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No more speed bumps: How Apple can fix the iPad

What needs to be done to restore the iPad to its former glory?

What needs to be done to restore the iPad to its former glory?

With all the excited chatter about the iPhone 6 and the iWatch, the iPad is starting to look like a relic from the past – and the sales back this up.

Across the board, tablet sales have flatlined. On the back of another lower-than-expected tablet quarter, research firm IDC recently slashed its 2014 forecast for worldwide tablet shipments from 260.9 million units all the way back to 233.1 million. With Apple’s leading position in the market, even Tim Cook has had to admit that this has represents a bit of what he calls a “speed bump”.

The iPad took a crack at disrupting classrooms, cash registers, hospitals and airplane cockpits, but sales nonetheless slumped 10 percent from the same quarter last year. Simply put, Apple’s once white-hot tablet brand has cooled off. Relegated to a second-tier product, it just doesn’t seem as exciting any more.

“I own an iPhone, a Mac and an iPad, and out of these I use the iPad the least,” says Michael Grothaus, a former Apple employee, and the entrepreneur behind SITU, an iPad-enabled set of smart kitchen scales. “It occupies a bit of a no man’s land. As much as I love Apple products, recently I’ve been looking around at other tablets on the market to see what’s out there.”

Here’s what the top developers we talked to said might make the iPad a game changer again.

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Tim Cook: iPad sales slump is just a speed bump

Tim Cook onstage at the 2014 WWDC. Photo: Roberto Baldwin/The Next Web

Tim Cook onstage at the 2014 WWDC. Photo: Roberto Baldwin/The Next Web

The state of the tablet industry has not been promising lately. Over the last few months Apple reported slumping iPad sales, Best Buy’s CEO declared that tablet sales are “crashing,” and many analysts and pundits have eagerly declared the tablet fab is coming to an end, but Recode’s Walt Mossberg has a few points to make in defense of the tablet.

While IDC expects tablet sales to flatline by the end of 2014, Tim Cook indicated to Mossberg that the future of tablets is still bright, calling the current lull in sales a mere “speed bump.”

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Grovemade’s First Wooden iPhone Bumper

Grovemade’s First Wooden iPhone Bumper

A bumper is a great option for folks who don’t care for cases, but are clumsy enough that they need some protection for their iPhone. And the brand-new Grovemade wooden bumpers not only offer protection but look great too. Also, they have names that you’ll want to lollop around your tongue, over and over.

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The TOCCs Car Music System: Bump Your Favorite Music Without A Hitch [Deals]

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Next time you hit the road, this Cult of Mac Deals promotion will help you bump your favorite tunes with ease.

The TOCCs Car Music System solves your boring over played radio experience and gives you the ability to play all your best tunes as loud as you want with no static interference. And you can get it for only $27.99 during this limited time offer.

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Pandora Bumps Up Price On Its Ad-Free Streaming Service

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iTunes Radio still has a long way to go before it catches up with Pandora’s number of subscribers, but in an effort to keep up with increasing royalty costs, Pandora announced this morning that it’s bumping up the monthly subscription price for Pandora One.

Starting in May new subscribers will have to pay $4.99 per month if they want their music stream ad free, which is still cheaper than competitors like Spotify and Rdio (both $9.99 per month).

Apple’s alternative, iTunes Radio is ad-free with $24.99 annual iTunes Match subscription, but Pandora is deciding to just drop the annual subscription option altogether.

Here’s a breakdown of the pricing changes:

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Keep The Beats Bumping With The Griffin Auxiliary Audio Cable [Deals]

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We’ve all experienced the unreliable Bluetooth connection or finicky car radio where you have to dial a new station every time you get static, all your problems are solved with this high quality auxiliary cable.

You can’t argue with the reliability of an auxiliary cable, especially when there’s six (6) feet of cord that allows you to change songs without getting up from the couch. Reliability is key and the Griffin Audio Cable is exactly that – unlock a new music experience. And Cult of Mac Deals has it for just $6.99!

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Bumprz Shames All Other So-Called ‘Minimalist’ iPhone Cases

Bumprz Shames All Other So-Called ‘Minimalist’ iPhone Cases

If you Google Cult of Mac for “minimal iPhone case” you get a lot of results (too many, in fact, including a Mac-only music app – nice job Google). But you should ignore every last one of them, becasue the Bumprz really is a “case” so tiny you almost can’t see it.

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Apple Increases Tablet Marketshare Thanks To Holiday Sales Bump

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Spurred on by the holiday season, Apple sold a record 26 million iPads last quarter, which according to IDC’s latest numbers, was enough to boost the company’s tablet market share up to 33.8% to finish off the year, up from 29.7% the previous quarter.

Wall Street was less than impressed with Apple’s sales numbers though, and according to IDC there’s cause to be concerned as signs point to a tablet market that is growing dramatically slower year-over-year.

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Last Chance! Get The Merry Mac Bundle: 8 Of The Most Advanced Media Apps To Make Your Mac Bump [Deals]

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If you’ve looking for a great sounding deal during the holidays, then with no further. The Merry Mac Bundle: Beats + Media Edition features 8 killer apps that will make your Mac handle allsorts of media like a pro. And the best part? Cult of Mac Deals has it for 95% off the regular price – only $34.99 – during this very limited time offer.

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Absurdly Competent iPad Mini Case Includes Aluminum Bumper, Leather Book Cover, Kickstand

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Most iPad cases we see are rehashes of the same old Smart Cover or Folio designs, but the Case 66 is a genuinely clever new design. It’s an aluminum bumper mixed with a kickstand mixed with a beautiful cloth-lined leather case. Somehow, it manages to fit all of these features in whilst still looking great, and it only costs $50. What?

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