensor that features a 5-element lens, IR filter and ISP built into the A5X chip. Apple claims The new iPad is good for 10 hours of battery life and nine hours when using 4G LTE.
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