• Leaked photos of the purported next-gen iPad show new LED backlighting system and iPad mini inspired design

    Posted on April 15th, 2013 David Brooks | 16 comments

    Being one of the most popular mobile devices in the world, Apple iPad has successfully gained great anticipations upon each update. The rumors about the next generation of Apple iPad have been lasting for long, though no official news yet. This is typically Apple style on new product release – always keep secret until the final moment.  Recently, some leaked photos of the purported next-gen Apple iPad show that the next Apple iPad, officially the fifth generation of iPad, could use new LED backlighting system to cut weight and include cover glass surface to melt iPad mini inspired design.

    iPad 5

    Adding to the bevy of rumors surrounding a next-generation iPad release, a report on Thursday says Apple will likely use a modified LED backlight apparatus in a bid to make the 9.7-inch tablet as thin and light as possible.

    It is widely expected that Apple could launch Apple’s fifth-generation iPad with a more efficient LED array, as well as a change to film-based touch sensor technology. Apple is widely expected to launch a redesigned 9.7-inch iPad with an aesthetic borrowed from the current iPad mini. Such a design was revealed in some photos of a purportedly leaked next-gen iPad cover glass, which had thinner bezels and significantly modified dimensions in comparison with existing models.

    iPad 5 cover

    Closer inspection of the alleged part reveals a number of changes from the current fourth-generation iPad, such as significantly trimmed bezels and tweaked proportions. By comparing the size of the home button cutout to the surrounding design elements, it can be guessed that the overall dimensions are akin to an oversized iPad mini. This is supposing the home button’s size was carried over from the current model.

    iPad 5 cover

    The supposedly leaked pictures come on the heels of mounting rumors that Apple is preparing to begin production of the next-generation tablet this month ahead of a release in July or August.

    Those estimates run counter to sources who told iMore that instead of an iPad launch, August may see the debut of a new iPhone. The site, which has published accurate device predictions in the past, estimated an “April-ish” timeframe for the fifth-gen iPad’s unveiling.

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

    Posted on October 11th, 2012 David Brooks | 182 comments

    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.

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  • A Comprehensive Duel between Top Tablets: Google Nexus 7 vs. Apple’s new iPad

    Posted on July 27th, 2012 David Brooks | 102 comments

    Ever since the official release of Apple’s iPad, it has been the best seller in the tablet market. For a long time, it remains to be at the top of tablet market, though a lot of other wonderful tablet devices have been continuously challenging its leading role, like Motorola XOOM, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Asus Transformer Prime, and various other Android tablets. The iPad continues to stand head above water over its rivals, especially since the release of the new iPad, which further more makes Apple iPad an undefeatable myth. Various tablet manufacturers are trying to produce a tablet that could match iPad. Amazon has had success with its budget Kindle Fire, but has limited the device to the US audience thus far. In an attempt to gain traction in the tablet market, Google has followed suit by releasing the 7 inches Google Nexus 7, one of the most powerful tablet rivals to challenge Apple iPad so far. Today, I would like to put Google Nexus 7 tablet head-to-head with Apple iPad in key features to make a comprehensive comparison. You can get the information from this duel and decide which one suits you most. The comparison will mainly focus on the following areas: design, display, processor, OS, camera, media, connectivity, storage, battery, price, etc.

    Google Nexus 7 Vs Apple New iPadDesign and display: The 7” Google’s Nexus 7 looks glossier than other tablets in the market. It’s also very convenient for you to keep Nexus 7 into your cargo pocket but can’t with the 9.7-inch iPad. As for display, no tablet could be compared with the Retina Display of New iPad, not even Nexus 7. Google offers IPS display of 1280×800 on its 7-inch Nexus tablet where as Apple offers 2048×1536 pixels IPS panel on its tablet, which means that you can watch 720P DVD movies on Nexus 7, but on the other hand you can watch full Blu-ray movie on the new iPad.

    Processor: The new iPad runs on quad-core 1GHz Apple A5X processor and got 12-core GPU, while the Nexus 7 chomps down with a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU, which runs significantly faster and is expected to deliver a better and smoother performance.

    Operating system (OS): Google’s Nexus 7 runs on the latest Android operating system, the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, which is claimed to offer Project Butter user interface. While the new iPad now runs on iOS 5 and in few months it will be updated to iOS 6.

