In a surprise move, Apple quite quietly started selling their latest model of the popular tablet device, the iPad Mini with Retina Display. For sale on their website and other outlets, shipping times vary from one day to over a week. So for those purchasing the new tablet device, it still may be a surprise as and when you get it. One thing for sure, it’s out ready in time for the Christmas rush, in a busy month that also sees the release of two consoles.
If you own a tablet then it could possibly be an Apple iPad which has accounted for the biggest growth in this sector of the market. Amazingly the newest version sold a staggering three million during the first weekend it was introduced this year. Recently released figures suggest that you will own a Smartphone and that 25% of you will use your tablet and pay to watch videos and other such entertainment.Certainly the iPad has to be a tremendous marketing success as it does not do anything that a laptop can, other than being extremely portable where it can be used virtually anywhere. For serious computing a laptop or desk computer is far easier to use for everyday actions and typing on a screen will never replace a keyboard for the serious user. But take nothing away from a tablet, they are here to stay and they do allow people to access internet and check out emails on the move, but so does the modern Smartphone!
The latest Apple iPad is launched here in the UK on Friday and reports suggest that it is already sold out before it actually arrives! If you were to order an iPad today it is going to take three weeks before it arrives with you and as things are at the moment, this delay could well extend beyond the three weeks.From reports that we are receiving from America, customers in Canada and America are being told iPad pre-orders will ship on March 19th; this is three days after the new iPad goes on sale. Apple’s online stores in France, Germany, Switzerland and Japan are also reporting delays of up to three weeks. This is the first time that Apple has launched a new iPad in Britain on the same day that it goes on sale in the US. Although the company has restricted orders to two iPads per person, shortages are going to be inevitable. The delays are of course for online orders so you can expect to see the usual long queues outside Apple stores on Friday.
For all those people who cannot get enough from the Apple stable, news is on the wires that the company is to announce a new iPad on Wednesday March 7th, all according to the Apple blog iMore. This blog site has been pretty accurate in the past and so we have to believe that, unless we hear otherwise, then it is true. Also coming out of the blog is the revelation that the new tablet will feature a quad-core processor, but his has been denied in other sources, we shall have to wait and see on that score. Another source, The Wall Street Journal, is reported to have stated that the forthcoming iPad will have LTE capability. It would seem that this would have limited effect although LTE, which offers faster data speeds than 3G, is not available in the UK and even within the US coverage is limited. Apple has not yet announced any plans for a launch event and never comments on new devices before they are officially unveiled. Significantly though, they usually update their products yearly and the iPad 2 was announced on March 2 last year and went on sale a week or so later.
A staggering figure of more than a billion apps have been downloaded for the first time in a single week, this according to analytics firm Flurry who said 1.2 billion apps were downloaded in the last week of December. No doubt the numbers were influenced by many users who received new devices for Christmas and firms offered discounted apps over the holiday period. The US was responsible for nearly half of the figures accounting for 509 million, followed by China with 99 million.The UK alone was responsible for 81 million which easily surpassed Canada with 41 million, Germany and France who each downloaded 40 million. Looking forward to 2012, Flurry expects breaking the one billion download barrier per week will become more commonplace. Unsurprisingly, Christmas proved a boom time for device makers. Flurry estimated that nearly seven million Android devices and iPhone were activated on Christmas Day. Apple does not disclose such figures but Google confirmed that more than 3.7 million Android devices were activated over the Christmas weekend.
It’s only taken tablets a short time to dominate the electronic market and now it’s no surprise to see the Samsung’s website advertising the new Android-based Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 says “It’s Time for a Better Tablet.” Well what else would you expect them to say?To review any tablet it has to be compared with the Apple iPad and devoted Apple users would think that the iPad was better, but would have to concede that the Samsung Galaxy is a close second to the iPad and in some ways it’s even better. Physically, the tablets look similar side by side but the number one difference is that Galaxy is equipped with Flash, which obviously is not in the iPad. Working everything on the Galaxy is simple: a home button gets you to the home screen where apps are lined up and ready to use on the very responsive touch screen. However, there is one area where the iPad scores and that is the quantity of apps available between the two devices; the Apple iTunes App Store wins easily but the Galaxy’s Market Store has a great selection and is growing every day.
