It’s taken a while but the moment has finally arrived for iPad users who are also fans of Microsoft’s world-class productivity software. Microsoft on Thursday announced that it is bringing a touch-centric versions of key Office suite apps — including Word, Excel and PowerPoint — to the iPad for the first time, roughly nine months after Microsoft unveiled Office for the iPhone. Microsoft says that bringing Office to Apple’s tablet is a way to “empower people to be productive” and to “do more across all devices.” More →
Apple tablet users have long since wondered when they could finally get their hands on Microsoft’s famed productivity suite. Well, some of them have. Maybe. The answer, according to numerous reports, will finally be announced during a press conference set to begin in just a few minutes. For those who do try to get work done on their iPads, there are obviously plenty of options out there. None even come close to approaching Microsoft Office, however. Will Office for iPad deliver a fantastic experience like Office does on Windows, or will it be a dumbed down version like Office for iPhone? A link to live streaming video of the event on Microsoft’s site follows below in our source section, so you can learn all there is to know straight from the horse’s mouth. The event is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. EDT, 10:00 a.m. PDT.
It seems increasingly likely that Microsoft Office will be announced for the iPad within days. This could be a substantial blow for Windows tablet manufacturers as the move would remove one of the few reasons to purchase a portable device powered by Microsoft operating system. Curiously, the move is coming only weeks after the unveiling of Nokia X model range — smartphones that are powered by Google’s Android operating system. More →
In addition to quietly launching an 8GB iPhone 5c model in certain markets, Apple has also modified its iPad lineup replacing the 2011 iPad 2 with the fourth-generation iPad with Retina display (also referred to as the iPad 4). While the 8GB iPhone 5c may not necessarily a big deal, the addition of the iPad 4 to Apple’s lineup is certainly more interesting, offering users that want a cheaper 9.7-inch iPad a much better machine than the three-year old iPad 2. More →
We’re hoping to spend much more time in 2014 than we have in years past showcasing beautifully designed software, and we have a few early efforts under our belt already. Most recently, we highlighted five gorgeous iPhone apps and we also ran a pair of posts covering awesome Android apps that do things the iPhone cannot. As we come across great deals on well-designed apps, however, we’ll also bring them to your attention individually — and such is the case with Andrew J Clark’s “Numerical.” More →
You know those horrendous full-screen ads that pop up on some news sites? The ones that hover there for a while until you angrily click an “X” to close them and read the article you shouldn’t have had to wait to read in the first place? Those are called interstitial ads, and it looks like they’re coming soon to an iPhone near you. More →
Have you been having problems with faulty Lightning cables that corrode over time and eventually stop charging your iPhone or iPad? You’re not alone. A recent report from ZDNet sheds light on an issue that may be widespread, impacting an increasing number of Apple device owners. The issue involves Lightning cables — the newer cable that connects Apple’s iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices to a computer or charger — that stop working over time because of corrosion. More →
If there’s one app in Apple’s iOS App Store that might be called the worst, most evil, horrifyingly sinister app on the planet, it might be Baldify. The app itself is well-made and the quickness with which it applies its wonderfully complex photo effects is downright impressive, but this dastardly app will sap the spirit of even the most confident young men (and women) out there. What does it do? It makes you bald. More →
Since 2011, Apple has been selling Smart Covers for its line of iPads. While they cleverly lock and unlock the iPad, they have not evolved much from their original incarnation. This could be fine, except that the competition is constantly showing how much more can be done with tablet accessories. More →
While many reports claim that Apple will launch a bigger 12.9-inch iPad model this year, also called “iPad Pro,” MacRumors reveals that KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo wrote in a recent note to investors that Apple will refresh only its iPad Air line this year, with a new iPad Air model featuring an A8 processor and a Touch ID fingerprint sensor expected to arrive in late Q3 2014. The Retina iPad mini refresh will arrive only next year, alongside the bigger tablet that should launch early in 2015. Even if the iPad Pro does arrive late this year, it’ll hardly be available for purchase. More →
iPads are more than just toys and soon you’ll be able to get even more real work done on them when Microsoft finally pushes its iOS version of Office out to Apple’s popular tablet. ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley reports that Microsoft is still hard at work on its iPad version of Office and will launch it “sooner than most think.” And here’s the kicker: Foley thinks that the newly revamped touch-optimized version of Office could arrive on the iPad before it comes to Windows-based tablets. More →
Recent research from analyst Benedict Evans reveals that in the fourth quarter last year, Apple shipped more “computers” than all of Microsoft’s Windows partners combined. Evans counted as computers all smart devices sold by Apple including Macs, iPhones, iPod touches and iPads, which surpassed 80 million sold units during the period. Not only did the number surpass combined Windows PC sales for the period, but it almost matched the combined Windows and Windows Phone sales. More →
It really does bear repeating: Many businesses see the iPad as much more than “just a toy.” AppleInsider draws our attention to the latest report from mobile enterprise software vendor Good Technology showing that the iPad accounted for 91.4% of all enterprise tablet activations in the fourth quarter of 2013 while Android tablets accounted for just 8.6% of all tablet activations. The industry that seems to like the iPad the most is the financial services industry, which Good says accounted for 46.8% of all iPad activations on the quarter. Other industries that activated a lot of iPads in Q4 included business and professional services (13.9%), manufacturing (9.4%) and government and public sector (9%). Again, none of this is to say that iPads or Android tablets are about to replace PCs or anything close to it but it does show that anyone who dismisses them as “toys” does so at their own peril.