Apple’s iPad business may not turn around any time soon. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
The iPad has had five consecutive quarters of negative shipment growth, and according to Apple’s supply chain, that’s not changing any time soon!
According to a new report coming out of Asia, Apple’s supply chain manufacturers expect iPad shipments to fall another 20 percent on-year in 2015 — and they’re pinning the blame on the increased demand for plus-sized smartphones.
Apple’s still leading, but the market for new tablets is declining. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
Worldwide tablet sales may be falling, but according to figures from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker, the iPad is still leading the product category when it comes to sales — despite five consecutive quarters of negative annual shipment growth.
The news marks the next step in Apple’s relationship with IBM. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
Apple is teaming with IBM and Japan Post on a pilot scheme that will hand up to 5 million iPads out to elderly people in Japan by 2020, to help them keep in touch with their families, physicians and community.
In addition to existing iPad apps like FaceTime and Messages, the tablets will come loaded with custom IBM apps designed to help remind senior citizens to take their medication, exercise regularly, and maintain a healthy diet, while also allowing direct access to community support services such as grocery shopping.
Microsoft has gone from shunning Apple products to making the world’s best iOS apps quicker than Jony Ive can say aluminum. This morning at the company’s Build conference for developers, Microsoft revealed its plan to make you fall back in love with Office: Extensions.
American Airline pilots check out their (working) iPads. Photo: pmcrell
Several dozen American Airlines flights were delayed overnight, after the pilots’ iPads — used for providing information to flight crews — failed prior to takeoff, leaving pilots without a flight plan.
Keep your ringtone volume and media volume separate. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac
There are two different channels for audio on your iOS device: there are ringers and alert sounds and there are media sounds, like from the Music app or various games on your iPhone.
The hardware volume buttons on the side of your iPhone are set to control both by default, but you can separate it out, making the hardware buttons only turn down the media sounds instead of both media and ringer sound.
Here’s our recipe on how to make sure you never miss a call because someone “accidentally” turned your volume all the way down.
The pope’s iPad was a 32GB iPad 4 WiFi + Cellular. Who knew? Photo: MarketWatch
We all know that the pope has an iPad, but even popes upgrade. While we normal, unblessed humans tend to simply pass our old iPads down to a family member or sell them on Craigslist when we upgrade, the pontiff’s old iPad went straight to auction, where it sold for a staggering $30,500.
The “Sound of Emotion” will play music based on facial expressions at eh Market Street Protyping Festival in San Francisco. Photo: Sound of Emotion/Neighborland
You’re in a mood and your face can’t hide it. Now imagine if that face was the source of music.
The “Sound of Emotion,” a musical project created with facial expression recognition technology, will be on display at the Market Street Prototyping Festival in San Francisco. The festival runs today through April 11 on Market Street between Embarcedero and Van Ness.
The installation will use four iPad and for selected genres, each device will represent a single instrument, such as bells, a didgeridoo and drums.