It looks like Nokia might not be the only consumer electronics company getting ready to rip off Microsoft’s Surface tablet design. According to Jamie Ryan, who used to work at Apple in its developer relations department, the company has been working on a keyboard case for its full-size iPad tablet that “mimics Microsofts [sic] touch cover.” He also says that the new accessory could possibly be announced at the company’s press conference on Tuesday. Ryan claims to have learned of Apple’s plans from multiple unnamed Apple employees, though he is not confident that the new cover will be ready for an unveiling this week. He says Apple has been testing various designs for a keyboard cover for quite some time now, and he also notes that other iPad cover accessories may be in the works. According to Ryan, Apple’s new keyboard cover will help the company further differentiate between the full-size iPad and its smaller counterpart, the iPad mini.
Apple is set to unveil its next-generation iPad tablets during a press conference next week and once the new slates launch, rivals are in trouble. So says Digitimes, whose anonymous supply chain sources are stating that sales of a wide range of Android tablets are going to take a hit following the launch Apple’s new iPads. These unnamed sources do not necessarily believe Apple’s next-generation devices will perform any better than most expect, but rather that the fourth-generation iPad and first-generation iPad mini pose a massive will threat to other tablets once their prices drop. And it’s apparently not just Android device vendors that should be shaking in their boots. Digitimes says Microsoft’s Surface 2 is in trouble as well, as is Nokia’s upcoming Windows RT tablet — though the report says expectations for Nokia’s slate aren’t very high to begin with.
The release of Apple’s next-generation iPad and iPad mini tablets is just over two weeks away, according to a new report. Apple always launches its mobile devices shortly after unveiling them and since the company’s iPad event is scheduled to take place on October 22nd, it stands to reason that the new products Apple unveils will launch the following week. A new report from French blog MacG, which has a decent track record when reporting Apple rumors, suggests that this year’s iPad launch might be a bit different than it has been in years past, but not much. According to the report, Apple’s new full-size iPad and Retina iPad mini will launch later this month on either Wednesday, October 30th or Thursday, October 31st. If true, the launches would still occur the week after the new iPads are unveiled, but almost all of Apple’s prior mobile device releases have taken place on a Friday. More →
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.