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Samsung Could Beat Apple To Market With A Retina Display Tablet

While all the information we have on Apple’s iPad 3 is purely speculation at this point, it seems inevitable that the device will boast a high-resolution Retina display. The Retina display has been a big selling point for the iPhone and the iPod touch for a couple years now, and we’re all crying out for one in the iPad.

However, Apple may not be the first to bring a Retina display tablet to market, because Samsung is working on one of its own which could be unveiled in February.

Sources for Boy Genius Report claim that Samsung is hard at work on an 11.6-inch version of its Galaxy Tab which will sport a 2560 x 1600 resolution display. Despite its screen size, however, it won’t be much bigger than the 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab:

Even though the tablet features a larger display than Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1, we’re told that the tablet is “barely larger” due to the fact the slate will have a thinner bezel with a whopping 2560 x 1600 resolution, 11.6-inch screen with a 16:10 aspect ratio.

A display with a 2560 x 1600 resolution would actually beat the 2048×1536 display that will reportedly feature in Apple’s third-generation iPad. Furthermore, the device will reportedly run Google’s latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, and could be unveiled at Mobile World Congress this coming February.

Would you drop your iPad for an Android-powered Samsung tablet just to get your hands on a high-resolution display?

[via MacRumors]

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Apple’s iPad trademark troubles in China: The story so far

Applerecently ran into a bit of a pickle concerning its iPad trademark in China, its second-most important worldwide market. The problem is that Proview Technology, a Taiwanese-owned company, says it owns the rights to the trademark “IPAD” in China, and Apple is in violation of said trademark. And a court appears to agree.

Proview is a manufacturer of flatscreens which unsuccessfully launched a tablet called IPAD in 2000, registering the trademark in many countries around the world. In 2006, Proview Electronics, which shares a parent company with Proview Technology, sold Apple use of the IPAD name, but whether or not that deal included China is debated by the two companies.

Apple’s applied for ownership of two Chinese trademarks related to the iPad name (“iPAD” and “IPAD”), made prior to its introduction of the iPad for sale to Chinese consumers. But that application was rejected by the trademark office because they were listed as owned by Proview Technology, not Proview Electronics, which brokered the original sale.

Apple sued Proview Technology, seeking the court’s recognition that it is in fact the owner of the patents, but said suit was rejected by the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court on Tuesday. In a statement, the court said any claims Apple had secured on the trademark only applied to Proview’s Taiwan subsidiary, not the Shenzen-based Proview Technology.

Apple can still appeal the decision, but in the meantime, it faces suits from Proview Technology that seek to ban the sale of iPads in Shenzhen and Huizhou, two cities in southern China. Proview is seeking injunctions in those two cities first, with the intent of pursuing similar blocks country-wide should those rulings go in its favor. The hearing for the Shenzhen case begins on Dec. 30.

Obviously, having its case to gain ownership of the trademarks thrown out isn’t good news for Apple, but winning there was only the best-possible outcome for the iPhone-maker, and losing is by no means the end of the world. Proview is admittedly threatening its business in a key market, and seeking $1.5 billion in compensation from Chinese courts for copyright infringement. But we’ll likely never see either a banning of the iPad in any Chinese city, or a payday quite so large.

Proview is an admittedly struggling company, according to reports. It’s in this for a payout, but to fight Apple in the long haul isn’t a practical solution for the small-time component maker. Speaking to the Financial Times, Proview representative Li Su basically admitted as much, noting the company hopes the court’s rejection of Apple’s claim on the trademark makes its “negotiations with Apple a little easier.”

We’ll have to wait and see how this shakes out, but it’s probably going to take the form of a settlement for a sum somewhere far south of the $1.5 billion Proview is seeking in damages, since Apple likely wants this to go away as quickly as possible so it can continue its impressive success with the iPad in China without distraction.

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Kindle could light a Fire under Apple’s iPad sales

Apple may have reason to welcome, not fear, the growing popularity of the Amazon Kindle Fire, which is on track to become the No. 2 best-selling tablet. According to J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz in a note sent late last week, the Kindle could encourage, not take away from, Apple’s own iPad sales. But in order for that to be true, there are certain conditions that have to be met.

Moskowitz is mostly reiterating what he heard from Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Peter Oppenheimer in a recent sit-down with them, during which they discussed the Kindle Fire’s role in relation to the iPad. Moskowitz came away with the clear impression that “Apple is not seeing much pressure from lower-priced tablets” and that current Kindle Fire buyers “could gravitate to more feature-rich experiences” down the road based on their initial use of the cheaper Amazon device.

J.P. Morgan and Apple execs apparently aren’t all that concerned over Amazon’s new Android tablet, which is already projected to beat the sales of all other tablets based on the Google mobile platform by the end of this quarter. And it’s true that the Kindle Fire could act as a sort of gateway drug, turning users on to the tablet experience but leaving them craving features missing from the Amazon device, like a full-fledged market of applications targeted to large-screen devices, a larger screen itself and cellular data access.

It’s an admittedly rosy outlook from a source with a vested interest in seeing this outcome come to pass, however. There is another obvious possibility to contend with too: Users could find that the Kindle Fire provides everything they really need in a tablet experience (web browsing, media playback) for an acceptable price and might not look further. Whether or not those users would have looked at iPads otherwise or whether another, significant portion of Fire owners might not find themselves wanting more is another question.

