No Final Word Yet on Apple's iPad Pro Tablet

Posted by Kirhat | Thursday, November 27, 2014 | | 0 comments »

iPad Pro Rumors
One thing going for several Apple rumors is that whenever the tech company fails to deliver on what was unofficially promised, nobody is seriously disappointed, except maybe the source of the rumor.

Hence, when the rumored 12.2-inch to 12.9-inch iPad Pro tablet was reported to remain in the drawing board and not enter mass production sooner than the second quarter of 2015, Apple stocks remained unaltered.

One reason cited for the possible extension of the date for the release of Apple’s response to Microsoft’s tablet/laptop hybrid is that it is still struggling with manufacturing issues. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who’s often right about Apple’s upcoming devices, has also said that iPad sales in the first quarter of next year might be significantly lower than they were in the same quarter this year.

Kuo said the iPad Pro will have an oxide panel in order to achieve a "high resolution, quick response, and high color saturation," MacRumors reports. But that also means Apple will need time to improve component yield and assembly, which is why production will be pushed back to the second quarter of next year.

As for iPad sales in the first quarter of 2015, the analyst expects Apple to only sell 9.8 million iPads, 54.5 percent less than it did in the first quarter of 2014. Apple is expected to sell almost 21.5 million iPads in the current quarter.

"We believe that, in a major shift, while Apple (US) used to be able to use new form factor designs to boost demand, it has failed to do so this time around," Kuo said. "The lighter and thinner iPad Air 2 will face strong headwinds in increasing sales in 1Q15, we believe; we also hold that this means that iPad, along with the entire tablet market, is faced with structural challenges characterized by a lack of new applications and market saturation. We don’t think these challenges will be easily overcome by upgraded specs, new form factor designs or lower prices."

Apple has yet to confirm a bigger iPad, with recent reports suggesting the tablet might have a smaller 12.2-inch display rather than the 12.9-inch screen mentioned in most reports detailing the iPad Pro.

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Adding Storage to iPhones

Posted by Kirhat | Wednesday, November 26, 2014 | | 0 comments »

IOGear

It was just a few months ago when complaints were posted online about the limited memory provided to Apple iPhone subscribers and users.

The major problem with a 16GB and even 32GB iPhone becomes apparent when iOS 8 launched: if you want to install iOS 8, you need more disk space available than anyone would logically have spare if they have a 16GB or 32GB device. And don't even get me started on the situation facing people with 8GB iPhones.

Without a doubt, this space requirement is the reason why uptake has been much slower for iOS 8 this time round.

Apple appeared to have taken the right direction by eliminating the 32GB models of its most recent phones and tablets, but anyone who isn’t willing to pay a US$ 100 premium for extra storage is still out of luck. The issue is that Apple’s mobile devices don’t feature microSD card slots for expanded storage, but ZDNet has alerted some bloggers to an interesting alternative.

This is IOGEAR’s MediaShair Wireless Media Hub. You can plug an SD card, a USB flash drive or even an external hard drive into this hub and then connect to it through your mobile device. It has built-in WiFi and can share media with up to seven iOS or Android devices at once.

You can even connect the MediaShair to an Ethernet port and share the connection wireless through the device.

The MediaShair is also equipped with a battery that lasts up to 9 hours and can serve as a portable charging station for your various phones and tablets.

If you’re looking for an affordable way to multiply the storage of your mobile device, the MediaShair Hub is definitely worth a look. It usually costs US$ 99.95, but there are a few units left in stock on Amazon for under US$ 52.

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Instead of iPad Mini 3, Try The Older Version

Posted by Kirhat | Monday, November 24, 2014 | | 0 comments »

iPad Mini 3
It was as if only yesterday when we still heard the late Steve Jobs of Apple announced that they will never enter the smaller tablet market.

Fast forward to the present, we have already seen the third-iteration of the iPad Mini, aptly called the iPad Mini 3, which launched earlier this quarter alongside the iPad Air 2 to complete Apple’s 2014 mobile roster until the same time next year.

The iPad Air 2 is probably the best tablet money can buy right now. It has the power, the specs, the design and the ecosystem. With iOS 8, the gadget offers a pretty seamless user experience. The iPad Mini 3, as the name suggests, is essentially a smaller version of Apple’s more popular 9.7in model – or, at least that’s what everyone is supposed to think.

