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Earlier this week during its iPhone SE keynote, Apple released iOS 9.3 for its vast family of mobile devices. iOS 9.3 brings a number of notable enhancements including Night Shift, multi-user login for education iPads, and improvements to Notes and CarPlay. Users upgrading to iOS 9.3, however, weren’t expecting to find their iPads rendered unusable by the update. Users of some iOS devices, especially owners of second generation iPads, found themselves unable to advance past the activation screen after upgrading to iOS 9.3. In a statement released to iMore, Apple tried to shift some of the blame to its customers, claiming that they possibly couldn’t remember their passwords, hence causing activation... Read more...
Apple is a company that's constantly in motion -- if it's not launching new products, then it's refreshing existing ones and tweaking its lineup. Such is the case at present starting with Apple's decision to snuff out the iPad 2 and replace it with the resurrected iPad 4, which the Cupertino company had discontinued last year. This is a pretty savvy move on Apple's part, as the iPad 4 represents a significant upgrade in hardware and features over the iPad 2, thereby offering consumers a much more compelling product at the $399 price point. That's for the 16GB model with Wi-Fi, though the fourth generation iPad also boasts a 9.7-inch Retina display, custom A6X processor, 5MP rear-facing camera,... Read more...
Wondering how much your iPad 1 or 2 tablet is worth leading up to the launch of the new iPad tomorrow? Apple not only has an answer, it's willing to take it off your hands in exchange for an Apple Gift Card. It's part of Apple's Reuse and Recycling program, and for owners of an iPad 2 64GB Wi-Fi + 3G, the trade-in value is $320, provided there are no cracks, scratches, water damage, or anything else wrong with the unit. The trade-in value drops to $80 if the iPad doesn't work or if the battery doesn't fully charge, as well as if it's cracked. If the back is engraved or if the iPad has some light to moderate scratches and scuffs, the value drops to $180, and again we're talking about a top of... Read more...
Overall iPad sales will shoot up to 55 million units by the end of 2012, according to an analyst with a crystal ball. The spike in sales will be driven by "significant" hardware upgrades that will find their way into the iPad 3, including a Retina display, 4G LTE radio, and Siri voice recognition, plus whatever other surprises Apple may have in store when it officially unveils its third-generation tablet device at a press event on March 7, 2012 (this Wednesday). The 55 million figure comes courtesy of an investor note picked up Apple Insider. Shaw Wu, an analyst with Sterne Agee, claims the iPad 3 is going to be a big upgrade in terms of hardware, with 4G LTE being the feature Apple will ballyhoo... Read more...
If you head over to Best Buy's Store Exchange & Return Policy page, you'll notice that the electronics chain limits the return window for computers, monitors, projectors, camcorders, digital cameras, iPads, tablets, and radar detectors to 14 days. All other products carry a 30-day return/exchange windows, and 45 days for all products if you're a Reward Zone Program Premier Silver member. That all may be about to change. Tuaw claims to have heard from a "Best Buy insider" that the electronics chain is getting ready to increase its return/exchange window to 30 days for all products, including iPads and Macs. The site even posted a supposed screenshot outlining the change. Image Sources: Flickr... Read more...
It may have taken forever and a day, but owners of iPhone 4S smartphones and iPad 2 tablet PCs running the latest stable build of iOS (5.0.1) can finally jailbreak their Apple gear. Don't take it for granted. The Chronic Dev Team, which unveiled the iOS jailbreak code on Green Poison, said hacking the A5 isn't exactly a walk in the park. "The ridiculously complex combination of exploits-within-exploits that make this iOS jailbreak possible have consumed thousands of hours of brain-power & effort from a legion of world-renowned hackers, several of whom have been working diligently on this project since the dual-core A5 processor was unveiled by Apple last March," the Chronic Dev Team said.... Read more...
IDC suggests that worldwide tablet sales have skyrocketed over the past 12 months, up 264.5 percent in Q3 2011 as compared to the same period in 2010.  Q3 results, strong as they were, didn't quite match up to the analyst firm's projections, but yearly sales are expected to hit 63.3 million units. Apple continues to dominate the market, with an estimated 11.1M iPads shipped in Q3. The company's market share is estimated at 61.5 percent—a two percent decline from Q2. HP's TouchPad sold remarkably well through this period, as did the Nook Color. Note that since these figures are from Q3, neither B&N's new Nook Tablet or Amazon's Kindle Fire are included. Samsung's sales are approximate... Read more...
