Black Friday iPad purchases

Even Android users want iPads instead of Android tablets

By on December 3, 2013 at 10:35 AM.

Even Android users want iPads instead of Android tablets

The iPad was a top Black Friday seller, even among Android users. According to a report by InfoScout, about 40% of Black Friday iPad purchases were by Android users. These numbers are certainly good news for Apple. They suggest that Android users are not particularly loyal to their platform and are willing to try out iOS, at least on the tablet. While Amazon, Microsoft and Google tout their tablets, the iPad continues to be the most used device by a long shot, with 84.3% usage. More →

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Thanksgiving Day Online Retail Sales Growth

Online retail sales growth slows sharply on Thanksgiving Day

By on November 29, 2013 at 3:45 PM.

Online retail sales growth slows sharply on Thanksgiving Day

IBM reports that Thanksgiving Day online retail sales increased by 11% over last year’s level. Despite the double-digit growth, this is actually a steep drop-off compared to years past. In 2012, Thanksgiving Day online sales increased by 32% over 2011. The pace of growth has thus dropped to just one-third of where it was a year earlier. Is this a sign of soft Black Friday sales to come? We’ll find out soon enough. More →

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Anti-iPad Air TV Ads

Video: Microsoft, Nokia both fire shots at iPad Air in new TV ads

By on November 27, 2013 at 8:35 AM.

Video: Microsoft, Nokia both fire shots at iPad Air in new TV ads

In addition to its anti-Google Scroogled campaign, Microsoft has an anti-iPad ad propaganda in place as well, with a couple of new ads highlighting the benefits of using a Surface 2 tablet instead of an Apple tablet. In similar fashion, Nokia has released its own TV ad in which it mocks Apple’s iPad Air while comparing it to its Lumia 2520 Windows 8 tablet. More →

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Apple iPhone iPad Touch ID Trackpad

Future iPhones may take cues from… old BlackBerrys?

By on November 25, 2013 at 2:45 PM.

Future iPhones may take cues from… old BlackBerrys?

When BGR reviewed the iPhone 5s last month, we found the Touch ID to be a bit lacking. It had plenty of potential, but failed to offer any meaningful additions to the device. The future of Touch ID remains uncertain, but a patent that was made public last Thursday gives us a pretty good idea of just how Apple plans to capitalize on the potential of what currently amounts to not much more than a half-baked extra security measure. More →

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Apple Larger iPad Release Date Rumor

Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad reportedly won’t launch until late 2014

By on November 25, 2013 at 10:48 AM.

Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad reportedly won’t launch until late 2014

It looks like you won’t be able to get Apple’s rumored 12.9-inch iPad until the second half of 2014. Digitimes‘ supply chain sources claim that Apple has started placing orders with supplier Quanta Computer for a larger iPad model that will launch in late 2014 despite earlier reports claiming that the new device would launch in early 2014. Digitimes‘ sources say that Apple is gearing the larger iPad toward education and enterprise markets, although they claim that there will be limited supplies of the device at first because of the engineering challenges Quanta will face in manufacturing the device. More →

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iPad Pro Release Date

Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad set for early release date in 2014 according to sources

By on November 19, 2013 at 9:45 AM.

Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad set for early release date in 2014 according to sources

Apple will release a 12.9-inch iPad with a Retina display at some point in early 2014 to take on bigger rival tablets, The Korea Times has learned from an unnamed supply chain source. Specifically, The Korea Times writes that “Apple’s local first-tier display supplier is now producing a 12.9-inch Retina display to be used in the new iPad, which will be coming out sometime early next year.” This isn’t the first rumor detailing a bigger iPad, with previous reports from Chinese newspaper United Daily News and the Wall Street Journal also claiming that Apple is working on a 12- to 13-inch tablet. The device may be launched in March 2014, according to a recent story. More →

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Android Tablet Market Share Q3 2013

Android dominates tablet market as the iPad stumbles in Q3

By on November 15, 2013 at 11:15 PM.

Android dominates tablet market as the iPad stumbles in Q3

It’s not exactly news that Android has taken over the bulk of the smart device market, but in Q3 2013, Android appears to have claimed yet another title from Apple: The most revenue from tablet sales in a quarter. Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty calculated that Android tablets were generating more revenue than iPads based on IDC’s numbers from October, which showed very little year-over-year growth for iPads and a major loss in Apple’s worldwide tablet market share. More →

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BBM iPad Download

BBM set to hit Wi-Fi iPads and iPod touch beginning today

By on November 14, 2013 at 11:15 AM.