    Camera: The iPad’s rear 5MP iSight camera might not deliver the best shots, but it’s simply nice to know that the option to snap something is there – plus, it deepens its value over its rival. The Nexus 7 packs only a front-facing camera that’s accessible by specific apps – with no dedicated camera app to snap photos or videos.

    Multimedia: There’s little difference between these two tablets in playing music, but the Nexus 7 provides cool 3D carousel sound. The audio quality is also excellent on both tablets. As to the video playback, due to the Retina Display, there’s no doubt that the new iPad would become the winner.

    Connectivity: Right now, the Google Nexus 7 is available in Wi-Fi form only, while the iPad is available in Wi-Fi and a variety of 3G/4G LTE options. As for other connectivity options, they both pack Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, the Nexus 7 has a GPS while the iPad has it in the 4G version only.

    Storage: Google’s Nexus 7 comes with an internal storage of 8GB and 16GB in two versions where as New iPad’s on-board storage are 16GB, 32GB and 64GB on respective versions. The new iPad obviously provides more choices.

    Battery: Battery is always a concern of smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices. Both devices provide users a day long use. But due to the different display size and resolution, the new iPad would make some concession in battery use.

    Price: Google has price tagged Nexus 7 at $199 (8GB) or $249 (16GB) with $25 of Play store credit and Apple seeks $499 to $699 for the Wi-Fi model and $629 to $829 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular models.

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  • Splashtop pushed out Win8 Metro Testbed to help you turn your iPad to a Windows 8 tablet

    Posted on April 16th, 2012 David Brooks | 48 comments

    The long anticipated Windows 8 is coming soon. Along with the new Windows operation system, people are longing for more wonderful Windows 8 tablets, which are expected to possess enough yet high performance features to beat the Apple new iPad. However, to get a Windows 8 tablet, you still need a long time to wait, as the Windows 8 OS is not even out in market. But now, you could have a “Windows 8 tablet” immediately if you’ve got an iPad. Being famous for its remote desktop apps for iOS and Android, the company named Splashtop just made a new $25 app for iPad users to get a taste of Windows 8 tablets. This new app, namely Win8 Metro Testbed, could simulate the Metro UI on Apple’s iPad tablets. Of course, you need to firstly download Windows 8 Consumer Preview and then run it on a PC, and probably a dual boot and install a small streamer file. With these done, install Win8 Metro Testbed on your iPad, and then the app will basically stream Windows 8 to your tablet via Wi-Fi at up to 60 frames per second.

    HTC Windows 8 TabletThe app uses the native touch gestures of Windows 8 tablets, such as swiping from the left to switch apps, swiping to the right to reveal the Charms (options) menu or pull from the top to close an app. Swiping left/right in Internet Explore will move between pages, and when you swipe slowly from the left, the “snapping” feature is enabled, which allows you to run two app side by side.

    Of course, as a simulating tool for Windows 8 tablet, there also exist a few shortcomings in this Splashtop’s Win8 Metro Testbed on the iPad, just like the unsupported camera. But that’s a very little shortcoming. The main drawback is that the desktop display adjusts itself to the native resolution of the iPad 2, 1024 by 768 pixels, the minimum for Metro apps. The resolution doesn’t support snapping apps side by side, unless you configure it as 1366 by 768 pixels, but which will result in black bars across the top and bottom of the screen.

    $25 is not a big deal, but enables you to take a taste ahead of the official release of Windows 8 tablets. Especially for Windows 8 app developers, Splashtop’s Win8 Metro Testbed will probably be more effective to developers who are working on Windows 8 apps and want to test them on a tablet, since they can’t buy an actual Windows 8 one yet.

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  • 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.

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  • The most unbelievable rumors said that iPad 3 out in March and iPad 4 in October in 2012

    Posted on January 13th, 2012 David Brooks | 86 comments

    After the iPhone 4S came to market, now people around the world who pay close attention to Apple now come to focus on the next generation of iPad, not only Apple fans, but also competitors of Apple as well. Now, there have been so many rumors and guess work done online about the specifications and release date about the much anticipated Apple tablets, while the thing being most focused is about the tablet screen display. Most rumors and guess work predicated that the iPad 3 would configure a Retina display (2048×1536, double the resolution of the first two iPads), which will absolutely deliver better digital experience for users to watch HD videos on iPad or play HD Blu-ray on iPad for unlimited movie enjoyment. However, do you know that there even were rumors about the iPad 4 in 2012? Well, the Geek writer Will Shanklin has written a post about the next generation of iPad and the generation of iPad after the next iPad. Check freely what he said or rumored bellow:

    Retina iPad 3

    Now that the holidays are over, it’s time for everyone to shift their focus onto the next big thing: the iPad 3. In the last week, we’ve already heard a (probably false) rumor that two new iPads will be launching in January, and another that has an iPad with upgraded cameras launching in March. Now we have yet another report: that a Retina display iPad 3 will launch in March, with an upgraded iPad 4 (or iPad 3 Pro?) launching in October.

