Let me begin with a disclaimer—I am fully aware that I am not as knowledgeable as the people that work at Apple. I am in no place to label the decisions made by one of the biggest technology firms in the world as mistakes. I am merely a (high school) fan trying to make sense of their decisions from the outside looking in. That being said.... For the past few days, I've been mulling over the Apple event (and the chatter around it). Specifically, what's really been on my mind is the iPad lineup with the new iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina Display.
The iPad Air is truly a big hit, and now speculation is focusing on when the iPad mini with retina display will become available. Apple only said "late November" when they announced the new device. MacRumors reported last week that the Target website is listing an availability date of November 21. We don't know, though, if that's simply an educated guess or if it's based on information the retailer has from Apple.
With the iPad Air now on sale and sales outselling the previous model by over three times (according to reports), it's clear that it's a success. There is however a question that remains... would the iPad Air have sold as well if the iPad mini with Retina display went on sale at the same time?
We know the iPad mini with Retina display is in short supply, due to some manufacturing difficulties and display shortages, but there was more than likely enough supply to begin an initial rollout at least in the U.S., Canada, and possibly the UK. So why would Apple only announce the mini's release as "Later in November?" It’s simple, because the Air needed some breathing room to gain traction and to prevent the Mini from cannibalizing its sales.
Every review of the new iPad Air I've seen gives the new device high praise, most often speaking in superlatives.
Bloomberg News: Bloomberg calls it the "best tablet on the market." The review describes the small size but in addition notes the iPad's usefulness for productivity via the free office apps. Bottom line: "With the rise of quality tablets from Google, Amazon and others, it’s no longer the only choice. But it’s still the best choice."
Today's the day the iPad Air goes on sale, and I came very close to clicking the Buy button this morning on Apple's site. I'll likely go for it, especially once I've had a chance to see one. If you're interested in the 16GB entry-level model, the best deal is at Walmart, where you can get a discount of $20, making the price $479. Plus, 9To5Mac is reporting that Best Buy, Staples, and Apple will all match this price reduction. The Best Buy and Apple offer is in-store only so far, whereas Walmart and Staples list the $479 price online.
Over the years I have met many people who find much of the newest technology intimidating. Many seniors find it challenging, mind boggling, and sometimes outright incomprehensible. Take the smartphone. Just looking at it is distressing for some people. Their initial reaction is to steer away from such devices, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Some controversy erupted last week after Apple implied that giving away its iWork Suite to new buyers of iOS and Macs would provide them with the productivity tools they need. Microsoft’s VP of Communications, Frank Shaw, in a blog response wrote the following: “And so it’s not surprising that we see other folks now talking about how much “work” you can get done on their devices. Adding watered down productivity apps. Bolting on aftermarket input devices. All in an effort to convince people that their entertainment devices are really work machines.” That was followed by a swipe at the press for positive coverage of Apple giving away iWork, a product Shaw said “was already priced like an afterthought.”
This fall, Apple launched two iPhones together for the first time. The amazing iPhone 5s has topped the US sales chart at all the major mobile carriers, including AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-mobile, beating Samsung Galaxy S4. The iPhone 5c and the Samsung Galaxy S4 are still battling for second position. While the iPhone 5c is at second position at AT&T and Sprint, Samsung Galaxy S4 ranks second at Verizon and T-mobile.
If you're still drooling over the new iPad Air that was just unveiled on Tuesday, then you're in luck as Apple has just confirmed on its website that all retail locations will be opening at 8:00 a.m. local time (an hour earlier than normal) on Friday, Nov.r 1, for the iPad Air launch.
While dating apps like Tinder and HowAboutWe Dating may be getting all the press, there's an app already on your iPhone that can land you a date with a nearby cutie. And it's called Siri.
Popular YouTuber, Stuart Edge, shows you how to use Siri to get a date with someone who is literally inches away.
