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Not even Apple can keep a secret in the Internet era. Ahead of today's scheduled media event, there were rumors and speculation that Apple would introduce smaller size iPhone and iPad Pro devices, and sure enough, those were the highlights of what Apple announced today. Specifically, Apple added a 4-inch iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro to its growing lineup of mobile gadgets. The press event began with Apple talking about its carbon footprint and its goal of having all of its facilities run on renewable energy. Apple isn't quite there on a global basis, though 93 percent of its facilities are in fact now running on renewable energy, including all of the ones in the U.S., China, and 21 other countries.... Read more...
Apple has finally confirmed what we’ve known for the past two weeks thanks to well-informed leaks. It will hold a keynote event at its Cupertino headquarters on March 21st to announce a handful of new products. As is usually the case with its press invites, Apple simply says “Let us loop you in,” leaving us to guess at what’s in store for the keynote. Luckily, we already have a good idea about what will be announced in a little less than two weeks. The most high-profile launch will no doubt be the so-called iPhone SE, which will reportedly feature an updated iPhone 5s form-factor (including the 4-inch display) that has upgraded internals to bring the smartphone closer in line with the iPhone... Read more...
It looks as though Apple has finally selected in a date for the unveil of its new 4-inch iPhone and next generation 9.7-inch iPad. Multiple sources have confirmed via their internal sources at Apple that the keynote will take place on March 21st (and not March 15th as previously reported). Interestingly enough, that is one day prior to when Apple will face off with the U.S. Government over its reluctance to further assist in unlocking an iPhone 5c tied to the San Bernardino mass shooting. The most anticipated product on tap for the March unveiling is no doubt the iPhone SE (which has been previously referred to as the the iPhone 5se). The phone will be roughly the same size as the iPhone 5s,... Read more...
It’s no secret that the traditional [slate] tablet market has taken a nosedive in recent years. We’ve seen market leader Apple report declining sales for the past two years, with iPad sales falling 25 percent year-over-year during the company’s fiscal Q1 — and if Apple is seeing a slide in tablet sales, the rest of the industry is surely seeing similar trends. Well, according to International Data Corporation (IDC), the worldwide tablet market took a 13.7 percent hit in sales during Q4 2015. Total quarterly tablet sales came in at 65.9 million, while full calendar year sales tallied 206.8 million (which represented a 10.1 percent decrease from 2014). By while the overall tablet market was down,... Read more...
Apple showed Microsoft some love this past September when it announced the iPad Pro. “Yeah, these guys know productivity,” explained Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller during Apple’s Fall keynote before handing the stage over to Microsoft Office Corporate VP Kirk Koenigsbauer. Koenigsbauer waxed poetic about the powerful hardware within the iPad Pro and how it’s a perfect fit for Microsoft’s immensely popular Office productivity suite. But times change and Microsoft’s love/hate relationship with Apple seems to be back on the sour side following some refreshing holiday cheer. Since the announcement of the iPad Pro, Microsoft has further refined its tablet lineup, introducing both the Surface... Read more...
The A9X processor used in Apple’s new iPad Pro is a beast. When the professional-grade tablet was announced back in early September, Apple claimed that it was faster than 80 percent of the PCs that have shipped in the past year. Apple also bragged that the SoC is 1.5 times faster than typical x86 processors, while offering up to two times the graphics performance of the A8X SoC found in the 9.7-inch iPad Air 2. Now, thanks to Chipworks, we’re learning a bit more about what makes the A9X tick. For starters, the A9X forgoes the tri-core architecture of the A8X in favor of a more conventional — for Apple — dual-core arrangement. That puts the A9X more in line with the much less powerful A9 used... Read more...
Apple's engineers have put on their detective caps and are collectively investigating why the iPad Pro's display is prone to freezing after sitting on a charger for a length of time. There's no fix available at the moment, but it's only a matter of time before there will be one. Until then, Apple suggests the only known recourse, which is to perform a hard reset."To get back to using your iPad Pro, force restart it by pressing and holding both the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons for at least ten seconds, until you see the Apple logo," Apple states on a new support page. "Apple is aware of this issue and is investigating."The issue came to attention when several users started complaining on various... Read more...
Rumblings around the web from iPad Pro owners who report a bizarre issue with their newfangled Apple tablets are growing in number. Complaints are coming in through various forums on the web and social media sites that the 12.9-inch slate stops responding after long charging sessions, and the only recourse is to hard restart the device. That's not a good sign for a tablet that, as Apple CEO Tim Cook expects, is supposed to cannibalize traditional notebook and desktop sales and kick start the post-PC era. We're paraphrasing a bit, but not really exaggerating. Even without the crazy talk, a frozen tablet fresh off the charger is a troubling symptom.Here's what one user wrote on Apple's support... Read more...
If you were hoping to see some sort of hybrid iPad/MacBook computing device in the future, similar in concept to Microsoft’s Surface Book, keep dreaming. Building on past comments related to the subject, Apple CEO Tim Cook doubled down, saying there’s no place for a hybrid iPad/MacBook in the marketplace. “We feel strongly that customers are not really looking for a converged Mac and iPad,” Cook reiterated in an interview this weekend. “Because what that would wind up doing, or what we’re worried would happen, is that neither experience would be as good as the customer wants. So we want to make the best tablet in the world and the best Mac in the world. And putting those two together would not... Read more...
Show of hands, how many of you are reading this from an iPad Pro? Anyone? Well that's weird, we were under the impression (provided by Apple CEO Tim Cook) that the iPad Pro was going to kill off the market for traditional PCs and "deluded" devices like Microsoft's Surface Book. Should Cook's prediction eventually prove accurate (it won't), a teardown analysis of the iPad Pro could be the most important thing ever (it isn't, but it's interesting, so keep reading).As is often the case, the steady handed folks at iFixIt played the part of tech surgeon, this time with the iPad Pro as its patient. Right off the bat, they ran into adhesive -- a lot of it, which required applying heat to the tablet's... Read more...
