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11:23AM - That’s it!


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Apple to reportedly double 'iPad 3' RAM to 1GB



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A hacker and iPhone jailbreaker known as "Chronic" suggests that Apple will increase the RAM in its upcoming iPad model. Leaked debug photos purportedly from Apple's third-generation iPad show that the device will sport 1GB of RAM, double the amount of its predecessor iPad 2 that carries 512MB of RAM, the same amount as the iPhone 4.

Leaked debug photos allegedly of Apple's next iPad that surfaced last month showed a line of code that read "vm_page_bootstrap: 244276 free pages and 8396 wired pages." By multiplying the number of free pages by the size of a page (4,096 bytes), the developer deduced that the device would have 1GB of RAM.


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Photos of the beautiful Apple Store in Amsterdam



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Apple opened its Amsterdam Store to press members on March 1st. For everybody else the store will open March 3rd.

This is the first retail location in The Netherlands and it is very beautiful. OneMoreThing has posted some pictures and a description of the day's events.

In a press release Apple confirms our message that the Amsterdam Apple Store Genius Bar is the longest in the world. 300 employees, 90% from Amsterdam and surrounding areas, assist and advise clients in 14 languages. In addition to generalists the team consists of experienced musicians, filmmakers, photographers and designers.

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Friday, March 2nd, 2012. 19:06

New iPad 3 Front Glass Photos Show Black and White Options, Home Button



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Last week Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo published photos of what was claimed to be the front glass and digitizer assembly for the iPad 3. These parts are almost similar to the iPad 2 ones.  But there are some minor differences in the ribbon cable that is attached to the component.

Repair Labs has now obtained these parts in both black and white. What might mean that Apple will indeed offer at least some models of the iPad 3 in both colors.


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Friday, March 2nd, 2012. 16:24

Rear Shell Of iPad 3 Measures In At 9,5 mm, Just 0,8 Thicker Than iPad 2



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While comparison pictures of the rear shells of the iPad 3 and iPad 2 have shown that the new model has slightly increased thickness and some reports have noted that difference is about 1mm, no exact measurement had been made to quantify the exact dimensions of the new model.


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Tuesday, February 28th, 2012. 21:51

iPad 3 will probably have A5X processor



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WeiPhone site has leaked a photo of an iPad 3 logic board with A5X CPU chip. Previously it was expected that new tablet will feature A6 chip, reports MacRumors.

A date code of "1146" on the A5X indicates that it was manufactured in the 46th week of 2011, which would have corresponded to November 14-20. An "A5X" as a step-wise upgrade to the A5 corresponds with progression of processor part numbers as revealed by BGR in February. At the time the A4 was known to be the S5L8930X, the A5 as the S5L8940X and the new iPad processor as S5L8945X.


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Photos of future iPad 3 compared to iPad 2



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M.I.C. Gadget has posted some high quality photos comparing the iPad 2's back enclosure to the expected iPad 3's back enclosure.

Highlights:

  • iPad 3 bezel will be slightly narrower than the iPad 2′s bezel.
  • iPad 3 camera lens is noticeably larger than its predecessor.
  • The unit is about 1-1.5mm thicker.
  • The iPad 3 edges are tapered.

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Tuesday, February 21st, 2012. 15:05

iPad 3 with More Tapered Edge and an 8 Megapixel Back Camera



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Apple Daily claims to have received the photo above that shows what is claimed to be an overview shot of the new iPad 3 back enclosure (top of image) as well as a comparison shot between the original iPad, the iPad 2 and the New iPad (inset).

The shot reveals the familiar form-factor but the lightning that looks much better in the shot seems to have undergone significant changes. The iPad 3 enclosure seems to have also a more gradual taper to the edges than the iPad 2. As a result of this longer taper, the iPad 3's camera rests on the taper itself.

The absolute positioning of the camera doesn't seem that far off from the iPad 2, but the lens does appear larger. According to NextMedia, the new iPad 3 camera will see a significant upgrade to 8 megapixels. The current iPad 2 back camera is 1 megapixel in resolution.


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Confirmed: iPad 3 Has a 2048x1536 Retina Display



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MacRumors managed to obtain the rumored iPad 3 displays, of course, these iPad 3 screens weren't directly sourced from Apple, and examined them under a microscope to determine if they are indeed an ultra-high resolution Retina displays.

Physically, the purported iPad 3 display is the same size as the current iPad 1 and iPad 2 display at 9.7" in diagonal, and looks quite similar to the naked eye.

However, when comparing the iPad 3 display to one from an iPad 2 under a microscope, the difference in resolutions becomes readily apparent, with the iPad 3 display's pixels appearing to be one-quarter the size of those on the iPad 2.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Monday, February 20th, 2012. 14:42

Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion coming this summer with 100+ new features



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Just a few hours ago Apple has announced Mac OS X 10.8, dubbed "Mountain Lion," the next major release of its Mac operating system, set to launch on the Mac App Store this summer. Apple has boasted that Mountain Lion packs over 100 new features, including many brought from the iPad and iOS mobile operating system.

