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It wasn't all that long ago when analysts were envisioning a world dominated by tablets and largely devoid of traditional PCs. In the immortal words of Alicia Silverstone from Clueless, "As if!" Now that the hype train is no longer racing down the track at breakneck speeds, we're starting to see what happens when you saturate the market -- a drop in shipments. According to data compiled International Data Corporation, tablet shipments recorded an annual decline for the second consecutive quarter in the first quarter of 2015. Taking into account both tablets and 2-in-1 hybrid devices, shipments fell 5.9 percent year-over-year to 47.1 million units in Q1. "Although the tablet market is in decline,... Read more...
Extreme weather, air traffic congestion, equipment maintenance issues, late arrival of connecting flights...and now iPad software glitch can be added to the list of flight delay causes. On Tuesday evening dozens of American Airlines flights were temporarily grounded due to problems caused by an issue with the software in iPads used in cockpit by AA pilots. The problem apparently struck randomly across the airline's fleet, affecting an app that serves as a navigational aid. In a statement, American Airlines said, "Some flights are experiencing an issue with a software application on pilot iPads. In some cases, the flight has had to return to the gate to access a Wifi connection to fix the issue."... Read more...
An iPad prototype was among the loot taken in a house break-in robbery that took place in Cupertino earlier this month, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office. The victim of the crime, a 20-year-old man, was also taken from the house, though he was fortunately released by the perpetrators less than a mile from the event scene. Along with the iPad the robbers also took other electronics, prescription drugs, and $7,500 in cash. Authorities have arrested two people, in connection with the theft, charging them with four felony counts, including kidnapping and first-degree robbery.  Both suspects had been arrested in connection with a similar offense that took place in Pleasanton,... Read more...
Coming off a record performance for fiscal Q1, Apple once again knocked it out of the park with its fiscal Q1 numbers. Revenue for the quarter came in $58 billion, while net profit was a hefty $13.6 billion. This compares to revenue of $45.6 billion and net profit of $10.2 billion for the same period one year ago. Gross margin for the quarter came in at 40.8 percent and international sales accounted for 69 percent of Apple’s revenue for the quarter. Not surprisingly, and as we alluded to earlier this morning, China was hugely important to Apple’s bottom line during fiscal Q2. Revenue from China increased a whopping 71 percent year-over-year. When it comes to hardware, Apple sold 61.17 million... Read more...
In June of 2013, the Los Angeles Unified School District approved a deal with Apple and Pearson that would see curriculum filled iPad tablets in the hands of every student regardless of income level, along with every teacher and administrator. However, the $1.3 billion effort (around $500 million for the iPads with curriculum and $800 million to improve Internet access at schools) hasn't come close to expectations, and now the school district is threatening legal action.Let's backtrack a moment. According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, L.A. Unified was sold on the idea after seeing samples of Pearson's curriculum on iPad devices. As part of the contract, Pearson would provide English and... Read more...
If you’ve been itchin’ to get your HBO fix without having to first subscribe to an expensive cable or satellite TV package, today is your day of celebration. Well, that is if you own an Apple device. HBO Now, which was officially announced last month, is now available on Apple TV and via iOS devices like the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. All you have to do is pay $14.99 per month and you gain full access to all of HBO’s current programming as well as its extensive back catalog of movies and TV shows with on-demand access. HBO is even offering customers who sign up in April a free 30-day free trial of the service, so it’s a win-win situation if you own an Apple device and want to try out HBO Now.... Read more...
Thanks to the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, we know that the United States government has in place a sophisticated and all-encompassing spying program, and as time goes on, additional details leak out that underscore how little privacy we truly have. Whether it's intercepting Skype communications or tampering with hard drives, the concept of privacy is fast becoming an illusion. So, would it really be surprising to find out that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been working for years to exploit Apple's iPhone and iPad devices?It's true, according to The Intercept, which claims to have obtained "top-secret documents." Assuming they're real, the documents point to an annual meeting... Read more...
Word on the web is that Apple has instructed its suppliers to prepare for the production of a 12.9-inch iPad tablet in the second half of the year. It's not the first time we've heard rumors of a bigger size iPad, and people who are supposedly familiar with the situation say that Apple had originally intended to start mass producing the 12.9-inch slate in the first quarter of this year. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, the delay in production will allow Apple to add further upgrades to the iPad, including the introduction of SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports. This would be a huge addition to the iPad family, as the lack of native USB connectivity has been a knock... Read more...
