Rumor: Apple tweaking iPad design to fix overheating issue

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 6, 2012

A pair of reports from Asia claim that Apple is looking to tweak the new iPad with a re-worked LED backlight and a revised battery. The new SKU is reportedly meant to address the overheating woes which blew up shortly following the launch, due to criticism by Consumer ReportsRead More


Apple reportedly looking to launch new iPad in China this month

By Cody Lee on Jul 6, 2012

Apple released its third-generation iPad in March of this year, and by most accounts it’s been wildly successful. The company sold nearly 12 million tablets last quarter. And thanks to its agressive international push, it’s expected to top that this time around.

There has been, however, one notable country left off the new iPad’s passport: China. Complicated government approval processes and a nasty trademark battle with Proview have kept the popular tablet out of Apple’s second largest consumer market.

But it looks like the wait is almost over… Read More


Google’s Nexus 7 beats iPad 3 on repairability

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 4, 2012

Despite being only one millimeter thicker, Google’s upcoming Nexus 7 slate is more repairable than the new iPad, a teardown analysis by iFixit has concluded. Its components are assembled using standard tools, unlike the new iPad’s innards which are glued together.

A simpler assembly makes servicing the Google tablet fairly easy with standard plastic opening tools that make “cracking the Nexus shell like cutting through butter”Read More


Apple gains ownership of without a fight

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 4, 2012

Wow, that was fast! Just a week following a complaint Apple lodged with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the original owner of the domain has transferred ownership to Apple’s legal team, reports The Next Web.

It’s interesting that the WIPO case was still filed as active at post time, meaning the organization hasn’t even reached an official ruling, which could indicate that Apple’s legal sharks scared the hell out of the domain owner. Who’s this guy, anyway? Read More


Apple to reportedly launch revamped third-gen iPad this summer

By Cody Lee on Jun 29, 2012

Yeah as far as crazy rumors go, this one could be among the craziest. A new report is out this morning claiming that Apple is set to release a revamped version of its third generation iPad this summer.

The difference between this tablet and the one that Apple released three months ago is that it’s supposedly going to be thinner, have better battery life, and its Retina display is going to be made by Sharp… Read More


Apple wants to own

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 29, 2012

With the “new” iPad, Apple stopped applying numerical suffixes to distinguish iPad iterrations, a practice many expect to continue with a sixth-generation iPhone (think “the new iPhone”).

The fact doesn’t stop the company from fighting to secure ownership of the attractive domain name. Looks like someone’s plans to pocket a little profit from serving a bunch of ads on a single homepage just got curbed by Cupertino… Read More


Study finds that new iPad costs just $1.36 per year to charge

By Cody Lee on Jun 22, 2012

Despite all of the praise it’s received for its Retina display and LTE-compatibility, the new iPad does have its caveats. For instance, it takes considerably longer to charge than both of its predecessors.

The reason for this is obviously because the new iPad has a bigger battery. But surprisingly, it’s still rather efficient. According to a new study, the tablet only costs $1.36 per year to charge… Read More


Verizon’s LTE network now available in over 300 markets

By Cody Lee on Jun 20, 2012

One of the most common questions we get asked regarding the third-generation iPad is, “which carrier should I go with?” Here in the US, the tablet is available on both AT&T and Verizon networks.

Depending on you’re location, we generally recommend the Verizon model. The carrier has had its LTE network up and running for nearly two years. And it’s now available in more than 300 markets… Read More


Apple starts airing new “Do It All” iPad commercial

By Cody Lee on Jun 18, 2012

Apple has started airing a new iPad commercial this evening entitled “Do It All.” As the name suggests, the ad gives examples of some of the many things you can do with the tablet.

The spot covers everything from sending an email to creating a presentation. And the commercial ends with the tagline “Do it all more beautifully, with the Retina display on iPad…” Read More


iOS 6: Clock app video walkthrough

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 13, 2012

Finally, the iPad can lay claim to a Clock app of its own. That’s right, with iOS 6, comes a new Clock app built from the ground up with the iPad in mind. The first word that might come to your head after initially laying eyes on the Clock app is “beautiful”, as it’s accented with a level of detail that Apple is famous for.

Included with the Clock app is a world clock capable of storing up to 24 different locations, along with the obligatory alarm, stop watch, and timer functions. Check out our full video walkthrough of the new Clock app for all of the details. Be sure to comment and let us know what you think about it.


Turn-by-turn navigation and Flyover in iOS 6 Maps is limited to iPhone 4S, iPad 2 or later

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 12, 2012

Apple really stick it to Google with jaw-dropping 3D Maps and full turn-by-turn navigation in iOS 6. However, those headline features won’t be supported on hardware released prior to 2011. In other words, you’ll need at least A5-enabled iOS devices to enjoy Flyovers and turn-by-turn navigation.

