Apple may take a page from Microsoft in cooking up a whole new keyboard for the iPad.
A case for the full size iPad that mimics Microsoft's Touch Cover has been prototyped, former Apple employee Jamie Ryan said in a blog post Saturday. Ryan said he wasn't clear whether the development is far enough along for Apple to unveil the new case at Tuesday's launch event. But he claimed that different style cases have been in the test phase for a while and that Apple is also working on various accessories.
The purported goal is to enable … Read more
The Microsoft Surface 2 is a definite upgrade over 2012's Surface RT. It's faster, with a sharper screen, and houses better cameras. If you're choosing between the older (still available) and newer model, the newer is the decidedly better option, even with its $100 premium. A far more appropriate question, however, is whether a Surface tablet in general is right for you.
There are two main issues with the Surface 2 that keep it from achieving true excellence. First -- with the notable exception of Microsoft Office 2013, which is bundled for free -- Windows RT is … Read more
Surface Pro 2 buyers who preorder the 256GB or 512GB editions may not receive the tablet for another two months.
Set to launch on October 22, the new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets have been up for preorders since September 24. The shipping times for certain models found at Microsoft's online store have fluctuated since then. The latest estimates indicate that the 64GB Surface Pro 2 will ship by October 21, while the 128GB version will ship by October 25.
But the 256GB and 512GB flavors both display a ship date of December 15, pointing to a … Read more
Microsoft Surface owners can score as much as $350 for trading in their tablet to Best Buy.
From now until October 21, Best Buy will offer Surface owners a minimum trade-in deal of a $200 gift cart and a maximum store credit of $350. The amount Best Buy doles out for your Surface depends on its condition. But the tablet must power on and be free from water damage and screen cracks.
The offer is good at the 1,400 Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores in the US that offer trade-in programs.
Customers looking to unload their current … Read more
Microsoft once again plans to open its retail stores just before midnight to sell the first batch of Surface 2 tablets to early buyers.
Ten of its 70 retail locations (including pop-ups) will host midnight launch parties on October 21, Microsoft said Wednesday. The company also has hired musician Pitbull to perform at its Orlando, Fla., location, where one line-goer who participates in various "head-to-head" games will be "whisked away" to go see the show.
The Surface 2, which debuted last month, comes with Intel's latest chips and boasts better battery life than last year's model. It's also got a new two-position kickstand in the back so that the tablet can be used more easily on laps when connected to Microsoft's keyboard accessory. … Read more
Microsoft's decision to tightly control distribution of its Surface tablets via its reseller channel has puzzled many. Wouldn't enabling thousands of resellers worldwide to offer the Surface make the devices more broadly available?
Microsoft didn't allow resellers or distributors to carry Surfaces until July of this year -- despite the fact that Surface RT launched in October 2012 and Surface Pro in February 2013. And once Microsoft did add a handful of distributors to its distribution mix, it only allowed a select few distributors to sell Surface devices in the US. Microsoft added more distributors and countries … Read more
Barclays Equity Research has an interesting theory about Apple's new 64-bit A7 chip and how it could change the future of the iPad. The gist: think bigger, both in physical size and what it can do.
In a note to investors Tuesday, the firm laid out why it believes the new 64-bit architecture paves the way for a 13-inch model of the iPad that would be aimed squarely at replacing laptops for both casual and business users. That includes some of Apple's Mac portables with more productivity features.
Such a device -- which, to be clear, is speculation … Read more
A new Microsoft video shines the spotlight on a few of the new and improved features in the Surface 2 tablet.
Available via YouTube, the "Making of Surface 2" video highlights the new Touch Cover, showing how you can create touch gestures by swiping across keys, thanks to a high-resolution sensor. The original Surface embedded a pressure sensor under every button. But the new Surface uses a matrix of sensors spread out across the entire keyboard, thus allowing for gestures, as well as more accurate keystrokes.
Available in a wider array of colors, the Surface 2's Touch … Read more
Microsoft says its Surface tablets are close to selling out. Hmm...Time for a reality check.
First, a mea culpa. I wrote a story or two last year about Surface selling out. While technically accurate, it belied the catastrophe in the making for the first-generation Surface RT.
And here we go again. "It...looks like pre-order stock of the Surface 2 (64GB) and Surface Pro 2 (256 GB and 512GB) are close to selling out," Microsoft said in its official Surface blog on Wednesday.
That's good marketing, if nothing else. But I'm guessing that doesn't … Read more