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Why Apple’s 2013 promises bigger things for 2014

Why Apple’s 2013 promises bigger things for 2014

Apple had a somewhat strong year in 2013. The company showed off the iPad Air, unveiled a new iPad mini with a Retina display, and its upcoming Mac Pro might just be the most impressive desktop the company has ever launched. And as its revenue showed during the period, customers seemed to like what the company had to offer.

But I have a bit of a different take on the last year. While Apple had a broad launch lineup in 2013, nothing beyond the Mac Pro was truly “groundbreaking.” And by the look of things, that was intentional. That’s right – 2013 is designed to be the precursor for what promises to be a major 2014.

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iPad Pro 12.9-inch display tipped for early 2014

iPad Pro 12.9-inch display tipped for early 2014

It's not been a week since the Retina iPad mini hit shelves in the USA and rumors of the next-generation iPad Pro have surfaced. This comes soon after the in-store availability of the device known as the iPad Air, a name which suggests too that a "Pro" model may be in the works. This larger device would have a display to match its abilities as well: 12.9-inches by rumor's reckoning.

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iPad Air explodes, faulty overcharge protection circuit suspected

iPad Air explodes, faulty overcharge protection circuit suspected

An iPad Air spontaneously combusted this week in a Vodafon store in Canberra, Australia, filling the store with smoke and sending a continuous stream of sparks flying from the charging port of the device. The store was evacuated, the fire brigade was called, and the spectacular flaming tablet was officially extinguished. No one was injured in the fireworks. The iPad Air, however, could not be resuscitated.

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AT&T iPad Air activations pummel last year’s launch

AT&T iPad Air activations pummel last year’s launch

With the launch of the carrier-specific iPad Air comes word that Apple does not appear to be slowing with popularity of the singular iPad franchise. Today AT&T suggests that activations were "more than 200% over the past three days" when compared to "last year's launch weekend." To be specific, this launch weekend taking place last year was for the iPad mini and the slyly launched iPad generation 4, the first with a lightning connector (so both machines had the same).

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iPad Air tracking tool finds available models at local Apple Stores

iPad Air tracking tool finds available models at local Apple Stores

Many have clamored to get their iPad Air today, and whilst you might not have too much trouble finding your preferred model at a nearby store, that process could become increasingly difficult as early buyers nab up available inventory. This isn't a new problem, and one that spurred the creation of the iPhone 5s tracking tool upon the handset's release. Now the tool's developer has released a new version, this one for the Apple slate.

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iPad Air iFixit teardown reveals Qualcomm, Broadcom, Toshiba inside

iPad Air iFixit teardown reveals Qualcomm, Broadcom, Toshiba inside

This week the folks at iFixit have taken their spudgers to the iPad Air, pulling it apart to reveal all the little bits and pieces that together make the smallest of the larger-end of iPad units on the market today. This device is indeed just hitting the market today, appearing at Apple Stores and 3rd-party retailers across the United States and abroad. It's likely most consumers will never see beyond the outer casing of this machine - but this community is all about going a whole lot deeper.

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