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


Fieldrunners 2 HD now available for the iPad

By Cody Lee on Sep 14, 2012

Amidst all of the iPhone 5 excitement around here, we almost forgot to mention that Subatomic Studios released Fieldrunners 2 HD for the iPad last night.

The long-awaited sequel to the popular tower defense game hit the iPhone back in July, and now it’s available for Apple’s tablet with Retina graphics in tow… Read More


Apple just scrapes past Amazon in JD Power’s tablet satisfaction survey

By Ed Sutherland on Sep 13, 2012

Apple’s iPad is once again ranked as the No. 1 tablet in the United States. However, the company’s lead over Amazon’s Kindle Fire is as razor-thin as its products. According to customer satisfaction researcher JD Power, Apple scored 848 points with Amazon close behind with 842 out of 1,000.

The Cupertino, Calif. firm can be thankful that US consumers found the iPad tops for performance and ease of use — categories heavily weighed in the survey — while Amazon hit it out of the ballpark in price, an area carrying just 16 percent of the final score… Read More


DisplaySearch: Apple re-engineering the iPad’s Retina Display around thinner IGZO tech

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 7, 2012

Apple’s “resolutionary” iPad 3 brings with it the company’s best Retina Display yet, featuring an astounding resolution of 2,048-by-1,536 pixels. Because so many pixels are crammed up on the same 9.7-inch canvas, much stronger backlight is required in order to push the light through the pixels, taxing the battery and adding up to the device’s overall thickness.

A new report cites a prominent display expert who claims that Cupertino is working on an improved Retina tech for an updated third-generation iPad. The new display is thought to be thinner and consume less power, allowing for a new iPad stock-keeping unit (SKU) with a slightly better battery life and lower heat dissipation… Read More


Report says Apple’s smaller tablet will indeed be called iPad mini

By Cody Lee on Aug 25, 2012

With Apple’s media event (or two media events) getting closer, the rumor mill has gone into full swing. Earlier today, reports surfaced regarding the new iPod touch, and nano. And now this.

Citing an Asian source, Japanese blog Macotakara says it has learned that Apple will be in fact calling its smaller tablet the “iPad mini” — a name used often by the media to describe the device… Read More


Verizon’s LTE network will soon cover 2/3 of US population

By Cody Lee on Aug 15, 2012

Verizon just announced that it’s going to flip the LTE switch on in 34 new markets tomorrow, and will also be expanding its 4G coverage in another 38.

We’ll get to the new markets in a moment, but perhaps more interesting is the milestone. After tomorrow’s rollout, Verizon’s LTE network will be in more than 370 markets, blanketing close to two-thirds of the the country’s population… Read More


Turn your iPad into a hardcover book with eBook Jackets

By Cody Lee on Aug 11, 2012

Here’s another Kickstarter project that has made a name for itself by blowing past its funding goal. Out of Print’s eBook Jackets are essentially hard cover book cases for your iPad.

The cases are customizable, and comparatively inexpensive. So if you own an iPad, either second or third generation, and use it to read eBooks, you might want to check this out… Read More


Apple gives $50 off refurbished new iPads

By Sébastien Page on Aug 8, 2012

If you’re looking for a smashing deal on the new iPad, it probably doesn’t get better than that. Apple is currently selling refurbished new iPads at a $50 discount for the first time.

Starting at $449 for a 16GB Wi-Fi model, and going up to $779 for a 64GB cellular model, those refurbished iPads are just as good as brand new ones, well, except someone has owned them for a brief moment before you… Read More


Apple rolls out new “All on iPad” commercial

By Cody Lee on Aug 7, 2012

Apple has posted a new TV commercial for the new iPad this evening. Entitled “All on iPad,” the spot is extremely similar to the “Do it All” ad that Apple started airing back in June.

Once again, the Retina display is the highlight of the commercial, as a narrator runs down several tasks one can do on Apple’s latest tablet including FaceTime calls and more… Read More


Apple to roll out smaller dock connector to all iOS products this fall

By Cody Lee on Aug 6, 2012

We’ve been hearing that Apple was going to be changing the iPhone’s dock connector since February of this year. Not only has the change been confirmed by a number of news outlets, but we’ve seen several leaked next-gen iPhone parts with the smaller charging port.

