British Airways is betting big on iPads. As part of huge investments in it’s flight crews, all 3,600 BA pilots will be getting iPads in the cockpit as some point in the future.
Apple has received a permit to start selling cellular variants of the iPad mini and the iPad 4 in China from the country’s telecom regulatory body, indicative of an impending launch of the two devices in the region. The Wi-Fi only version of the two devices went on sale earlier this month, followed by the iPhone 5.
It’s going to be another tech-powered Holiday this season. IDC is expecting 362 million mobile devices to be shipped in Q4, mainly driven by holiday spending. It’s not just smartphones either, tablets are growing by leaps and bounds as well.
It’s an unusually media heavy day for the normally very private Tim Cook. Tonight his interview with Brian Williams airs on NBC and Bloomberg Businessweek has published a long, and fascinating, interview with Tim Cook led by Businessweek’s Josh Tyrangiel. While portions of both interviews have been discussed already—Tim Cook Says Apple To Start Manufacturing Macs In USA Soon and Tim Cook: Television is an “Area of Intense Interest”—the discussions in the Businessweek interview are too compelling not to comment more on.
You’ve seen the Apple commercials where kids FaceTime with their grandparents. Heck I FaceTime with my two-year-old nephew and it’s awesome. Apple makes it seem like FaceTime is just a magical program that just works, but in reality you do need to turn it on and set it up on your devices—and Mac—to make it work.
Apple prides itself on releasing devices that have great battery life. Both the iPad 4 and iPad mini claim 10 hour battery life in regular use. So, how does that stack up against other tablets? It smokes them.
The year is coming to a close and analysts, pundits, and even simpler scriveners like me are starting on their crystal ball gazing predictions for Apple next year. Boy Genius Report quotes analyst Adnaan Ahmad’s predictions for next year including a cheap iPhone, an Apple Television, and a MacBook Air running iOS. Thoughts? Read on.
Hot on the heels of getting regulatory approval form Chinese authorities for its devices, Apple today announced that the iPad mini and the iPad 4 will be going on sale in the region starting December 7th, while the iPhone 5 will arrive in the region a week later on December 14th.
As more Android tablets hit the market, it just makes mathematical sense that Apple’s market share would start to slip. Will the iPad mini stem the tide? Don’t count on it.