What's new

New features introduced with Mountain Lion include Messages, which replaces iChat, as well as Notes, Reminders and Game Center for the Mac, Notification Center, Share Sheets, Twitter integration, and AirPlay Mirroring. Mountain Lion will also be the first OS X release with iCloud. Apple also adds Gatekeeper, which helps keep users safe from malicious software by giving control over what applications are installed on a Mac.


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WinZip App Released for iPhone and iPad (Free)



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WinZip, the popular Windows utility for zip file management, has been released for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

WinZip, the leader of file compression for over 20 years and the creators of WinZip the world's # 1 zip utility for file compression, file sharing, file encryption and data backup.

Features:

  • Open Zip files and Zip attachments from email
  • Browse and view Zip files, including multi-file attachments
  • Open encrypted Zip files
  • Copy the contents of Zip files to the clipboard
  • View Zip file attachments from webmail (Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, etc)
  • Zipped file types that can be previewed:
    .txt, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx, .rtf, .pdf, .key, .numbers, .pages, .htm, .htm, .jsp, .bmp, .jpg, .jpeg, .tif, .tiff, .png, .gif

An easy-to-use interface for quickly opening and manage compressed Zip files on your iPhone and iPad.

You can download WinZip from the AppStore for free (link).

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Photo of iPad 3 Rear Shell Suggests Minor Physical Changes, Larger Battery



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RepairLabs reports that it has managed to obtain a photo of what is claimed to be the rear shell of the iPad 3 and compared the part with the corresponding version of the iPad 2. Based on the photo, the site concluded that the iPad 3 version demonstrates a few minor changes with a narrower logic board that could make room for an expanded battery.

In a side-by-side comparison of the new component with the iPad 2 back panel, the repair site found four key differences:

  • The alleged third-generation iPad back panel has "very different" mounts for the logic board, implying that the shape of the logic board in the next iPad will also be a major change.
  • This would allow for a larger battery within the iPad 3, because the width of where the logic board sits is much smaller on the new component.
  • The component also reveals that the camera on the new iPad will be "different," though any changes from the current iPad 2 cannot be deciphered from the panel.
  • Finally, the site also declared that the LCD display will also be "different" than the current iPad 2, based on different mounting in the new back panel. Apple is rumored to utilize a new, high-resolution Retina Display for its next iPad.

The photo does not show the backside of the rear shell that would be visible on the assembled device, nor does it show an edge view that would allow for a thickness comparison to the iPad 2.




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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Thursday, February 9th, 2012. 16:12

Photos of Debug Software Show Alleged Details of iPad 3 with Quad-Core A6 and LTE



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BGR reports that it has managed to obtain from its source photos of what are claimed to be screenshots from Apple's iBoot development and debugging software for the bootrom showing details on an iPad 3. The photos showing references to the known "J1" and "iPad3,1" code names indicate that the next-generation tablet will indeed be using a new application processor carrying an S5L8945X identifier, presumably as part of a new A6 system-on-a-chip.

For starters, the model numbers are J1 and J2 (iPad3,1 and iPad3,2), and while DigiTimes reported this a few weeks ago, these two models are not different devices, just a single iPad available in two versions — one with Wi-Fi only and one with Wi-Fi and embedded GSM/CDMA/LTE for all carriers. Also included in the photos is, for the first time, confirmation of which processor Apple will be using in the iPad 3: an A6 processor with model number S5L8945X. For reference, the Apple A4 model was S5L8930X and the A5 is S5L8940X.


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New Photos of Camera-Equipped iPod Nano Casing Surface



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Last April, Apple.pro posted a photo of what appeared to be an iPod nano with a hole in the rear casing that was said to be for a camera. A second photo showing a clipless design casing for the device and claiming that it would carry a 1.3-megapixel camera.

Apple ultimately made no changes to the design of the iPod nano in September of last year, instead opting to update the software and lower pricing on the 8 GB and 16 GB models. But the idea of a camera-equipped iPod nano was revived in November with the publication of a May 2010 patent application on speaker design that appeared to show a hole in the iPod nano's clip in the same location as the rumored camera hole seen in the leaked photos.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012. 22:47

Taiwanese Site Sued by Supplier After Leaking Claimed iPad 3 Dock Connector



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In July 2011 Taiwanese site Apple.pro published several photos of what was claimed to be the dock connector and ribbon cable for the next-generation iPad 3. Honestly, the connector didn’t provide much information about the full iPad 3 tablet. The only obvious fact was that the connector itself being white as opposed to black on the iPad 2, and it was one of the first reported leaks of iPad 3 parts. However,  Apple's suppliers seem to have taken the leak seriously. Apple.pro now reports that it has been sued by the supplier responsible for the part leaked in last year's report.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012. 23:02