We’ve heard plenty of rumblings regarding Apple’s fifth-generation iPad, which was expected to be unveiled in the coming months. Reports have varied, but now a source with a solid track record when it comes to unannounced Apple products has thrown his hat into the ring. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo on Thursday told clients that the upcoming “iPad 5″ will not launch until this coming fall, contradicting earlier reports that pointed to an announcement as soon as this month. Ming-Chi also wrote that the new iPad will be 25% lighter and 15% thinner than the current full-size iPad, again supporting an earlier leak that pictured a completely redesigned iPad shell that adopts the iPad mini’s design identity. More →
A purported case designed to fit Apple’s fifth-generation iPad has been pictured, suggesting once again that a major redesign will be introduced when Apple takes the wraps off its new full-size iPad in the coming months. Following a leak this past January in which the rear shell from Apple’s upcoming full-size iPad was pictured, a number of subsequent reports have supported claims that Apple’s next iPad will take design cues from the iPad mini and scale them up to fit a 9.7-inch Retina display. Now, images of protective cases for Apple’s fifth-generation iPad obtained by Engadget, again suggest an all new design will debut on the “iPad 5.” Additional photos of the case follow below. More →
Apple’s fifth-generation iPad may debut as soon as later this month, and it is expected to feature a significant design overhaul. With major internal and external changes reportedly in store, Apple’s next full-size iPad is said to be adopting the iPad mini’s design identity — and a recently leaked photo of what is claimed to be the new iPad’s rear shell reinforces those claims. But while the technology changes Apple introduced in the third-generation iPad resulted in a slightly thicker tablet compared to the iPad 2, the next iPad will reportedly be both thinner and lighter than its predecessor. More →
Yet another report suggests that Apple (AAPL) has excluded Samsung from development of its A7 chipset. According to the Korea Times, the company is being assisted by TSMC in creating its next-generation processor. The move is the latest blow to Samsung (005930), which has seen Apple shift away from using its components in the iPhone and iPad due to increased competition and ongoing legal battles. Samsung is now said to be interested in partnering with NVIDIA (NVDA), in addition to its in-house Exynos brand, to maintain growth in its semiconductor business. An earlier report claimed that risk production of the A7 will begin in May or June, and the chipset will debut in commercial products in early 2014.
Photos of what is claimed to be the front glass and bezel assembly from Apple’s (AAPL) fifth-generation iPad leaked on Wednesday, reinforcing earlier reports of a major upcoming redesign. An image of the new iPad’s purported rear shell was published this past January, showing a redesigned case that closely resembles the iPad mini. Now, French blog Nowhereelse.fr has photos of what it claims to be the new iPad’s front bezel and glass display cover. While their authenticity is not guaranteed, the photos show a new thinner bezel that aligns with earlier reports suggesting the new iPad will have a smaller overall footprint while maintaining the same 9.7-inch display size. An additional photo of the purported fifth-generation iPad bezel follows below. More →
While the tech press awaits invitations for a fifth-generation iPad unveiling rumored to take place later this month, a new report claims the new Apple (AAPL) tablet won’t be launching anytime soon. Citing multiple unnamed sources in Apple’s supply chain, Digitimes on Tuesday reported that volume production of Apple’s fifth-generation 9.7-inch iPad will not begin until July or August. Earlier reports stated that Apple’s next iPad would launch in April but this new report, if accurate, suggests the tablet won’t be released until this fall. Apple’s fifth iPad is expected to feature a complete redesign that adopts the iPad mini’s design identity and reduces the overall footprint of the device.
An Apple (AAPL) patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday suggests that the company may be looking to create a navigation system based on panoramic imagery, similar to Google’s (GOOG) “Street View” technology. The “3D Position Tracking for Panoramic Imagery Navigation” patent describes a graphical user interface that utilizes the onboard sensors in the iPhone or iPad to navigate panoramic location data. Unlike the Street View technology found in Google Maps, Apple’s system will use data from the accelerometer, cameras, gyroscope and other sensors to automatically move a user through a street-level image. More →
Apple’s (AAPL) iPad has one big advantage going for it that the iPhone can’t match: it doesn’t rely on wireless carriers to be distributors. Barron’s points us to a new note from Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi outlining the reasons why it’s “highly unlikely” that Apple’s share of the tablet market will ever fall to the level of its smartphone market share. The most important factor, writes Sacconaghi, is that ”the iPad has stronger global distribution through Apple stores, carrier partners and network of resellers, including third-party retail outlets (e.g., Best Buy, Wal-Mart, carrier stores) and third-party websites (e.g., Amazon.com).” In contrast, the iPhone is distributed by just 240 carriers worldwide, which Sacconaghi notes is “significantly lower than Samsung (005930) and Nokia (NOK), which have essentially global distribution, and Blackberry (BBRY), which is distributed by >2x the number of carriers.”
Apple (AAPL) has long been rumored to be prepping a completely redesigned full-size iPad that will debut this year, and the new tablet will reportedly be unveiled at a press conference later this month. A number of well-known Apple bloggers held a public discussion on social site Branch on Tuesday, and they covered a number of topics. Among them were Apple’s efforts to overhaul the user interface in iOS 7 and the company’s plans to unveil its next-generation iPad during a press conference this month. Earlier reports suggested that Apple will release a redesigned iPad this year and images of a purported rear shell from the fifth-generation iPad leaked in January, revealing a new design resembling Apple’s smaller iPad mini tablet.
The latest version of iOS is reportedly creating problems for a number of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users. Apple (AAPL) released iOS version 6.1.3 earlier this month to fix a recent vulnerability that allowed unauthorized users to bypass a device’s lock screen — an issue that is ongoing. To make matters worse, some users are now reporting that the latest update is causing the battery to drain faster than before while also hurting Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. According to CNET, normal fixes such as restoring the device to its factory settings seem to be unsuccessful in resolving the problem. Battery life issues are not uncommon after iOS updates, as users previously reported similar problems with iOS version 6.1 in February.
Apple (AAPL) on Tuesday released iOS 6.1.3 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The update fixes a recent vulnerability that allowed unauthorized users to bypass a device’s lockscreen. The update also includes several improvements for Apple’s Maps application in Japan. iOS 6.1.3 is available immediately as an over-the-air (OTA) update, and it will be available for download shortly in iTunes.
Apps used on tablets like the iPad and various Android slates are expected to generate $8.8 billion in revenue in 2013, accounting for 35% of all app revenue this year, while smartphone apps generate $16.4 billion. According to market research firm ABI, the scales will finally tip by 2018, when tablet app revenue surpasses smartphones. ”The dynamic is quite straightforward,” ABI analyst Aapo Markkanen said. “The larger screen makes apps and content look and feel better, so there are more lucrative opportunities. One might think that the bigger installed base of smartphones would compensate for the disparity, but that notion fails to take into account the arrival of low-cost tablets, which hasn’t even started yet at its earnest. The smartphones paved the way for them, but in the end we believe that it’s the tablets that will prove the more transformative device segment of the two.” ABI estimates that tablet and smartphone apps will generate a combined $92 billion in revenue in 2018.
Google’s (GOOG) most exciting and innovative mobile service is currently only available on 15.5% of Android devices, but it will soon be accessible to nearly every iPhone and iPad user on the planet. A leaked promotional video picked up by Engadget reveals that Google Now, the Android feature that presents users with useful information driving directions, weather reports and traffic information before they even know they need it, will soon be available on the iPhone and iPad as a downloadable app. The video was pulled shortly after it was discovered on YouTube, but a copy can be viewed below. More →