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Apple to reportedly launch revamped third-gen iPad this summer

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Yeah as far as crazy rumors go, this one could be among the craziest. A new report is out this morning claiming that Apple is set to release a revamped version of its third generation iPad this summer.

The difference between this tablet and the one that Apple released three months ago is that it’s supposedly going to be thinner, have better battery life, and its Retina display is going to be made by Sharp…

DigiTimes (who else) reports:

    “Apple is reportedly set to launch an upgraded 9.7-inch iPad in the summer of this year with the device shipment volumes expected to increase starting September, according to a Chinese-language Apple Daily report citing sources from market watchers.

    The upgraded iPad is said to feature indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) panel technology to allow the device to feature an even thinner design and longer battery life. Panel supply will be shifted from Samsung to Sharp, the paper noted.”

Interestingly enough, there were rumors leading up to the iPad launch that Apple was going to use Sharp’s IGZO panels in its new tablet. But the production quality of these panels wasn’t up to Apple’s standards.

It’s believed that this, among other problems, forced the Cupertino company to go with technology that made its tablet heavier and thicker than its predecessor — details the new iPad has been heavily criticized on.

Is it possible that Sharp now has its act together, allowing Apple to revert back to its original plan to make its new iPad thinner than its previous-generation tablet? Sure it’s possible. But is it likely?

If Apple started churning out these “improved” iPads, what would they sell for? The same price? How would early third-generation iPad adopters react to being stuck with 3-month old outdated hardware?

I guess what could happen is that Apple could change the way it makes the iPad — thus bringing about the aforementioned changes — and just not tell anyone, similar to how it quietly released the improved iPad 2 earlier this year.

The whole thing still sounds crazy to us, but it’s possible. This is Apple we’re talking about.

What do you think?

[TechnoBuffalo] by idownloadblog

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Posted by on 30/06/2012 in IT

 

Thoughts on the rumored 7-inch iPad

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It was inevitable that after Google’s Nexus 7 announcement, the “iPad Mini” rumors would start surfacing again. The 7-inch Asus-branded tablet has garnered quite a bit of attention this week.

Apple has long been believed to be working on its own 7-inch slate, with reports coming from both Apple-insiders and news outlets alike that such a product exists. But will we ever see it?

The latest report comes from Pacific Crest‘s Andy Hargreaves. The analyst told investors that his firm believes that Apple is planning to unveil a 7.85-inch iPad this fall.

    “We anticipate an entry-level 7.85″ iPad with 8GB of NAND capacity to price at $299 with an initial gross margin of 31%. We estimate Apple will sell 10.0 million 7.85″ iPads in FQ1 (Dec. 2012) and 35.2 million in all F2013. Based on estimated component order volume, we believe our iPad mini unit estimates are well within Apple’s production capacity.”

Rumor or not, releasing an “iPad Mini” right before the holidays would probably do wonders for Apple’s bottom line. Not to mention what it would do for its already-dominant tablet marketshare.

We have a bit of a problem with the $299 price point though. Google is selling its Nexus 7 at just $199, so it seems like Apple would be pricing itself out of the market at $300. Although to be fair, word is that Google is currently losing money on every tablet sold. And that’s just simply not Apple’s style.

But even if we took the competition out of it, would $299 be worth it for a 7-inch tablet? That’s just $200 cheaper than Apple’s 10-inch Retina-display slate. And just $100 cheaper than the iPad 2.

More importantly, where would the iPod touch fit into all of this? The device hasn’t seen an upgrade in almost two years. And last we heard, it was going to be getting the same 4-inch screen upgrade that the iPhone is rumored to receive this fall.

In all reality, Apple wouldn’t need a larger iPod touch and a smaller iPad. You would think that it would either a) make an iPod touch with a larger display (4, maybe 5-inches), or b) scrap the Touch line altogether and make a smaller tablet.

The odds are actually pretty good that Apple has at least one of these products in the oven, and will unveil it alongside the new iPhone in the fall. The question is, which one is it? And which one would you be more likely to buy? by idownloadblog

 
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Posted by on 30/06/2012 in IT

 

Google Launches Developer Preview of Google+ SDK for iOS

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Google has launched a developer preview of its Google+ SDK for iOS.
We have always believed in the importance of mobile for our users, and today, we are announcing an offering for mobile developers — the Google+ platform for mobile, in early developer preview.
This platform includes mobile web optimized social plugins and Google+ SDK for iOS and Android (coming soon). With these new SDKs, you can integrate Google+ identity, sharing, and history into your mobile apps to create more engaging social experiences and connect with more users.

