• Apple Reportedly to Release New 10.5-Inch iPad Pro in 2017

    Posted on August 15th, 2016 Yuson Zou | No comments

    According to a respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, whose latest predictions for the iPhone-maker were reported by MacRumors, Apple is reportedly planning to release a trio of new iPads in 2017, including a new size 10.5-inch iPad Pro and a low-cost 9.7-inch iPad. Kuo also claims that “revolutionary” changes could be made to the iPad’s design in 2018, with Apple perhaps integrating a flexible AMOLED display to offer “new selling points through radical form design and user behavior changes.”

    Here is Kuo on Apple’s 2017 iPad line-up:

    “We expect three new iPads (12.9″ iPad Pro 2, new size 10.5″ iPad Pro & low-cost 9.7″ iPad) to be launched in 2017, though this may not drive shipment growth amid structural headwinds; 2017F shipments to fall 10-20% YoY. If the iPad comes in a larger size, such as a 10.5″ model, we believe it will be helpful to bid for tenders within the commercial and education markets. “

    “As a result, we expect Apple to launch a 10.5″ iPad Pro in 2017. In addition, we estimate the 12.9″ iPad Pro 2 and 10.5″ iPad Pro will adopt the A10X processor, with TSMC being the sole supplier using 10nm process technology. The low-cost 9.7″ model may adopt the A9X processor, which is also exclusively supplied by TSMC.”

    A 10.5-inch iPad Pro model for “commercial and education markets” would certainly fit current trends for Apple’s tablets. Last week, it was reported that while sales for the iPad were declining overall, demanding is surging from businesses and government. “Apple is stronger in the enterprise market with its devices than it is with consumers,” Forrester analyst Frank Gillet told The New York Times.

    It’s worth noting that Kuo does not mention the 7.9-inch iPad mini in his report. It could be that the analyst does not have any solid predictions for the smaller iPad, but there’s also the possibility that the mini will be phased out as demand in that size range shifts to the larger iPhone models.

    As for 2018, Kuo says this could be a year of big changes for the iPad. “Revolutionary iPad model likely to be introduced in 2018F at the earliest, with radical changes in form factor design & user behavior on adoption of flexible AMOLED panel,” he writes. The adoption of such technology would boost sales by offering “new selling points through radical form factor design and user behavior changes,” says Kuo.

  • Focus on WWDC 2013: All iPad Mini 2 Rumors Sum-up

    Posted on May 29th, 2013 David Brooks | 1 comment

    Opening worldwide from June 10 to June 14 at the Moscone West in San Francisco, this highly anticipated WWDC 2013 will be worth the wait. The WWDC has been the legendary platform for some major announcements in Apple’s devices, hardware and software. At the countdown for this massive tech giant Apple’s annual developer conference, you may guess what new things can an Apple enthusiast wait for unveiling at this event? Here’s a list of rumored/expected things:

    * iPhone 5S/iPhone 6
    *  iOS 7
    * MacBook Air with Retina
    * 5th generation iPad
    * Apple TV
    * Second generation iPad Mini

    WWDC 2013

    There are a lot of speculations earlier about things being launched at WWDC 2013, today we will get down to concluding the second generation iPad Mini rumors.

    The first generation iPad Mini came to stores to rival with a series of market-hit midsize tablets that mainly include Amazon Kindle Fire and Google Nexus 7. But, the Apple rival has been feeble and less powerful to lock horns with its alternatives. What is more, it has also been missing Apple’s landmark Retina display. So a second upgrade to iPad Mini can ne keenly expected, and it will be rolling out with a Retina display, better processor, a refurbished design and a lot of similar advances.

    Display: flexible?

    Drawn from rumors, the next generation iPad Mini is with 2048×1536 pixel Retina display so that the pixel density of the 7.9-inch screen can achieve to 326ppi which is higher than iPad 4 (264ppi). For the sake that mass production of flexible OLED TV display from LG has started, and more importantly LG has became the display supplier of next generation iPad Mini, there is great possibility the second generation iPad Mini will be equipped with flexible display.

    iPad mini 2

    Appearance: ultra-narrow frame or become thicker?

    News from Holland website MobiLeaks indicates that the next generation iPad Mini is 0.3mm thicker than the first generation iPad Mini (7.5mm VS. 7.2mm). The reason of the increased thickness lies in the fact that there must be sacrifice in hardware upgrades of iPad Mini 2.

    Inner specifications: upgraded camera or vibration function?

    Many people think that iPad Mini 2 will take A6X processor into use, but Holland website MobiLeaks states that next generation iPad Mini will be applied with A7 processor and quad-core GPU. Battery capacity will be improved simultaneously.

    The front-facing camera will be upgraded from 1.2 million pixels to 2 million pixels, at the same time the rear camera will be upgraded from 5 million pixels to 8 million pixels.

