As we seemingly wait for Apple to yet again revolutionise the way our world works in the upcoming Apple iPad 3 model, it seems that a long gone patent gives us glimpses into the crazy world of the Apple designers and engineers. To the point where your new iPad will respond to 3D gestures from [...]
As we seemingly wait for Apple to yet again revolutionise the way our world works in the upcoming Apple iPad 3 model, it seems that a long gone patent gives us glimpses into the crazy world of the Apple designers and engineers. To the point where your new iPad will respond to 3D gestures from across the table, from a swipe of your hand to a complete 360. Astonishing we know, but if anyone can do it, its got to be Apple.
The recemt Apple patent released enables the user to manipulate, change and control graphical elements on their iPad display, ranging from images, icons and also media files. Allowing the user to move, change or delete as they like. In terms of the gestures, these will be limited, or wont they? But to our knowledge there will be some constraints meaning that they will be in geometric shapes which the iPad recognises, and corresponds to a certain response, symbols, patterns or even basic numbers and letters.
As we delve deeper into the complex patent the Apple has outlined to ensure companies do not copy their ideas, an interesting aspect is that the patent shows video editing and annotating ie putting in text, cutting and mixing, all through an invisible, yet existant, gesture based toolbar. This would range from beginners to advanced users, providing pre-set options, but also the ability for the user to add any extras on, and fully customise their iPad gesture tool.
However, this is not the first time a like patent has been discovered. We have also unearthed a patent which goes hand in hand with Apples 3D venture. Outlining a possible integrated projector for their iPad models, which will come integrated with the above mentioned gesture patterns, allowing the user to manipulate which ever image is projected, and change what is visible on screen to them.
This new patent that has been unerathed is more gesture related, going indepth in the way Apple wants these gesture patterns, and the overall gesture language to work, either on screen or a distance away from the iPad itself. Furthermore, detailing the fact that these gestures will enable the user to manipulate text, videos and even music, providing the usual touchscreen experience, without the touch. Although a voice related, and also a combination of voice, Siri, and gesture language is not incorporated.
Naturally, we expect the projector to be installed in the iPads front camera, with the more recent iPad 2 model, and the new iPad 3 model is expected to have a front camera too. Therefore, its possible, for Apple to find a way of integrating this feature, possibly on a lower level, for the iPad 2, in a new iOS, to allow older iPad users to use the feature. Although, the free iPad 3 projector, well we expect it to be free if included on the iPad 3, will have a stronger and better response to this patent if it were put into play, due to the processor.
As mentioned, thats where the hiccup for older devices, such as the iPad 2, may stop it from allowing the user to experience this new gesture language. With reports that there simply wont be enough processing power to handle the gesture workload, and interpret it. This is because the patent highlights many gesture patterns, from facial recognition to selection and hand gestures, with the ability to transfer items from your iPhone to your iPad.
The rumour mill is going haywire, just as it did before the release of the prized Apple iPad 2. And with many Apple enthusiasts now looking towards the next iPad 3, many speculations have already been spun out that it will sport a new HD 2048 by 1536 pixel screen, with 264PPI. With only months [...]
The rumour mill is going haywire, just as it did before the release of the prized Apple iPad 2. And with many Apple enthusiasts now looking towards the next iPad 3, many speculations have already been spun out that it will sport a new HD 2048 by 1536 pixel screen, with 264PPI. With only months left for the release date, although an official one has not been given, its still a nice treat for Apple enthusiasts to know that Apple are looking at upgrading hardware on the iPad 3, as opposed to software in relation to the iPhone 4S release.
As expected, the general consensus lean towards a March or April release date, and with Samsung confirming they are making a new supposed A6 processor, all hints point towards Apple gearing up for a release, and getting their production supplies ready. But here is another blow, his new free iPad upgrade is supposedly linked to Samsung, again, or interestingly LG as manufacturers. Both have history in the HD and plasma screen arena, and both hold their own.
