Office for iPad has arrived, but while there's little question now that tablets can be used for productivity, sometimes it takes a real keyboard to get proper work done. Thankfully even before Office's much-anticipated release, Bluetooth keyboard cases for the iPad Air and iPad mini have proliferated. Head on past the cut as we look at the best from Zagg, Logitech, Belkin, and Microsoft.
It’s a story that can now be told, but given how secretive Apple is about its ‘devil’ and ‘details’, one has to factor in the timing in context of the Apple – Samsung patent war that is still simmering on. We are talking about Apple’s senior software engineer Greg Christie and his recap on how the iPhone came about.
The tablet market around the world is booming right now with significant growth in the industry. The growth of tablet shipments and smartphones has come at the expense of the PC industry, which is seeing a significant downturn. New research looking at the tablet market from ABI Research has been published.
This week Apple has made a couple of moves in their iPad and iPhone collections available on the market that might not make a lot of sense to consumers. For the iPhone, they’ve added an iPhone 5c that works with 8GB of internal storage space - the previous smallest model was 16GB. For the iPad, they’ve gotten rid of the iPad 2 (the last model available with a 30-pin connector), replacing it with the iPad 4 (aka iPad with Retina Display and Lightning connector).
Rumors have been swirling since February of 2014 that Apple was discontinuing the iPad 2 tablet. That tablet has continued to sell well since it was the cheapest of the iPad models. It was also the only iPad left that didn’t use Retina graphics after the updated Retina iPad mini launched.
Last month, word surfaced via sources that the long-awaited Office for iPad would be arriving in the first half of this year, something that has now been refined to a far more narrow timeline: this month. Specifically, according to the latest information, it will be introduced during CEO Satya Nadella's press event next week.
The iPad mini with Retina display addressed a lot of the complaints iOS tablet users had of its first-gen predecessor. No longer did a smaller tablet mean lesser screen resolution or a weaker processor, two of the key criticisms, and while the iPad Air undoubtedly improved Apple's full-sized slate, many suggested that the still-more-affordable mini version had become the obvious choice for new tableteers. Four months in, though, has the shine of the Retina iPad mini faded?
Microsoft Office for iPad has been teased for a while now, with news concerning it arising in various bits and leaks over the course of many months. The latest among them is word from various sources that Microsoft plans to roll out its productivity software in the first half of this year, a jump from the previously-projected Fall timeline.
Apple's second-generation iPad (and the last to sport a number) appears to be ramping down this season. After almost three years of being sported and sold by Apple, the company has apparently seen the sales of the iPad 2 go down to a point where they're ready to retire it. At the moment this iPad is the second least-costly iPad available at Apple, beaten only by the 16GB Wi-fi iPad mini (without Retina display).