Are you an iPad user and would like to use voice over internet protocol, if so then you are in luck as one of the UKs leading VOIP providers Coms plc has today launched a VoIP telephone service that enables Apple iPad users to make and receive telephone calls over their internet connection. The service includes advanced telephone features such as voicemail and call recording, as well as low cost call plans to all international locations.
According to schoolteacher union NASUWT school children arrive at school armed with the very latest gadgets including, mobile phones, iPods, hand hold games consoles and even iPads to class, but without the basic tools of a pen or pencil. The problem has become so grave that schools now have to arrange to sign agreements with parents that make it the parents’ responsibility that their children turn up with textbooks and pens for school each day.Young people aspire to have the MacBook and other expensive equipment but teachers are concerned that the children seem to have all their priorities skewed, automatically reaching for their MP3 players and so on, but not for the writing equipment. With the influence of electronic equipment on people, industrialists are worried that schoolchildren should be able to pick up a pen and construct a sentence, which is correct in terms of grammar and spelling, without resorting to an electronic spellchecking device which will probably give them an incorrect, American version anyway.
The long awaited Apple iPad 2 has finally arrived in the stores and already many people are wondering just what it has to offer over the original iPad. When it was trailed a few months ago there was a lot of doubt about it, but we can finally reveal the differences between the two models.In the first place the cover is sold separately, with a variety of colours available in the naturally treated leather. Apple’s iPad 2 is faster, lighter, thinner and better than its predecessor, but otherwise essentially the same. It is nearly identical when it comes to software, and though improved, closely related on the hardware side as well. The general size and shape of the device has remained the same, and though inside there’s a new dual core A5 CPU, more memory, and a pair of new cameras, most of the iPad 2’s changes are cosmetic.
Tablets are big news this year with a range of different companies all clambering to compete with the phenomenally successful Apple iPad and ASUS is no exception as they prepare to release 3 different tablets over the coming months.The one that we are concentrating on today is the Eee Pad Transformer, which quite possibly will become a common form factor for future tablets. The Eee Pad Transformer has a 10.1 inch captive touchscreen display and runs Androids new 3.0 operating system, but the best thing is that it has an optional QWERTY keyboard dock that changes it into a netbook.The screen clicks in and out of the keyboard dock effortlessly, but once in the dock it has a battery life of 16 hours thanks to a second battery; the dock will also recharge the screen when plugged in. Other specs include a dual-core Tegra 2 processor from NIVIDIA, 512MB or 1GB of ram, up to 64GB of hard disk space and two cameras; a 5 megapixel on the rear and 1.2 megapixel on the front.Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity is included and 3G is optional if you need it as well as a microSD card slot for memory expansion. The keyboard dock has two USB 2.0 connectors and 93% sized keys making it easy to type on.The Eee Pad Transformer is due out in early April; there is no word on price yet, but expect it to be competitively priced with the likes of the iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab.
There has been a lot of talk recently about the iPad 2, but you have to ask is it any nearer, is it to be any better that he original iPad? So will it be nearer then, there is talk in the ‘States at any rate that it will be coming along in the spring of this year, 2011 but will it have lots of new gizmos?The talk is that it will have many sophisticated advancements, let’s hope it is more than a front and backward facing camera for example. It is understood to have things like feature a USB port, SD card slots, Wi-Fi, a dual core processor. Also rumour has it that it will have many internet applications, such as IM and E-mail, social networking and Google search. All of these will make it much more functional to many users more in keeping with the Samsung Galaxy Tab perhaps. One thing is certain; all the leading network service providers in the UK market will come up with several iPad deals.