April 24, 2012

March 30, 2012

At the launch of Apple’s third-gen iPad, the company’s Marketing Chief Phil Schiller claimed the device’s new A5X processor with quad-core graphics provided up to 4x the graphics performance of NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 chip. Schiller also claimed the new chip provided 2x the graphics performance of the iPad 2’s A5 chip. NVIDIA was skeptical of the benchmark data behind the claims, but early benchmarks seemed to show A5X outperforming a Transformer Prime running Tegra 3 in the majority of tests.

New benchmark data provided by IGNshows the iPad 2’s A5 chip outperforming both the A5X and Tegra 3 with the A5X’s improved graphics going largely toward powering the new iPad’s high-resolution Retina display of 3.1 million pixels. The A5X shows a significant increase in performance over iPad 2 and Tegra 3 devices only when the chip is not forced to power the Retina display in “off-screen” benchmarks.

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March 22, 2012

According to an in-store iPhone advertisement in at least one Target location in Orlando, the store is offering $25 off the 8GB iPhone 4 and both the 16GB and 32GB iPhone 4S models until the end of the month. A tipster sent the image above showing the deal is offered for upgrades or on a new two-year contract available through AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint depending on your location.

(Thanks L. Nielsen!)

We are also noticing some of the best prices ever on iPad 2s. When Apple dropped the price of the iPad 2 by $100 (now starting at $399) after the introduction of the new iPad, retailers immediately started slashing prices even further on the last-generation device. We already saw the 16GB entry-level iPad 2 go for as low as $360, and today 9to5Toys pointed us to a 32GB model in white or black for $449 from Go4Computers through eBay Daily Deal. That deal includes free shipping and no tax (outside Florida), and the same goes for the 8GB iPod touch, which is usually $199 but now goes for $169.

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March 14, 2012

If you plan to trade-in your iPad 2 and pick up a third-generation iPad when it launches on Friday morning, Apple is now giving you another option by offering up to $320 in trade-in value (Apple Store gift cards) for an iPad 2 depending on the condition and model. To get the full $320 from Apple’s Reuse and Recycle program, you will need a 64GB Wi-Fi + 3G model in near perfect condition. On the entry-level 16GB Wi-Fi model, Apple is offering $205. Before the new iPad unveiling, we told you our Top 10 places to trade an iPad for cash or credit, and a few of those options are still providing slightly more than Apple in many cases.

A quick look at a couple of the other popular options—Gazelle and Amazon—will get you just over $400 for an AT&T 64GB Wi-Fi + 3G iPad in “flawless” condition, which is quite a bit more than Apple is offering. Of course, for your iPad to qualify for that much, it will have to “look like it has never been used,” according to Gazelle. Some listings on Amazon are as high as $450. Those options also give you alternative payout methods. In the case of Gazelle, you will be able to get your trade-in value by check, PayPal, or an Amazon gift card. Trade-in values will likely start to fall after the new iPad’s rollout, but Gazelle told us it has seen a 700-percent increase in trade-ins since the new iPad announcement with over 150,000 iPad offers in total so far. Apple’s announcement that the iPad 2’s new $399 price tag was great for education and it certainly did not hurt demand for the iPad 2.

Before you sell your iPad, you will want to get it prepared, cleaned, and packed to get the maximum trade-in value. After the break, you will find step-by-step tips for doing exactly that, courtesy of Gazelle: expand full story

March 9, 2012

Apple retail stores mistakingly discounting iPad 2 by $200?

Yesterday, we told you the iPad 2 was discounted by $100, as announced by Apple during the new iPad unveiling, through a number of retailers including BestBuy and RadioShack. According to one tipster, Apple retail stores are also offering the discounted iPad 2. However, in the case of the West Farms Apple Store in Connecticut, […]

March 8, 2012

During the new iPad unveiling yesterday, Apple announced it would drop the price of the 16GB iPad 2 to $399 with the Wi-Fi + 3G model discounted to $529. This was, of course, to make room for the new iPad, which would start at $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $629 for the 16GB Wi-Fi + 4G model. We knew the price drop would likely be implemented by the new iPad’s March 16 launch date, but it seems BestBuy and other retailers are already offering the new prices. BestBuy is now advertising not just the 16GB models, but the entire iPad 2 lineup, for $100 off the usual pricing. However, the best price we have been able to find comes from Micro Center. It is offering the 16GB Wi-Fi iPad 2 for $360.

