Apple prepping up 7.85-inch iPads?

So Apple is gearing up for a 7.85-inch iPad launch next year, eh? This is not the first time we’re hearing such ‘rumors’ and it definitely won’t be the last. Back in September of last year, rumors began circulating that Apple is working on a smaller 7-inch iPad to compete with RIM’s BlackBerry Playbook launch back then. The rumors also went on to state that the 7-inch iPads will have a USB port, orchestrating mixed reactions among people. But those rumors were quickly quashed when the late Steve Jobs said the following at Apple’s quarterly conference call last year:

Let’s talk about the avalanche of tablets; first, there are only a few credible competitors, and they all have seven-inch screens. This size isn’t sufficient to create great tablet apps…we’ve done extensive testing, and 10 inches is the minimum tablet size.

Today, those rumors are back again with a publication from Digitimes a few hours ago that states that Apple is definitely considering a smaller iPad and that the production for it will start in the second quarter of 2012, ready for sale by the end of the same year. This smaller iPad, though, won’t be the iPad 3.

Apple is likely to launch a 7.85-inch iPad prior to the fourth quarter of 2012 in addition to a new iPad scheduled to be released at the end of the first quarter, according to sources in the supply chain.

The new iPad that is rumored to launch early next year will presumably be the iPad 3, while the smaller 7-85 inch iPad, rumored for a late 2012 release, is still searching for a suitable name (iPad 3S?).

Digitimes’ “sources” believe Apple will go for smaller iPads to compete with the fast-selling Kindle Fire which is threatening to eat up Apple’s tablet market share, as well as similar new entrants which pose a threat to Apple, including large-sized smartphones such as Samsung’s Galaxy Note.

However, in order to cope with increasing market competition including the 7-inch Kindle Fire from Amazon and the launch of large-size smartphones from handset vendors, Apple has been persuaded into the development of 7.85-inch iPads, the sources indicated.

LG Display and AU Optronics are reportedly leading the race to be the manufacturers for the 7.85-inch panels that will hit the supply streams in Q2 2012.

While it definitely makes sense for Apple to go for a 7.85-inch iPad, i personally don’t think we’ll see an iPad smaller than what we already have. Apple is always known to lead the way rather than follow the competition and change its policies according to them so it’s hard to believe Apple will mend this time. And besides, as the great man once said: “This size isn’t sufficient to create great tablet apps…we’ve done extensive testing, and 10 inches is the minimum tablet size.” He may be no more but his ideology and vision is echoed by those working at Apple. Even after his unfortunate death.

Via Digitimes

Apple's Christmas plans? To convince you to get an iPad! (video)

With Christmas just around the corner, the folks at Apple have just one mission on their mind: to sell you an iPad.

Apple”s iconic brick and mortar stores have been decked with what appear to be huge iPads in store windows that show everyone what just a real iPad can do. And trust me, watching the video will surely make you want to have one.

Via

Apple updates US Store with Black Friday deals

Apple’s US online store is back up again and features plenty of deals to ponder over this Black Friday. There are discounts available for iPads, iPods, Macs, and several other products. So lets get started:

Apple is offering a huge discount on the Macs, cutting off as much as $101 from its regular price. The iPads, meanwhile, see discounts ranging from $41 to $61 depending on the capacity (16GB, 32GB, 64GB), while the iPod nano shaves off $11 for both 8GB and 16GB storage sizes, and the iPod touch follows the iPad’s lead of bigger discounts for bigger capacities, ranging from $21-$41 discounts.

There are discounts for some accessories as well such as Apple’s AirPort lineup, the Magic Trackpad, Magic Mouse, Apple Wireless Keyboard, Smart Covers, etc.

 

Don’t forget the 50% discount on ALL web hosting plans by HostGator (only 8 hours left)!

TJ Maxx selling Apple iPads for $399

TJ Maxx selling Apple iPads for $399. It seems like TJ Maxx is trying to sell maximum iPads before the Black Friday begins.

