We know that we’ll be getting a look at the next generation of iPhones at Apple’s upcoming September 10th event but could we actually see the company’s next-generation iPad as well? An unnamed source tells Bloomberg that Apple “plans to introduce new versions of its phone and tablet” during its press event, which backs up an earlier Bloomberg report claiming that we’d see both the new iPhones and at least one new iPad on September 10th. Of course, Bloomberg’s reporting on the fifth-generation iPad launch has been somewhat erratic since the publication said just two weeks ago that we wouldn’t be seeing any new iPads until later in the fall. More →
Apple’s share of the global tablet market dropped by about 14% on-year in the June quarter, and the company’s slide was even more severe in China. According to new data released by IDC on Wednesday, Apple’s tablet market share plummeted 40% year-over-year in China in the second quarter. The Financial Times reports that Apple shipped 1.48 million iPads in China during the June quarter, according to IDC’s numbers. That was good for just 28% of the tablet market in the country. In the same quarter last year, IDC said Apple’s share of the Chinese tablet market was 68.2%. Apple’s iPad shipments grew in China during that time period, but nowhere near as briskly as the overall market thanks to the explosion of low-cost Android tablets led by white-box vendors.
There has been so much speculation, rumors and analysis on Apple’s iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C lately, it seems as if the iPad has been forgotten. Apple is the leader in the tablet market, and its “very busy fall,” according to CFO Peter Oppenheimer, could wind up seeing Apple extend that lead. Particularly, if it announces not one, but two new iPads as expected. More →
Microsoft has taken a page out of Apple’s playbook recently. With Windows now the underdog operating system in the tablet market as the iPad continues to dominate, Microsoft has been running an advertising campaign that bears a striking resemblance to Apple’s old “I’m a Mac” spots. In this latest addition, Microsoft heads to a college classroom and pits the iPad against Lenovo’s IdeaPad Yoga convertible ultrabook. More →
While Apple is still set to release iOS 7 for its assorted iPhone models in mid-September, there’s increased chatter that the company could push back releasing iOS 7 for the iPad by as much as a month. 9to5Mac’s sources claim that Apple has had more trouble than expected with bringing its next-generation operating system over to its popular tablet and that developers have noticed some stability issues with the new OS on the iPad. Based on the way things have been going, 9to5Mac thinks that Apple could release iOS 7 for the iPad in late September or even October to make sure that users get a more polished experience when they start using it. This delay also makes sense for Apple because it’s not expected to release its fifth-generation iPad until after it launches the iPhone 5S anyway.
We’re definitely getting closer to Apple’s upcoming string of product launches because we’re getting a steady stream of leaked pictures for the company’s next generation of gadgets. A Weibo user named Xu Bolong has just published some photos of the rear shell from Apple’s fifth-generation iPad that once again confirm that the next version of the larger iPad will take design cues from its smaller sibling by employing thinner side bezels. This is the first time the device’s casing has been pictured in silver. The next-generation iPad shell is shown next to the shell of some version of the iPad mini, although French blog Nowhereelse.fr cautions that this could simply be a first-generation iPad mini shell that’s being used to show off design similarities between the two tablets. The pictures of the fifth-generation iPad case follow below. More →
After much back and forth in the rumor mill, a new report supports recent claims that Apple will indeed launch its second-generation iPad mini with a Retina display later this year. The news comes from Bloomberg, which says Apple plans to debut the Retina iPad mini and a redesigned full-size iPad ahead of the holidays this year. The tablets’ unveiling won’t come at Apple’s September 10th press conference though, as the report claims that event will focus on the new iPhone. Apple’s fifth-generation iPad is expected to feature a huge redesign that adopts the design identity of the iPad mini.
Photos of the full case and the front panel from Apple’s next-generation iPad have both already leaked, and a new report further supports the notion that the fifth full-size iPad will take after the smaller iPad mini that debuted last fall. The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple’s next iPad will use “same touch-panel technology that made the iPad mini thin and light.” The report also states that the new iPad is currently in production at Apple’s Eastern suppliers. The next-generation iPad is expected to feature a complete design overhaul that adopts the design identity of the iPad mini. It will include a smaller and thinner overall footprint, rumors and leaks suggest, but it will maintain the same exact Retina display size as the current model thanks to a smaller bezel around the screen and the new touch technology noted by the Journal.
Samsung’s Galaxy S4 introduced a new feature called “Smart Pause” that automatically pauses video playback when a user turns his or her face away from the phone’s display. While some branded Smart Pause as one of Samsung’s new gimmicky bells and whistles, the feature has definitely managed to generate some buzz — and now it also managed to generate a copycat tweak for iOS devices. iOS developer Chris Simpson has released an app called FaceHalt for jailbroken iOS devices that mimics the Galaxy S4′s Smart Pause on Apple’s iPhone, iPad, iPad mini and iPod touch. FaceHalt is a system-wide tweak, so it will work in Apple’s native video app as well as third-party video players like YouTube. A video demonstration of FaceHalt follows below, and iOS users with jailbroken devices can download the tweak from the Cydia app store for $1.99. More →
After four generations of full-size iPads that look the same barring a few minor tweaks here and there, Apple will launch a completely redesigned fifth-generation iPad this fall. We already saw photos of the next-generation iPad’s full casing leak earlier this year, and the new tablet design will be modeled after Apple’s iPad mini. Now, photos of the slate’s digitizer and screen have been published by Australian repair shop MacFixit and they support earlier reports of a new design with a much thinner bezel around the iPad’s display. The site published the following details alongside the photos: More →
While the iPad is a very profitable business for Apple, the Surface tablet cost Microsoft almost $1 billion last quarter. But that won’t stop the Redmond, Washington-based software giant from firing more shots at Apple’s slate in a new Surface RT advertisement. Hey, it worked for Samsung so why not? Microsoft’s recent tablet ads haven’t been shy in poking at the iPad’s shortcomings and its latest spot follows suit. Simple and straightforward, the new ad runs through a list of things the Surface RT does better than Apple’s tablet, and then it encourages people to “Work easy. Play hard.” by purchasing a new Surface RT for just $350. By comparison, Apple’s latest iPad starts at $499. The full video is embedded below. More →
Try as it might, Apple just can’t seem to ditch Samsung as a key component supplier. Under late co-founder Steve Jobs’s watch, it looked like Apple and Samsung would eventually several all ties as the companies’ battles in court continued to sour their relationship. Current CEO Tim Cook may be more willing to forgive and forget, however. A new report from NPD DisplaySearch picked up by CNET states that Samsung supplied more displays for Apple’s full-size iPad during the June quarter than LG Display, which was previously Apple’s main iPad panel supplier. DisplaySearch claims that Apple has been boosting display orders from Samsung since January, claiming that Apple bought 2.3 million panels from Samsung in the first quarter this year and more than 4.1 million in Q2. Finally, the report states that Samsung will also supply displays for Apple’s next-generation iPad mini, which is expected to debut this fall.
Whereas the iPhone reinvented a category, the iPad define an entirely new one. Companies like Nokia had toyed with media tablets in the past, but they were nothing like the iPad Apple debuted in 2010. Companies raced to enter the new market Apple created with the iPad and while their early efforts were absolutely awful, they eventually morphed into the slates currently selling by the truckload. But despite the iPad’s significance in the broader consumer electronics market, one industry watcher thinks the device’s legacy will never measure up to Apple’s iPhone. More →