Posts Tagged ‘ipad’

Apple Offers Trade-In Program for Third-Party iPhone, iPad Adapters

August 6, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Apple on Monday detailed a new program where owners of third-party iPhone, iPod and iPad adapters can trade their products in for an Apple charger for $10 — roughly half the typical price of a new Apple charger. “Recent reports have suggested that some counterfeit and third party adapters may not be designed properly and could result in safety issues,” Apple said on a website announcing the program . “While not all third party adapters have an issue, we are announcing a USB Power Adapter Takeback Program to enable customers to acquire properly designed adapters.” Although Apple has in the past had replacement programs when there have been issues with its own products, this appears to be the first time it has offered such a program for products made by others. The program is a global one, kicking off Aug. 9 in China and Aug. 16 in the U.S. and elsewhere. Customers will be able to go to any Apple retail store or authorized service provider and exchange one charger for every iPad, iPhone and iPod that they own. Users have to also bring in their iOS device to validate the serial number.

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L.A. Unified School District Wants iPads for All 640,000 Students

July 26, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Back in June, the Los Angeles Unified School District awarded Apple a $30 million contract to provide its students with iPads. Under its terms, the company will supply about 31,000 iPads to 47 LAUSD schools, each preloaded with a bunch of educational software. But evidently that’s just the first phase of the program. According to an LAUSD representative, the nation’s second-largest school district hopes to provide iPads to all 640,000 students by late 2014 . Which means it’s going to buy a few hundred thousand more iPads over the next year — though it’s not yet sure how it’s going to do it. “We’re hoping that we will get a lot of private donors,” Mark Hovatter, chief facilities executive for LAUSD, told CITEworld. That’s very good news for Apple

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Don’t Expect Much From Apple’s Q3

July 23, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Wall Street will get a chance to take Apple’s financial pulse once again this afternoon when it reports earnings for its fiscal third quarter. And given the company’s tempered guidance when it last reported financials , analysts aren’t expecting all that much. Consensus estimates call for earnings per share of $7.34 on revenue of $35.18 billion. That’s on the high end of Apple’s guidance for the period: Revenue of between $33.5 billion to $35.5 billion. But on an EPS basis, it’s down significantly from the $9.32 company reported for the same quarter a year ago. Given those tepid numbers, a lot of the focus this afternoon will likely fall on shipments of Apple’s flagship products, the iPhone and the iPad. Wall Street consensus is that the company shipped about 26.5 million iPhones this quarter, with some analysts suggesting numbers far in excess of that. Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty, for example, said last week that her supply-chain checks indicated iPhone shipments for the period of somewhere between 29 million and 32 million units . For the iPad, the Street expects shipments of about 18 million

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Microsoft Celebrates $900 Million Surface RT Write-Down With Ironic Advertisement

July 19, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

“I don’t think anybody has done a product that is the product that I see customers wanting. Not Apple. Not Google. Not Amazon. Nobody has a product that lets you work and play that can be your tablet and your PC. Not at any price point. This is a first-class tablet that people can enjoy and appreciate. It’s a PC; it’s a tablet. It’s for play; it’s for work. It’s got a great price. That product doesn’t exist today.” – Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, October 2012 Yesterday, Microsoft announced a $900 million write-down to reflect unsold inventory of Surface RT , the tablet the company says consumers really want, but just never seem to buy. Today, it’s touting the laggard device as best-of-breed in a new advertisement slagging Apple’s iPad — a device that dominates the tablet market in which Microsoft is now hopelessly floundering. Yet another move to clear out Surface RT inventory in the face of lackluster demand for the tablet. But also an indication that Microsoft’s leadership remains committed to Surface RT, despite a failure so impressively well realized. As Brian Hall, the general manager of Surface marketing, told ZDnet’s Mary Jo Foley , the device just needs a little more word-of-mouth buzz to help it succeed. Said Hall, “We know we need a lot of Surface users to start the flywheel of people recommending it.”

