Feb 01

Analyst Skeptical About Imminent Launch for 12.9-Inch ‘iPad Pro’

A rumored 12.9-inch iPad may still have significant development time left, according to an analyst at IHS, a supply chain research firm. According to CNET, IHS analyst Rhoda Alexander said there were a number of different larger panels, that could be potentially for a larger iPad, floating around display manufacturers — but not in volumes necessary for an imminent launch.

“Some manufacturers over the last six months have received sample quantities of a larger panel. They’re playing around with a product that could possibly be an iPad-related product,” she told CNET in a phone interview.

“Various sizes are being reported with 12.85 inches being one of the sizes,” she said.


Mockup of 12.9-inch iPad next to iPad Air and iPad mini

Alexander went on to say that IHS did not see significant shipments of any of the larger panels, and suggested that there may not be a market for iPads larger than the current 9.7-inch model. “We have to get a lot further down the line in terms of seeing really strong indicators from Apple that such a product exists, and we’re just not at that point.”

Samsung launched a 12.2-inch Galaxy tablet earlier this year with some reviewers saying the device was not very portable and awkward to hold for long periods of time.

According to a research report from Evercore analyst Patrick Wang, Apple’s larger iPad may be aimed at the enterprise market. Recent rumors have indicated that the 12.9-inch iPad will launch no earlier than the third quarter of 2014.

Thursday January 30, 2014 4:58 pm PST by Jordan Golson

Feb 01

iPhone 6 Could Feature Solar Charging?

Solar panels could be included in sapphire glass covering

daily apple rumors  300x180 Wednesday Apple Rumors: iPhone 6 Could Feature Solar ChargingSun Powered: The iPhone 6 won’t launch for months, but Apple’s (AAPL) next-generation iPhone is already generating some bizarre rumors. According to an analyst at Seeking Alpha, Apple has been investing in technology that could lead to this year’s iPhone being covered in sapphire glass with tiny solar panels embedded in the covering. The solar panels would help recharge the iPhone’s batteries when exposed to a strong light source. Apple could also feature the technology in a new version of the iPod Touch, though there are persistent rumors that Apple will not launch a next-generation of the iPod line, whose sales have been falling for years. The Seeking Alpha analyst notes that Apple already holds a variety of patents for mobile device solar charging technology and signed an agreement with GT Advanced Technologies to develop sapphire display covers late last year. Recent rumors indicate that Apple will launch an iPhone with a screen larger than 4.5-inches this year. Other rumors suggest that Apple could launch two iPhone 6 models, including one with a screen above 5-inches.

Jan 19

iPhone 6: Super-slim Liquidmetal iPhone ‘due in May’

iPhone 6 with wrap-around screen design

Latest reports suggest iPhone 6 will be just 6mm thick thanks to new Liquidmetal frame

LAST UPDATED AT 10:23 ON Thu 16 Jan 2014

THE iPhone 6 could be just 6mm thick – and the latest reports suggest that it will be with us by May at the latest.

Analysts have long predicted that the new phone will have a larger screen, but South Korean website ET News says the handset will also be significantly slimmer. Quoting sources from Chinese companies within Apple’s supply chain, says the new model will be called the iPhone Air.

“To earn the moniker already bestowed upon the top-of-the-line iPad and Mac models, the new iPhone will reportedly measure only 6 millimeters thick,” says Forbes, after translating the [2]South Korean report.

By comparison, the iPhone 5S is 7.6mm thick and the 5C model measures 9mm. The iPhone 3GS, sold until late 2012, measured 12mm – twice as thick as the proposed new model.

Patent applications released this week suggest that some components within the ultra-slim frame will be built from Liquidmetal, which is stronger and more durable than aluminium. The documents, published by MacRumors, suggest that Apple is planning to use the alloy in buttons and switches, which have been a weak point on past models.

Some rumours have suggested that Apple may use Liquidmetal more extensively in the iPhone 6, replacing part or all of the aluminium shell. In theory that would mean the handset could be lighter and slimmer without skimping on strength or build quality, but in practice it seems unlikely.