This means either the latest iPhone 4S model or the second- or third-generation iPad. So, did Apple just pull a Siri, all over again? Read More


iOS 6: Maps video demonstration

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 11, 2012

The new Maps app is the premier new feature in iOS 6. Although I was a bit skeptical at first after seeing some early screenshots, I’m a definite believer after giving it some hands-on time. It is rightfully so that the new Maps app is Apple’s most compelling upgrade to iOS.

Maps is leaps and bounds above anything offered in the previous Google powered Maps app. With 3D views, turn by turn navigation, and full integration with Siri, Maps is a truly amazing package. What do you think about it?


iOS 6: Siri video demonstration

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 11, 2012

Here is our first video demonstration showcasing some of the new Siri features included in iOS 6. As we previously reported, new features include sports scores, Movie info, including showtimes, trailers, reviews, and actor information, the ability to launch apps, and much more.

The new Siri is also iPad compatible, and we provide you with a sneak peak of the virtual assistant running on the iPad near the tail end of the video as well. Be sure to let us know what you think about Siri’s new and improved features and iPad compatibility in the comments below.


This is what Siri looks like on the new iPad

By Cody Lee on Jun 11, 2012

Since Apple introduced Siri last fall, folks have been going through great lengths to install it on other devices. But Apple has continued to keep the feature exclusive to the iPhone 4S. Until now, that is.

Along with a number of other Siri-related announcements this morning, Apple announced that iOS 6 would be bringing the digital assistant to the latest iPad. So you know iDB had to go hands-on… Read More


10 must have jailbreak tweaks for the new iPad

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 10, 2012

So you finally got around to jailbreaking your new iPad, and you’re wondering which apps and tweaks are the best? Don’t worry, iDB has you covered. We’ve taken the time to test out some of the best tweaks available for the new iPad to ensure that they perform as expected on the latest 5.1.1 firmware.

While many of the items shown here work great on the iPhone, the list was compiled strictly with the new iPad in mind. For that reason, just because you see an item on the list doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll play 100% nice with an iPhone or iPod touch.

Take a look inside for the top 10 jailbreak tweaks for the new iPadRead More


Apple settles Australian ‘4G’ iPad dispute for $2.25 million

By Cody Lee on Jun 8, 2012

Apple has taken a lot of heat over the use of the ‘4G’ term in the name of its latest iPad. While the tablet is indeed LTE-capable here in the States, it isn’t in most other places. And some folks found that misleading.

Perhaps its most public battle has been in Australia, where Apple has been getting sued by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission over the moniker. But the headache appears to be almost over… Read More


Verizon expands LTE network across Florida and several other markets

By Cody Lee on Jun 7, 2012

Folks with Verizon-branded 4G iPads will be happy to hear that the carrier is flipping the LTE switch on in several new areas over the next few weeks. This includes both expansions, and brand new markets, in multiple states.

North Carolina and Florida residents look to be the biggest winners in this round of activations, as Verizon’s 4G network will soon be available in Jacksonville, New Bern, Panama City and Palm Beach. Full list after the break… Read More


iOS 6 to bring Siri to iPad 3, here’s a mockup

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 4, 2012

Much as it has been speculated, Apple is apparently working to enable Siri on iPad by way of iOS 6, according to the inevitable people familiar with the matter. We’re talking about full-blown voice assistant, not just the Dictation feature, and it will reportedly work just as you’d expect it to. Here’s a mockup based on the description provided by the source…


Regulatory approval hints at iPad 3 launch in China

By Christian Zibreg on May 30, 2012

Looks like Apple could finally launch its iPad 3 in the huge market of China as their regulatory agency just approved a mysterious 3G device. Though the filing doesn’t name it, it’s clear from a model number that a network certificate has been issued for the new iPad… Read More


The inconvenient truth about Retina iPad gaming

By Christian Zibreg on May 29, 2012

Back in March, I analyzed whether the new iPad has enough oomph to drive graphics-intensive games natively at the new iPad’s 2,048-by-1,536 pixel resolution. The crux of the article: framer rates in Retina-optimized games can drop to well below what the iPad 2 delivers.

With no change on the CPU side and only 2x speed gain on the GPU side, the new iPad clearly has issues offseting the Retina display’s 4x pixel count increase.

Today, The Verge sheds more light on the matter by putting the device through its paces in real-world tests based on a handful of latest triple-A games. The findings may surprise even the most hard-core gamers among you… Read More

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