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 →
The Evad3rs Jailbreak Team on Monday released their evasi0n jailbreak tool for Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices running iOS 6.0 or iOS 6.1. Jay Freeman, the man behind the jailbroken app store known as Cydia, announced that nearly seven million iOS devices have been freed from Apple’s walled garden in only four days, Forbes reported. The astonishing number makes evasi0n the fastest-adopted jailbreaking solution of all time. As of Thursday night, numbers from Freeman’s alternative app store revealed that 5.15 million iPhones, 1.35 million iPads, and 400,000 iPod touches were jailbroken with evasi0n. Jailbreaking an Apple device is similar to rooting an Android smartphone or tablet, and allows greater customization and opens the door to features such as wireless tethering.
At first glance, creating an advertisement that shows off how good your rival’s tablet display looks doesn’t seem like a smart move. But Amazon’s (AMZN) latest ad for its Kindle Fire HD tablet is actually pretty clever: it first sets its own tablet’s HD display up side-by-side with the Retina-equipped iPad and shows that the two are comparable, though in reality the iPad has a slightly stronger display with a resolution of 264 pixels per inch compared to 254 pixels per inch for the Kindle Fire HD. But then at the end of the ad, Amazon notes that the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD costs a full $200 less than the Retina-equipped iPad, thus supposedly making it a vastly better deal. A full video of Amazon’s new ad is posted below. More →
Right on time, Apple’s (AAPL) new 128GB iPad is available for purchase in the company’s online store. As attention elsewhere continues to turn to the cloud, Apple last week unveiled a new version of its full-size tablet that doubles the maximum amount of internal storage. The 128GB iPad blurs the lines between tablet and PC in some respects, and it also blurs the line between tablet pricing and PC pricing. Available beginning Tuesday, Apple’s latest iPad costs either $799 for the Wi-Fi only model or $929 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular version. According to Apple’s website, the Wi-Fi model and the AT&T (T) version ship within 1-3 business days while the Verizon (VZ) and Sprint (S) models ship within 3-5 days of a new order.
According to a new report from Digitimes, the next-generation 9.7-inch iPad will be equipped with the same “G/F2 (DITO) thin-film type” touchscreen technology as the iPad mini. Apple (AAPL) currently uses a glass-on-glass touchscreen in its iPad models, however the switch to G/F2 technology will reportedly allow the fifth-generation iPad to be thinner and lighter. Digitimes notes that Apple’s move to DITO technology shows that the company is “looking to bump up its competition in the tablet segment,” adding that it is also expected to have a “more adequate supply” to the technology compared to the one-glass-solution technology Apple was said to be exploring. Recent reports have suggested that Apple will release a new iPad and iPad mini in March.
Is the tablet market shaping up to follow the smartphone market? Research firm IDC on Thursday reported that Apple’s (AAPL) share of global tablet shipments sank to 43.6% in the fourth quarter last year from 51.7% in the same quarter a year earlier, while Samsung’s (005930) share grew to 15.1% from 7.3% in the year-ago quarter. Both companies showed year-over-year growth, with Apple’s iPad shipments jumping 48.1% to 22.9 million units from 15.1 million, and Samsung’s channel sales spiking 263% to 7.9 million tablets from 2.2 million. More →