While Speck's PixelSkin HD Wrap for iPad 2 hasn't hit the market yet, it seems like an excellent alternative to Apple's Smart Cover. Why? Well, because it protects both the front and back of your iPad 2 yet offers similar design features to the Apple case and all its folding fun.
Apple's Smart Cover costs $39 for the basic version and $69 for the swankier leather version, whereas the PixelSkin HD Wrap costs $49.95. As we said, the only problem is that it isn't shipping yet--and it may be a month before it does. … Read more
Apple's Voice Control technology could be getting a big intelligence upgrade in the next major version of iOS, which is expected to be unveiled at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June.
A report posted last last night by TechCrunch says that Apple plans on "deeply integrating" the voice technology from Siri, a company it acquired last April. Such integration could possibly include APIs for developers to hook into the technology and use it in their apps, the report claims.
With the first quarter about to end, analysts are tossing around possible sales figures for Apple's iPad.
A group of analysts questioned by Fortune are estimating unit sales anywhere from 5 million to 8.8 million.
Their estimates cover the period from January 1 through last Saturday and include sales of both the iPad and iPad 2. On average, the 31 estimates point to unit sales of more than 6 million iPads in just under three months. The estimates were also gathered at various times, with most of them coming out this month but a few being offered in … Read more
Android and Windows Phone will reign supreme in the smartphone market in the not-too-distant future, a new IDC report claims.
According to the market researcher, more than 450 million smartphones will ship in 2011, up from the 303.4 million units last year. IDC predicts that Android will account for 39.5 percent of all smartphone shipments this year, easily besting Symbian's 20.9 percent market share. Apple's iOS platform is expected to be running on 15.7 percent of the smartphones shipped in 2011. RIM's BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7/Windows Mobile will round out the … Read more
In its patent battle against Apple, there's just no stopping Nokia.
The Finnish company announced today that it has filed another complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission against Apple for allegedly violating Nokia patents "in virtually all of its mobile phones, portable music players, tablets, and computers."
Nokia's complaint cites seven patents that it believes Apple violates through its use of "multitasking operating systems, data synchronization, positioning, call quality, and the use of Bluetooth accessories."
Apple did not immediately respond to request for comment.
The legal skirmishing between the companies has been … Read more
Despite calling Apple's iPad, among other modern-day entertainment gadgets, a conduit for distraction less than a year ago, U.S. President Barack Obama has been outed as an iPad owner himself.
As The Wall Street Journal reports, Obama detailed that fact during a town hall meeting with Spanish-language network Univision, which took place earlier today.
During an interview with Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, Obama said he does in fact have an iPad, and even tethers it to his high-security BlackBerry cell phone. Obama also noted that he owns his own computer, joking to Ramos and the audience about the idea of him having to borrow one from someone else:
Ramos: Not long ago I was having a conversation with my son. He's only 12 years old, and he couldn't believe that I grew up in a world where there were no cell phones, no Internet, no computers. (Laughter.) So do you have your BlackBerry with you, or do you have an iPhone? What do you have? Obama: You know, I took my BlackBerry off for this show, because I didn't want it going off, and that would be really embarrassing. But usually I carry a BlackBerry around. Ramos: Do you have an iPad? Obama: I do have an iPad.… Read more
Mac OS developers who want their application to be in the running for an Apple Design Award now face an extra hurdle in that process: making sure the app is on the Mac App Store.
As part of this morning's dating and detailing of its Worldwide Developers Conference in June, Apple quietly announced that only apps published to one of its two App Stores would be eligible for consideration as part of its annual design awards ceremony.
Developers who don't have their applications in Apple's nearly four-month-old distribution marketplace, either by choice or because their app did … Read more
Gadget retailer RadioShack will begin selling Apple's iPad 2 at 500 of its stores beginning tomorrow.
This marks one of the first retailers outside of the original U.S. launch group to begin selling the hot new tablet, as well as the first time any iPad will be available at RadioShack.
Blog MacRumors was the first to break the news earlier today, posting an internal notice that had been sent to RadioShack employees. It depicted an iPad 2 unit being unveiled from behind a red curtain. CNET confirmed the news with a representative for RadioShack who said "we … Read more
Those who were expecting Apple to ship a follow-up to the iPhone 4 this summer may be in for a longer wait than usual.
A new report from Japanese Mac blog Macotakra says Apple is behind its usual schedule of ordering parts that go into the manufacturing process for the device. That change in pace could result in Apple shipping out a phone a few months later than the June time frame for the previous two models, and July for the iPhone 3G.
AppleInsider, which picked up on the report this morning, notes that the later timing would result in the next iPhone missing Apple's fiscal 2011, which concludes on September 24 this year.
Along with the timing news, Macotakra's report, which is based on its sources in China, notes that Apple has still not committed to changing the materials used on the back of the iPhone from glass to metal. Rumors of such a change had first cropped up in March, with a follow-up report a few weeks later by 9to5Mac that said Apple was indeed testing out prototypes of future iPhone designs with metal backs. … Read more