Applelinks iOS News Reader - Monday, 12 August, 2013

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What's So Wrong About Taking Photos With An iPad?
iPad, Tab, Nexus, Surface, And Kindle Fire: What Tablet Users Think (Infographic)
Comparison Of A Rumored 12.9-Inch iPad with Smaller iPad Models and 13-Inch MacBook Air
Should You Buy An iPad mini Or An iPad 4?
Wait For iPhone 6 Sparks Apple Mobile Decline While Windows Phone And Android Capitalise
Apple Shift In Chip Manufacturing Strategy Boosts Semiconductor Foundry Business In 2013 - IHS
New Documentary By Acclaimed Director Werner Herzog Shows the Aftermath of Texting & Driving
Asus Discontinues ARM-Powered Windows 8 Tablets; Says 'Windows RT Has Not Been Successful'



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What's So Wrong About Taking Photos With An iPad?

Gizmodo's Joel Johnson says:

You've got a device in your hands that has a camera. But you're not supposed to use it, because someone might laugh at you. How are you the dickhead in this situation?...

I just don't get why am I supposed to be huffy about some person using a gadget not just suited but designed for taking pictures to, you know, actually take a picture with it? How are they harming anyone in the slightest? Let's cleave the standard arguments......

For the full commentary visit here:
http://goo.gl/OCbvwc






iPad, Tab, Nexus, Surface, And Kindle Fire: What Tablet Users Think (Infographic)

VentureBeat's John Koetsier says:

The iPad may have lost the tablet wars to an army of Android tabs, but its still first in peoples hearts. Second place, however, belongs to a somewhat unlikely candidate.

Actually, your editor thinks it's a bit premature to assume that Apple has lost the tablet wars. Kotsier acknowledges that while Apple's tablet market share has dropped precipitously over the past several months, the iPad still outsells tablets from any other two or three companies combined, and a search on tweets in the past month shows that iPad still has almost five times more "I love my tablet" mentions on Twitter than any other tablet, and about 2.5 times more than all the top Android tablets combined.

However I agree with him that the tablet market is in a state of massive upheaval, and although the iPad is likely to enjoy a substantial uptick after the iPad 5 is released, possibly as soon as next month, It will not return to the 90 or so percent market share it initially enjoyed.

Great infographics. You can check it out at:
http://goo.gl/sTC4NY







Comparison Of A Rumored 12.9-Inch iPad with Smaller iPad Models and 13-Inch MacBook Air

MacRumors' Eric Slivka recells that back in may, Korea's ETNews.com reported that Apple was looking at the possibility of launching a 12.9-inch iPad in early 2014 as a larger sibling to the original 9.7-inch iPad and the 7.9-inch iPad mini, noting that the rumor, which included a claim that the device would be called the "iPad Maxi", was dismissed as a likely inaccurate claim. Then late last month the more credible Wall Street Journal revived the rumor, claiming that Apple has been testing an iPad with a display "slightly less than 13 inches diagonally".

Slivka notes that Increasing the the iPad's display's diagonal measurement from 9.7 inches to 12.9 inches while maintaining the same 4:3 aspect ratio yields a roughly 40 percent increase in display area.

MacRumors commissioned CiccareseDesign to create renderings of what such a device might look like compared to the current iPad mini and iPad models, as well as the rumored fifth-generation iPad.

You can check them out at:
http://goo.gl/U72R8d






Should You Buy An iPad mini Or An iPad 4?

Macworld UK's David Price addresses the conundrum of which iPAd to buy? Apple iPad 4, iPad 2, iPad mini? Or hold out for the iPad mini 2 or the iPad 5?

Price notes that potential Apple iPad customers are faced with more questions than ever. Should you get a new iPad at all? What storage capacity should you opt for? And should you buy one with cellular connectivity? Finally, do upcoming launches of the iPad mini 2 and iPad 5 make it a better option to wait and see?

Price observes that which iPad is right for you depends on what you need, and there's no perfect answer, but walks you through the points to consider before you decide whether to lighten your wallet, and if so, by how much.

You can check it out at:
http://goo.gl/Rrs9Vj






Wait For iPhone 6 Sparks Apple Mobile Decline While Windows Phone And Android Capitalise

V3's Michael Passingham reports that Apple's iOS operating system is suffering a decline in market share as consumers wait for expected new additions to the iPhone family, citing analyst firm IDC's Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, which finds iPhone 5 suffering a four percent market share drop between the first and second quarters of 2013, with the iOS now holding just 13.2 percent of the smartphone operating system market, while Android sits at 79.3 percent.