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TouchCast Wants You to Watch Web Video With Your Fingers

June 27, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

The problem with most Web video startups is that you’ve seen them before. Another compilation of cheap clips posing as the next big cable channel. Another solution for non-existent “discovery” problems. Another “Instagram for video” that won’t be. So at the very least, give TouchCast credit for novelty and ambition. The company imagines it can completely reinvent the way you watch Web video, by turning it into an hands-on, interactive experience.

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Apple’s Latest iOS 7 Beta Supports iPad, Male Siri Voice

June 24, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Two weeks after shipping the first beta of its new iOS 7 operating system, Apple has rolled out a second. And unlike its predecessor, this one is available for more than the iPhone and iPod touch. Uncrated Monday, iOS 7 beta 2 features support for the iPad and iPad mini and brings with it a handful of tweaks and improvements. Top among them, the return of the Voice Memo app, an overhauled version of Reminders and a new “male” option to for Siri’s voice. 9to5mac has a more extensive list of refinements .

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Apple Wins $30 Million iPad Contract From L.A. Unified School District

June 19, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Here’s one school district that won’t be availing itself of Microsoft’s “ Surface for education limited-time offer “: L.A. Unified. On Tuesday evening, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) awarded Apple a $30 million contract to provide its students with iPads. The deal, which was approved in a 6-0 vote by the district’s school board, will see Apple supplying about 35,000 iPads to 47 LAUSD schools at a cost of about $678 per device. That’s higher than retail, but I’m told the devices are to be preloaded with an assortment of educational software prior to distribution — an additional expense. The deal is a huge win for Apple. LAUSD is the nation’s second-largest school system, and its decision to award this contract to Apple, and Apple alone, is a hell of an endorsement — one that other school districts are certain to consider while mulling their own tablet deployments. Beyond that, it’s further testament to the mind share iPad is gaining in education, and the speed with which it is gaining it.

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Apple Give iOS an Entirely New Look and Feel

June 10, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

D: All Things Digital Apple’s long product silence ended this morning at the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference keynote with the debut of a number of new products, among them iOS 7, the latest iteration of the mobile operating on which the iPhone and iPad run. Unveiled by CEO Tim Cook and Craig Federighi is Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, the next generation OS is a significant departure from its predecessors, featuring a “de-glitzed,” flatter design, as we previously reported . “It’s the biggest change to iOS since the introduction of iPhone,” Cook said. iOS 7 appears a complete reimagining of the operating system. It features an entirely new color palette, new icons, new typography and a new structure as well. In a video introduction, that preceded the on-stage demo Apple SVP of Industrial Design Jony Ive — who was charged with overseeing all of the company’s interface design last fall — described iOS 7 as an operating system defined by an “absence of clutter and ornamentation.” “I think there is a profound and enduring beauty in simplicity, in clarity, in efficiency,” Ive said “In many ways, we’ve tried to create an interface that is unobtrusive and deferential.” Sounds great, what does it mean practically? Foremost, iOS 7 is a comprehensive end-to-end redesign of iOS, one that forgoes the skeuomorphic flourishes that called to mind real-world objects in previous iterations of the OS, in favor of a more elegant, spartan design language. But that redesign also extends deep into the operating system’s innards. It’s got all manner of functional layers, including a card-based multitasking system intended to help establish hierarchy and order among open apps and documents. Also on board: • a redesigned Notification Center • a new Control Center that offers users quick access to commonly used functions • a mobile version of Air Drop that allows document sharing between iOS devices and Macs. • an updated version of the mobile Safari browser with a smart search bar to enter URLs or search different engines. • new camera filters • a new Photos app that organizes pictures according to moments. Said Federighi, “Installing iOS 7 on your phone is like getting a whole new phone–but one that you know how to use.” Developing …

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With iPad Mini Keyboards, It’s (Literally) the Little Things

