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It's no secret that Apple places a high value on customer security and privacy, and the company goes to great lengths to make sure that it's a market-leader in both regards. However, even the most careful companies can be exposed to crippling security vulnerabilities. If software contains a previously unidentified bug or exploit, it just sits there waiting for some enterprising user to spot it. And that's just what happened with Apple's Activation Lock. When an iPhone or iPad is lost, the user has the ability to enable "Find My iPhone", which can immediately locks the device, requiring correct credentials to regain access. This is useful in case a device gets stolen or is simply found by... Read more...
Apple has been relatively quiet on the iPad front since the 9.7-inch iPad Pro was launched this past spring, but the company’s suppliers are now starting to shed some light on what to expect for the next refresh. For starters, the new iPad is said to introduce yet another screen size (10.9 inches), which joins the 7.9-, 9.7-, and 12.9-inch displays on the current generation of iPads. However, the 10.9-inch display is said to be shoved into a device that has a footprint nearly identical to that of the current 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Apple allegedly has achieved this feat by minimizing the bezels around the display. Smaller bezels mean that Apple’s palm rejection technology will be working overtime... Read more...
One of the common arguments in favor of the iPhone and iOS devices in general is that "it just works." It's an oversimplified retort often thrown around by people who favor iOS gadgets over Android equivalents, but is it also an inaccurate one? A new report by Blanco Technology Group suggests that in reality Android devices work more often. There is a fair amount of surprising data contained in The State of Mobile Device Performance Health Report, which is an in-depth quarterly review of global mobile device trends, including diagnostic testing, performance issues, and outright failures. It begins with the startling claim iOS devices had an overall failure rate of 62 percent worldwide in the... Read more...
Apple is still raking in money hand over fist, but the company’s financial performance is no longer setting records quarter after quarter. But even a weakened Apple is still a force to be reckoned with — the company posted Q4 revenue of $46.9 billion and net income of $9 billion. This compared to $51.5 billion and $11.1 billion respectively for the same period last year. Gross margins fell slightly to 38 percent for the quarter compared to 39.9 percent a year ago. Annual sales fell 7.7 percent from $233.7 billion in 2015 to $215.6 billion in 2016. This is the first time in 15 years that Apple has posted a decline in annual sales. It’s not hard, however, to see why Apple’s revenue is down. iPhone... Read more...
Apple bills iOS 10 as being “More personal. More powerful. More playful.” It’s hard to argue with that train of thought, given the features that Apple has infused into the mobile operating system including a totally revamped iMessage app, rich notifications, third-party app integration with Siri, more useful 3D Touch actions, and other various tweaks and additions. However, at least one area in iOS 10 has seen a bit of a regression compared to previous versions, and it could leave your iPhone and iPad data less secure than before. We know that some of the world’s best hackers come from Russia, so we’re taking this latest report from Russian firm ElcomSoft very seriously. Researchers for the company... Read more...
Apple’s sales across the board are continuing to slump, and that was on full display in the company’s Q3 earnings report. But despite downward-trending sales, its revenue and profit totals for the quarter are nothing to scoff at. The company reported quarterly revenue of $42.4 billion and net income of $7.8 billion — this is compared to $49.6 billion and $10.7 billion respectively for Q3 2015. “We are pleased to report third quarter results that reflect stronger customer demand and business performance than we anticipated at the start of the quarter,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook. “We had a very successful launch of iPhone SE and we’re thrilled by customers’ and developers’ response to software and... Read more...
It seems as though officials at the Maine Department of Education are finally coming to terms with something that many in the tech community have been saying for years: tablets can often be a poor substitute for full-fledged computers in the classroom, especially in higher grades. Instead of being used as educational tools to help supplement traditional classroom lessons and aide in completing assignments, iPads in the classroom are being used for gaming while at the same time serving as a poor replacement for laptops when it comes to productivity. The Auburn School Department decided to survey its students and teachers to see if the district should continue using the iPads or opt for more traditional... Read more...
