Apple announces 128GB fourth-generation iPad

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Jan 292013

Apple iPad (4th gen)Apple today announced a new 128GB version of its fourth-generation iPad with Retina display. Like its smaller siblings, it will be available in both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular options.

“With more than 120 million iPads sold, it’s clear that customers around the world love their iPads, and everyday they are finding more great reasons to work, learn and play on their iPads rather than their old PCs,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With twice the storage capacity and an unparalleled selection of over 300,000 native iPad apps, enterprises, educators and artists have even more reasons to use iPad for all their business and personal needs.”

The 128GB iPad with Wi-Fi will sell for US$799 and the 128GB iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular for US$929. Both will be available starting on February 5th in black or white.

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Next-generation iPad and iPhone coming mid-2013?

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Nov 192012

AppleRumours last week suggested that Apple would launch its next iPhone smartphone (the iPhone 5S?) and iPad tablet as early as the first half of 2013. These gained steam today with a report by Digitimes that “market observers” expected many of Apple’s component suppliers to see rising component orders starting in late Q1, suggesting that Apple could unveil its next-generation iPad and iPhone devices as early as mid-2013.

The report suggests that Apple could be looking to accelerate its release cycles. It launched the iPhone 5 in September and the fourth-generation iPad in October along with the new iPad mini [product information]. The faster releases may help it better compete against competitors such as Samsung which refresh their device lineups more often. It may also simply be looking to spread out its release schedule instead of having a very busy fall release cycle this past September and October.

The report sheds no light on what we can expect to see with the new iPhone or iPad. If Apple is working on the iPhone 5S, it may be a very similar device with only a number of relatively minor component upgrades.

The report also indicates that both contract chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and packager Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) are now on Apple’s list of suppliers.

If nothing else, the iPhone and iPad rumours were not dormant for long!

Read more: Digitimes

Apple sells 3 million new iPads in first three days

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Nov 052012

Apple iPad miniApple began selling both the iPad 4 and iPad mini this past Friday. Not surprisingly, their debut weekend was strong with three million iPads being sold over the past three days. A breakout of how many iPad minis were sold was not provided though.

“Customers around the world love the new iPad mini and fourth generation iPad,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We set a new launch weekend record and practically sold out of iPad minis. We’re working hard to build more quickly to meet the incredible demand.”

Interestingly, Apple found itself in the rare position of being “practically sold out of iPad minis” rather than fully sold out as it more traditionally has been with other product launches. Was demand more muted than it expected or was it able to get more supply out in time for the launch?

One thing is for sure: Apple can claim yet another successful product launch!

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Apple announces fourth generation iPad with faster A6X processor

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Oct 232012

Apple iPadAlong with the new iPad mini, Apple unveiled its fourth generation iPad. It features a number of upgrades over its predecessor, including a faster A6X processor which promises “up to twice the CPU performance and up to twice the graphics performance of the A5X chip.” Other improvements include LTE connectivity, a FaceTime HD camera, improved wireless connectivity, and a new Lightning Dock.

Like the iPad mini, the new fourth-generation iPad will be available on November 2nd. It will sell for CA/US$499 for the 16GB model, CA/US$599 for the 32GB model and CA/US$699 for the 64GB model. Wi-Fi + Cellular models are CA/US$130 more.

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Mysterious Apple iPad running A6 chip surfaces in app logs

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Oct 082012

AppleWith Apple widely expected to launch its iPad mini later this month, it appears that the company is already hard at work on the next generation of iPads. A mysterious new model identified as “iPad3,6” has been spottted in an app’s logs. MacRumors got the tip from the app’s developer who wishes to remains anonymous. Previous iPad models have born the identifiers iPad3,1, iPad3,2, and iPad3,3, leading to the supposition that the latest ID refers not to the iPad mini but to a new model of the original iPad.

The log files for the iPad 3,6 also suggest a more powerful A6 SoC (or a variation of this design). Given that the iPad mini is expected to share much in terms of specifications with the iPad 2, including an A5 processor, the evidence points at a new iPad model. Lastly, the iPad2,5 and iPad2,6 designations have also been spotted in log files, pointing to the iPad mini.