June 10, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

I’m typing this column on an iPad mini, using an accessory physical keyboard. Despite my best efforts to maintain a normal typing posture, my hands are squeezed comically close together because the keyboard is so tiny. I wrote a similar review a year ago, using a keyboard for the regular-sized iPad. For me, having the tactile keys changed the iPad from a media-consumption device to one I could use for work, and I gave the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover from Logitech the thumbs-up. More recently, I’ve become a fan of the iPad mini — it has essentially replaced the standard 10-inch iPad for me — but I still use the 7.9-inch device almost entirely for reading books, playing games and browsing the Web. So I wondered: Could an accessory physical keyboard change my mind again? With that in mind, I’ve been trying out four keyboard cases for the iPad mini: Logitech’s $80 Ultrathin Keyboard Cover, Logitech’s $90 Folio Keyboard, Zagg’s Zaggkeys $100 Cover Keyboard and the Zaggkeys Folio Keyboard, also $100. (I should note that I was, at first, accidentally provided with the Logitech Folio for the regular iPad, and was unable to use the Folio for iPad mini as much as I would have liked.) The Logitech keyboard cases are available for purchase now; the Zaggkeys products will ship in July. [ See post to watch video ] All three keyboard cases connect to the iPad mini via Bluetooth, and offer a variety of handy shortcut keys. They all claim a battery-life expectancy of about three months. Throughout the week, I’ve taken notes, responded to emails and written blog posts using these keyboards. My pick out of these three is the Zaggkeys Folio keyboard, despite the fact that it’s $10 more than Logitech’s Folio keyboard, and $20 more than Logitech’s Ultrathin Keyboard Cover. I did run into one glitch with the Zagg, but the company said it would be fixed in the shipping models. The Folio styles cover both sides of the iPad, while the Cover styles only cover the screen of the iPad — leaving the tablet’s backside exposed and vulnerable to scratches. The Zaggkey’s Keyboard Folio felt sturdy and durable, and yet pretty lightweight. It’s just 16.75mm thin compared with the Logitech Folio, which is 25mm. But, more importantly, Zaggkeys products have a much better keyboard layout than that of the Logitech Keyboard Cover and Folio for iPad mini

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Handicapping Apple’s WWDC Keynote

June 8, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

For Apple, the first half of this year has been unusually quiet. There have been no special events, no product announcements. Indeed, the company has been virtually silent since last fall, when it rolled out major redesigns of a number of key products: The iPhone 5, the iPad and iPad mini and the iPod line. So Monday’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote address from Apple CEO Tim Cook will be regarded with great interest not only for annual updates to the company’s desktop and mobile operating systems — OS X and iOS, but also as a harbinger of devices to come. iOS 7 The centerpiece news of the day will be the unveiling of iOS 7. This latest iteration of the operating system that runs Apple’s iPhones and iPads will be the first to version of the OS to be truly crafted under the design leadership of Jony Ive, Apple’s senior vice president of industrial design, who was last year charged with overseeing the “human interface” of all Apple products. On stage at our D11 conference last week, Cook said Ive has been “really key” in recasting iOS. “We recognized that Jony had contributed significantly to the look and feel of Apple over many, many years and could do that for our software as well,” Cook explained. “And I think [what he's done] is absolutely incredible.” As AllThingsD reported earlier this year, iOS 7 is expected to be significantly “de-glitzed” from its predecessor, featuring a flat design that favors simplicity over flash and skeuomorphism. As one source who has been briefed on iOS told AllThingsD in early May . “You know Game Center’s green felt craps table? Well, goodbye, Circus Circus.” Also expected in iOS 7, tighter social integration with Flickr and Vimeo , some improvements to Maps and, perhaps, some content and services enhancements via an expanded deal with Yahoo . Cook also talked about opening up more of the iPhone to developers , and a number of companies are holding out hope to be able to do some of the same things they have long been able to do on Android, such as crafting alternate software keyboards. Mac OS X 10.9 The second big software announcement of the day, and one about which comparatively little is known, is Mac OS X 10.9. What comes after Mountain Lion and what sort of improvements will that update bring to the platform? Cook’s WWDC keynote should answer both those questions. Expect OS X 10.9 to feature improved full-screen apps with multiple screen support.

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