The iPad Air and the Retina display iPad Mini is here, so the rumor mill is now busy with chatter about the next iPad models. Most people are waiting for Apple to release another incremental update next year for the iPad Air, but it’s already unlikely that it would be called iPad 6. The second-generation iPad Mini was not called the iPad Mini 2 by Apple, and neither did the iPad Air.
Leaving marketing aside, it seems that the latest rumors suggest Cupertino is looking at the possibility of launching a 12.9 inch iPad, which some sources from the production line refer to as the “iPad Pro”. This is not the first time we’re talking about these rumors, as we have previously covered a potential 12.9 inch Maxi iPad back in June, last year and even in July 2011.
Just like then, the latest rumors suggest that Apple could be looking at the iPad Pro as a potential weapon against netbooks. According to some Korean sources, we could see two iPad Pro launches, the iPad Pro with a 2K display could launch in April 2014 and the model sporting a 4K display will reportedly come in October 2014.
What do you think about the reiteration of these old rumors? More than two years have already passed since the first hearsay about a bigger sized iPad - do you think Apple could still launch such a device on the market?
Every year, Apple releases iTunes Store awards. showcasing the best music, movies, TV shows, apps, books and podcasts of the year. Besides the most-downloaded digital media in its iTunes Store, Apple has included editors' choice selections. Here are some of the noteworthy winners for 2013:
- iPhone App of the Year: Duolingo - Learn Languages for Free
- iPhone Game of the Year: Ridiculous Fishing - A Tale of Redemption
- iPad App of the Year: Disney Animated
- iPad Game of the Year: Badland
- Best Artist: The 20/20 Experience - The Complete Experience by Justin Timberlake
- Best Album: The Heist by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
- Best Song: Royals by Lorde
- Breakthrough Album: Good Kid, M.A.A.D City by Kendrick Lamar
- Best Fiction: Tenth of December by George Saunders
- Best Nonfiction: One Summer by Bill Bryson
- Best Teen Novel: The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson and Ben McSweeney
- Best Multi-Touch Book: Breaking Bad: Alchemy by Sony Pictures Television
It was for the first time this year when a language app has won the App of the Year award. Follow the link from below to find the complete lists from Apple's website.
Source: iTunes, iPhoneforums
Christmas is just around the corner and if you plan on gifting an iPad to somebody, then Radio Shack has prepared a sweet deal for you. The latest iPad Mini 2 has been launched and supply problems seem to finally have an end, but the original iPad Mini is the one that is getting the sales incentive.
You will get a $100 gift card when you buy the 16GB Wi-Fi iPad Mini, which sells for $300. The offer is available at any RadioShack store but not online. An end date for this deal hasn’t been set by RadioShack, as it depends on the inventory. However, according to a store representative, supplies should last through this coming weekend.
Unfortunately, you can’t use RadioShack's gift card towards the purchase of the iPad mini itself and it must be used from your next in-store visit onwards. RadioShack is also running the “Trade & Save” program where one could potentially get up to $350 off the price of Apple's iPad mini
Does RadioShack’s deal sound interesting or you will rather invest your money in the iPad Mini 2 or the iPad Air?
Available for a limited time, customers purchasing an iPad Mini (Wi-Fi 16GB) at RadioShack locations will receive a $100 RadioShack gift card for use on their next visit. In addition, customers can get as much as $350 toward their purchase of an iPad Mini when trading in an eligible iPad through RadioShack’s Trade & Save program. This iPad Mini promotion will be available to in-store customers for a limited time this holiday season.
The iWatch rumor mill took a short break since everybody was all eyes and ears on the latest iPad launches, but now it’s back in full swing. According to Chinese site C Technology, Apple could be looking to release its long-rumored iWatch alongside the next iPhone in October 2014.
The company has allegedly tested two iWatch prototypes, but hasn’t decided on the final screen size of the device. We previously have shared with you another leak, according to which, the iWatch could be released in two sizes – one for men and for women. The same report says that the prototype iWatch units are powered by a 100 mAh battery and they also have wireless charging capabilities, letting the device charge from up to a meter away. However, the inclusion of a 100 mAh battery seems unlikely, because the size is too small for a significant battery life. As a comparison, Samsung’s Galaxy Gear watch has a 315 mAh battery and has been often criticized for its poor battery life.
According to the Chinese publication, the battery life of the iWatch prototypes has proved to be an issue, as it lasted only 1-2 days on a charge. Apple is looking to extend that to at least 4-5 days. C Technology also observes that the role of the wireless charging feature would be to reduce the need to frequently charge the device.
What do you think about this latest rumor? Is there any substance to it?
Yahoo’s Weather app is one of the best looking weather apps currently available for mobile devices, actually receiving the Apple Design Award at WWDC, this year. Eight months ago, Yahoo! has rolled out an all-new Weather app for iPhone, and now the company has announced that the app is optimized for iPads, too.
What makes Yahoo Weather so special is the fact that it fetches beautiful and relevant images to its local weather forecasts from Flickr, which is also owned by Yahoo. One could even choose to submit his own weather-related snap to the Project Weather Group. The app will offer a detailed forecast, including hourly and daily predictions, details, wind speed, precipitation and maps. All of this information is presented in a beautiful, cleverly animated and easy-to-read interface. Version 1.5 of the Yahoo Weather app for the iPad is described like this in the App Store:
After you will install the app on your iPad, you will have the feeling that it was Apple’s designers who made the app, as its beautiful simplicity will make a great impression.
