It’s taken a while but it seems that Android tablets are finally giving the iPad some real competition. The latest tablet shipment forecast from IDC projects that Android will take a 48.8% share of the tablet market in 2013, a significant jump from the 41.5% share of the market the platform held in IDC’s previous projection. The rise of Android in the tablet realm comes at the expense of Apple (AAPL), which IDC projects will hold a 46% share of the tablet market in 2013, a decline of five percentage points from the 51% market share it held in 2012. More →
The iPad mini might be a much hungrier cannibal than Apple (AAPL) had anticipated. Unnamed sources have told Digitimes that Apple has drastically cut its 9.7-inch iPad shipment estimates from 60 million to 33 million in 2013, due largely to the unanticipated popularity of the iPad mini. According to Digitimes‘ sources, Apple is ramping up iPad mini production and has boosted its projected shipments from 40 million to 55 million this year. However, Apple’s supposed new estimates also show a possible drop in overall iPad demand since it now projects to ship 88 million iPads and iPad minis this year, down from the 100 million reported earlier.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple (AAPL) a patent for a new way to control an iPhone by squeezing it. The patent describes a system that could measure and react to different amounts of pressure applied to a device’s external casing. The invention can be utilized by a large range of electronic devices, such as smartphones, laptops and perhaps even Apple’s rumored iWatch. Apple has relied heavily on its physical home button in its iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices in the past, but a pressure-sensitive casing could give the company more freedom when designing its next-generation products.
April may not be the cruelest month for iPad fans this year. Unnamed sources have told iMore’s Rene Ritchie that Apple (AAPL) plans to release the next iPad as soon as this April, which will presumably include both the fifth-generation 9.7-inch iPad and perhaps the second-generation iPad mini. Ritchie says that while he’s fairly confident that Apple will launch a redesigned version of the 9.7-inch iPad next month, he’s not as confident that Apple is yet ready to take the wraps off a Retina-equipped version of the iPad mini. More →
The popular evasi0n jailbreaking tool for Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone, iPad and iPod touch has seen unprecedented success. A mere four days after launching in early February it was announced that evasi0n was already the fastest-adopted jailbreaking solution of all time with more than 7 million downloads. That success has continued a month after its release with more than 14 million Apple devices running iOS 6.x found to be accessing the jailbroken app store known as Cydia. The numbers also revealed that a whopping total of 23 million overall iOS devices accessed the unauthorized marketplace in the past month as well.
iFixit on Thursday published a list of the best and worst tablets based on their respective repairability scores. While no slate scored a perfect 10, the company found that the Dell (DELL) XPS 10 was the easiest tablet to repair thanks to its accessible case, color-coded screws and labeled cables. At the bottom of the list was Microsoft’s (MSFT) Surface Pro and Apple’s (AAPL) iPad and iPad mini. The Surface Pro scored a 1 out of 10 and was said to be difficult to open without shearing the display cables, while the iPad scored a 2 out of 10 for its excessive amounts of adhesive. The Surface RT didn’t fare much better and scored a mere 4 out of 10, compared to Android tablets such as the Nexus 7, which scored a 7 out of 10, and the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, which garnered at score of 8 out of 10.
Since the launch of Apple’s (AAPL) iPad mini in the fall of 2012, LCD panel shipments have shifted dramatically to smaller screen sizes. Display Search found that shipments of 9.7-inch screen panels have fallen a whopping 6.1 million units from December, while 7-inch and 7.9-inch panels grew from 12 million units to 14 million. It’s interesting to note that while the iPad mini seems to be cannibalizing sales from the full-sized iPad, shipments of 10.1-inch displays have actually increased since December. More →
Apple (AAPL) is expected to sit atop the consumer electronics industry for quite some time to come, but the company’s stock continues to take a beating as growth inevitably slows and margins are squeezed. The latest ding to Apple shares came as Needam & Co. analyst Charlie Wolf lowered his price target from $750 to $710, citing a slowdown in iPhone sales growth and a crunch on iPad margins in the coming 12 months. More →
Apple’s (AAPL) iPad mini stole the full-size tablet’s thunder when it launched last November, and a number of industry watchers believe the larger iPad’s heyday is behind us. Not so, according to plugged-in market research firm TrendForce. In a new report, the Taiwan-based research firm says that Apple’s fifth-generation iPad is set to debut in the third quarter this year and it will feature an extensive overhaul that will reignite consumer interest in Apple’s 9.7-inch slate. More →
Microsoft’s (MSFT) decision to keep Office away from iPad may be a good way to protect sales of Windows tablets but it’s also costing the company a pretty penny in terms of potential revenues. AppleInsider has picked up on some recent research from Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Holt showing that Microsoft is leaving $2.5 billion on the table every year by not bringing Office to Apple’s (AAPL) popular tablet. Some internal Microsoft documents leaked late last year suggested that Microsoft was finally developing a mobile version of Office for both iOS and Android, although the company has yet to make any announcements yet about bringing its popular productivity apps to rival mobile operating systems. There’s some added urgency for Microsoft to make its Office suite available on more mobile platforms since Google (GOOG) has recently started moving into its enterprise territory with its Google Apps productivity software.
Steve Jobs had it wrong: people do want smaller tablets after all. CNET points us to a note written by Citi analyst Glen Yeung making the case that the market for larger tablets such as Apple’s (AAPL) 9.7-inch iPad has peaked and that more compact tablets such as the 7.9-inch iPad mini and the 7-inch Google (GOOG) Nexus 7 will be the dominant form factors going forward. Yeung thinks that while Apple will still be a major player in the market for smaller tablets, the company’s profits will still take a hit since the cheaper iPad mini generates smaller gross margins than the traditional iPad. More →
No, Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook isn’t overly worried that smaller tablets, including his own company’s iPad mini, are cannibalizing sales of the traditional 9.7 -inch iPad. In fact, Cook says that he’s glad Apple has remained at the forefront of the tablet market and that lower overall tablet market share for the larger iPad is inevitable. More →
Apple (AAPL) released iOS 6.1 to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices on January 28th and since then, users have reportedly experienced several problems. The company’s official Support Communities forum has been filled with complaints of reduced battery life and overheating issues that have occurred after users updated their devices, TheNextWeb reported. It has been suggested that the root of the problem comes from a bug in Apple Mail and Microsoft Exchange that is causing devices to enter an endless sync loop. More →