    The rumor — to be taken with many grains of salt — says that the iPad 3 will sport a Retina display (2048×1536, double the resolution of the first two iPads) and an extended battery. It also, however, says that other upgrades won’t be as exciting as many are expecting. What does that last part mean? It could mean that it won’t get an A6 processor (harder to believe than the other details), or that the form-factor won’t be much different from that of the iPad 2.

    According to the report, the October iPad will be the one to truly behold. It says that the real battle for market share will take place among 2012′s second iPad, Windows 8 tablets, and Intel’s Clover Trail-W platform. The description of the alleged iPad 4 is vague: it iPad Windows 8 tabmerely says that it will have “much upgraded hardware specifications” and “integrated applications” (Siri, perhaps?).

    Would Apple release two iPads in one year? It’s possible, but keep in mind that the same trade publication that ran this rumor also predicted a second iPad in 2011. That obviously didn’t happen. It sounds more likely in 2012, as there is expected to be tighter competition (from Windows 8, a Google tablet, and perhaps a larger Kindle Fire) than there was in 2011.

    Yes, we’re getting into the season where iPad rumors fly in from all angles, with no indication of what’s plausible and what isn’t. Within the next month or two, it will build to a feverish pitch that will take us all back to last summer; that was when iPhone 5 rumors covered the entire gamut of possibilities. Prepare for exhaustion.

    Source from: http://www.geek.com/articles/mobile/ipad-3-in-march-ipad-4-in-october-according-to-rumor-2012016/

    How do you think about the above rumors about iPad 3 and iPad 4? And what are your anticipations towards the next Apple iPads? Feel free to share with us your ideas in the comment part.

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  • Steve Jobs’ resigning as Apple CEO brought market share impact to Apple

    Posted on August 25th, 2011 David Brooks | 90 comments

    On Wednesday, Steve Jobs resigned as chief executive of Apple and passed the reins to his right-hand man, Tim Cook, chief operating officer. The resigning of Jobs itself may not be so bad thing to all Apple investigators and Apple fans. But the signal of the resigning may make them worry, for it indicates the poor health condition of Steve Jobs. It seems that the 56-year-old co-founder of the company is losing his battle with cancer. That is what the whole world would worry about, especially those Apple fans and investigators.

    Steve JobsThe announcement of Steve Jobs’ resigning was made in a statement from Apple with a letter from Jobs, in which Jobs said: “I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

    Apple revealed that Jobs gave the board his resignation on Wednesday and suggested Cook be named the company’s new leader. Jobs was elected board chairman and Cook is becoming a member of its board.

    Jobs’ hits seemed to grow bigger as the years went on. During the years Jobs as the CEO, Apple has brought world many excellent devices, like iPhone, iPod, iPad, etc. People’s digital entertainment life has been greatly fulfilled for they could freely watch video on iPhone, watch DVD on iPod, or watch Blu-ray on iPad anytime anywhere without limitation. And we should also thank Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, because it is he who boosted the development of the current glorious electronic product market.

    Steve Jobs has acted an incredible role in the development to the company. A 5% decline of Apple market share in after-hours trading on Wednesday wipes more than $17bn (£10.3bn) off Apple’s stock market value, sending it down from $348bn to $330.5bn, just due to the resigning of Steve Jobs.

    I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role. I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.” Jobs said in his resigning.

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  • Top 10 Most Useful iPad Accessories for Business: Picture Galleries and Features

    Posted on July 25th, 2011 David Brooks | 63 comments

    Sources from ZDNet, written on July 19, 2011 11:42am.

