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.
As Snapchat has grown more and more popular, it has increasingly become a target for hackers and developers looking to help users save messages that are supposed to be deleted once they are viewed. In other words, those looking to keep their naked Valentine’s Day sexts from being shared should probably look elsewhere if they want to avoid having their illicit V-Day messages spread like wildfire the next time they have a fight with their significant other. Enter ZipaClip, one of many private text, video and picture messaging services that promise to do what Snapchat no longer can: do what Snapchat is supposed to do and keep your private messages private. More →
Earlier this year, Microsoft debuted a new advertisement for its Surface tablets that depicted a young student looking inquisitively at the camera with the caption “Honestly, I need more than just a toy” plastered underneath. The implication here is that, in contrast to the Surface, iPads and Android-based tablets are just “toys” that are used only for fun and entertainment but that can’t be used for “real work.” Every day, however, we’re seeing more examples of how iOS and Android tablets can, in fact, be used for “real work” even if they don’t come equipped with Microsoft Office. More →
A new patent awarded to Apple reveals the company is interested in producing its own wireless charging docks for mobile devices, AppleInsider reveals. However, these charging docks won’t be as “dumb” as current charging mats used by multiple devices. Instead, Apple’s dock will have some smart features, which will let it perform various actions on top of simply charging a battery wirelessly. More →
The iPad sales number is the one that’s most likely to surprise us in Apple’s Christmas quarter report, which will be released on January 27th. The consensus expectation has recently converged to around 25 million units, with several analysts exhibiting a herd mentality as they seek safety in numbers. As usual, Wall Street analysts are about 2 million units below the indie analysts. But the thing that is fiendishly hard to forecast is what sort of iPads Apple sold during the quarter. More →
Everyone’s heard of getting your iPad bricked but what happens when your iPad gets tiled? The answer, it turns out, isn’t that it becomes a Windows tablet but that it’s actually a floor tile that has been not-so-cleverly disguised to look like an iPad. SFGate reports that scam artists in the Central Valley area are selling people fake iPads that are actually floor tiles with an Apple logo slapped across the back. The scammers have wrapped the tiles in bubble wrap and put them in boxes so that interested buyers will believe that they’re iPads if they only casually glance at them before buying. The lesson here seems to be that if you’re going to spend hundreds of dollars buying a gadget from someone on the street, you should probably ask to try it out before handing over your cash.
In addition to posting record iPhone sales for the December 2013 quarter – the average of 44 estimates is 55.3 million iPhone units for the company’s fiscal Q1 2014 – Apple is also expected to report a record number of iPad units sold during the same period, Fortune reports. The publication collected data from 45 Apple analysts, posting an average estimate of 25 million iPads, up 10% from the same quarter last year when Apple sold 22.86 million tablets. The analysts’ estimates varied from 21 million to 28 million, with independent analysts expecting a 16% growth compared to last year’s performance, while the Street is eying an 8% iPad sales growth. More →
Apple is reportedly working on three iPad models for this year, Digitimes reports, with the company expected to ship 80 million to 90 million iOS tablets in total in 2014. According to unnamed market sources, apple is “likely” to launch a bigger, 12.9-inch “iPad Pro” by the end of the third quarter “at the earliest.” Additionally, Apple is rumored to have already asked production partners and component suppliers “to develop new models of 7.9- and 9.7-inch tablets,” the publication writes. In addition to iPads, the report also mentions Samsung tablets, with the South Korean Android device maker expected to ship 60-70 million tablet units in 2014. Apple and Samsung are going to remain the top two players in the tablet business this year. More →
Apple is expected to launch bigger iPhone and iPad models this year, as well as a first ever smartwatch model – unofficially referred to as the iWatch – and DisplaySearch (via CNET) already has some predictions regarding the kind of displays Apple may use on its upcoming devices. The researchers mention two iPhone 6 sizes including 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches, which could have LCD displays with 1600 x 900 resolution (386 pixel-per-inch density or PPI,) and 1920 x 1080 resolution (401 PPI), respectively. Moving to the bigger 12.2-inch iPad model, DisplaySearch says the tablet could sport an LCD screen with 2732 x 2048 resolution (265 PPI), while the iWatch is expected of pack either a 1.3-inch 320 x 320 (348 PPI) flexible AMOLED display, or a 1.6-inch 320 x 320 (278 PPI) flexible AMOLED display. More →