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Video: Can the iPad Pro Replace Your Laptop Computer?

Posted on 03 December 2015 by GranTorinoGuy

There are all types of different computers on the current market. We have full-on desktop PCs, Mac Pros, laptops that convert into touchscreen tablets, and we have tablets that are said to replace your laptop computer.

Apple has entered into a market that is still somewhat questionable with their all-new iPad Pro. The iPad Pro, as you may already know, is the largest and most powerful tablet device from the company yet. The iPad Pro is also touted as a potential replacement for your laptop computer. Some have some mighty strong words to say about it being a laptop replacement.

Cnet dives into the fray and explains a few positives and negatives on whether the iPad Pro is able to fully replace the laptop computer, even if you pair it with a keyboard and that $100 Apple pen device. = For one, we think that Apple is a bit crazy for having a device at or above the cost of a mainstream laptop. Draw your own conclusions and check out the video below.

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Apple Mac Computer Sales Reach Record High As iPad Continues to Slip

Posted on 28 October 2015 by GranTorinoGuy

The news is buzzing about how Apple Mac computers are making a serious insurgence on the PC industry with selling a record 5.7 machines to customers worldwide in the September 2015 quarter.

Another major milestone has been reached for Apple with the sales of Mac computers account for 20 million more in an Apple fiscal year.

To put things in perspective, Apple sold 20.6 million Macs in the last 4 quarters, or within one year’s time previously. In just the last quarter (3 months) with September 2015 as the cutoff, apple has sold 5.7 Macs which would yield a higher number if you multiply that by a four, which would be a full year of those sales. That puts Apple over their high of 20.6 million in a year’s time by a considerable amount.

While Mac unit sales were up by about 3.4% from the previous year, iPad sales are dismal and continue a downward slump. One while some experts thought that iPad sales would trump Mac computer sales, and they did only for a short interim. Now, iPad unit sales are down 19.8%, and revenue is off by 19.6%. iPads only accounted for 8.3% of Apple’s total for the quarter, the smallest amount ever recorded since the first quarter of 2011, which was just under a year after the iPad’s conception and release date.

As you would expect, Apple is downplaying their dismal iPad sales over the last seven quarters, which has returned nothing but a downward spin for the popular tablet. While the overall earnings of Apple remain strong, there is speculation surround as to why the iPad has turned into the redheaded stepchild for the brand when you look at overall sales as of late.

Some speculate on the idea of iPad sales declining is that people are well satisfied with their previous iPad purchase and have no need to “upgrade” and may overlook the iPad Pro due to its high cost relative to a Mac computer, desktop or Macbook.

There may be many reasons as to the decline of iPad sales. Though, with a rising sales force among Mac computers, Apple could be emerging into a new territory where Windows based PCs are starting to show a decline in new adoption rates with Apple Mac computers with record adoption rates. Only time will tell as we have no choice but to sit this one out and await the forthcoming results. Not to mention, with the holidays approaching there will be new indicators as to what consumers are looking for and if the iPad will have new sales life sparked back into it or if Mac computers will simply dominate.

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Apple Patents Curved Touch Screens Hinting Towards Next Mobile Tech Craze

Posted on 10 December 2013 by GranTorinoGuy

Everyone is always on the hunt for the next best thing but in the interim we suspect that curved touch screens will be a hit amongst mobile devices as Apple has just received a patent for curved touchscreens and displays.

According to AppleInsider, the method Apple patented is designed to create a curved screen that remains to be fully touch sensitive without any distortion. Such a display is hinted towards use not only in upcoming iPhones or other mobile devices, but in items like an upcoming magic mouse or even another desktop application device.

Curved screens can almost be thought of something old becoming new again only this time it is in the ‘flat’ screen vernacular, without any pun intended. With Apple filing such a patent it would mean the current curved glass mobile devices from competitors like LG and Samsung will all be a part of a new family of screens that evade the normal flat design.

In a Bloomberg report in November experts went out on a ledge and guessed that the company is working on a curved glass iPhone for release in late 2014 and at the same time building out better touch input for future devices. This current patent certainly lines up with this thinking.

Of course the true benefits of curved glass have yet to see the light of day outside of being just a fashion fad. Maybe something else is up with the whole curved screen idea, or patent in Apple’s case.

