Good news, bad news, rumors and more! I got my wife a new MacBook AIR for Christmas and it’s a killer! Now, I’m not so sure the iPad is the coolest device — I believe if they put iPad’s touch screen for the AIR, THEN we would have the coolest device yet! Maybe.
* Web traffic patterns suggest Apple’s iPad was a dud
* Apple moves in on business equipment through 2013
* Apple iOS 5.1 beta code hints at quad-core iPad
* After 2011′s flop, can Android tablets recover?
* iPad to Feature Quad-Core Apple A6 Processor?
* iPad Maintains Dominance Over Holiday Season
* Apple Dominates Competitors on App Revenue
* Apple gaining on Microsoft in enterprise tech
* Apple’s new retail ambitions aimed at Target?
* Apple iPad 3 Release Date Coming
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Apple iPad 3 Release Date Coming
A new report from Apple’s Asian supply chain said the tech giant will release a next-generation iPad 3 featuring a “full HD display” in March, as well as another iPad component suppliers call “iPad 4″ in October.
In line with previous reports, the iPad 3 will double its pixel density from the iPad 2 as well as the battery life. The iPad 2′s battery lasts only 10 hours. “The iPad 3 will come with a QXGA (2048 x 1536 pixels) display and longer battery life, although its other hardware specifications may not be so amazing as expected,” sources said.
Full story : International Business Times
Apple iOS 5.1 beta code hints at quad-core iPad
ipad_ebook_lap.jpgRumors of a new quad-core “A6″ processor for Apple’s next iPad and iPhone have been circulating for months, and on Friday a bit of information came to light that will fuel the speculation.
The code for Apple’s iOS 5.1 beta operating system, which developers can access for testing before the software is released to the public, hints at compatibility with quad-core CPUs, according to a report on the website 9to5Mac.
Full story : Los Angeles Times
Web traffic patterns suggest Apple’s iPad was a dud
Countless analysts predicted Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet would be a big seller this holiday season, and new data suggests that the slate may have been the most gifted tablet this past Christmas.
Apple’s iPad didn’t increase at all on Christmas Day, suggesting that rival tablets may have had an even bigger impact on holiday iPad sales than previously predicted. (CHART http://www-bgr-com.vimg.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/xmas-tablets-chitika-2011.jpg ) Kindle was the big winner!
Full story : Boy Genius Report
iPad Maintains Dominance Over Holiday Season
Following a record holiday quarter for Apple (AAPL), Canaccord Genuity technology analyst Mike Walkley estimated AAPL iPad sales for all of 2012 would be approximately 55 million units, a 30% jump from total 2011 tablet sales of 38.1 million.
Mr. Walkley said:”. . .the iPad 2 remains by far the best selling tablet versus very modest sales of competing products such as the RIM (RIMM) PlayBook, LG G-Slate and the Motorola (MMI) Xybord.” He noted that the iPad 2 market share for 2011 was 52.4%. The next largest market share is held by Amazon’s (AMZN) Kindle Tablet With 10.3%.
Full story : Forbes
iPad to Feature Quad-Core Apple A6 Processor?
Apple is poised to release iOS devices with much faster quad-core processors later this year. The first device to feature the next generation A6 processor could be the iPad 3 this spring, however there are now rumors of an iPad 4 in the works for October 2012. Regardless, the A6 is the logical next step for Apple to take in their mobile devices.
The A4 was featured in the original iPad, and upgraded to the dual-core A5 chip in the iPad 2. According to research from 9to5 Mac the latest iOS 5.1 beta source code contains evidence that Apple is indeed working on a quad-core processor.
Full story : The iPad Guide
Apple gaining on Microsoft in enterprise tech
Apple Inc is becoming a favorite of information technology departments, with the popularity of the iPad and Mac computers eroding what businesses are spending on Microsoft Corp machines, according to a new report.
The Cupertino, California-based company will sell $10 billion worth of iPads and $9 billion of Mac computers to enterprise customers this year, a 58 per cent jump, Forrester Research Inc said in its global IT market outlook report.
Full story : Times of India
Apple’s new retail ambitions aimed at Target?
Apple reportedly wants to expand its presence at Target retail locations with plans to open up store-within-a-store showcases of its products.
Citing sources, AppleInsider says the company plans to roll out “Apple-branded areas”–similar to what it already offers at Best Buy–to 25 Target stores.
Full story : CBS News
Apple moves in on business equipment through 2013
This week the folks at Forrester have released their Global Tech Market Outlook for both 2012 and 2013, and in this report it would seem that Apple is making such notable inroads on the computer equipment market over the next two years that they’ve rated them the industry’s biggest disruptive force over that time span.
In addition, it would seem that this disruption is not only that sales will increase for Apple across such lucrative groups as global business and government purchases of personal computers (CHART http://cdn.slashgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/forrester.png)
Full story : SlashGear
Apple Dominates Competitors on App Revenue
iPhone and iPad users sure do love their apps. Apple, which continues to dominate the app market, is expected to earn 53 percent of all paid smartphone and tablet app download revenue this year, according to market and research consulting firm Strategy Analytics.
Android is expected to come in second in terms of market share for app downloads, Strategy Analytics predicted. Interestingly, two app platorms — Amazon and Barnes and Noble — are expected to fight Microsoft for third place.
Full story : PC Magazine
After 2011′s flop, can Android tablets recover?
CBS News’ Jason Hiner writes :
As I gear up for CES 2012 next week, I can’t help but think back to CES 2011 where the big story was all about Android tablets. I was in the front row at the Verizon keynote when Google made a surprise appearance and did a demo of its newly-unveiled tablet software, Android 3.0 “Honeycomb.” I shot a quick video of that demo, sprinted back to my hotel room, uploaded it to the web, and it quickly went viral.
Full story : CBS News
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