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ExtremeTech : The iPad Air 2, with a tri-core CPU, is almost as fast as a modern PC

ExtremeTech : The iPad Air 2, with a tri-core CPU, is almost as fast as a modern PC | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

the iPad Air 2 is powered by the A8X SoC — a chip with three billion transistors, and a tri-core CPU that gets uncomfortably close to laptop levels of performance, with a decent GPU to boot.

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the A8X now has a Geekbench score that is very close to a dual-core Core i5-4250U — the Haswell chip that’s inside the mid-2013 13-inch MacBook Air. The A8X CPU manages single- and multi-threaded scores of 1812 and 4477 — while the Core i5-4250U is at 2281 and 4519

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#HardwareIsNotDead - Love the conclusion: "unless you need a PC for high-end gaming or multimedia editing, the iPad Air 2 and A8X SoC proves that we’re now getting scarily close to a point where tablets can replace laptops. If I was a chip maker, or a laptop OEM, I’d be a little scared of Apple right now — clearly, its chip design team is a force to be reckoned with."

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Apple to Hold iPad + iMac + Yosemite Event on Oct 16

Apple to Hold iPad + iMac + Yosemite Event on Oct 16 | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Apple has a few more new products to unveil before the year is out, and it plans to show them off in a couple weeks. Sources tell Code/red the company will hold its next special event on Thursday, Oct. 16 — not the 21st. Headlining the gathering: The latest updates to its iPad line, along with those new iMacs that 9to5Mac told us about earlier this week. Also: OS X Yosemite.

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Touch ID hopefully (and finally) coming to iPad product line while Retina screens expected to debut in iMacs ?

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Apple earnings conf call detailed. Some huge surprises inside.

Apple earnings conf call detailed. Some huge surprises inside. | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Just when the world was ready to bury Apple, the company delivered a strong beat on revenue, earnings per share, and, perhaps most important, iPhone sales.

Let's get right to the big numbers everyone cares about:

Revenue: $45.6 billion, up 4% year over year, versus $43.6 billion expected by analysts.EPS: $11.62, up 15% year over year, versus $10.16 expected by analysts.iPhones: 43.7 million, up 17% year over year, versus 37.7 million expected by analysts.iPhone ASP: $596 versus $610 expected by analysts.iPads: 16.35 million, down 16% year over year, versus 19.7 million units expected by analysts.iPad ASP: $465 versus $430 expected by analysts.Macs: 4.1 million versus 4.03 million expected by analysts.iPods: 2.76 million versus 2.99 million expected by analysts.Gross Margin: 39.3% versus 37.7% expected by analysts.Q3 Revenue: $36 billion to $38 billion versus $38.1 billion expected by analysts.

Apple also announced a 7-for-1 stock split, and an increase in its buyback program and dividend.

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Even regarding the iPad hitting a (hard) wall : "He said it's the fastest-growing product in Apple's history. Apple has sold 210 million iPads since launch, which is almost double the iPhone at the same point in its life. He also said that it's seven times what the iPod was at this point in its life. He said customer satisfaction was 98, which is unheard of. He said it's 95% of the U.S. education market. It's in virtually all of the Fortune 500 companies. He says engagement is off the charts and well ahead of Android.

And so, if you look at the iPad from that perspective, it's still a strong, healthy business and it has a bright future, says Cook. He still thinks the tablet will surpass the PC in the coming years, and he thinks Apple is positioned to benefit."

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The iPad's Disruption Of The Windows PC Market

The iPad's Disruption Of The Windows PC Market | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Apple basically invented the personal computer, only to see Microsoft end up the victor of the PC wars, with ~90% of the market. Therefore, this chart from Horace Dediu must be pretty sweet for Apple. Since the iPad was introduced, the Windows PC market has started shrinking. If Apple's not careful, though, it could end up suffering a similar fate, this time at the hands of Google and Android. 

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Computing paradigm shift?

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"Other" content slowly eating up a significant chunk of iDevices available storage on iTunes

"Other" content slowly eating up a significant chunk of iDevices available storage on iTunes | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Several iDevices users have reported a steady yet significant inflation of device storage memory taken by "Other" content than Music, Photos, Videos, Apps, Books...

 

Nobody seems to have a clue of what this "other" space is used for, nor how to bring it down to zero. Documented tricks like shutting down the iPhone, or performing a Save / Restore from iTunes won't let it go, at least on some iDevices including my iPhone and iPad.

 

More intriguing, such space seems to be growing at each iTunes sync. On the above image you'll see a situation where "Other" now eats almost 1/3 rd of my total available space.

 

What about you ?

