What a 12.9-inch iPad looks like next to an iPad 4 and the MacBook Air


Earlier this year, a report from a Korean news site claimed that Apple was looking at the possibility of launching a 12.9-inch iPad in early 2014. We called the story ‘crazy,’ as among other things, it called for the monstrous tablet to be named the ‘iPad maxi.’

Surprisingly, though, late last month the Wall Street Journal corroborated the report, saying it had it on good authority that Apple was really working on such a device. And on the off chance that it ever makes it to market, here’s what it could look like…

The folks over at MacRumors have commissioned CiccareseDesign to create renderings of what a 13-inch iPad might look like compared to the current iPad and iPad mini models, as well as the rumored fifth-generation iPad, and a 13-inch MacBook Air.

Here’s the 12.9-inch iPad next to a mini and a 4th gen iPad:


And here it is next to a 13-inch MacBook Air:


Now, there’s a lot of math behind this thing, but MacRumors says that the renderings are based on a display with a resolution of 2712 x 2048. That’s why you see an extra row of icons on the Home screen, and why it seems like there’s so much empty space.

While the renderings look great, the obvious question here is why on earth would Apple build such a large tablet? Isn’t the current 9.7-inch model plenty big—or even too big for folks that opt for the smaller 7.9-inch mini? Honestly, I don’t have an answer.

But if I had to guess, I’d say such a device would be geared toward the pro crowd—photographers, videographers, producers, etc. Never underestimate the value of more screen real estate when you’re doing things like showing photos and editing raw footage.

So will we ever see a 13-inch iPad? I don’t know. But if we do, I doubt it will be anytime soon. I agree with some of the chatter I’ve come across on Twitter that iOS, as it is now, would feel rather odd on a 12.9-inch display—as would its thousands of apps.

Another Microsoft ad disses iPad’s specs, multitasking, AirPrint and more

Wow, that was quick. Following on yesterday’s Windows 8 commercial which uses Apple’s Siri to highlight the iPad’s perceived flaws – such as its $499 price point versus an Asus VivoTab Smart and lack of Office (go figure), the Redmond-based software giant today release another ad along the same lines.

Suggestively titled ‘Comparison: iPad vs. Windows 8 Tablet’, the commercial pits an iPad 4 against an Asus Vivo Tab RT, which is based on the same ARM CPU technology like Apple’s tablet. However, the software maker has been caught cheating…

As you can see below, the commercial praises the Asus hardware for being thinner (0.37 inches versus 0.32 inches) and lighter (1.44lbs versus 1.16lbs) than the iPad 4.

Of course, the Windows maker also highlights its Office offering (“One Note app only comes with Microsoft Office”) and multitasking capabilities of Windows 8 that allow users to run two apps concurrently in split-screen mode.

You also need to buy a micro SD adapter for your iPad, the ad proclaims, and can only print to a special AirPrint-compatible printer whereas the Asus tablet prints wirelessly to “nearly all printers”.

Microsoft also has a nice web page up where users can choose to compare an iPad 4 to an Asus VivoTab Smart, Dell XPS 10, HP Envy x2 and Microsoft’s own Surface RT.


Unfortunately for Microsoft, Elliot Temple of curi.us points out that a comparison between the iPad and the Asus device on Microsoft’s web site is inaccurate, to say the least.

iMicrosoft claims the Asus tablet “has a bigger touchscreen” whereas in reality Asus’ device has 3.55 percent less area than the iPad, not 36 percent more as Microsoft depicts.


Elliot explains:

The iPad screen is 7.76 by 5.82 inches. The ASUS screen is 8.8 by 4.95 inches. ASUS is larger in one direction but smaller in the other direction, and has 3.55% less area than the iPad, not 36% more as Microsoft depicts.

How can the screen with a larger diagonal measurement be smaller? Because it’s a different shape. Long and thin gets you a bigger diagonal but a smaller screen, for the same diagonal inches.

On a related note, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates recently asserted that people are frustrated because the iPad “lacks real keyboard and real Office”.

Happy Birthday iPad: How Apple’s tablet revolutionized business computing

Three years ago today Apple released the first iPad, and it’s fair to say that Apple’s tablet has had a profound effect on how people, especially in business, now use computers.

‘Cool’ Apple brought about the BYOD era

The iPad has only been with us for a short time, and yet it has already changed how computers are being used in the workplace.

The days of your IT department solely deciding what device you can have and when are diminishing as knowledge workers increasingly get to choose which devices they want use at work.

So, what brought about this shift in workplace dynamics? Well, it was the rise of consumerization and more specifically, an increasing desire for employees to use their personally-owned devices, like the iPad, to become more productive – the so-called Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to work trend.

Apple’s iPad and iPhone have been the big winners of this, largely at the expense of BlackBerry, although researchers believe that Android is winning in some business verticalsand in developing regions.

As covered extensively on TabTimes, there are some clear advantages with BYOD, the main plus points being that employees become more productive and even work longer hours while businesses – in theory at least – save on costs and training while embracing the latest technology.