Developers can hit the link below to check out the mobile documentation.

 
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Posted by on 30/06/2012 in IT

 

Reeder for OS X Gets Updated With Retina Display Graphics

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Reeder for OS X, a popular Google Reader client, has been updated with support for the new Retina Display MacBook Pro.
Features:
★ Syncs with Google Reader.
★ Full Readability (readability.com) integration (see Preferences → General)
★ Customizable interface (see Preferences → Appearance)
★ Gestures (see Preferences → Gestures)
★ Customizable shortcuts (see Preferences → Shortcuts)
★ Services:
– Send to Instapaper, ReadItLater, Readability
– Save to Pinboard, Delicious, Zootool
– Save to Evernote
– Post to Twitter
– Mail Link
– Open with Instapaper Mobilizer, Google Mobilizer
What’s New In This Version:
– Updated graphics for Retina displays.
– Fixed: Twitter sharing issues (wrong character counting with links)
You can purchase Reeder from the App Store for $4.99.

 
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Apple Wins Injunction Barring U.S. Sales of Samsung Galaxy Nexus Phone

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Just days after Apple won an injunction barring U.S. sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1, Reuters reports that the same judge has issued a second preliminary injunction that would bar sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus smartphone.

“Apple has made a clear showing that, in the absence of a preliminary injunction, it is likely to lose substantial market share in the smartphone market and to lose substantial downstream sales of future smartphone purchases and tag-along products,” Judge Koh said in Friday’s ruling.
The new Galaxy Nexus injunction is a much more significant victory for Apple than the Galaxy Tab 10.1 injunction, as evidenced by the $95 million bond Apple will need to post in order for the injunction to take effect. The bond money, which amounted to only $2.6 million in the Galaxy Tab 10.1 case, would be used to compensate Samsung should Apple ultimately lose the case when it goes to full trial.

The Galaxy Nexus has been Google’s flagship device for showing off its Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” operating system since late last year, and was given away to attendees at this week’s Google I/O conference as part of a package showing off the forthcoming Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean” update. by macrumors

 
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Posted by on 30/06/2012 in IT

 

Apple Wins Injunction Barring U.S. Sales of Samsung Galaxy Nexus Phone

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Just days after Apple won an injunction barring U.S. sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1, Reuters reports that the same judge has issued a second preliminary injunction that would bar sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus smartphone.

“Apple has made a clear showing that, in the absence of a preliminary injunction, it is likely to lose substantial market share in the smartphone market and to lose substantial downstream sales of future smartphone purchases and tag-along products,” Judge Koh said in Friday’s ruling.
The new Galaxy Nexus injunction is a much more significant victory for Apple than the Galaxy Tab 10.1 injunction, as evidenced by the $95 million bond Apple will need to post in order for the injunction to take effect. The bond money, which amounted to only $2.6 million in the Galaxy Tab 10.1 case, would be used to compensate Samsung should Apple ultimately lose the case when it goes to full trial.

The Galaxy Nexus has been Google’s flagship device for showing off its Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” operating system since late last year, and was given away to attendees at this week’s Google I/O conference as part of a package showing off the forthcoming Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean” update. by macrumors

 
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Posted by on 30/06/2012 in IT

 

Gear4 speaker dock supports USB audio for Jelly Bean at Google I/O 2012

gear4speakerdockgoogleiolead01Another day, another speaker dock. We initially dismissed Gear4’s latest accessory at Google I/O 2012 until we noticed that the attached Nexus 7 was playing audio via the USB port instead of the headphone jack (or wirelessly over Bluetooth for that matter). It turns out that Jelly Bean supports USB audio, a feature that’s bound to spearhead a whole new generation of accessories for Android devices. Gear4’s universal speaker dock with alarm clock radio is the first to handle USB audio. While the sound for any app can be routed to the USB port in Jelly Bean, the functionality is missing from older versions of Android. Thankfully, Gear4 includes an app with its accessory that can be used to set alarms, sync time, tune the radio and play media over the USB port on legacy versions of Android. Want to know more? You’ll find our gallery below and our hands-on video after the break. by engadget

 
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