Oct 09, 2012 - 2:29 PM - by Maura
AppleInsider reports that according to RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani, the imminent release of the iPad mini could push Apple’s total holiday sales of the iPad this year to more than 30 million. Daryanani told investors that he thinks that even without the iPad mini Apple can expect to shift around 21.6 million iPads in the December quarter. With the iPad mini, however, he says that Apple could rake in an 8-million-unit, $2-billion net benefit from total iPad sales in the holiday quarter of 29.6 million. This ties in with the report from The Wall Street Journal yesterday that said that Apple has already ordered 10 million iPad minis for the holiday quarter. Apple has yet to confirm release of the iPad mini, but it is widely expected to be holding a launch event on October 17. We may well know more tomorrow, which is when the invitations for the event are said to be going out.
Source: Launch of 'iPad mini' could push total holiday iPad sales to 30M
Oct 08, 2012 - 3:46 PM - by Maura
Business Insider reports that Sonny Dickson has posted a whole hatful of photos of what he says is the iPad mini, on his Twitter page. The photos really are the best yet of the next instalment in Apple’s iPad range, assuming that they are genuine, of course, and they show the iPad mini from all sorts of different angles, as well as placed on top of the newest, full-size iPad, so that you can get an even more accurate idea of the size of the iPad mini in relation to the full-sized version. There are also close-up shots of various parts of the iPad mini, including confirmation that it will indeed have the new lightning dock connector that is also in the iPhone 5. Interesting to note though that all these pictures show a iPad mini with a silver back, whereas others have shown it with an all-black back.
Source: iPad Mini Photos - Business Insider
Oct 08, 2012 - 2:35 PM - by Maura
In a marriage made in video gaming heaven, Rovio today announced Angry Birds Star Wars, which will be coming to iOS, Android, Mac and PC on November 8, as well as the inevitable cavalcade of merchandising, including plush toys, and fancy-dress costumes. Reporting on the announcement, The Independent says that the game will feature all of the most iconic Rebel Alliance characters represented as Angry Birds, with the pigs as the evil Galactic Empire, lead by blackbird Darth Sidious. Gameplay will be based on the gravity physics of Angry Birds Space, and levels will have themes based on famous Star Wars scenes, such as Luke’s home planet Tatooine and the ice planet Hoth. The soundtrack will also be Star Wars-themed. The Independent says that the famous Angry Catapult will be replaced by a lightsaber-style flinging device. The game will be launched with great fanfare in Times Square, New York, on November 8 at 10:00 am Eastern time. You can also expect lots of fantastically fun trailers, just like the one at the top of the post, in the lead up to the game’s launch.
Source: Rovio return with Angry Birds Star Wars! | | Independent Editor's choice Blogs
Oct 08, 2012 - 1:48 PM - by Maura
MacRumors reports today that it has heard from a developer who tells them that he has noticed that an unfamiliar iPad reference number suddenly appeared in his app analytics. The device is called “iPad3,6”, and MacRumors says that the mystery iPad’s processor targets the ARMv7s architecture supporting the A6 system-on-a-chip in the iPhone 5. This leads MacRumors to deduce that the iPad in question is running some sort of A6 chip. MacRumors is also not sure what version of the iPad this could be, although they surmise that as it still has the number 3, it is most likely some sort of refresh of the newest, full-size iPad (as has been rumoured to be on the way). They counter this by saying that even if Apple wanted to release an updated version of the current iPad, with a Lightning dock connector, it seems a bit unlikely that the processor would be upgraded to an A6 chip. It’s also not thought to be the iPad Mini (which is thought to have the code name“iPad2,5”) that has been appearing in developer logs recently.
Source: New iPad Shows Up in App Analytics Running A6-Based Chip - Mac Rumors
Oct 08, 2012 - 12:35 PM - by Maura
We’ve all had a lot of fun since the release of iOS 6 having a big of a giggle at Apple’s new, in-house Maps app and its shortcomings. However, it’s not all bad news on the Maps front for Apple, as according to AppleInsider, the offline facility for the Maps app is apparently very impressive indeed, with the vector maps being so efficient that you can download much larger maps to your iPhone or iPad than with the previous version. Use of vectors means that around 80% less data is used in the app than in the previous app, with much bigger maps being downloaded faster, and thus saving you data and battery life. So sophisticated is Apple’s new Maps technology, that the efficient map outlines will work offline over much greater distances. For example, AppleInsider says that once it has downloaded the vector maps at a San Francisco location, high-level maps of the entire continent were available to view offline, north from Anchorage, Alaska to Lima, Peru and from Honolulu, Hawaii to Montreal, Canada.
Thanks to Super Moderator KevinJS for the heads-up on this story and the additional information. Check out his posts all about his experiences trucking around Western Canada here: http://www.ipadforums.net/off-topic/...d-off-too.html
Source: Apple's new iOS 6 Maps support automatic offline use for a wide area
Oct 08, 2012 - 11:06 AM - by Maura
Tech Crunch writes today that according to a new report in The Wall Street Journal, Apple has ordered over 10 million iPad minis from its supply chain for Q4. The WSJ says that this will be Apple’s initial order for its forthcoming tablet, which is double the number of Kindle Fire tablets ordered by Amazon, which will be seen as the iPad mini’s major competition, alongside the Nexus 7 from Google, and possibly some Windows 8 tablets when they emerge. Tech Crunch reiterates the previous rumours that say that the iPad mini will have a 7.85-inch screen, and that it will have a lower-resolution screen than that of the current iPad, so possibly will not have a Retina display. Although Apple has yet to make any official comment whatsoever regarding the launch of the iPad mini, it is believed that the invitations to the launch event will be sent out on October 10, with the event itself taking place on October 17.