The iPhone 4S has been criticised by some for being little more than a speed bump. Device sales have been incredibly strong—buyers clearly aren't concerned about this issue—but evidence also suggests that there've been more changes than are externally visible. The phone's dual-band antenna and updated camera are both different, while the CPU is reportedly based on the Cortex A-9 as opposed to the A4's Cortex-A8 heritage. This last would help explain why preliminary performance tests indicate that the iPhone 4S dominates every other phone and tablet save for the iPad 2. Moving to a dual-core accounts for some of the boost; the Cortex-A9 architecture delivers the rest. The 4S also uses... Read more...
The Motorola Xoom was the first Honeycomb (Android 3.x) tablet, but it never really took off. To be truthful, although some reports are that Android tablets have broken the one-third mark in terms of tablet shipments (compared to the iPad 2), Android tablets still have a ways to go. The Motorola Xoom 2 might be a step in that direction. The Motorola Xoom 2 is rumored to be 9mm thick, which is a tad bit thicker than the iPad 2, at 8.8mm, but will outspec the iPad 2, to perhaps make up for the difference (of course, the Xoom also outspec'ed the iPad 1, only to find the iPad 2 released, still somewhat outspec'ed in areas, but to huge uptake while the Xoom languished). According to the source, the... Read more...
Apple's iPad tablet is a cool device and all, but it's not the end-all-be-all of slates. It doesn't do Flash, there aren't any USB or microSD card slots, and the built-in cameras are terrible. These are all things you know. You also know the iPad rules the tablet world, not in performance or even in weight or size anymore, but in market share. According to market research firm Gartner, don't expect that to change anytime soon. Let's start with tablets in general. Gartner says worldwide slate sales are on pace to reach 63.6 million units by the end of the year, a whopping 261.4 percent increase from 2010. Get used to that kind of explosive growth, because tablets will continue to sell like gangbusters... Read more...
Research In Motion is learning a hard lesson in tablet sales. If you want to compete with Apple's iPad, you can't launch a half-baked slate and hope buyers will scoop up your product based on promise and potential. Yet that's exactly what RIM did when it launched its BlackBerry PlayBook, a nifty 7-inch tablet with a slick operating system, intuitive controls, awesome multitasking, and other high points, but missing critical features like native email and contacts support -- do'h! As a result, RIM only sold 200,000 PlayBook during the last quarter, a rather dismal number that in and of itself doesn't tell the whole story. After reducing its outlook, RIM was hoping to sell 490,000 PlayBooks last... Read more...
If you've dreamed of a day when you could jailbreak your iPad 2 tablet and reap all the benefits that come from shaking off the shackles Apple put in place (for your own good, of course), today is the day you've been waiting for. The popular browser-based jailbreak service -- JailbreakMe.com -- is back, and it now supports any iOS 4.3.3 device! Yes, that includes the iPad 2, giving you close to one-touch access to jailbroken glory. To jailbreak your iPad 2 (or other iOS 4.3.3 device), all you have to do is navigate to www.jailbreakme.com and mash the Free button and then hit Install. That's it, the browser-based hack will take care of the rest. Any news of jailbreaking always has to carry the... Read more...
Singapore has a conscript-based military (i.e., they have a draft), so they don't have to "entice" recruits to join. Nevertheless, new recruits to Singapore's military will get a primo perk. In addition to their uniform and a rifle, they'll get a standard issue iPad. Singapore's defense ministry said on Monday that about 8,000 of Apple's hit tablets will be issued to new recruits starting in November. So that current military personnel don't feel left out, the ministry said that in 2012 it will issue more of the devices to other service personnel. The lowest-cost iPad 2 costs about $538, which isn't too bad considering it would cost $499 in the U.S. Some countries see a much more considerable... Read more...
Evernote, whose slogan is "Remember Everything," has come up with a brilliant app that leverages Apple's smart cover behavior to create a new take on flash cards. You remember flash cards, don't you? Apple's smart covers (and some third party covers) have that clever feature whereby the iPad 2 turns off when the smart cover fully covers the screen, and turns on when it is lifted. Evernote Peek, a free app for the iPad 2, turns that scenario into a Q&A session. If you lift the cover slightly, you can see a question like “Who was the fifth President of the United States?” or “How fast does light travel?” Lift the cover further to see the answer. Evernote is a note-taking... Read more...
At its financial analyst meeting earlier this week, Intel unveiled a series of strategic changes to its roadmap and gave investors a peek at the company's general strategy for the next few years. We've already touched on the company's decision to ramp more powerful Atom processors and its new, 15W mainstream notebook TDP target, but the company is playing a deeper game. If Medfield lives up to expectations, it'll be the first Intel SoC truly capable of challenging ARM. Later this year, Intel will introduce Medfield, its 32nm Atom SoC. The current solution, Moorestown, did reduce Atom's platform-level power consumption, but not enough to make the chip attractive to smartphone designers. Medfield... Read more...
