Nov 05, 2013 - 2:15 PM - by Maura
Despite what looks to be a very successful launch for the iPad Air, Apple is not resting on its laurels, and, according to a report on AppleInsider today, has already instructed Foxconn to start testing king-sized iPad screens ready for release in 2014.
The new rumour comes courtesy of a Chinese site, PadNews, which says that an iPad with a display of 11.4 or 12.9 inches diagonally is already at the advanced testing stage at Foxconn, with this bigger iPad possibly even being released as early as next March.
As AppleInsider notes, this is not the first time we’ve heard such rumours, with the Wall Street Journal reporting back in July that it had heard word that Apple had prototyped an iPad with a display slightly under 13 inches diagonally.
The WSJ report was then backed up in September by another rumour also out of China that said that Apple was working on a 12-inch iPad with Quanta Computer.
Source: Rumor: Foxconn testing production of larger-screened iPad for 2014 release
Nov 05, 2013 - 1:36 PM - by Maura
AppleInsider today posts details of IHS’ teardown of the iPad Air’s Retina display, which found that the new display is more efficient than previous models, and just as bright as before, despite having half as many LED lights. IHS says that the newest screen has just 36 LED lights, in comparison to 84 LED lights for the previous two iPads. IHS'a teardown has revealed that the iPad Air’s Retina display includes optical film layers that distribute the light across the display, and which enable Apple to get the same level of brightness with fewer LEDs. This also explains how Apple was able to make the iPad Air half-a-pound lighter than previous iPads, weighing only 1 pound.
According to IHS, despite the fact that the iPad Air is $42 cheaper to build than previous versions of Apple's tablet, some individual components, such as the Retina display, are actually more expensive than previously.
Source: iPad Air Retina display has fewer backlights, costs more than in Apple's previous models
The State of Arizona announced that Apple is planning to build a new manufacturing facility in the city of Mesa, Arizona. The new plant is going to create around 1,300 construction-related jobs and 700 jobs for manufacturing. The new plant is part of a deal between Apple and GT Advanced Technologies Inc., one of Apple’s suppliers for sapphire glass.
GT will make the sapphire glass used in its smartphone cameras and fingerprint sensors at the Arizona plant. Apple has prepaid GT approximately $578 million for the deal which GT will reimburse over the next five years. Also, the new Arizona manufacturing facility is going to run on 100 percent renewable energy.
Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet told CNET:
Arizona's governor, Jan Brewer, seems to be happy regarding Apple’s new sapphire plant:
"We are proud to expand our domestic manufacturing initiative with a new facility in Arizona, creating more than 2,000 jobs in engineering, manufacturing, and construction.This new plant will make components for Apple products and it will run on 100 percent renewable energy from day one, as a result of the work we are doing with SRP to create green energy sources to power the facility."
Currently, Apple is using sapphire crystal for the fingerprint sensors in its latest iPhone 5s, but part of the production is also going to be used in new Mac Pro units. And who knows, maybe Apple is indeed preparing for the launch of its much-rumored iWatch.
"Apple is indisputably one of the world's most innovative companies and I'm thrilled to welcome them to Arizona," the governor said in a statement (PDF). "Their investment in renewable energy will also be greening our power grid, and creating significant new solar and geothermal power sources for the state."
While it's incredibly painful for those who wish to own an iPad Air, and even those who do. YouTube channel RatedRR has posted a video of an iPad Air getting tortured by an airsoft MP7 BB gun. The folks over at the channel do a great job with video work, shooting the iPad (pun intended) with an incredibly high FPS video camera.
This allowed the video to be feature in slow-mo with plenty of cool shots of BBs flying off the iPad Air display. RatedRR also did a great job adding super cool music to the background as we watch our precious Apple product massacred by a toy gun. Surprisingly, the iPad Air's glass display isn't as strong as we would have thought it to be, in some slow motion shots you can really see shards of glass flying off the device. Check out the video above, we promise, it's insanely cool!
Nov 04, 2013 - 4:06 PM - by Maura
Slash Gear reports today that early figures for the iPad Air’s first weekend since it went on sale last Friday show that it is already a staggering success.
According to Fiksu’s figures, the iPad Air’s adoption rate is five times that of the iPad 4 during its first weekend, with the iPad Air being used by 0.88% of consumers who were using apps by Fiksu clients, and the iPad 4 being used by just 0.15% of Fiksu clients during its corresponding debut weekend.
