October 17, 2013
Re "A tablet, not a cure-all," Column, Oct. 15 Sandy Banks raises very good points about the ill-conceived rollout of Apple iPads to students in the Los Angeles Unified School District. I am not a Luddite, and I definitely believe that students can benefit from technology, but too many executive types (read: Supt. John Deasy) succumb to the techno-lust brought on by slick sales and marketing folks. Too many decisions in education and business are made at the "blue sky" level and don't really take into consideration what will be needed to avoid obvious (and not so obvious)
March 7, 2012 |
The Apple iPad rumor mill is an unyielding beast, spawning new speculation even mere hours before product unveils, and the iPad 3, which is expected to debut Wednesday at 10 a.m., is no different. The absolute latest such rumor is that Apple's next iPad will be offered with a $99 warranty called AppleCare+ that will cover any damage, including something as simple as dropping your iPad and cracking the glass display on the face of the device. If AppleCare+ , which made its debut with the iPhone 4S last fall, is offered for the next iPad, it would be a step up from the two-year repair service warranty currently offered for $79 under the standard AppleCare warranty that doesn't cover such painfully damaging mistakes.
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.
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.
February 14, 2012 |
Rumors about Apple's next iPad -- or iPads -- are showing no signs of slowing, and once again speculation is circulating that the Cupertino, Calif. tech giant is working on a smaller form factor. On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed sources working for Asian suppliers, reported that Apple is working with those suppliers to build prototypes of an 8-inch iPad . "One person said the smaller device will have a similar resolution screen as the iPad 2," the Journal said.
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.
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.
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.
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.