If you’re reading this from one of the 25 countries that just started selling the new iPad today, welcome! (Sorry, we don’t know all 25 ways to say welcome in those countries, so we’ll stick with the universal language of English.) Now 25 more countries will get to experience the overheating, the poor Wi-Fi and the battery that charges beyond 100 percent -- although all of you will be sitting out the 4G LTE party for now, so you’ll have to do your best to burn through your monthly data plan with 3G instead. Enough sarcasm -- let’s get on with the show for this Friday, March 23, 2012!
As new iPad owners anxiously await the calendar turning over to Friday, March 16, this “hump day” is looking more agonizing than most. After all, who likes waiting, especially in this era of digital instant gratification? Unfortunately, we can’t help bend space and time or whisk you into the future, but we can try to distract you with some tech news to take your mind off that impatient waiting, courtesy of today’s recap for Wednesday, March 14, 2012.
Now that Apple’s media event for the third-generation iPad is official for March 7, all eyes will be on the company to unveil a higher resolution display. But one thing that all tablets and smartphones continually have to fight is Mother Nature -- and specifically, that giant yellow ball we know as the Sun.
Whether you’re sharing it with a significant other or not, Happy Valentine’s Day to MacLife.com readers everywhere! Don’t forget, we love you unconditionally, 365 days a year. So don’t be cynical about this love-drenched holiday, because we’ve dug up some tasty nuggets of tech news and app updates for your reading pleasure on this fine Tuesday, February 14, 2012.
Where tablets are concerned, it’s all about the display, the primary part of the technology we interact with. The new kids on the block are Amazon’s Kindle Fire and its direct competitor, the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet, which feature smaller seven-inch screens at a more wallet-friendly price. But are they a match for Apple’s market leading iPad 2?
When it comes to tablets, the display’s the thing, as the old saying goes. Now that there are a few significant Android-based rivals to the iPad throne, the scientists at DisplayMate decided to get their hands on four such tablets and see how their display stacks up against the better selling iPad 2.
If we ever needed proof that the iPad 2's high resolution display is impressive, Dr. Raymond Soneira, President of DisplayMate has released another one of his very thorough display shootouts. This time, Dr. Soneira is comparing tablet displays and -- surprise, surprise -- the iPad 2 is the one to come out on top.
While the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4 share a lot of the same DNA, there has been some debate as to how the tablet’s LCD screen holds up against its handheld sibling -- particularly regarding a small gap of air between the glass and the LCD panel itself. DisplayMate Technologies to the rescue!
The advent of last year's iPhone 4 caused quite a stir with its high resolution Retina Display. So, when the iPad 2 was announced, we were expecting to see that Apple's next-generation tablet would follow suit with a Retina Display of its own. It didn't, but that doesn't mean that it falls short when compared to its smaller iOS brother. Whether we're watching a movie, playing a game or browsing the web, the iPad 2's display really does impress, and as Dr. Raymond Soneira, President of DisplayMate Technologies points out in his recent iPad and iPhone display shoot out, the two iOS devices are like two peas in a pod -- or, as he puts it, Arnold Schwarzneggar and Danny DeVito's characters in Twins.
This morning, we got to have a bit of a fireside chat (or rather, a chat by the heater) with Dr. Raymond Soneira, President of DisplayMate Technologies, and the scientist who conducted the study on the faulty brightness and sensory controls of smartphones, which you may have read about earlier this morning. Dr. Soneira discussed the results of his study, his feelings on the whole brightness control fiasco and whether or not manufacturers will ever get to the root of the problem.