With every new iPad or iPhone upgrade, we are used to seeing new processors, as well. So, as we’re waiting for the sixth-generation iPad and the iPhone 6 to get launched on the market, it seems that production for the upcoming A8 chip has already started. According to Taiwan-based TechNews publication, cited by MacRumors, Apple could choose the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) as the main supplier, as Samsung has reportedly dropped out of production over low yields:
An inside source said that Taiwanese contract chip manufacturer had already begun making Apple’s A8 processors. Up until now, Samsung has been the sole manufacturer of Apple’s processors, so if this rumor turns out to be true, then it will be for the first time when the partnership between Apple and Samsung breaks.
According to the report, this shift away from Samsung for the A8 processor is not expected to affect production of the A9 processor in 2015. An earlier report suggested Samsung and TSMC may share the production of the A9, with Samsung supplying approximately 40% of Apple’s 14-nm A9 chip family in 2015. This latest report claims Apple may start A9 production with TSMC and its 16 nm process and then shift to Samsung and its 14 nm process when the Korean company can meet demand.
The TechNews puiblication says that TSMC could become the sole manufacturer of the A8 chips thanks to its success it is having with the latest 20-nanometer manufacturing process. Recently, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple will release only the upgraded iPad Air this year, so if this turns out to be true, then it makes sense why Samsung allegedly decided to stop collaborating with Apple.
Feb 18, 2014 - 1:06 PM - by Maura
AppleInsider reports today that Apple has been highlighting the importance of the iPad in the world of mountaineering via its “Your Verse” website.
The first episode of the “You Verse” campaign focused on the use of the iPad by underwater explorers, and now, in the second instalment, we see how mountaineers Adrian Ballinger and Emily Harrington take their iPads along for the ride when they are scaling some of the world’s most challenging mountains.
The interactive website explores in fascinating detail how Ballinger and Harrington prepare for their expeditions, using the iPad to plan before they go with the help of the Gaia GPS topography app, whereas previously they had to rely on inaccurate and outdated paper maps.
Once on their expeditions, Ballinger and Harrington use their iPads to post pictures and blogs right from their camps on the mountains, instead of waiting until they come home.
Ballinger and Harrington say that their iPads are also vital as navigation tools during their expeditions, as they rely on waypoints that they’ve marked on their iPads to guide them on the correct path during whiteouts.
“In a whiteout, being able to see where you are on the mountain can be a matter of life or death,” said Emily Harrington. “iPad is the only way to tell where we’re going.”
If you get a minute, do check out Apple’s “Your Verse” website for more stunning pictures and fascinating charts and diagrams from the two adventurers.
Source: Apple's second 'your verse' story focuses on iPad in mountaineering
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Apple has already accustomed its customers with the release of two iPad models per year - the iPad and the smaller brother, the iPad Mini. Last year, Cupertino has tried the same scenario with the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5s. However, Apple could change this strategy and release only a new iPad this year, according to KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo.
As you can see, the analyst also talked about the 12.9 inch “iPad Pro”, saying that Apple will most likely launch it in 2015 and will focus on its development this year. This is the main reason why Apple will release only the upgraded iPad Air, which will get the new A8 processor and the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Development of the next iPad Air and a new 12.9-inch iPad will be the main focus for Apple, and this will even cause a decline in overall iPad shipments, from 34 million units in the 1st half of 2013 to below 30 million units in the first half of 2014.
Compared with lower-margin iPad mini with Retina display, which shipments has been tepid, higher-margin iPad Air was a hot selling item in 4Q13, which will slow Apple in developing new iPad mini models. We believe Apple plans to launch upgraded iPad Air early this year, and will accelerate development of 12.9” iPad. As such, more resources will be allocated to these two products, which will affect the progress of the development of new iPad mini. All told, we think chances of the debut of a new iPad mini in 2H14 are slim. In addition, the 12.9” iPad is unlikely to be offered in 2014. For these reasons, we predict the only new iPad product in 2H14 will be the upgraded iPad Air.
It’s interesting that Ming-Chi Kuo also says that there won’t be an updated iPad Mini this year. Besides working on the development of the upgraded iPad Air and the first 12.9 inch iPad, Kuo also states that Apple has prioritized developing the operating system for the iWatch. Also, Apple is expected to restart mass production of the iPad 4 in Q1 2014.
