Anyone in the tech world will tell you that the iPad is selling like hotcakes, which through an interesting bit of happenstance, has helped hotcake scientists to determine exactly how quickly the much-loved breakfast food end up in the bellies of consumers. OK, not really, but it's safe to say that with Apple building two million iPads per month and no sign of the device's sales diminishing, the iPad is pretty darned popular--so much so, that despite the massive numbers of the tablet being produced, up until recently there was still up to a five business day wait time between when an iPad is purchased from Apple's online store to when consumers could expect it to ship. Apple did away with that issue by increasing the number of tablets it produced per month to two million. According to All Things D, Apple could be on the cusp of upping the number of tablets it demands from it suppliers per month once again.
The new iTunes is out. While it's, let's just say different looking, we took a good hard look at the latest update to the hardest working app on our Macs and came up with some tips, tricks and features you might find helpful. From Ping to Album Art List View, we check out the good, the bad and the gray.
It seems that the Japanese research firm BCN has uncovered a factoid so illogical that could very well rip a hole in the fabric of the universe: In August, for the first time close to a decade, Sony's venerable Walkman outsold the iPod in Japan by 3.8%, with the devices holding a 47.8% and 44% market share respectively. BCN announced that Sony's climb to the top of the MP3 player dog pile is the first time since 2001 that the Japanese company has been able to outstrip the the success of the Apple's multimedia darling.
Is it a sign that Apple's planetary reign of awesome is coming to an end? Sony and any number of the world's electronics manufacturers would wish it to be so, but most likely, it's not the case.
We got hands-on with the new iPod's after Apple's big music event. Will they tear up the charts, number one with a bullet? Or are they next summer's state fair act? Follow the jump for our hands-on first impressions.
As Apple's Music Event draws ever closer, the rumors of some new-fangled hotness that runs off of children's dreams and unicorn tears have been ramping up to a fevered pitch. With the event less than 24 hours away, even the most trusted of newsources are finding it hard to resist putting in their two bits about what will spill out of Apple's magic bag on Wednesday.
Remember Paul Allen? Well, he's about to try and make sure Apple amongst a whole slew of other tech heavy hitters don't soon forget him. On Friday, he sued Apple, Google and nine other companies claiming that they're making use of technology that came about ten years ago at his now-kaput Silicon Valley lab.
It looks as though Apple users, a typically intelligent, tech-savvy and genteel lot (yes, we're stroking our own egos here,) can add another particular to their growing list of resume foibles: 31337 6@/\/\3®. That's 'elite gamer' for all of you out there that don't hablas l33t speak. According to a monthly survey conducted by the game mongers at Steam, a growing number of the individuals enjoying their services are doing so on Apple hardware.
It looks as though Apple could be ready to fire off yet another salvo as part of their continuing war against buttons and peripheral holes. A war you say? Totally.
In 2006, the company did away with one hole by giving us the Magsafe power connector. In recent years you may also have noticed that their video out interfaces keep getting smaller and smaller: You just know that it's leading to the utter destruction of a physical video connection in their gear. Similarly, the introduction of the MacBook Air and its single dual purpose headphone/microphone jack signaled an impending unceremonial farewell to the presence of microphone port in their mobile devices. If a patent application filed today is any indication, Apple may be just that much closer to perfecting the latter and realizing their dream of a smooth, hole-free housing for their devices.
In the space of a few years, the iPhone has gone from being a smartphone non grata in corporate circles, to being a much sought after productivity device for suits around the world. You'll also find enterprise-level business tech users hunkered down in deep thought, searching their minds and the iTunes App Store for ways to justify the purchase of the latest piece of successful businessman accoutrement--the iPad--to their superiors. If you've spent anytime working in a corporate environment, you'll know that this is a definite change. Up until recently, the office was ruled by the PC and Blackberry--boring technology, sure, but also cheap and relatively secure, allowing a company's the bottom line to stay red while providing a reasonably stringent IT security.
How did Apple manage to sway the hearts of the world's enterprise giants? Simple: They left them the heck alone.
With Apple's iAd venture off to a bumpy start, and iBook sales moving along slower than expected in the face of the Kindle's enormous popularity, Apple is considering a move that will either be embraced by publishers and consumers, or despised. According to The Wall Street Journal and CNET, Apple is seriously considering the insertion of iAds into the content available to consumers through the iBook Store. You read that right--the eBooks you paid good money for could soon come with advertising material as part of the package.