    In addition, vibration motor may be added to next generation iPad Mini so as to enrich experience while playing games with this tablet.

    Will iPad Mini 2 debut on WWDC 2013? Just wait and see…

  • Top 5 Tablets That Could Replace the Rumored Upcoming iPad Mini

    Posted on October 11th, 2012 David Brooks | 1 comment

    According to the latest news, Apple might release the iPad Mini on an October event. There’s a great possibility that it’ll be revealed later this month, although it is still to be confirmed for its final name. As reported, the new iPad Mini is rumored to come with a 7.85” screen display, sporting various wonderful features and functions even comparable to the iPad. But when it gets released, absolutely it will not enter the vacuous tablet market of 7-inch. It would get quite many strong competitors in almost every function and detail, like: price, ecosystem, performance, and features. So many wonderful tablet choices with something unique would be available in the market. To win the competition, Apple must get something really amazing onto their new tablet to answer the challenge. Well, what are these challengers? Let’s take a brief look today, with focus on some top 5 widely well-known tablets:

    iPad Mini

    Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
    The most expensive tablet on the list also includes the most physical features. Given its IR blaster, dual cameras, and microSD expansion, $249 doesn’t look so bad. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 delivers a mostly pure Android 4.0 experience. The tablet also trumps the Kindle Fire in extras by including dual cameras, expandable memory, and TV remote-control functionality.

    Kindle Fire (2012)
    The 2012 update to 2011′s Kindle Fire sports an identical design, but gets a few internal upgrades: twice the RAM, a faster processor, and an update to the latest version of the Kindle Fire OS. With the low price of only $159, the new Kindle Fire is somewhat very challenging to iPad Mini.

    Barnes & Noble Nook HD
    Available later this month, this tablet impressed people a lot with its redesigned interface, extremely light weight, microSD storage expansion, 1,140×900-pixel-resolution screen, and the inclusion of the fastest processor yet in a 7-inch tablet, the 1.3GHz OMAP 4470. At $199, the Nook HD will clearly make its case. If you want large one, the 9-inch Nook HD+ will be available at the same time for only $269.

    Kindle Fire HD
    The first Kindle Fire had been considered a great threat to iPad, so does the Kindle Fire HD. Without doubt, the Kindle Fire HD is your best choice if you like watching books, movies, TV shows, and listening to music on tablet. At only $199, the Fire HD sports an amazing-looking screen, a 720p front camera, Bluetooth, and the best speakers. It also includes both 7” and 8.9” versions for different people upon different screen needs.

    Google Nexus 7
    With Tegra 3-induced performance, NFC communication, and the latest version of the Android OS, Jelly Bean, and $199 cost only, Google Nexus 7 wins its crown in the 7” tablet market. If the iPad Mini wants to win the battle, it has to offer some features really exciting.

  • Apple’s new iPad vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 – Which one will be your choice

    Posted on March 21st, 2012 David Brooks | 4 comments

    In a dilemma on deciding which tablet you should get between Apple’s new iPad (3rd generation) and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1? Need some suggestions to help you make your decision? Well, it would be the right place for you to take reference here.

    With the release and shipment availability of Apple’s new iPad, the Apple iPad 2 has made its way for its successor. So the new iPad has replaced the iPad 2 to be one of the best choices for you to choose when you need to get a tablet. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE comes to mind as a dubious competitor since it’s regarded as the best of the best from Samsung’s camp. On the surface, both are very similar with their options, which is hardly a surprise, but as we’ve come to expect, there can only be one that will ultimately prove itself to be the sole standout hit. And today what we are going to do is to make a simple and clear comparison between Apple’s new iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. But before diving in, it’s worth noting that the Apple iPad 4G LTE’s price starts at $629.99 for both AT&T and Verizon variants, whereas the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE is a bit more at $699.99 through Verizon only. The prices of these two tablets also play a role in deciding which one you will get. Besides the price, the comparison between these two fabulous tablets includes: processor, display, memory, internet connectivity, camera, battery, etc.

    Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs. Apple iPad 3Processor: The new iPad moves swimmingly in all of its functions thanks to its Apple A5x SoC processor, which breaks down to a 1.5GHz dual-core processor combined with a quad-core graphics processing unit. Despite boasting a still respectable 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 exhibits the choppiness that we tend to see prevalent amongst Honeycomb tablets in general.

    Screen display: Without doubt, the winner of screen display should be the new iPad, which features a mind-bending resolution of 2048 x 1536 Retina display, which makes it even be able to play full HD Blu-ray movies on new iPad, while Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 only features a 1280 x 800 resolution screen display.

    Memory: The new iPad provides three different versions upon different storage, respectively 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB, with no way of expanding it. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 offered 16GB and 32GB versions, but it can be expanded via its available microSD card slot.