And as expected, the status and quality provided by both, is good enough for Apple, even if they have a few lawsuits against you, ahem, Samsung. As Apple look to provide an upgrade to the dominating, and market leading tablet device.
And sources are coming left, right and also centre, revealing that the new 9.7 inch touchscreen display, featuring a whopping 264 pixels per inch, is scheduled to go into production from as early as November. This fits in perfectly with other reports with companies such as Samsung producing the A6 processor. It seems that the latter months of this year will hold valuable and tight production deadlines for Apples suppliers, so that demand for the treasured iPad 3 can be met once it is released early next year.
The problem here of course, is making crazy amounts of these screens, ie millions, again complimenting the massive iPad following that Apple has, and their dominance. Tight plans will possibly see suppliers working to deadlines to cope with the amount of iPad 3 models required on and after the release date. If anything like the iPhone 4S, and we are sure it will be, millions of iPad 3 models will be preordered, and millions will be sold in the first few weeks.
And with a better screen quality and also a retina display to be put on the iPad 3, as seen on the iPhone 4 models, many are suggesting this is the most likely upgrade on the iPad to date, with other possible upgrades such as increased storage, better camera quality, and also a slimmer iPad.
The recent commercial release of the iPhone 4S has prompted the whole Apple world to start rolling things in relation to the much awaited iPad 3. Now according to Jeff Fidacaro, an analyst for Susquehanna Financial, Apple have now put their Apple iPad 3, into production. He justifies this statement by saying, that Apples suppliers [...]
The recent commercial release of the iPhone 4S has prompted the whole Apple world to start rolling things in relation to the much awaited iPad 3. Now according to Jeff Fidacaro, an analyst for Susquehanna Financial, Apple have now put their Apple iPad 3, into production.
He justifies this statement by saying, that Apples suppliers are receiving an increased number of orders for the iPad, in the 4th quarter. A estimated 12-15 million, a massive increase from 12 million. This then leads to speculate that Apple is possibly working on 3 different design models for the Apple iPad 3, which is always a good bit of news for the tech savvy Apple fan, and also because competitors like Amazon are beginning to flood the market with their releases ie the Kindle Fire.
Fidacaro carries on to say:
“Since our last month supply chain checks, we are now seeing 600,000 to one million iPad 3 builds showing up on the plan for the fourth quarter calendar 2011,”….“Our previous estimate did not include any iPad 3s.”
It is alleged that Apple is now planning to release the new iPad 3 model early next year, just scraping past the Christmas holiday season. With insider reports of a March release, which is more realistic considering the iPad 2 was released on March 11.
Another more interesting aspect of the next generation iPad 3 development, is that Apple are developing a cheaper version of the Apple iPad. As mentioned before, with companies such as Amazon flooding the market with their Kindle Fire, Apple is expected to release a low budget iPad to rival the cheaper models. Brian White, an analyst for Ticonderoga Securities, that he picked up hints towards an Apple iPad Mini, whilst in Taiwan meeting component suppliers. Implying that the iPad Mini, represents a cheaper iPad, not necessarily a much smaller iPad.
Estimations of this new iPad Mini put in the price brackets of $150 to $250, although the original iPad 3 price would remain unaffected. The cheap iPad would in fact be released alongside the much awaited Apple iPad 3, now with forecasts showing Apples improvement in orders, and suppliers getting ready, it shouldnt be long before an iPad 3 Event is called, and the iPad 3 is finally announced.
As expected with Apples growing popularity and the release of record breaking products such as the iPad 2 and the recent iPhone 4S, it may not come as much of a shock to you that Apples iOS software accounts for over half of the US digital traffic, automatically burying existing competition such as the Windows [...]
As expected with Apples growing popularity and the release of record breaking products such as the iPad 2 and the recent iPhone 4S, it may not come as much of a shock to you that Apples iOS software accounts for over half of the US digital traffic, automatically burying existing competition such as the Windows software and Googles Android.
