Applelinks Tech Web Reader - Monday, October 14, 2013

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12-inch Retina MacBook, Cheaper iMac; Higher-Resolution iPad Coming from Apple in 2014 - Rumor
Apple Planning To Launch All-New 12-Inch MacBook - Rumor
Is Apple Developing A 13-Inch iPad Hybrid?
Apple's 64-bit A7 Chip Another Signal That Apple Will Converge OS. X And iOS - Canonical's Shuttleworth
Toshiba Introduces New Q Series Pro Internal Solid State Drive Upgrade Solutions


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12-inch Retina MacBook, Cheaper iMac; Higher-Resolution iPad Coming from Apple in 2014 - Rumor

9To5Mac's Mark Gurman cites a research note by analyst KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a reliable track record predicting Apple product releases, predicting that far from phasing out the Mac, Apple has a new 12-inch MacBook with an entirely new design and a Retina Display coming in Q2 or Q3 2014 that "will redefine laptop computing once again just like the current MacBook Air." This new MacBook would essentially be as portable as current 11-inch MacBook Air but as capable at productivuty as the current 13-inch MacBook Air, in a screen size that evokes fond memories of one of Apple's best-loved laptops, the 12-inch PowerBook G4.

According to Mr. Kuo, the new (mini?) MacBook will have a completely new clamshell enclosure form factor that will be even thinner and lighter than the current MacBook Air, will be powered by Intel silicon and not Apple's A8 CPU, and potentially sell at a lower price point than Apple's current MacBooks.

Also in the Apple product pipeline according to Mr. Kuo is a lower-cost iMac aimed at taking some market share from low-priced Windows desktops, also to ship in Q2 or Q3 2014, and which the analyst anticipates could boost iMac sales by 10-20 percent.

On the iPad front, Mr. Kuo projects that a sixth-generation full-sized iPad will retain same 9.7-inch screen size as current iPad and forthcoming iPad 5, but have an even higher-resolution panel with PPI count 30-40% greater than the current Retina iPad and a third-generation iPad mini packing the same 2048x1536 Retina display that will debut in the upcoming iPad mini 2,

Gurman notes that Apple CEO Tim Cook has promised that 2014 will be a major product year for Apple, which he says is also likely to launch an iPhone line (6?) next year with a larger display, new TV products, and wearable devices.

For the full report visit here:
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Apple Planning To Launch All-New 12-Inch MacBook - Rumor

Appleinsider's Neil Hughes reported Saturday that Apple has an all-new-design 12-inch MacBook with a Retina display in its product development pipeline, along with a new 9.7-inch sixth-generation iPad with a higher panel resolution than the current iPad's Retina display and an "ultra-slim clamshell form factor," according to well-connected KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Hughes says Mr. Kuo expects the new MacBook to represent a confluence of the current 11-inch MacBook Air's portability and the the 13-inch MBA's greater productivity capacity, with a display predicted to be on par with Apple's MacBook Pro Retina displays, an Intel CPU, and will "redefine laptop computing once again following the milestone created by the MacBook Air."

Mr Kuo also writes that Apple is working on a new sixth-generation iPad with an even higher resolution Retina display than the current 9.7-inch iPad with Retina display, but doesn't expect Apple to launch a 12-inch or 13-inch iPad next year.

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






Is Apple Developing A 13-Inch iPad Hybrid?

InformationWeek.com Associate Editor Michael Endler reports thatas Mac sales fall, clues are building that Apple is prepping a 13-inch iPad-laptop hybrid device, possibly a tablet computer with an tachable keyboard that would turn it into a "laptop PC" similar to Microsoft's Surface tablets.

Endler credits Barclay's analyst Ben Reitzes with having sparked this new round of speculation, predicting in a research note that an iOS tablet-notebook hybrid could disrupt 25-30% of the shrinking PC market, delivering another hit to laptop and desktop sales similar in proportion to the damage iPads and other tablets have already wreaked on the conventional PC sector.

On the other hand, Engler observes that Apple CEO Tim Cook recently dismissed laptop-tablet hybrids using the analogy of a product that tries to be both a toaster and refrigerator, and last fall characterized Microsoft's original Surface as compromised and confusing. Nevertheless, Steve Jobs himself once heaped scorn on 7-inch tablets and vowed that Apple would never build one, but the iPad mini has become one of Apple's most important products.