T-Mobile continues to move ahead with giving customers great options. A couple days ago they announced a free data plan, and now, according to 9To5Mac, they've announced they'll be offering, for a limited time, the new iPads for $0 down and 24 months of payments. The monthly cost for their 16GB iPad Air with cellular data connectivity will be $26.25 per month and $22.08 per month for the retina iPad mini with cellular connectivity. It's almost like getting an iPad for free. For example, if you were to go with a 16GB Verizon iPad Air, you'd pay $630 for the device and $20/month for 1GB of data. With T-Mobile, you'll pay $26/month for your iPad and get 200MB of data per month for free. If you can get by with 200MB of data, the monthly charge isn't that much different from Verizon's, so in a sense you're getting the iPad for free.
I want to be totally transparent. Most other manufacturers loan hardware for evaluation. Right now I have devices from Samsung, Amazon, Dell, Google, and Fujitsu. Apple doesn’t loan hardware to anyone but the most “elite” press. Despite access to a wealth of technology, I use Apple technology daily—and I have to make a budget decision when approaching the acquisition of new Apple hardware—not just a public relations ask.
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Have we created a global love affair with technology?
Have you been swept off your feet by a sexy new device, an alluring app, or a seductive new game? Do not feel any shame or guilt, because you are not alone. The world is full of technology loving adulterers and you can spot us everywhere. We stroll down the busy sidewalk with our heads buried in an intimate texting conversation. We seem oblivious to the flow of life around us because our attention is lost in the anticipation of the next reply. We might stumble back to reality or we might be summoned to the present moment with a loud shout, “Hey buddy watch where you are going.” The next time you are on a busy street or sitting in a packed commuter people mover, take a moment and look up. You will probably witness numerous affairs with technology.
I like free. And that's what T-Mobile is charging for their base iPad data plan for new customers, according to Apple's website. You get 200MB per month. What happens if you go over that limit? It's not yet known, but they'll be holding a press conference today to give more details. You can check out their network coverage here to see if this might be a good option for you. Apple's page also shows the rates for the other three major carriers. AT&T starts at $14.99 for 250MB. Sprint's price is also $14.99, but you get 1GB of data per month. That's certainly the best deal if you need more than 200MB. Verizon's base plan had been $30 for 2GB, but they're now offering 1GB for $20.
With all of the new hardware changes announced at today's Apple keynote, the newest updates to the company's popular iWork apps have a very good chance of slipping by the wayside—at least for now. After all, when there are new iPads with fancy Retina displays, who really cares about word processing or making an advanced slideshow? Well, the answer, dear reader, is you. Here's why:
Once more, Apple has created a lot of excitement with their event today announcing new products. Perhaps the biggest surprises were the availability of the new version of the Mac OS (Mavericks) for free, the availability of the iWork suite (Pages, Numbers, Keynote) for free with the purchase of a new device, the higher price on the iPad mini, the speedy A7 64-bit chip for the mini, and the new name for the iPad: the iPad Air. Apple's move toward free software is unprecedented in the industry.
After months of rumors and speculation the new iPads have finally arrived! While there may not have been many mind-blowing surprises or startling revelations (other than the announcement that Mavericks will be available for FREE and compatible with computers going back as far as 2007 models), at least not for those of us who follow the ebb and flow of the Apple rumor mill. Nonetheless today’s event reminded us once again why Apple has the deserved reputation of creating the best tablets and computers on the market.
Apple announced multiple updated products today, but the Apple TV, described by the late Steve Jobs as a "hobby," was left untouched. The rumor mill was rife in August when TechCrunch analyst MG Siegler posted that Apple was going to reveal either an updated Apple TV or "some sort of television product" at the unveiling of new iPads in October. Siegler walked that assertion back in recent days.
Apple’s September announcement of the iPhone 5s and 5c brought welcome news for users wishing for new productivity applications along with their enhanced devices: free copies of the popular iWork and iLife apps. Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, are staples for any professional interfacing with Microsoft Office documents, Adobe Acrobat files, Open Office formats, and the options even include saving certain Pages documents as iBooks files. iLife includes applications like iPhoto, GarageBand, and iMovie
Today, Apple expanded the generosity in multiple ways. In addition to introducing the new iPad Air, the updated MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac Pro computers, the company announced that iWork and iLife will now come free on any new iOS or OS X device purchased.
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