It’s a known thing that Apple and Microsoft are archivals, and this is perhaps the main reason why millions of iPad users around the world are still waiting for a stand-alone touch-friendly Office application. Now, according to new reports from the industry, it seems that the team developing the Office iPad app, codenamed “Miramar”, is nearing the final point of the development.
Microsoft's Executive Vice President of Marketing Tami Reller has recently said that Microsoft is looking to balance its Windows and cross-platform plans, so this is a hint that Redmond will change its business strategy toward other platforms, which are obviously owned by rivals. Satya Nadella, the newly named CEO will have an important role in this shift. According to inside sources, Microsoft's touch-first version of Office, codenamed "Gemini", is going to be released for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 users in the Windows Store, but only after the iPad version gets launched.
However, there are big chances that Microsoft won’t release a stand-alone version of Office for iPad, but it will rather tie it to the Office 365 subscription package, just like it has done with Office Mobile apps for iPhones and Android phones. Rumor has it that the touch version of Office for iPad will get launched in the first half of this year, but there's no word yet on its pricing.
Everybody seems to be expecting the launch of the iWatch, and the ongoing talk has been stimulated by recent medical hires and rumors, most of all. Now, according to Thomas Lee and David R. Baker from the San Francisco Chronicle, cited by the iWatchMag publication, it seems that Apple is interested in developing software and hardware that would allow the iWatch to predict heart attacks.
Tomlinson Holman is a renowned audio engineer that has been developing audio sensors that Apple plans to embed inside the iWatch so that it could “listen” to the blood flow and then alert about “turbulence” levels that indicate that the person wearing the device is about to have a heart attack.
Apple has hired Tomlinson Holman, the audio pioneer behind the THX sound standard, back in 2011, and he is allegedly the person that will be heading the research and development of audio sensors that will be embedded inside the iWatch so that it could predict heart attacks. The audio expert is said to have helped Apple craft the sound equipment on all of its devices, but now Holman has taken up a new role. His new task consists in measuring “noise turbulence” of the blood flow.
This is probably one of the most far-fetched speculations regarding the iWatch, but it’s not scientifically impossible. Apple’s interest in the health and medicine fields has been demonstrated with the plethora of patents on biometrics and medical sensors. For the past months, Apple has been on a hiring spree, as multiple experts from various medical fields have joined the company.
Feb 13, 2014 - 4:31 PM - by Maura
Well, it’s certainly had a good long run, but now it appears that Apple is getting ready to retire the non-Retina iPad 2, according to AppleInsider today.
The iPad 2 has been around for nearly three years, selling well as a slightly cheaper alternative to the newest iPad, but sources familiar with Apple’s plans have told AppleInsider that Apple has now decided to cease production of the iPad 2, as more and more customers turn to the latest iPad mini and iPad Air versions.
In particular, AppleInsider notes that although the non-Retina iPad 2 has performed very well as a legacy purchase, towards the end of last year customers started moving more towards the newly launched iPad mini with Retina display, which had the same $399 price point.
Apple has yet to comment on the accuracy of this story, but if it does turn out to be true, it would bear out a prediction made last November by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who said that the iPad 2 was approaching the end of its life.
Source: Apple set to discontinue legacy, non-Retina iPad 2
Feb 13, 2014 - 4:08 PM - by dgstorm
Although at home many of us know what a great time-waster and entertainment device the iPad can be, apparently it's good for more than just relaxing and fun & games. It's really good for productivity as well. A new report from mobile enterprise software vendor Good Technology claims that the iPad now accounts for 91% of all tablet use in the enterprise sector.
This figure was based upon enterprise tablet activations in the fourth quarter of 2013. Here's a quote with a few more statistics:
Sound off and let us know how you fit into these statistics. Do you use your iPad for productivity, fun or both?
- 46.8% of those activations where in the FINANCIAL SERVICES
- 13.8% were in the BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
- 9.4% were in MANUFACTURING
- The number is up slightly from last quarter
- Only 8.6% of Enterprise Tablet activations were Android tablets
Source: GOOD TECHNOLOGY (PDF)
Feb 12, 2014 - 5:39 PM - by Maura
AppleInsider reports today on a new survey from advertising analytics firm Chitika, which shows that Apple’s iPad continues to dominate in terms of web usage in the U.S., despite Android tablets selling well at the moment.