Yahoo Weather - now for iPad! - The design, layout, and interactions you love optimized for the larger screen - Experience stunning, interactive animations as you scroll through the forecast
Source: TechCrunch, AppStore
The supply problems with the iPad Mini 2 are well-known but lately, it seems that Apple has took all the necessary measures to improve the shipping times for the Retina display iPad Mini. Retina iPad mini shipping estimates for all models and capacities, have decreased to 1 to 3 days in the Online Apple Stores from United States, Canada, Mexico, and Asia Pacific. However, in European countries, the Retina iPad mini continues to ship within 3 to 5 days.
iPad Mini 2's shipping estimates have gradually improved, from 5 to 10 days in late November, to 3 to 5 days earlier this week and now to just 1 to 3 days. The possible culprit for supply constraints seems to be Sharp, who has been having problems accomodating the Retina display panels to the reduced size of the new iPad Mini.
The legal battle between Apple and Samsung is in full swing and far from being over. If previous courts from various locations all over the world have ruled in Apple’s favor, now it seems that Samsung is being rejected its lawsuit against Apple in its home turf, South Korea.
The Seoul Central District Court has dismissed Samsung’s lawsuit claiming Apple had infringed on three of Samsung's mobile patents. Thus, Samsung has lost its bid to ban sales of older iPhone and iPad in South Korea. Apple said the following in a recent statement:
and here’s what Samsung had to say:
We are glad the Korean court joined others around the world in standing up for real innovation and rejecting Samsung’s ridiculous claims
If you lost track of these countless lawsuits, you should know that it all started back in 2011, when Apple first sued Samsung for copying the look and feel of the iPhone and iPad.
We are disappointed by the court’s decision. As Apple has continued to infringe our patented mobile technologies, we will continue to take the measures necessary to protect our intellectual property rights.
According to Judge Shim Woo-yong, the technology in two of Samsung’s patents could easily be independently developed by other companies, which makes it unlikely that they were copied. Samsung was also fined 25 million won ($23,725) for violating a patent relating to the bouncing-back function when scrolling electronic documents.
When do you think this battle will end?
Source: WSJ, iPhoneForums
According to a recent report from Intermedia, an email management company that provides services for small & medium business clients, 190,000 iPhones and iPads were activated on its network in the first ten months of 2013. One the second place we find Samsung, with only 29,000 activations.
Intermedia’s annual "2013 Small + Medium Business Mobile Trends Report" says that Apple’s iPhones and iPads have represented 76 percent of the total activations for the period between January and October this year. Intermedia delivers integrated email, calendars, contacts and other business tools to nearly 700,000 enterprise users all over the world, so the activation numbers should be considered to be close to reality.
Motorola took the third place with over 13,800 activations over the same period. The report also notes that the iPhone 5s has seen 6,906 activations compared to only 1,521 for the iPhone 5c. Overall, the SMB mobile market is expanding, with the total number of device activations increasing from 217,050 in 2012 to 249,872 devices in 2013.
Source: AppleInsider, iPhoneForums
According to consumer research agency Changewave, which surveyed around 2,500 prospective tablet buyers in November, 7 out of 10 consumers are looking to buy an iPad tablet in the near future.
The survey showed that 13 percent plan to buy a tablet within the next three months, which is double than the registered level 90 days ago. But the most interesting finding of the survey is that 72 percent said they plan on acquiring an iPad. This represents a 17-point jump since the August survey. The introduction of Apple's new iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display, as well as various other holiday sales incentives are the main reasons for the increase.
Among those who plan on buying an iPad, more than half (55%) said they would buy the iPad Air and 16% said they would choose the iPad mini with Retina display. As for the competition, there isn’t at least one device that had touched double digits in this survey. But we need to take into account that the surveyed persons are generaly early adopters. Philip Elmer-Dewitt with Fortune says the following:
Samsung's Galaxy lineup had dropped from 13 percent to 9 percent, Google's nexus from 12 percent to 9 percent, and Amazon's Kindle Fire from 6 percent to 5 percent. What’s curious to observe is that desire for Microsoft's Surface tablets has slightly increased, from 7 percent to 8 percent.
ChangeWave's 25,000 members tend to be early adopter types, richer and more tech savvy than the general public. But their survey responses have proved in the past to be pretty good forward indicators of where the U.S. market is headed.
Dec 12, 2013 - 4:10 PM - by dgstorm
The Apple iPad is truly one of the most dominating devices in the history of silicon-chip technology. Despite fierce competition from Android, the iPad continues to stay at the top of the heap. This is especially true in Japan, where a new study indicates over half of the top ten tablets are variants of the iPad. A new study from the Japanese consumer electronics tracking company BCN indicates that 6 out of 10 best-selling tablets in Japan are all iPads.
The different versions of the iPad Air comprise places 1, 5, 9 and 10 on the chart, and various versions of the iPad mini make up the No. 2 and No. 8 spots. The popularity of the iPad in Japan will certainly make retailers (and Apple) happy this holiday season.
As an interesting sidebar, the other four positions are held by different variants of the Asus-made Google Nexus 7 tablet.
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