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.
October 19, 2012 |
For as long as we can remember, or at least for the last several months, we've all dubbed the device that Apple is widely expected to announce next week as the "iPad mini. " But now a notable Apple blogger is saying the Cupertino, Calif., company may not name the device "mini" after all. John Gruber of Daring Fireball in a post offered two other possibilities for the name of the rumored 7.85-inch screen tablet. The blogger said he believes the device is more likely to be named the "iPad Air" or simply the "iPad.
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.
October 27, 2013 |
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.
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.
July 31, 2012 |
Apple may have sold 17 million iPads in the last quarter, but its share of the tablet market has slipped significantly in the last year, according to a new report from Frank N. Magid Associates, a research-based consulting firm in New York. In a recent survey of 4,734 cellphone and smartphone owners, Magid found that 50% of people with a tablet have an iPad. That doesn't sound so bad until you consider that previously that number had been more like 72%. The slack was taken up by Amazon's Kindle Fire, which has jumped from zero to a 22% share of the market since it launced in fall 2011, Tom Godfrey, executive director of mobile strategy for Magid, said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
May 2, 2012 |
The long-awaited Spotify app for iPad is here. And your first reaction is likely to be, "Hey, that's a nice-looking app. " The paid streaming music service's 17 million tracks are now available to Apple's tablet users. The iPad app, Version 0.5.0 of Spotify's iOS app, is iPad-3-ready with Retina graphics and high-definition album art. Users can search for playlists, other subscribers and music from the same view. The "What's New" section features recommended albums, trending playlists among friends and nearby, as well as new releases.