Although one of the inventors of Liquidmetal predicted two years ago that Liquidmetal cases would be possible by mid-2014, its use has so far been limited to small components.

Analysts disagree about the likely timing of the new iPhone. The International Business Times says that the release date is likely to be “May 2014 or even earlier as fresh data suggests that the iPhone 5S and 5C duo is not winning the battle against the Android and Windows Mobile platforms.

Other analysts have favoured an October release, which would maintain Apple’s established pattern of annual upgrades.

Tech news website BGR acknowledges that an all-new model seems “improbable” in May, just seven months after the debut of the iPhone 5S, but says that reliable sources in the company’s supply chain say the device is definitely on the way.

Widespread speculation suggests that the new phone, whenever it arrives, will have a five-inch screen. The four-inch screen on the current model is small compared with those of many of its rivals.

“Releasing a device with a larger display is an interesting move for Apple because it will be a rare instance where the company will be following rival Samsung, which first sparked the ‘phablet’ craze back in 2012 with its original Galaxy Note,” BGR says, using the term given to phone-tablet hybrids.

“It would be rare to see Apple release a new version of the iPhone so close to the release of its latest iPhone 5s, but maybe the company doesn’t want to wait much longer to put out a device with a larger form factor.”

Jan 19

Apple is gearing up for a massive iPhone 5s launch on China Mobile

iPhone 5s China Mobile

Apple’s iPhones will finally debut on China Mobile this coming Friday, and there likely isn’t a better use of the word “finally” in the context of Apple and its push to improve its position in the East. The Cupertino, California-based company had reportedly been negotiating with the world’s biggest carrier for years, but a deal was eventually reached and Apple announced late last year that the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c would be made available to China Mobile subscribers on January 17th. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, China Mobile subscribers will have plenty of inventory available at launch, at least where the more popular flagship iPhone 5s is concerned. The paper cited a single unnamed source in reporting that iPhone maker Foxconn has shipped about 1.4 million iPhone 5s units to China Mobile ahead of Friday’s release. Analysts estimate that Apple will sell 13 million iPhones or more this year in China, and it looks like the company is indeed gearing up for a big start.

Jan 18

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 vs. iPad Air


January 17, 2014

Gizmag compares the features and specs of the Samsung Galaxy TabPRO (10.1) and the Apple i...

Gizmag compares the features and specs of the Samsung Galaxy TabPRO (10.1) and the Apple iPad Air

For the last few years, Samsung’s tablets have been aimed squarely at the mid-range. But at CES 2014, the company pulled back the curtain on four new Galaxy tablets that finally put the high-end in their crosshairs. Let’s see how one of those new slates, the Galaxy TabPRO 10.1, compares to Apple’s iPad Air.




Sizes are very close


Whether it was intentional or not, the new Tab Pro’s size is extremely close to that of the iPad Air. So if you’ve held an iPad Air, you already have a rough idea of how the new Galaxy Tab Pro will feel in hand.




Weights are identical


The striking similarities don’t end with size, as the Wi-Fi versions of each tablet weigh exactly the same. The LTE versions are also only a gram apart.




Samsung is sticking to its guns with the soft pleather finish from the Galaxy Note 3


Remember that faux leather backing on the Galaxy Note 3? Apparently Samsung was happy with the fruits of its labor, because that “pleather” finish is found on all of the new mobile devices the company unveiled at CES.




The iPad Air gives you 99 percent as much screen area


When you look at each screen’s total size (based on area), it’s basically a wash: the iPad gives you 99 percent as much. Both displays are extremely sharp, but the Galaxy Tab’s is especially striking, packing a whopping 299 pixels into each inch. We’ve seen it in person, and we can vouch that text, images, and colors really pop.


Samsung obviously sees the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 as a landscape-orientation tablet, with its navigation buttons positioned accordingly.




The iPad offers two more storage options, but the Tab supports microSD cards


The iPad Air offers a couple more storage options, though the Galaxy Tab Pro helps to balance that out by supporting microSD cards.




Depending which version of the Galaxy Tab Pro you get, you'll find a different processor i...