Arguably the only loser in this is the IT departments charged with managing this chaos, especially with concerns around data security if an iPad becomes lost or stolen. That said, there are plenty of signs that companies are becoming better at managing these devices through BYOD policies and Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solutions.

Businesses have started thinking big on mobile

Apple’s iPad has quickly become a business tool to the point where deployments have ranged from four or five in SMBs to tens of thousands going into Fortune 500 enterprises, schools and healthcare establishments.

All of this has led researchers to claim that businesses will spend $24 billion on iPads through to 2014 (that figure was as high as $10 billion in some quarters for 2012), and say that around 27 million tablets will be used in the workplace in 2013.

One analyst even suggests that the iPad will replace the laptop as the enterprise’s mobile computer of choice this year.

These deployments have sped up businesses’ plans to implement mobile strategies and roll-out mobile business apps.

Enterprise app developer Mubaloo, for example, said that business apps will be all the rage in 2013, and said recently that it is increasingly consulting business on introducing mobile strategies.

It is no wonder then that mobile apps are expected to increase in worth from $25 billion in 2012 to almost $50 billion by 2017.

Cloud computing becomes the norm

As the iPad has risen in popularity so has the popularity of cloud-based productivity apps like CloudOn, Quickoffice, Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive and Box.

The rise of both is no coincidence. For starters, the iPad still comes minus Microsoft’s Office suite – the go-to software if you have work with Office files like Word, Excel and PowerPoint that may have originated on a Windows-based PC.

Then there is the absence of a microSD card slot or USB port for saving files, which means that saving on iPad is limited to the tablet’s relatively limited storage or saving to the cloud.

The rise of cloud computing has been projected for some time, among consumers and businesses, and the ability to store files on one device and access them on another, e.g. the iPad, is a big benefit to today’s “always-connected” user.

Some of these solutions take care of different things. For example, business users may use iCloud for syncing contacts and photos, Amazon for book reading in their spare time, and perhaps Dropbox or Google Drive for locating and encrypting important documents. In business, users may often use software-as-a-service tools like Salesforce.com and Concur.

“The flexibility that comes with cloud storage “is not just a nice thing to have, but a necessity when you’re dealing with storage-limited devices,” said Avi Greengart, a consumer devices analyst at research firm Current Analysis.

“If you have a device based on flash memory, you don’t want to sync everything.”

Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi adds to this point.

“An important trend that I think is somewhat ignored is the impact iPad is having on software like Office and the acceleration to cloud-based offerings such as Office 365 and Evernote.

“Linked to that is how people find a way around what they used to do and what they can and cannot do on a tablet. This gives them a more open mind to what a computing device will be in the future.”

Apple changed the way businesses gather and show information

“The iPad created an opportunity for businesses to adopt computing technologies in roles that are primarily about gathering information,” said ABI Research analyst Jeff Orr.

“Often these ‘clipboard’ jobs were driven by paper and pen, and with the introduction of touch-based tablets like the iPad much of this can be automated into digital systems.”

As Orr notes, the iPad has become a leading tool for collecting data out in the field, completing sales orders, even checking people in at events or evaluating sports injuries.

That’s not to say that the iPad isn’t used for content creation — several Tablet Leaders show that there is more to Apple’s tablet — but it clearly is simplifying and speeding up processes which were previously paper-bound.

iPad has made people think differently about touchscreens

Whether you buy the view that iPads can become your primary mobile device or not, there’s no doubting the effect Apple’s tablet has had on the more conventional computer types.

Studies show PC sales to have remained flat from 2009 figures, the most-famous Wintel relationship no longer holds the power it once did, while the rise of the tablet has effectively killed off the netbook.

This much is clear — Apple’s tablet has helped the rise of touchscreens and got people thinking differently about computer control (and sure, let’s give the iPhone credit for getting the touchscreen craze rolling).

Even Microsoft, the perennial campaigner of the mouse and keyboard, says that it can’t imagine a Windows 8 PC without touch.

Around the same time the iPad was introduced, touchscreens were largely confined to some digital signage displays, the fledgling all-in-one (AIO) PCs and the iPod Touch.

Multi-touch functionality was barely mainstream, and yet today it is the norm (gesture control is now seen as the next part of the touch evolution).

Indeed, touchscreens are now so popular that young children are increasingly more accustomed to operating a computer via touch rather than the QWERTY keyboard. That signals a big change in how tomorrow’s workforce will use computers thanks largely in part to Apple which, in typical fashion, wasn’t the first to create a new technology, but sure knew how to popularize it. TabTime

Apple releases iOS 6.0.1: fixes keyboard glitch, improves Wi-Fi and more.

Apple has this morning released an update to its mobile operating system, iOS 6.0.1. The update comes just a day before the official launch of Apple’s new 4th gen iPad and iPad mini.

In iTunes, updating to 6.0.1 is business as usual. But if you have an iPhone 5, you’ll likely see the above screen asking you to install an ‘Updater’ before you receive the actual update. As it states, the Updater fixes a bug that prevents the iPhone 5 from installing updates wirelessly over the air.

