Watch this week’s Pocketnow iReview as we go through all the details surrounding Apple’s new iPad. We start by going through Apple’s release of their new iPad and their move with the last-generation iPad 2. We later compare specs in detail between the old iPad 2 and the new iPad. Then we go through Apple’s move to 1080p content and we end the Cool section by talking about iOS 5.1.
In the Not So Cool section, we talk about all the iPad 3 predictions that didn’t happen, and why these features mattered.
You are already probably familiar with the i4Siri project; at the end of last year we told you to keep your fingers crossed for a port if Siri is the only reason you’d consider purchasing an iPhone 4S (despite the improved camera and processor). If you’re rocking an Apple iPad and want to use Siri, this might be a good chance to consider it, since Apple failed to bring the personal assistant to the New iPad (and iOS 5.1).
In order to get it up and running you will first need to jailbreak your device (regardless if you’re on an A4 or A5 device, regardless if you [...]
Apple’s recent release of iOS 5.1 is anything but surprising. It took very little spotlight at Tim Cook’s recent Keynote, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t important. The update has a full list of the updates that current customers are looking for, like improved performance in battery life for the iPhone 4S and the ability to delete unwanted images from Photo Stream. Obviously, if you’re enjoying all the benefits behind a Jailbreak, upgrading to iOS 5.1 can prove to threaten your freedom. If you’re asking yourself if this update is worth your time and [...]
You may not know this: when I’m not writing for PocketNow, I co-manage a YouTube business. As you might imagine, this means I spend a lot of time editing video. One recent evening while out of town, I found myself with a stack of raw footage and a ton of time — but without a computer. I did, however, have my original-recipe iPad.
Since it was a simple, short video, I thought I’d take advantage of the new iMovie app that was released concurrently with the iPad2; maybe I could at least get a rough cut patched together. So I fired up the App Store and prepared to [...]
Apple is likely to reveal the iPad 3 at its event planned for next Wednesday. Until then, at least, we’ve got another week to get through, and you can bet that we’ll be hearing plenty of last-minute rumors about Apple’s plans. Today, a pair of such claims are getting some attention, revisiting the idea of an iPad mini, and thinking about the possibility of a budget version of the iPad 2.
The idea of Apple releasing a slightly smaller version of the iPad is nothing new; we heard just such a rumor last month. This time, it’s supposedly backed-up by reports [...]
If you’re like me -and our traffic analysis tells me most of you are- you probably like visiting wireless carriers’ retail stores every other day from time to time, to see what’s new. For me, carrier stores rank up there with giants like Best Buy as a critical refuge for geeks dragged along on shopping trips with a significant other or family member. Recently, I was killing time at a Verizon Wireless store and came across a familiar sight: the desolate wasteland that is the tablet section.
Most carrier stores now feature such a barren dead-zone, a wall section [...]
At the beginning of February Motorola scored an important win against Apple in Germany. The German Mannheim Regional Court granted a permanent injunction against Apple’s iCloud push email service (as well as the predecessor, MobileMe) and any devices that can access it.
Now Apple has quietly published a support document acknowledging the situation: “Due to recent patent litigation by Motorola Mobility, iCloud and MobileMe users are currently unable to have iCloud and MobileMe email pushed to their iOS devices while located within the borders of [...]
The legal saga that for the last two years opposed Proview Electronics and Apple over the use of the “iPad” denomination has opened a new chapter, according to reports. Proview has filed a lawsuit against Apple, on February 17, at the Superior Court of the State of California. This lawsuit, which was previously unreported, claims that Apple committed fraud when a company, called IP Application Development Ltd., was set by one of Cupertino’s law firms to purchase the iPad trademark from Proview, in December 2009, for $55,000. Proview claims they were deceived by Apple, [...]
This morning we showed you an image that supposedly depicted Microsoft’s Office suite running on one of Apple’s iPads. We weren’t too sure just how legitimate the image might be, but looked at what it might be able to tell us, should it be genuine. In the hours since, there have been several follow-up comments regarding the picture, both from the site that sourced the image and Microsoft itself, that make for some interesting new developments.
The Daily’s Peter Ha is steadfastly defending that the picture is nothing less than the genuine article. [...]
There were rumors of a certain Microsoft Office suite to come in the future for the iOS-powered iPad but so far there was no exact information regarding the software bit. However, the image above, showing an Apple tablet running an alleged version of Microsoft Office just surfaced.
While the veracity of the image can’t be verified at the moment, the rumors claim this is a working prototype of the Suite. However, it is described as having an overall Metro-look and the Excel, Word and Powerpoint icons are clearly visible. The application allegedly allows for the creation of [...]
NPD Group’s newly released “Tablet Adoption and Insights Report” highlights some interesting data regarding tablet user demographics and behavior. According to the report, “more than 40 percent of iPad owners have a household income of $100 thousand or more compared to 26 percent of non-iPad owners.” However, as tablets become more and more widely-available and affordable, these demographics are likely to change. “At the end of 2011, tablet buyers were 50 percent more likely to have an income under $45 thousand and 33 percent more likely to be under [...]