On paper the Tab Pro looks like the clear winner here, but Apple’s 64-bit A7 chip is a beast. We’ll have to wait for some extended hands-on time with the Tab Pro to make any claims about performance, but we didn’t see anything to worry about during our brief hands-on at CES.




The Tab Pro doubles the iPad's 1 GB of RAM


Samsung’s tablet doubles the iPad Air’s 1 GB of RAM.




Both tablets are/will be sold in both Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi with 3G/LTE models


Both slates are sold in both Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi with cellular data versions.




Battery capacities are similar, but we'll have to wait to draw conclusions about the Galax...


Battery capacities are similar, but we’ll have to put the Galaxy Tab through the paces before drawing any conclusions about its battery life. The iPad Air’s uptimes are terrific: it lasted an insane eight hours and 40 minutes in our standard battery test (streaming video with brightness set at 75 percent).




If you're going by megapixels alone (probably not a good idea) then the Tab Pro's cameras ...


Cameras probably aren’t your biggest priority in choosing a tablet, but we’re looking at 8-megapixel and 5-megapixel rear shooters here.




The Tab Pro has an infrared blaster, so you can use your tablet to change channels on your...


Like most of Samsung’s other high-end devices from the last year, the Tab Pro includes an IR blaster. It lets you control your TV and cable/satellite box from your tablet.




Samsung's tablet has the latest version of Android under the hood (and a thick layer of To...


A couple of years ago, you could count on Samsung devices shipping with outdated versions of Android. No more. Within the last year, the company has made a big push to launch with the latest version, and the Tab Pro is no exception. It ships with Android 4.4 KitKat.


In addition to Samsung’s polarizing (is it feature-rich or bloated and gimmicky?) TouchWiz UI, the Korean company has added a new element to its home screen, dubbed Magazine UX. It’s basically a series of permanent home screen widgets that bear more than a passing resemblance to Microsoft’s tiled Windows 8 UI.


Samsung is also throwing in lots of free apps and services with its new Pro series of tablets. Buy the Tab Pro 10.1 and you’ll get bundled content from providers like Dropbox, Bitcasa, Bloomberg Businessweek, and LinkedIn.


Release cycle


The Tab will start rolling out sometime in the next few months


We still don’t know the exact release dates for the new Galaxy tablets, but Samsung has said that they’ll launch in Q1. Following patterns from other Samsung devices, we’d expect a gradual, region-by-region global rollout.


Starting price


We still don't know how much the Tab Pro will cost


Pricing is the big mystery for Samsung’s Pro slates. Will it go higher than the iPad Air’s US$500 starting price? Considering its professional-focused branding, we wouldn’t be surprised.


Stay tuned


We’re just scratching the surface with the Galaxy Tab Pro. After all, we only had a brief hands-on with it at CES. We’ll have to spend some quality time with it before going beyond basic specs, features, and first impressions. We can, however, say that it’s refreshing to see Apple’s biggest threat in the tablet space finally coming back with some high-end slates. It will be interesting to see if they can hit the right price points to make a compelling case next to Apple’s iconic iPads.


The iPad Air is a much more known quantity. Though the Galaxy Tab could end up giving it a run for its money, it’s the most comfortable full-sized tablet we’ve held. More importantly, though, it gives you the App Store’s unparalleled selection of tablet apps – with a gaming library that’s even farther ahead. We don’t think that tablet app discrepancy is nearly as big a concern as it used to be, but it’s hard to argue that the Play Store is on even ground in that department.


For more on the iPad Air, you can hit up our full review. You can also check out our hands-on with the Tab Pro’s big cousin, the 12.2-in Galaxy NotePRO.

Jan 18

Apple Reportedly Targeting Late Q3 2014 for 12.9-Inch ‘iPad Pro’ Launch

As outlined in our feature highlighting Apple’s possible product plans for 2014, a number of rumors have suggested Apple may be working on a 12.9-inch iPad model that could launch later this year. The company is allegedly accelerating development on this device in response to Samsung’s introduction of two competing 12.2-inch tablet models, with market sources cited by Digitimes claiming that Apple is now prepping the so-called “iPad Pro” for a late Q3 2014 launch at the earliest.


