Apple has just announced that the company sold a record 3 million iPads since the new tablet’s launch this past Friday. “The new iPad is a blockbuster with three million sold―the strongest iPad launch yet,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Customers are loving the incredible new features of iPad, including the stunning Retina display, and we can’t wait to get it into the hands of even more customers around the world this Friday.” Hit the break for Apple’s full press release. More →
Apple has just alerted the media that it plans to discuss what the company will do with its $100 billion in cash tomorrow at 9:00 AM ET. The most logical assumption is Apple will issue a dividend to shareholders. Or buy part of Samsung or something crazy. Press release follows.
Apple’s new iPad is finally here! Just moments ago, Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced the tablet on stage, and it indeed features an unbelievable 9.7-inch Retina Display with 2,048 x 1,536-pixel resolution. Existing iPad apps will be scaled up automatically until they’re updated for the new display. It looks like the form factor has not changed significantly, which is consistent with dozens of rumors and reports leading up to today’s unveiling. The new iPad also features Apple’s new quad-core A5X processor, an SoC that includes dramatic improvements where graphics performance is concerned. Carrying over from the iPhone 4S is a much improved backlit rear camera that will capture 5-megapixel photos. There’s even 1080p HD video capture support with built-in stabilization. Siri won’t be making it to the iPad yet but there’s absolutely voice dictation, and Apple also added 4G LTE support that will work on both AT&T and Verizon Wireless here in the U.S. Hit the break for more.
Google has selected Dennis Woodside to head Motorola Mobility, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. Woodside was most recently President the Americas region at Google. Previous rumors had Nikesh Arora, Google’s SVP and Chief Business Officer, pegged to be CEO of Motorola, with Woodside replacing Arora following his appointment. According to his LinkedIn profile, Woodside has been an employee at Google since 2003. More →
Research In Motion will be getting a new chief operating officer shortly, replacing current co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis. RIM named Thorsten Heins, previously the company’s chief operating officer, as the company’s new CEO. Though Balsillie and Lazaridis will step down as CEOs, they will remain on the board though both have relinquished their co-chairman roles and Barbara Stymiest has been named chairperson of the board. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, the company’s new CEO stated that RIM was not intending to put the company up for sale, though a successful launch of BlackBerry 10 could open the door to possible licensing agreements with other manufacturers. BGR exclusively reported that executives from Research In Motion were in high level, preliminary discussions about a possible sale of the company to Samsung. Samsung denied interest in acquiring RIM through a spokesperson. RIM’s full press release follows below. More →
Apple just started seeding iOS 5.1 moments ago to iOS developers. The new build is available for the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 2, iPad and third and fourth-generation iPod touch devices. We’ll let you know if this new release further fixes battery life and if we find any other changes. Apple’s full change log for this release follows below.
Apple has confirmed that the company has sold a mind-numbing number of iPhone 4S devices in pre-orders, over one million of them. The previous record was from last year’s iPhone 4 launch which totaled over 600,000 in one day. Apple had a larger amount of global carrier partners for this year’s launch, including Verizon and Sprint in the U.S., but that doesn’t take away from how incredibly impressive this is. Apple’s press release is after the break.
Confirming earlier reports, Sprint has revealed that its customers will be able to purchase Apple’s iPhone 4S with Sprint’s unlimited data plans, which start at $69.99 per month. Sprint’s 3G mobile hotspot cap will remain at 5GB, however. Additionally, customers can pre-order the iPhone 4 now or wait until Friday, October 7th to pre-order the new iPhone 4S, which will launch on October 14th. Apple announced the iPhone 4S on Tuesday. It is equipped with a more powerful dual-core Apple A5 processor, an 8-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p video, and the new Siri voice command system. Read on for the full press release from Sprint. More →
News just broke that Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs has passed away at age 56. Apple’s statement is as follows:
We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.
Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.
His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.
Apple has posted a page on the company’s website, allowing Apple customers to share their thoughts and condolences with the company via email. Tim Cook’s email to Apple follows below, as does the Jobs family’s statement. More →
As rumored, Apple just took the wraps off the fruits of its Siri acquisition and it’s called… “Siri.” The feature enables you to interact with your device much as you would with a human assistant; you can speak to your phone naturally and it will perform as a personal assistant. Apple demonstrated different voice tasks during its press conference on Tuesday, such as asking what the weather is like today, or do I need a raincoat today? More voice tasks? Wake me up at 6AM tomorrow and Siri will set your phone alarm. What’s the time in Paris? How’s the stock market doing today? Find me an italian restaurant in New York? Give me directions to a location? Siri will even read your text and email messages to you. Siri will become available to the public when iOS 5 launches on October 12th.
It’s official: Apple’s brand new flagship handset, the iPhone 4S, is here. While confusion was sprinkled throughout the industry on exactly what Apple would announce, most seemed to agree that the iPhone 4S would be the smartphone that Apple ultimately would unveil. The iPhone 4S features an upgraded Apple A5 dual-core processor that is twice as fast at executing tasks, and it offers performance up to 7x better than the previous iPhone in terms of graphics. Even with the increased performance of the new A5 chip, Apple is stating battery life has increased to 8 hours of 3G talk time. Hit the break for more. More →
During the “Let’s Talk iPhone” keynote on Apple’s campus in Cupertino, California today, Apple updated the iPod nano with a new multitouch display. Building on a number of watchband accessories that were made available for the last-generation nano, Apple has also created 16 different clock faces on the media player. Users also do not need to purchase additional accessories to take advantage of the nano during workouts; it will automatically begin tracking your walk or run. The new nano is available now and Apple is stocking seven different colors. The 16GB model is priced at $129 and the 16GB mode is priced at $149.
Apple’s iOS 5 will be released on October 12th for the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPad 2 and the last two iPod touch generations. We’re expecting the Gold Master to be released for developers later today. Apple’s free iOS 5 software update brings over 200 new features to the platform including some big ones like redone notifications, iMessage, built-in Twitter integration, Newsstand and more.