When the iPad Mini first came out, it was dubbed the cheaper Apple tablet – the only viable choice for users who want to save up but still taste some of the Apple goodness. Cupertino recognized back then the need to infiltrate the cheaper tablet market, as devices like the Amazon Kindle Fire proved to be more and more popular with consumers. Currently, the iPad Mini is priced at $329. But is this all Apple can do related to price chopping?
A new rumor propagated by Citi Research indicates that the tech giant is preparing a cheaper version of the already cheap iPad Mini. This might be Apple’s answer to those who have been complaining that even at $329, the iPad mini is still far away from the $159 of the Amazon Kindle Fire.
Glen Yeung, who wrote the article, insists that Apple’s on the verge of a new era, which includes lower prices and taking a few steps back from its high-end status. He argues that since we are expecting the cheaper version of the iPhone somewhere this autumn, a low-cost iPad mini might be in the cards as well.
To support his theory, Glen Yeung quotes Chief Operating Officer Peter Oppenheimer who was heard saying the following at the last earnings conference call:
"We are managing the business for the long term and are willing to trade off short-term profits where we see long-term potential.”
An even cheaper iPad Mini would definitely be an optimal solu tion for developing countries, where $329 is still considered a lot of money.
May 29, 2013 - 1:18 PM - by Maura
ZDNet reports that a genuine piece of Apple history has just gone under the hammer at an auction in Germany, fetching €516,471, or $671,400. The ultra rare Apple I computer was sold by Auction Team Brekker in Cologne, and is one of just 200 ever built, with probably only 50 remaining worldwide, and only six in actual working order, including this one in Germany. The Apple I was homemade by Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs, and included all system parts, the original manual, and a letter of authentication signed by Steve Jobs. ZDNet says that it was bought by an anonymous Middle Eastern buyer, who did not want any publicity. The Apple I was originally expected to fetch around $260,000 to $400,000, so the final price exceeded even that higher figure. The same auction house in Cologne also sold an Apple I computer from 1976 last November for the (at that time) record price of $640,000, which has now been beaten by this latest model, of course. Might be worth looking under your bed if you think you might have an old Apple computer stashed away somewhere!
Thanks to Super Moderator Gabriel1 for the heads-up on this story.
Source: Apple I computer fetches $671,400 at German auction | ZDNet
Apple might be America’s sweetheart, but the tech giant is not faring out so well in the mother continent, Europe. Recent information showcase that the executive body of the European Union has the American tech giant under its radar. Out flat - Apple is basically being accused of unfair tactics in the iPhone sales sector which promote the extinction of competitiveness.
This news has been relayed to us by the publication Financial Times, which stumbled upon some questionnaires sent out to carriers based in Europe. By sending out these formularies the Commission aims to make an informed decision as to whether the partnerships between Apple and the mobile operators are legal. The most important problem the investigating team brings up in the documents is the fact that Apple seems to boycott all sales agreements carriers have with other smaller or local companies.
So in the questionnaires the carriers are asked whether or not Apple imposes a minimum number of devices that need to be ordered or if the tech giant has been awarded some special, more beneficial contract deal, compared to other companies. Another important question raised is whether Apple limits 4G access in Europe on its latest iPhone 5.
“The Commission has information indicating that Apple and Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) have concluded distribution agreements which may potentially lead to the foreclosure of other smartphone manufacturers from the markets.”
And if you’re curious to know how this feud against Apple started out, it was because the carriers filed complaints against Cupertino in the first place. However the endeavor is still in its infancy, so there’s still a good chance nothing will come out of it, after all.
May 28, 2013 - 3:05 PM - by Maura
As we approach the holiday season, Slash Gear recently featured a very useful little piece of kit from Apotop, the DW09 Wi-Reader, which is designed to enable you to transfer data to and from your iPhone or iPod on the go. Slash Gear says that the Wi-Reader is as big as your palm, and lets you wirelessly share and transfer videos, photographs, and other data between your iPhone or iPad and an SD memory card. It supports up to three devices at once, for simultaneous sharing and streaming of content such as movies, and it also supports streaming of movies and other content in file formats not usually permitted by Apple for its iOS devices. Flash drives and external hard drives (with their own power source) up to 3TB are supported by the DW09. And, most importantly for those travellers out there, it can also be used as a mini Wi-Fi hotspot for 802.11n wireless networks. The DW09 costs $79.99 from Apotop.
Many thanks to Super Moderator Gabriel1 for the heads-up on this story.
Source: Apotop DW09 Wi-Reader makes it easy to transfer data to and from iOS devices - SlashGear
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May 24, 2013 - 3:30 PM - by Maura
AppleInsider writes today that according to a news story in well-sourced Japanese blog MacOtakara, Apple is not planning to release the next full-sized iPad until after the release of the iPhone 5S, which would most likely be after September, which is when Apple is expected to launch the next iPhone. The report also says that the new iPad will have a rear microphone, much like that of the iPhone 5, which is situated next to the camera. AppleInsider notes that although prototypes of the iPad mini leaked prior to its release last year showing that too having a rear mic, the final shipped product did not have one, so it’s always possible that the same will happen this time around with the full-sized iPad, although MacOtakara seems to think that the full-sized iPad will definitely have one. It’s widely expected that the next iPad will be redesigned along similar lines to the iPad mini, and will more closely resemble the smaller tablet. Looks like we’ll have to wait until the end of the year to find out!
