Mar 01, 2013 - 3:23 PM - by Maura
According to new figures from NPD Display Search, reported on by AppleInsider, it looks like 2013 is set to be the year when the iPad mini becomes Apple’s main tablet, ahead of the full-sized iPad. NPD Display Search says that it has heard that Apple intends to ship 55 million iPad minis in 2013, and just 33 million regular iPads. As AppleInsider notes, if accurate, this would represent a big shift from Apple away from what was believed to be the company’s plan back in December of 40 million iPad minis shipped and 60 million regular iPads. And aside from that breakdown, also interesting is the fact that the combined figure of 88 million iPad shipped would be a big improvement on 2012, when Apple sold 58.31 million iPads in total. AppleInsider says that this change in plan came about after the 9.7-inch tablet shipments “collapsed” from 7.4 million in January, while smaller tablets such as the iPad mini and the Nexus 7 from Google increased to 14 million from 12 million.
Feb 26, 2013 - 5:35 PM - by Maura
Bloomberg writes today that it looks as if another BlackBerry stalwart is thinking of ditching the BB and moving over to Apple and Google. The news comes via an announcement from the U.S. Defense Department today, saying that by next February, it will open its networks to over 100,000 mobile phones and tablets, which it intends to source from Apple and Google. As Bloomberg notes, this could threaten BlackBerry’s position at the Pentagon, where it is currently the biggest supplier of smartphones. According to the report, the Pentagon has said that it is making the move because it wants its employees to be able to use commercial devices on both classified and unclassified networks. And as you might expect, there will be no half measures from the Pentagon, as it also intends to create its own special military mobile App Store, as well as build a system designed to cope with up to 8 million devices.
Source: Pentagon Will Open Networks to Apple, Google Devices in 2014 - Bloomberg
Feb 25, 2013 - 5:02 PM - by Maura
AppleInsider writes today that Ars Technica’s Jacqui Chen has reported on the discovery of a second vulnerability affecting a user’s lockscreen in iOS 6.1. This is, apparently, similar to the other vulnerability that was found recently, but this one can also make your phone’s screen go black, and will enable the hacker using the exploit to plug the phone into a computer and access your data. Also as with the previous exploit, all the hacker has to do is get hold of your phone, then make an emergency call on an iOS device that has been passcode locked, and then immediately cancel it. So, essentially, what this means is that once someone gets your iPhone or iPad, just because you have passcode-locked it, it doesn’t mean that your data, such as your contacts and voicemails, is safe. As AppleInsider notes, a fix for the previous bug is currently in the works from Apple, so that will possibly be updated before release to deal with this new bug.
Source: Another lockscreen passcode flaw found in Apple's iOS 6.1
Feb 25, 2013 - 3:20 PM - by Maura
AppleInsider has a fascinating story today detailing how the NFL is planning to use the iPad in a rather unusual way on the field of play. According to the report, the NFL will be giving each team an iPad app that is able to tell if a player has suffered a concussion almost immediately after they have had a head injury. ESPN, which initially reported on the story, said that league officials showed them how the app works at the NFL’s yearly scouting combine this past Friday in Indianapolis. Apparently, the system will be used at the start of the season, and throughout the season, to perform tests on players to find out a baseline score. Then, following a collision, when they need to quickly find out if a player could have a concussion, the doctors will use the app to evaluate the player’s condition, comparing their original baseline score to their current score. If there is seen to be a big difference between the two, then the player will be treated for a concussion. Beats asking them, “how many fingers am I holding up?” I guess!
Source: NFL turning to Apple's iPad to diagnose concussions during 2013-14 season
Feb 22, 2013 - 3:01 PM - by Maura
A new survey from Millennial Media, as reported on by iDownload Blog, finds that tablet use in the US continues to rise, spearheaded by Apple’s iPad and Samsung’s Android tablets. Apple continues to be far in the lead, with 58% of the market, with Android having 41%, and BlackBerry OS a tiny sliver of 1%. Millennial also provides a breakdown of Android brands, with Samsung out in front with 45%, and Amazon in second place with 26% of market share. Motorola, Acer and Asus are all way behind that, with much smaller shares of the market. In its report on the survey, Millennial Media says that Apple’s soaring figures are mainly down to the popularity of the iPad mini, with ad impressions for the mini increasing by an average of 28% per day, beating the 19% ad impressions per day recorded for Amazon’s Kindle Fire when it was launched in 2011.
