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The buzziest feature of the new iPads may have nothing to do with how thin it is or the resolution of the screen. With minimal trumpeting, Apple revealed in its promotional material that it will ship the devices with a built-in cellular SIM card that will allow users to buy wireless service la carte, on the spot. ATT, Sprint and T-Mobile have signed up to take part.


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Friday, August 3rd, 2012


Apple extended its dominance in the sizzling tablet computer market in the second quarter of 2012, with the iPad grabbing 68 per cent of global sales, a survey shows.

The preliminary report released on Thursday in the US by IDC showed global tablet sales of 25 million – up 33.6 per cent from the first quarter and 66.1 per cent year-over-year.

Apple got a boost from the March release of its newest version of the iPad, and sold 17 million tablets in the second quarter.

Samsung jumped into second place with sales of nearly 2.4 million, up 117 per cent from a year earlier

“Apple built upon its strong March iPad launch and ended the quarter with its best-ever shipment total for the iPad, outrunning even the impressive shipment record it set in the fourth quarter of last year,” said Tom Mainelli, an IDC analyst.


“The vast majority of consumers continue to favor the iPad over competitors.”

Demand is increasingly strong in sectors such as education, said Mainelli.

“While iPad shipment totals are beginning to slow a bit in mature markets where the device saw early traction, growth in other regions is clearly more than making up the difference,” he added.

Amazon rebounded from a sluggish first quarter to sell 1.2 million of its Kindle Fire, which was launched late last year and is sold only in the United States.

Asus was fourth with 855,000 tablets sold, a jump of 115 per cent from a year earlier.

The data do not include the Google-Asus co-branded Nexus 7, which was launched last July.

IDC said it expects competition in the tablet market to continue to heat up in the second half of 2012 with new product launches from Amazon, probably Apple, and an influx of Microsoft Windows 8 and Windows RT-based tablets.

“If anything, there’s a real risk that people will have too many options from which to choose this holiday season,” said Bob O’Donnell of IDC.

“Consumers baffled by the differences between Amazon and Google versions of Android, or Windows 8 and Windows RT, may well default to market leader Apple. Or they may simply choose to remain on the sideline for another cycle.”

Many analysts believe Apple will launch a smaller version of its iPad later this year, and that Amazon will release an upgraded Kindle Fire. Microsoft is set to release its Surface tablet in late October.

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Monday, April 18th, 2011

Playbook maker


iPad rival

against tough reviews

Hugo Miller

April 18, 2011 – 10:20AM

The RIM PlayBook.The RIM PlayBook. Photo: AFP 

Research In Motion co-chief executive officer Jim Balsillie said criticism of the company’s PlayBook tablet computer, which goes on sale next week in the US and in Australia sometime in the second quarter, are misguided because they ignore RIM’s base of BlackBerry faithful.

Technology columnists criticised the 7-inch tablet for its limited number of applications, lack of built-in email and inability to connect to mobile-phone networks – issues that won’t be remedied until new software and further editions of the device are introduced later this year. Some critics suggested RIM rushed an unfinished device to market, a charge Balsillie refutes.

“I don’t think that’s fair,” Balsillie, 50, said in a television interview yesterday on Bloomberg West with Emily Chang. He pointed out that more than 60 million BlackBerry smartphone users can pair their phones and PlayBooks to read email and connect to the internet. “A lot of the people that want this want a secure and free extension of their BlackBerry.”

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Jim Balsillie, co-chief executive officer of Research In Motion, holds up the PlayBook tablet computer during a Bloomberg Television interview in New York.Jim Balsillie, co-chief executive officer of Research In Motion, holds up the PlayBook tablet computer during a Bloomberg Television interview in New York. Photo: Bloomberg 

RIM will need those loyal customers to help it come from behind in the tablet market. Apple, which put its first iPad on the market last April, has sold more than 15 million units and Samsung Electronics, Motorola Mobility Holdings and Dell have all introduced tablets already.