In actual fact the two slates are very different beasts in more ways than one. It is worth pointing out that the only difference between the iPad Mini 3 and last year’s iPad Mini 2 is the former now comes in gold and has TouchID installed in the Home button. That’s all you got and we are not kidding.

The iPad Mini 3 looks just like the iPad Mini 2, and that’s just fine because it really is a gorgeous piece of kit. Constructed from high-quality aluminium and featuring those now-trademark chamfered edges, the iPad Mini 3 looks as fresh and premium as ever. It’s perfectly proportioned too, and has excellent balance across its chassis, making it ideal for situations where one-handed use might be required (a packed tube, for instance).

The problem with the latest variant is that last year’s model is just as good and costs A LOT less than this one, which begs the question: is TouchID and a new colour option worth an extra amount? In a word: no, not at all (even more so when you factor in that Apple Pay isn’t supported by major retailers).
As noted above, the iPad Mini 3 uses exactly the same Retina panel as the iPad Mini 2 – aka the iPad Mini with Retina. It’s a 7.9in 2048 x 1536 pixel screen with a pixel density of 324ppi - this combination delivers exceptional results, thanks to its tightly packed pixels and excellent colour reproduction. The size of the slate makes it an ideal choice for web browsing, watching media on the move and reading eBooks.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that Apple didn’t include any of the iPad Air 2’s display improvements. Maybe because iPad Mini was viewed as a product with limited shelf life – yep, this could be the last iPad Mini.

In general, the latest iPad Mini is pretty much exactly the same as last year's model, save for the new Gold colour option and TouchID. It may be a gorgeous, beautifully crafted tablet and it houses one of the best tablet ecosystems around, but it is far too similar to last year's model and, for this reason, cannot be considered an update. Save some money and go for the iPad Mini 2 instead.

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The Gap Between iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Posted by Kirhat | Sunday, November 23, 2014 | | 0 comments »

iPhone 6 Plus Gap
If you are an investor, where will you put your money when the choices is between iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus? Most probably you will put it on the most popular gadget and data shows that the smaller device is more famous than its bigger cousin. However, if you think the gap is very slim, the you may want to rethink again.

Research firm AppLovin Data Desk has noted that the iPhone 6 outsells the iPhone 6 Plus by about four to one, with an 80 percent split for the iPhone 6, and 20 percent of consumers buying the larger, 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus.

AppLovin, which processes over 25 billion ad requests a day, found that the 6 Plus is more popular in the Asia-Pacific region compared to other parts of the world. The iPhone 6 Plus is used on average, 35 percent more frequently than the iPhone 6 in the region, except for South Korea, which is more in line with the global trend, with 71 percent of users using the iPhone 6 and 29 percent of users using the iPhone 6 Plus. In contrast, data from the Philippines signals the iPhone 6 Plus is used the heaviest there, with 37 percent adoption rates.

Stronger-than-expected adoption of the iPhone 6 Plus in the Asian region, particularly China (Apple's second largest market) benefits Apple in a multitude of ways - iPhone average selling price (ASP), gross margins, as well as revenue.

In the September quarter, when the iPhone was not yet available in China, iPhone ASP was US$ 602.92, significantly higher than the US$ 561.06 in the June quarter. Though some of that is due to new models being introduced, the company's gross margins at 38 percent, versus 37 percent in the year ago quarter, help tell the strength of the iPhone 6 Plus. Traditionally, when Apple releases new products, gross margins dip a bit that quarter, and then rise throughout the year as Apple works on getting the cost structure down.

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus made it to China on 17 October, available on all the major Chinese carriers, including China Mobile , China Unicom and China Telecom .

Apple would be able to sell more iPhone 6 Plus units, but the phone is "supply constrained," according to comments made by Apple CFO Luca Maestri on Apple's latest earnings call.

Other regions in the world, including North America, Western Europe and Australia have a ration of the the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus that's "much more aligned with the global average." Data shows that Australia has the highest adoption rate of the iPhone 6, at 83 percent, and 17 percent for the iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple announced the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in September, and adoption around the world has been extremely strong. In the first weekend, Apple announced it sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 units, and a record 4 million units in the first 24 hours the new iPhones were available.

