Apple has just released iOS 6.1 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
During the earnings call, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook revealed that 36 more carriers will be offering LTE services to their iPhone and iPad customers next week.
In case you’re not aware, Apple doesnâ€™t enable LTE on the iPhone 5 on a carrierâ€™s network unless it passes the companyâ€™s own set of tests.Â
Couple of weeks back, Sony unveiledÂ its new flagship Android-based smartphone Sony Xperia Z at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 to take on Apple’s iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S3.
If there was any question about how well the cellular version of the iPad mini would do in China, you should have your answer with this tip from Apple Store Chinaâ€”you’ll have to wait at least two weeks for an iPad mini of any kind. It’s not just China either, ship dates to customers for the iPad mini in the U.K. is two weeks as well and a week in the U.S. and Canada.
Reuters reports that according to their sources, the production of screens for Apple’s full-sized iPad has fallen to minimum levels at Sharp’s factory in Japan after a gradual slowdown began at the end of 2012.
The report notes that it’s not clear how much of this slowdown is due to seasonal changes or due to a shift in demand for iPad mini.
A recent survey by Japan’s BCN and published in the Nikkei pegs the market share of the Nexus 7 at 44.4% while the iPad came in just behind with 40.1%. According to the survey price was a big factor in the decision to buy a Nexus 7 over an iPad. But there’s an interesting wrinkle in the survey timing that might explain the drop in iPad marketshare.
I have to be honest, I haven’t seen a Microsoft Surface Tablet “in the wild” yet. Granted I also haven’t been wandering the coffee shops and other places I might find one lately, but the times I have been out and about I’ve seen plenty of iPads (very few other tablets though). And short of the very sad looking Microsoft pop up store I saw over the holidays, the Surface Tablet hasn’t hit my tech radarâ€”except online.Â Â Ian Betteridge of Macgasm hasÂ seen one in the wild and makes an few interesting points about why Microsoft made this push now. Ian is certainly onto something, I think.
We know that tablets are hot and regardless of size or maker (okay, maybe not the 27″ tablet from Lenovo) they are flying off store shelves. Sure we knew they were going to eventually pass laptops in sales, but previous estimates were for this to happen in 2016. Today that’s been upped to this year.