Last week, Apple was forced to issue a revised build of iOS 9.3 after numerous iPad 2 users were unable to activate their devices once the OS update was installed. Now, Apple is faced with yet another bug in iOS 9.3, which manifests when users to click on web links. Although some users have experienced the problem in iOS 9.2.1, it really began to affect a large number of users when iOS 9.3 was released to the public. iOS users are reporting that tapping on a web link (or even long-pressing) will cause built-in apps like Safari, Mail and Notes to either temporarily freeze or crash altogether. What’s really interesting is that some third-party apps, including Google Chrome, are also affected by... Read more...
We reported a couple of weeks ago that Apple would be unveiling a couple of new products in the middle of March, and we're now learning that the company plans to sell them mere days later. That's an atypical move for Apple, and it comes with a second atypical move: there will be no pre-orders. With production of both products having been ramped-up since last month, there seems to be no reason to have any sort of delay. It is somewhat interesting that Apple will be releasing both - the iPad Air 3 and iPhone 5se - at the same time, however, as it's not uncommon to see multiple major releases spaced apart.  The iPhone 5se is quite an interesting device. The smartphone takes some cues from its... Read more...
To outsiders looking in, it might seem as though Apple devices sell themselves. That isn't really the case, and if you pay attention to Apple's quarterly earnings reports, you'll notice that no matter how well the company performs, its stock price drops at the slightest hint that a particular product line or service isn't performing at peak levels. At present, it's the iPad line that has investors concerned, though Apple CEO Tim Cook believes a turnaround is ahead.Cook and a few other company bigwigs recently held a town hall meeting at Apple's headquarters to discuss the company's Q1 earnings and future plans. One of the topics raised was that of declining iPad revenue growth. Despite a slowdown... Read more...
Analysts have been predicting gloom and doom for Apple for the past few months, as you can see from its stock price which has dipped below $100 again after reaching highs in the $130s early in 2015. To be sure, there is definite cause for concern, but Apple still posted its highest profit ever during fiscal Q1 2016, $18.4 billion, which was slightly up from $18 billion during the same period a year ago. Overall revenue for the quarter came me in $75.9 billion (up from $74.6 billion) while gross margins were also up slightly, growing from 39.9 percent during the same period last year to 40.1 percent this year. International sales were a primary driver for Apple, as it has been in recent years,... Read more...
Apple released the first beta for its upcoming iOS 9.3 update and with it is a new website that lays out the new features and functionality. One of the more intriguing ones is "Shared iPad," which like it sounds allows for multiple users to log in to an iPad tablet, much in the same way that Mac OS X and Windows allows for more than one account to share a single device.It's a long overdue feature for the iPad, though unfortunately it appears this will only be a feature for students and teachers, not home consumers. The way it's worded on Apple's new preview website, students will have their own profile, which they'll use to hop on iPad devices in different classrooms and other scenarios."When... Read more...
If you thought that Google’s Project Fi Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) service was good before, things just got a little bit better today -- the company has announced data-only support for some of the most popular tablets available. Customers who are already signed up for Project Fi will be able to order a data-only SIM (up to nine can be ordered from Google) and insert it into their tablet to gain wireless service. If you haven’t already signed up for Project Fi, you’ll have to request an invite and get in line like everyone else. Like the Project Fi for smartphones, you’ll be charged a simple flat rate of $10 per gigabyte for the data you use. And since you only pay for what you use,... Read more...
Much like with its iPhone, it was difficult to predict the kind of success Apple's iPad tablet would have when it was first launched. As with most products Apple preps for launch, the iPad enjoyed an enviable amount of hype leading up to its launch, but even after its launch, many may still have had that lingering question: "Why do I really need a tablet?" In recent years, that question for many was more of a statement spoken with their wallets, with sales of slates offering a solid area of growth for Apple and other manufacturers. Once again, Apple managed to take a design concept that needed some serious TLC and brought their industrial design chops and a UI revamped to it and they hit a home.... Read more...
