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Comparison , though color differences hard to capture in screenshots DisplayMate has published an extensive “shoot out” between the new iPad, the iPad 2 and iPhone 4. Aside from the much discussed resolution improvements of the 3rd Generation iPad, DisplayMate also confirms that the new screen also has much better color reproduction than the previous generation model. Apple has taken the very good display on the iPad 2 and dramatically improved two of its major weak points: sharpness and color saturation – they are now state-of-the-art.
During today’s financial conference call , one analyst asked if Apple would be issuing a press release about last weekend’s launch sales numbers for the iPad. Apple refocused the conversation back on their dividend announcement but did reveal that they had a “record weekend” and were “thrilled with it.” Apple launched the new iPad in 10 countries on Friday, March 16th. The iPad saw long lines in some areas, though Apple was able to retain stock in many U.S. locations.
Apple has issued a press released indicating that it plans to initiate a dividend and share repurchase program commencing later this year. Subject to declaration by the Board of Directors, the Company plans to initiate a quarterly dividend of $2.65 per share sometime in the fourth quarter of its fiscal 2012, which begins on July 1, 2012. Additionally, the Company’s Board of Directors has authorized a $10 billion share repurchase program commencing in the Company’s fiscal 2013, which begins on September 30, 2012. The repurchase program is expected to be executed over three years, with the primary objective of neutralizing the impact of dilution from future employee equity grants and employee stock purchase programs. “We have used some of our cash to make great investments in our business through increased research and development, acquisitions, new retail store openings, strategic prepayments and capital expenditures in our supply chain, and building out our infrastructure
Image from BusinessInsider Apple issued a media alert indicating that it would be holding a conference call on Monday, March 19th at 6 a.m. PDT/9 a.m.
Dustin Curtis points out that in the latest developer seed of OS X Mountain Lion, Apple now requires OS X Apps to get explicit permission to access your address book information. The move mirrors recent changes made to iOS which will also ask the user for permission for an App to access their contact data. The change in policy came after it was revealed that some iOS apps were quietly collecting and transmitting customer address book data without their permission
One feature promised in OS X Mountain Lion was the ability to sync Safari tabs between different devices. Macworld reported it in their Mountain Lion Preview, but was unable to actually find the feature in their early build.
Apple today seeded the second preview version of OS X Mountain Lion to developers, building upon the initial developer version released one month ago. As noted by The Next Web , Apple has also posted an extensive list of known issues alerting developers to various bugs and missing features that have yet to be addressed. OS X Mountain Lion is Apple’s next major operating system version and is scheduled for release in “late summer”. The release will offer greater integration with iCloud, as well as a number of new feature including some drawn from iOS
Following on iFixit’s disassembling of a new iPad they purchased in Melbourne, Australia yesterday, Chipworks has begun sharing the results of their iPad teardown. The most interesting — though perhaps unsurprising — discovery is that Apple has apparently reused cameras from prior products for both the front and rear cameras on the new iPad.
One of the major selling features of the new Verizon iPad Wi-Fi + 4G LTE is its compatibility with GSM networks for international roaming purposes. But what hasn’t been clear is whether users could insert an AT&T micro-SIM card into a Verizon iPad and receive data connectivity. Given that the Verizon iPad supports the same GSM frequency bands for non-LTE networks as the version sold for AT&T, it appeared to be technically possible to use a Verizon iPad on AT&T although Apple could have opted to restrict the device’s operation on other networks. As noted by jsnuff1 in our forums , the new Verizon iPad does indeed work on AT&T’s network when equipped with an AT&T micro-SIM and the device’s carrier settings are updated to support connecting to AT&T.
The outside of the box said "Windows base machine or better", so I bought a Mac.