Detailing the teardown to AllThingsD recently, research firm IHS concluded that the 16GB, Wi-Fi iPad Air cost just $274 to build, some $42 cheaper than the same-specced iPad 3.
That said, some components were more expensive than before. The Retina Display was one example, even though it relied on fewer LED lights (36 compared to 84) as it used an optical film layer to spread the lightness.
Other notable findings included that the A7 chip cost $18 –$5 less per unit than the A5 18 months ago – and that the iPad Air’s LTE chip supports all U.S. wireless carriers (unlike the iPhone 5C and 5S).
IHS estimates that Apple achieves a 45% gross margin on [...]
The deal sees the Wi-Fi only model drop from $799 to $679, and the cellular model fall from $929 to $789. Both models are Apple-certified, are available in black and white and come with a one-year warranty, which acts as some reassurance that these refurbs should last for a while yet.
Apple fixes up refurbished models with a brand new battery and outer shell and the 128GB model is the latest in a long line of repaired iPads selling on the cheap. The Cupertino company already offers refurbished editions of the iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2 and iPad mini, and prices start from as low as $279 for an iPad mini with 16GB of storage.
This news comes as Apple gears up to launch its [...]
No on version 4.1, the app offers up “general improvements to call quality and stability” as well as the HD video calling feature for iPad 4 users.
The bad news is that while first, second and third generation iPad users will be able to upgrade to the app (free, iTunes), they will still have to make do with standard-definition video calls.
That is because only the latest iPad comes with a 1.2MP HD front-facing camera, while the iPad 3 and 2 both come with a 0.3MP standard definition snapper.
The $299 Square Stand has a built-in credit card reader and works with either the iPad 2 or iPad 3.
Square’s card swipers for iPad are already a hit with small business and the company recently inked a huge deal to provide payment systems to Starbucks. Now the Square Stand builds the iPad out to a fuller point of sale system.
To that end, Square is also offering several additional accessories retailers can connect to the Square Stand including a receipt printer ($199), a locking cash draw that can be opened (when unlocked) with a touch of a button on the iPad ($199) and bar code scanner $99.
However, Square is currently only taking pre-orders for the [...]
For iPad 3 and 4 owners the new telephoto accessory offers 10x zoom, while iPad Mini get a bit more zoom at up to 12x.
The iPad telephoto lens accessory costs $25 from Photojojo.
You won't always want to have the lens sticking out of your iPad, but as CultofMac puts it succinctly it's a handy option to have when you need to take a picture because "sometimes you just can’t walk any closer to your subject."
CNET reports that an Apple retail store on Stockton Street in San Francisco has taken upon itself to offer free upgrades to those who bought an iPad 3 in the last 30 days (an increase from Apple’s useful return policy of 14 days).
The manager of that specific store said that it was up to individual stores to enforce such a policy, although CNET’s sister website ZDNet reveals that UK Apple stores in Birmingham, Aberdeen and Kingston are also accepting returns on the same basis.
The iPad 4 packs the new A6X processor chip – which is said to be twice as fast as the A5X processor in the iPad 3 — and also features Apple’s smaller dock [...]
The auction reseller collected the results from its Instant Service, which allows users to swap their old hardware devices for cash. Interestingly, and perhaps not surprisingly, eBay found that 97.6% of tablets being traded in were iPad 1 or iPad 2 tablets.
The overbearing opinion is that these are users preparing to gather the funding for an iPad 3, although it is also thought that iPad 1 shortages on launch meant that some users only had their tablets for a matter of months before the launch of the iPad 2.
Apple looks likely to launch the iPad 3 in San Francisco on March 7.
Apple sent out invitations to the event this morning, according to a reports in Cnet and elsewhere. The event is slated for March 7 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco where it’s also held other product launches.
In an economy of words, the invite merely says "We have something you really have to see. And touch."
To date, Apple’s faced little competition in the tablet space, dominating a market it essentially recreated with the launch of the first iPad in 2010. Apple sold 32 million iPads in its fiscal year of 2011 and has already reported another 15.43 million sold in the first quarter of 2012. Over [...]