As we discovered just the other day, Apple's latest iPad, Pro, isn't too repairable, scoring just 3 out of 10 on iFixit's scale - 10 being the best. Somewhat humorously, that's still a lot better the 1 out of 10 score the Surface Book received earlier this month. Nonetheless, the teardown helped highlight a feature Apple kept mum on: a USB 3.0-compatible Lightning port. That means that with the right cable, users would be able to enjoy transfer speeds going through a 5Gbps bus. That's theoretically ~625MB/s peak, but more accurately would top out at around 500MB/s in the real-world thanks to overhead. Currently, Lightning connectors utilizing USB 2.0 would peak at just over 30MB/s. The storage... Read more...
There’s no doubt that tablets have revolutionized the way many of us consume media.  The tablets on the market today have developed to fill many niche categories and are beginning to rival notebooks in terms of performance.  We see everything from the venerable iPads, to the upcoming Amazon Kindles, to a wide variety of Android slates and the latest installments of the Surface line from Microsoft.  So, how do you know what is right for you?As is the case with most devices, there just isn’t a single “best” tablet anymore.  A more useful start is to determine what kind of user you are.  Broadly speaking, are you a mainstream user whose primary interests are web surfing,... Read more...
It's hard to believe that anyone would think that a $1.3 billion roll out of iPads to students would be a good idea, or deliver the kind of return-of-investment to warrant it, but it's apparent that a Los Angeles school district did. Earlier this year, we reported on how the pilot program failed spectacularly. There weren't enough iPads to go around, and that tends to be a major issue when it's expected that everyone will have one. We'd imagine that if lesser-expensive tablets were chosen, not top-tier models, that issue might not have been encountered. In addition to the iPads themselves, part of this funding went towards educational software that was to be used, which supposedly turned out... Read more...
After first announcing the operating system in June, Apple is now ready to make iOS 9 available to the masses. Apple switched things up a bit leading up to the official release of iOS 9, allowing the public widespread access to the beta operating system which allowed customers to be on the bleeding edge of Apple’s software releases, while at the same time giving Apple a larger device pool to draw data and feedback from. "With this update, your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch become more intelligent and proactive with powerful search and improved Siri features," states Apple’s release notes for iOS 9. "New multitasking features for iPad allow you to work with two apps simultaneously, side-by-side... Read more...
If you know anyone that’s been a longtime iOS user, chances are that they have a “junk” folder on their device that is used to banish unwanted Apple apps that they don’t use. These apps come preinstalled with every iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and cannot be deleted. They can’t even be hidden unless you jailbreak — but jailbreaking can have some unwanted consequences if you aren’t careful. In a wide-ranging interview with BuzzFeed, Apple’s Tim Cook was surprisingly open about the wishes of some iOS users to be able to remove these junk apps. Users either want them gone to reclaim whatever little storage space their taking up, or more likely, to end the process of creating a junk folder in the first... Read more...
In one of the most highly anticipated games of the season, quarterback Tom Brady and the New England Patriots defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers last Thursday to kick off the National Football League (NFL) season. The first game of the season is always popular, though this particular match-up drew interest from fans wondering how Brady would fare after being dogged in the media for the past seven months over something known as Deflategate. With all that attention, Microsoft can't be pleased that on-air commentators are still referring to its sponsored Surface tablet as an iPad. Back in 2013, Microsoft inked a $400 million deal with the NFL to promote the Surface. Microsoft agreed to supply teams... Read more...
Last Wednesday was a big one for Apple thanks to its announcement of the latest iPhones, its next-gen Apple TV, as well as its much-anticipated iPad Pro. Overall, a good showing, but not one critics could keep silent about. When Tim Cook unveiled the iPad Pro, it didn't take long for people to draw comparisons to Microsoft's Surface Pro - a product that's existed for a few years. In fact, some have called it a verbatim copy. Both have tablet-like displays, a soft add-on keyboard, and can be docked to look like a notebook. But let's be honest: an iPad Pro was inevitable, and while it's so similar to the Surface Pro, it's just an expected evolution for Apple's product line. What was more... 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...
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