Recent data from comScore shows that the Apple iPad brings in over 95% of the traffic from tablets, and is now increasing its Internet share, overtaking the iPhone.
Heres abit of statistics for you, the iOS takes in more then 58% traffic from mobile internet, as compared to the Android with just under 32%, and the RIM Blackberry coming in at a surprising 5% share. Whats more surprising is the widely success Windows platform, branched out to the Windows Phone, scrapes an individual place, listed in other platforms, which collectively make up only 5%.
However, PCs still maintain a steady head in being the majority in bringing in online traffic, as overall less then 7% of internet traffic is mobile based. Yes its small now but in the near future, it can be and possibly will be huge, with the market booming, the growth rate is exponential, expanding more then 15% in the past year. As more internet enabled tablets and mobile phones become available for all consumers and at all costs, from high end phones such as the iPhone 4S to low end spec such as the Samsung Tocco. Enabling these devices to become widespread, and allowing the internet to be easily accessible, also thanks to the introduction of Wifi and Wifi hotspots.
Mark Donovan, the senior vice president of ComScore issued a statement saying:
“The popularization of smartphones and the introduction of tablets and other web-enabled devices – collectively termed ‘connected devices’ – have contributed to an explosion in digital media consumption,”…”As these devices gain adoption, we have also seen the rise of the ‘digital omnivores’ – consumers who access content through several touchpoints during the course of their daily digital lives.”
Nothing new, but tablets are the must have technology, especially centering around the iPad 2 craze, and the upcoming release of the iPad 3. Leaving a trail of companies in Apples wake, such as Samsung, HP, all looking to get a share of this growing and huge market, creating cheaper alternatives. And with US tablet owners ranging between 25-34, and with over 50% of them owning a tablet, it really is a huge market possibly appealing to one particular generation.
Furthermore, with the introduction of mobile shopping now allowing more then half of tablet users to make a purchase, enabling 2 out of 5 users the ability to access social media and breaking news, no wonder businesses are chugging out apps to enable access to their particular services. With the grip and appeal the Apple iPad 2 has, and the increasing sales of apps, mobile technology and internet is the way forward.
With the delayed release of the Apple iPad 3, the Amazon Kindle Fire looks to capitalise on the open market, alongside Windows 8 tablets, but are they just the cake, whilst the consumers wait for the cherry on the top?
The tech world is on edge, both businesses and consumers as its said the iPad 3 release date is to coincide with the companies annual iPod event and the following holiday season. This is fresh speculation after the HP TouchPad was said to be having a quick touch up so that it may compete with [...]
The tech world is on edge, both businesses and consumers as its said the iPad 3 release date is to coincide with the companies annual iPod event and the following holiday season.
This is fresh speculation after the HP TouchPad was said to be having a quick touch up so that it may compete with the release of the iPad 3, the developments from HP include a release of a webOS tablet, with the product to be sold in the end of summer.
John Gruber, from Daring Fireball said that “My gut feeling is that Apple will move the iPad to a September release schedule, alongside the iPods,” also carrying onto say, “But they wouldn’t want to wait over a year and a half from the announcement of the original iPad to announce the second one.”
Grubers guesswork also leads him to suggest that Apples iPad 3 will be released fairly soon, indicating to March and shipping to start in April of the much wanted Apple product. The newly released iPad 3, would have embedded a load of updates, including the fact it will be faster, meaning more RAM, more storage, alongside this alot more thinner and lighter then the existing Apple iPad 2.
Most interesting of all, Gruber goes onto say that the iPad 3 may be more like an iPad 2 HD or iPad 2 Pro, a trend we have just recently seen after the release of the iPhone 4S, a mere development of the iPhone 4.
Gruber’s speculation was also developed by TechCrunch’s MG Siegler suggesting and also claiming that Apple was preparing itself for a fall surprise, ie in reference to the release of the Apple iPad 3.
