It looks like the black iPad 5 that leaked back in January might never see the light of day. Apple did away with its black and slate color combination on the iPhone 5s this year, which is much appreciated since the black iPhone 5 looked a lot like Darth Vader’s belt buckle. In its place, a slick new “space gray” color was made available. According to images leaked on Wednesday morning by Sonny Dickson, it looks like Apple’s upcoming fifth-generation iPad will also be made available in the new space gray color, which makes sense since we recently saw a space gray Retina iPad mini housing leak as well. More →
Apple may have missed the boat with the phablet craze but now it may be trying to beat Samsung to the punch by releasing an iPad Mega. Chinese newspaper United Daily News reports that Apple is teaming up with longtime manufacturing partner Quanta Computer to design a 12-inch iPad that the company will use to offset declines in MacBook Air sales. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumors about a bigger iPad, of course, as earlier this year The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple was testing out a 13-inch iPad alongside a larger “iPhablet” that would go head-to-head with Samsung’s Galaxy Note series.
Apple is widely expected to unveil two brand new iPad tablets next month, and they may pack a surprise. A new report from Digitimes on Wednesday cites Taiwan-based component makers in claiming that Apple’s fifth-generation full-size iPad and its second-generation iPad mini tablet will both feature new sapphire crystal home buttons. Apple’s upcoming new iPhone 5s utilizes sapphire crystal instead of plastic for the home button as well, and the purpose is to protect the brand new Touch ID fingerprint scanner found beneath the glass. Digitimes’ report doesn’t specifically state that Apple’s next iPads will include the new fingerprint scanner, though a switch to sapphire would certainly make the inclusion of a fingerprint sensor a good possibility. More →
The new video report from Ooyala gives us a glimpse of how rapidly the American consumer’s habits are changing. As broadcast television continues its slow disintegration, consumers are increasing their video consumption on smartphones and tablets with ferocious speed. Time spent on watching videos on tablets increased by a massive 59% during the first half of 2013. Interestingly, the peak period for staring at iPads is now Friday night. Broadcast behemoths like ABC, NBC and CBS abandoned Fridays years ago, opting to dump dying shows into Friday night time slots and focus their efforts on the first four days of the week. This has evidently started backfiring as consumers are turning Fridays into tablet video nights. This will no doubt erode Friday audiences of major channels even further, accelerating the downward spiral of big broadcasters. More →
Apple’s next big press conference has reportedly been scheduled for October 15th. According to French blog MacGeneration, which has a mixed track record with reports on Apple’s plans, the Cupertino-based company will host another big event on Tuesday, October 15th. There is plenty of hardware Apple is expected to launch in 2013 that hasn’t yet been announced, but the stars of the show are expected to be the completely redesigned full-size iPad and a new iPad mini tablet with a Retina display. New Mac computers such as the overhauled Mac Pro could make an appearance as well, as could a refreshed Apple TV.
Apple’s iPad has dominated the tablet space since it launched, but just in case you’re in the market for a change, Microsoft has posted a new offer at participating company stores that will allow you to trade in a “gently used iPad 2, 3, or 4″ for a gift card starting at $200. Microsoft does not mention a value limit for the offers in its advertisement, but if you want to take advantage of this deal, you will have to complete the trade-in in person at a Microsoft store. The promotion started on September 5th and will last through October 27th, over a month after the company’s planned Surface 2 launch event on September 23rd. The Surface RT currently retails for $349 and the Surface Pro costs $799.
Apple didn’t unveil new iPad tablets during its iPhone press conference on Tuesday. There was still plenty to be excited about, of course, but new iPads just weren’t in the cards. We still have about a month to wait before Apple finally takes the wraps off of its new Retina iPad mini and its completely redesigned full-size iPad tablet but in the meantime, “iPad 5″ photos continue to leak. This time around is a bit different, however. We have seen the new iPad’s housing and other components leak dozens of times already, however recent photos published by serial leaker Sonny Dickson show the updated iPad’s shell and front panel in the most stunning high-quality pictures we’ve seen to date. Apple’s new iPad and second-generation iPad mini are expected to be unveiled sometime in October but in the meantime, a handful of images follow below that compare the redesigned iPad to the current model. More →
Damn Norway. That smug little frozen Hobbitton is floating on oil money. It owns a $750 billion sovereign wealth fund and keeps buying up half-billion dollar chunks of Manhattan whenever it pleases. Norway has just 5 million people, but it forced other nations to name Friday after Freia, the Norse goddess of sex, just out of sheer Scandinavian lasciviousness. And now it has launched the best iPad browser ever, trumping all of Apple’s design and coding prowess. More →
The front panel from Apple’s upcoming fifth-generation iPad tablet leaked earlier this week and now, high-resolution photos of the redesigned rear housing have emerged. Sonny Dickson on Thursday published a hands-on photo gallery of a silver rear shell said to be from Apple’s upcoming full-size iPad refresh. The housing pictured is in line with an image that leaked back in January, which showed the “iPad 5″ case in black. Apple is expected to debut a brand new version of its full-size iPad in October that has been redesigned to compliment the look of the newer iPad mini, which is also expected to be refreshed in October with a modest spec bump and a Retina display. Several leaked images of the iPad 5 housing follow below. More →
With Apple’s iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C unveiling scheduled to take place in less than two weeks, attention has definitely turned to the company’s next-generation smartphones as photos, videos and details continue to leak. Let’s not forget, however, that Apple also reportedly has an updated iPad mini with a Retina display and a completely redesigned full-size iPad in the works. The latter has leaked a few times already, but a new gallery of high-quality photos was published on Wednesday by Sonny Dickson, who has become known for leaking images of components from purported unreleased Apple devices. More →
We know that we’ll be getting a look at the next generation of iPhones at Apple’s upcoming September 10th event but could we actually see the company’s next-generation iPad as well? An unnamed source tells Bloomberg that Apple “plans to introduce new versions of its phone and tablet” during its press event, which backs up an earlier Bloomberg report claiming that we’d see both the new iPhones and at least one new iPad on September 10th. Of course, Bloomberg’s reporting on the fifth-generation iPad launch has been somewhat erratic since the publication said just two weeks ago that we wouldn’t be seeing any new iPads until later in the fall. More →
Apple’s share of the global tablet market dropped by about 14% on-year in the June quarter, and the company’s slide was even more severe in China. According to new data released by IDC on Wednesday, Apple’s tablet market share plummeted 40% year-over-year in China in the second quarter. The Financial Times reports that Apple shipped 1.48 million iPads in China during the June quarter, according to IDC’s numbers. That was good for just 28% of the tablet market in the country. In the same quarter last year, IDC said Apple’s share of the Chinese tablet market was 68.2%. Apple’s iPad shipments grew in China during that time period, but nowhere near as briskly as the overall market thanks to the explosion of low-cost Android tablets led by white-box vendors.
There has been so much speculation, rumors and analysis on Apple’s iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C lately, it seems as if the iPad has been forgotten. Apple is the leader in the tablet market, and its “very busy fall,” according to CFO Peter Oppenheimer, could wind up seeing Apple extend that lead. Particularly, if it announces not one, but two new iPads as expected. More →