Why buying an Apple iPad Air right now is a really, really bad idea

Announced during Apple’s annual September keynote event, the 2020 iPad Air sports a totally new look which brings it much closer to the pricier iPad Pro. That means users will be treated to a stunning 10.9-inch screen which bleeds to the edges of the aluminium frame. This design removes that chunky chin and forehead which, let’s be honest, was starting to look incredibly tired.

Apple is also releasing its refreshed iPad Air in a range of new colours including a striking green and blue option. But the changes aren’t only surface-level as the new iPad is powered by the latest and greatest A14 Bionic processor, which should make daily tasks around 40 percent than before.

An improved camera will help snap better shots and there’s a USB-C port for faster charging and connectivity with other gadgets, like DSLR cameras, without the need for any adapters or dongles.

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Finally, the Air gets the improved Apple Pencil which is not only more precise but sticks to the side of the tablet for an instant refill and it’s compatible with the clever Magic Keyboard which turns it into a mini laptop.

This is a mighty update to Air and although Apple has removed the older model from its website many UK retailers, such as Currys, are still selling the previous generation. At £479 the older Air is much cheaper than the new £579 asking price but the huge difference between the two makes spending the extra worth every penny.

The older iPad Air isn’t as fast and features a design which is now looking very outdated when compared to what Apple has just announced.

You also only get access to the older Apple Pencil and there are less colour options to choose from. In our opinion, it’s really not worth considering the older iPad Air and it’s worth hanging on a few weeks until Apple’s fully rebooted tablet hits stores. Or, at the very least, if you’re set on getting the previous iPad Air model – wait until a few weeks after the 2020 version is on stores shelves and buy the 2019 tablet at a discount, not at full price as most retailers are still selling it. That really is the worst of both worlds.



Why buying an Apple iPad Air right now is a really, really bad idea

Announced during Apple’s annual September keynote event, the 2020 iPad Air sports a totally new look which brings it much closer to the pricier iPad Pro. That means users will be treated to a stunning 10.9-inch screen which bleeds to the edges of the aluminium frame. This design removes that chunky chin and forehead which, let’s be honest, was starting to look incredibly tired.

Apple is also releasing its refreshed iPad Air in a range of new colours including a striking green and blue option. But the changes aren’t only surface-level as the new iPad is powered by the latest and greatest A14 Bionic processor, which should make daily tasks around 40 percent than before.

An improved camera will help snap better shots and there’s a USB-C port for faster charging and connectivity with other gadgets, like DSLR cameras, without the need for any adapters or dongles.

READ MORE: iPhone 12 release date: why didn’t Apple announce its new iPhone at the event last week?

Finally, the Air gets the improved Apple Pencil which is not only more precise but sticks to the side of the tablet for an instant refill and it’s compatible with the clever Magic Keyboard which turns it into a mini laptop.

This is a mighty update to Air and although Apple has removed the older model from its website many UK retailers, such as Currys, are still selling the previous generation. At £479 the older Air is much cheaper than the new £579 asking price but the huge difference between the two makes spending the extra worth every penny.

The older iPad Air isn’t as fast and features a design which is now looking very outdated when compared to what Apple has just announced.

You also only get access to the older Apple Pencil and there are less colour options to choose from. In our opinion, it’s really not worth considering the older iPad Air and it’s worth hanging on a few weeks until Apple’s fully rebooted tablet hits stores. Or, at the very least, if you’re set on getting the previous iPad Air model – wait until a few weeks after the 2020 version is on stores shelves and buy the 2019 tablet at a discount, not at full price as most retailers are still selling it. That really is the worst of both worlds.



Man allegedly buying drugs stabbed in back, robbed of $6G in designer goods near Times Square

A man was stabbed in the back and robbed in front of a New York City hotel during a drug deal gone wrong just blocks from Times Square, according to police.

The 37-year-old and two other men began arguing in front of the Four Points Hotel on West 40th between Eighth and Ninth avenues in Manhattan shortly before 7 a.m. Saturday when the pair grabbed the victim’s Louis Vuitton wallet, two iPhones and a Versace bag, police said.

One of the thieves then pulled out a sharp object and stabbed the victim in the back before both men ran off with the high-priced items, which collectively are believed to be worth $5,900, police said.

