Kindle Fire could be hotter than iPad this holiday season, study finds

By on November 10, 2011 at 11:01 AM.

Kindle Fire could be hotter than iPad this holiday season, study finds

Amazon’s upcoming Kindle Fire could be the hottest tablet on the market this holiday season, with demand that may even surpass Apple’s blockbuster slate, the iPad 2. Results from a recent survey published by electronics shopping guide Retrevo.com suggest that more consumers are interested in purchasing Amazon’s upcoming tablet than Apple’s tried and true iPad. As a result, the site speculates that the Kindle Fire represents Apple’s first real competition in the tablet space. Read on for more. More →

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Kindle Fire demand surpasses iPad ahead of launch, could be a threat

By on November 9, 2011 at 9:05 AM.

Kindle Fire demand surpasses iPad ahead of launch, could be a threat

Amazon is seeing huge pent-up demand for its Kindle Fire tablet ahead of launch according to data from a recent study. Market research firm ChangeWave conducted a survey of 2,600 consumers in an effort to quantify demand for Amazon’s upcoming Kindle Tablet. In a note to clients on Wednesday, RBC analyst Mike Abramsky presented ChangeWave’s data, which shows strong demand that exceeds pre-launch demand for the iPad as determined by a similar survey in 2010. Read on for more. More →

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Apple releases iOS 5.0.1 beta 2 to developers

By on November 4, 2011 at 1:33 PM.

Apple releases iOS 5.0.1 beta 2 to developers

Apple on Friday released iOS 5.0.1 beta 2 to developers. The new software is available for Apple’s iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPad 2 and third and fourth-generation iPod touch devices. The first beta of iOS 5.0.1 was released just two days ago, and it offered an update for battery life issues affecting many iPhone 4S owners, among other new features. The iOS 5.0.1 beta 2 update just hit Apple’s developer site and some users are reporting difficulties while trying to downloading the update. Users report no problems when trying to update their devices over the air, however. More →

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Next iPad to launch in March, ‘real’ iPad 3 coming in Q3 2012

By on November 3, 2011 at 10:40 PM.

Next iPad to launch in March, ‘real’ iPad 3 coming in Q3 2012

Apple is preparing to launch a slightly upgraded iPad 2 in March of 2012, DigiTimes reported on Thursday. The new iPad is rumored to be thinner and is said to offer better battery life than the current model. It is unclear what Apple will call the device launching in March, but the company reportedly has plans to launch a “real” iPad 3 during the third quarter of 2012. Samsung, Sharp and LG are said to be working on a new Retina Display for the next-generation iPad, which may also pack a faster A6 processor, but rumors of manufacturing issues have suggested it may take Apple longer than originally planned to introduce a model with that equipment. A report last month from Ticonderoga Securities suggested that Apple is planning a cheaper iPad model that will debut early next year ahead of an iPad 3, which won’t launch until the second quarter. More →

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Apple isn’t sweating Kindle Fire, says Android fragmentation will drive consumers to iPad

By on November 3, 2011 at 10:04 AM.

Apple isn’t sweating Kindle Fire, says Android fragmentation will drive consumers to iPad

Several analysts believe Amazon has an imminent hit on its hands with its upcoming Kindle Fire, a $199 Android-powered tablet that features deep integration with Amazon’s many digital services. While Amazon’s new tablet will be available for just over six weeks in 2011, some analysts think the company could ship as many as 5 million Kindle Fire slates during the holiday quarter. Rapid adoption of that magnitude would certainly make the Fire the fastest-selling Android tablet of all time but according to Barclays Group analyst Ben Reitzes, Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Peter Oppenheimer aren’t worried. Read on for more. More →

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ABI: Tablet shipments exploded in Q2 to surpass netbooks for the first time

By on October 24, 2011 at 1:01 PM.

ABI: Tablet shipments exploded in Q2 to surpass netbooks for the first time

Global tablet sales into channels exploded in the second quarter of 2011 to surpass netbooks for the first time in the emerging category’s young history. Market research and intelligence firm ABI Research determined that shipments of media tablets ballooned 112.5% in the second quarter to reach 13.6 million units, up from 6.4 million tablets in the first quarter this year. Netbook shipments declined from 8.4 million units to 7.3 million over the same period, just over half the number of media tablets shipped in the quarter. “This is a trend that we do not expect will reverse,” said ABI’s group director, mobile devices Jeff Orr in a statement. “As they are different segments, this is not a direct replacement behavior, but a changing of leadership for the most interesting device type.” ABI says Apple’s iPad line was responsible for 68% of tablets shipped globally in the second quarter, and the firm expects 60 million media tablets to ship globally in 2011. The firm’s full press release follows below. More →

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Smart Cover can be used to unlock an iPad 2, security flaw reveals [video]

By on October 21, 2011 at 7:15 PM.

Smart Cover can be used to unlock an iPad 2, security flaw reveals [video]

The iPad 2 Smart Cover accessory can be used to gain access to a locked iPad, 9to5 Mac reported on Friday. Here’s how it works: take a locked iPad 2 and hold the power button until the “Slide to Power Off” message appears, and then close the Smart Cover. When you lift the Smart Cover again and tap “Cancel,” the iPad 2 will allow you to access the last application that was open. This could be a big threat for anyone who was accessing contacts, viewing a website or checking email before he or she locked the iPad. The good news is any would-be thief does not have full access to the tablet, only the last application used. The bug has been spotted in iOS 5, although 9to5 Mac said it has also received reports from users noticing the flaw in IOS 4.3. Currently, the best fix for concerned users is to turn off Smart Cover unlocking entirely. A video of a Smart Cover unlocking an iPad 2 follows after the break.  More →

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Android 4.0 ‘still not strong enough’ to compete with iPad, vendors fear

By on October 20, 2011 at 1:00 PM.