$399 means that the Apple iPod Touch 64 GB and the Apple iPad 16gb will be the same price. Isn’t is great. Also the iPad is now 200$ cheaper than the iPhone 4.

We believe this is the best time to get an Apple iPad. Go get the Apple iPad. Make it yours.

Apple looking to offload Refurbished iPads at discounted rates

Apple have finally put on sale their factory-refurbished WiFi iPads with each model getting a $50 discount from the original price of a new one.

It has all the features you’d want – runs on Apple A4 1GHz processor, displays a 9.7″ 1024×768 LCD touchscreen display, connects at 802.11a/n wireless, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, accelerometer, compass, up to 10 hours of battery life, etc.

Key Notes

  • First discount for the iPad
  • Each iPad gets free shipping
  • Sales Tax to be charged where applicable
  • Each eligible for 1 year Apple Warranty

Refurbished iPads

  • Apple iPad 16GB Wi-Fi for $449
  • Apple iPad 32GB Wi-Fi for $549
  • Apple iPad 64GB Wi-Fi for $649

Key Stats from WWDC 2010

As expected, the next gen iPhone (iPhone 4) hogged all the limelight in Apple’s WWDC event. But apart from Steve Jobs and iPhone 4, there were other interesting things that were noteworthy. Here are a few key stats from Steve Jobs’ keynote at the WWDC 2010:

General Stats

  • 5,200 attendees
  • 57 countries at this sold out event
  • 2 million iPads sold
  • 19 countries will have iPad by end of July
  • 8,500 apps for the iPad now
  • 35 million native iPad apps downloaded so far
  • 17 apps per iPad
  • 5 million books downloaded in first 65 days
  • Apple now has 22% of the US ebooks market

iBooks

New to iBooks today will be Notes, Bookmarks and a page “displaying notes and bookmarks”. PDF viewing also built in to the app.

  • App Store now offers 225,000 apps
  • 15,000 apps submitted weekly
  • 5 billion apps have been downloaded via the App store (as of last week)
  • Apple has paid out one billion dollars to developers

iPhone

  • iPhone is second biggest mobile OS after RIM
  • Observes “58.2% of US mobile browser usage”
  • 2.5 times more than Android

iPhone 4

  • New iPhone – 9.3mm thick, 24% thinner than the iPhone 3GS
  • 7 hours 3G talk, 6 hours 3G browsing, 10 hours WiFi, 300 hours of standby
  • iPhone 4 – black or white. $199 for 16GB or $299 for 32GB model
  • AT&T upgrade offer. If your existing iPhone contact is set to time out any time in 2010 you can immediately get an iPhone 4 (for $199 or $299)

iAds

  • $60 million worth of ads booked for the second half of 2010
  • 48% of mobile display ads market

FaceTime

WWDC attendants also witnessed an App for the next generation – FaceTime. It is a video chat app that will enable video calling in your iPhone.

iPhone 4 FaceTime commercial Ad

Video Demo of iPhone 4 running FaceTime

Mid-Air Entertainment: iPad for $10. Anyone Interested?

Off to a long journey to another country? Ah no worries, the iPad will help pass the time sweetly….What? Don’t own an iPad? Now what? Hmm…how about lending one from the airlines itself?

Yes, you read the right! Quantas subsidiary Jetstar has announced it is launching a trial iPad rental service on its planes.

The trial, which begins later this month, will see the airline rent Apple’s magical and revolutionary product – preloaded with books, films, TV shows, music and games for your in-flight fun – for $10.

“We are really excited to commence trialing the iPads, as we’re always looking for ways to enhance our customer’s Jetstar experience. Given the demand for the iPad so far, I anticipate it will have strong appeal amongst our passengers,” said Jetstar CEO Bruce Buchanan. “Based on demand for the iPads as part of the trial, we’ll be looking to roll out the devices across our entire domestic and international network later in the year.”

Jetstar will take help from British company Bluebox Avionics and Stellar Inflight to implement the trial to develop custom software for the iPad.

