Pre-Order New iPad 3 Right Now

will be launching in US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Honk Kong, Singapore and Australia on March 16th 2012. The prices for the WiFi/4G version of the device is similar to the .

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Apple will begin shipping the iPad 3/iPad HD device on March 16th. However, as a user you can start pre-ordering the iPad 3 right now. To pre-order the iPad 3 you can visit the the Apple Store at http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_ipad/family/ipad.

Apple 3 will also be available at retailers across this country. Read the iPad 3 specifications and also learn about the price for the latest iPad or as they call it the "New iPad".

iPad3 Specification: Improved Display, Camera, and Processor

Apple has just unveiled iPad 3. The conference is still going on, but no major surprises so far. The new iPad features a higher resolution display, improved camera, and a significantly faster processor. We have already discussed the US launch prices of various iPad 3 models. Listed below is iPad 3’s hardware specs.

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iPad3 Specification

241.2 x 185.7 x 9.4 mm dimension.
9.7-inch multi-touch capable capacitive screen with a resolution of 2047 x 1536 pixels (Retina Display – 264ppi).
A5X processor (Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9) with quad-core graphics (probably PowerVR SGX543MP4).
5-megapixel iSight camera with 5-element lens, backside illumination, and hybrid IR filter. The new camera supports video recording at 1080p. Image resolution is 2592 x 1944 pixels.
4G LTE support for AT&T and Verizon.
Bluetooth 4.0.
10 hours battery life on 4G, and 9 hours on 3G.

iPad 3/iPad HD Price for iPad WiFi and iPad 4G

The was officially announced at the the Apple event today and it definitely has some exciting new features with Retina display at 2048 x 1536 pixels. The 3 also sports a new camera which supports 1080HD video recording and a new camera from the .

The pricing for the iPad 3 remains similar to the older version. You can order the iPad 3 in either WiFi or 4G versions. Here is the price for the new iPad from Apple.

iPad 3 WiFi version Price

  • 16 GB for $499
  • 32 GB for $599
  • 64 GB for $699

iPad 3 4G version Price

  • 16 GB for $629
  • 32 GB for $729
  • 64 GB for $829

You can start pre-ordering the iPad today. Shipments for iPad 3 will begin on March 16, 2012 for 10 countries which include US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Honk Kong, Singapore and Australia.

Apple Unveils The Next-Generation iPad; Retina Display, 5MP Camera, A5X SoC and More!

After months of rumors, Apple finally unveiled the next-generation iPad…the new iPad (!). No, it’s not known as the iPad HD or the iPad 2S as rumors were suggesting.

Physically, the new iPad looks similar to the iPad 2 except that it’s a bit thicker (9.4mm) and slightly heavier (1.4lbs) and that’s about it. While the screen size of the new iPad remains the same as its predecessor at 9.7-inches, the resolution of the display has been bumped to a whopping…. 2048×1536 pixels. Yes, that means the new iPad is the first tablet in this world to feature a Retina Display! Heck I never thought a 9.7-inch display panel with such a high-resolution even existed. Such a high-resolution means that the iPad has a whopping 3.1 million pixels, which is a million pixels more than a 1080p HDTV. Also, the Home button is still present on the iPad 3. So yeah, all you Home button haters on iOS devices, your dream of a Home (less) iPad needs to wait until the iPad 4.

Internally, the iPad comes with an A5X SoC, which consists of a “quad-core graphics”. I am assuming the number of cores of the PowerVR SGX543 GPU, which was used in the iPad 2, has been bumped to 4 to make it a “quad-core graphics”. Apple did not really mention whether the A5X uses a dual or quad core Cortex-A9 or A15 processor.

With the new iPad, Apple also improved the camera on the back of the tablet tremendously. The new 5MP backside-illuminated camera uses the same technology as the 8MP snapper on the iPhone 4S, including a 5-element lens, IR filter and a custom ISP from Apple itself. The new ‘iSight’ camera also features Face Detection, Autofocus, White Balance, 1080p HD video recording, video stabilization, and temporal noise reduction.

Sadly, the ‘next-gen’ iPad does not feature Siri. However, it does come with voice dictation, which will definitely make typing on the tablet a hell lot easier. The 3rd generation iPad also supports the blazing fast 4G LTE network, along with support for 21Mbps HSPA+ networks. In the U.S, the iPad will support AT&T’s as well as Verizon’s LTE networks. Apple has also tied up with Bell, Telus and Rogers for LTE variants of the iPad for the rest of the world where LTE is available. While there will be a separate version of the LTE variant of the iPad for AT&T and Verizon, the 3G variant is capable of global roaming.