Android 4.0 ‘still not strong enough’ to compete with iPad, vendors fear

Google unveiled Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich alongside the Galaxy Nexus earlier this week and while initial responses have been fairly positive, vendors reportedly believe Google’s new OS lacks the innovation needed to bolster Android tablet sales. According to a report from industry watcher DigiTimes, tablet vendors were put off by Google’s focus on the Galaxy Nexus and smartphones during the unveiling of Android 4.0, fearing that the tech giant’s balance of resource distribution between handsets and tablets may begin favoring the former. The site’s anonymous sources say Android 4.0 features several improvements but it is “still not  strong enough to help Android tablet PCs compete against iPad 2.” With Apple set to launch the iPad 3 as soon as March of next year according to the report, Google’s tablet-focused Android partners are said to be afraid “the technology gap between Android tablet PCs and iPad may expand further.” The report says several vendors are banking on Windows 8 rather than Android to help them gain consumer market share and mind share. More →

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Apple CEO Tim Cook unfazed by Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet

By on October 19, 2011 at 1:25 PM.

Apple CEO Tim Cook unfazed by Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook sees no real threat from Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet. On Apple’s earnings call on Tuesday, Cook dismissed the Kindle Fire and noted that the iPad’s share continued to gain market share even while numerous Android tablets entered the market. “We’ve seen several competitors come to market to try to compete with the iPad,” Cook explained. “Some had different form factors, different price points. And I think it’s reasonable to say that none of these have gained any traction thus far. And in fact, as all of those competitors were coming to market, our share actually went up, such that in the June quarter, according to IDC, we were responsible for three out of every four tablets sold.” Read on for more. More →

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iOS 5 now available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

By on October 12, 2011 at 1:03 PM.

iOS 5 now available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

Apple on Wednesday made good on its promise to push out the release build of iOS 5 to consumers around the world. The new software is available for download immediately, and iTunes 10.5 is required in order to install the update. Owners of Apple’s iPhone 4 (GSM and CDMA), iPhone 3GS, iPad 2, iPad and third and fourth-generation iPod touch handhelds have access to the new build, while owners of earlier devices will not be able to install the update. iOS 5 includes more than 200 new features such as a revamped notifications system, iMessage, built-in Twitter integration, Newsstand and more. Apple also released OS X 10.7.2 with iCloud support and two new iOS apps on Wednesday: Find My Friends, which can be downloaded by visiting iCloud.com on your iOS device, and AirPort Utility.

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Leak suggests Amazon Kindle Fire may surpass iPad pre-sales

By on October 5, 2011 at 7:01 AM.

Leak suggests Amazon Kindle Fire may surpass iPad pre-sales

Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet is sure to be a hit according to purported internal figures leaked by CultofAndroid. A screenshot of Amazon’s availability look-up and SKU aggregator (ALASKA) reveals that there were already more than 254,000 pre-orders for the tablet at the time of the leak. To achieve that pre-order figure, Amazon must have averaged 50,000 unit orders per day, or more than 2,000 units ordered each hour. For comparison, Apple sold 300,000 iPad tablets on its first day of availability, which also included pre-orders and sales to partners and retail channels. CultofAndroid said Amazon has also received more than 20,000 pre-orders for its Kindle Touch and more than 12,000 pre-orders for the Kindle Touch 3G. While at least one analyst has argued Amazon’s Kindle Fire will “hardly be an iPad killer,” it appears Amazon’s strategy to price the device far below the iPad will help it compete quite well. Hit the break for a larger image. More →

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Ticonderoga: Amazon’s Kindle Fire is ‘hardly an iPad killer’

By on September 28, 2011 at 4:00 PM.

Ticonderoga: Amazon’s Kindle Fire is ‘hardly an iPad killer’

Amazon on Wednesday unveiled the tablet the tech world has been waiting months to see: the Amazon Kindle Fire. We covered Amazon’s press conference live and went hands-on with the Kindle Fire as well, and our initial impressions are relatively positive. The sleek slate is portable, it’s affordable and it offers deep integration with all of the Amazon services we know and love. At the same time, the Kindle Fire could easily be caught in no man’s land. Despite the buzz on various tech blogs over the past few weeks, Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White says the Amazon Kindle Fire is most definitely not an “iPad killer.” In fact, as BGR Editor-in-chief Jonathan Geller suggested during an appearance on CNBC on Wednesday afternoon, Amazon’s new tablet might not even really be an iPad competitor at all. Read on for more. More →

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Apple iPad 2 order cuts in Q4 reportedly confirmed

By on September 27, 2011 at 4:30 PM.

Apple iPad 2 order cuts in Q4 reportedly confirmed

Claims that surfaced on Monday suggesting Apple had cut iPad 2 orders for the fourth quarter have reportedly been confirmed. JP Morgan analysts Mark Moskowitz and Gokul Hariharan wrote in a note to investors on Monday that Apple had reduced its fourth-quarter iPad 2 orders from 17 million to 13 million units, suggesting that demand for Apple’s market-leading iPad might finally be waning. Some speculated that a portion of iPad production may have moved to Foxconn’s new factory in Brazil while others suggested that the report was not accurate, and JP Morgan’s Moskowitz would later issue a second note backtracking on the firm’s earlier statements. But should he have been so quick to fold? Read on for more. More →

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