I think Apple’s optimistic outlook should pan out, however, as long as one thing remains true: tablets continue to encroach upon and replace PCs as primary computing devices for general users. In that case, the Kindle Fire and the iPad likely will enter into a mutually beneficial orbit, with the cheaper device’s drawing in first-time tablet users and the iPad’s acting as a sort of graduation gift for when they opt to use tablets as their main computers.

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Apple’s New Ad Showcases Our Love For The iPad 2 [Video]

Apple has begun airing a new commercial for the iPad 2 called ‘Love’, which showcases our love for the company’s incredibly popular tablet. In the thirty-second clip, we see people of all ages using the device while they go about their daily lives, doing things like movie editing, music recording, painting, learning, and more.

“Getting lost in the things we love has never felt quite like this.”

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Developer hacks his Samsung Series 7 to run OS X Lion

Samsung’s Series 7, originally intended for Windows 7, has been hacked to run a Hackintosh version of OS X Lion, a user on the tonymacx86 forums highlighted today. Awkward, considering the whole Samsung vs Apple fight. As you can see in the video above, the version of Lion runs relatively smoothly, but the big issue is an external monitor is needed to display the video. The user highlights the tools needed:

8GB USB KEY, mini-HDMI to HDMI cable/adapter, USB Keyboard and mouse. After you make a UniBeast USB key you have some space still left on it so I made a folder and downloaded MultiBeast 4.1.0: Lion Edition.

If you’ve got a Series 7 laying around and are tired of the bleh Windows, you should definitely try this hack out (if you’ve got the technical know-how). With specs close to the MacBook Air — an 11.6-inch display, 64GB SSD, and i5 processor — this device seems pretty perfect to run full on OS X in a mobile setting. It also gives you a little more horsepower than an iPad 2, though that’s like comparing Apples and Oranges.

For all of the technical details, hit up the tonymacx86 forums. We’ve already shared our thoughts on the Hackintosh community, and we’re certainly proponents of what they’re doing. We’re going to keep an eye out as this project gets more bug fixes, specifically the screen issue. Luckily, the developer says he is committed to working on this project.



The Kindle Fire Keeps Up With the iPad 2 When Web Browsing, Beats It Hands Down At Netflix Video Streaming [Video]

After months of anticipation, Amazon’s $199 Kindle Fire started shipping yesterday, but even since its unveiling critics have been labeling it a worthy iPad competitor. Its pocket-pleasing price tag coupled with its terrific user interface could make it the first tablet to really give the iPad something to worry about.

But how does it stack up to Apple’s device in terms of performance? Well, at less than $200, none of us expected the Kindle Fire to really match the iPad 2′s speed, but as you’ll see in this video comparison, it does and fantastic job of keeping up while browsing the web, and its significantly quicker and streaming Netflix videos.

The video was put together by our friend Jeff over at iDownloadBlog, and while it’s in no way scientific, it does demonstrate the Kindle Fire’s abilities. Jeff compared both devices’ boot-up times, web browsing speeds, and Netflix streaming performance, and I think you’ll be pretty impressed by the iPad’s newest rival.

As you can see, the iPad does leave the Kindle Fire way behind in boot-up times, but when it comes to web browsing, Amazon’s debut slate does a great job of keeping up — likely thanks to that new Amazon Silk web browser. As Jeff mentioned, it’s also worth noting that the Kindle Fire is loading Flash, whereas the iPad isn’t (obviously). I bet with Flash disabled, the Kindle Fire would be even faster.

When it comes to Netflix video streaming, the Kindle Fire is significantly quicker at loading up the movie. But again, it’s worth noting that the device is running the latest Netflix app — with the new user interface — which could improve its speed. The iPad 2 is still running the old Netflix app.

Personally, I’m very impressed by the Kindle Fire. I don’t think the boot-up times will be much of an issue, because who really turns off their tablet completely? I know it won’t compete with the iPad when it comes to gaming and running power hungry apps, but it does the basics incredibly well.

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Apple’s Genius Bar to Trade MacBook Pros for iPads [Rumor]

A trademark feature at Apple retail stores all over the world is the Genius Bar. Operated by a group of Apple experts, the Genius Bar allows any Mac or iOS device owner to take their device to their nearest Apple store and get technical help, repairs, or replacements.

Along with Apple experts, the Genius Bar sports a line of MacBook Pros which Apple staff use to diagnose problems, order parts for repairs, check the status of your product’s warranty, and more. In this “post-PC” era, however, those MacBook Pros are set to be replaced by the iPad.

According to a report from 9to5Mac, from this week Apple retail stores in a number of markets will be replacing the MacBook Pros on their Genius Bars for the iPad. The tablet is expected to mirror the functionality currently provided by the notebook, and “not only make the Genius’ job easier, but provide a much better experience for Apple’s customers that are looking for repairs and/or help from the Genius Bar.”

Because the iPad is much more portable than the MacBook Pro, the device will allow Genius staff to deal with technical problems from anywhere within the store. This means users with minor issues won’t have to crowd around the Genius Bar, leaving it open to those who need repairs or replacements.

Because the iPad is smaller, it’ll mean more customers can be served at once:

Typically, the Genius Bar can only service as many people as computers at one time at the Genius Bar. Now, due to the size and price of iPads, Apple could service more people at one time at the Genius Bar by installing multiple iPads.

The Cupertino company is also said to be working on a way in which users can sign their Genius Bar invoices on the iPad, rather than paper — just like the EasyPay system currently employed in Apple stores which allows customers to sign for goods on an iPod touch.

If you’ve noticed the Genius Bar in your local Apple store has scrapped its MacBook Pros for iPads, be sure to let us know.

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