The company even says that the system will allow for the iPad to be used during take-off and landing – something which other electronics are not allowed (they have to be switched off).

via 9to5mac

Apple offloads two million iPads in less than two months

Here’s another milestone for Apple: 2 million iPads sold since it’s launch on April 3rd.

Apple cannot do anything wrong here. They have overtaken Microsoft as the biggest tech firm in the world just a week ago, had launched the iPad internationally a couple of days back, and now this. Although it must be said that this is something we HAD expected given the popular demand for Apple’s magical and revolutionary device.

Official Apple Press Release

Apple Sells Two Million iPads in Less Than 60 Days

CUPERTINO, California-May 31, 2010-Apple® today announced that iPad™ sales have topped two million in less than 60 days since its launch on April 3. Apple began shipping iPad in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK this past weekend. iPad will be available in nine more countries in July and additional countries later this year.

“Customers around the world are experiencing the magic of iPad, and seem to be loving it as much as we do,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We appreciate their patience, and are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone.”

iPad allows users to connect with their apps, content and the Internet in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before. Users can browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more, all using iPad’s revolutionary Multi-Touch™ user interface. iPad is 0.5 inches thin and weighs just 1.5 pounds-thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook-and delivers up to 10 hours of battery life.*

Developers have created over 5,000 exciting new apps for iPad that take advantage of its Multi-Touch user interface, large screen and high-quality graphics. iPad will run almost all of the more than 200,000 apps on the App Store, including apps already purchased for your iPhone® or iPod touch®.

*Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution with the Apple II, then reinvented the personal computer with the Macintosh. Apple continues to lead the industry with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system, and iLife, iWork and professional applications. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store, has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.

Apple Shocker: WiFi iPads with NO WiFi

Comments like “Not spending $500 on something I cant even use. Its going back tomorrow” are already doing the rounds in Apple’s forum.

Just a day after the Apple iPad reached consumers, the complaints are already soaring in. The main reason attracting consumer anger: a very weak, and sometimes even NO, WiFi signal detected by the iPad.

So, on one hand Apple is celebrating selling 3,00,000 iPads on the first day, on the other hand it is facing some serious consumer ire.

According to the complaints doing the rounds all over the internet (and even on Apple’s support forums), the iPad’s WiFi connectivity is not up to the mark. It is either showing a very weak signal or no signal at all. And what is more worrying for Apple is that other devices are doing pretty fine in that range in the consumer’s place.

Having this issue with my iPad as well. It’s dropping down to one bar in a part of the house the most other devices, including my MBP (Mac Book Pro) and my iPhone, get full service” said one of the unhappy lot.

Apple has neither released any statement regarding this fault as yet,  nor has it offered any solution.

To sum up, with already much ado about no flash on the iPad, this WiFi issue will certainly not help Apple’s cause to win over the anti-iPad group. In fact, they might even risk losing their current users. All’s not well for the Cupertino giant at the moment. We’ll keep you updated as things break out.

Apple iPad: $20 discount if you are a student

Apple Education Store has come up with a new campaign which brings $20 off on iPads if you pre-order one of the multi-packs (Pack of 10 iPads) from the Apple Education Store in US. Apple education discount is a great way for teachers and staff of K-12 schools, and the students, lecturers and staff of college and universities to take advantage of great pricing and saving deals.

If you order one of these packs, you will save close to $20 on a single iPad in the 10-Pack bundle. Price details for Wi-Fi version of iPad 10-Pack can be seen in the image below.

iPad Discount for Students

Simply head over to Apple Education Store site here, select your school/college, then select iPad Multipack and you are good to go!

The discounts are relatively minor though, with only $20 off of each iPad in a set of 10, or $40 off per iPad if they are ordered with AppleCare.

The iPad 10-packs are shipped in a single box, which eliminates individual packaging. In addition to the ten iPads, the packs contain ten power adapters, ten USB-to-Dock cables, and one set of documentation. Currently, only the WiFi models are available in the educational 10-packs.

This is an early sign that Apple will aggressively pursue the iPad as an educational tool.

The iPad 10-packs begin shipping in April.

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