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January 28, 2010
IPad cheat sheet Price: $499 to $829 Data storage: 16-gigabyte, 32Gb or 64Gb Availability: First models due out in late March; 3G-networked models a month later Dimensions: One-half-inch thick with a 9.7-inch touch screen (about the size of a hardcover book) Features: Download and read books, watch television shows and movies, play games, prepare slide shows and presentations
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2014 | By Howard Blume
The Los Angeles Unified School District will seek the approval of parents before sending iPads home with students, under an updated policy. "That is a wonderful development," said school board member Monica Ratliff. "Parents need to be clearly notified that the device is going home, and that it will go home only if they agree to it.” Officials chose this approach in response to families who objected to earlier plans, which would have distributed tablets for home use among all students.
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BUSINESS
October 22, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The star of Apple's event was clearly the iPad Air. The tablet has a new look, but how different is it really compared to its predecessor, the fourth-generation iPad? Thanks to a lighter, thinner design, new and faster processing chip, and extra goodies Apple is throwing in, the new iPad Air is different enough that it will probably entice many to upgrade while fending off competition by Google, Samsung, Microsoft and others. PHOTOS: Apple announces new version of the iPad and iPad mini Here's how it breaks down: Price The iPad Air will go on sale Nov. 1 at the same price that the fourth-generation iPad was sold for. That means you can get a 16 GB Wi-Fi-only model for $499 or a 16 GB LTE model for $629.
BUSINESS
April 24, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Apple investors were rejoicing this week after the company reported first-quarter earnings that were far better than expected, thanks to strong iPhone sales. Throw in an additional $30 billion that the company plans to spend on stock buybacks and dividends, and shareholders ended the day with big grins.  Perhaps the only blemish on an otherwise big day for Apple were sales of iPads.  Analysts were expecting  iPad  sales to fall to 19.38 million from 19.48 million in the same quarter a year ago. Instead, the company said it sold only 16.35 million units.
BUSINESS
November 21, 2010
Apple iPad Price: $499 Wi-Fi, $629 3G Size: 9.5 by 7.5 inches with a 9.7-inch (diagonal) screen Battery life: 10 hours Weight: 1.5 pounds Processor speed: 1 GHz Disk capacity: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB Operating system: iOS Number of apps: 250,000-plus Camera? No Internet connection: Wi-Fi-only and 3G models Touch-screen rating: 4 out of 5. Sensitive, bright. Resolution could be better. Overall: Thumbs up Impression: The iPad is still the Cadillac of tablet computers, with its large screen, fast processor and elegant design.
BUSINESS
March 7, 2012 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, This story has been updated. See note below for details.
Apple's new iPad has a higher resolution screen, better graphics processor, an iPhone-4-quality rear camera and (in some models) 4G LTE capability. It's also slightly thicker and slightly heavier. But the difference in heft between the iPad 2 and the new iPad (no, it's not called iPad 3 or iPad HD) will likely be negligible to most. The Wi-Fi-only version of the new iPad is 0.37 inches (9.4 millimeters) thick and weighs 1.44 pounds (652 grams). The Wi-Fi-only version of the iPad 2 is 0.34 inches (8.8 millimeters)
BUSINESS
October 23, 2012 | By Andrea Chang and Salvador Rodriguez
SAN JOSE -- The iPad mini, the long-rumored smaller tablet from Apple, has made its debut. Apple launched the 7.9-inch tablet computer at an invitation-only media event Tuesday morning, telling a crowd of reporters that the device is as thin as a pencil and weighs .68 pounds. Price for the iPad mini starts at $329. "It's as light as a pad of paper," said Apple's marketing chief Phil Schiller. PHOTOS: Apple unveils iPad mini The iPad mini will be available for pre-order on Friday.
BUSINESS
March 17, 2012 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles
After spending about a day with the new iPad, it's clear that Apple's third-generation tablet is an improvement over its two stellar predecessors.  Apps launch faster, websites load quicker and the camera actually takes good-looking pictures this time around thanks to a 5-megapixel rear shooter. But there is no question that the best feature found in the new iPad is its display. With a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels, and 3.1 million pixels in total spread across the screen, the new iPad's screen has a higher resolution screen than today's 1080p high definition TVs. The device offers the sharpest, most impressive screen I've seen on any tablet, ever.
BUSINESS
April 16, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
Could Apple be working on a device with a 5-inch or 7-inch screen? This question continues to get stirred up with other speculation, like the leaves at the bottom of a tea cup -- and everyone tries to read them. In today's edition of "As the Apple Turns," momentum appears to be coming out of China with stories attributed to "reliable sources" about the company developing Retina display screens for a smaller tablet. Macotakara is reporting that 2013 is the year of the pocket-sized tablet and feature resolution of 1,600 by 960 pixels or 1,280 by 960 pixels.