BBM set to hit Wi-Fi iPads and iPod touch beginning today

BlackBerry’s BBM service shocked the world when it finally went cross-platform last month. While many thought it would be dead on arrival, the app rocketed to No. 1 on the iPhone download charts and brought 20 million new users to the BBM platform within a week. BBM’s stunning success continued and in perhaps the most shocking of all early reports about BlackBerry’s new BBM efforts, the app’s engagement levels appear to be beating rivals. Downloads have slowed substantially since BBM debuted in October and the app is sinking fast, currently holding the No. 76 position on the top free iPhone app chart in the U.S. That position could soon get a boost, however, as BlackBerry makes its popular new BBM app available on Wi-Fi only iPads and iPod touch devices for the first time. More →

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Apple iPhone Future Release Schedule

Apple seen holding two iPhone, iPad launches per year starting in 2014

By on November 6, 2013 at 1:35 PM.

Apple seen holding two iPhone, iPad launches per year starting in 2014

September marked the first Apple event in which two iPhone models were announced concurrently. Considering the endless stream of rumors, it failed to shock anyone, but it might be the first step to a more frequent release schedule for Apple devices. AppleInsider reports that after meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook, Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty believes that Apple will use the introduction of multiple iPhones to start staggering announcements throughout the year rather than piling them all up during the holiday season. More →

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Apple Testing Larger iPad 2014 Reveal

Apple’s 13-inch iPad will reportedly debut in March

By on November 5, 2013 at 10:55 AM.

Apple’s 13-inch iPad will reportedly debut in March

Rumors of Apple’s products seeing a growth spurt in 2014 continue to pop up. The latest rumor from PadNews suggests that a 12.9-inch iPad is being tested at Foxconn, and the larger tablet is currently going through UI prototype debugging. Other sources seem to think that the larger screen might come in at a more manageable 11.4 inches. PadNews also claims that the “iPad maxi” will be released in March of 2014, which would put just a five month buffer between the releases of the iPad Air and the new, larger iPad. According to PadNews, there are reports “by major research institutions” which state that the market for 10-inch plus tablets will grow next year, in part due to Microsoft’s Surface tablets. Still, it’s hard to imagine Apple announcing a new product like this so soon after launching its new iPad Air and iPad mini. At the same time, however, the company certainly doesn’t want to go another year without launching any mobile products like it did in 2013.

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Steve Jobs iPad Strategy

New book says Steve Jobs saw the iPad as Android repellant

By on November 5, 2013 at 10:10 AM.

New book says Steve Jobs saw the iPad as Android repellant

Apple’s iPhone may have forever changed the world of mobile communications but by 2009 Apple was starting to face some serious competition in the smartphone market from Google’s free-to-use Android operating system. According to a new book written by Fred Vogelstein that’s been excerpted by Wired, Jobs saw the dangers that Google’s platform presented and came up with a bold plan to hold off the Android barbarians that were banging on Apple’s gate. In short, he decided that the best way to maintain iOS’s relevance was to make the iPad. More →

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iPad Air Adoption Rate Opening Weekend

iPad Air adoption blows away previous launches

By on November 4, 2013 at 5:35 PM.

iPad Air adoption blows away previous launches

The iPad Air’s opening weekend has finally come to a close, and if you guessed it would look something like the first weekend of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, you might not be wrong. According to Fiksu, within just three days, the iPad Air already accounts for 0.74% of all Apple tablets based on recorded usage of Fiksu client apps. Putting this into perspective, three days after the iPad mini launched it had only captured 0.21% of the iPad market, and the fourth-generation iPad only took 0.15% in the same amount of time. More →

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iPad Market Share Analysis

Apple is losing tablet market share – here’s why it might not matter

By on October 31, 2013 at 8:45 AM.

Apple is losing tablet market share – here’s why it might not matter

Android tablets have led the iPad in market share for a while now and Windows-based tablets will likely take off at some point as well. Does this make Apple worried? That’s doubtful — the company has shown again and again that it cares much less about maintaining market share than it does about maintaining high margins for its tablets. To back that point up, IHS has put out some research this week showing that while most tablet vendors are trying to compete with each other aggressively on low prices, Apple is sitting back and selling its tablets at high prices and getting high margins in return. More →

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