Apple's iPad Mini with Retina display, which hit store shelves this week, is not so easy to repair, according to iFixit.
iFixit on Wednesday released its official teardown of the iPad Mini with Retina display and discovered that the device, like the Apple tablets that preceded it, would prove a challenge for anyone who wants to take it apart and attempt some repairs. In fact, iFixit gave the device a 2 out of 10 for repairability; the higher the number, the easier a device is to repair. The bottom line: the iPad Mini with Retina display isn't so … Read more
iOS and Android users who plan to buy a PS4 may want to check out Sony's new PlayStation app.
You can use your iOS or Android device as a second screen and remote control to display and manage the action from compatible PS4 games. You can shop at the PlayStation Store to buy and download games and add-ons for your PS4 console. You can also view PlayStation manuals and system guides.
Via the Sony Entertainment Network, you can chat with … Read more
Apple plans to spend billions next year to automate certain tasks in its production line.
The company recently revealed in its 10-K filing that it has earmarked $11 billion for capital expenditures for 2014. Out of that amount, around $10.5 billion will go toward product tooling, manufacturing process equipment, and corporate facilities and infrastructure, including information systems hardware, software, and enhancements.
Specifically, much of the spending will be on equipment that can tackle the mass production of iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks, among other devices, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday.
Citing "people with knowledge of the company's manufacturing methods,&… Read more
No matter how well designed, Microsoft's marquee tablet, the Surface, has failed to gain much traction, and the iPad still sits high atop the market share list -- although Android competitors are closing the gap. And early Tuesday, Apple finally made its latest move on the mini tablet front: The iPad Mini with Retina Display went on sale in the United States and a handful of other countries.
But Microsoft's play against the iPad may … Read more
The iPad Mini Retina will see limited availability this quarter, according to two analysts, but that should double in the first quarter of 2014.
In the wake of Apple's low-key sales launch of the iPad Mini Retina and its limited distribution -- currently it is available only online and for personal pickup at stores -- supply will continue to be constrained this quarter, according to IHS iSuppli and KGI Securities.
Rhoda Alexander told CNET on Tuesday that she expects production of about 2 million Mini Retina tablets in the fourth calendar quarter -- on the low end.
"When … Read more
Apparently, it's never too early to tease a Black Friday sale.
Target sells the base 16GB Wi-Fi version of the iPad Air for $479, or $20 less than at Apple. The gift card essentially cuts it down by another $100. The gift card also applies to all other iPads, including the iPad 2, which sells for $350.
Editors' note: And now it's really, really official: Here's Apple's Tuesday morning press release on the iPad Mini with Retina display going on sale.
In a bit of a surprise move, the Apple Store began accepting orders for the iPad Mini Retina at midnight Monday after word of the tablet's impending launch leaked out in an internal notification intended for support technicians and resellers.
Wi-Fi-only versions sporting 16GB and 32GB of storage are expected to ship to buyers in one to three business days, while the 64GB and 128GB versions list shipping expectations of five to … Read more
Editors' note: Several hours after this story was posted, the iPad Mini with Retina display did indeed go on sale.
Apple has purportedly delivered an odd message to its network of support technicians and resellers indicating that the iPad Mini Retina will be available on November 12, even though that day has already arrived for many of the countries listed for Tuesday's debut.
Until now, the most Apple had said about a release date was that the $399 tablet would not be available until "later in November." But a note posted to Apple's Global Service Exchange (… Read more
Apple has two Airs in its family, and they're both closer in spirit than ever before. The 2013 MacBook Air is less expensive than 2012's, and has a better battery life. The new iPad Air is smaller, lighter, and has a processor that's inching closer to the potential of a laptop.
Here's the funny thing: the iPad Air starts at $499, but fully loaded up to the highest configuration, it comes to a little under $1,000 ($929, to be specific). The 11-inch MacBook Air -- which is the most diminutive Apple laptop -- starts at $… Read more