Assuming that the iPad 3,6 is in fact a new iPad model, it remains to be seen if Apple will introduce it alongside the iPad mini later this month. It could just as well be slated for an early 2013 release. Sadly, there just isn’t much to go right now…

Read more: MacRumors

Rumour: Apple iPad mini to be manufactured in Brazil

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Jul 082012

AppleApple’s rumoured iPad mini will be manufactured in Brazil according to a Japanese website MacOtakara report citing a “Chinese reliable source.” The plant in quesion is Foxconn’s recently opened facility in Jundiai, Brazil. It already assembles iPhones and iPads.

The tablet will be roughly the same height as the Google Nexus 7 but will be slightly wider. It’s not clear if it will use a 7.85-inch display or a smaller one. It will be about as thick as the current iPod touch, making it thinner than the Kindle Fire. Some models could sport 3G. Not all carriers currently selling the iPad will offer the smaller model. There are no details though on which carriers these might be.

The source adds that mass production will start in September with shipments to start in time for the holiday season. Apple will hold off making an announcement for now though. Could it unveil it alongside the next-generation iPhone sometime this fall? Earlier reports this week supported a launch around the holiday season as well.

Read more: MacOtakara (Source: AppleInsider)

Rumour: Apple iPad mini to take on Google Nexus 7

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Jul 042012

AppleRumours about an Apple iPad mini have resurfaced again. Reports by both Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal indicate that Apple is readying a cheaper and smaller iPad for launch by the end of the year.

Bloomberg indicates that the new iPad will have a display between 7- and 8-inches. Unlike previous rumours, it adds that it will not come with a high-resolution display (like that on Apple’s latest iPad). It could be priced as low as US$199, a price point that would put in direct competition with the Google Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire.

The Wall Street Journal does not add any details about specifications but suggests that Apple has told its suppliers to prepare for mass production. Suppliers named include LG Display Co. and AU Optronics Co., both of whom have worked with Apple in the past.

Apple could announce the new iPad in October with availability to follow in time for the holiday season.

Read more: Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal

Video: “Do it all” with the Apple iPad

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Jun 192012

On the same day that Microsoft unveiled its new Windows-powered Surface tablets, Apple has released a new ad for its new iPad with the tag line “Do it all more beautifully.” It also touts the iPad’s Retina Display.

The ad shows both entertainment and work-centric activities such as sending notes, reading books and magazines, editing iWork documents, and more.

Is the ad’s release timing just a coincidence? Conspiracy theorists everywhere will want to know…

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Rumour: Apple iOS 6 to drop support for original iPad

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Jun 112012

AppleApple is expected to unveil the next version of its iOS mobile operating system later today as its World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) gets underway. Banners going up in preparation for the event pretty much confirmed that it would be known as iOS 6. A forum post at Chinese website WeiPhone now claims to have obtained the list of compatible devices both for iOS 6 and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. Not listed for the former are both the original iPad and third-generation iPod Touch.

As CNET points out, it is also possible that the list is incomplete or that Apple has not yet provided links for those particular devices.

Operating system upgrades, not just Apple ones, often drop support for older devices as system requirements are increased to support new functionality. In this case, iOS 6 is expected to add features that include a new mapping application that supports 3D (and does not rely on Google Maps), Siri support for the new iPad, and Facebook integration.

Gadgetorama will bring you all the news to come out of the WWDC keynote later today.

Read more: CNET

Rumour: 7-inch Apple iPad to sell for as low as US$200

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May 102012

AppleA new 7-inch iPad rumour adds a few new wrinkles to the other rumours floating about. According to a source which has proven reliable in the past, Apple’s new tablet will be priced between US$200 and US$250. Apple’s strategy with this aggressive pricing is clear: Shut out its competitors from the tablet space.

The 7-inch iPad (likely a 7.85-inch panel) will reportedly offer the same resolution as the new iPad (2048 by 1536) putting its pixel density close to that of the iPhone 4S. At the same time, it will only come with 8GB of storage (half that of the current entry-level new iPad). Aside from that, it should be “identical in every way” to the current model.

A Digitimes report yesterday suggested an August launch but iMore indicates that Apple is “currently targeting” an October release.