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Please check your iTunes config and let me know how much "other" space is taken on your iDevices

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A Snapshot Of Apple's Monster September Quarter

A Snapshot Of Apple's Monster September Quarter | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

As you can see from the chart below, which was provided for us by BI Intelligence, Apple's $42.12 billion in revenue is a big 12% jump from the same quarter a year ago. It was Apple's best September quarter ever — thanks in large part to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which continue selling like hotcakes; the iPhone in general accounted for 56% of the company's revenue this quarter. But the real surprise is the Mac, which had its best quarter in Apple's history with 5.52 million unit sales; the Mac accounted for more of Apple's revenue than the iPad (16% versus 13%, respectively). Apple expects an even bigger December quarter, projecting $63.5 billion to $66.6 billion in revenue for the holiday season — that would make it the company's most successful quarter in history.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Who said that the Mac is dead ?

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Apple's enterprise mobility deal with IBM could pressure BlackBerry, Google

Under Apple and IBM's "landmark" teaming, the former rivals will collaborate on creating mobile applications for specific enterprise solutions. IBM will also sell iPhones and iPads to its business customers.

The deal reflects Apple's desire to get its iOS software more deeply embedded in the enterprise segment as well as IBM's push into the mobile market. The deal will include the creation of more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions including native apps developed for the iPhone and iPad; IBM cloud services optimized for iOS, including device management, security, analytics and mobile integration; new AppleCare service and support for enterprise users; and new packaged offerings from IBM for device activation, supply and management.

 

Apple CEO Tim Cook and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said the deal reflects their unique capabilities. "If you were building a puzzle, they would fit nicely together with no overlap," Cook said of the relationship in an interview with Re/code. "We do not compete on anything. And when you do that you end up with something better than either of you could produce yourself."

 

Rometty said Apple is the "gold standard for consumers," and said the partnership will allow the companies to help address the challenges affecting large companies. "We will get to remake professions and unlock value that companies don't yet have," she said. "We're addressing serious issues that before this had been inhibiting deployment of wireless in the enterprise."

 

Analysts said the deal now makes IBM and Apple more central players in the enterprise mobility market. "They're now strongly associated with the premium mobile platform and mobile devices," Forrester Research Frank Gillet told Bloomberg. "If you want to do anything interesting in the enterprise, you now have to check with IBM on what they're doing with Apple."

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

It is not the first time Apple tries to cooperate with IBM. In the 1990s there was Kaleida, Taligent, and of course the PowerPC architecture. Will it be more successful this time as they seem not to compete in any area ?

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The iPad Is a Tease

The iPad Is a Tease | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

As Apple is about to release its latest quarterly numbers, new questions arise about the iPad’s “anemic” growth. The answer is simple – but the remedies are not.

The iPad isn’t growing anymore. What happened? 

In anticipation of Apple’s latest quarterly numbers – they’ll be announced on April 23rd – the usual prerelease estimates swirl around the Web. You can find Yahoo’s summary of analysts’ estimates here; Paul Leitao’s Posts At Eventide provides a detailed and tightly reasoned history and forecast for the March 2014 quarter.

The consensus is that for the company as a whole, there won’t be any surprises: Apple will meet the guidance stated in its January 27th earnings call. Revenue will be down, as befits the quarter following the Christmas shopping frenzy, but profit per share (EPS) will be up a bit.

Boring. With one glaring exception:

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Interesting piece echoing an old blog post I wrote 4 years ago while CEO at imsense — http://j.mp/views-iPad

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History Of The Tablet : a lot had been tried since 1987 and before Jobs "picked" the idea

History Of The Tablet : a lot had been tried since 1987 and before Jobs "picked" the idea | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Tablets have killed the netbook market and are fast transforming the traditional PC.

 

Apple's iPad gets most of the credit for that, but the tablet computer was not Steve Jobs' idea. Tablets actually began decades before the iPad was launched in 2010.

 

Look at all the previous attemps including the Newton, the Palm Pilot, ...

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Interesting history, that misses a few iconic devices such as IBM's Simon, Eo's Personal Communicator, or the General Magic / Sony's Magic Pad...

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Mary Francia's comment, June 3, 2013 1:02 PM
They also missed Philips Nino in 1999 and the home tablet and the medical tablet..... we certainly helped a lot on working out the bugs and getting the market read
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how to check if your Apple device UDID has been compromised by the AntiSec leak

how to check if your Apple device UDID has been compromised by the AntiSec leak | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
If you're worried that you might own one of the 1 million Apple devices that have had their UDIDs leaked by AntiSec, reportedly from a breach of an FBI agent's laptop, our rockstar ...
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