BUSINESS
November 2, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The iPad mini is out, and we just got our unit. Following in the steps of Google and Amazon, Apple has jumped into the small tablet market with its own offering, and now it's time to check it out. LIVE UNBOXING: Join us at 11 a.m. today Unlike its rivals, the iPad mini is built with aluminum and it has a larger 7.9-inch screen, albeit with a lower resolution. At $329, it also costs $130 more than the base models of the Nexus 7 and 7-inch Kindle Fire HD units. I'll be unboxing the iPad mini live at 11 a.m. PDT. Check back to this post so you can tune in and watch.
NEWS
April 24, 2014 | By Karin Klein
The most troubling aspect of an internal Los Angeles Unified School District report on its purchase of iPads for its students isn't what it found out, but what it couldn't find out. As Times education writer Howard Blume reported this week, the scoring sheets used to rate different vendors for the district's technology purchase were lost, which hampered the investigation. Without them, the investigators would have had a hard job trying to figure out whether the contract went to the most highly rated contenders for the contract worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
BUSINESS
April 22, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Leave it to Apple to celebrate Earth Day by kicking off new device recycling programs while also taking a shot at one of its biggest rivals. The Cupertino tech company on Tuesday ran an Earth Day ad in numerous newspapers around the world, including The Times, that challenges its competitors to adopt the same environmentally friendly policies that Apple has. "There are some ideas we want every company to copy," the ad reads in large letters....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2014 | By Howard Blume
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office has reviewed an internal L.A. school district report on its iPad contract and concluded that criminal charges are not warranted. The report, which has not been released publicly, raises issues about the handling of the bidding process, according to L.A. Unified School District officials who spoke anonymously because they are not authorized to discuss it. Apple's iPad was selected in June as the device to be provided to every student, teacher and campus administrator in the nation's second-largest school system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2014 | By Howard Blume
The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office has reviewed an internal L.A. school district report on its iPad contract and concluded that criminal charges are not warranted. The report, which has not been released publicly, raises issues about the handling of the bidding process, according to L.A. Unified School District officials who spoke anonymously because they are not authorized to discuss the review. Apple's iPad was selected as the device to be provided to every student, teacher and campus administrator in the nation's second-largest school system.
BUSINESS
April 10, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
T-Mobile announced that it will sell iPads capable of connecting to LTE networks at the same price as iPads that can only connect to Wi-Fi networks, essentially offering customers a $130 discount on the Apple tablets. The Seattle-based carrier said the special prices would be available for a limited time starting Saturday. Customers can get the discounted iPads, as well as other tablets, for nothing down followed by 24 monthly payments that vary depending on the tablet chosen. Under this promotion, for example, customers can get the LTE 16-gigabyte iPad mini with Retina display, which normally retails for $529, for a total of $398.88.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Officially, the Microsoft press conference Thursday in San Francisco was intended to take the wraps off the long-awaited version of its Office for iPad. While it's a big deal, it was also the first public appearance of Satya Nadella since becoming Microsoft chief executive this year. And that, as much as a product launch, was what drew dozens of reporters to a Microsoft office in the city.  Nadella, dressed in a snug, black T-shirt and speaking comfortably in front of a series of big monitors, said the event was the first in a series of opportunities he would take to begin laying out his vision for where he wants to take Microsoft.  "Our customers want to know where we're going and what is our innovation agenda," he said.  Broadly speaking, that strategy is "mobile-first, cloud-first.
BUSINESS
October 27, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
British artist David Hockney is the focus of a major exhibit at the De Young Museum in San Francisco that explores the past decade of his work. It's been an extremely busy decade for the 76-year-old artist, who is known for his paintings, drawings, prints and photography. Hockney spends much of his time at his second home in the Los Angeles area. The exhbition, called "A Bigger Picture," is massive, the museum's largest ever. It opened Saturday and runs through Jan. 20, 2014.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2014 | By Howard Blume
Erin Takeuchi's first-grade classroom at San Pascual Avenue Elementary is well outfitted. Every student work station has a box with glue, pencils, crayons and safety scissors. The walls are a riot of student work, academic content and inspirational messages. But one item is curiously absent - the iPads that Los Angeles school officials have wanted to distribute to every student. This made Takeuchi's activity on Friday especially noteworthy. She was teaching students how to use iPads safely.
BUSINESS
March 10, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple on Monday released iOS 7.1, an update for the iPhone and iPad operating system that includes a few new features and bug fixes. Chief among the additions is CarPlay, Apple's car infotainment system that was announced last week . IPhone 5s, 5c and 5 owners who own cars that support CarPlay will be able to use the feature. The update, which includes a few aesthetic changes to the interface, also fixes a bug that has come to be known as the " black/white screen of death . " That bug caused a few Apple iOS devices to randomly crash and restart.
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