November 5, 2012 |
Apple kicked off the launch of its new iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad tablets by selling 3 million units, combined, in the first weekend. The company did not break out separate sales numbers for the two products. Counting them together, the Cupertino company said it sold twice as many iPads as it did when it launched the third-generation iPad in March, its previous first-weekend record for tablets. “Customers around the world love the new iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook in a statement.
January 4, 2014
Even the noblest of efforts - such as, say, the Los Angeles Unified School District's program to give each of its 600,000-plus students Apple iPads - can suffer under the weight of bungled management. Since the district rolled out its $1 billion program - funded by construction bond money, a sticking point with letter writers - reader reaction has ranged from skepticism at the beginning to downright hostility as more problems were reported. The Times' latest article on the program, which reported that other school districts pay far less than L.A. Unified for their laptops and tablets, sparked reader indignation again.
March 19, 2012 |
Folks buying the new iPad aren't the only ones paying a hefty price. It seems Apple spent a bit more than on the iPad 2 to produce it. According to a tear-down analysis of the iPad's innards by IHS iSuppli, the 32-gigabyte version of the new iPad with 4G LTE wireless costs $375 to make. That's about 50% of the tablet's $729 price tag. The comparable iPad 2 with 3G wireless, when launched last year, cost Apple about 9% less to build, according to IHS. That iteration carried a cost of about $335 for materials and manufacturing.
March 21, 2012 |
We all know who's going to win in an iPad versus iPad 2 drop test -- gravity, of course. But which generation holds up better in a face-to-sidewalk meeting? With a stack of iPads old and new, the good folks at SquareTrade happily took on this question. They dropped the new iPad and its older sister, iPad 2, from several different heights with the screens facing up and facing down. In the drop from waist level face up, the iPad 2, you see from the real-time and slow-motion replay, survives intact, despite a good thud.
March 19, 2012 |
Sure, the reviewers are gushing about the retina display, the faster chip and the better camera on the new iPad, of course. But do real people really get it? As it turns out, for some people the distinction between the new hotness and the iPad 2 is a little fuzzy. Despite some dramatic “my eyes, my eyes!” declarations of the iPad experience forever having been ruined by the clarity of the new iPad's retina display compared with the screen of the iPad 2, the casual user doesn't seem able to easily see a difference between the two - other than the $100 difference in price.
February 9, 2012 |
It's a rumor that won't die: Apple and a 7-inch iPad. On Thursday, Ezra Gottheil, an analyst with Technology Business Research , told Computerworld that he expects Apple to release an iPad in a 7-inch screen size later this year, after a speculated March introduction of an iPad 3 with a 9.7-inch touchscreen. The first generation iPad and the iPad 2 have both had 9.7-inch displays, with a 1024 x 768 pixel resolution, and while the rumor of a 7-inch iPad has been persistent, it's also one that many analysts and tech pundits have shot down in the past.
July 30, 2012 |
Since the launch of Google's Nexus 7, Apple has been rumored to be working on a 7-inch tablet of its own, and now, a new rumor says that an iPad mini could get to consumers by November. Despite a differing report earlier Monday, iLounge says the iPad mini could get its own premiere event and ship to consumers in November. The report points out that's an unusual time for an Apple launch but says its source is insistent that that is Apple's target date. But the iPad mini might not be the only Apple tablet that could launch by then.
October 24, 2012 |
The only surprise in Apple's event Tuesday was its announcement of the fourth generation iPad, which will launch less than eight months after its predecessor. This is the first time Apple launches two generations of the 9.7-inch iPad in the same year, and understandably, some consumers are mad. A flash poll of third generation iPad owners conducted by CouponCodes4u.com released Wednesday showed 83% of them felt "cheated" by the announcement. Fortunately for these owners, though, it appears Apple has some sympathy -- at least for those who bought the iPad 3 in the last month.
March 24, 2012 |
The third-generation iPad is the best iPad ever released, and it's also the best overall tablet currently on the market. But is that really saying much? Before the new iPad, the iPad 2 was our top choice among tablets, and since Apple's iPad first arrived in 2010, the product line has defined what a modern tablet should be -- a full multi-touch display up front, speedy performance, tablet-specific apps and video, music and games just a tap (and a credit card purchase) away. The new iPad simply continues the evolution of Apple's tablet with slightly better specs all around, but the user experience of the new device is largely the same as with the iPads that have come before it. Meanwhile, Android tablets -- such as the Kindle Fire, Barnes & Noble's Nook Tablet, Motorola's Xyboards and Xooms, Samsung's Galaxy Tabs and options from Acer and Asus -- are continuing to improve, but at this point rivals still can't entirely match the iPad in terms of its hardware refinement, the ease of use and power of the iOS operating system or the diverse selection of apps and entertainment available in the App Store and iTunes.
November 5, 2013 |
The iPad Air has gotten off to a fast start, and that could mean that it may be an "iPad Christmas" after all. Apple CEO Tim Cook made that bold statement during an earnings call late last month, essentially saying the company was expecting large sales from its new iPad, and it seems he may be right. Mobile app marketing tech firm Fiksu said that apps that use its platform are detecting nearly five times as many iPad Air devices three days after the tablet went on sale as they did when the fourth-generation iPad launched last year.