Source: Millennial: tablet use skyrockets, led by iPad mini and Kindle Fire
Feb 22, 2013 - 2:21 PM - by Maura
iDownload Blog reports today that according to a new story that appeared today on Chinese website My Drivers, AU Optronics has just begun mass production of the iPad mini 2’s Retina display panels. My Drivers says that according to its sources, the iPad mini 2’s production cost has already exceeded $200 per unit, which is slightly more than the $188 per unit that HIS estimated for the original iPad mini. IHS says that with introduction of a Retina display could put as much as 30% on the next iPad mini’s bill of material. This latest news follows on from the apparent leak of new pictures yesterday of an iPad mini 2 back panel, and could be a further indication that production has begun in earnest. Apparently DigiTimes also reported this morning that panel shipments for the iPad mini surpassed five million in January 2013, with AU Optronics making 1.5 million of those, and LG Display making 3.6 million.
Source: AU Optronics reportedly started mass producing iPad mini 2 Retina panels
Feb 21, 2013 - 3:43 PM - by Maura
iDownload Blog has word today of new pictures that have emerged on a Chinese website of what are said to be the back half of the next iPad mini. As iDownload Blog notes, the cover looks very similar to that of the current iPad mini at first glance, but if you look a little closer, it looks slightly thicker than the current version, possibly because of the rumoured Retina display, or even a bigger battery, which has also been rumoured, and which would most likely be a necessity to power the Retina display. Another interesting aspect of these new photos is the fact that the Apple logo is blue. This could either be part of the manufacturing process, or, it might mean that Apple has decided to release the next iPad mini in several different colours. This could actually be a distinct possibility, given that Apple released a range of different-coloured iPod touches last year, and is also rumoured to be bringing out an iPhone 5S in several different colour choices.
Source: These rear shell photos could mean colors are coming to iPad mini 2
Feb 21, 2013 - 1:54 PM - by Maura
Today, courtesy of iDownload Blog, comes the exciting news that I never thought I’d hear: Plants vs. Zombies is free! Yes, it’s true! For the first time ever, PopCap is offering its wickedly successful game as a free download! As iDownload Blog notes, since its release in June 2010, the game has won more than 30 Game of the Year awards, and is arguably one of the most popular iOS games of all time. In case you’re not familiar with the gameplay, well, the title says it all really! The game features 50 Adventure mode levels, where you get to deploy your brave plant army against the invading zombie hordes. It’s incredible fun, and very addictive, and you must get it now!
It’s not known whether or not this is a short-term offer, or if the game will be free from now onwards, so the best thing to do is download it as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Click here for the iPhone version: http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/...rtnerId%253D30
Click here for the iPad version: http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/...rtnerId%253D30
Source: Plants vs. Zombies goes free, get downloading
Feb 20, 2013 - 5:46 PM - by Maura
AppleInsider reports today that the very popular music streaming and subscription service Spotify is looking to make itself even more popular by offering free streaming music for iOS devices. According to the report, Spotify is currently negotiating with Warner Music, and will soon hold talks with Sony and Universal, in a bid to get some of the fees that it has to pay to those labels reduced. Presumably this is to make it easier for Spotify to be able to introduce its free streaming music service to mobile devices. At present, this free, ad-supported service is only accessible via your desktop computer, with the current Spotify iOS app requiring a subscription. AppleInsider also reports that Apple is looking to do something similar and introduce its own streaming service, and that could even be happening very soon indeed, but there’s no word as yet as to whether this would be a free service, or subscription based.
Source: Spotify wants to bring free ad-supported music streaming to its iPhone app
Feb 20, 2013 - 2:33 PM - by Maura
Audible.com announced today that it has updated its Audible iPhone app so that it is now compatible with the iPad. The new iPad Audible experience is designed to be a “visually stunning” app, with enhanced browsing and playback features.
The new, user-friendly interface features a grid-view library layout, focusing on each audiobook’s cover art, and offering at-a-glance perusal.
“More than 20 percent of Audible customers already use Audible’s iPhone app on the iPad,” said Ajay Arora, VP Mobile Applications. “We’re now delivering a vastly improved listening experience for this quickly growing segment of Audible customers, which is also great news for anyone who’s always wanted to try the Audible service on an iPad.”
If you’re not familiar with Audible, it is, as you might have guessed, a way to download audiobooks directly to your computer or device, and also gives you news, listening stats, badges, and much more, all about the world of audiobooks!
Click here to download: Connecting to the iTunes Store.
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