Apple’s next-generation iPad 3 receives an early hands-on preview?

By on January 10, 2012 at 8:50 PM.

Apple’s next-generation iPad 3 receives an early hands-on preview?

When Apple announced the iPhone 4S, users were upset that the device featured the same design as the iPhone 4. Unfortunately, it looks like Apple will continue this trend, with the upcoming iPad 3 resembling the iPad 2, according to iLounge who received hands-on time with what they are claiming is the unannounced device. “From the back, you could walk past this new iPad on display and have no idea that anything had changed,” said iLounge Editor-in-Chief Jeremy Horwitz. The iPad 3’s body is roughly 1mm thicker than its predecessor and the rear camera has become noticeably larger, resembling the iPhone 4S’s much-improved rear camera, sans LED flash. The front of the device featured no noticeable changes, although iLounge is reporting that the next-generation iPad will feature improved image and camera quality. Horwitz cautions that the device he played with seems to be around six months old, and if we know anything about Apple, it’s that their plans can change at the drop of a hat.  More →

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iPad 3 to pack Retina Display, FaceTime HD, 8-megapixel camera and push iPad 2 to $399?

By on January 5, 2012 at 4:41 PM.

iPad 3 to pack Retina Display, FaceTime HD, 8-megapixel camera and push iPad 2 to $399?

iPad 3 with FaceTime HD, iPad 2 to $299

What would the Consumers Electronics Show be without Apple rumors overshadowing most of the announcements? iLounge‘s Jeremy Horwitz has taken to Twitter to break down some of the leaked iPad 3 information he’s hearing. First off, it’s being reported that in addition to the rear camera on the iPad 3 being on par with the iPhone 4 or even iPhone 4S camera, the front-facing camera will support HD FaceTime video chats. Because of the Retina Display and new components, Horwitz reiterates an earlier report that parts of the iPad 3 will be around 1mm thicker to accommodate the new components. Finally, the iPad 3 should launch starting at $499 around March, and it will would push the iPad 2 down to $399, possibly even $299 if Apple decides to sell an 8GB unit. More →

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Kindle Fire may have cost Apple $1 billion or more in holiday iPad sales

By on January 3, 2012 at 11:25 AM.

Kindle Fire may have cost Apple $1 billion or more in holiday iPad sales

Amazon’s new Kindle Fire was a hot item during the holiday shopping season, and one analyst believes the new Amazon tablet may have cost Apple well over $1 billion in holiday iPad sales. Morgan Keegan analyst Travis McCourt on Tuesday lowered his December-quarter iPad sales estimate from 16 million units to 13 million. Hot sales of the Kindle Fire ahead of the holidays are responsible for trimming sales of Apple’s iPad by between 1 million and 2 million units, the analyst believes, making Amazon’s new slate the main reason for McCourt’s slashed forecast. Read on for more. More →

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Next-gen iPad may feature double the battery capacity of iPad 2

By on December 29, 2011 at 4:40 PM.

Next-gen iPad may feature double the battery capacity of iPad 2

Apple will launch a new high-end iPad model in early 2012 featuring a battery that includes more than twice the capacity of the current iPad 2 battery. Citing anonymous sources from within Apple’s supply chain, DigiTimes recently reported that Apple’s upcoming next-generation flagship iPad will feature a new 14,000 mAh battery, as will a new mid-range iPad model. The new power pack will feature more than twice the capacity of the 6,500 mAh battery currently used in Apple’s iPad 2. DigiTimes also reported late Wednesday that Apple’s 2012 iPad lineup will include three models: a low-end iPad 2, likely available at a discount compared to current pricing, a mid-range next-generation iPad and a high-end model. The new mid-range and high-end models will also reportedly feature an upgraded 2,048 x 1,536-pixel displays with dual-LED backlighting. More →

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Apple said to be launching two new iPad models in 2012

By on December 29, 2011 at 7:45 AM.

Apple said to be launching two new iPad models in 2012

Apple reportedly has plans to launch two new iPad models next year according to a recent report. Set to be unveiled at a press conference in January, the two new iPads will join Apple’s iPad 2 to create an iPhone like tablet lineup. The iPad 2 will remain available at an entry-level price point, DigiTimes claimed citing unnamed industry sources, while new mid-range and high-end iPad models will launch early in 2012. Both new iPads will feature dual-LED backlit 9.7-inch displays with a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 pixels. It is unclear what features might distinguish the new mid-range iPad from the high-end model. The report also claims that Apple’s rumored 7.85-inch iPad will not be among the models to launch early next year. Wedge Partners analyst Brian Blair recently said in a note to investors that Apple would continue to sell the iPad 2 at a lower price point following the launch of its next-generation tablet model.

UPDATE: Loop Insight’s Jim Dalrymple noted that according to his sources, Apple has no plans to unveil an iPad 3 at the iWorld expo in January as noted in DigiTimes’s report. More →

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Looking back at 2011: ‘The year of the tablet’ falls flat

By on December 26, 2011 at 12:00 PM.