However IDC Research Tracker manager Ramon Llamas tells Passingham that with a new iPhone and iOS 7, and possibly a rumoured cheaper iPhone coming out later this year, Apple is well-positioned to recapture market share."

For the full report visit here:
http://goo.gl/W3NXje






Apple Shift In Chip Manufacturing Strategy Boosts Semiconductor Foundry Business In 2013 - IHS

A press release posted by Digitimes' Jessie Shen notes that in an illustration of the massive power it wields in the electronics supply chain, Apple's migration of the production of key semiconductors from Samsung Electronics to pure-play foundries will single-handedly boost the growth of the chip contract manufacturing market in 2013, according to market research firm IHS.

By the end of 2013, pure-play semiconductor foundry market revenues are forecast to rise 21% compared to 2012, says IHS. In contrast, earnings of the overall semiconductor industry will expand by a more mosest 5%.

"The growth outlook for the pure-play foundry business has risen considerably in anticipation of Apple's transition of its applications processor chip manufacturing to third-party manufacturers," said Len Jelinek, director and chief analyst of semiconductor manufacturing at IHS. "Previously, Apple had relied on Samsung as the primary supplier of applications processor chips for the iPhone and iPad. However, Samsung is not considered a pure-play foundry. Instead, it is designated as an integrated device manufacturer (IDM) - a chip supplier that not only builds products but also possesses design capabilities and sells devices under its own brand name, functions not performed by foundries."

Apple already has its own designs and does not need an IDM for its chips to be made, so it can just as easily move its semiconductors to a foundry.

"However, Apple's anticipated shift is also the result of its well-publicized tiffs with Samsung over patent infringements on both makers' smartphones that have strained relationships between the two," Jelinek added.

Moving forward, Apple is likely to use a producer like TSMC, the largest foundry in the business, with US$16.9 billion in revenue for 2012, IHS said.

For the full report visit here:
http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20130809PR200.html





New Documentary By Acclaimed Director Werner Herzog Shows the Aftermath of Texting & Driving

Injuring or even killing someone because you were texting while driving is a life-changing experience. There are countless stories of people who took their eyes off the road for a second and ended up in an accident that changed their lives and the lives of others forever.

People who are living with the consequences of those experiences are the focus of a powerful new documentary created by acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog to reach millions with a message on the dangers of texting and driving. In the short film, Herzog expands on the stories he tells through the 30-second Texting & Driving It Can Wait spots launched in May by wireless carriers AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, Inc. and Verizon. By giving voice to the individuals who caused the accidents and the many people whose lives have forever been changed by them, Herzog shows the devastating aftermath that can be created when a driver turns their attention to a single, meaningless text.

"When you get a message while driving, its hard not to pick up your phone," says Herzog. "With this film, we want to help make people more aware of the potential consequences of that action."

The It Can Wait campaign helps drive awareness of the dangers of texting while driving, encourages individuals to pledge not to text and drive, and enables those who have made a personal commitment to influence others. By sharing tools like this film with schools and safety advocates, and by making them available free to the public, the carriers are working to encourage responsible use of wireless technology.

The documentary will be available at ItCanWait.com, a site where anyone can go to get more information about the issue, share their story, take the pledge not to text and drive, and get resources to help make others aware of the dangers. The film also will be distributed to more than 40,000 high schools nationwide, and hundreds of safety organizations and government agencies. The carriers will post it to their YouTube sites, and it will be available as on-demand content for customers of AT&T U-verse.

The It Can Wait campaign, created to end texting and driving, has evolved into a movement. It currently is supported by the four largest U.S. wireless carriers, more than 200 other organizations and thousands of caring individuals. The movement has inspired more than 2 million pledges through ItCanWait.com, on Facebook, through text-to-pledge and tweet-to-pledge, and at events.

For more information, visit:
http://www.itcanwait.com






Asus Discontinues ARM-Powered Windows 8 Tablets; Says 'Windows RT Has Not Been Successful'

The Register's Paul Kunert reports that Taiwanese PC maker Asus has finally conceded that it can't keep making Windows RT tablets that people simply don't want to buy, citing Asus CEO Jerry Shen telling the WSJ ahead of its earnings call with analysts for the second quarter of 2013 that "It's not only our opinion, the industry sentiment is also that Windows RT has not been successful."

Kunert notes that according to IDC, just 0.2 per cent of Q2 2013 tablet shipments were Windows 8-powered RT devices, which calculates to 900,000 machines worldwide, and that even Microsoft has admitted defeat of sorts by slashing prices of RT devices and writing down its Surface RT losses by $900m.

For the full report visit here:
http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2013/08/09/asus_rt_q2/




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