The suspects in an incident in which a man was stabbed in the back and robbed of $6,000 in designer goods near Times Square. (NYPD/DCPI)

The suspects in an incident in which a man was stabbed in the back and robbed of $6,000 in designer goods near Times Square. (NYPD/DCPI)

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The New York Daily News, citing police sources, reported the victim had arranged to meet the pair outside the hotel to buy drugs, but the deal took a turn for the worst after the duo spotted his designer outfit.

The victim was taken to an area hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

Police said his attackers are still on the loose. One suspect was wearing a bright green button-down shirt at the time of the attack and is described as having short hair and a medium build.

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The other man was seen wearing a black jacket with a white lining, black pants, a black hat and a face mask and was described as having a thin build.

Why buying a new Apple iPad right now could be a very bad idea

Apple has finally announced when its blockbuster September launch will take place and there’s really not long left to wait. The big event will get underway at 6pm on September 15, 2020 and one of the headline announcements could be the release of an all-new iPad Air.

Of course, Apple always stays tight-lipped about exactly what it plans to reveal during its media events, but rumours suggest the popular tablet is about to get a major makeover with a design upgrade that’ll make it look far more like the pricier iPad Pro models.

A recent post from the team at 9to5mac (via Duan Rui) even claims to show an instruction manual for the iPad Air with images revealing a device that’s free from the usual chunky bezels and circular Home Button with Touch ID sensor that graces the current variant.

Instead, it seems users could get a display that pushes closer to the edges of the device giving them more space for their content without the tablet’s overall size getting any bigger. Other rumours about the 2020 Air include a faster processor, side-mounted fingerprint scanner, updated single-lens rear camera and an easy way to connect accessories such as a smart keyboard.

READ MORE: Phew, it might not be ALL bad news for iPhone owners this month

It looks like Apple will bundle support for its second-generation Apple Pencil stylus (the current iPad Air only supports the first-generation model) which offers a more lifelike drawing and writing experience and charges wirelessly by sticking magnetically to the side of the iPad itself.

If Apple can produce this new tablet for the same £479 price as the current Air model it’s sure to be a surefire hit as it means Apple fans will be able to get their hands on the same stunning Pro design without the high price tag.

But with the current-generation model still selling for £479 in the Apple Store, it’s well worth holding off on any planned purchases for a few days – just to ensure you get the most for your hard-earned cash.

Hopefully, we’ll find out more in a few days time. Meanwhile, the redesigned iPad Air isn’t the only new device set to be revealed during the event.

It seems very likely the US firm could release a total of four new iPhones in three different display sizes – 5.4inch, 6.7inch and two handsets with 6.1inch screens. All of these will purportedly include support for 5G for the first time which will enable iOS users to access superfast speeds when away from fixed-line broadband.

All models could get OLED screens with a top-end Pro version rumoured to be getting a 120Hz screen for a silky smooth experience.

Other extras coming to these iPhone 12 devices may include bigger batteries, faster processors and an improved camera with a LiDAR scanner. For those who don’t know, LiDAR measures the distance to surrounding objects up to five meters away.

Finally, Apple typically sneaks a clue (or two) about what we’re likely to get during the keynote into the invite itself – and we’re guessing the “time flies” tagline included on the invite for the event on September 15 is a pretty strong hint that we’re going to see a new Apple Watch.

Whispers from the supply chain suggest we’ll see the Apple Watch Series 6 (replacing the current Series 5) as well as a new low-cost Apple Watch, which will replace the Apple Watch Series 3 (from £199) on Apple Store shelves.

Express.co.uk will be bringing you all the news live from Tuesday’s event so be sure to check back for full details.



Why buying a new Apple iPad right now could be a very bad idea

Apple has finally announced when its blockbuster September launch will take place and there’s really not long left to wait. The big event will get underway at 6pm on September 15, 2020 and one of the headline announcements could be the release of an all-new iPad Air.

Of course, Apple always stays tight-lipped about exactly what it plans to reveal during its media events, but rumours suggest the popular tablet is about to get a major makeover with a design upgrade that’ll make it look far more like the pricier iPad Pro models.

A recent post from the team at 9to5mac (via Duan Rui) even claims to show an instruction manual for the iPad Air with images revealing a device that’s free from the usual chunky bezels and circular Home Button with Touch ID sensor that graces the current variant.