    Camera: The iPad’s improved 5-megapixel iSight camera produces better overall results and faster snapper than that of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Although they both excel with macro and outdoor scenery shots, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 doesn’t handle dynamic range as well as the iPad.

    Internet and connectivity: Both these two top-notch tablets offer 4G LTE connectivity, which enables them to load complex web site in no time at all. But they produce different browsing experience due to the browsing speeds. The new iPad responses faster than that of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with things like kinetic scrolling and pinch zooming. They both feature connectivity items such as aGPS, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and mobile hotspot functionality, but the new iPad supports Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity while the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 only works with Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR.

    Battery: Battery is also an important element in deciding a tablet performance. Both tablets provide at least one single day of power consuming at average, with the new iPad featuring 11,560 mAh battery while Galaxy Tab 10.1 including a 6,800 mAh one inside.

    With the comparison, you may get in your mind which tablet you want. But remember, the better one may not well suit you, as you need to make clear what kind of tablet you need, and then you can make your own choice. Hope this post would help you.

  • Tablet comparison: New iPad (2012) vs. iPad 2 vs. Asus Transformer Prime vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

    Posted on March 8th, 2012 David Brooks | 1 comment

    With months of rumors, speculations and anxious waiting, Apple finally officially released the new iPad in details on the March 7th event on San Francisco. We have to admit that the new iPad produces better user experience in various aspects, like its full HD 2048×1356 pixels Retina display, which absolutely makes it a first choice for users to enjoy HD movies on iPad, even to play full HD Blu-ray movies on iPad; the quad-core A5X GPU processor, which is as four time fast as other chips currently on the market; 5MP iSight camera, etc. But as a tablet user or fans, you must want to know what the new iPad brings to you and compared with other existing tablets, like its precedent, the iPad 2, Asus Transformer Prime and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, what the advantages of the new Apple iPad (3rd generation) shows to its buyers to make it more competitive in the fierce circumstance of tablet market.

    Apple new iPadHere I’m very glad to share some detailed data upon tablets mentioned above with all of you for reference when you would like to make comparison between these devices. Of course, if you like, you can also check specs of any tablet available online for comparison, but the following picture I share here would make it more convenient and save your energy and time.

    new iPad vs. iPad 2 vs. ASUS Transformers Prime vs. Galaxy Tab 10.1

  • Apple iPad with Retina and LTE debuted – What we didn’t get from the new Apple iPad

    Posted on March 8th, 2012 David Brooks | No comments

    On the March 7th Apple event, Apple officially released its next generation of iPad, which resets the goal line again even as various competitors have made great challenges to it on the just past MWC 2012 feast to catch up iPad in the burgeoning market for tablets. The new iPad, not named as iPad HD, iPad 2S or iPad 3 as previously rumored, comes with full HD Retina Display which offers a resolution of 2048×1536 (3.1 million pixels) and quad-core A5X GPU processor which is four times as fast as the nearest competition, which together bring excellent graphic experience and effect for you to watch even HD Blu-ray movies on iPad. Meanwhile, this new iPad is also capable of operating on 4G network for both AT&T and Verizon carriers. To make their iPads more competitive, Apple priced the new iPad from $499, the same as iPad 2, and cut the price of iPad 2 by $100. If you want to know more detailed specs of the Apple new iPad, please check the new iPad (3rd generation) specs on Apple official site.

    Apple new iPadAfter talking about the specs of the new iPad, let’s say something that the new iPad didn’t bring to us, or features the new iPad doesn’t include but may disappoint us a little.

    A6 processor: Prior to launch, there were a lot of rumors and speculations towards what kind of chip would power the next iPad, A5 processor or brand-new A6 processor. After the iPhone 4S got a modified version of the A5 processor found in the iPad 2, many presumed the new iPad would get the A6 processor. Instead Apple released the new iPad with the A5X processor, though it’s quad-core chip and Apple claimed that the A5X processor is as fast as four times as the performance of NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor.

    Siri: One of the biggest updates of iPhone 4S is the new Siri, the voice-controlled iPhone virtual assistant feature. Since this software emerged on iPhone 4S, all people would expect Apple to add Siri to the next iPad. But Apple just enabled the new iPad to allow users to dictate e-mails, without any mention of Siri.

    iOS 6: Ars Technica reported that it was seeing devices running iOS 6 in logs, sparking hope that Apple might release–or at least tease–iOS 6. Alas, we’re only getting iOS 5.1 now. Expect more iOS news to emerge in June at Apple’s World Wide Developers conference.

    A 128GB version: Since the full HD graphic effects with the Retina display, the new iPad is supposed to be one of the best choices to play HD movies and HD games. Thus, more memory storage is required for convenient HD movie playback and HD games playing. A 128GB version of iPad is thus highly expected. But Apple just provides a topping choice at 64GB with no memory expansion slot.

