Remember just a few years back when tablet computers seemed new and exciting? Now you can buy low-end models at drug store chains, but as ever, you usually get what you pay for with cheap tech. The latest tablet survey from J.D. Power and Associates bears out that move towards less expensive hardware and the resulting implications, demonstrating declining overall satisfaction as more manufacturers enter the market. However, while overall satisfaction may be trending downward, Apple's iPad leads the pack with an overall satisfaction rating of 830 out of 1000, with the report noting that it “performs highest in all study factors except cost.”
When it comes to selling things online, it’s no surprise that the top dog is Amazon, which movedsome $67.8 billion worth of products in 2013 and derives all of its income from digital storefronts. However, there’s a new #2 in town, and according to trade publication Internet Retailer (via The Wall Street Journal), that’s none other than Apple.
Beats Music made a nice splash into the streaming music service pool earlier this year with distinctive features and great recommendation functions, but the iOS version was previously limited to iPhone for its first few months of existence. Luckily, that changed today as the Dr. Dre-backed app became fully universal, delivering full-screen iPad functionality in the process.
The latest iPad and iPad mini models hitting the refurb counter is still big news if you're looking to pick up a tablet and hoping to save some dough, so we have some great deals to start things off in that realm. Then a regular member of the weekly deals, the MacBook Air sees some serious price drop action. Plus, what should you do with the money you save? Why, buy gear for your new devices of course.
Over the past year, if you asked iPad mini owners what one thing they’d change about the device, odds were good that they’d respond with “add a Retina display.” Well, they obviously weren’t unheard, as the second generation of Apple’s scaled-down (in size, but not usefulness) tablet does exactly that—but not only that. This year’s new iPad mini with Retina display (see, it’s right there in the name) melds the superb design and build quality of the original with that long-awaited high-res screen and the heart of an iPhone 5s for one fantastic portable computing powerhouse.
Usually, we hit you up with tons and tons of refurb action, but sometimes you're looking at some serious deals on brand spanking new fresh out of the box Mac action and sometimes we've got just the ticket. Well, today is one of those sometimes. And we'll throw in a couple refurbs just for old time's sake. But take a deep whiff. Smell that? That's new Mac smell and there's nothing like it on earth.
The last few days have given us plenty of rumors concerning what the next iPhone may look like; now it's the iPad's turn. While the leaks for the iPhone all point to a larger screen, One More Thing notes (via Cult of Mac) that the latest supposed iPad leak from a source in China points to a thinner device than ever as Apple seems to be using integrated displays for the first time.
Today we focus on the little guys. The smaller end of the market of Apple products. The entry level. If you've been trying to convince a friend or relative to make the switch, these lower priced options might just be the ticket to helping convince them what you've known all along.
Anki Drive turned heads last June when it took the stage at Apple's WWDC 2013 with its iOS-compatible toy race cars powered by a form of artificial intelligence. As of today, Anki has expanded the lineup, offering new cars, new tracks, and a new race mode.