Along with its new smartphone, Apple is also expected to be using the new port in its iPad mini, which is rumored to debut this fall. But apparently it’s not stopping there. iMore has learned that Apple is rolling out the smaller dock connector across its entire iOS line… Read More


AT&T launches LTE in four new markets, expands in several others

By Cody Lee on Jul 27, 2012

Great news for those of you with AT&T-branded LTE iPads. The carrier has just announced new markets and expansions for its long term evolution network.

Folks in south Florida, parts of Maryland and Massachusetts will now be able to browse the web at lightning-fast 4G speeds. Keep reading for the full list of new areas… Read More


Rumor: retooled iPad, iPad mini to closely follow new iPhone launch

By Cody Lee on Jul 24, 2012

Following up his bold predictions regarding the future of the iPod line, the often accurate Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has offered up his forecast for what will become of Apple’s tablet line as well.

The analyst agrees that Apple is going to unveil an all-new, smaller slate this fall. But he also believes that the new tablet will launch alongside a tweaked version of the current third-generation iPad… Read More


Reuters takes an inside look at iPad smuggling in China

By Cody Lee on Jul 20, 2012

After nearly five months of cutting through red tap, Apple finally launched its third-generation iPad in mainland China today. To much surprise, the tablet made a quiet landing, with only a handful of shoppers in lines spotted around the country’s signature Apple Stores.

The lack of noise can probably be attributed to Apple’s pre-registration system. In an effort to avoid the chaotic scenes of previous product launches, the company restricted new iPad purchases to pre-order only. But it could also be because many fans already have the tablet… Read More


Drop test: iPad vs. Nexus 7

By Cody Lee on Jul 19, 2012

Google unveiled the Nexus 7 last month to much fanfare. And although its price and screen size don’t really line up with the latest iPad, many reviewers are still using Apple’s tablet as a point of reference.

You’ve probably already seen all of the speed and performance comparisons between the two slates, but what about durability? That’s right it’s drop test time. Nexus 7 versus the iPad, round one, fight! Read More


Apple using reservation system in China iPad launch to thwart scalpers

By Cody Lee on Jul 19, 2012

After months of waiting, Apple’s third-generation iPad is going to go on sale in mainland China tomorrow. But don’t expect overnight campouts or long lines. Word is that Apple has implemented a pre-register buying system to handle tomorrow’s tablets sales.

And you can’t blame them. Especially after what happened back in January at the iPhone 4S launch in Beijing. As you may recall, an Apple Store was forced to close down due to a mob of angry shoppers. But Apple has a plan this time to avoid the crowds… Read More


Sprint officially launches its LTE network

By Cody Lee on Jul 16, 2012

Great news Sprint customers, your carrier has just officially joined the LTE party. As expected, the company flipped the switch on its next-generation network in 5 markets this weekend.

Believe it or not, this is actually Sprint’s second attempt at launching a 4G network. Back in 2008, the carrier took a gamble on WiMAX technology. But obviously, that didn’t quite work out… Read More


BookBook Volume 2 is redefined for the new iPad

By Jim Gresham on Jul 10, 2012

Reformation. Few companies can break their products down to the stitching and take an honest look at what works, and what doesn’t. Count Twelve South in with the fine, and few, Apple accessory companies mastering the feat of self evaluation and introspection. The new BookBook is the final result of personally positive criticism. After deconstructing the BookBook, Twelve South has redefined one of their most popular products.

A company dedicated solely to producing Apple accessories, Twelve South designs a limited number of new accessories per year to ensure perfection of each. With what little time they have after garnering worldwide acclaim in Kiplinger’s, Twelve South evaluates the capabilities of their existing products and strives to further enhance them… Read More


AT&T LTE now in 47 markets, still way behind Verizon

By Cody Lee on Jul 9, 2012

AT&T has added LTE coverage to six new areas today, bringing its grand total of LTE-covered markets to 47. The carrier flipped the switch for its new 4G service in Buffalo, New York, Wichita, Kansas and more. Keep reading for a full list of the new markets… Read More