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D10 Interview with Tim Cook

clock June 1, 2012 01:26 by author Jeremy

Like his predecessor before him, Tim Cook took to the stage on Tuesday night, May 29th, for an inside look as the new head of Apple. The D10 Conference opened up with the classier-than-ever Jane Lynch, accompanied by a full gospel choir and a marching band.

Tim Cook appeared on-stage soon afterwards and sat down with hosts Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher. In his interview, he spoke of the late Steve Jobs and what he learned. "You can only do so many things great, and you should cast aside everything else." This, as Cook says, is, "embedded in Apple," and that only the best will suffice. Cook also spoke of the difficulty of moving on from Jobs' passing. "It was absolutely the saddest day of my life when he passed away... I love museums, but I don't want to live in one."

Apple's direction has obviously changed since Jobs' departure. "We're going to double down on secrecy on products," says Cook, while also admitting that Apple will be transparent in other aspects regarding suppliers and environmental impact. When asked if Apple would ever have manufacturing plants in the U.S. (as opposed to their current locations in China), Cook replied, "I want there to be," adding that currently the engines and glass parts for the iPhone and iPad are built in Texas and Kentucky, respectively.

On the topic of the infamous patent wars, Cook claims that our system today is currently broken. "From our point of view, it is important for Apple not be the developer for the world. We just want other people to invent their own stuff." When countered that Apple themselves are suing other companies in the patent wars, Cook replied, "The vast majority of [lawsuits Apple receives] are on standards-essential patents... No one should be able to get an injunction off a standards-essential patent."

Apple's famous voice recognition program, Siri, received praise from Cook, who noted that Siri has a personality the adds to her likeability. "...there's more that it can do, and we have a lot of people working on this. And I think you will be really pleased with some of the things you'll see over the coming months on this."

To see the entire interview, check out D's interview with Tim Cook in the source link below.

Source: allthingsd (published by Ina Fried)



The Rare "iPad 2,4" Brings Improved Battery Life

clock May 5, 2012 00:25 by author Jeremy

With the New iPad out, the iPad 2 recently experienced a price-cut on its models, with the lowest 16GB WiFi iPad 2 available for $399. And therein lies the difference between models: their connectivity. The 1st type of iPad 2 is WiFi only (iPad 2,1), the second is WiFi and GSM (iPad 2,2), while the third is WiFi and CDMA (iPad 2,3). Which brings us to the topic at hand: the fourth-type, known as "iPad 2,4".

So what's the difference in connectivity? Like the 1st iteration, the iPad 2,4 is WiFi only. It's specialty, however, lies in the SoC (System on a Chip); in the iPad's case, it's more commonly known as the A5 chip, or the processor. Previous iPad 2's all had the same 45nm A5 SoC, while our new contender uses a 32nm A5 SoC.

How does this affect you? A 32nm processor is going to be more efficient overall than a 45nm processor. The end result is that owners will get (according to AnandTech) slightly better battery life.

The only downside is that there's no real way to tell outside of the box whether you're getting one of these new models. Once you open up the box, however, you can run a benchmark test or a battery test to see the specs of your iPad. So if you're going to purchase an iPad 2 sometime soon, start hoping you'll get the better end of this bargain.

Source: anandtech



New iPad May Have Heat Issues

clock March 22, 2012 01:15 by author Jeremy

New iPad owners, beware: there's been a lot of talk revolving around whether iPads are now "too hot". Forums have been abuzz with Apple customers repeating this complaint, but the question remains: does it get dangerously hot?

According to tests run by Consumer Reports, "The New iPad gets up to 13 degrees hotter than the iPad 2 when playing a game." This was tested by running the famous iPad game Infinity Blade II for 45 minutes while propped up and charging. Overall, the New iPad hit a high of 116 degrees Fahrenheit!

Previous tests and reports by Consumer Reports also concluded that laptops/netbooks could reach up to 120 degrees, at which point it may begin to damage bare skin over time. However, that doesn't seem to be a major point of worry, as most users also note that the iPad only gets "overly warm".