BestBuy is advertising the new iPad as being available on March 16 (despite Apple’s own shipping times slipping), but it has not announced preorders for the device. On the other hand, RadioShack confirmed that you can now preorder the new iPad by purchasing a $50 gift card that can also go toward the final purchase price. Its website is listing all iPad 2’s as on sale in-store. RadioShack’s full press release below also outlines its trade-in program for old iPads:

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March 7, 2012

After unveiling  the new iPad at today’s event, Apple officially confirmed it would continue selling the iPad 2. The entry-level 16GB Wi-Fi-only iPad 2 will get a price drop to $399. The Wi-Fi+3G model will sell for $529. The price drops will presumably take effect immediately, because  preorders for the new iPad begin today.

Get all the details on the new iPad’s Retina display, LTE-capabilities, new camera system, and A5X quad-core graphics processor at 9to5Mac.

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February 25, 2012

Note – Photoshop Touch just started hitting AU/NZ. Update: It was pulled, but it is back ($9.99 at iTunes)

Photoshop maker Adobe Systems, Inc., released a long-expected iPad companion aptly named “Photoshop Touch.” The Android version demonstrated at Maxx earlier this year and released shortly afterwards.

The first in a series of six touch-optimized apps (the other five are Collage, Debut, Ideas, Kuler and Proto), it supports Photoshop layers—arguably the basic and most-oft used Photoshop feature. With simple finger gestures, users can combine multiple photos into layered images, make popular edits, and apply professional effects. It also provides advanced selection tools and adjustments.

According to Adobe’s website, the tablet-exclusive Scribble Selection Tool lets you extract objects in an image by simply scribbling on what to keep and then what to remove. With Refine Edge technology from Adobe Photoshop, even hard-to-select areas with soft edges, such as hair, are easily captured when making selections. Photoshop Touch also plays nice with Creative Cloud—a brand new paid cloud storage service from Adobe for seamless sync of your Photoshop files between desktop and iPad.

Social sharing is also supported through Facebook or email. You can also import images from Facebook, Google Image Search, and your iPad’s camera roll. Photoshop Touch works only on iPad 2 and requires iOS 5. The app is a $9.99 download from the App Store. Photoshop Touch became available on Android devices last November.

Screenshots and three demo clips are below.

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February 11, 2012

Typically a solid indicator of an Apple product refresh is when the previous model of that particular product begins to see constraints and shortages. We saw this process prior to the launch of the iPad 2 in March of 2011, and we typically also see this process to prior to launches of Apple’s new Macs. Some examples from recent memory include MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and iMac constraints prior to their 2011 refreshes. Now, the same situation is starting to occur with the iPad 2, a device that will most likely be succeeded by a third-generation iPad in about a month.

According to a source familiar with Apple’s product distribution channels, the iPad 2 WiFi + 3G is constrained. Supply shortages span beyond Apple’s own distribution channels, though, as major retailers are reporting “out of stock” status for the 3G iPad 2. This includes, but is likely not limited to, Carphone Warehouse and Orange in the United Kingdom. Carphone Warehouse is reporting shortges of five out of six of their 3G iPad 2 models (everything but the black 64GB unit), and Orange UK is reporting shortages of half of the 3G iPad 2 SKUs: both 32GB models and the white 64GB unit. Read on for all of the details:

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February 8, 2012

(Updated with higher res image. Click to enlarge)

Repair Labs (via MacRumors) said it got ahold of an iPad 3 case that has numerous differences from an iPad 2—listed below:

A. You can see here that the mounts for the logic board are very different, which means the logic board shape will be different allowing for . . . .