Breaking down tablet usage in terms of time of day, Chitika’s figures reveal that during peak evening hours of 9:00 p.m. Eastern, Android tablets are used 25% less than iPads. Chitika obtains its data by analysing tens of millions of tablet impressions, according to AppleInsider.
Microsoft’s Surface tablet came off even worse, with less than 5% of the usage that the iPad had at its peak. However, as AppleInsider reports, the Surface experienced a boost in usage during the work day, in comparison to the iPad and Android tablets’ performance during the day.
Aside from the evening surge, the iPad also seems to be used by more morning commuters, with usage figures going up by several percentage points during that time, in comparison with Android.
Chitika does not break down iPad usage in terms of iPad models, but AppleInsider notes that recent figures seemed to indicate that the full-size iPad Air, the newest version of the iPad, and the iPad 2, had sold slightly more than the iPad mini during the holiday period.
Source: Apple's iPad continues to dominate tablet usage, peaks in late evening
We have an exciting announcement to share with you guys today! Your friendly neighborhood staff at iPadForums.net decided to host a contest. You can enter for a chance to win a free Airbender 2.0 Wireless Keyboard Case designed for the iPad Air!
This case is really spiffy and includes a host of nifty features. It normally retails for $69.95. Here's a quote with a quick overview taken from the OEM's website,
Now that we have your attention, here are the details of the contest. It's pretty simple. Since the name of this product reminded us of a popular Anime series, we thought it would be cool to find out your favorite Anime or Animated series/movie! Here are the rules for this contest:
- High-quality, matte fingerprint-resistant finish clamshell keyboard case for the iPad Air (5th gen) with Retina display
- Ultra-low profile Bluetooth keyboard (7/16 inch), optimized key design for a comfortable and quiet typing experience
- Multi-adjustable stand for vertical and horizontal positions.
- Lightweight and compact for portability.
1. Post in this thread and let us know your favorite anime or animated series/movie. (It's okay if you aren't a fan of Japanese Anime, feel free to pick anything from Scooby Doo to a Disney flick.)
2. Post the following in the subject line of your post in this contest thread, "I want to win the Airbender 2.0!" (Feel free to copy and paste if you want.)
3. Duplicate entries will not be tolerated and will be disqualified. This includes creating a new login/registration for the site - we have ways of determining if you have done this, so no cheating! You have been warned!
4. The contest will be held for approximately two weeks - from Today, Wednesday, February 12th until Thursday the 27th of February. The Winner will be chosen at random from the eligible entries and will be announced afternoon (CTD) that day.
5. You must have a valid mailing address so we can send out your prize. We will NOT share this info with anyone (and we will NOT keep it on file). Your privacy is important to us.
6. This case is only designed to fit the iPad Air, so older versions of the iPad probably won't be compatible, so keep that in mind.
Feel free to discuss your anime choices in the thread with each other. We will only choose winners from the criteria stated above. Thanks for your participation in the contest, and thanks for making iPadForums.net the best spot on the web to discuss anything and everything related to the iPad. Good luck!
Feb 07, 2014 - 4:23 PM - by Maura
AppleInsider reports today that according to the results of a new report, Apple’s non-Retina version of the iPad mini is gaining ground on the Retina full-sized version, with big sales over the holiday period.
The data, which was compiled by WitsView and reported on initially by Digitimes, showed that Apple ordered a little more than 30 million iPad display panels in the holiday quarter, and sold a record-breaking 27 million tablets in that quarter, with channel inventory accounting for the 4 million unit difference, according to AppleInsider.
Six million sales were for the first-gen, non-Retina iPad mini, with the current Retina version of the iPad mini shifting 7.49 million units, so quite close, in other words. The full-sized iPads moved 17 million units in total, with separate figures for iPad Air and iPad 2 not provided.
WitsView says that it expects iPad display orders to fall to 25.8 million units in the second quarter of 2014, with Apple ordering just 4.4 million panels for the non-Retina iPad mini and 7.4 million for the second-gen iPad mini, as well as 14 million of the full-sized iPad displays.
AppleInsider notes that although this is a slight drop in sales from the previous quarter, this is a common occurrence in the first quarter after the holidays, and these figures, if accurate, would still represent the iPad’s second best quarter ever.
Source: New data may reveal Apple's 2013 holiday iPad model sales mix
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