If your goal is to provide nearly every person in your school district with a tablet, it might not be the best idea to go with one of the most expensive models on the market. That's a lesson the Los Angeles Unified School district is finding out, although there's more to this story than immediately meets the eye.As part of a massive $1.3 billion plan, iPads were to be distributed to students, teachers, and administrators. Perhaps not that surprisingly, the plan fell short, and the tune changed to, "I don't believe we can afford a device for every student". That sucks on two levels; students were no doubt looking forward to this, and it's no doubt frustrating to begin... Read more...
Before the iPad came around, tablets were just another has-been sector that didn’t show much promise (does anyone remember Windows XP Tablet PC Edition?). However, following the introduction of the iPad in 2010, the sector exploded in popularity. Numerous manufacturers have jumped onboard in the years since, although Apple is still the top tablet manufacturer, with Samsung taking up the second place position. But over the past year, we’ve seen some softness in the tablet market. Apple’s iPad has seen sales declines for the past few quarters. For fiscal Q1 2015 (actual Q4 2014), iPad shipments fell to 21.4 million units, representing an 18 percent year-over-year decline. However, the iPad sales... Read more...
The late Steve Jobs once said in regards to tablets that "if you see a stylus, they blew it," plain and simple as that. He also raged against large size smartphone models and smaller size slates, yet his successor, Tim Cook, has been more willing to embrace these things. This is why the iPhone 6 Plus is so much bigger than any of the models Jobs had a hand in designing (or approving), and why the 7.9-inch iPad mini exists. It's also why the rumored 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" might also come with a stylus. While Jobs made it clear that a stylus has no place in a tablet world, it looks as though the next iPad will have one anyway. So says a KGI Securities... Read more...
Tablets existed long before Apple came out with the iPad five years ago, though the Cupertino company certainly deserves credit for advancing the category and creating demand that didn't really exist prior to its release. And it's been a good run for Apple, which has dominated the tablet market ever since, but has the market for these devices run its course? We don't know the answer to that question yet, though there are indications that should worry Apple. One of them is ABI Research's forecast that iPad sales will tally 68 million units in 2014, down from 74 million units in 2014. If the number crunchers at ABI Research are close, or even in the ballpark, then this will be the... Read more...
A research group in the UK has found that nearly 70 percent of schools there are using tablets in the classroom. That probably won’t surprise teachers in the U.S., where Apple has already delivered more than 10 million iPads to schools. It’s easy to see why teachers and administrators favor tablets and inexpensive laptops (like Google’s Chromebook, which has also been making inroads in the education market): they’re easy to distribute, easy to use, and easy to collect and put away when necessary. What’s less clear is whether the flood of computing devices is actually improving education for students.Images credit: AppleThe study, run by research group Family, Kids and Youth, couldn’t make a connection... Read more...
Popularity is a fickle thing, and while Apple's iPad was once the top dog at schools, Chromebooks have replaced them as the cool kids that everyone wants to hang around with. That's according to the latest data from International Data Corporation (IDC), which pegged Google's Chromebook shipments to U.S. schools in the third quarter at 715,500 units. That's enough to edge out the iPad, which saw 702,000 unit shipments to schools during the same quarter. It's the first time Google has trumped Apple in schools with its Chromebook platform, giving the company a 25 percent share of the educational market. That figure is pretty remarkable considering Google didn't even have a stake in education hardware... Read more...
Apple has been taking its time trying to figure out what to do with its $3 billion acquisition of the Beats brand. Last week, the company announced that it would be launching the first set of headphones, the Solo2 Wireless, since the acquisition. But now, it seems Apple has decided what to do with Beats Music. According to sources that spoke to the Financial Times, Apple will include the Beats app with the latest update for the iOS operating system for both iPhones and iPads. The Financial Times went on to say that users could see the update delivered, with the revamped Beats Music, as soon as March. Subscriptions, which was reported back in October that could cost $5 per month, for the service... Read more...