A large explosion blasted parts of Foxconn's Chengdu manufacturing plant in southwestern China earlier today, leaving behind 2 dead and at least 14 more injured. According to reports, scores of fire engines, ambulances, and police cars rushed to the scene. The cause of the explosion, is still being investigated, but as of this moment, no one suspects foul play. One report says it may have been caused by lightning. A distant secondary concern to the loss of life and injuries and is what effect this might have on production of Apple's iPad 2 tablet. Production at the site has been suspended while the tragedy is being sorted out. "Anytime you have an explosion of this nature, you've got to assume... Read more...
For a time, there were rumors that the iPad 2 would have a front-facing camera, but no rear-facing camera. After all, the thought was, who'd really want to lift up a tablet to take an image? That thought appears to have been correct. We can extrapolate that fact by using Flickr's stats on the average number of daily users uploading images to the online image site. Among the iDevices, here are the averages for daily users: iPhone 4 - 4402 iPhone 3G - 3314 iPhone 3GS - 1948 iPod touch - 446 iPad 2 - 23 Of course, there are many more iPhones than iPad 2s, right? There is also another possible reason: the iPad 2s rear-facing camera is only 0.7 megapixel, ridiculous when compared with the cameras... Read more...
If you think things are tough when it comes to lining up for Apple products in the U.S., here's a tale from the Far East. China received its first batch of iPad 2s when the device launched last Friday, and on Saturday, fisticuffs ensued. Four people were injured and a glass door shattered. According to a witness, Wang Ming, 30, an alleged scalper and a "foreign" Apple store employee scuffled as the scalper cut in line. Michael Hakel was an Apple customer waiting in line at the store, and he Tweeted several times about the incident. “Quite a crowd queuing outside of Apple at The Village in #Beijing. Waiting to buy iPad 2. Saw even a fight with some blood. Crazy.” Later, “Apple... Read more...
The iPad 2 has made a huge mark in the tablet industry, despite being largely similar to the original iPad. And with every major flagship product, in comes ColorWare to really splash things up. The company is well-known for decorating popular gadgets with wild color schemes, and now that the iPad 2 is finally shipping in some quantity, they're offering it with whatever color options you want. You can seriously deck your iPad 2 out, or just buy a new one from them with a custom color selection. But is it really worth the $900 (for iPad + color)? Only your wallet can judge, but it's certainly tempting.... Read more...
Loose lips don't only sink ships, they can also land you in hot water. That's what three Foxconn employees are finding out after being arrested for allegedly leaking information about Apple's iPad 2 design ahead of the product's launch. Sound a bit harsh? Here's Foxconn's beef with the situation. Citing a Chinese language sznews.com report, DigiTimes says the three men are accused of passing iPad 2 design details to third-party accessory companies in China. By doing so, online retailers were supposedly able to get a jump on Apple by selling iPad 2 protective gear before the iPad 2 was even released. These cases took into account the iPad 2's thinner profile, rear-facing camera, extended speaker... Read more...
Citing manufacturing issues at Apple that led to a shortfall of iPad shipments, market research firm IHS iSuppli reduced its shipment forecast for 2011 to 39.7 million units. That figure includes all iPad models and is down from iSuppli's February's forecast of 43.7 million units, a reduction of more than 9 percent (or 4 million units). Before you go shedding a tear for Apple and wondering how Steve Jobs is going to feed his family, keep in mind that Apple's iPad tablet is moving extremely well. Though the 2011 forecast is down, total shipments for the year are on pace to rise an obscene 163.3 percent over 2010's shipment numbers. This is simply a case where Apple is having trouble keeping up... Read more...
ToyToys 'R Us, which has sold iPods for quite some time, is hopping onto the hot "magical" Apple tablet bandwagon. Toys 'R Us will begin selling the iPad 2 on Sunday, April 17, and it's no secret, either: Toys 'R Us has a shopping page up on the Web. The page lists those locations will that have availability on Sunday, but the quantity will vary from store to store. In the coming weeks and months, iPad 2 supplies for Toys 'R Us locations will increase. Toys 'R Us will sell both the 16GB and 32GB wi-fi only models, for the normal retail price of $499 and $599, respectively. The 16GB model will be available in both black and white, but for some undisclosed reason the 32GB model will only come in... Read more...
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