If you’ve been following the development for the iPad 3, then you’ll know that the retina display we’re all waiting for is being manufactured by two companies – LG and Samsung. However, the iPad 3 may face manufacturing delays due to the fact that there aren’t enough retina displays manufactured at this point.
In LG’s case, this is a simple supply and demand issue. But Samsung, the company recently hit by Apple in the courts to the point where their somewhat similar Samsung Galaxy Tab has been banned from sale in Germany, may have a different motive. It’s worth asking – are Samsung deliberately ensuring that a future iPad isn’t forthcoming?
It seems like an odd coincidence, and it’s often confusing when rival companies are crafting components for each other’s technology, but the world of manufacturing and patent law is a murky and complex one at best, and perhaps this potentially underhanded play by Samsung could hurt Apple’s ability to throw out a double-whammy in the form of the iPhone 5 and the iPad 3.
So if you’re sat there killing time with your old iPad (2), or playing partypoker on a Samsung Galaxy Tab (if you’ve got one – sorry Germany) until the iPad 3 comes out, then you may be waiting a while longer, but we estimate that it’ll be well worth it.
The main issue is whether or not Apple and Samsung will continue working together, as although Samsung likely needs the business, Apple does not, necessarily – its main manufacturer for the iPad 3 will likely not be the same one it used for the device’s predecessor.
Time will tell whether or not Apple will switch to LG, or stick with both companies to ensure the iPad 3 has the best possible chance of maintaining Apple’s dominance over the tablet market. It’s certainly going to be a high-quality device, but it remains to be seen whether its frequently-updated form will encourage regular upgraders in addition to its new user base.
The first home of the Apple iPhone, AT&T and Deutsche Telekom AG have announced that AT&T would be acquiring T-Mobile USA in a cash and stock transaction that is worth $39 billion dollars.
â??This transaction represents a major commitment to strengthen and expand critical infrastructure for our national future,â?? said AT&T Chairman and CEO, Randall Stephenson.
The transaction is said to improve network quality and also expand the reach of LTE to more than 294 million people. AT&T and T-Mobile customers both should see better service quality when it comes to voice quality as this will increase cell tower density. When the deal closes, AT&T will immediately gain cell cities that would have taken them around five years to build.
If you don’t have an iPad 2 and none of the stores around you have it in-stockâ?¦ you’ll be waiting a little bit longer.
Apple’s online store is now showing 4-5 week ship times for each model of the brand new iPad 2 orders. Many Apple Retail stores are planning on opening early tomorrow to accommodate the continued high demand for the iPad. Many customers are saying that retail stores have remained sold out of the iPad 2 since it’s launch date. On top of this, many people who have ordered through Apple’s online store are still waiting for their orders that were ordered on launch date.
The rumor mill has stopped churning as Apple announced the next generation iPad at a media event today. The iPad 2 will have the same 9.7-inch display as seen on the original iPad, but the iPad 2 will be 33% thinner than the previous model. It will also pack a 1GHz dual-core A5 processor and feature a front-facing and rear-facing cameras which opens the iPad up to FaceTime calls with the other FaceTime capable products out there. The rear-facing camera also allows for 720p HD video. Oh, and it also has the same 10 hour of battery life with 30 days of stand-by time.
Of course, Apple will be releasing WiFi and 3G capable models, the 3G model will be compatible with the GSM network of AT&T and Verizon’s CDMA network. The CDMA version for Verizon will only be sold in the United States. The iPad 2 will run iOS4.3 which will be released for the other iOS devices on March 11th.
There are also some new accessories coming with the iPad 2, including the Smart Covers which will attach magnetically to the iPad 2. What makes them so smart? It will automatically wake the device when opened and also put it to sleep when closed. They’ll also be releasing an HDMI adapter which allows you to connect your iPad 2 to your HDTV.
Apple was able to keep the prices to the first-generation iPad, but if you’re unfamiliar with those here is a break down: WiFi-Models come in at $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB, and $64GB. 3G+WiFi models will come in at $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB, and $829 for 64GB.
You’ll be able to get your iPad 2 on March 11th inside the United States, you’ll also be able to pick between a black and white model.
Apple unveils “the thinnest notebook in the world” – the MacBook Air. Apple went and looked at most of the thinnest notebooks – Sony TZ series, for example and tried to distill the best of all of them –
0.16 to 0.76 inches thin, 12.8 inches wide and 8.95 inches deep
13.3-inch LED-backlit widescreen display that has a 1280 × 800 pixel resolution
full sized MacBook-style black keyboard with Ambient light sensor
multi-touch trackpad (Move a window by double-tap and move. Rotate a photo by pivoting your index finger around your thumb)
80GB drive as standard, 64GB SSD as an option
1.6 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo as standard chip which operates with 4MB of on-chip shared L2 cache running at full processor speed, and uses an 800MHz frontside bus (1.8 GHz as an upgrade)
In a rather rare and surprising pre-Macworld Expo move (Macworld Expo 2008 will be from January 15 to 18 at the Moscone Center, San Francisco), Apple unveiled a retooled Mac Pro Desktop machine and a new Xserve server – calling them the fastest Macs ever. The ultra-end Mac Pro features Advanced Micro Devices ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT graphics card with 256MB standard memory. The new 45-nanometer quad-core Xeon processor from Intel, can be equipped with up to 32GB of RAM and as much as 4TB of Disc Drive Storage.
More power with less power
Inside the new Mac Pro is the latest technology from Intel – Quad-Core Intel Xeon “Harpertown” processors. These processors run at blazingly fast speeds up to 3.2GHz.
You still don’t have Leopard!
And, you purchased a qualifying Macintosh Computer on or after October 1, 2007, then you can get a Free upgrade to Apple’s latest OS X 10.5 – Leopard. The offer is valid till 26th January, 2008. Continue reading →