Mockup of 12.9-inch iPad next to iPad Air and iPad mini

The claim that Apple’s timeline is motivated by a perceived need to match Samsung’s recent introductions seems doubtful given that Apple has routinely taken its time coming to market even in the face of competitors rushing to beat Apple to its own rumored products, but at a minimum the claimed launch target offers one more data point for those trying to predict a release. Some sources have predicted a launch as soon as early this year but such a timeline seems very unlikely given the absence of part leaks and other substantiating evidence.

Earlier reports suggested the 12.9-inch iPad Pro could be a hybrid device that would appeal to enterprise customers looking for a machine that bridges the gap between tablet and notebook. Based on display panels currently under development in the supply chain, research firm DisplaySearch believes that the iPad Pro could ship with a 12.9-inch Retina display with a resolution of 2732 x 2048 and 265 ppi.

Besides the iPad Pro, Digitimes‘ sources unsurprisingly also claim Apple is working on new 7.9-inch and 9.7-inch models to replace the current Retina iPad mini and iPad Air. These models will likely debut in Q3 2014, keeping with Apple’s current late fall release schedule for the iPad. Demand for the iPad is expected to be strong again in 2014 with the company selling between 80 and 90 million units over the course of the year.

Apr 30

Apple iPad 2 MC980LL/A Tablet (32GB, Wifi, White) 2nd Generation

Apple iPad 2 MC980LL/A Tablet (32GB, Wifi, White) 2nd Generation

  • Apple’s iOS 4 ,1 GHz dual-core Apple A5 custom-designed processor.
  • It is 32 GB integrated.
  • It has 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology.
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n , 2 pounds.

Apple iPad X11LL/A Tablet (32GB, Wifi, White) NEWEST MODEL

List Price: $ 599.00

Price: $ 579.99

Apr 19

Apple iPad MD330LL/A (64GB, Wi-Fi, White) 3rd Generation

Apple iPad MD330LL/A (64GB, Wi-Fi, White) 3rd Generation

  • 9.7 Retina Display; 2048 x 1536 Resolution
  • Apple iOS 5; Dual-Core A5X Chip with Quad-Core Graphics
  • 5 Megapixel iSight Camera; 1080p Video Recording
  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n); 64 GB Capacity
  • Up to 10 Hours of Battery Life; 1.44 lbs
  • Camera: Front: 0.7 MP, Back: 5.0 MP, 1080p Video Recording

Apple iPad MD330LL/A (64GB, Wi-Fi, White).Ports: 1x Docking, Audio: 1x 1/8″ (3.5 mm) Headphone, 1x Integrated Speaker, 1x Integrated Microphone.What’s in the box: Apple 64GB iPad with Wi-Fi (3rd Gen, White), Dock Connector to USB Cable, 10W USB Power Adapter, Documentation and 1-Year Limited Warranty.

List Price: $ 699.00

Price: $ 520.00

Apr 15

Apple iPad Mini MD531LL/A (16GB, Wi-Fi, White)

Apple iPad Mini MD531LL/A (16GB, Wi-Fi, White)

  • 7.9-inch LED-backlit Multi-Touch Display; 1024-by-768 Resolution
  • Apple iOS 6; Dual-Core A5 Chip
  • 5 MP iSight Camera; 1080p HD Video Recording
  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n); 16 GB Capacity
  • Up to 10 Hours of Battery Life; 0.68 lbs
  • Advanced locking mechanism securely holds your Samsung Galaxy S III Mini.
  • Made of high quality black Plastic for its durability.
  • Precise cutouts for easy access to all controls and functionalities.
  • The Amzers Car Mount and Case System is an incredible universal car mount that holds your smartphone in place.
  • The case system protects your phone from bumps and scratches.

iPad mini features a beautiful 7.9-inch display, iSight and FaceTime cameras, the A5 chip, ultrafast wireless, and up to 10 hours of battery life. And over 275,000 apps on the App Store made for iPad also work with iPad mini. So it’s an iPad in every way, shape, and slightly smaller form.

List Price: $ 329.00

Price: $ 327.50