New Apple products aren’t as easy to come by as they used to be when Apple spread its device launches out a bit more, but as the saying goes, when it rains it pours. Hot off the record-smashing release of Apple’s brand new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, Apple has sent invitations to newspapers and blogs for a press conference scheduled to take place on October 22nd at 1:00 p.m. EDT, 10:00 a.m. PDT. The company still has plenty in the pipeline, but the co-stars of next week’s event are expected to be a completely redesigned fifth-generation iPad as well as an updated iPad mini with a brand new Retina display. Both of the new devices will launch soon after being announced at next week’s event, and there’s plenty more in store from Apple next week. More →
We know almost everything there is to know about Apple’s next-generation “iPad 5” tablet thanks to months of leaks and various solid reports, but the jury is still out on whether or not Apple’s new slate will feature an embedded Touch ID fingerprint scanner. Apple’s iPhone 5s, which helped Apple smash prior sales records when it debuted late last month, was the first iOS device to feature a scanner integrated into the home button. It also won’t be the last, of course, but it remains unclear when other Apple devices will follow suit. While some believe the addition of Touch ID to the iPad family won’t happen until next year, a new leak suggests it will happen next week. More →
Electronics users want the latest and greatest but the turnaround of new tech is relentless, and Apple is a prime example of consistent one-upmanship. The latest Apple device to make waves is the unannounced iPad 5, set to be revealed on October 22nd. Gazelle reported last week that it saw a 321% increase in iPad trade-ins over the same date in 2012, coinciding with the date Apple’s iPad event was revealed to be taking place on October 22nd. Then the next day, October 9th, became “the biggest day for iPad trade-ins on Gazelle.com so far this year.” All this trading has been based on speculation and rumors, before invitations to an official announcement has even been sent to the media, so there’s no telling what the numbers will be when the invites actually starts hitting inboxes. Overall, Gazelle has seen an increase of five times its year-over-year volume.
Apple hasn’t even gotten the chance to unveil its fifth-generation iPad at next week’s press conference yet and we already have “iPad 6” rumors beginning to trickle out. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who nailed almost every last detail surrounding Apple’s recently released iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c long before they were announced, says that Apple has some interesting new hardware in the works for 2014. First and foremost, the company is supposedly hard at work on its sixth-generation iPad with a brand new upgraded Retina display that packs 30% to 40% more pixels into the same 9.7-inch display size. Kuo adds that Apple may or may not be working on the much rumored 12.9-inch iPad, but it probably won’t launch next year. More →
Apple will unveil its new fifth-generation iPad and second-generation iPad mini during a press conference on October 22nd, but we certainly don’t have to wait until then to get up close and personal with Apple’s new tablets. Both upcoming models have leaked countless times already so we know almost exactly what to expect next month when Apple finally takes the wraps off of its new iPad models. On Wednesday, however, Sonny Dickson published a massive photo gallery that gives us our best look yet at the new “iPad 5″ in Apple’s space gray color that premiered on the iPhone 5s last month. More →
Apple gets a lot of unique advice from excitable analysts, and the latest research note from the always-excitable Barclays analyst Ben Reitzes doesn’t disappoint. Per Barron’s, Reitzes thinks that Apple’s iPad lineup has grown stale and that it would get a big boost if it took more cues from the Microsoft Surface by adding more core PC functionality. More →
Apple is ready to talk iPad and the company will soon send out press invitations to let the world know that it will unveil its next-generation tablet on October 22nd at a special event. Unnamed sources tell AllThingsD that “the focal point of the gathering will the latest updates to the company’s iPad line, but new Mac Pro and OS X Mavericks will likely get some stage time as well.” Based on earlier leaks we expect the fifth-generation iPad to take a lot of design cues from the iPad mini by using thinner side bezels and more sharply defined edges than traditional iPad models. The new tablet will also reportedly follow in the iPhone 5s’s footsteps and will include a fingerprint scanner and Touch ID technology.
Reports on whether or not Apple’s fifth-generation iPad will include a Touch ID fingerprint scanner have conflicted thus far. Some seem to suggest Apple’s full-size tablet will not feature an integrated print scanner until next year, while other reports have said that Apple’s iPad 5 and Retina iPad mini will both include Touch ID when they are unveiled later this month. It’s still too soon to call it one way or the other, but the most solid piece of evidence to date that suggests Apple’s new iPad will include a fingerprint scanner may have just surfaced. More →
The evidence continues to stack up that the Retina-equipped iPad mini will not be released in 2013. According to Apple Insider, Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White recently met with several electronics manufacturers and suppliers in China and Taiwan, where his sources backed up claims that the next iPad will be a major redesign from previous models, but did not have anything to say about the future of the iPad mini. This led White to believe that Apple’s upcoming Retina-equipped iPad mini will not be released this month alongside the next generation of its larger counterpart. Given that the original iPad mini faced supply constraints due to manufacturing difficulties, it’s not surprising that the Retina-equipped version of the tablet is proving an even harder nut to crack.
Multiple outlets reported on Thursday that the most recent iOS 7 update had effectively disabled the filters from iPads issued to students by their schools. Apple has since confirmed that it is aware of the problem, and currently working to fix it. AllThingsD reported early Thursday morning that one school in Colorado has started taking up iPads at the end of the school day, wiping them, and then reinstalling iOS 7, replacing the necessary student data and returning the iPads the next morning. Otherwise students would have unfiltered access to the devices from their home Wi-Fi connections, which rarely have the same restrictions enabled as a school network. An Apple spokesperson informed AllThingsD that a fix should be issued this month.
We are only a few weeks out from Apple’s iPad event, but there is still plenty we don’t know about the new tablet lineup. According to MacRumors, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that the new iPads will contain improved 8-megapixel rear cameras with larger apertures, up from the 5-megapixel cameras of the previous generation. This will put the new Apple tablet cameras on par with the iPhone 5s. The upgraded camera might also be an indication that some of the new camera features, such as 120fps Slo-Mo video, will be coming to the iPad as well.
As Apple gears up to unveil its latest tablet lineup next month, its Android competition seems to have taken a lead in the market. A recent report from market research firm ABI Research indicates that Android-powered hardware sales surpassed Apple’s slate for the first time in Q2 2013, while the average selling price (ASP) of the iPad has dropped close to the tablet market average. “Smaller 7-inch class tablets are finally the majority of shipments,” said senior practice director Jeff Orr. The iPad mini accounted for around 60% of iPad shipments, which has contributed heavily to the 17% dip in iPad ASPs. On the other hand, Android tablet ASPs have risen 17%. Some Android tablets have lapped the iPad technologically as well. “Twelve months is a long time for the peak lifecycle of a contemporary tablet,” Orr said.
Apple is widely expected to unveil a completely redesigned full-size iPad next month and a new video takes an in-depth look at what is claimed to be the casing from Apple’s fifth-generation tablet. We saw leaked pictures of Apple’s iPad 5 housing in space gray emerge for the first time last week, and now mobile device parts supplier Sw-box.com has posted a video of the casing to YouTube. The hands-on video provides an in-depth comparison of the new fifth-generation iPad housing next to Apple’s current full-size iPad as well as the current iPad mini. As we have seen before, the new iPad appears to be thinner and smaller than the current model, and it will seemingly adopt the iPad mini’s design identity. Apple is expected to unveil its fifth-generation iPad alongside the new Retina iPad mini sometime next month. In the meantime, the full hands-on video can be seen below. More →