Microsoft's latest play in mobile is to make Office apps free for iPad, iPhone, and Android devices. That means you no longer need an Office 365 subscription to create and edit content on any of the major mobile platforms as Microsoft makes a push to bring Office to everyone, everywhere. However, that's not the only news. For iPhone users, Microsoft went and carved up the all-in-one Office app into individual apps for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Along with Android users, these new apps offer the same experience and features that people with Office for iPad have been enjoying, the company said. In addition, Microsoft will soon be rolling out its Office for Android tablet preview. You can sign... Read more...
How unflattering. Apple appears to be preparing, at least according to rumors, a 2-in-1 hybrid tablet convertible that's very much competitive to what Microsoft's Surface Pro line offers, along with countless hybrid tablet-notebook convertibles that have custom-built detachable keyboards. Though Jony Ive gets a little feisty about copy-cat devices as not just flattery but more specifically "theft," it does seem ironic that Apple appears to be lining up to potentially follow the trend once again, rather than lead. The original iPad may have set the tablet revolution in motion but then eventually came the iPad Mini, as Apple caved to the market share success of smaller 7 to 8-inch devices. ... Read more...
When Apple debuted its A8 SoC, it proved to be a modest tweak of the original A7. Despite packing double the transistors and an improved GPU, the heart of the A8 SoC is the same dual-core Apple "Cyclone" processor tweaked to run at higher clock speeds and with stronger total GPU performance. Given this, many expected that the Apple A8X would be cut from similar cloth -- a higher clock speed, perhaps, and a larger GPU, but not much more than that. It appears those projections were wrong. The new A8X chip inside Apple's new iPad Air 2, is a triple-core variant of the A8, with a higher clock speed (1.5GHz vs. 1.4GHz), a larger L2 cache (2MB, up from 1MB) and 2GB of external DDR3. It also uses an... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks, Andrew, Dave and Marco discuss the early leaked Google Nexus 9 / Tegra K1 "Dual Denver" benchmarks, Apple's latest iPad and iMac 5K announcements, the Lenovo Erazer X510 gaming PC, Hands on with Windows 10, and more... Show Notes: 01:30 - Leaked Nexus 9 Benchmark Results Show Denver-Based 64-Bit Tegra K1 Performing Very Well 10:26 - Lenovo Erazer x510 Gaming PC Review 15:16 - Apple Joins 5K Revolution, Introduces 14.7 Million Pixel iMac 24:32 - Apple iPad Air 2 And iPad mini 3, Just What You Expected: Slimmer, Faster, A8X And iOS8 31:01 - Windows 10 Hands-On: Everything You Need To Know 40:08 - HotHardware's Halloween Spook-Tacular... Read more...
Recent comments made by the National Football League's highest paid player underscore the challenge Microsoft faces in promoting its Surface tablet line as not only a legitimate notebook replacement, but also a separate product from the iPad, which has come to represent the tablet market for the majority of mainstream users. Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler described the league-provided Surface Pro 2 tablets as "Knockoff iPads," according to a Twitter post by ESPN's Jon Greenberg. In a follow-up tweet, Greenberg added a bit of context by saying, "Cutler did say the Surface tablets work great. He just didn't know who made them or what they're called." That's called damage control, folks. Cutler... Read more...
Apple developed its Find My iPhone application to help users track down lost or stolen iOS devices, but never could the Cupertino company imagined that its software would be used to save someone's life. Yet, that's exactly what happened when a 28-year-old woman rolled her car 500 feet down an embankment on Mount Hamilton near San Jose, California. After failing to show up at home, the woman was reported missing by her stepmother at around 3 AM on Tuesday, Campbell Police Capt. Gary Berg told the Los Angeles Times. Attempts to reach the woman through her mobile phone were unsuccessful. OnStar wasn't much help either in this particular incident -- though it issued a distress call after the accident... Read more...
Apple is a company that knows a thing or two about marketing and how to generate hype. All those leaked product pics that inevitably precede a launch? You can bet that Apple is behind the scenes pulling the strings in effort to work consumers up into a frenzy. So, what's Apple up to now? Cryptic messages, that's what. The Cupertino company has begun sending out invitations to members of the press for its upcoming October 16 event. On the invitation is a cryptic message that reads," It's been way too long." Since it's expected that Apple will unveil a new iPad model during the upcoming event, the obvious interpretation is that it's been a long time since the company last refreshed its tablet.... Read more...
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