Engler proposes eight signs that could indicate that Apple is prepping a large-screen iOS product.

1. Apple's been thinking about laptop-tablet convergence for a long time.
2. Multiple sources have claimed a 13-inch iPad is in the works.
3. Apple is reportedly working on a power adapter for a new mobile device that will sit between current iPads and the MacBook Air.
4. The A7 processor will bring desktop-class power to the iPad.
5. Apple's A7 chip could allow an iPad to run PC-style apps.
6. An iPad hybrid could offset falling Mac sales.
7. The revamped iWork suite could indicate a more productivity-minded iPad.
8. There's a demonstrated market for an iPad hybrid.

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Apple's 64-bit A7 Chip Another Signal That Apple Will Converge OS. X And iOS - Canonical's Shuttleworth

<BR>PC Pro's Darien Graham-Smith reports that Canonical founder and Ubuntu Linux creator Mark Shuttleworth believes Apple intends to follow Ubuntu's lead and merge its desktop and mobile operating systems, contending that Apple has sent a signal with the introduction of its 64-bit A7 System-on-Chip that it is fixing to merge its OS X and iOS environments.

Shuttleworth told Graham-Smith: "When Apple announced the iPhone 5s, it called the processor 'desktop-class', and I don’t think that was an accident – it was sending what we think is a very clear signal that it will converge the iPhone and the MacBook Air. There’s no point talking about the desktop performance of your CPU unless you plan to make a desktop device with that CPU." PC Pro will publish the full interview with Mark Shuttleworth in its issue 231 of PC Pro, on sale 14 November.

For the online report visit here:
http://bit.ly/1gdQCmT






Toshiba Introduces New Q Series Pro Internal Solid State Drive Upgrade Solutions

Toshiba's Digital Products Division (DPD) has announced the Toshiba Q Series Pro PC Internal Solid State Drive. This new high performance drive upgrade for PCs provides consumers with a reliable and convenient way to increase productivity and offers safe storage for all personal data. Ideal for consumers who need to boost their PC storage performance to the next level, Toshiba's Q Series Pro PC Internal Solid State drive is an efficient storage solution that offers faster boot-up and operation for the PC.

The Q Series Pro PC Internal Solid State Drive offers industry-proven caliber and authenticity with leading performance, speeds and capabilities.

Toshiba's comprehensive ecosystem of devices positions the company at an advantage when understanding consumer needs for storage, said Maciek Brzeski, vice president of product marketing and development of branded storage products, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. The Q Series Pro PC Internal Solid State Drive offers industry-proven caliber and authenticity with leading performance, speeds and capabilities.

With worldwide SSD shipments predicted to rise to 239 million units in 2016, amounting to approximately 40 percent of the size of the HDD market1, Toshiba plans to continue bringing superior SSD offerings to market that meet the expectations of consumers.

Ideal for avid gamers, graphics professionals, and multi-taskers who need to boost PC performance to a best in class level, Toshiba's Q Series Pro PC Internal Solid State drive is an efficient storage solution that offers faster boot-up and operation for the PC. Toshiba Solid State Drive consumes less power than a standard hard drive. Users will discover they have more time to work and play on their laptop and will have to spend less time worrying about finding the next power outlet.

With a new 7mm slim and lightweight design, the Toshiba Q Series Pro Solid State Drive works well with Ultrabooks. A mounting spacer is included to work in laptops with traditional full-height 9.5mm drive bays. It also comes with free, downloadable easy-to-use migration software to help transfer data from existing drive to the Q-Series Pro Solid State Drive.

Backed by a 3-year limited warranty, Toshiba Q Series Pro Solid State Drive is built in accordance with Toshibas high quality standard offering high performance drive upgrade for PC and is available in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB capacities.

Note:
1 According to IHS iSuppli.

The Toshiba Q Series Pro PC Internal Solid State drive will be available for purchase at select retailers and on Toshiba.com in late October 2013. The 128GB model will be $159.99 MSRP, the 256 GB model will be $309.99 MSRP, and the 512 GB model will be $739.99 MSRP.

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