Regarding battery life, the ‘next-generation’ iPad will have the same battery life as the iPad 2. The 4G LTE version will have 9 hours of battery life though. As with the iPad 1 and 2, the price points still remain the same. The 16GB Wi-Fi variant will cost $499, while the 32GB and 64GB will cost $599 and $699. The Wi-Fi + 4G variant will cost $629, $729 and $829 for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variant respectively.

While the pre-orders for the next-generation iPad begin from today itself, the tablet will hit the retail stores on 16th March.

 

Rumor: Apple to Unveil 8GB iPad 2 Alongside iPad 3 on March 7

Oh boy, the week before a major Apple is always filled with rumors. Just a few hours ago, it was reported that Apple has stalled Apple TV shipments ahead of the iPad 3 announcement. Now, supply chain sources are claiming that Apple will unveil a cheaper 8GB iPad 2 model alongside the iPad 3 at its media event next week.

DigiTimes reports that according to sources within Apple’s “upstream supply chain,” the iPad maker will release the smaller capacity iPad 2. If this is true, then that would help the company cover a wider price range within the table market.

However, this report was unclear, since it  said Apple would release just two “iPad 3″ sizes: a 16GB and 32GB version, without explaining if and why the company would abandon its current high-capacity 64GB iPad model. DigiTimes’ rumors should always be taken with a pinch of salt.

Apple will unveil the iPad 3 next Wednesday, March 7th at 10 AM PST. You can read the five things to expect in the iPad 3 here. If you were to ask me, I think this rumor might turn out to be true. Here’s why: When Apple introduced the iPhone 4S, they also introduced an 8GB iPhone 4 for $99 instead of a 16GB. There’s no doubt we’ll be seeing a cheaper version of the iPad 2, but the only question that remains to be unanswered is the amount of GB it will have to offer.

Samsung Admits It’s Not Doing Well in Tablets; Hopes to Change That

At a recent press conference at MWC 2012, a Samsung executive has finally admitted that the company is not doing very well when it comes to the tablet market. Unlike the smartphone market, where Samsung has done exceedingly well and is now the top smartphone manufacturer in the world, its offerings have failed to catch on when it comes to tablets.

“Honestly, we’re not doing very well in the tablet market,” said Hankil Yoon, a product strategy executive for Samsung, during a media roundtable at MWC. No shit, Sherlock.

Though it is one of the top Android tablet manufacturers, it still lags miles behing the top dog – Apple – which leads the market by a huge margin. Apple has traditionally offered only one model with different capacities, but Samsung has been throwing everything it can make, in all sizes and specifications at consumers hoping that at least something would stick. Unfortunately for Samsung, nothing has.

Samsung has unveiled two more tablets at MWC this year – the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0 and 10.1) and the Galaxy Note 10.1. However, both of them have failed to impress me, and I doubt, they will be the iPad killers that Android fans want them to be.

However, now that Samsung is past the denial stage, we can hope that it at least understands the problems it faces, and will bring us a tablet which is far better than the current range of Android tablets.

In the meantime, Apple is apparently getting ready to launch the iPad 3 on March 7. Expect it to blow away the competition in terms of sales, at least in the coming quarter.

Apple May Have Won the Patent Battle Against Motorola in Germany Already

When it comes to the patent wars, Motorola and Google have been on the receiving end lately. Both Apple and Microsoft made a complaint against Motorola recently, accusing it of misusing standards essential FRAND patents by seeking injunctions against their products in Europe.

Today, Apple won a ruling in a German Court, which enables it to continue selling iPhone and iPad models through its German online store. Motorola had won an initial ruling which empowered it to force Apple to stop selling certain iPhone and iPad models.

The verdict states that since Apple has filed an appeal against the ruling, and made an amended offer to license Motorola’s FRAND patents, any further attempts by Motorola to ban Apple’s products would be a violation of antitrust rules.

The ruling could possibly help Apple’s prospects in its appeal, and force Motorola to grant a license for its standards essential patents to Apple. If that does happen, Google’s $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola, which was primarily for its patent portfolio, could prove to be a huge failure. It has not only pissed off its Android device partners, but also added a low margin business to its high margin cash cow -search advertising- with almost no product synergies between the two.