B. More battery. The width of where the logic board sits on the iPad 2 appears much larger than that of the iPad 3. We have long heard that the iPad 3 was going to provide longer battery life, and this back housing seems to support that. [Ed: Actually, this could be to compensate for the additional power draw of the screen and possibly a faster processor]

C. The camera is different. It is hard to make a judgment just by looking at the casing, but what we can expect is a different camera on the iPad 3 than what we had on the 2.

D. LCD will be different than what we have had before. Whether or not it will be the super screen we have seen reported will have to wait. But the different mounting does mean that the LCD has been redesigned at the very least.

The report said the iPad 3 case was not noticeably thicker than the iPad 2, countering previous rumors that the new iPad would be thicker.

It is hard to vouch for the authenticity of the case above, but the changes mentioned do seem to mesh with what’s floated around.


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January 20, 2012

UPDATE: If you’re getting the “Error establishing a database connection” when launching the jailbreak tool, hacker PlanetBeing tweeted a simple workaround solution: Go to Settings and enable VPN under Network.

According to hacker p0sixninja, the jailbreak community just posted an untethered jailbreak solution for A5-driven devices running iOS 5.0 or iOS 5.0.1. The software is a long expected follow-up to an untethered iOS 5.0.1 exploit for non-A5 devices, released last December. According to a blog post, the new jailbreak is called “Absinthe A5,” and it was not exactly a walk in the park.

The updated greenpois0n tool is now available for download here. It’s Mac-only, but Windows version is “coming soon”. The application lets iPad 2 and iPhone 4S owners finally jailbreak their device without the need to tether it to a computer upon each reboot. This jailbreak can be used with both iPhone 4S running iOS 5.0 build 9A334 and iOS 5.0.1 (builds 9A405 and 9A406) and iPad 2 running iOS 5.0.1 build 9A405.

Video tutorial is right below…

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January 18, 2012

While most case makers missed the mark last year by producing “iPhone 5” cases for a thinner, taller, wider, and “teardrop” form-factor, these manufactures have historically provided accurate insight into Apple’s future hardware product plans. We have seen purported Apple case leaks almost yearly and 2012 is no exception. Case makers have begun to produce and ship cases for the upcoming third-generation Apple iPad. Read below for additional details and more images:

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January 5, 2012

iLounge‘s Jeremy Horwitz tweeted multiple details from sources regarding the next iPad. First, the next-generation iPad is said to be getting heavy improvements on the camera side. The front camera will reportedly become a FaceTime HD camera and the back camera is supposedly in line with either the iPhone 4 or 4S (based on lens size). 9to5Mac independently heard that Apple was prototyping next-generation iPads with eight megapixel sensors during the last summer, but this, of course, could have changed by now.

Horwitz again reaffirmed his earlier claims that the next-generation iPad will be close to 1MM thicker to make room for new parts, and he said: “Curve radiuses on the body will change only a little to accommodate the added thickness, not dramatically. Think iPad 2 Pro, not a redesign.” In terms of a release date, Horwitz’s sources are calling for a launch close to when the iPad 2 launched. That would be early March. Finally, the iPad 2 is said to stick around $399, finally turning the iPad into a product lineup with multiple models. The iPad 3 has also been long rumored to contain a Retina Display.

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December 28, 2011

Update: Our grand prize winner just chose an iPad 2. Her handle is @zippy573.

To mark our Parallels 7 review below, 9to5Mac and Parallels are teaming up to offer one of our readers a free copy of Parallels every day for the next week.  At the end of the contest, which stretches into 2012, we’ll give one lucky winner* an iPad 2 or MacBook Air.  Here’s how to play:

Retweet this post (“Free copies of Parallels Desktop 7 each day and a chance to win a MacBook Air/ iPad 2. RT to enter! http://bit.ly/vZrzDM”). Once per day limit.  We’ll start again at midnight Pacific time each day.