Apple's PR Truly Muller commented to AllThingsD, "The new iPad delivers a stunning Retina display, A5X chip, support for 4G LTE plus 10 hours of battery life, all while operating well within our thermal specifications. If customers have any concerns they should contact AppleCare." Whether this turns out to be as bad as the iPhone 4's AntennaGate scandal remains to be seen.

Sources: ConsumerReports 1, ConsumerReports 2, AllThingsD



iPad Battery Specs and Drop Tests

clock March 19, 2012 23:49 by author Jeremy

The latest iteration of Apple's tablet, the New iPad, is just as good at staying alive as its predecessors. Ever wonder how it manages to stay on for so long though? Especially in today's age, when battery-life is definitely a major factor in people's choices for laptops, smartphones, and other accessories.

Turns out, the New iPad has a whopping 42.5Whr battery. Quick flashback: the original 1st-generation iPad had a 24.8Whr battery, while the iPad 2 had a 25Whr battery. And while the New iPad is only 0.6mm thicker than the iPad 2, one just has to wonder: how in the world did Apple do that? According to arstechnica's teardown (note: Consumers should not try this at home), Apple simply managed to "more efficiently pack in the components - and increase the overall device thickness ever so slightly". No magic here, folks.

No matter how much you want to stare at the battery out of curiosity, tearing the device apart is always dangerous and likely shouldn't be done. And as fun as it is, professionally taking it apart is definitely still a better option than dropping it - which is proven to be fatalfor the iPad, if squaretrade's blog and video is any indication.



Apple Reveals the "New iPad"

clock March 7, 2012 00:16 by author Jeremy

Earlier today in an Apple-event, the "New iPad" (which, so far, is the official name) was unveiled with all its specs and glory. Alongside the New iPad was also the new Apple TV (priced at $99) and a price-drop for the iPad 2 (lowest price being the 16GB WiFi model at $399).

So what is it that makes the New iPad so special? For starters, lying at the very core of the tablet itself is the new A5X processor. The iPad 2 ran off of the A5 chip, which performs twice as fast as the Tegra 3; now, the new A5X will offer four times the performance that the Tegra 3 does. Along with quad-core graphics, the New iPad is sure to run a multitude of apps much faster.

But why would we need faster speeds when the iPad 2 was fast enough already? To handle the new Retina Display, of course! The New iPad runs a 2048 x 1536 display, with 3.1 million pixels - that's over a million more pixels than a 1080p, 1920 x 1080 display! And to match these new graphics and settings, Apple has bumped up the resolution of previously-existing apps and games by themselves, with no trouble to the developers whatsoever. 

Of course, another good way to test out the new speed, is to test out the new camera: the New iPad touts a 5 megapixel rear camera, with an illuminated sensor, 5-element lens, IR filter, and ISP built into the A5X chip. That same camera can also start recording in 1080p.

Consumers must be wondering, however, whether this will all affect the battery life, which previously lasted for 10 hours on the iPad 2. The New iPad comes with a new Li-Poly battery though, rated at 42.5WHr, which is enough for Apple to claim the 10-hour mark yet again (though it's 9 hours if running on 4G).

Speaking of 4G: the New iPad is considered to be "World-Ready", meaning it can roam world-wide and still have 3G access, due to having numerous bands implemented into it. However, while on a 4G network, Apple claims it will have 21Mbps HSPA+ and 42Mbps DC-HSDPA. Both AT&T and Verizon have been confirmed as carriers for 4G models.

And the icing on this cake? Siri is back - however, she doesn't play as large of a part on the New iPad as she does on an iPhone 4S. Currently, Siri will only perform voice dictations; a new voice-button is located at the bottom of the keyboard for those who simply can't be bothered to type. 

Pre-orders start today, and the New iPad is available starting March 16th.

Sources: engadget



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