Should Apple bother scheduling an iPad Special Event?

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So the event this week was big and I'd say the hype was warranted. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have seen pre-sale orders that are record breaking and the Apple Watch will have people buzzing for months. Coming out of Tuesday's event, the Apple Watch was the most talked about announcement. That's since shifted to the iPhone, as people get pumped about their yearly upgrade. So, what's the follow-up? Specifically, in years past, next up would be the iPad. Last year, they were able to reboot the full-size iPad with the iPad Air. Sharing the stage was the iPad mini with retina display, essentially creating tablet perfection personified. That brings us to this year. Should Tim Cook and company hit the stage again this year to announce new … [Read more...]

Bloomberg: Apple Preparing 12.9-inch iPad for 2015

With Apple expected to introduce a much larger iPhone next month, the rumors have rightly shifted to the iPad. Amidst reports of sluggish tablet sales, Apple is reportedly prepared to have its suppliers begin production on a 12.9-inch iPad. Continuing the trend of going big, this new larger iPad is slated for an early 2015 release, according to Bloomberg sources. … [Read more...]

Apple Suppliers Start Production of New iPads With Anti-Reflective Coating

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Apple has reportedly had their suppliers begin mass production of their next generation full-size iPad. The 9.7-inch iPad will likely get introduced by year's end, according to unnamed sources speaking to Bloomberg. One of the new features is said to be an anti-reflective coating, which could pose manufacturing problems. The new display is intended to make reading easier in sunlight.Apple's executive team have been particularly vocal about the companies upcoming products, professing it to be the strongest in years. At the re/code conference in May, Apple SVP Eddy Cue was excited about the new products.“Later this year, we’ve got the best product pipeline I’ve seen at Apple, my 25 years at Apple." Earlier in the year, Cook … [Read more...]

Tim Cook Does 80 Percent Of His Work On iPad

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On the heels of the announcement of the new partnership with IBM and Apple, Tim Cook was quoted as saying he does 80 percent of his work on an iPad. The two companies forged a new relationship that aims to bring a "new class" of business apps specifically for mobile, with more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions built from the ground-up. Apple wants to make a big push into enterprise. What better way to illustrate the power and capability of iOS, than to hear that the CEO of the 15th largest public company uses it as his primary device to get things done. Cook has a vision, to make enterprise apps as simple to use as consumer apps. … [Read more...]

Video Provides Look at Dummy iPad Air 2 With Touch ID

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It's largely expected that Apple will refresh the iPad line later this year, in advance of what is always a brisk holiday shopping season and significant sales period for Apple. Last year, Apple effectively rebooted the larger model as the iPad Air. It was significantly thinner, lighter – noticeable changes that helped it competed against the diminutive iPad mini with retina. We are approaching the yearly refresh, so what's expected with the iPad Air 2. Dummy models have leaked for the iPad Air 2. Video shot by TLDToday breaks down the changes. … [Read more...]

Video Shows iPad Split-Screen Multitasking

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Prior to WWDC 14', there were rumors that iOS 8 would introduce split-screen multitasking, effectively allowing iPad users to run two programs at once. The feature has been widely popularized by Microsoft's Surface tablet. Though it was not announced, developer Steve Stroughton-Smith has uncovered code that allows for split-screen multi-tasking and provides us with video simulating the feature. … [Read more...]

Best Buy Offering iPad mini for $199

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Nothing like a price drop from one retailer to stoke the fires of competition. This week, we saw Target drop the price of the iPad mini to $199. It was a temporary price cut and the retailer isn't aggressively pushing it as part of their larger Father's Day promotions. The iPad mini with retina and iPad Air are featured, but discounts are minimal with each offering discounts on Microsoft Office Personal 365. That's the yearly subscription that grants access to the entire Office suite for one PC and one tablet. As for the deep discounted deal on the iPad mini, that's unheralded to see a sub-$200 iPad. With the Target price drop getting plenty of attention from bloggers and smart customers who can appreciate good value, Best Buy has price … [Read more...]

Target Offering iPad mini for $199

iPad mini Target deal

As part of their Father's Day sale, Target is offering discounts and promotions on the full line of iPads. The most notable deal is the iPad mini, priced at just $199. That represents a savings of $100 off the retail price. This price point for a new iPad mini is also $19 less than Apple's pricing for a refurbished model. While it doesn't boast a retina display, the original model is still an incredible performer. At this price, it's hard to go wrong. Target bills this as a 'tempororary price cut'. … [Read more...]

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Built To Challenge MacBook Air, iPad

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It says plenty about the success of your products when they are the focus at a competitors new product launch. That's a familiar trend for Apple and continued today at Microsoft's launch of the Surface Pro 3. Microsoft's new CEO Sayta Nadella started off the event by discussing ownership of laptops and tablets. According to Nadella, 96 percent of iPad owners use a laptop. Nadella hopes to provide a single tablet that will replace both your iPad and MacBook Air. Today his company introduced the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. … [Read more...]

Split-Screen Multitasking Reportedly Coming to iPad in iOS 8

Apple is reportedly looking to increase the functionality in iOS 8 for iPad users, allowing split-screen multitasking. Sources speaking to Mark Gurman say that iOS 8 will let you run two apps at once, interacting with both. This would be a major departure from the current operating system across all devices, which limits users to a single, full-view.The move would bring a new feature to iPads, but one that we've seen before on Microsoft's Surface. They have positioned the Surface as a productivity tool, aiming to garner attention for enterprise-level functionality, making tablet computing more competitive either a laptop or desktop. If you need to manage simultaenous tasks, being able to work in both without using Apple's current … [Read more...]