iPad Sales

iPad sales hit a new 5-year low this past quarter

October 26th at 7:45 AM

iPad sales hit a new 5-year low this past quarter

Apple’s iPad still can’t seem to catch a break. For as much as some people may be inclined to explain away slumping iPad sales, the harsh reality is that Apple’s iconic tablet has been floundering for many years now. Yesterday, Apple’s earnings report revealed that year-over-year iPad sales dropped yet again during the September quarter, this time by 6%. That may not seem so bad in a quarter where Mac sales declined by 14%, but it’s hard to ignore the fact that iPad sales have been trending downward for years with no end in sight.

The numbers in this regard are rather telling. During the quarter gone by, Apple sold 9.26 million iPads. By way of comparison, Apple during its September 2013 quarter sold 14.08 million iPads. And during the September quarter in 2012, Apple sold 17.04 million iPads. Indeed, Apple’s quarterly iPad sales are now lower than they’ve ever been in five years.

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MacBook Pro 2016 Release

Apple insider provides some tantalizing details about Apple’s next-gen MacBook Pro

October 24th at 11:51 AM

Apple insider provides some tantalizing details about Apple’s next-gen MacBook Pro

Apple in just a few days will unveil some sweeping and long-overdue changes to its stagnant Mac lineup, with the venerable MacBook Pro slated to receive a particularly dramatic overhaul. As we covered previously, Apple’s 2016 MacBook Pro will not only feature upgraded specs, but will also incorporate an OLED display panel located at the top of the keyboard. It’s also believed that Apple’s new MacBook Pro will feature built-in Touch ID functionality, a larger trackpad and a shallower and more reliable keyboard like the 12-inch MacBook.

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MacBook Pro 2016

Everything we know about Apple’s exciting next-gen MacBook Pro

October 21st at 3:23 PM

Everything we know about Apple’s exciting next-gen MacBook Pro

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen Apple roll out a revamped and next-gen MacBook Pro. In fact, the entirety of Apple’s Mac lineup has been in dire need of a meaningful refresh for an embarrassingly long time.

Thankfully, we won’t have to endure Apple’s stale and stagnant Mac lineup for much longer. Earlier this week, Apple sent out invitations for a special media event set to take place on October 27. Apple, in typical fashion, hasn’t told us what’s on the agenda but it’s no secret that the event will focus primarily on new Macs. It’s also no secret that the star of the show will be a completely retooled MacBook Pro with a number of snazzy new bells and whistles.

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iPhone 7 32GB vs 128GB

New tests confirm there’s one iPhone 7 model that’s much slower than the rest

New tests confirm there’s one iPhone 7 model that’s much slower than the rest

October 20th at 11:29 AM

The iPhone 7 comes in three different storage sizes, and in theory, the only difference between the three is size. But as it happens, the 32GB model is much slower than the bigger models at a number of real-world tasks.

We’d already heard from GSM Arena that there’s a difference in the quality of storage, and a new video from Unbox Therapy‘s Lew Hilsenteger explains the difference, and how it might affect you.

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Raumfeld One M Review

Raumfeld One M review: wireless speakers don’t get any better

October 15th at 12:00 PM

Raumfeld One M review: wireless speakers don’t get any better

For years, there’s been one name in the world of expensive wireless speakers that effortlessly fill your house with sound. But there’s a new king on the block, and its name isn’t Sonos.

German manufacturer Raumfeld has been around for a while in Europe, but it’s only just getting around to doing North America properly. The company makes a whole catalogue of wireless speakers for your house, ranging from tiny kitchen units to big tower speakers for serious listening.

The one common factor — apart from the price tag, which is universally steep — is the lack of wires. All the speaker units connect to your home Wi-Fi, and using Raumfeld’s excellent app, you can stream music from your phone or from all of the popular music streaming services.

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Verizon said to be launching data plans for drones

October 7th at 8:22 PM

Verizon said to be launching data plans for drones

People buy data plans for their smartphones so they can send email, check Facebook, and more, but what about a data plan for your drone?

Wireless carrier Verizon will start selling such plans, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The plans reportedly will begin at 1 GB of data for $25 a month.

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Invisible TV Panasonic

Panasonic just showed off an invisible TV with a fully transparent display

October 6th at 10:00 PM

Panasonic just showed off an invisible TV with a fully transparent display

For quite some time now, it’s largely been accepted as fact that innovation in the HDTV space had hit an insurmountable ceiling. With ultra-thin 4K displays delivering incredible picture quality at remarkably low prices, it was hard to fathom what the future of TV watching would entail, or if it would even be markedly different from what it is today.

But as the famous Steve Jobs quote goes: The best way to predict the future is to invent it. Apple may not have figured out how to re-invent the HDTV, but the same can’t be said for Panasonic.

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Apple TV Discount

Apple just killed the cheap Apple TV

October 5th at 7:00 PM

Apple just killed the cheap Apple TV

The fourth-generation Apple TV, with its apps and fancy remote, is the set-top box Apple wants you to buy. But if you’re not interested with friends and you really just want Netflix on your big screen, the $69 third-gen Apple TV has been a good option.

That is until today, when Apple unceremoniously yanked the 3rd-gen TV off shelves, leaving the $149 Apple TV as the only option.

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Pixel Pixel XL Google Home Videos

Google event video roundup: See the Pixel, Google Home and Daydream View in action

October 4th at 2:37 PM

Google event video roundup: See the Pixel, Google Home and Daydream View in action

As expected, Google’s big fall event on Tuesday was packed to the gills with new hardware. We got our first (official) look at the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, the Daydream View VR headset, the Chromecast Ultra and the Google Wifi router. We also got a closer look at Google Home, which was unveiled back in May.

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Google Home

New Google Wi-Fi routers, Chromecasts and speakers will fill your home with everything Google

October 4th at 1:01 PM

New Google Wi-Fi routers, Chromecasts and speakers will fill your home with everything Google

On top of announcing its first-ever Google-branded phones and VR headset to go with them, Google has also decided it wants to be the next Netgear. We’ve got Google Wi-Fi, a new router that’s designed to be used as part of a mesh network that covers your house with Wi-Fi, alongside more details about the previously-announced Google Home speaker.

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iPhone 7 Battery

There’s already a complete guide to repairing your iPhone 7 at home

September 29th at 3:10 PM

There’s already a complete guide to repairing your iPhone 7 at home

It’s a fall tradition: the leaves change, Apple launches a new iPhone, and then you drop said iPhone on the sidewalk. Luckily, there’s a next step.

iFixit has released its full collection of repair guides for the iPhone 7, two weeks after conducting a live teardown of the new phones. If you’ve somehow already broken your battery — or maybe it exploded all on its own! — this is the information you need.

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Samsung Explosions

Samsung drama continues as company’s washing machines found to explode

September 28th at 3:23 PM

Samsung drama continues as company’s washing machines found to explode

Samsung’s issues with exploding devices may, oddly enough, extend far beyond the public relations disaster that was the recently recalled Galaxy Note 7. According to a report from ABC News, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a warning in regards to top-loading Samsung washing machines after fielding numerous complaints about the machines exploding.

Hardly isolated incidents, the CPSC since 2015 has seen at least 21 reports from consumers involving exploding washing machines. In one story relayed by ABC News, one owner described the incident as being nothing short of harrowing.

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