The past few weeks have been pretty decent in regards to new versions of mobile browsers; first we saw Firefox move on up to version 10.0 for Android, and then Google really made some noise when it released the first beta of Chrome for the platform. While that time was dominated by releases for Android, today it’s time for iOS to get its due, upon news of Dolphin Browser 3.5 for the iPad.
This tablet-only edition of Dolphin Browser doesn’t make any groundbreaking changes with this new release, but instead features a host of ease-of-use improvements, bugfixes, and [...]
Apple is still dominating the tablet market though Android-powered slates are starting to grab a rather considerable slice of the market. It will be interesting to see what the iPad 3 can bring to combat the army of Android tablets with Ice Cream Sandwich and powerful processors this year.
However, as far as South Korea is concerned, Samsung’s home market, the Apple iPad is outselling the South Korean manufacturer’s tablet offerings. The (roughly) 700,000 Apple iPad units sold last year join the other tablets designed in California that existed on the South Korean [...]
If you’re an AT&T U-verse customer, things just got better if you also have an iPad on your list of possessions. AT&T has just launched a new U-verse iPad app that plans to go beyond a typical DVR remote control. You’ll not only be able to use this on all of AT&T’s DVR’s, but the app also provides additional information about all the content that’s playing. Now, what makes this even better is that if you’re on the road, you still can also pull up all the guide data, program your home DVR remotely, and yeah, you can also stream from a [...]
As we were just discussing when telling you about the possibility for an early March iOS 5.1 release, that timeframe coincides with when Apple may choose to reveal the next iteration of the iPad. We’ve heard plenty of rumors about what Apple could be planning for this iPad 3 hardware, from the possibility of it getting a high-resolution Retina display, to signs of a new processor that are raising questions about the chance of seeing a quad-core component. Today we get a look at what may be the iPad 3’s rear panel, and see what it could reveal about the tablet.
We all know how frustrating it can be to try and divine Apple’s intentions when it comes to upcoming hardware, but that hardly keeps us from trying. While the next iPhone is still months and months away, a new iPad should be arriving much sooner. We’ve heard plenty of rumors about the components that will be used in the next generation of Apple gear, and the prospect of a new quad-core processor has come up more than once. Today, a series of pictures has been released that purport to show an iPad 3, including signs of just such a new processor.
These screens claim to [...]
Work on iOS 5.1 has been underway at Cupertino for the past several months. In late November of last of year, we had been expecting to see signs that Apple was working on a follow-up to iOS 5.0.1 with 5.0.2; instead developers got their first taste of iOS 5.1 beta 1. In the weeks that followed, Apple released additional beta builds for its developers. We saw the second beta make Photo Stream a whole lot more useful by letting you remove individual images, and later beta 3 returned the 3G toggle to the platform. Of course, not all changes have been welcome, like when Apple salted the [...]
According to recent reports, Apple’s iTunes Match — the service which replaces your lower-quality music files with high-quality copies from iTunes — is replacing songs containing explicit lyrics with new copies of better quality… and clean lyrics. Most probably the system is unable to tell the difference between tracks with same length, same tag but which are different in content (explicit versus clean).
Apple is already looking to fix the problem according to reports; according to an email allegedly sent from an Apple employee in response to a user, [...]
There are two rather important bits today regarding the world of Android and Apple. Motorola was seeking an injunction against Apple’s iCloud and the German Mannheim Regional Court granted a permanent injunction. It refers to Apple’s iCloud push email service (as well as MobileMe) and any devices that can access it. The Motorola lawsuit was aimed at Apple Sales International (the Ireland-based European sales organization for Cupertino) and the decision is only enforceable in Germany (so it’s not Europe-wide). Users, as Florian Mueller notes, “will probably have [...]
Apple’s iPad (and the iPad 2 follow-up) has enjoyed a relatively solid tablet market share which has been continuously shrinking from almost a monopoly situation to something which is closer to competition.
According to a recent Strategy Analytics research there were a total of 26.8 million tablet units sold in the fourth quarter of 2011, up from 10.7 million in 2010. Apple’s iOS-powered tablets lost 10% market share from 68% in 2010 to 58% in 2011 while Google’s Android-powered tablets managed to grow from 29% in 2010 to 39% last year.
The general [...]
Apple posted financial results for the first fiscal quarter of 2012 that ended on December 31, 2011. The numbers speak of record quarterly revenues of $46.33 billion ($26.74 billion last year) as well as record quarterly net profits of $13.06 billion ($6 billion in the year-ago quarter).
37.04 million iPhones were sold in the quarter alone which account for a 128% growth compared to the same period of last year. 15.43 million iPads found new owners representing a 111% growth year-on-year, contributing to a total number of 52.47 million iOS devices Cupertino managed to sell. The [...]