    Apple’s iPad is becoming a familiar feature of business life with organizations increasingly deciding to equip their staff with a tablet device. Always on hand to help, silicon.com’s Shelley Portlet tracked down the 10 most useful iPad accessories for businesses to help users get the most out of the iPad. The following pictures and descriptions list the 10 most popular and useful iPad accessories from Shelley Portlet’s tracking.

    iPad Camera Connection Kit1. First up is iPad Hut’s 5-in-1 iPad Camera Connection Kit, which allows the iPad to connect with a range of different devices including digital cameras, TVs and monitors.

    The adaptor has five ports including a USB port, SD card port, microSD card port, 3.5mm DC port and mini USB port, as well as AV leads – allowing you to connect your tablet to other hardware or sideload documents and presentations from all those memory cards and USB sticks knocking around in your bag.

    Photo: iPad Hut

    Captions: Shelley Portet, silicon.com

    iPad Stand2. The Sir James iPad floor stand by Arktis can turn the iPad into a presentation aid for conferences and meetings.

    For those using the iPad at trade fairs or exhibitions, the stand comes with a nifty barrier that can be used to prevent access to the home key, ensuring attendees using the iPad are only able to use the app intended.

    Photo: Arktis

    iPad Wall Mount3. The iPad wall mount by Vogel gives easy access to the tablet device with a click-and-release system that allows the iPad to be easily attached and removed.

    As well as providing a neat place to keep a communal office iPad, when attached to the wall mount, the iPad can be fully rotated, making it a useful focal point for group collaboration.

    Photo: Amazon

    Waterproof iPad Case4. iPad Hut’s waterproof iPad case becomes 100 per cent waterproof when sealed, ideal for protecting the iPad from knocked over cups of coffee at heated board meetings – or pints during ‘off-site meetings’.

    Fancy taking your work away with you on holiday? The case also allows the iPad to be used in the water so you can keep on top of your emails in the swimming pool.

    Photo: iPad Hut

    SmarTouch Gloves iPad5. While winter may seem but a distant memory, the recollection of icy fingers forced out of the warm to operate touchscreens still haunts us.

    Thankfully, the Isotoner SmarTouch Gloves pictured above have been designed to use on touchscreens so iPad-induced frostbite should become a thing of the past.

    Photo: Firebox.com

    HP Photosmart Wireless e-All-in-one printer6. The HP Photosmart Wireless e-All-in-One Printer bypasses the need for the iPad to be connected to an office network in order to send documents for print – just email the documents to the printer’s email address and wait for the printouts.

    The printer also features a 6.1cm LCD screen with TouchSmart frame.

    Photo: Amazon

    External Hard Drive for iPad7. The least expensive iPad comes with just 16GB of storage so adding an external hard drive might be a good option. The Seagate GoFlex Satellite wireless external hard drive adds 500GB or storage space which Seagate says will hold up to 300 movies. It can stream to as many as three iPads at a time.

    Credit: Seagate

    Movile TV Tuner for iPad8. The Elgato Tivizen Mobile TV Tuner allows iPad users to watch TV on the go – handy for those who need to keep in touch with news and other programmes on the move or for making that commute slightly more bearable.

    The tuner picks up Freeview signals and transmits them to the iPad using its own local wi-fi network and doesn’t require internet access to work. It also allows programmes to be paused and recorded.

    Photo: Firebox.com

    USB Car Charger for iPad9. The Macally CARUSB10 2 Port USB Car Charger shown above plugs into a car’s cigarette lighter jack and allows the iPad to be charged en route – useful for when your battery fails on the way to that all-important sales meeting.

    The charger has two USB ports so you can charge your iPhone at the same time.

    Photo: Amazon

    Foldable Wireless Shortcut Keyboard for iPad

    10. The Eagle AppsKey Pro Foldable Wireless Shortcut Keyboard also allows you to dodge the tricky task of typing on glass, and its ability to fold in half makes it ideal for those who need a pocket-sized peripheral for use on the move.

    What accessories have we missed? Let us know your favourite iPad add-on by posting a reader comment below.

    Photo: Amazon

    iPad Keyboard Dock11. And No. 11 as a bonus. Apple’s iPad keyboard dock turns the iPad into a stand-in desktop as the full-size keyboard makes typing out long documents easier.

    The dock also charges the iPad so it’s ready to be used on the move.

    Photo: Donald Bell/CNET

    Sources from:

    http://www.zdnet.com/photos/gallery-top-10-ipad-accessories-for-business/6261084

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