Saturday, September 28, 2013

Leaked Video Allegedly Depicts 'Space Gray' iPad 5 and Retina iPad Mini Shells




Sw-box has posted two videos which allegedly show the rear shells for the iPad 5 and Retina Display iPad mini 2.

It compares the dimensions and the weight of iPad 5 with that of iPad 4's. The 239.20mm(H) x 169.5(W) x 7.2(D) new iPad proves to be slimmer, smaller and thinner than the 4th generation iPad. Comparisons are also made between specific features of the two Apple devices in question. It reveals their differences in speakers, volume buttons, the extra microphone hole, logos and holding feels. With the comparison, iPad 5 is likely similar to iPad Mini in appearance except size and the extra microphone hole.

These dimensions are close to the 240mm x 169.48mm x 7.5mm ones found in schematics being used by case manufacturers.








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iPhone 5c Sales Are Starting to Catch Up to iPhone 5s Sales




A new report from Localytics finds that San Francisco has the strongest preference for the iPhone 5s over the iPhone 5c and that the gap between iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c sales is starting to narrow.

After close to one week of sales, we found that, overall, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco held the largest market share in the U.S. for iPhone 5s and 5c activations. This is to be expected given the size of their populations. However the real surprise was that San Francisco came in third. Considering San Francisco is actually the 11th largest market in the U.S., its status as a technology haven also, clearly, translates to a culture of early adoption.

We then looked at the distribution of the iPhone 5s and 5c for each of the cities. Again, San Francisco stood out, showing the strongest preference for the 5s over the 5c (85% vs. 15%) among the top 12 major U.S. cities. Philadelphia showed the lowest preference with 72%.

Notably, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c devices represented 1.4% of all active iPhones in the U.S. on September 22nd. By September 26th, this had risen to 2.0%. While the iPhone 5s maintains its lead over the iPhone 5c the gap is narrowing slightly. On September 22nd, the iPhone 5s was outpacing the iPhone 5c by 3.4x. That decreased to 2.9x by September 26th.

AT&T saw the highest adoption rates with the new devices accounting for 1.02% of the iPhones on its network by September 26th. Verizon was next with .70%, Sprint reached 0.18%, and T-Mobile was in last with 0.12%.

Take a look at the charts below.














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Leaving Your Laptop Always Plugged In Will Kill Its Battery Faster




Leaving your laptop always plugged in will kill its battery life faster, according to a recent report from Wired. In fact, you shouldn't even let it charge to 100%.

Cadex Electronics CEO Isidor Buchmann tells the site that ideally users would charge their laptops to 80% and then drain them to 40%, prolonging their battery life by up to 4x.

The reason is that each cell in a lithium-polymer battery is charged to a voltage level. The higher the charge percentage, the higher the voltage level. The more voltage a cell has to store, the more stress it’s put under. That stress leads to fewer discharge cycles. For example, Battery University states that a battery charged to 100 percent will have only 300-500 discharge cycles, while a battery charged to 70 percent will get 1,200-2,000 discharge cycles.

This is simple in theory but much harder in practice. The report suggests timing how long it takes your device to charge from 40% to 80% and then setting a timer when you first plug your laptop in to charge.

If you can remember to follow Buchmann's advice, a four times increase in battery life is a significant improvement.


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Delta to Equip Pilots With the Microsoft Surface 2 Tablet




Delta Airlines has decided to equip its pilots with the Microsoft Surface 2 tablet; rather than the iPad or the Nokia 'Sirius' tablet, reports WindowsITPro.

"In less than two years, Delta cockpits will be paperless as we roll-out the Microsoft Surface 2 tablet running Windows 8.1 RT as our company-issued device," the airline alerted its employees recently. "The 757/767 fleet will be the first to make the transition with the 777, 747 and MD88 as fast followers. Look for an announcement from Delta and Microsoft in the coming days about our partnership on the initiative."

Notably, pilots can currently bring their own iPads for use on flights; however, that could also be changing. Delta reportedly wants "current iPad Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) users to transition to a company-issued device."

Microsoft just announced the Surface 2 tablet.


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