The iPad Mini Retina will see limited availability this quarter, according to two analysts, but that should double in the first quarter of 2014.
In the wake of Apple's low-key sales launch of the iPad Mini Retina and its limited distribution -- currently it is available only online and for personal pickup at stores -- supply will continue to be constrained this quarter, according to IHS iSuppli and KGI Securities.
Rhoda Alexander told CNET on Tuesday that she expects production of about 2 million Mini Retina tablets in the fourth calendar quarter -- on the low end.
"When … Read more
I'm going to go out on a limb and predict that the iPad Mini with Retina Display sales launch may be one of the most product-constrained to date for Apple.
Even CEO Tim Cook sounded less-than-optimistic about the new Mini when he said last month that "it's unclear whether we'll have enough for the quarter or not."
In other words, it's more than … Read more
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Consumers waiting for the new iPad Mini may have to wait awhile longer.
Apple is pushing back the launch of the Mini 2 due to burn-in problems on the tablet's LCD panel, claims Korean News site ETNews. Citing an unnamed industry source, ETNews says that the glitch stems from the IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) technology used for the panels manufactured by Sharp. The smaller pixels required for the Mini 2's Retina display pose a challenge to the technology, thus creating production issues.
Though the burn-in is not visible to the naked eye, the panels don't meet … Read more
There's an art to the modern gadget torture test, particularly if you only have one brand new iPad Air on hand to attempt to destroy. You don't want to completely put the device out of its misery until you've had a chance to make it suffer a little bit and then finally end it in a grand finale that involves hot lava or a large vehicle of some sort.
Richard Ryan of RatedRR on YouTube had just such a plan to obliterate a new iPad Air with BBs and bullets, but found some of the drama of his torture test sucked away when the tablet's screen shattered upon being dropped from a height of only a few feet onto the loose-dirt ground. … Read more
The iPad Air is getting plenty of rave reviews, but Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX just took it in a display shootout.
When DisplayMate Technologies tested the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, the iPad Air, and Google's Nexus 10, the Fire 8.9 "leapfrogged into the best-performing tablet display that we have ever tested," according to the results posted Monday.
The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 significantly outperformed "the iPad Air in brightness, screen reflectance, and high ambient light contrast, plus a first-place finish in the very challenging category of absolute color accuracy," DisplayMate continued. … Read more
The iPad Air is already off to a better start than its predecessor.
Hitting stores last Friday, the latest-generation iPad saw five times the adoption level of the iPad 4 during its initial weekend, mobile analytics firm Fiksu said on Sunday. The Air's adoption rate is also three times that of the first iPad Mini.
And taking it one step further, the Air's adoption rate is twice as high as that of last year's iPad 4 and iPad Mini combined.
As of Sunday night, the Air accounted for 0.75 percent of all iPads seen by Fiksu. … Read more
The iPad Air isn't visionary, but it's a strong update. That's good enough for me.
I've been using the Air for the last 24 hours and it does pretty much everything Apple promised: it's faster than the iPad 4 (which I traded in at Verizon), thinner, lighter, better looking, and appears to have equal or better battery life.
That's a tall order considering the challenges of packing a power-hungry 9.7-inch Retina (2,048x1,536) display into a one-pound, 7.5mm-thick package. (And one of the reasons that the iPad Mini Retina is delayed, … Read more
The iPad 4 was a relatively hefty 1.44 pounds. The Air is an even 1 pound. So, how did Apple do it? A teardown and an analyst help explain.
As iFixit demonstrated in its teardown of the Air on Friday, the device's 33 WHr, two-cell battery is "decidedly less monstrous than the previous iPad's 43 WHr, three-cell behemoth."
The image above shows how the battery dominates the iPad's internal real estate. So cutting back on this one component's size and weight is a big factor in making the Air 28 percent lighter and … Read more