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Apple has an event set to take place this week at Lane Technical College Prep High School in Chicago, and the company is tipped to unveil a new lower-cost iPad. This iPad is said to have been developed specifically for the education market, which is known to be very price sensitive. A new rumor about the education iPad has been floating around that hails from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. According to an investor note that Kuo penned, the new iPad may support the Apple Pencil. Kuo wrote, "Strong demand for low-price 9.7-inch iPad in 2017. iPad shipments hit 43.8 million units in 2017, well above the 35 million units forecast by the market at the beginning of the year. The primary driver... Read more...
Apple has a new iPad that has finished development, and the device will reportedly make an appearance next week at the company's education-focused keynote at the Lane Technical College Prep High School in Chicago. This will be a decidedly less "splashy" affair than typical Apple keynotes, but the company is looking to regain some ground lost in the education sector to Google's Chromebooks that are powered by Chrome OS. Not much is known about the new iPad, other than the fact that it will take the place of the current 9.7-inch iPad, which is priced from $329 with 32GB of onboard storage and is powered by an Apple A9 processor. Given that this iPad will be at the low-end of the tablet family,... Read more...
Apple iPad owners who are used to paying just a few dollars for non-free mobile games might be in for a bit of sticker shock if they plan on playing Sid Meier's Civilization VI on their tablet. The turn-based strategy title was developed by Firaxis Games and published to PC a year ago by 2K Games, and now Aspyr Media has brought the full game experience to the iPad, with a $60 asking price. The game is free to try out for the first 60 turns. After that, you have to pay the piper. Setting the price for the iPad version to the same as it sells for on Steam for PC is a bold move, and unprecedented for a mobile port. To put this into context, 2K Games set a $20 price for the iOS port of XCOM: Enemy... Read more...
If you thought that Apple's $329 9.7-inch iPad was cheap for a relatively large tablet, it could get a lot cheaper. A fresh report suggests that Apple is looking to dramatically reduce the price of the tablet for its next generation, which will likely debut during the first half of 2018. According to a report out of Taiwan, the new 9.7-inch iPad will debut next year priced from $259. As smartphone displays have gotten larger and larger, sales have weakened for tablets across the board. Lowering the price of entry is just one way that Apple could help energize iPad sales. While the cheaper price point will no doubt be appreciated by everyday consumers, Apple is reportedly hoping to also spur adoption... Read more...
What it is that constitutes a personal computer has changed over the years, and especially in recent history with mobile form factors taking a strong hold in the marketplace. And for a blip in time, it seemed as though tablets were poised to replace traditional PCs (desktops, laptops, all-in-ones), with Apple's iPad family leading the charge. But now? Tablet shipments have plummeted, and according to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, the iPad is not a "real computer." Nadella playfully let his feelings be known when he spotted a couple of journalists wielding iPad tablets as he was getting ready to present a keynote at the India Today Next Conclave. He is in the midst of a tour to promote his new... Read more...
More Black Friday ads continue to roll in ahead of time, giving shoppers a chance to plan out a strategy to nab the best deals. The latest Black Friday ad to emerge is from Target. It is a whopping 40-page flyer filled with discounted items across a wide range of categories, everything from game systems and large screen televisions, to clothes and bedding. Among the more interesting deals is an Xbox One S for $165, if you factor in the $25 gift card that comes with it. The console will be marked down on Black Friday to $190, which is $90 off its regular price. On top of that, Target will be tossing in a $25 store gift card. If you have more shopping to do at Target, it is like paying $165. The... Read more...
Apple and Qualcomm are locked in an extended legal battle right now that has seen the latter party attempt to block production and sales of the iPhone in China. Rumors had swirled that in response, Apple was looking to shed Qualcomm hardware from its phones. People claiming to be familiar with Apple’s plans are now saying that Cupertino is working on iPhones and iPads for next year that would be free of any Qualcomm hardware. The reports indicate that Apple is considering using LTE modems that are sourced from Intel and/or possibly MediaTek. The sources making these claims say that the reason Apple is doing this is because Qualcomm is withholding software that is critical to testing chips... Read more...
