December 12, 2012 |
Remember e-book readers? You know, those neat little electronic gadgets that let you read digital copies of books, and just books. The Nook. The Kindle. Ringing any bells? If not, ask someone you know who can recall a time before tablets, about two years back, and they'll tell you all about them. See, once upon a time, those little devices were the hottest consumer electronics product around. In 2008, we bought 1 million of them , according to market research firm IHS iSuppli . By 2010, we bought 10.1 million.
December 5, 2012 |
First, the good news for Apple: The tablet market continues to surpass all projections as the iPad and iPad Mini are exciting consumers. That's according to IDC, which on Wednesday released its latest projections for tablet shipments this year Wednesday. The research firm raised its 2012 forecast for the worldwide tablet market from 117.1 million units to 122.3 million units. "Tablets continue to captivate consumers, and as the market shifts toward smaller, more mobile screen sizes and lower price points, we expect demand to accelerate in the fourth quarter and beyond," Tom Mainelli , research director for tablets at IDC, said in a news release.
October 23, 2012 |
Today is the day Apple is expected to debut the iPad mini (or, possibly, iPad Air). We'll be live-tweeting the media event, which starts at 10 a.m. Pacific time, from the California Theatre in San Jose. The Tech Now blog will also publish posts as news happens, so check back with us to see what's new with the iPad and other company announcements. If you're wondering what to expect from Apple, tech blogger Sal Rodriguez has a roundup of iPad mini rumors from the last few months.
October 19, 2012 |
The iPad mini, or whatever it may be called , will hit stores and doorsteps on Nov. 2, according to several reports. It's long been expected Apple would announce a 7.85-inch screen tablet sometime in October, and after sending out an invite for an Oct. 23 event earlier this week, it appears Apple is set to announce the gadget. But a release date has been less clear. A roundup of iPad mini tablet rumors [Photos] TechCrunch , however, is the latest and perhaps most credible source to come out with a launch date.
October 5, 2012 |
Apple is widely expected to announce a smaller-sized tablet called the iPad mini later this month, but what exactly do we know about it? The screen For starters, the screen is expected to be 7.85 inches, as opposed to 9.7 inches on the current iPad. The iPad mini is supposed to rival Google's Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire HD, both of which have 7-inch screens and start at $199. If Apple can put out a similarly sized and priced product with a larger screen, that could give the Cupertino company a leg up in the lower-end tablet market.
June 14, 2012 |
Microsoft caught our attention on Thursday with a media invitation to a super-secret event in Los Angeles: "This will be a major Microsoft announcement -- you will not want to miss it. " Although the tech giant gave no hints about what it was planning to announce at the Monday event (heck, the invite didn't even say where it would take place!), a source has told the Wrap that Microsoft plans to unveil a tablet to rival Apple's iPad. The entertainment blog said the company plans to introduce a Microsoft-branded-and-manufactured tablet at the event, "marking a foray into a new hardware category that would put the company in direct competition" with Apple.