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Apple May Be Breaking Up with Samsung

Published on October 13, 2012 by in Apple, iPad, iPhone, News, Rumors

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It’s amazing to me that this didn’t happen any sooner, but it looks like Apple may be breaking up with Samsung.  And I will give everyone one guess what the top reason is that they are doing this. That’s right, they have been fighting over PATENTS.

According to CNET and Taiwan Economic News Apple is considering a deal with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) for the processors and other chips that go in its mobile products like the iPad, iPhone , and iPod Touch.

I am sure feuding about the patents had some influence in the decision, but I think that TSMC’s 20 nanometer technology may be a bigger reason. For those who don’t know, this means a smaller processor is possible and more efficient.  Currently, Apple has commissioned Samsung to build it’s A6 processor which uses a 32 nanometer design for the iPhone and iPad.

If Apple does make this move it would be a huge loss in revenue for Samsung.  On the other side, TSMC would be seeing a huge spike in growth, but its current customers might see less attention.  We will keep our readers up to date as things unfold.

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WiFi only iPad mini?

Published on October 9, 2012 by in Apple, iPad, Rumors

According to the Guardian the Apple iPad mini will come in a WiFi only version to help keep costs down. The good news for Apple is that the competition, Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Google’s Nexus 7, are both WiFi-only as well.

Multiple sources contacted by the Guardian have indicated that they think the announcement of the “iPad mini” is imminent, with retail sources saying that they anticipate new products in November.

Maybe Apple should add 4G just to set itself apart. What do you think?

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iPad mini Could Launch in Mid-October

Published on October 9, 2012 by in Apple, iPad, Rumors

Apple’s iPad mini is rumored to be launching October 10th, just a day away. Currently the brass at Apple have not released any official details, but here are some of the latest speculations:

1. 7.85” diagonal display
2. Display resolution 1024×768, which gives us an aspect ratio of 4:3
3. Under 8mm thick, most likely about 7.7mm
4. Apple has ordered 10 million iPad mini’s for Q4 2012

With a 7.85” screen Apple’s iPad mini will be competing with products like Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD, Google’s Nexus 7, and the Nook HD. All these competitors are priced below $200. I have a feeling that the iPad mini will be priced above the competitors somewhere between $249 and $299.

Although priced above the competition, I believe that if Apple launches a smaller tablet device, it could actually end up with a shortage of new iPad minis this holiday season. Consumers have come to recognize Apple as a manufacturer of high quality products with great customer service to boot, thanks to its team of Geniuses, and combined with its existing lineup of products, consumers are sure to buy nearly anything that comes out of Cupertino.

But, if Apple launches the iPad mini and it’s not a huge hit like the new iPad or iPhone 5 (or they do not release a smaller iPad at all), I don’t think Apple stands to lose too much profitability (or credibility) heading into the final fiscal quarter, considering the other two products took off like a rocket and continue to sell well.

I am confident though, should Apple release the iPad mini, that it will be profitable and become one of the leaders in the 7” tablet market as well. Would you purchase an iPad mini if it is released this Fall? Let me know in the comments!

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Refurbished iPads are Great Deals for Consumers

I have been looking for a used iPad for my kids to share (and to stop the fighting for mine).  I looked on the typical sites like Craigslist and was shocked to see how much money some people are asking for a used iPad 2 or the new iPad.  Talk about a product that retains its value!

Beyond the cost of the device, though, there are a few other issues to think about when considering an iPad purchase from a non-retail environment like Craigslist:

  1. There is no way of knowing if there something wrong with the iPad beforehand.
  2. The owner could have the iPad as a result of theft.
  3. The person could be planning on taking your money without giving you the product, maybe even by force.
  4. The iPad could be a fake.

The above concerns inspired me to check other options. Apple has a section of its online store where users can look at refurbished iPads, which come with a full 1-year warranty from Apple. This started to look interesting considering the cost was very similar to what the people on Craigslist were asking for their used iPads.

I found out that the Apple refurbished units are actually a very good deal, because they could actually be considered better than new. A new unit goes through an assembly line whereas a refurbished iPad will get the dedicated attention of a tech who will look over the whole unit and then fix whatever was wrong. They also install a brand new battery and a new outer shell.

Basically you get a new iPad, remanufactured by a real person, for less money than a new one in a retail store.

If you are looking for a used iPad or a less expensive one, take a look at a refurbished version. For a similar price to a used one that you find on Craigslist or nolongerneedit.com you get a practically new one with warranty.

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Users Report iOS 6 WiFi Connectivity Issues

Is anyone else having connectivity issues after installing iOS 6?

After loading your iPhone or iPad with iOS 6 are you having problems staying connected to a WiFi signal?   From what I have been hearing, many users that have upgraded their iDevice to iOS 6 are having issues with their Wi-Fi.

Some people are not able to stay connected or even connect to their local WiFi and some are not even able to turn on the WiFi on the device.

There is no official word from Apple that this is a wide-spread issue, though we’ll keep our ears to the ground and let you know if a solution arises. In the meantime, try resetting your device (hold the top Sleep/Wake button and the Home button at the same time until you see the Apple logo). You can also try resetting your WiFi settings then reconnect to your network.

Have a fix not mentioned here? Let us know in the comments!

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