The technology world is shifting and evolving, traditional PCs are losing steam while mobile gadgets continue to prosper, so the already thin line between smartphones and tablets on one side and laptops and desktops on the other is likely to reach the point of near invisibility before long.
Back in May, the Korean websiteÂ ETNewsÂ said Apple wasÂ hard at work on a 12.9 inch version of the iPadÂ called the â€śiPad maxiâ€ť.
Notifications have certainly gotten better since the early days of iOS and while we have some settings tweaks to help you get more out of Notifications, Apple could certainly keep polishing that feature.
A new document, filed with the court on Saturday, reveals a whole set of iPhone and iPad designs that Apple would have liked to remain a secret. Although some of the designs have already been revealed in earlier filings, the new document is a treasure trove for anyone interested in what goes on behind the scenes when an iPhone or iPad is announced.
The VergeÂ has obtained documents filed in the Apple vs. Samsung trial which include images of iPad and iPhone prototypes, revealing alternative designs of the product that the company shelved on its way to deliver the final product.
The research and development for such a device started way back in the first half of the last decade, which means that Apple developed, and iterated through multiple versions of the device before arriving Â at the final design.
Patent applications and rumors in the past have pointed to the existence of an iPad with dual dock connectors, and today, via an eBay listing, we know that Apple indeed manufactured such iPad prototypes in a small quantity before the actual launch.
The iPad prototype being auctioned in the eBay listing is a first generation, 16GB, Wi-Fi only model with two dock connectors, one each for portrait and landscape mode. It runs a beta version of iOS 3.2 alongside Apple’s software testing suite called “SwitchBoard.”