So what’s new in iOS 6.0.1? We’ve got the full change log after the break…

This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:

  • Fixes a bug that prevents iPhone 5 from installing software updates wirelessly over the air
  • Fixes a bug where horizontal lines may be displayed across the keyboard
  • Fixes an issue that could cause camera flash to not go off
  • Improves reliability of iPhone 5 and iPod touch (5th generation) when connected to encrypted WPA2 Wi-Fi networks
  • Resolves an issue that prevents iPhone from using the cellular network in some instances
  • Consolidated the Use Cellular Data switch for iTunes Match
  • Fixes a Passcode Lock bug which sometimes allowed access to Passbook pass details from lock screen
  • Fixes a bug affecting Exchange meetings

So this is clearly more of a maintenance release than anything else. And unless you’re really suffering from one of the above problems, we don’t recommend updating if you’re hoping tojailbreak your device. iOS 6 has proven to be at least somewhat jailbreakable, we’re not sure about 6.0.1.

Anyway, if you are looking to update, you can do so by using the over the air installer in Settings > General > Update.

Apple discontinues iPad 3, is it worth upgrading to iPad 4 ?

You have to feel bad for anyone who unknowingly purchased a third generation iPad within the last month. The slate is being phased out by its younger, cooler, but same-sized sibling that is the fourth-generation iPad ( aka iPad 4 ) .

Customers who purchased a third-gen iPad within 30 days of the iPad 4 announcement will be given the newer iPad model in exchange of their old one at no extra cost. As you might expect, your unit will not be eligible if scratched or damaged in any way. Word supposedly comes from an Apple Care representative, so the information provided is likely to be correct. So far we’ve heard that at least some retail stores will honor iPad exchanges, but there is no guarantee that all outlets that sell iPads will do so. Therefore, it is advisable to give a call before going there, just to make sure that your iPad will be accepted.

Anw, now that’s what you call a surprise! Apple  announced an upgraded iPad model – the fourth-generation iPad or the iPad 4, if you wish to call it that, with better internals and enhanced wireless connectivity. The unveiling comes only about 7 months after the previous iPad was made official, and we bet that the great majority of the ones witnessing the event didn’t see this coming.

In fact, we are sure that many an iPad owner are now holding on to their third-gen iPads wondering whether it is worth dropping another $500 or more on a new new iPad, or sticking with the old one would be the wiser thing to do. Well, to them we say wonder no more as we are here to help! We will now go over the most significant new features being introduced with the iPad 4 and give our opinion as to whether upgrading because of them is a justified investment. Let’s start with…

A6X processor

The iPad 4 comes with an A6X processor, which we presume is more or less an A6 chip with upgraded graphics meant to handle the huge resolution of the tablet’s Retina display. As a result, the newest iPad is up to twice as fast as the previous generation with an A5X chip, according to Apple. Moreover, graphics performance has been doubled without that affecting the tablet’s battery life. But will there be any noticeable difference in the tablet’s speed and responsiveness? Well, that depends on your usage.

Casual users that don’t really push their iPads to their limit with demanding apps or games perhaps don’t really have the need for the new A6X processor. After all, the third-gen iPad with its A5X chip is extremely responsive already, be it when surfing the web, enjoying music or video from iTunes, or playing Angry Birds. What may eventually make it worth upgrading, however, is that sooner or later, developers will deliver software that takes full advantage of the new chip’s performance – think heavy applications for professional use or visually intensive 3D games. That’s when having an A6X ticking inside your iPad may be worth it, but for now, your third-gen iPad will surely get the job done.

FaceTime HD Camera

Do you use FaceTime a lot? Then here is a feature you’d truly appreciate. The iPad 4 has an upgraded front-facing camera that now captures video in 720p. As a result, your FaceTime conversations will be more enjoyable as the added resolution will allow the other party to see you better, and in case they happen to have an iPhone 5, an iPad mini, or an iPad 4, you’ll get to enjoy clearer video as well. It is also worth mentioning that FaceTime will work both over Wi-Fi and over a cellular connection, in case your iPad supports it. Speaking of which…

LTE service from Sprint

The iPad 4 and the iPad mini will be available with cellular service from Sprint, in case that is your carrier of choice. Sprint currently has over 30 cities under its LTE blanket, and new ones will be added over time until the network is fully expanded in accordance to the carrier’s plans. That is expected to happen in 2013. That’s not a whole lot when compared to the list of markets Verizon and AT&T can brag with, yet coverage isn’t everything. Sprint is offering LTE service with truly unlimited data, so one doesn’t need to worry about throttling or overage fees.

And that is pretty much it. The remainder of hardware and software features found on the iPad 4 are identical to what the older model has to offer – from the 9.7-inch Retina display and 5-megapixel iSight auto-focus camera, to iOS 6 and the 10-hour battery life. If you care for an even faster processor and better front-facing camera, or you simply enjoy using Sprint’s cellular service, then you might want to consider getting the new iPad 4. But if none of those features interest you, then just hold on to your third-generation iPad at least until the iPad 5 comes around.