Reports that permeated the iPad 3 rumor mill this morning peg iPad 3 manufacturers Foxconn Electronics and Pegatron Technology as having begun iPad 3 production with a March launch on the horizon.Those reports cited earlier rumors that Sharp was a main manufacturer of the high-density displays used in the iPad 3, which have now been challenged by a new rumor that Sharp did not meet Apple's specifications in its initial run of displays.
Now that we have ushered in 2012, the hot topic for the next couple months will be rumored specs and release dates for Apple's iPad 3.
The latest rumor comes from editor in chief at iLounge, Jeremy Horwitz, who claims that the iPad 3 will get a high-definition, front-facing FaceTime camera.
Horwitz's rumored spec for the front-facing HD camera, relayed on his Twitter account, was actually just one of several assertions made by him. Also included was the fact that the iPad 3's rear-facing camera would be upgraded to either the same 8-megapixel camera that Apple uses … Read more
As if LeBron James wasn't busy enough with the delayed NBA season starting and getting engaged, he also had to go and open his own retail store and stuff it to the gills with iPads.
The Miami Heat star recently launched Unknwn, a boutique clothing and lifestyle store. As you might expect, the sneaker section is especially well-stocked.
The store's wall full of sneakers is also a wall full of 45 iPads. The wall-mounting comes courtesy of iPad Enclosures, a company that specializes in kiosks and mounts for business and retail environments.
The idea is to give customers an interactive shopping experience with technical details, clothing suggestions, and pricing for each sneaker at their fingertips. The iPads also run videos showing the shoes in action.… Read more
USA Today's parent company Gannett has reportedly begun outfitting its news staff with thousands of iPhones and iPads in an attempt to create a mobile newsroom focused on real-time storytelling, social media integration, and a more video-centric approach to the news.
The report stems from a memo allegedly sent by U.S. Newspapers Division President Bob Dickey to employees on Wednesday, uncovered by the independently run Gannett Blog, which is tracking the company as well as the digital news transition.
In it we find a rare concession from the traditional news media that technology is changing the way people consume the news. "Readers' speedy adoption of new technology for news consumption creates new opportunities for us to uniquely serve them. To do so, we must ensure our journalists are equipped and trained on the tools to work in new ways."
And that means plenty of new iPhones and iPads.… Read more
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, in a note to investors, has laid out his predictions for Apple's calendar year 2012. In it he expects a redesigned iPhone 5 to be released in midsummer and only one version of the iPad 3, despite other rumors that Apple could release an expanded lineup of iPad models.
Munster's note, reported by AppleInsider, suggests that Apple's "base case" scenario will see it selling 142 million iPhone units through 2013, which represents an 18 percent increase in revenue from the previous year. In a "bull case" scenario Apple … Read more
When iOS 5 was released alongside the iPhone 4S earlier this fall, iMessage was introduced as a new, all-encompassing messaging service that would connect all iOS device users for free using their unique Apple IDs. iMessage, however, may have a critical downfall when it comes to securely erasing access if you lose your device.
Since Apple released the Find My iPhone app, users cruising out and about have had a backup plan to keep their minds at ease should they accidentally leave their iPhone at a bar or come across the misfortune of being robbed.
Find My iPhone allows you … Read more
Here's an interesting iPad-equipped, augmented-reality twist on adbusting and culture jamming.
Responding to my recent post about a mural "restored" using a giant QR code, CNET reader victoria_ro pointed to an ongoing project by the New York-based Public Ad Campaign and its Left Coast compatriot The Heavy Projects.
The project, which surfaced in New York's Times Square earlier this year, is dubbed the Augmented Reality Advertising Takeover, or AR | AD, and it "uses augmented reality to transform, filter, and democratize the messaging in public space"--to quote the intro to a video that documents the effort (you'll find the film embedded below).
A clutch of artists create works that appear when viewers toting iPads or other smart mobile devices train their gadgets on given ads. A setup using Junaio's augmented-reality technology, which can recognize images, spies a particular ad and serves up the appropriate art piece.… Read more
TV and movie fans: one of the best streaming media and entertainment discovery apps for iOS just got better with three new content providers.
Fanhattan for iOS (download for iPhone or iPad) already let you discover and watch TV and movies on your iOS device from many popular services including Netflix, Hulu Plus, iTunes, Vudu, and ABC. Starting today, Fanhattan has added a wealth of new content from PBS, Crackle, and Lifetime.
The Fanhattan App offers a great layout for entertainment discovery. To get started, you choose between TV or Movies on the home screen. From there, Fanhattan offers several ways to dig in to your favorite shows, letting you swipe to browse related content like reviews from Metacritic, trailers, actor and crew bios, and much more.… Read more
We've seen motion-controlled iOS games before, but they usually use the accelerometer. Fuego's River Adventure from Crimson Apps uses the iPad 2's front-facing camera to create a Kinect-like gaming experience.
The concept is simple. Fuego is a young lad with Sideshow Bob hair. He floats down a river, collecting golden orbs, and avoiding obstacles along the way.
You have to prop up your iPad and stand back about 4 to 5 feet. Your ghostly image appears at the top of the screen while you play. This helps you stay in frame.
The body control isn't super-sensitive, so you'll find yourself bobbing and weaving quite a bit. That's also where a lot of the fun comes from. This game should keep the kids out of your hair for at least a few minutes.… Read more
Cut the Rope, one of the hottest smartphone games, just got an update to the free standalone holiday version for both the iPhone and iPad (universal) featuring new challenges and holiday-themed levels.
Certain apps have staying power on the top-10 list at the iTunes App Store and Cut The Rope offers just the right mix of challenging physics-based gameplay, family-friendly graphics, and tons of levels to explore to keep it near the top.… Read more