Kindle Fire HD vs The new iPad (video)

Amazon has released a new TV commercial for its Kindle Fire HD, taking on the mighty retina display iPad from Apple. Here’s a dekko:

Our newest commercial shows iPad with Retina Display and Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ side-by-side. Both have large, stunning HD screens. In fact, you may not be able to tell the difference… but your wallet definitely can. Meet the new, larger Kindle Fire.

Samsung sends public invite to ‘Come and meet the next Galaxy’, to finally unveil Galaxy S III in London May 3

With Apple already delivering the new iPad in March and with rumors surrounding the next iPhone’s launch pretty much heating up, how could le Apple’s arch rival, Samsung stay put? Deciding it’s the right time, the Korean gadget maker today sent out invites for a special event May 3rd, inviting everyone to “Come and meet the next Galaxy” — which presumably will be the successor to the most popular Android to date, the Galaxy S II, and if Samsung don’t follow Apple’s new device naming policy then it’ll be called the Galaxy S III. The event is scheduled to kick-off at 7pm BST (2pm ET) in London, UK — pretty obvious location given that Samsung is a major sponsor of the London Olympic Games.

Going through the rumors again, the Galaxy S III is expected to include a 1.5GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos processor, a 2-megapixel front facing camera for video calling and an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 4.6-4.8-inch Super AMOLED Plus 1280 x 720 display – the same resolution as seen on the Google Galaxy Nexus, and 4G LTE connectivity.

While this is all what we know for now, expecting all of this and only this much would be naivety on our part. After all, stranger things have happened in the past.

  • Date: 3rd May, 2012
  • Venue: London, UK
  • Event: Launch of “the next Galaxy
  • News source: Firstain

Skype for iPad pumped with Retina goodness

Following Apple’s pixel-rich approach with the new iPad, many iOS app developers had to mend their ways and develop apps and games that make the most of the retina display of the new iPad. Today, another such app has upgraded itself to match Apple’s “resolutionary” approach, with Skype for iPad getting a retina update, meaning its icons and menus will not show pixelated fonts that will harm your new iPad Retina sensibilities. The only hitch is that the new iPad’s front-facing camera is still VGA, though it’s still nice to see Skype keeping pace with the latest inventions.

You can download Skype for iPad with Retina goodness here.

When the new iPad starred in an entertaining magic show… (video)

When Apple launched the original iPad back in 2010, it described it as a ‘magical and revolutionary’ device. There was no doubt it was revolutionary, but the ‘magical’ aspect of it was still shaky-dicey. Of course, we’ve seen plenty of magical acts featuring Apple’s popular gadget but none as entertaining and crisp as what we have below. Again, many of the tricks you’ll see in the video below have already been demonstrated in other magical acts, but there are many other tricks which make it possibly the most impressive video we have seen to date. The act was performed by Step2 Communication at MIPIM in Cannes and included no less than seven different iPads!

The new iPhone

Following the launch of the new iPad, the rumor mill has gladly shifted its focus to the next major release from Apple: the new iPhone. Sporting a pixel-rich retina display, an improved A5X chip, a customized iSight camera and enhanced color saturation, the new iPad was everything that the iPad 2 wanted to be. And now, with a new iPhone next on the cards, people have already started discussing the enhancements Apple will make to its popular smartphone. And when it comes to translating our expectations into a sleek new iPhone design, there’s none better than ADR Studio’s Antonio De Rosa. Now we’ve seen plenty of iPhone mockups from ADR Studio in the past, including the very recent iPhone SJ, but what we have here today is something just out of the world. Too bad it ain’t real.

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iOS 5.1 code confirms next iPhone will be 4G LTE capable

Following the introduction of 4G LTE technology by Apple into ‘the new iPad’, there is a strong buzz now that the next iPhone will follow suit, not only

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in terms of the moniker style, but also in terms of the connectivity available. The reference was discovered by Cydia developer Krishna Sagar in the iOS 5.1 code strings, where he found a line that read “Enabling 4G will end your phone call. Are you sure you want to enable 4G?”, confirming ‘the new iPhone’ will be 4G LTE capable. Apart from that there were various other mentions of enabling and disabling 4G when on phone calls and FaceTime. While most of the references to 4G in the strings could be for the iPad, references to calling features is pretty solid evidence that Apple is at the very least testing a LTE iPhone.