Though adoption for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have been strong, AppLovin found that adoption for Apple's new operating system, iOS 8, is a different story.

After 45 days of it being released, just over 50 percent of iDevice users had updated to iOS 8, compared to 80 percent for iOS 7. Part of that is due to the size of iOS 8, which requires more than 5GB worth of storage available on your iDevice, whereas previous iOS updates required much smaller amounts.

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Major Bug in Android 5.0 Lollipop

Posted by Kirhat | Saturday, November 22, 2014 | | 0 comments »

Android Lollipop
Like the iOS 7 update last year, Google’s new Android 5.0 update could be considered as the most hotly anticipated Android update yet. The Lollipop update for Android includes features with exciting redesign that people can’t wait to get their hands on.

While Android 5.0′s user interface overhaul isn’t quite as extensive as Apple’s iOS 7 update in 2013, the new look of Material Design is beautiful and it truly modernizes Google’s mobile platform. Unfortunately, Android users who have gotten the update already have to deal with what appears to be a fairly serious and annoying bug.

Android device users have taken to Reddit and the comments sections on several Android blogs to complain about what is either a major bug or a troubling omission on Google’s part.

According to the complaints, the new Android 5.0 Lollipop completely removes Android’s Silent Mode feature. Silent Mode quiets all alert sounds and vibrations, and it had previously been enabled by pressing the volume down key repeatedly. Lowering the volume to zero enables a vibrate-only mode, and then pressing the volume down button one more time used to put the phones in question in Silent Mode.

One Reddit thread discussing the matter currently has more than 415 comments.

Android 5.0 includes a new Priority Mode that is able to block all notifications on a user’s smartphone or tablet, but users accustomed to enabling Silent Mode with the phone’s volume button don’t see Priority Mode as a viable alternative.

Of note, Google’s own Nexus 9 tablet running Android 5.0 still has a Silent Mode option accessible by repeatedly pressing the volume down button. This has led many Android fans to believe that the feature’s omission on phones is a bug rather than an intentional change.

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iPhone Users Are Buying iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Posted by Kirhat | Friday, November 21, 2014 | | 0 comments »

iPhone 6 Plus
If you are an avid iPhone user, then more likely you also have either the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus by this time. A new research from UBS and Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) reveal that Apple’s best-selling iPhone models to date were mostly sold to buyers looking to buy the gadget during the first 30 days following since it was launched.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus accounted for 90 percent of all iPhone sales for 2014, beating the previous pair (iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C) that accounted for 84 percent of consumers buying an iPhone in the first 30 days following the iPhone 5s launch, Business Insider reports.

The iPhone 6 models saw increased interest in China, according to UBS, which also found that 19 percent of Samsung phone owners it surveyed planned to switch to iPhone. Between the two new iPhone 6 models, the iPhone 6 Plus is slightly more popular in China, the research revealed.

"Our recent UBS Evidence Lab study complements the backward-looking CIRP work in finding impressive iPhone 6 buying intentions," UBS wrote. "Over 40 percent of respondents were likely to buy an iPhone 6 in the next year with China surprisingly strong. There is clear share gain — 19 percent of Samsung users look to switch to Apple for their next purchase. It also found a tilt toward the 6 Plus at over half of indicated purchases. CIRP data show the smaller iPhone 6 is selling more than the 6 Plus, which we expect to continue. But due to supply shortages, we don’t know the underlying 6 Plus demand. The Evidence Lab study suggests the 6 Plus could exceed expectations, especially in Asia."

Meanwhile, CIRP said that fewer Android users switched from Android to iPhone after the iPhone 6 was launched, with most buyers being already iPhone users.

"The vast majority of new iPhone buyers were already iPhone owners," CIRP Partner and Co-Founder Josh Lowitz said. "Current iPhone owners accounted for over 80 percent of buyers after this launch, compared to less than 65 percent after the iPhone 5S and 5C launch in September 2013. Android owners accounted for a much smaller share of buyers immediately after this year’s iPhone launch, and with smartphones so prevalent in the US, we also saw a smaller percentage of iPhone buyers moving from basic phones."

Ship times for the iPhone 6 models have not improved in Apple’s online stores, even though the handsets have been available in stores for almost two months. The iPhone 6 has a wait time of up to 10 days, while the bigger iPhone 6 Plus will ship in three to four weeks after purchase.

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