Investors are pouncing on shares of Apple like a meaty bone thrown into a pack of hungry wolves after the Cupertino outfit posted earnings that came in higher than analysts had estimated. Apple shares climbed more than 6 percent in after hours trading and are currently trading at nearly $159, resulting in a market capitalization of more than $828 billion. It was a good quarter for Apple, to say the least. The company posted revenue of $45.4 billion with quarterly earnings per diluted share of $1.67, compared to revenue of $42.4 billion and earnings per diluted share of $1.42 in the same quarter a year ago. Apple also noted an all-time quarterly record in services revenue driving by its App Store.... Read more...
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (AOCC) is again taking Apple to task over fatal "Error 53" codes that appear on some bricked iPhone and iPad devices that have been repaired by third-party services, though this time the consumer watchdog says it caught Apple employees misleading customers about their legal rights to a remedy. At issue here is a security check that iOS performs on mobile devices to ensure they have not been compromised. Where things get tricky is when turning to an unauthorized repair shop to fix a broken iPhone or iPad, as might be the case if the screen cracks from dropping the device. Screen replacements are often come as all-in-one kits that include the display... Read more...
Apple's annual developer conference (WWDC) kicks off today and runs through Friday, during which time the company is expected to make several announcements. One of them will be iOS 11, the newest version of Apple's mobile operating system. While we wait for official details, it looks as though drag-and-drop functionality will finally find its way to iOS. Internet sleuths discovered the feature in Apple's own Feedback app for iOS beta testers. There is now an entry that reads "Split View/Drag and Drop" in the app's list of preset options for reporting issues. Bearing in mind that no such feature currently exists in iOS, the assumption is that it is something Apple will unveil in iOS 11. Have a... Read more...
It was not all that long ago when analysts and tracking firms were predicting the demise of the PC in the wake of rising tablet shipments. Like the creatures from Wayward Pines, it was expected that tablets would overwhelm traditional computers with sheer numbers and wipe out the populace of PCs. We knew better all along, and now so do the analysts. As IDC now notes, the worldwide tablet market continues to contract. Tablet makers combined to eek out 36.2 million unit shipments in the first quarter of 2017. That is a year-over-year decline of 8.5 percent, and the tenth consecutive quarter that tablet shipments were lower than the same quarter a year prior. It has not been a slow descent, either—tablet... Read more...
The good news for iPad fans is that Apple's newest 9.7-inch model is the most affordable yet. Apple's upgraded tablet starts at $329, a shockingly low(er) price considering that each of its predecessors came out of the gate with a $499 starting price, and with less storage. So, that's groovy. What's not so great, however, is it continues to be a do-it-yourself repair nightmare, as a new teardown report reveals. As with previous generation iPad models, Apple locks the chassis shut on its newest model with adhesive. That means needing to apply heat around the edges and then trying to pry it open. Patience is the key here. Fortunately for clumsy owners, Apple reverted back to the original iPad Air's... Read more...
Apple is widely expected to announce new iPads at a keynote event next month, where the main topic of discussion will be the arrival of two new iPad Pro models. Apple will reportedly reveal a second generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro which will launch alongside a new iPad Pro with a 10.5-inch display. Both new iPad Pros models are expected to incorporate an Apple A10X SoC, 12MP rear iSight cameras and True Tone display (which makes use of four-channel ambient light sensors). Apple will also reportedly release a new “budget” 9.7-inch iPad which will replace the iPad Air 2. This refreshed tablet will use an A9X SoC. It remains to be seen if this lineup revamp will help revive the iPad segment, which... Read more...
It may be hard to believe, but it has now been 7 years since then CEO Apple CEO Steve Jobs (RIP) unveiled the original iPad. At the time, Apple heralded the iPad as a reinvention of mobile computing; a device that could do most of what your desktop or notebook could do, but in a smaller, lighter form-factor. Initially available in only a 9.7-inch display size, sales of the iPad quickly took off, skyrocketing to become Apple’s No. 2 revenue generator right behind the iPhone. It wasn’t long before Apple began to expand its lineup, adding the smaller 7.9-inch iPad mini in 2012, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro in late 2015, and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro in early 2016. However, over the years, it appears that... Read more...
It's no secret that Apple places a high value on customer security and privacy, and the company goes to great lengths to make sure that it's a market-leader in both regards. However, even the most careful companies can be exposed to crippling security vulnerabilities. If software contains a previously unidentified bug or exploit, it just sits there waiting for some enterprising user to spot it. And that's just what happened with Apple's Activation Lock. When an iPhone or iPad is lost, the user has the ability to enable "Find My iPhone", which can immediately locks the device, requiring correct credentials to regain access. This is useful in case a device gets stolen or is simply found by... Read more...