Furthermore, figures from another company, Mixpanel, show that the iPad Air had almost four times the adoption rate of the iPad mini during its debut sales weekend, generating 1.5% of all iPad traffic for its client apps, whereas the iPad mini generated 0.22% on its debut weekend.
As Slash Gear notes, these figures show that Apple appears to have succeeded in getting consumers to upgrade to the iPad Air from older versions of the iPad, and that the Air has very much captured the imagination of consumers. We’ll know more once Apple releases the official sales figures for the opening weekend, which should be any day now.
Source: iPad Air adoption rate is five times higher than the iPad 4 - SlashGear
iPad Air Adoption 5X That Of iPad 4 After Opening Weekend, Says Fiksu | TechCrunch
We know that Apple has always been reluctant to let retailers drop prices on its products at launch, so it was a surprise when Walmart discounted the iPad Air by $2, selling it for $479. Now, according to 9to5Mac, Staples, Best Buy, and Target are price-matching Walmart’s price of $479.
However, apparently Apple and Best Buy are still charging the suggested $499 price tag for the Wi-Fi only 16GB iPad Air through their online stores. To be able to buy the entry-level iPad Air for $20 less than its initial price, you’ll have to buy it from one of Apple’s and BestBuy’s physical retail locations. You won’t have to do that with Walmart, Staples or Target.
According to some commenters from the same 9to5Mac publication, it seems that there might be some issues at some Apple Store location trying to get the $20 discount.
Are you planning on getting the low-entry iPad Air to make use of the discount?
”Commenters are letting us know that some Apple locations aren’t honoring the discount so we’re advising readers to go to Staples, Best Buy, Walmart or Target if they get turned down at Apple.”
The iPad Air is almost a third lighter than the iPad 4, having a much smaller battery inside (32.4Wh vs. 42.5Wh), but it gets all the same battery life as previous generations. In addition to this and many other features baked inside, the iPad Air with LTE can be the best mobile hotspot ever made.
Anand Lal Shimpi from AnandTech publication wirelessly tethered the iPad Air as a personal hotspot to a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display and has transferred over 8GB of data. Here’s what he observed:
”I set the iPad Air up as a personal hotspot, wirelessly tethering it to a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display. I started a constant 100KB/s transfer on the MacBook Pro (2x the transfer rate of my iPad 3 test) and with the iPad Air's display off I measured battery life. Last time I chose 50KB/s as it was the average transfer rate across our old WiFi web browsing battery life test, I doubled the workload to be more reflective of more strenuous demands. In reality I'd expect to see a burstier usage profile, but that's something for me to test down the road.”
James Kendrick from ZDNet also shared his experience using the iPad Air as a personal hotspot for his laptop:
”A total of 24.08 hours and over 8GB of transfers later, the iPad Air finally died. Just like last time, you'll likely burn through your monthly data allotment before you run out of power.
Thus, we can see that the iPad Air can also reliably be used as an LTE hotspot. And the fact that it comes with an incredible battery life is just an added bonus to all the other great specs it comes with.
”I regularly use the original iPad mini as a hotspot for my laptops for several hours and the battery hit on the iPad is negligible. I used the original iPad mini as a hotspot for 20 hours on one occasion due to a power outage. The mini’s battery can power the tablet for around 10 hours, but twice that as a hotspot with the display off. That’s a great mobile hotspot to keep devices online for long periods, especially during major events such as storms.
The 20 hour mobile hotspot service of the original iPad mini is impressive given the 16.3 watt-hour battery.
That’s why it’s likely the iPad Air could serve as a hotspot for much longer periods due to its 32.4 watt-hour battery. The iPad Air has a much bigger battery to power that bigger Retina Display, but when serving as a hotspot the display is turned off. That should make it possible to run as a hotspot for at least 24 hours, and perhaps much longer than that.
Source 2: ZDNet
The iPad Air has finally went on sale on Friday and according to some reports, the stock for the fifth-generation iPad is plentiful. However, while currently there are still enough iPad Air models available both online and in stores, it might not stay that way for long. That’s why developer Mordy Tikotzky has created a web tool that checks all of Apple's stores near a particular ZIP code for iPad Air availability, saving you from all the iPad hunt hussle.