Looking back at 2011: ‘The year of the tablet’ falls flat

Apple rocked the consumer electronics industry when it launched the “magical and revolutionary iPad” in April 2010. It wasn’t the first media tablet aimed at the consumer market by any means, but it was the first that consumers actually wanted. Following the iPad’s unveiling, Apple’s rivals scrambled to build tablets of their own and market research firms were quick to herald 2011 as “the year of the tablet.” More than 100 different tablets were unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2011, the bulk employing Android to power their user experiences, and the year of the tablet was upon us. Read on for more. More →

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iPad satisfaction rate at 84% according to new survey

By on December 22, 2011 at 1:30 PM.

iPad satisfaction rate at 84% according to new survey

While electronics vendors struggle to gain traction in the emerging media tablet market, Apple has managed to maintain a significant lead in the space despite an increasing number of rival offerings. Apple’s share of the global tablet market in the third quarter was estimated to be 61.5% by market research firm IDC, and it’s not just momentum keeping the company’s market share high. Apple’s user experience on the iPad has been touted by many as having a huge lead over rival platforms, and the majority of iPad owners seem to agree according to the results of a recent survey. Read on for more. More →

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Explosion at iPad plant injures 61 workers

By on December 19, 2011 at 6:35 PM.

Explosion at iPad plant injures 61 workers

The safety of workers at electronics manufacturing plants has again been called into question on reports that 61 people were injured by an explosion at a Pegatron factory at Shanghai’s Songjiang industrial park in China. Reuters on Monday reported that an explosion at a plant run by Pegatron subsidiary Riteng Computer Accessory Company injured 61 people and sent 23 workers to the hospital. Among other products, the plant manufactures back panel parts for Apple’s iPad 2 tablet. Pegatron Chief Financial Officer Charles Lin confirmed the incident. “The factory has not started operations yet,” Lin told Reuters. “Part of the facility is still under pre-operation inspection and part is running trial production.” Riteng spokeswoman Carolyn Wu added, “Our hearts go out to the people who were hurt in Songjiang. We are working closely with Pegatron to understand the cause of this accident.” An explosion this past summer at a Foxconn plant that manufactures Apple tablets killed three workers and injured another fifteen. No fatalities resulting from the Riteng explosion have been reported, and the cause of the blast was not immediately clear. More →

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Apple’s big Black Friday sale brings little discounts, leak reveals

By on November 23, 2011 at 8:05 AM.

Apple’s big Black Friday sale brings little discounts, leak reveals

Details surrounding Apple’s Black Friday sale have reportedly been revealed and as has been the case in the past, the discounts afforded are minimal. 9to5Mac on Wednesday published what appear to be images of a pamphlet outlining all of the deals Apple has in store this coming Friday, November 25th. Sale items this year include the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and iMac, all available for $101 off retail pricing. Discounts on Apple’s iPad 2 will range from $41 for the less expensive models to $61 for the high-end tablets, and Apple is lowering the iPod nano’s price by $11 during its one-day sale. The iPod touch will also see discounts ranging from $21 to $41 depending on capacity, and Apple Stores will offer sale pricing on a host of accessories. Two images of the leaked pamphlet follow below. More →

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Canalys: Apple set to become world’s top PC vendor next year

By on November 21, 2011 at 2:35 PM.

Canalys: Apple set to become world’s top PC vendor next year

Apple is on track to become the No.1 PC vendor in the world next year according to new projections. Market research firm Canalys on Monday announced that it expects Apple to pass current top vendor Hewlett-Packard before the end of the first half in 2012. This estimate includes iPad sales however, while most firms omit tablets from their PC figures. Solid iPad sales propelled Apple into the No.2 spot last quarter according to Canalys, and it will overtake HP some time before July next year if sales continue to grow as expected. Read on for more. More →

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Tablet demand triples ahead of holidays, two out of three buyers want Apple’s iPad

By on November 21, 2011 at 11:00 AM.

Tablet demand triples ahead of holidays, two out of three buyers want Apple’s iPad

Demand for media tablets is picking up ahead of the holidays according to a recent survey, with Amazon and Apple in particular looking like they will emerge as leaders this holiday season. According to data from market research firm ChangeWave, demand for tablets this holiday season is three times higher than it was last year during the same period. Holiday shoppers are most interested in Apple’s iPad 2 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire according to the results of a ChangeWave survey, preliminary results of which were released earlier this month. Read on for more More →

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iPad 3 displays reportedly shipping in volume, but what about Apple’s iPad mini?

By on November 18, 2011 at 11:30 AM.

iPad 3 displays reportedly shipping in volume, but what about Apple’s iPad mini?

Apple’s LCD display panel suppliers are already shipping panels for Apple’s next-generation “iPad 3″ by the millions according to a new report. Citing unnamed industry sources, DigiTimes on Friday reported that Samsung Electronics, LG Display and Sharp shipped a total of one million high-resolution displays for Apple’s next-generation iPad, which will enter production in January. Volume in November is expected to ramp to up more than 2 million units, the report said, and touch module suppliers TPK Holding and Wintek are expected to begin shipping components this month. According to DigiTimes, the touch modules to be used in Apple’s upcoming iPad 2 successor are comparable to the modules in Apple’s current iPad. Read on for more. More →

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Apple slows iPad 2 production in preparation for iPad 3, report claims

By on November 17, 2011 at 8:10 AM.

Apple slows iPad 2 production in preparation for iPad 3, report claims

Apple’s panel suppliers have reportedly been told to decrease display shipments for the iPad 2 as orders from the Cupertino, California-based company slow in the fourth quarter. Samsung, LG Display and Chimei Innolux have all seen panel orders from Apple decline in the fourth quarter according to a report from DigiTimes, which could leave a huge surplus of parts in the supply chain. The report states that Apple is controlling iPad 2 panel orders to make way for its next-generation iPad model, for which displays began shipping in October. Apple sold more than 11 million iPad tablets in the third quarter, and the report claims Apple’s manufacturing partners could ship as many as 15-16 million units in the holiday quarter. More →

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