Steve Jobs famously pooh-poohed the notion of a 7-inch iPad in 2010, doubting "the value of the product" and calling it "meaningless, unless your tablet also includes sandpaper, so that the user can sand down their fingers to around one quarter of the present size." But the market has matured a bit since then. If nothing else, Amazon's Kindle Fire has proven that there is indeed a market for a 7-inch tablet, but the question remains whether Apple will finally put an end to the rumors and release a so-called iPad mini this year.
The next Samsung Galaxy S smartphone is set to be unveiled next week, and the Korean manufacturer is aiming to get the masses excited about it a few days early with word that the handset will come packing a quad-core processor.
Yeah, we were pretty excited that Tim Cook was visiting Valve headquarters as Apple is really rocking out the gaming world lately. And yeah, we were pretty deflated when Apple went and shot down that rumor. But there were other things rocking out this week, so go take a peek.
Set to release at a press event in London on May 3, the Samsung Galaxy S3 looks to be the Android smartphone of the moment, packing a speed boost and boasting tight integration with Google's Ice Cream Sandwich OS, along with a few adjective-worthy features and specs. While it's sure to be enough to sell (or ship, rather) a few million units, it remains to be seen how it will stack up against Cupertino's juggernaut.
A source told Andrew Hoyle of CNET UK that the newest member of the ever-expanding Galaxy family will be an incremental update over last year's model, likely in line with the supreme Galaxy Nexus. But, with the iPhone 4S still making major strides and the iPhone 5 waiting in the wings, there are a few key ingredients the Galaxy S3 absolutely must have to keep the heat on Apple.
There's been a lot of scuttlebutt passed around on the internetover the last two weeks, and it's all pretty awesome. This week, the rumor mill is churning that Ivy Bridge MacBooks may be closer than we think. The Apple Store has a depleting supply of Sandy Bridge MacBook Pros, which makes room in the back for brand new hardware. Also, the iPhone 5 could be the biggest handset refresh we've had since the iPhone 4's rounded corners, and Apple could be working on software to help beginning developers get their bearings with app development. Let’s get down to business, shall we?
If you’re a frequent visitor to the Mac|Life website, you know that we love a good patent-based slap-fight. From the looks of things, so does Apple: to date, the company’s battle to stop Android handset manufacturers from infringing on their patents has cost the Cupertino-based tech manufacturer over $100 million. That’s small change to them, but an awful lot of money to the rest of us. What’re all the lawsuits about? We’ve put together a list of four patent lawsuits that focus on technology most iOS users take for granted every day.
Judging from first quarter results this year, Google’s Android is not a guaranteed sure thing. On one hand, South Korean electronics giant Samsung just announced a healthy profit for Q1 2012, but rival HTC is feeling the blues with a 70 drop in profit from last year.
We all know Apple’s industrial designs come by way of Jonathan Ive, but who’s designing the devices that Cupertino claims are copycats? At Samsung, it’s someone who seems to take as much pride in his work as Ive does.
Now that we’ve all had enough time with the new iPad to separate the facts from the fiction surrounding the device, it’s time to move on to more important matters: The unconfirmed scuttlebutt surrounding Apple’s upcoming hardware and software releases. This week, we're looking at rumors surrounding the MacBook Air, the iPhone 5's probable inclusion of LTE connectivity, and whether or not we'll see a smaller iPad in the near future.
There’s something in the air that we can’t quite put our finger on. Could it be the reports of new Apple TV buyers receiving their preorders a day early? Or the new iPad launch kicking off in other parts of the world where it’s already Friday? Perhaps the tingle we’re feeling at every truck that drives past our door, hoping maybe, by some miracle, the new iPad will arrive early as well? It’s probably all of the above, because it’s one of those kind of days… as in, Thursday, March 15, 2012.