While RIM hasn’t forecast how many of the devices it will sell, Balsillie said the opportunity is significant.

“I like our chances for a lot of share,” he said. “We’re very excited about where we are.”

Business market

The iPad accounted for 75 per cent of tablets shipped in the fourth quarter, according to researcher Strategy Analytics. Tablets that use Google’s Android software, including Samsung’s Galaxy Tab and Dell’s Streak, had a 22 per cent share.

RIM’s best chance to win customers is with business users, say investors such as David Eiswert of the T. Rowe Price Global Technology Fund.

“RIM’s got this really good tablet but would a consumer buy anything other than an iPad, given the time it’s been out on the market and all the applications that come with it?” said Eiswert, manager of the Baltimore-based fund, which includes Apple shares and a “small” amount of RIM. “They need to take the PlayBook, install it among their diehard installed base and then push back out to consumers.”


Co-chief executive officer Mike Lazaridis said RIM expects to distinguish itself in the tablet market the same way it did in mobile phones – through better technology. The PlayBook has security features that appeal to corporate customers and unique extras, such as the ability to let consumers browse the web and run videos simultaneously, he said in an interview last week.

The device, which is smaller than the 9.7-inch iPad, is also designed to be “ultraportable” so it can be more frequently used during the day, he said.

“This is superior,” he said. “It’s far more portable, it’s lighter in your hands, you can hold it for longer.”

RIM didn’t make the decision on size lightly. Todd Wood, vice president of industrial design, and his team studied the optimal proportions for a tablet while Lazaridis weighed what format would offer a screen big enough for watching video and could pack a powerful processor, and remain portable. The inspiration for the final size was decidedly low-tech: the Moleskine leather notebooks used by Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway.

“It’s an iconic form factor,” Wood said in an interview. “There’s the science part of it that led them to 7 inches and we took the human factor side and in the end agreed very quickly.”

Smaller tablets

Consumers have had the chance to buy smaller tablets for months, though sales haven’t threatened the iPad’s dominance. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, the size of the PlayBook, went on sale in October and had shipped 2 million units by the end of 2010.

“There’s no doubt the PlayBook has a lot of power,” said Michael Gartenberg, an analyst with Gartner in San Jose, California. “The question is whether those things will matter to consumers more than the things that the iPad can do, namely with its breadth and depth of applications.”

Pricing parity

The PlayBook starts at $US499, the same as the least expensive iPad 2 in the US (the least expensive iPad 2 is $579 in Australia). The priciest PlayBook is $US699, while the top- end iPad, which comes with a 3G connection, is $US829 (the top- end iPad is $949 in Australia).

A large installed base of business customers should help RIM sell about 250,000 PlayBooks in its current fiscal quarter which ends in May, and 5.4 million over the fiscal year, predicts Alkesh Shah, an analyst with Evercore Partners Inc.

The device will probably capture 10 per cent of the tablet market by 2015, compared with 47 per cent for the iPad, research firm Gartner predicts. PlayBook sales will be about 29 million devices in 2015, eclipsed by a forecast of about 138 million iPad sales, according to Gartner.

ManuLife Financial, Canada’s largest insurer with about 24,000 employees worldwide, plans to deploy the device across its businesses in North America and Asia. Toronto-based insurer Sun Life Financial is ordering as many as 1000 of the devices to make signing up new policyholders easier. ING Direct, a Canadian unit of ING Groep NV, plans to pilot the PlayBook for its staff. All three companies have said the adaptability of the PlayBook to existing BlackBerry networks, and the tablet’s security features were primary reasons to stick with RIM.

“Any new tablet maker faces an uphill challenge in capturing the attention of the market, but PlayBook has the potential to be meaningfully different,” said Paul Taylor, chief investment officer of BMO Harris Private Banking in Toronto, which holds both RIM and Apple shares.