Apple has been relatively quiet on the iPad front since the 9.7-inch iPad Pro was launched this past spring, but the company’s suppliers are now starting to shed some light on what to expect for the next refresh. For starters, the new iPad is said to introduce yet another screen size (10.9 inches), which joins the 7.9-, 9.7-, and 12.9-inch displays on the current generation of iPads. However, the 10.9-inch display is said to be shoved into a device that has a footprint nearly identical to that of the current 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Apple allegedly has achieved this feat by minimizing the bezels around the display. Smaller bezels mean that Apple’s palm rejection technology will be working overtime... Read more...
One of the common arguments in favor of the iPhone and iOS devices in general is that "it just works." It's an oversimplified retort often thrown around by people who favor iOS gadgets over Android equivalents, but is it also an inaccurate one? A new report by Blanco Technology Group suggests that in reality Android devices work more often. There is a fair amount of surprising data contained in The State of Mobile Device Performance Health Report, which is an in-depth quarterly review of global mobile device trends, including diagnostic testing, performance issues, and outright failures. It begins with the startling claim iOS devices had an overall failure rate of 62 percent worldwide in the... Read more...
Apple is still raking in money hand over fist, but the company’s financial performance is no longer setting records quarter after quarter. But even a weakened Apple is still a force to be reckoned with — the company posted Q4 revenue of $46.9 billion and net income of $9 billion. This compared to $51.5 billion and $11.1 billion respectively for the same period last year. Gross margins fell slightly to 38 percent for the quarter compared to 39.9 percent a year ago. Annual sales fell 7.7 percent from $233.7 billion in 2015 to $215.6 billion in 2016. This is the first time in 15 years that Apple has posted a decline in annual sales. It’s not hard, however, to see why Apple’s revenue is down. iPhone... Read more...
Apple bills iOS 10 as being “More personal. More powerful. More playful.” It’s hard to argue with that train of thought, given the features that Apple has infused into the mobile operating system including a totally revamped iMessage app, rich notifications, third-party app integration with Siri, more useful 3D Touch actions, and other various tweaks and additions. However, at least one area in iOS 10 has seen a bit of a regression compared to previous versions, and it could leave your iPhone and iPad data less secure than before. We know that some of the world’s best hackers come from Russia, so we’re taking this latest report from Russian firm ElcomSoft very seriously. Researchers for the company... Read more...
Apple’s sales across the board are continuing to slump, and that was on full display in the company’s Q3 earnings report. But despite downward-trending sales, its revenue and profit totals for the quarter are nothing to scoff at. The company reported quarterly revenue of $42.4 billion and net income of $7.8 billion — this is compared to $49.6 billion and $10.7 billion respectively for Q3 2015. “We are pleased to report third quarter results that reflect stronger customer demand and business performance than we anticipated at the start of the quarter,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook. “We had a very successful launch of iPhone SE and we’re thrilled by customers’ and developers’ response to software and... Read more...
It seems as though officials at the Maine Department of Education are finally coming to terms with something that many in the tech community have been saying for years: tablets can often be a poor substitute for full-fledged computers in the classroom, especially in higher grades. Instead of being used as educational tools to help supplement traditional classroom lessons and aide in completing assignments, iPads in the classroom are being used for gaming while at the same time serving as a poor replacement for laptops when it comes to productivity. The Auburn School Department decided to survey its students and teachers to see if the district should continue using the iPads or opt for more traditional... Read more...
Last week, Apple was forced to issue a revised build of iOS 9.3 after numerous iPad 2 users were unable to activate their devices once the OS update was installed. Now, Apple is faced with yet another bug in iOS 9.3, which manifests when users to click on web links. Although some users have experienced the problem in iOS 9.2.1, it really began to affect a large number of users when iOS 9.3 was released to the public. iOS users are reporting that tapping on a web link (or even long-pressing) will cause built-in apps like Safari, Mail and Notes to either temporarily freeze or crash altogether. What’s really interesting is that some third-party apps, including Google Chrome, are also affected by... Read more...
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