The iPad mini could comprise half of all iPads sold in December

By Ed Sutherland on Nov 5, 2012

Apple will sell 20.2 million iPads during the December financial quarter – half of them iPad minis, one Wall Street analyst predicts. The forecast comes as experts attempt to divine the meaning of Apple’s record three million tablets sold over the past weekend.

Despite a Northeast US battered and bruised by Hurricane Sandy, Apple announced it sold three million new iPads this weekend, breaking a record of 1.5 million Wi-Fi-only units moved during the iPad 3 opening weekend in March. Analysts believe a large portion of new iPads sold this weekend were various iPad mini models… Read More


UK’s Everything Everywhere launches 4G LTE network

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 30, 2012

Everything Everywhere today launched its 4G LTE network in the United Kingdom, giving UK shoppers plenty of reasons to buy the new iPad mini, the iPhone 5 and the fourth-generation iPad this holiday season. All these devices feature improved cellular connectivity that supports a wider gamut of LTE frequency bands across the world’s carriers.

Apple’s web site also lists Everything Everywhere as being compatible with the 4G LTE flavors supported by Apple’s late-2012 iOS devices. Go past the fold for plans and pricing information… Read More


Fourth-gen iPad orders pushed back one week

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 30, 2012

Deliveries of orders of the fourth-generation iPad with Retina display have been postponed until one week on the online Apple store. This comes just after shipments of the new iPad mini were delayed two weeks following its arrival to stores last week. Both devices became available for pre-order four days ago. 72 hours later, the initial stock of the 16GB iPad mini was sold out. First, the more popular black model was gone and was quickly followed by iPad mini shortages across the board. Both tablets were introduced at Apple’s October 23 media eventRead More


iPad 4th generation benchmark shows 1GB of RAM, 1.4Ghz CPU, blows away predecessors

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 30, 2012

We think it’s safe to say that the upcoming iPad 4th generation release will be a beast of a machine. In fact, the 4th generation iPad more than doubles the overall Geekbench benchmark score of the iPad 2. It also more than doubles the score of the incumbent iPad 3.

Whereas many complained about the iPad 3′s relative lack of processing power when compared to the iPad 2 (in some cases, the iPad 2 outperformed the New iPad due to the strain placed on it by the Retina Display), you will not have that problem with the latest iPad iteration.

As Primate Labs points out, some of the first Geekbench scores are beginning to make themselves available online, and it paints a telling picture about the horsepower inside the iPad 4′s inconspicuous casing… Read More


iPad vs Surface boot speed test

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 27, 2012

Just a few minutes ago, I pitted the newly released Microsoft Surface against the 3rd generation iPad with Retina Display. Keep in mind that neither tablet is a slouch when it comes to specs, and that this isn’t exactly a scientific test. Still, some of you might be surprised as to which tablet came out on top in a cold boot speed test.

I won’t spoil the results, but if you’re interested in seeing it for yourself, head inside and check out our iPad vs Microsoft Surface boot test video… Read More


Some Apple Stores offering 30-day exchange window for iPads

By Cody Lee on Oct 23, 2012

Good news this afternoon for folks who recently purchased a third generation iPad. Reports are coming in that some Apple Stores are offering a 30-day window to exchange the now-obsolete tablet for the new one.

Earlier today, Apple announced the fourth generation iPad, an update to its larger 9.7-inch tablet line that includes a better processor and other improvements, a mere six months after it launched its predecessor… Read More


Apple discontinues third gen iPad, refurbished models start at $379

By Cody Lee on Oct 23, 2012

You have to feel bad for anyone who unknowingly purchased a third generation iPad within the last month (assuming they can’t return it). Because after only 30 days, that tablet has become obsolete.