Tikotzky has also developed a similar tool when the iPhone 5s was launched. Now, consumers can go to apple-tracker.com and see the iPad Air in-store pickup availability at the 20 closest Apple Stores. Even more, the developer is going to add soon a feature that notifies users via email when iPad Air stock is available at the selected store.
At the moment, most iPad Air models seem to be in good supply, with only the 128 GB iPad Air model being in short supply at some Apple Stores across the USA. It’s worthing pointing out that a similar tool has been created or the iPad Mini with Retina display which is expected to have troubles with the supply.
The tracking tool works by compiling and reformatting data pulled in from Apple's official online store, but there might be some inaccuracies as it does not necessarily reflect stock on hand.
Are you looking to get the iPad Air or you are waiting for the iPad Mini 2?
Source 2: Apple-Tracker
Nov 04, 2013 - 12:06 PM - by dgstorm
Most Apple fans know the name Steve Wozniak and his famous nickname, "The Woz." Back when Apple was first founded, he and Steve Jobs were best friends and Wozniak was the brilliant engineer who implemented many of Jobs' brilliant ideas. For the most part he is well-liked despite having left Apple long ago. Whether you like him or not, "The Woz" is an indelible part of Apple's history, and to this date whenever he makes a statement about technology people take notice. He recently sat down for an interview with BBC News Click and shared an intriguing fantasy about the future of technology, including new tech he believes we will see pretty soon.
We will include much of what he said in quotes below, but the most intriguing idea yet is his suggesting that Apple and Google should be partners. Read on to find out more,
In reference to the evolution of voice technology Wozniak said,
"Sometimes I say 'Go to Joe's Diner' and [Siri] doesn't know where Joe's Diner is. And very often usually I find out that Android does."
When asked about this fantasy partnership he added,
"That is actually the future of intelligence probably for computers getting smarter and getting artificial intelligence. I wish to God that Apple and Google were partners in the future."
He continued pushing the ideas of openness and sharing information to help benefit everyone and push technology forward faster. He said,
"I don't know. If I were there, it would be pretty likely. I'm probably wrong, there's probably an awful lot I don't know about the business concerns and one thing you've got to remember is a company has always got to make money."
Earlier in the interview, Wozniak also discussed some of his tech ideas for the future,
"I believe you should have a world where you've got to license something at a fair price. There are good things I see on Samsung phones that I wish were in my iPhone. I wish Apple would use them and could use them, and I don't know if Samsung would stop us.
I wish everybody just did a lot of cross-licensing and sharing the good technology, all our products would be better, we'd go further. I do wish they were more compatible."
These are just some amazing concepts shared by "The Woz" proving that he can be an idea man too! It's a shame the tech industry doesn't adopt his collaborative mindset. Imagine what the world would be like if companies worked together to help propel each other further. It's a shame his fantasy isn't likely to become a reality.
"I want a full smartphone-like capability on my wrist. The trouble is the more I think about it, I don't want the small size. We're just at the verge of having products that have foldability and flexibility.
For about three or four years I've been talking about organic LED displays that could be theoretically printed on plastic, wrapped and folded. But think outside of the box. It could be on the inside of your arm and then when you flip your arm up it could actually flip open into your own hand."
Nov 01, 2013 - 4:04 PM - by dgstorm
This probably shouldn't come as much of a surprise, but the new iPad Air will be extremely hard to repair. For the most part, this is usually the case for most of Apple's products because their design aesthetics are so tightly integrated with the functionality of the device. Regardless, the folks at iFixit already got their hands on the new iPad Air and confirmed what we surmised. They tore it apart and tested it for repairability. After their procedure they determined that the over-all repairability score of the iPad Air achieved a very poor 2/10. Here's a brief summary of their assessment which includes both positive and negative qualities.
The iPad Air Repairability Score: 2 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair):
This means you should be extra careful lest you be put in the unenviable position of needing any repair work done on your shiny new iPad Air. For more pics and the full tear-down description, check out the source link below.
- The LCD is easy to remove once the front panel is taken off the iPad.
- The battery is not soldered to the logic board. We'll give it that.
- Just like in previous iPads, the front panel is glued to the rest of the device, greatly increasing the chances of cracking the glass during a repair.
- Gobs, gobs, and goblins of adhesive hold everything in place. This is the most difficult battery removal procedure we've seen in an iPad.
- The LCD has foam sticky tape adhering it to the front panel, increasing chances of it being shattered during disassembly.
- You can't access the front panel's connector until you remove the LCD.
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