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 carrier said starting November 1 it will offer the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display that have Wi-Fi + cellular 200 MB of free 4G LTE data every month for as long as they own their iPad, even if they aren’t yet a T-Mobile customer.
T-Mobile said it also plans to sell the new iPads on a payment plan with no money down. The company already offers a range of connectivity options including daily, weekly and monthly options for 4G LTE data.
A daily pass that includes unlimited data with 500 MB of 4G LTE data starts at $5.
The iPad Air is slated to go on sale November 1 with the iPad mini with Retina display on sale later in the month. [...]
Panay was demonstrating the new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets with Windows hardware scientist Stevie Bathiche at the Microsoft store in Seattle’s University Village on Monday, when he appeared to confirm the possibility of a Surface Mini.
“We have a lot of great things that we are thinking about and working on, and there are multiple aspect ratios and sizes and awesome things to come from Surface,” said Panay. His comments were first reported by GeekWire.
The Surface vice president also reiterated that a LTE-enabled version of the Surface 2 will be coming early next year but made it clear that this option won’t be available with the [...]
This could well mean Big Red is getting ready to unveil a new Droid tablet. Considering Motorola is the exclusive Droid partner for Verizon, it could be the first new Motorola tablet since the Xyboard.
This is all speculation for now and we likely will have to wait for at least one more teaser video to find out more. But don't be surprised if Verizon springs a new 4G LTE Android tablet this fall.
The Nexus 7 LTE Android tablet comes with 32GB and a T-Mobile SIM (and 2GB of data service for one month) for $349. It's also compatible with other carriers with LTE service including Verizon, and GSM / HSPA / LTE on AT&T and T-Mobile.
Roadway Worker Training (RWT) is one of several companies tasked with helping the country’s railroad industry keep up to date on their safety, compliance and technical training. Inspectors and training teachers in the field collect data from the various freight companies around the country and send their forms to a home office.
While historically that meant filling out paperwork and mailing in forms, the digital age meant the work could be done with a portable computer in hand. Smartphones were deemed too small to work on and laptops were seen as potentially too cumbersome. Therefore, RWT looked to tablets to support its field workers.
Instead of an off-the-shelf [...]
There aren't many details about the new tablet in the YouTube video, but plenty of hints as to what LG is shooting for.
The LG G Pad 8.3 video shows a series of man (and woman) in the street interviews answering the question, “What would make a tablet just right for you.”
Presumably, LG cherry-picked the answers to conform to what the LG Pad 8.3 will deliver, including an 8.3-inch display.
These features include portability (small enough to carry in my pocket, said one person interviewed) and the ability to "work on it at all times and all places" including "public transport" which may indicate LG plans to release an LTE or [...]
The Texas firm had previously listed the 32GB and 64GB versions of the Windows RT tablet independently on the Dell.com website but the change means that the only option now is for consumers to buy the more expensive, bundled package.
However, somewhat bizarrely, Dell is listing the 32GB and 64GB XPS 10s with keyboard for the same price — $479. Alternatively, customers can pick up the LTE version with keyboard for $579.
The XPS 10 launched for $499 in October but was discounted to $299 in May, a sign that Windows RT tablets were failing to attract significant interest.
Endpoint Technologies analyst Roger Kay told IDG News that this latest discount would [...]
During an online customer conversation on Sunday, an Asus representative openly admitted that the Asus K009 – a tablet which has just passed FCC and which is believed to be the second-generation Nexus 7 – will be coming to market in Q2 (at the end of this month).
The exec went on claim that the tablet will have a 7-inch 1980 x 1200 LED display (contrary to previous reports of a 1920 x 1200 screen), a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU, 32GB of storage and 2GB of RAM. The tablet will apparently ship with Android 4.3 and a 5MP camera on the rear, while LTE support will also be offered.
This information, which was first revealed on Reddit, should of course [...]
The AT&T 4G LTE version of the XPS 10 is available in the U.S. at Dell’s website.
In a blog post, Dell says the pre-installed Qualcomm Gobi modems access the LTE network, deliver speeds up to 10x faster than 3G, for super fast downloads. A choice of data plans is available (including a no commitment “add tablet” plan for AT&T customers for $10/month).
Like other Windows RT tablets, the XPS 10 comes with Office 2013 RT pre-loaded. The XPS 10 tablet with 64GB of storage and 4G LTE starts at $599.99 or $749.99 with the keyboard dock.