    These four features have made them big disappointments to the new iPad. Others include: the absence of a rumored iPad mini version, the same design as that of iPad 2, no lighter weight, etc. But even though these things make the new iPad somewhat disappointed, we have to admit that currently there are few tablets that could compete with the new iPad. Only the Retina display would make other competitors lag far behind.

  • Top 10 iPad apps for better iPad experience (including a preview of a cool tool – TuneIn Radio Pro)

    Posted on February 22nd, 2012 David Brooks | No comments

    Well, the long anticipated iPad 3 (or may be named as iPad 2S) might probably be going to release on March 7th, according to most of rumors. The next generation of iPad is said to configure updated hardware to produce better user experience, like the full HD 2048*1536 screen resolution which absolutely provides full HD effect for you to watch HD movies on iPad 3, rumored A6 processor to provide even smoother device processing ability, full HD video games, 4G LTE network connectivity, etc. All these features make the next iPad an amazing handset worthy of waiting and buying.

    Along with the approaching of iPad 3, you may want to get some applications to better your iPad experience on either your iPad, iPad 2 or iPad 3 tablet. And thanks to the ZDNet writer James Kendrick, we could now have a Top 10 iPad Apps list for your reference to add to your plan for bettering your iPad experience. Also, he added a quite cool tool to his Top 10 iPad Apps list to make this list even more perfect. The following picture shows you the whole 10 Apps for iPads and the additional tool.

    Top 10 iPad apps

    Source: http://www.zdnet.com/photos/top-10-ipad-apps-plus-a-sneak-preview-of-a-cool-app/6345927?seq=3&tag=photo-frame;get-photo-roto

    These apps would make your iPad more enjoyable and better your experience with iPad. If you have any questions about these apps, you can go to the source page where various discussions have been promoted and you can thus get what you want there.

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  • 8 Reasons Why Windows 8 Tablets Would Beat Apple iPad 3

    Posted on February 13th, 2012 David Brooks | 1 comment

    Windows 8 is the next generation of Microsoft’s operating system for personal computers, laptops, and tablets. It upgrades with major changes, such as an integrated software store–similar in concept to Apple’s Mac App Store–and support for ARM chips. Metro is the name of the new touch-centric user interface in Windows 8. Without a doubt, the purpose of Microsoft’s Windows 8 operation system is to compete with Apple iPad. Just several days ago, I wrote a post namely Mac OS X Lion vs. Windows 8 Developer Preview speed comparison, which made a comparison between Mac OS X Lion and Windows 8 Developer Preview in speed testing. The result shows that the Windows 8 Developer Preview takes the lead a little. Today, I would like to share something with you to see whether Windows 8 tablet could beat the Apple iPad 3, totally 8 reasons for your reference:

    Windows 8 Tablet vs. iPad 21. Business users
    Currently, many iPad users handle business with iPad. But Apple has no clear plan to enter large enterprises market with their iPad for business, which Microsoft on the contrast is quite familiar with. If Microsoft could make full use of this, the market share of Windows 8 tablet would be increased enormously.

    2. New Office
    The Microsoft Office is still the killer app in Windows operation system, especially in business market. A fatal reason for the failure of Microsoft’s own brand tablets is that the Office compatibility was damaged in the versions before the Windows 8. Now, Microsoft would provide Office support for tablets with Intel and ARM processors, though it is still not clear whether Microsoft would bring out complete Metro Office.

    3. Mixed type of tablets
    The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime and Leveno IdeaPad Yoga are all multifunctional, not only as a tablet, but also a notebook device, which Apple iPad could not do.

    4. Metro user interface
    Have to admit that the Microsoft Metro user interface is really beautiful and attractive, which may snatch users from iPad cause they would prefer Metro user interface to iOS interface.

    5. SkyDrive
    Through a Windows ID, users could visit SkyDrive cloud content via any devices, including PC, Xbox, tablets, etc. while Windows 8 includes SkyDrive support.

    6. Run two apps simultaneously
    For Windows 8 tablet users, it is a quite practical function to run two apps simultaneously on one screen.

    7. Nokia tablets
    The Finland Nokia has been famous for its stable hardware around the world. It was reported that some time in this summer, Nokia would bring out Windows 8 tablet, which would no doubt arouse users’ interest.

    8. Wider options
    Apple iPad only has one option, while Windows 8 tablets are provided and supported by various big businesses, which results in wider options for optimization.

    By comparing these two tablets, now you may have your decision in your mind. But these are just for your reference. And due to the specs of the upcoming iPad 3’s are still not clear, there are always changes. So, stay clear if you want to get one Windows 8 tablet or an iPad 3.

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