By the way, anyone up for an iPhone 44G?

Apple offloads 3 million units of the new iPad, making it “the strongest iPad launch yet”

On March 16 Apple launched the new iPad with Retina Display, an A5X chip, new iSight camera, improved color saturation, and, of course, some 4G LTE goodness. On March 20 they are already a good 3 million units short in the inventory, making it “the strongest iPad launch yet.”

The new iPad is a blockbuster with three million sold―the strongest iPad launch yet,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Customers are loving the incredible new features of iPad, including the stunning Retina display, and we can’t wait to get it into the hands of even more customers around the world this Friday.

Apple has confirmed the new iPad will make its way into an additional 25 countries this Friday, March 23, including Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

In contrast to the 3 million sales of the new iPad in just its first 3 days, the original iPad took a little over a month to hit just the 1 million mark! Shows just how Apple has brought us a long way ahead into the future.

Unprecedented demand for new iPad, Apple TV sees Apple delay shipping times already

Well, merely few hours have passed since Apple unveiled the new iPad and Apple TV to the world and we’re already getting news that the pre-orders have been sell-out. Apple’s preorder page now lists both the white 16GB and 64GB AT&T LTE models with a delivery date of March 19 instead of the March 16 date previously mentioned. The other models are, thankfully, still shipping this Friday in the States.

Over in Germany, the German Apple store is now officially sold out (already!) and is now listing a delivery date of March 22 (originally March 16) on all models. Pre-orders in Japan are also getting stronger by the day. Apple is expected to roll-out the new iPad to an additional 26 countries next to next Friday, March 26th. At this rate, it won’t be long before your Grumpy neighbor flaunts the resolutionary device as well!

Meanwhile the Apple TV is also getting a bumped shipping time frame. It was supposed to deliver to preorder customers on March 16, but Apple’s website now lists the device as shipping in “1-2 weeks.”

Apple shaves off $100 from iPad 2s, 16GB WiFi now for $399, WiFi + 3G for $529

Following the arrival of the new iPad, Apple has reduced the price of the iPad 2, shaving off $100 from the 16GB WiFi only and WiFi+3G variations. This means the 16GB WiFi iPad 2 now retails for $399, whereas the 16GB WiFi+3G iPad 2 is selling for $529. The price drops will presumably take effect immediately, because  pre-orders for the new iPad have already begun. If you missed Apple’s big event, you can get all the details summed up here and here.

Apple releases first TV ad for the new iPad (video)

Just hours after Apple unveiled to the world the new iPad, the Cupertino company has gone ahead with the release of a first TV commercial for the “resolutionary” gadget, focusing, as expected, on the device’s retina display.

When a screen becomes this good, it’s simply you and the things you care about.

Check out the new iPad advertisement below:

Apple unveils ‘The new iPad’: Retina Display, A5X chip, improved color saturation

It’s here. It’s finally here. We don’t really care if you call it the iPad 3 or iPad HD or iPad 2S or simply the new iPad, but the fact is the next gen iPad is at last upon us. Powered by the new A5X processor and quad-core graphics chip, the new iPad is the most pixel-packed slate in the market right now, boasting full HD retina display and an improved color saturation running on a 9.7-inch screen that plays host to 3.1 million pixels in a 2048 x 1536 arrangement — that’s 264ppi.

There’s also a new iSight camera on board that’s quite similar to the version inside the iPhone 4S. It’s a five-megapixel, backside illuminated sensor with and a five element lens. It’s also capable of capturing 1080p video, which should come as no surprise. We’re also excited to see the keyboard sporting a brand new dictation key that lets you speak instead of type — yes, just like on Android. The new software inside will also let you use the slate as a portable WiFi hotspot… so long as the carriers are game.

Last, but not the least, the most exciting bit: LTE. The new iPad is sporting 21Mbps HSPA+, but it’s also rocking an LTE radio capable of pulling down 73Mbps on both Verizon and AT&T in the US. And guess what — even with an LTE antenna on board, Apple is still claiming to get 10 hours of battery life on the slightly obese slate which has become a little heavier at 1.4lbs, thought he 9.4mm thickness is nothing to sniff at.

Pricing is the same as the iPad 2: the 16GB WiFi only model starts at $499, ending with $829 for the 64GB version with 4G. Pre-orders have already begun and shipping begins March 16th. Are you buying the new iPad?