News tagged ‘Tablet’
About 100 million iPads were sold in the first two and a half years. Apple is going to sell another 100 million, but already in 12-month period, thanks to the launch of the iPad mini. Michael Walkley of Canaccord Genuity predicted that Apple will sell 101.6 million iPads in 2013. Judging by this, Apple will own 58.4 percent of the total tablet market. The prediction became known after Apple revealed that iPad sales had exceeded 100 million.
As ordered by a UK court, Apple posted a link with the text "Samsung / Apple UK judgment" on its U.K. website. The notice acknowledges that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab devices had not infringed on the design of iPad. In the beginning of the notice Apple said:
Yesterday Apple hold a fourth quarter earnings call where CEO Tim Cook explained the company's pricing philosophy for the iPad mini.
When we set out to build it, we didn't set out to build a small, cheap tablet. We set out to build a smaller iPad that offered the full iPad experience. The difference between us and the competition is profound. 35% larger screen than 7" tablets. 2 great cameras. Fastest communications with dual bank Wi-Fi. Fit and finish of our precision enclosure is breathtaking when held in your hands. That's what we've done, the iPad mini has higher costs and gross margin is significantly below our corporate average. Height of the cost curve, but we want to make a large number and we're going to work to try to get down the cost curve and get more efficient with manufacturing as we've done with our other products.
The new iPad mini is compatible with Apple's Siri voice recognizing assistant, however the iPad 2 still won't be able to access the feature. It seems that Siri will never make it to the iPad 2, as the tablet was only mentioned in passing in a brief a comparison to the new iPad mini. It is unclear why Apple decided to once again pass over the iPad 2, though it could mean that Apple may axe the product from the tablet line as it is more expensive and less capable than its newly-released sibling. Moreover, the mini-model of the iPad has the same screen resolution as the 9.7-inch iPad 2's.
With the iPad mini’s pricing starting at $329, some people were disappointed that Apple was unable or unwilling to release the tablet at approximately $249. With rival 7-inch tablets selling at about $199, some observers believe that Apple left too big pricing gap for potential tablet buyers.
A pair of images published by Apple.pro on Sunday reportedly demonstrates two Lightning dock connectors, one for Apple's much-rumored iPad mini and another bound for the fourth-generation 9.7-inch iPad. The connector is more compact than the current third-generation iPad's 30-pin flex cable. Unfortunately, the image's poor quality doesn’t allow assessing the connectors in detail.
9to5Mac offered their suggestions related to the entry price point for Apple’s upcoming smaller iPad set to be released October 23rd. The entry price will be reportedly between the base model of the new, fifth-generation iPod touch ($299) and the currently shipping WiFi-only 16GB iPad 2 ($399). So, the base model of the smaller iPad will likely be priced at a minimum of $329 in the United States. A starting price of $329 makes sense. The new iPod touch will continue to be cheaper than Apple’s new tablet, while the smaller iPad’s pricing will also be nicely spaced under and between the new full-sized iPads.
Earlier we heard reports that Apple didn’t use Sharp’s IGZO display tech in the iPad 3 because Sharp’s technology was not ready in time. According to
Apple and Samsung have for a long time had a strained relationship, with the companies locked in many court trials relating to their competition in the tablet and smartphone markets. As tensions between companies have continued to grow, Apple has been trying to decrease its reliance on Samsung for production of components. Now The Korea Times
While Apple has not yet officially sent invitations to press, AllThingsD writer John Paczkowski is saying today that the invite-only iPad mini event is still scheduled for this month. According to the report, the event will likely be held in Apple’s Town Hall Auditorium on October 23:
Apple will hold a special event this month at which it will showcase a new, smaller iPad. People familiar with Apple’s plans tell us that the company will unveil the so-called “iPad mini” on October 23 at an invitation-only event… Sources declined to specify where the event is to be held, and I’ve not been able to confirm a location.
Earlier this month The Wall Street Journal
Apple has begun preparing the Yerba Buena Center for its iPhone 5 introduction. The entrance of the Center is wrapped with colorful banners, suggesting that new multicolored iPods will be part of the event. The new banners evoke the imagery the company used to launch new iPods in 2010.
Chinese website digi.163 posted new photos claiming to show the machined aluminum back casing bound for a rumored 7.85-inch iPad. Apple is rumored to be launching the 7.85-inch iPad in October, with the device expected to be as thin as the iPod touch while retaining some of the media player's design assets like thinner bezels. But the closer inspection of the part reveals slight discrepancies regarding the rumored tablet's design.