Android Seeing More than 850K Device Activations Every Day

Android is growing faster than you can imagine. Just two months ago, Andy Rubin had stated that Google was seeing more than 700k device activations every day. Today, he said that the number of Android device activations per day was now up to 850k. At this rate, Android could easily see more than 1 million activations every day before the end of April.

Rubin also revealed some interesting numbers about Android. There are around 300 million Android devices around the world now, with 12 million on them being Android tablets.

At MWC 2011, there were only around 150,000 apps in the Android Market. That number has more than tripled to 450,000 apps. Android is closing in on the more than 500,000 apps on the iOS App Store.

Another interesting stat – more than 800 different Android devices have been launched to date. The Android stand at MWC 2012 itself showcases more than 100 different Android devices.

Rubin also stated that Google intended to focus on Android tablets in 2012. Until now, Android tablet sales, except those of the Amazon Kindle Fire, have been laughable compared to sales of the Apple iPad.

However, it is rumored that Google plans to launch a Nexus tablet soon, which could possibly give Android a fighting chance against the iPad.

The Microsoft Office for iPad Saga: Allegations, Denial, and Somehow, Confirmation

Today was quite insane if you were following the crazy sequence of events pertaining to a certain alleged screenshot of Office for iPad that surfaced earlier this week. The outcome? Well, we’re still lacking substantial confirmation or evidence of anything. But, Microsoft might have at least acknowledged the intent to develop a version of Office for the iPad. Let me provide a rundown of today’s events, starting from the beginning:

 

Earlier this morning, The Daily — the blog that sparked the rumors of an impending Office for iPad release — claims to have gotten a brief hands-on with the app. They posted two images of the supposed app (in the tradition of the infamous Mr. Blurrycam) on their blog: One depicting what appears to be a “start screen”, where you can create or open documents, and another showing the “Office” app icon. They claim that the user interface of the app is similar to OneNote, though it has some Metro aspects to it. They also stated that the app supported the creation and editing of Word, Excel and PowerPoint files locally and online, but it was unknown if other Office apps will be supported at launch.

Curious, ZDNet’s Mary-Jo Foley pinged Microsoft PR inquiring about this leak. The response that she received was interesting and unusual. To quote MJ:

A Microsoft spokesperson said the screen shot accompanying The Daily’s story is not a picture of a real Microsoft software product. But the spokesperson also said Microsoft is declining to comment as to whether or not the company has developed a version of Office for the iPad and/or when such a product may come to market.

When you request comment from a Microsoft spokesperson on something that’s a far-fetched leaked, rumor, or piece of speculation like this, it’s highly unlikely that they will provide a comment beyond “we do not comment on rumors and speculation.” That wasn’t the case today, however. They actually essentially claimed that the screenshots are “not of a real Microsoft software product.” What do they mean by this? Are they saying that they are screenshots of a prototype that have no bearing on a future Microsoft product release, or are they suggesting that the photos in their entirety are fake? Whatever the case, Peter Ha, an editor from The Daily, responded to Microsoft’s comment on the matter in a string of tweets:

What’s interesting is that the comment sent to Mary-Jo wasn’t the last that Microsoft had to say on this. They fired off this tweet from the @MSFTnews account:

Great respect for The Daily but regrettably someone is giving them bad info, and that’ll be clear in the “coming weeks.”

In the coming weeks? This is either a sarcastic retort at The Daily’s post claiming that we can wait on their report and in the end see nothing — in the original post on The Daily, they said: “An exact launch date is unknown, but the design team has since wrapped up the project, meaning it could be released in the coming weeks” — or it is an indication of something to come. We’ll see.

iPad Helping Enterprise to Transition Away from Printing

Ah, here’s another success story for the tablet nobody wanted. A new analysis reveals that the adoption of the iPad in enterprise is causing decline of corporate printing. Morgan Stanley says that rapid increase of tablets for business use has affected printing by more than it had originally estimated. Wait a minute, I thought the iPad is just a “big iPhone”?

The firm surveyed 700 tablet users in the U.S. about their printing behavior at work. Turns out, 46 percent of respondents said they printed less, with 13 percent indicating that they printed 16 percent less after owning a tablet. In addition, 41 percent said that they thought print reduction is the main benefit of tablets.

It is also suggested by the analysis that  Lexmark, Ricoh and Konica Minolta, which all have exposure in corporate laser printing, are the most “structurally challenged” by the drop. Looks like the iPad is disrupting all sorts of markets. In the report, Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer was also quoted  saying that the iPad has experienced “unprecedented adoption in business”. According to Oppenheimer, nearly all of the top Fortune 500 companies are actively using iPads.