It's not a secret that the iPad has had some rough quarters in recent years, but the introduction of a more affordable 9.7-inch model in March has helped Apple's tablet regain growth this year. The new 9.7-inch iPad priced at $329 has been such a success that Apple is considering launching an even more inexpensive model in 2018, according to the DigiTimes.
As expected iPad sales continue to slump as larger smartphones and laptops put the squeeze on the tablet market. That's why the iPad may have been left out of Apple's press release announcing the company's Q1 2015 earnings.
Apple attributed its $74.6 billion in revenue to "all-time record revenue from iPhone and Mac sales as well as record performance of the App Store," but failed to mention the iPad. The iPad wasn't a slouch in any sense, selling 21.4 million units, which was 18% less sold than the same period last year. Tim Cook did acknowledge on Tuesday during an investor conference call that the switch to larger iPhone displays may be eating up iPad sales.
"There’s probably some level of cannibalization that’s going on, with the Mac on one side and the phone on the other."
According to a report in the The Daily Mail, British fuel cell firm, Intelligent Energy, is working with Apple on new battery technology that could allow mobile devices to go days, if not weeks, before they need to be charged.
According to the paper, Intelligent Energy revealed that it, in collusion with "an international electronics company," had purchased a number of patents related to fuel cell technology. Though the tabloid publication is far from the pinnacle of accuracy, it does get some things right, and in this particular case it claims that it was told by "senior sources in the US" that Apple and Intelligent Energy hoped to have new fuel cells on the market within the next few years. It also claimed to have another source "who has knowledge of the partnership, [and] confirmed that Apple is the big name working with the Loughborough-based firm."
Apple's iPad may be "increasing nickel exposure in children," according to a report released on Monday in Pediatrics. According to the report (via The Washington Post) an 11-year-old boy was treated at a San Diego hospital for an itchy body rash possibly caused by the nickel contained in his iPad.
The boy, treated at a San Diego hospital, had a history of skin issues, but a different rash developed all over his body and wouldn’t respond to typical treatment. His skin tested positive for nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals, and doctors traced it back to an iPad he had used with increasing frequency the past six months. The iPad tested positive for nickel as well, according to the report.
If you are unfamiliar with Apple's Your Verse site, it is a collection of inspiring stories and videos about how people use their iPads. So far there is one about deep sea diving with the iPad protected by the iDive case, one about mountaineering on some of the world's highest peaks with the iPad and Gaia GPS, and one about high school coaches using the iPad and an app from the Cleveland Clinic to measure the effects of concussions. Apple has just released the fourth story, which shows how one Bollywood choreographer uses his iPad and several apps to achieve the perfect dance scene.
Choreographing a Vision in Bollywood focuses on how Feroz Khan, one of Bollywood's most sought after choreographers, uses his iPad Air through the course of creating a dance scene (which are integral to a Bollywood movie). According to Khan, the iPad Air is the perfect tool and allows him to both craft and share his ideas - "an idea can hit me at any time. It helps that my iPad Air is always with me. So I can capture everything that inspires me." This includes everything from picking costumes and props to choosing filming locations. He can easily take pictures and quickly share them with his production crew,
Consumers should soon see at least a slight reduction in the price of most electronic and audio accessories (basically any accessory that needs to be plugged into the iPad, including headphones and game controllers), due to Apple reducing the licensing fees charged to third party accessory manufacturers.
In order for a third party manufacturer to successfully develop and market an iPad (or iPhone or iPod) accessory, paying Apple's MFi (made for iPhone/iPad/iPod) fee is part of doing business. By doing so, they are granted access to hardware components, technical support, documentation et cetera that are
The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia are upon us today, in fact, the Opening Ceremonies have already begun (they kicked off at 11:00 EST), though NBC will delay their broadcast until 7:30 EST this evening. This delayed broadcast will be standard throughout the Olympics for the big events; very little will be televised live, and some events may not be broadcast at all, so you might be disappointed if you'd rather watch ice dancing than the Super-G. If you have a cable/dish provider and NBC's Sports Live Extra app, you'll be able to watch every event live.
With NBC Sports Live Extra, you will need to authenticate with your cable provider to be able to watch the live streams. All of the major providers are available along with hundreds of others, so this shouldn't present a problem for most. If you don't have a subscription you can still get a 30 minute temporary pass,
The NFL's biggest game of the year is upon us, and if you want to watch the Seahawk's league leading defense take on the Bronco's league leading offense today, but you are away from your TV, you might want to stream it on your iPad. You can do this with the Fox Sports Go app, which is available for free from the App Store.
Like the Fox Sports Go website, the app will provide a high quality stream of the game, plus pre- and post-game content. This is only available for iPad users - unfortunately for iPhone users, the app description states, "DUE TO LEAGUE RESTRICTIONS, NFL GAMES ARE NOT AVAILABLE IN FOX SPORTS GO ON PHONES." The free stream will be available to all U.S. viewers beginning at 12AM EST
An exploding iPad forced customers and employees to be evacuated from a Vodafone retail store in Canberra, Australia earlier this week, according to news.com.au.
A Vodafone spokesperson confirmed that the city’s firebrigade arrived after the "store filled with smoke and sparks continued to appear from the charging port" of an unidentified iPad demo model. No one was injured during the incident.
News.com.au says an Apple representative did visit the store to investigate the cause, but has not responded to requests for comments.
While Apple products are not well known for spontaneously exploding, a Chinese woman did die from an electric shock while using her iPhone 5 back in July. However, Apple went on to blame “unauthorized third-party adapters” for the cause of the incident.
If you are considering upgrading to the iPad 5 or iPad mini 2, then you may want to sell your used model before the next generation of Apple tablets are announced. Both Nextworth and Gazelle are currently accepting trade-ins for all older iPad and iPad mini models. You can get up to $400 for a used iPad, and up to $220 for a used iPad mini. This is a good time to sell since these values will decrease once the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 are officially released.
Selling your used iPad is easy. Just visit Nextworth.com or Gazelle.com, locate your iPad model, and truthfully answer a few simple questions. You'll then receive a quote based on your device's current projected value in the secondary market.