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Friday, March 25th, 2011

iPad 2 is prettier,


and visibly nimbler

Reviewed by Stephen Hutcheon

March 25, 2011 – 10:32AM

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The look of iPad ecstasy

The iPad 2 goes on sale in Australia and while most of those who have waited for several hours are successful, a few latecomers don’t make the first cut.

iPad 2

To get the iPad into shape for its second coming, Apple has had to apply a few nips and tucks, the obligatory feature augmentation and some serious liposuction.

The result is that, 10 months after the first version was launched, the iPad 2 – which goes on sale later today – is prettier, perkier and visibly nimbler.

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While I’m sure there are design aesthetes who will be excited by the new “pogo pin” earphone jack, it’s another new hardware feature that will command most of the attention for first-time buyers and would be upgraders.

The dual front- and rear-facing camera is a useful addition even if you don’t think you’re going to be making use of video calling either through Skype or Apple’s own FaceTime standard.

But, be warned, the cameras Apple uses are very low res and, while you can use the rear-facing camera to record video at 720p at 30 frames per second, it delivers only sub megapixel stills. And the forward-facing camera shoots in grainy VGA-quality.

Tablet wars.

Two of the iPad’s known competitors – the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v and the Motorola Xoom – sport 8 and 5 megapixel rear cameras, respectively. And while megapixels aren’t everything, video and stills look better and sharper.

But Apple knows what it’s doing. It’s in the company’s DNA to be parsimonious with the specs of the features it includes in its device. If it maxed out on all the features and loaded the iPad with everything first up, there would be no reason to upgrade to iPad 3, or 4 or 5.

That said, the cameras on the iPad 2 are good enough for their intended use. I can’t see too many people whipping their iPads out to snap photos or shoot video.

The iPad 2 tips the scales at 612 grams.The iPad 2 tips the scales at 612 grams. Photo: Stephen Hutcheon 

If you are one of those people who wants to use it for that purpose, I’d wait another year for iPad 3.

By now, everyone who cares knows that the iPad 2 is thinner, faster and (marginally) lighter, so I won’t dwell on those aspects. Shedding 106 grams in the scheme of thing does not make a huge difference but it is remarkable that the iPad 2 is now thinner than the iPhone 4.

I’ve never had a big problem with the weight of the original iPad and I’m a heavy user. It’s still much easier than lugging a laptop around but I can’t get excited about the loss of a mere 100-odd grams.

The original iPad is slightly heavier at 718 grams.The original iPad is slightly heavier at 718 grams. Photo: Stephen Hutcheon 

The speed upgrade and the addition of a gyroscope will make game playing on the iPad an even better experience than has been the case with the first version.

Two other impressive elements worth a mention are both accessories.

The Smart Cover, Apple’s own patented screen protector is a stroke of genius. You have got to marvel at how the design team worked an ostensibly low-tech feature into such a clever solution.

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Steve Jobs unveils Apple’s iPad 2

Apple CEO Steve Jobs presents the iPad 2 Photo: AP

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Hinged by magnets, the Smart Cover snaps into position when held close to the contact points on the edge of the iPad. The cover folds back and underneath to provide a rest which tilts the iPad at an angle to allow video or FaceTime viewing or typing.

I have no doubt that Apple will sell a stack of these multi-coloured covers that will retail for between $45 and $79.

The other useful accessory is the $45 HDMI adapter that allows you to mirror anything from the screen of your iPad to a flat screen TV or projector screen. This will be particularly welcomed by anyone who uses their iPad in a classroom, for demonstrations or even at home.

The iPad 2 represents a generous overhaul of the original iPad. The improvements in speed and the inclusion of cameras alone make this a better device than version one. And although the competition is catching up, the iPad 2 will keep Apple in the lead.

Someone asked me whether the iPad 2 would provoke pangs of envy for early adopters who jumped in and bought the first model. The answer is: yes.

And did I mention that it comes in white?

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