The slate is being phased out by its younger, cooler, but same-sized sibling that is the fourth-generation iPad. Apple announced the new tablet at its media event this morning, alongside the also-new iPad miniRead More


iPad mini vs iPad 2 vs iPad with Retina Display head-to-head specs shootout

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 23, 2012

As we always do at iDB, here is a comparison image pitting the iPad mini vs the iPad 2 vs the iPad with Retina Display.

How does the new iPad mini stack up to its bigger brethren? Take a look at the full comparison inside… Read More


Tweaked third gen iPad could have improved FaceTime camera

By Cody Lee on Oct 22, 2012

In addition to the iPad mini, and a handful of other announcements, Apple is widely expected to unveil a tweaked version of its current full-sized tablet at its media event tomorrow.

The retooled slate is said to feature a handful of changes, including Apple’s new Lightning connector, a global LTE chip and, if these images are legit, an improved FaceTime camera… Read More


Claimed photo of retooled iPad with Lightning connector

By Cody Lee on Oct 21, 2012

The rumor that Apple was looking to release a tweaked version of its third generation iPad this fall popped up back in June of this year. And at the time, it seemed crazy. Why would Apple refresh a 6 month-old product?

But over the past 4 months, the story has really started picking up momentum, as several reports have pointed to Apple unveiling the retooled iPad at its iPad mini event next week. Then today, this picture surfaced… Read More


Apple to announce retooled third gen iPad next week

By Cody Lee on Oct 19, 2012

While it will likely be the star of the show, the iPad mini isn’t the only new device Apple is going to be unveiling at next week’s event. Word is that the company has a new MacBook and some updated desktops to show off as well.

And according to a new report, Apple is also going to introduce a retooled third generation iPad next Tuesday. The updated tablet is said to feature the new Lightning connector, global LTE support and other improvements… Read More


Expert laughs off Microsoft’s pre-emptive claim of Surface beating iPad 3 on screen sharpness

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 18, 2012

A Microsoft engineer in a Reddit thread made a bold claim that a 1,366-by-768 pixel resolution display on the Surface tablet is way sharper than the 2,048-by-1,536 pixel resolution Retina display on the iPad 3. The comment left some scratching their head, wondering if Microsoft found a way to bypass the laws of physics.

President of DisplayMate Technologies Raymond Soneira is an expert at these things: he previously dispelled Heatgate, recently rated the iPhone 5 as having the best display in a smartphone and now is back with a brief shootout concerning the Surface’s ClearType sub-pixel rendering allegedly improving display clarity beyond what Apple’s device offers… Read More


Microsoft: Surface screen outperforms the iPad Retina display

By Ed Sutherland on Oct 17, 2012

Microsoft is nothing if not an expert when it comes to spinning technology. Take for instance the software giant’s latest comments that its Surface tablet actually outperforms the iPad’s Retina display. You remember the Retina, the display with 3.9 million pixels and described by some as the best display ever for a mobile device?

Well, turns out the Surface’s 1,366-by-768 display is even better at something called “perceived resolution.” Microsoft engineer Steve Bathiche told a Reddit audience this week that the tablet’s ClearType technology can reduce the glare from reflected light. The Surface’s display reflects between 5.5 percent and 6.2 percent of light, compared to 9.9 for the iPad, according to the engineer… Read More


LG Display shuns Samsung, becomes prime supplier of Retina iPad panels

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 20, 2012

More cracks are beginning to show in the Apple-Samsung partnership as the South Korean conglomerate’s component arm lost a significant amount of orders to rival LG Display. Coincidentally or not, the news arrives in the aftermath of the $1 billion ruling in the Apple v. Samsung trial. Samsung used to be the prime supplier of high-resolution Retina panels for Apple’s third-generation iPad, but no longer.

Seeking ways to reduce its dependency on Samsung, Apple reportedly shifted panel orders to LG Display. It’s not just a minor re-shuffling: Samsung last month saw iPad panel orders reduced to just 28 percent of its July output. We’ve seen what order stoppage rumors can do to market cap. I’d watch Samsung’s share price closely these days… Read More