Parallels will pick a winner and we’ll update daily via @ParallelsMac

The Prizes:

  • Grand Prize: New MacBook Air with Windows 7 Home Edition (or iPad 2 with Parallels Mobile), Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac and the Parallels Mobile app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
  • Daily Prize during the promotion: Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac

For everyone else, we have a $10 off coupon code (“9TO5MAC”) for Parallels 7 which makes the update $39.99. For new users, take $10 off for $69.99 and for Students, it is $39.99.  Of course, Amazon has Parallels 7 for $50 in the box if you don’t mind the wait.

Learn more about Parallels Desktop 7’s new features at their ParallelsTV YouTube page.

*note: Parallels winners can be anywhere in the world, MacBook Air winners must be in the US.

Update: Congrats to @Michael_EDavis, @LGM777, @Zyxz13 & @arifmyself for winning a copy of Parallels. 


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December 21, 2011

Tablet display shoot-out: iPad 2 vs. Kindle Fire vs. Nook Tablet

Who has the most spectacular tablet display: Amazon, Apple or Barnes & Noble? That’s what Dr. Raymond Soneira, president of DisplayMate Technologies Corporation of Amherst, N.H., set out to find out in his IPS tablet display technology shoot-out where he pitted Apple’s iPad 2 tablet against Amazon’s Kindle Fire device and Barnes & Noble’s Nook […]

December 18, 2011

Reuters shared bad news  from a Pegatron plant in Shanghai, China: there was an explosion and 61 workers were hurt. Twenty-three of the 61 hurt are said were hospitalized, and the fire caused “some” damage to the plant’s machinery. Reuters said the explosion occurred at Apple plant, and the report sourced a claim from China’s Yi Cai Daily that said the plant would be producing iPad 2 back-panels.

The interesting part is that Pegatron said this plant is not operational, and it will produce parts for a product that is rumored to be refreshed in 3 to 4 months. While Pegatron said it could “make adjustments to the facility to minimize the impact on operations and revenue,” China’s Yi Cai Daily is claiming that if the surrounding safety concerns are not dealt with properly, Apple’s supply chain may see negative affects next quarter.

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December 9, 2011

From 9to5toys.com:


The Apple Store offers the factory-refurbished Apple iPad 16GB Wi-Fi Tablet in Black (pictured) or White for $419. With free shipping, that’s $30 under our mention of a refurb from a month ago and $70 under the lowest total price we could find for a new one today.

The 32 and 64GB Wifi iPads drop to $499 and $599 respectively.  That’s $50 below yesterday and $100 below new.

3G iPads are also $80-$100 off new prices, starting at $549 for 16GB models.

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December 2, 2011

You may remember TJ Maxx’s $399 iPad sale late in 2010, and now you can prepare for that to happen again. The Verge has word from a tipster that TJ Maxx will be selling the iPad 2 16GB for $399 in its stores tomorrow. Supplies will reportedly be low (around 15 per store), so get there early. TJ Maxx is yet to confirm this sale, so you should call your store in the morning if you’re interested. This sale is most likely unauthorized by Apple with Steve Jobs telling a 9to5Mac reader last year that TJ Maxx isn’t an official Apple reseller.

Update: The sale is confirmed to be going on today. Call your local TJ Maxx to see if they have them in stock, because we’re hearing there’s only about 25 per store. Our original tip from last night:

If you call the TJ MAXX in Lakewood ,NY they confirmed to me they are selling it for 399 tommorrow and have 25 in stock!!!

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November 28, 2011

In the just released beta of iOS 5.1, Apple has outed yet another new device. We recently brought you the first references to the upcoming, faster Apple TV internally dubbed 3,1, and now we have iPad 2,4 on our hands. With references to iPad 3,1 and 3,2 – likely the new iPads launching in March – having appeared months ago, we’re thinking this iPad 2,4 could be the Sprint version that Apple recently completed work on – but only if it has WiMAX.  A 3G-only Sprint iPad would be the same hardware as the Verizon iPad. Other options include an iPad for China’s TD-LTE, an early LTE model or a dual-mode device like the current iPhone 4S. The rumored March iPad 3 launch quickly approaching so we’ll know soon.

Update: iPad 3,3 found as well, shown after the break (thanks, Jack!): 

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