Source: iPad Mini: Apple Orders More Than 10 Million Units For Q4, Says WSJ | TechCrunch
Oct 05, 2012 - 12:09 PM - by dgstorm
With the launch of iOS 6, Apple has promised that it will integrate a brand new feature called Passbook, which can be used to collect passes to many services, such as train tickets, boarding passes, gift cards and so on. Although at the moment the number of supported services is rather limited, the Starbucks iOS application has finally been deemed compatible with the service and can now be used as a paying method.
Although Starbucks didn’t counted amongst the first set of supported merchants, Apple has made sure that the famous coffee-chain will hastily be added. In fact, they rushed the adoption so hard that the current Starbucks app for iOS is not even optimized for the iPhone 5, and appears smaller on the brand new device.
Leaving criticism aside, the Starbucks app now allows paying in stores with a mobile iOS device, basing on the Passbook feature. Of course, only iOS 6 devices are compatible with this but legacy devices should also work, because Starbucks had a similar feature implemented, without the help of Apple.
On the other hand, by involving Apple in the process, Starbucks clients can now make use of the geolocation features as well, which allow the user to pick 10 favorite coffee stores and have the payment option appear when entering the shop, without an explicit action.
Apple competitors also have similar services at hand, Google being the obvious example with its Wallet – a more ambitious project which aims to replaces credit cards in the future, by serving as the primary paying method for shops and places of all kinds, not just as passes. But without any explicit reason, the trend didn’t actually caught app. Let’s see if Apple’s marketing mechanism succeeds once again.
Source: Starbucks Adds Passbook Support to Its iPhone App - Mac Rumors
Oct 05, 2012 - 12:07 PM - by Maura
AppleInsider has today posted some really rather excellent renderings of Apple’s forthcoming iPad mini, which have been created by graphic designer Martin Hajek, in CAD. You may recall that it was Hajek who posted equally impressive renderings of the iPhone 5 prior to launch back in June. As AppleInsider notes, the renders are so good that they actually look like something that Apple might have themselves put on their website. The renders show the front, back and sides of the iPad mini, and one even shows an iPad mini with an all-black anodized aluminum shell, similar to the part that recently leaked. I think this looks gorgeous! The renders also show the rear-facing camera, microphone, Lightning port, new speaker grills and headphone jack. Hajek also took a bit of a flight of fancy, one which I really like, by showing a pale blue iPad mini, which could also relate to Nokia’s recent ad making fun of Apple for its boring colour choices. Would be great if they decided to release the iPad mini in lots of different colours, like the iPod touch. They would fly off the shelves. Look for the iPad mini to be announced on October 17.
iPad mini renderings offer best look yet at rumored tablet
Oct 05, 2012 - 11:31 AM - by dgstorm
After Apple launched the Retina enabled iPad, the task of finding appropriate and aesthetically pleasing wallpaper for your tablet proved to be more and more difficult. This is not the case anymore, as this week the 2048pixels website was launched, providing artsy tablet users with high resolution artwork perfect for the improved capabilities of the new iPad.
The art available on 2048pixel has been designed by some of the most talented digital artists working today. Additionally, the site can also be seen as a platform for struggling artists who are trying to make it. What’s special about this website is that it was created strictly for the Retina Display. The interface turns out to be very intuitive as users can swipe right to left or left to right in order to browse the materials present on the website. When something that is liked is found, a simple tapping will showcase the full wallpaper. On this page, one will find a button for downloading the art and a button for social media sharing.
Another interesting feature the website offers is that users can customize the experience. Art lovers will be able to modify the available themes. One example is that you can change color depth or luminosity. Textures and effects can also be added so users can enhance the appearance of the chosen theme to their own liking.
To be kept up to date with the gorgeous themes uploaded daily to the website, users can subscribe to the site’s RSS feed as well.
Source: iPad Retina Wallpaper Site 2048pixels Launches 2.0 with Customizable Pictures
Oct 05, 2012 - 8:32 AM - by Maura
Hard to believe but it is one year today since the untimely passing of Apple’s Steve Jobs. AppleInsider reports today that Apple has marked the somber anniversary by posting a video on Apple.com. Also featured on the site is a letter from Apple CEO Tim Cook, who was personally picked by Jobs to replace him. Here is the full content of the letter, the sentiments of which I think we all echo:
One year after his death, Apple shares video tribute to Steve Jobs
A message from Tim Cook, Apple's CEO.
Steve's passing one year ago today was a sad and difficult time for all of us. I hope that today everyone will reflect on his extraordinary life and the many ways he made the world a better place.
One of the greatest gifts Steve gave to the world is Apple. No company has ever inspired such creativity or set such high standards for itself. Our values originated from Steve and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple. We share the great privilege and responsibility of carrying his legacy into the future.
I'm incredibly proud of the work we are doing, delivering products that our customers love and dreaming up new ones that will delight them down the road. It's a wonderful tribute to Steve's memory and everything he stood for.
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