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July 31, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
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.
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December 14, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The rumor mill is already cranking up for the next iPad mini, with a report suggesting that the new tablet will have a better display. The Digitimes website has put out a report saying the next iteration of the 7.9-inch Apple tablet will have a higher resolution display. The report, which cites unnamed sources, doesn't say the improved display will use Apple's Retina technology, but it says there's a good chance it might. The iPad mini has been on sale a little more than a month, but it seems it's never too early to talk about what Apple will do next.
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July 11, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
Google's just-released Google+ iPad app is slick but could use a bit more tweaking before you make it a regular hangout.  At first glance, the user interface is well laid out and visually satisfying. Large photos display beautifully and boldly. Posts appear as large, photo-centric tiles that are easy to read and access, and the animation makes it appear that tiles are just floating into place. Unlike the iPhone app's black background, the one on the main page of the iPad app is a light whitish-gray.
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October 23, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple is commencing its live stream for the company's event today in San Jose. The Cupertino-based company is widely expected to announce the iPad mini, a smaller version of its 9.7-inch iPad. The tech giant is broadcasting the event from its website as well as on Apple TV devices. The iPad mini, or perhaps the iPad air, is expected to have a 7.85-inch screen. It is also likely to be lighter, thinner and less expensive than its larger counterpart. Follow Apple's iPad mini announcement live here Besides the iPad mini, Apple is also expected to announce a handful of new computers.
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November 1, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
It's time to set the record straight: The iPad mini has stereo speakers. After some initial confusion, it has been confirmed on multiple fronts, including by Apple, that the company's upcoming iPad mini has two speakers built for stereo sound. The confusion began last week immediately after Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller announced the smaller Apple tablet. Schiller touted all of the mini's features -- the 7.9-inch screen, its pencil-like thinness and notepad-like weight.
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March 16, 2012 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Apple's new iPad just landed at the L.A. Times and it is sleek, slender, fast and beautiful -- not much of a surprise, really. AT&T shipped over a 4G LTE version of the third-generation iPad, which also runs on AT&T's HSPA+ network, 3G network, old 2G Edge network and, of course, Wi-Fi. As you can see in the video above, we unboxed the new iPad immediately. The packaging, what's included with the iPad and even the iPad itself are nearly indistinguishable from the iPad 2 -- at least until you turn the new iPad on. The new iPad's 2,048 x 1,536-pixel resolution (up from the iPad 2 and the first-generation iPad's 1,024 x 768-pixel displays)
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March 26, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
Are you damaging your new iPad just by charging it? That seems to be what Apple is suggesting in response to questions about whether the third-generation iPad continues to charge even after the battery indicator reads 100%. Last week, DisplayMate Technologies reported discrepancies between the charge indicator and the power available. According to DisplayMate President Raymond Soneira, if you stop charging the iPad when the indicator reads 100%, you're really only about 90% charged . This means you probably won't get the maximum running time you'd expect from a fully charged device.
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March 5, 2012 | By Andrea Chang
With Apple expected to announce the iPad 3 on Wednesday, we're on rumor patrol here at the Technology Blog. The latest buzz is that Apple will not raise prices for the highly anticipated tablet and will keep its current pricing structure for all iPad 3 models, according to 9to5Mac . “Even better, some countries with currencies doing better than the U.S. dollar should expect to see marginal drops in prices,” the blog said. That's good news for the hordes of shoppers expected to line up for the tablet once it's released and is in line with Apple's usual approach of keeping prices the same even as it updates popular products.
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October 23, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple unexpectedly introduced the fourth generation of its 9.7-inch iPad tablet Tuesday. The Cupertino-based tech company said the new generation will include the company's new Lightning dock connector as well as a new A6X processor chip. The new chip is twice as fast as the one in the third-generation iPad. Apple also said the new chip would deliver much better graphics performance. PHOTOS: Apple unveils iPad mini Additionally, the updated iPad will include an improved front-facing camera, which now shoots video in 720p HD. Apple said the Wi-Fi 16 GB iPad will still start at $499, while the cellular-connected version will also continue to start at $629.
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April 16, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
By the end of April, the new iPad will be in 21 more countries, according to Apple. And billboards across America have finally shifted from touting iPad 2 to the new iPad just in time for the roll out -- everywhere else. Starting Friday, consumers in 12 countries including South Korea will be able to purchase the third-generation tablet. The other 11 are Brunei, Croatia, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Malaysia, Panama, St. Maarten, Uruguay and Venezuela.  A week later, that Retina display goes to Colombia, Estonia, India, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, South Africa and Thailand.
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