What do you think about curved touch screens or curved glass devices? Any benefit to them over current mobile devices or tablets?

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Tablet Wars: WePad vs iPad

Posted on 19 April 2010 by GranTorinoGuy

The WePad offers users everything missing on the iPad.

The WePad offers users everything missing on the iPad.

A German manufacturer has produced a tablet computer to challenge the iPad.

Microsoft, HP, Nokia and Google have all announced upcoming tablets, and the newest entrant into the tablet sweepstakes is German manufacturer Neofonie GmbH’s WePad, which might just be the first true Apple rival in the tablet market.

The WePad features an 11.6-inch screen (compared to the iPad’s 9.7-inch display), a webcam, a SIM card slot, multitasking and USB ports. Perhaps more importantly the WePad is operating on a Linux-based platform that supports Flash, Java, and allows the user access to the Android Marketplace as well as other apps through the WePad meta-store. The tablet uses an Intel Atom Pineview-M chip with 1.66 Gigahertz chip and promises to ship with an open source office package.

Neofonie is planning to release the WePad in July 2010.

Neofonie wants to attract publishers who are unhappy with Apple’s restrictions and pricing. European publishing giant Gruner + Jahr has already announced a partnership with Nefonie and will have materials ready for launch day. Negotiations are underway with several others, including Axel Springer, Europe’s biggest newspaper publisher.

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Video: Apple iPad Becomes Expensive Cat Toy

Posted on 16 April 2010 by GranTorinoGuy

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I can see it now, Steve Jobs enters the stage, introduces the new iPad and starts to highlight the feature that entertains your cat. That’s right, someone thought it would be great to introduce a Cat App that allows people to let their Cat play with their new iPad. That is probably the most expensive cat toy I have seen. Hope those claws on that cat are clipped! What do you think about the idea? Check out the video below!

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iPad Could Kill the Print Publishing Industry?

Posted on 08 February 2010 by GranTorinoGuy

Apple CEO Steve Jobs shows off the new iPad at the launch.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs shows off the new iPad at the launch.

Apple’s new iPad computer tablet is set to take the tech industry by storm. The iPad is merely a portable tablet computer designed for web surfing, emailing, viewing photos, reading books and playing music, yet the level of interest in it has been incredible. When Apple invited journalists to an event on January 27, 2010, the Internet immediately went bonkers and began speculating. So much so that when the iPad did rear its beautiful head, many critics resorted to making a mockery of the tablet.

When Apple first launched the iPod there were definitely some doubts, but the company has since sold more than 250 million of them. In the process, the iPod changed the way the public obtains music. The music industry was left reeling from the realization that people now have no interest in going to a record store and buying a CD anymore.

As Apple’s online music store, and its imitators, is changing the face of music retail for ever, their iPhone set new standards in mobile handsets, and their App Store is likewise threatening a major change to the way people buy and use software.

It seems that people really do prefer the convenience of an online store where they can pay small amounts of money for the piece of software they happen to be needing, and it seems there is a chance that the iPad is going to do the same thing to the book, magazine and newspaper sectors.

The iPad is 24cm high, 19 cm wide and 1.5cm thick, and sports a 24cm (diagonal) touch screen, WiFi, and a few other controls. It has a claimed battery life of 10 hours, comes in 16 GB, 32 GB, or 64 GB capacities, and can be used for surfing the Internet, watching video, viewing photos, listening to music, and other computer tasks such as word processing and “spreadsheeting” – if there is such a word.

One of the most hyped iPad features is that it will be able to interface with Apple’s new iBooks store where users can buy and download books, magazines and newspapers to read while they are out and about. There are lots of e-book readers available but they are still quite expensive and really only suitable for displaying text.

Apple is banking on the fact that the iPad will prove popular because it doesn’t cost much more than one of the existing e-book readers and can do so much more. The iPad is lacking in certain ways. It cannot do more than one thing at a time, and there is a lot of heated discussion going on in the Internet forums about whether it will succeed because of this.

My feeling is that the iPad is going to revolutionize the print business, just as the iPod changed the music industry. If I were a print publisher at the moment, I would move to make sure my content was available as fast, both for the iPad, and the imitators that will follow.

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