Instead, it seems users could get a display that pushes closer to the edges of the device giving them more space for their content without the tablet’s overall size getting any bigger. Other rumours about the 2020 Air include a faster processor, side-mounted fingerprint scanner, updated single-lens rear camera and an easy way to connect accessories such as a smart keyboard.

READ MORE: Phew, it might not be ALL bad news for iPhone owners this month

It looks like Apple will bundle support for its second-generation Apple Pencil stylus (the current iPad Air only supports the first-generation model) which offers a more lifelike drawing and writing experience and charges wirelessly by sticking magnetically to the side of the iPad itself.

If Apple can produce this new tablet for the same £479 price as the current Air model it’s sure to be a surefire hit as it means Apple fans will be able to get their hands on the same stunning Pro design without the high price tag.

But with the current-generation model still selling for £479 in the Apple Store, it’s well worth holding off on any planned purchases for a few days – just to ensure you get the most for your hard-earned cash.

Hopefully, we’ll find out more in a few days time. Meanwhile, the redesigned iPad Air isn’t the only new device set to be revealed during the event.

It seems very likely the US firm could release a total of four new iPhones in three different display sizes – 5.4inch, 6.7inch and two handsets with 6.1inch screens. All of these will purportedly include support for 5G for the first time which will enable iOS users to access superfast speeds when away from fixed-line broadband.

All models could get OLED screens with a top-end Pro version rumoured to be getting a 120Hz screen for a silky smooth experience.

Other extras coming to these iPhone 12 devices may include bigger batteries, faster processors and an improved camera with a LiDAR scanner. For those who don’t know, LiDAR measures the distance to surrounding objects up to five meters away.

Finally, Apple typically sneaks a clue (or two) about what we’re likely to get during the keynote into the invite itself – and we’re guessing the “time flies” tagline included on the invite for the event on September 15 is a pretty strong hint that we’re going to see a new Apple Watch.

Whispers from the supply chain suggest we’ll see the Apple Watch Series 6 (replacing the current Series 5) as well as a new low-cost Apple Watch, which will replace the Apple Watch Series 3 (from £199) on Apple Store shelves.

Express.co.uk will be bringing you all the news live from Tuesday’s event so be sure to check back for full details.



First time buyers: What do you need to know when buying your first home?

Now is a great time to buy your first home as the Government has issued a stamp duty holiday lasting until March 31, 2021. The Government predicted that changes to stamp duty would help 95 percent of first time buyers in England and Northern Ireland and up to 80 percent in London, with some saving up to £15,000 on their purchase. With that in mind, head of lending at the Mortgage Advice Bureau, Brian Murphy, has provided Express.co.uk with everything you need to know when buying your first home.

Mortgage

Mr Murphy says the most important thing to do is start by getting yourself mortgage ready.

He said: “When applying for a mortgage or when remortgaging, the lender will ‘stress test’ your affordability to see if your finances are in order.

“This will determine whether you’re able to afford the repayments, alongside any other financial commitments you may have, and ultimately make sure you have a mortgage you can afford.

“The tests will include a look at your income vs your expenditure, so it’s important that you’re able to show you are capable of keeping your finances in order.

“If you can get yourself as mortgage ready as possible (around six months prior to you needing a mortgage), then when the time finally comes, you will be in a stronger position and your mortgage could go through much quicker.”

READ MORE: UK house price forecast: When will UK house prices drop?

Review what outstanding loans you may have

Mr Murphy advises you to pay off any outstanding loans before you consider applying for your mortgage.

He said: “Avoid taking out any more loans in the meantime.

“However, don’t let this put you off speaking to a mortgage adviser as it doesn’t necessarily mean you are not suitable for a mortgage.”

Mr Murphy also advises future homeowners to pay their bills on time, which can be anything from a phone bill to a general household bill.

He explained: “This will prove you’re reliable and financially independent.”

Another way of increasing your rating is by using a credit card responsibly, as it shows you are able to look after your own finances and pay off debts within a deadline.

Mr Murphy explained: “Remember to prove that your spending patterns are in line with how you see yourself when you have a mortgage.

“If you have any cutbacks you can make, then now is the time to do it.

“Perhaps if you have a gym membership that you don’t use regularly, or you have a subscription to satellite TV that you probably don’t need, then it would be a good idea to cancel them for now, just to save you that extra bit of money. After all, every penny counts!”

Try to save on a regular basis

Having a decent amount of savings in your bank account can be good for a number of reasons.

