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Is iPad innovation dead?

Is iPad innovation dead?

Earlier today, something caught my attention. In a report on why the iPad might see a sales dip in 2015, an analyst cleverly shouldered Developers with blame for the iPad’s decline. Specifically, he claimed there weren’t enough good apps to compel potential customers to want an iPad. Is that true? Is the iPad in decline because Developers don’t create solid iPad experiences? Apple has created new foundations for iOS development, but are things like Metal and Swift proactive, or reactive? The answer: it’s complicated.

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iPad may see big decline in 2015, even with the iPad Pro

iPad may see big decline in 2015, even with the iPad Pro

The iPad is a robust mobile productivity tool, but has also been seeing a sales decline. Over time, the fervor surrounding the tablet market has waned, and the iPad is often pointed to as a litmus test for the health of the tablet sector. A new report from KGI suggests good news is not on the horizon, and that Apple’s tablet will continue its sales tumble by roughly 30%. If you’re thinking Apple’s rumored iPad Pro (or whatever they call it) will save them, KGI says ‘think again’.

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Paper goes free as FiftyThree pushes Pencil for iPad art

Paper goes free as FiftyThree pushes Pencil for iPad art

Popular iPad art app Paper is dropping its in-app purchases and making all its add-on tools free, in the hope that sales of its Pencil stylus make up any shortfall along the way. Paper, which was Apple's iPad app of the year back in 2012, previously charged $0.99 apiece for each of the Sketch, Outline, Write, Color, and Mixer tools that could be added to the default Draw tools, but now each can be downloaded free as soon as you open the app. In return, app maker FiftyThree is focusing on its Pencil stylus, which although resembling a simple slip of wood or metal, actually contains some significant wireless smarts.

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Apple again believed to be going with Samsung for A9 SoC

Apple again believed to be going with Samsung for A9 SoC

Reducing reliance on one of their largest competitors seems difficult for Apple. According to a new report, Apple will turn to Samsung for production of their A9 SoC. Why would Apple go with Samsung again after having them split time with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) for their current A8 SoCs? It seems Samsung’s edge in manufacturing process is what’s turning the tides. At 14nm (nanometers, so really small), the Samsung chipsets are less power consumptive, more powerful, and likely have a longer lifespan.

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Mac app PhoneExpander frees up storage on your iPhone or iPad

Mac app PhoneExpander frees up storage on your iPhone or iPad

At launch, the 16GB option for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus seemed entirely too limited. If you were one of the anxious bunch who snapped up a new iPhone with the smaller memory option, or have an older one with a similarly svelte internal storage, we’ve got good news for you. A new app for your Mac can help clear up some space, and even tell you which apps might be soaking up more memory than you’d like. Even better, the app is free.

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SoundCloud for iOS and Android updated with redesign

SoundCloud for iOS and Android updated with redesign

SoundCloud has pushed out an update for its iOS and Android apps, with the Android version having received it back on Tuesday and the iOS version a couple days later on Thursday. The Android update is a fairly small one, bringing only minor changes; the iOS version, however, received a more substantive update specifically for those using the app on an iPad. iPad users will find a redesigned interface that boosts Apple's slate up to the same design level that has largely been available to iPhone users -- it is clean and easy to use, beautiful, and now lacking a Record button.

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Purported iPad Pro case leaked, has four speaker cutouts

Purported iPad Pro case leaked, has four speaker cutouts

The iPad Pro is widely rumored to be Apple’s foray into bigger tablets, challenging the size of a computer screen. At a reported 12-inches or better, the rumored tablet has reached mythical levels. While Apple admits they’ve discussed a larger tablet, the last we’d heard about it from Apple was that it wasn’t even a ‘thing’ yet. The rumors won’t go away, though, and a new one is showing off what could be an early accessory for the big device.

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Happy Birthday iPad, you’re dead

Happy Birthday iPad, you’re dead

If you take a look, today you'll find a collection of articles written from the perspective of an iPad hater. Not because the iPad is dying, but because sales figures from Apple suggest that iPad sales aren't growing. They're taking a bit of a dive, as it were. Tablets in general aren't selling all that well, and more than a couple of analysts are on quests to find out why. Is it because everyone already has a smartphone that's big enough to be called a tablet? Does everyone already own an iPad, not needing another?

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Apple Earnings break records for Q1 2015

Apple Earnings break records for Q1 2015

Earnings for Apple's 2015 Q1 include the last three months of the calendar year 2014, ending on December 27th. Today's earnings announcement from Apple includes a record quarterly revenue of $74.6 billion USD. Apple also announced a record quarterly net profit of $18 billion USD. That's brings on a cool $3.06 USD per diluted share for investors. Apple's gross margin was 39.9 percent this quarter - this compares to a 37.9 percent gross margin this same time one year ago. Apple is doing quite well and investors are quite happy, needless to say.

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Alfred for iOS is a second-screen desktop taskmaster

Alfred for iOS is a second-screen desktop taskmaster

OS X Yosemite brought with it a new Spotlight; one that’s a bit smarter, more contextual, and exceedingly more useful than its predecessor. It’s not quite the one-stop monster some want, though, and for that there’s Alfred. The Spotlight replacement app takes what Spotlight does and gives it a Red Bull. With some configuration, you can set up keyboard shortcuts for just about any task or series of tasks. Now, Alfred is coming to iOS, and wants to be your second-screen taskmaster.

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