Apple (AAPL) has taken a lot of people by surprise — instead of an updated third-generation model, Apple just announced a fourth-generation iPad with updated features like an Apple A6X processor, 720p front-facing FaceTime camera, expanded 4G LTE support for Sprint (S) and other carriers around the world, a Lightning connector, faster Wi-Fi and more. It will start at $499 for the Wi-Fi-only model and $629 for the LTE model, and the new iPad will be available in both black and white like the previous model. In terms of dimensions and other key specs, the fourth-generation model is identical to the prior version.
If you’re wondering just how small Apple’s (AAPL) iPad mini is going to be, here’s a look at the new battery that will power the new smaller iPad, which is set to be announced in just a few hours. We are told that the battery has more power than the third-generation iPad in relative terms, with ratings of 16.7Whr and 4,490 mAh. Actual measurements thanks to a ruler next to the battery look like they should be roughly 4 x 6-inches, just over two-thirds of the size of the iPad mini’s case. There are a couple more photos in the gallery. Thanks to Apple Museum Taiwan and Chronic. More →
We were able to share some of the first photos of Apple’s upcoming iPad 4 a couple days ago, and this time we have been sent photos of a new iPad’s display assembly. The most noticeable changes we can see are the fact that the front-facing camera cutout is larger than the previous model, allowing Apple to include a bigger sensor. We’d bet that Apple will continue the 1.2 megapixel FaceTime HD camera from the iPhone 5 and iPod touch here. One more change that will be most welcome is the fact that the screen will be optically bonded to the screen, reducing glare and improving the picture. This time around, we have not be clearly told whether this part is from Apple’s 3rd-generation iPad refresh that will mostly be announced tomorrow, or for another iPad model set to be launched at a later date. We’d assume it is the refreshed 3rd-generation model. If so, that would be a new Lightning dock connector, upgraded FaceTime HD front facing camera, optically bonded display, most likely improved 4G LTE support across the globe, and possibly a faster processor. We will find out very shortly. Thanks to Apple Museum Taiwan and Chronic. More →
We’ve just been sent a photo of what we’re told are third party non-approved authentication chips for Apple’s (AAPL) Lightning USB cables. This is important because Apple had included an authentication chip to prevent inexpensive and potentially unsafe third-party Lightning accessories from being manufactured, and while news was reported last week the chip was cracked, this photo shows more than one clone of Apple’s original design. More →
One of our reliable Apple (AAPL) sources has let us know Apple has begun testing iOS 6.0.1 with different carrier partners in the U.S. and we have a general list of what the first iOS 6 update will entail. iOS 6.0.1 should fix the horizontal lines bug on the screen when the keyboard or app folder is open, and it will also fix a problem with the camera’s flash not going off. More →
BGR first launched just about six years ago. In that time, there have been two redesigns and today marks the third. This one is a major one, and we’re finally also rebranding with new logos, colors and a new personality. First off, you’ll notice that the site’s new home page does two things: it gets you the latest and most important information while also doing a better job of highlighting important and original content.
Apple (AAPL) is wildly expected to introduce a smaller 7.85-inch iPad mini at the company’s event on Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean a newer iPad isn’t making its way towards production for release in the spring. We have received photos of what we’re told is the 4th generation iPad’s lightning dock connector. The photo compares the 4th generation iPad’s dock to the iPad mini dock, and the connector looks to be a brand new design. This most likely signals that the 4th generation iPad will also feature a redesigned interior to accommodate different components. We were also told that this is not simply the refreshed lightning dock connector for the 3rd generation iPad. We’ll have much more shortly. Thanks to Apple.pro and the Apple Musium Taiwan
Microsoft (MSFT) is currently in the midst of a major transition unlike anything the company has dealt with in the past. According to our own sources and multiple subsequent reports, Microsoft is working on its own smartphone. While this would mark the first time Microsoft has launched a self-branded smartphone (we’re not counting the KIN), the implications for the company are much greater than just a phone. Noted industry insider Eldar Murtazin has written a lengthy piece on the company’s upcoming Windows Phone plans, but has also explored some of the reasons why Microsoft is being forced to make its own tablets and smartphones, and most likely its own laptops and desktops as well in the near future. This is a fundamental shift in the company’s business model, and it could absolutely end up backfiring. We have included some of Eldar’s most important points as well as our own thoughts and reactions from our own sources below. More →
Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone 5 offers up some amazing improvements over the iPhone 4S, and one of the most noticeable is a taller screen. In order to take advantage of the new display, apps need to be updated, and a lot of developers are doing some innovative things with the extra space. Here’s a quick list of my favorite apps for the iPhone 5 so far. More →
BGR has learned that Sony Electronics (SNE) is making plans to sell the company’s famed 550 Madison location in New York in order to raise money, according to a close source of ours. An internal email was sent to Sony executives detailing the plans recently, and Sony is currently considering a few different scenarios. We are told the selling price of the building will be in the $1.5 billion to $2 billion range. Sony Electronics is now making plans to sell the building and potentially lease back space for it’s various business units like Sony Electronics, Sony Music, and others, or completely move to another location entirely. Sony is coming off of four straight annual losses, and is “very mindful” of its cash position.
Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone 5 demand is still off the charts, with most Apple stores around the world still out of stock. In fact, we’ve checked multiple carrier locations in the United States since launch and none have even received new shipments of the iPhone 5 yet. Your best bet is still at an Apple store, but you’ll quickly find that any available iPhone 5′s will most likely be for Sprint and Sprint only. More →
Giveaways are an old tradition around these parts… and we’re back with a brand new iPhone 5. We are giving away an iPhone 5 in your choice of black or white, and the winner will also be able to choose an AT&T (T), Sprint (S) or Verizon Wireless (VZ) model. It’s incredibly easy to enter and here are the official details:
- We are giving away a new 16GB iPhone 5 in either black or white, your choice of carrier.
- The contest will run for two weeks until Wednesday October 10th at 11:59 p.m. ET.
- To enter, like our Facebook page and leave a comment on the contest post here.
- You can also follow us on Twitter if you aren’t already, and don’t forget to follow the whole team: @boygenius, @zacharye, @bwreedbgr, @DanGraziano and @raywongy
- The contest winner will be contacted directly and if he or she doesn’t respond within three days, we’ll pick another winner.
Thats it! Good luck — and remember that you need to comment on the Facebook contest post, not here on BGR.com, in order to enter.