Mr Murphy explained that savings can be traced back to your bank statements, so it is important to show you are able to safeguard money for long periods of time.

He added: “Not only can it show where the money for your deposit has come from, but it can also prove to your lender that if you are able to save a lump sum or regular amount each month, then this money could go towards paying off a mortgage.”



Travel money: Buying early could result in huge losses amid travel corridor chaos

Holidaymakers looking to get the best bang for their book are frequently told to plan in advance when it comes to the exchange rates. Yet, in a time when travel is increasingly becoming a last-minute affair, it seems planning could well be detrimental to your finances.

With the Government rapidly imposing restrictions on travel to certain destinations, such as the recent removal of Portugal form its travel corridor list, holidaymakers may find themselves unable to jet off and left with a wallet filled with international currency.

Couple this with constant exchange rate fluctuations at the hands of both the pandemic and ongoing Brexit uncertainty and its unlikely Britons will be able to secure a decent “buy-back rate”.

“Many people buy their holiday cash at a time when the rate is favourable even if that is months ahead of their actual trip,” said Paul Brewer, CEO of Currency Online Group.

“In normal times, this is very sensible as it locks in a good rate meaning they get more for their money.

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Staying up-to-date on any relevant figures is a good way to identify how “at-risk” a holiday hotspot is.

The European Centre for Disease Control produces daily figures showing the number of cases per 100,000 in each country, and the subsequent number of deaths per 100,000 accumulative over the last 14 days.

The UK Government is currently looking for nations which have the same number of cases or countries with fewer cases than us – in this instance, these destinations are considered “safe”.

Countries with more than 20 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period could be at risk of being removed from the list.

Mr Brewer added: “Governments will normally be making noises about which countries they are considering to place on the quarantine list before they actually do so.

“If things still look ok for the country you are travelling to, then buy the rest of your cash.”

For travellers who have already purchased currency but are faced with cancelled holidays, the best thing to do is attempt to resell the currency.

Alas, rates will likely be much lower than when the cash was initially purchased, which means travellers will still face some form of loss.

“Many currency exchange firms offer a buy-back service where you can sell your unwanted travel cash,” said the travel money pro.

He recommends using an online service to hunt out the best rates.

“However, the rate won’t be the same as the rate at which you bought it,” he further warns.

“This means that some people can lose out through no fault of their own if they can no longer travel and need to sell their currency.”



Sainsbury's Nectar Card new scheme – get hundreds of extra points buying these foods

Sainsbury’s new Nectar Card initiative will give shoppers extra points for buying more fruit and vegetables. Hundreds of extra points are up for grabs.

“We hope our customers enjoy taking part, while getting more out of their points balance.”

Where did Sainsbury’s rank among Britain’s cheapest supermarkets? 

According to research by Which?, Aldi was the cheapest supermarket last month for a trolley load of 74 items.

Sainsbury’s came sixth after Aldi, Lidl, Asda, Tesco and Morrisons.

Customers who enjoy attractive blooms in their house will now have greater choice in many stores.

The chain is doubling the number of expert florists in stores to 180.

The bouquets will be created in store, freshly, made to order.

Across the UK there will be over 100 florists in Morrisons stores.



Coronavirus pandemic has Americans eating healthier, buying foods to boost immunity

The coronavirus pandemic has motivated Americans to prioritize healthy eating habits, new research suggests.

Foods that boost immunity, metabolism and improve mental health are becoming more sought after during the COVID-19 pandemic, with 77% of consumers saying they want to do more to increase their health habits for the future, according to new research from Chicago-based food processing company Archer Daniels Midland.

COVID-19 has prompted more Americans to prioritize healthy eating habits. (iStock). 

COVID-19 has prompted more Americans to prioritize healthy eating habits. (iStock). 

The research, as reported by FoodDive, indicates that plant-based diets — as alternatives to meat-centric meals — continue to be a growing trend. Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) found that 18% of consumers in the U.S. purchased their first plant-based protein products during the pandemic, with 92% saying they’ll continue to buy them.

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The news comes on the heels of separate research from Stanford Medicine scientists published in August, which revealed that a diet including an average of two servings of plant-based meat alternatives can lower some cardiovascular risk factors as compared to a diet with the same serving size of animal meat. And plant-based products appear to be selling better alongside real meat. A study by Kroger, America’s largest grocery store chain, found that plant-based meat sold better in the beef aisle during the pandemic, suggesting perhaps that meat-eaters are increasingly looking for alternative protein options.