Both are resigned to say that there is no more information, claims or sources beyond that level of informaton, however following up that statement with an optimistic outlook, that a model or version of the iPad 3, iPad 2 HD or iPad 2 Pro be released in the next few weeks, in preparation for the holiday season, signs of this look very bleak right now, as companies such as Lenovo flood the market with their new tablets.
Apple is still yet to formally announce the release of the iPad 3 or iPad 2 HD or iPad 2 Pro, they can be abit spontaneous and against the tide as seen with the iPhone 4S, which was expected to be iPhone 5.
On the other hand, leaks and reports of the specs and the device capabilities are pretty high now and as tradition this means that the iPad 3 is or should be just around the corner.
Following the latest Apple event, and the release of the much controversial iPhone 4S, 3 completely new tablet computers have also been released, featuring Android operating systems, and ahead of the much awaited iPad 3. Apple are not expected to announce the iPad 3 until 2012, therefore, companies such as Lenovo, are capitalising on the [...]
Following the latest Apple event, and the release of the much controversial iPhone 4S, 3 completely new tablet computers have also been released, featuring Android operating systems, and ahead of the much awaited iPad 3. Apple are not expected to announce the iPad 3 until 2012, therefore, companies such as Lenovo, are capitalising on the Christmas season, and the market Apple has now left wide open, as consumers cannot now get a brand new iPad 3 for Christmas, so would be opting for something else.
Lenovos clever play on the iPad name, dubbing their tablet the IdeaPad A1, which is then followed by the Nextbook Premium8 and the Pandigital SuperNova.
It has to be said Lenovo are now offering a 7 inch IdeaPad a follow up to their previous 10 inch ThinkPad Tablet and their IdeaPad K1. The Lenovo A1 is expected to retail at $199 for a basic 2GB WiFi version, but users can also upgrade to a whopping 16GB version for $249. Already installed with Android 2.3 or Gingerbread to you and me, it seems its one of the best priced tablets available right now.
Furthermore, the Lenovo is powered by a 1GHz TI OMAP 622 single-core processor, sporting a microSD slot to expand storage. Alongside this, it has inbuilt GPS ready to be used, a micro USB to connect to your mobile phone. It has a 1024×600 display, with the front facing camera being 2MP whilst the back is 5MP.
Possibly, it will knock the iPad 3 out of the park, if it functions properly, and at $249 for the 16GB version, the new Amazon Kindle Fire will be competing for the same market.
Our next model in contention with the iPad 3 is the Nextbook Premium8. It has an 8 inch screen, although only 4GB of storage, at an astonishingly $299. It features the more traditional 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi,the same front facing 2MP camera found on the Lenovo. The same Android 2.3 operating system, a microSD slot and a mini-usb slot. Alot cheaper then the iPad 3, but still features the same software found on the Lenovo, with the Kindle Fire, possibly undercutting the NextBook due to the pricing and storage capabilities.
Last but not least there is the Pandigital SuperNova retailing at $229, and is the only Pandigital attempt at gaining ground in the tablet market. Featuring the same 8 inch display as those found in our previous tablets, cameras on the front and back, yet they havent released the specs for those yet. Alongside having a 1GHz Cortex A8 processor.
If you squint, and its not hard, it feels and looks like the IdeaPad A1 but with an improved display. But what differentiates the IdeaPad is that it has 16GB worth of storage, whereas the Pandigital only has 4GB. Although you can expand the SuperNova storage up to a maximum of 32GB using microSD.
Overall the low, level cheap tablet market will always be compared to the iPad 3, however, to be honest their main competitor would be the Kindle Fire released by Amazon, which already has generated a massive preorder response. However, now Apples got a massive stranglehold on the market, and with retailing at such high prices, the Kindle Fire, or any one of these tablets, now have the chance of appealing to customers with lower budgets, yet who want the same quality as those found on the iPad 2, iPad 3.