Source: Apple's fifth-gen iPad rumored to debut after 'iPhone 5S,' feature rear mic
May 23, 2013 - 2:26 PM - by Maura
AppleInsider reports today that the popular Gmail-based iOS email app, Mailbox, has now been updated by developer Orchestra, who have just released an iPad-specific version. Orchestra announced the news on their official blog, saying , “You asked, we listened. Mailbox is now available for iPad, so you can swipe your way to inbox zero on all your iOS devices.” Unfortunately for owners of older iPads, the app requires iOS 6 to run, however. Mailbox is popular because it makes your Gmail inbox a lot more user-friendly. According to the app’s iTunes blurb, features include being able to scan a whole conversation at once by organising it chat-style, and the ability to “snooze” your emails to read later with just one tap, meaning that they will automatically reappear in your inbox again once you’ve dealt with your current priority. Unfortunately the app is only compatible with Gmail at present, but Orchestra says that it is working on other versions.
Click here to download the free app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mail...576502633?mt=8
Source: Mailbox for iOS gains native iPad compatibility
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As previously stated, the iPad has managed to become a very popular and worthy educational tool. Many schools and colleges hope to acquire grants in the hopes of purchasing iPads for their students. So far, feedback of using Apple tablets in the educational sector has been very positive, with students benefiting from such technology improving their grades visibly.
Now, Logitech is trying to penetrate this new educational sector as well, offering a brand new keyboard especially designed for the iPad. Logitech has put out a number of other iPad keyboards which function using Bluetooth, but this one conserves the wire that connects it to the “master” system. The new Wired Keyboard for iPad has been called “the first iPad keyboard made specially for the classroom environment”.
You might be thinking: what’s the advantage of using wires in the classroom? Logitech explains that the endeavor of syncing iPads with several wireless Bluetooth keyboards might be too complicated for teachers and students alike. But the problem goes away if you add the wire in the equation. You just turn on the iPad and start working.
The keyboard has big enough keys, a special home button and comes equipped with a Siri shortcut button. Most importantly, the accessory is water resistant, which is a very important attribute to have when you have to deal with children.
When customers will purchase the Wired Keyboard for iPad they will get a Lighting connector or a 30-pin connector. The keyboard is available for $59.99.
We have been reporting how innovators around the world have been using their iPads in ingenious ways all the time. Remember the iPad diary and its magic locket or the iPad cash register. This time, we’ll take you to a field that isn’t traditionally related to technology – art. But as we advance in the new millennium, technology has started infiltrating in every single sector of human activity.
Meet Japanese artist Seikou Yamaoka – who has posted some videos of himself creating beautiful drawings on his iPad. To do so, he makes use of the ArtStudio app and a lot of swaps. The videos found on the Internet are only a few minutes long but Yamaoka actually spent five hours working on his digital masterpieces. He created with his magic fingers the exact replica of Johannes Vermeer’s famous painting. In another video he “paints” a Japanese girl.
The images amaze the viewers with the complexity and degree of detail displayed in them. Every portrait seems more like an actual photograph. Yamaoka is not a stranger of creating art on Apple devices. He previously worked magic with his fingers on the iPod Touch using the same extremely cheap ArtStudio app.
The little software can be purchased by anybody who wants to try their hand at art for just $2.99. And if you think Yamaoka is only a digital artist, you should also check out his other videos. For example, the one where he uses watercolors to paint the portrait of a Japanese girl wearing a traditional kimono.
Welcome to the Burj al-Arab hotel in Dubai – one of the most luxurious places you can find in the whole wide world. It was designed by Khuan Chew and it stylishly combines lush Occidental and Oriental architecture. 8.000 square meters of the hotel are covered in golden foil so you can probably see that this is an extremely fancy place.
At the Burj al-Arab, guests can eat the finest dishes, relax in huge luxury suites and even have a butler following them around during the stay, fulfilling their every need. However, in order to spice things up for their guests, the hotel management introduced a new idea. Each guest checking in will be awarded a golden plated iPad when arriving at the hotel. The high end device is a 24-carat gold plated tablet provided by Gold & Co.
The iPad basically acts as a hotel guide, which is very useful indeed, since the establishment is quite massive. The tablet will keep guests up to speed regarding restaurants, spa services and basically finding things around in the hotel. The golden iPad costs no less than £6,715 ( around $10139) and guests must return it upon departure.
Every suite at the Burj al-Arab has an iMac, as well, proving that the hotel management is a very big fan of Apple products, apparently. Maybe more will start popping in soon. The Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai is the only 7 star hotel in the world, even if officially it is tagged as a 5 star deluxe one.
Source: Telegraph UK
Remember when you were a teenager and everything revolved around best friends, secrets and crushes? Well, since then, things have evolved a little bit as to accommodate the technology that is so characteristic of our era.
For example, ten years ago who wouldn’t have wanted a magic delete button in case your mom went snooping through your room worried that you are hanging out with the wrong people? Well, Dano has put out a virtual diary app entitled iHeart Locket Diary that works in concert with your iPad. The locking option is actually a safety measure. Are you insecure of leaving your secrets lying around? Are you worried your family might want to take a sneak peak at your secret information? Then just push the button embedded in the lock and all the diary entries will magically disappear from sight, as if written with invisible ink.
The app should prove to be quite appealing for teens. The interface is quite colorful and cute, featuring the possibility to write text, store pictures, transform speech to text and write post-it like notes.
Some parents might be reticent to buy their children such a locket, but the gadget could be also interpreted as a way for grownups to express their trust in their child. And as the era of technology progresses, notebooks and old school diaries will certainly become a thing of the past. The locket is available for purchase for only $24.99 and it could be a fun way to encourage creative writing in young adults.
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