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Consumers are also buying more greens, citrus-containing fruits, spices and herbal beverages with immune-boosting benefits, with 57% of global consumers saying they’re more concerned about using food as fuel to fight off disease, according to the ADM survey.

What’s more, 51% surveyed said they’re looking for protein-rich foods that will help boost metabolic health to maintain weight, especially with more people working from home and going out less frequently resulting in more of a sedentary lifestyle.

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Still, even before the pandemic hit, more consumers were making healthier eating choices. A separate survey of 1,600 consumers from L.E.K. Consulting, conducted in 2018, found that 63% tried to eat healthy most or all of the time, and were seeking out labels with fewer ingredients, non-GMOs and no preservatives. 

5 things to know before buying a tiny home

Love the idea of a tiny house? Here’s what you need to know about the subtle and sometimes-hidden costs in these exercises in Lilliputian living.

They’re not all that new as a concept

The tiny-house movement isn’t exactly new. Those in search of tranquility have long been seeking to carve out their own small spaces since the dawn of time. Now we’re seeing the resurgence of simplicity with a shift toward minimizing and downsizing.

A tiny house is generally one that’s under 400 square feet, says Chris Dorsey, founder of Dorsey Pictures, the producer of “Tiny House, Big Living.” They’re generally built on trailers for mobility, but they can be built on foundations.

“What’s cool about tiny houses is that they can be built to match anyone’s lifestyle and budget,” says expert Chris Dorsey.

“What’s cool about tiny houses is that they can be built to match anyone’s lifestyle and budget,” says expert Chris Dorsey.
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“What attracts most people to tiny homes is that they are redefining the American dream by owning a home with little to no debt while traveling the country and even working on the road,” explains Dorsey. “With a tiny home, people can design their own space that fits their personal interests and tastes at a much lower cost than a standard custom home… and because everything is smaller in a tiny home, you can pick from top-of-the-line finishes at more affordable prices.”

That being said, Dorsey warns that when it comes to the question of the cost, there may be subtle or even hidden expenses that add up fast.

They can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $180,000

Tiny homes can range in cost from about $10,000 to $180,000, but the average falls somewhere in the range of $30,000 to $40,000.

Tiny homes can range in cost from about $10,000 to $180,000, but the average falls somewhere in the range of $30,000 to $40,000.
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“What’s cool about tiny houses is that they can be built to match anyone’s lifestyle and budget,” says Dorsey. They can range from $10,000 to $180,000, but the average falls somewhere in the range of $30,000 to $40,000.

“Some people are shocked at how much tiny homes cost while others can’t believe how inexpensive they are,” Dorsey explains. How much it will actually cost to build your own lilliputian living quarters will depend upon a combination of factors, including what locale you’ve chosen, whether you will build on a foundation or on a trailer (figure $25,000 if you’re building on a foundation, and $35,000 if you’re building on a trailer), the complexity of the building plans, how much you plan to do yourself, and the materials used.

“You should budget at least $65,000,” says Ryan Fitzgerald, owner of Raleigh Realty. “You might be spending $25,000 on building materials, alone.”

DIYing isn’t always a great idea

“I’ve seen several people take off work for a month or two to build their own tiny homes and think they are saving money by doing so,” says Rachel Preston Prinz, who runs an architectural firm, “Then, months later, they’re still out of work and building.”

So anyone who wants to go DIY should be aware of the money they won’t be making while they’re saving money on contractors.

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Don’t expect to benefit from “economies of scale”

“The smaller the home, the higher the contractors mark up their prices,” says Gabe Lumby, who, with his wife, is building a “tiny-ish” house on his parents’ land. Contractors aren’t excited to make less money because the home you’re building is smaller, he explains, “so we’ve found that the markup is higher, or they’re simply not willing to take the job.”

Zoning laws can add up

Every municipality has different zoning, building, land use, and inspection laws, not to mention the associated fees, says Prinz.

“Whatever you do, play by the jurisdiction’s rules,” she urges. “Rural areas usually have more lenient laws, so choosing rural areas may save you money. But what you save here might get eaten up on connecting to the utilities’ grid.”

For more things to know before buying a tiny home, keep reading the original article from Reader’s Digest.