Apple CEO Tim Cook isn’t making any friends on the PC side of the aisle this week. Cook took to the interview circuit this week to heavily promote the release of the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro and didn’t waste any time kicking some dirt in the eyes of PC fans around the world. When questioned on his thoughts about PCs, Cook wondered, “I think if you’re looking at a PC, why would you buy a PC anymore? No really, why would you buy one?” Many would take issue with those comments considering that those wanting a computer to do simple tasks like email, surfing the Internet and social networking don’t need to spend $1,000 to get the job done.Apple CEO Tim Cook But we’ll leave those comments behind, because... Read more...
The iPad Pro is almost here, with Apple announcing this morning that the “epic” tablet will be available to order in 40 countries starting on Wednesday. The November 11th date, Veterans Day here in the United States, lines up with previous reports concerning the tablet’s launch date. “The early response to iPad Pro from app developers and our customers has been incredible, and we’re excited to get iPad Pro into the hands of customers around the world this week,” said Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller. “iPad Pro is the most powerful iPad we’ve ever made; we can’t wait to see what they do with iPad Pro.” Whereas the iPad mini uses a 7.9-inch display and the iPad Air’s display is sized... Read more...
When Apple first announced the long-rumored iPad Pro in early September, it indicated that the tablet would begin shipping to customers in November. Now, according to a new report, that launch date has been penciled in for November 11th, Veterans Day. The tablet will be available both online and in retail stores (and likely through retail partners like Best Buy). The iPad Pro is the newest, largest and most expensive member of the iPad family. While the smallest iPad, the iPad mini, features a 7.9-inch display and starts at $269, the iPad Pro comes with a massive 12.9-inch display and starts at $799. The iPad Pro is powered by Apple’s brand new A9X processor paired with 4GB of RAM, while its... Read more...
With all the hoopla surrounding the unexpected and impressive looking Surface Book that was announced yesterday, it might be easy to forget that Microsoft also announced the Surface Pro 4, which is a rather respectable follow-up to the previously well-received Surface Pro 3. Last month, we did a specs and feature comparison which pitted the Surface Pro 3 against the Apple iPad Pro — it wasn’t exactly a fair fight given the “elder” status of the Surface Pro 3, but with the arrival of the Surface Pro 4, the gloves can finally come off as Microsoft goes head-to-head against the best that Cupertino has to offer. So let’s first take a good look at the Surface Pro 4 which, at first glance, could be... Read more...
When Microsoft first announced the Surface Pro back in 2012 (it launched in early 2013), many Apple fans snickered. Here was Microsoft, releasing a somewhat thick and heavy tablet that not only had a kickstand, but also an “odd” cover that doubled as a keyboard. And to top things off, the device made use of a stylus. The late Apple CEO Steve Jobs famously said in 2010, “If you see a stylus, they blew it.”  And many people thought that Microsoft did blow it, writing off nearly $1 billion in costs related to its Surface tablets during the first year. But Microsoft forged ahead with the Surface Pro 2, and later with the Surface Pro 3 (you can read Marco’s review here). Not only were customers... Read more...
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so Microsoft should be “elated” that the competition is coming to market with tablet design that look surprisingly similar to its Surface Pro 3. The iPad Pro was introduced earlier this week with a 12.9-inch display, a fold-out Smart Keyboard cover and a much ballyhooed Apple Pencil (which is just Apple speak for an expensive stylus). Steven Sinofsky, the former Microsoft exec that had a hand in developing the original line of Surface tablets, took to Twitter to lay on the sarcasm following the Apple keynote: iPad Pro has a magnetic keyboard fold-out keyboard (with seamless key covers). What an awesome idea!! pic.twitter.com/ldspeuAysv— Steven... Read more...
Apple kicked off its major 2015 iOS hardware push today with the announcement of the long-rumored iPad Pro. The device features a massive 12.9-inch display, which is quite a step up from the 7.9-inch iPad mini and 9.7-inch iPad Air 2. This Retina-class display packs in 5.6 million pixels, which is more than what’s found in the Retina MacBook Pro. Under the hood is Apple’s third generation 64-bit processor, the A9X. The A9X offers 2x the memory bandwidth and 1.8x the performance of the A8X found in the iPad Air 2 along with 2x faster storage performance. But that’s not all, Apple is also boasting a “console class GPU” that provides a 2x performance boost over the A8X. Considering all of the pixels... Read more...
Tablets remain a big business despite the fact that sales slumped nearly six percent year-over-year during Q1 – 47.1 million tablets were shipped in Q1 alone. Apple remained the segment leader with its popular iPads, but it witnessed a 22.9 percent year-over-year sales slump. Samsung is in second with a 19.1 percent share, and third place Lenovo is far behind with just 5.3 percent of the tablet market. Apple has been trying for quite some time to boost flagging iPad sales over the past year including and enterprise partnership with IBM and fire sales though its retail partners like Best Buy, Target, and Staples. Apple also has another trick up its sleeve in the form of a larger, business-oriented... Read more...
A KGI Securities analyst believes Apple might be in for a rude awakening if it thinks a larger size iPad model will stop its tablet sales from declining. In a research note to investors, Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that overall iPad shipments will "struggle to top" 45 million units in 2015 and ultimately post a 30 percent year-over-year decline.Rumor has it Apple is working on a 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" model for release this year. But according to Kuo, upsizing the iPad won't "contribute meaningfully to shipments momentum anytime soon." Instead, he's predicting that iPad shipments in 2015 will see their biggest decline since first launching to market five years ago.His predictions are an extension to... Read more...
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