Read more: iMore (Source: MacRumors)

Rumour: Apple places orders for next-generation iPhone and 10-inch iPad

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May 092012

AppleAccording to Digitimes supply chain sources, Apple has placed orders with Pegatron to manufacture both the next-generation iPhone as well as a larger 10-inch iPad. The manufacturer has already completed the necessary facilities expansion and hired additional workers to start production.

According to the report, the new iPhone will launch in the September time frame with the 10-inch iPad to follow sometime in the fourth quarter. According to the latest rumours, the next iPhone will sport a slightly larger 4-inch display, a metal casing, and a smaller dock connector.

The report adds that Apple will also launch a 7-inch iPad in August. It will be manufactured by Foxconn. Rumours of a smaller iPad have circulated for some time. Whether Apple does release such a device or is “just noodling” remains to be seen. A number of past rumours have hinted at a late 2012 release or broader second half launch.

Pegatron already manufactures both the iPhone 4S and the new iPad for Apple.

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Video: How the Apple iPad is made

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Apr 122012

Marketplace Shanghai Bureau Chief Rob Schmitz was recently given the opportunity to see how Foxconn builds iPads for Apple. He is only the second journalist to be allowed to visit Shenzhen’s Longhua factory floor. The video below gives us a short glimpse at some of the assembly process as well as the lives of the some 240,000 people who work at this facility.

The working conditions at such factories have been the topic of conversation for some time now. Recent investigations by the Fair Labor Association recently identified safety violations and illegal overtime issues. Foxconn responded quickly and promised to hire additional workers and improve working conditions. Both companies are likely hoping that the video, likely closely screened by both, will also help quiet these concerns.

One thing struck me: The amount of manual labour that still goes in to building our electronic toys…

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Rumour: Apple testing 7.85-inch iPad prototype

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Apr 052012

AppleDaring Fireball‘s John Gruber is the latest to wade into the “mini iPad” rumour mill. Gruber, who has a decent prediction track record, mentioned the oft-rumoured tablet during a The Talk Show podcast, indicating that Apple was “noodling with” a 7.85-inch iPad.

What I do know is that they have one in the lab… a 7.85-inch iPad that runs at 1024×768… it’s just like the 9.7-inch iPad shrunk down a little bit. Apps wouldn’t need to be recompiled or redesigned to work optimally on it. It’s just the iPad smaller.

Gruber is not sure that Apple will actually release the smaller iPad. The company often builds prototypes that never make it to production. Gruber calls it a “maybe” that could be released to hit a lower price point possibly in response to the recent success of smaller tablets (the Kindle Fire in particular).

Gruber also added that he believes that the iPhone 5 will not be out until the fall and will not be unveiled at WWDC.

Read more: The Daily Show podcast (Episode 86)

Next Apple iPhone and iPad to use OLED display?

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Apr 022012

AppleIn a report about today’s launch of Samsung Display as an affiliate of the flagship Samsung firm, The Korea Times is reporting that Apple could use OLED panels for upcoming iPhone and iPad models. Samsung Display is planning to “massively increase its investment for OLEDs” as LCD revenues drop due to increasing competition. Citing “unnamed Samsung executives,” the report indicates that the increased volumes could allow Samsung to meet Apple’s shipment targets for future OLED iPads and iPhones. “So far, Apple has questions over an output commitment and product volume as Samsung’s OLED business isn’t on full track. But chances have risen to break the wall,” said one Samsung executive.

Quantity may not be the only challenge Samsung faces though. Apple had apparently considered Samsung OLED technology in the past but eventually opted not to due to unspecified “technological problems.” It would have to resolve these (if not already done) to earn Apple’s business.

Despite their legal battles, Apple was Samsung’s biggest customer in 2011, supplying it with a wide range of components (including LCD panels) in deals worth a total US$7.8 billion. That is set to increase to US$11 billion this year.

Read more: The Korea Times (Source: 9to5Mac)

Apple “thrilled” with new iPad launch

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Mar 192012

Apple new iPadOn the call today where Apple announced its dividend and share repurchase programs, Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked about sales of the new iPad. Without revealing specific numbers, Cook said, “We had a record weekend and we’re thrilled with it.” This follows comments that initial demand had been “off the charts” and that stock allocated to pre-orders had sold out.

Cook also announced that Apple had sold 55 million iPad as of last quarter.

Apple launched its third generation iPad, its first with a Retina Display and LTE connectivity, on Friday.