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Apple iPads With Wi-Fi Problems Get Replaced

Well, it’s been almost one month since the release of the new iPad, and we’ve already heard a lot about problems with the new iPad. Apple, for the most part, has come out and said that the iPad works fine and has denied any problems exist with the device…..until now, that is. It seems the iPad’s reported Wi-Fi problems are so pesky that Apple has been forced to not only acknowledge the problem, but also work to fix it.

According to a AppleCare document (an internal one, so Apple hasn’t come out publicly…..yet), Apple is looking at complaints that they have received regarding the Wi-Fi reception on the new iPad. The document further states that Apple will replace the iPad with one that is free of Wi-Fi problems. And those affected iPads will go straight back to Apple’s hardware engineers so that they can get to the root of the problem. Assuming the problem can be fixed, those iPads will probably end up refurbished down the line, though that’s just speculation on our part.

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Curiously, Apple seems to think that the Wi-Fi reception problem only affects the Wi-Fi only iPads and not the 4G LTE iPad, as Apple is not specifying replacement for 4G LTE models. The AppleCare document identifies the symptoms of iPad Wi-Fi connection problems as being “Intermittent connectivity, slow Wi-Fi speeds, and Wi-Fi network not seen.”

As you might recall, iPhone5latest.com reported last month on numerous reports of the new iPad having poor Wi-Fi reception. According to posts on the official Apple support forums, users were reporting that they could not connect to a Wi-Fi network even if it was right by, and if they could connect, the connection was very weak compared to their iPad 2.

What’s surprising is that Apple apparently still has no idea what’s causing the problem, or just how many people are experiencing it. Here’s hoping they’re able to figure out the problem fast and that it won’t reoccur on the iPhone 5.

98% Of iPad Owners Are Satisfied

Given all of the reports in the news as of late about problems with the iPad, it’s easy to see why people might be dissatisfied with the device. After all, reported problems with Wi-Fi reception, display issues and possibly overheating are nothing to sneeze at. Yet, that’s not the case here as the new iPad reportedly has a very high satisfaction rating.

According to research released this week by ChangeWave Research, 98% of all iPad owners surveyed are at least satisfied with the iPad. This is further broken down into levels of satisfaction, with a reported 82% of users identifying themselves as being “very satisfied” with the new device, while another 16% report that they are somewhat satisfied with the new iPad. As we said, considering the reported iPad problems, this is surprising news and means that the problems are most likely isolated incidents that don’t affect the overall quality of the iPad.

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How does this compare to the new iPad’s older brother the iPad 2? Quite favorably, as it turns out. While the new iPad has a 98% satisfaction rate, the iPad 2 had a 97% satisfaction rate. Now, when looking at just the overall satisfaction rate, that might not seem like a big difference; however, when you see that the iPad 2 only had a 74% very satisfied rating, the difference is quite a bit bigger and amounts to an 8% increase in satisfaction.

What’s interesting is that ChangeWave took things a bit further and asked users about the reported heat problems. A whopping 89% of those surveyed said that they haven’t experienced overheating or, if they have, it’s not a problem. Roughly 4% said it was somewhat of a problem, while 7% said it wasn’t much of a problem at all. This again points toward the new iPad’s supposed overheating problems as being isolated problems or defects with the iPad.

With so many satisfied iPad owners, we’re inclined to believe that the new iPhone 5 will receive the same level of satisfaction, if not higher.

New iPad Adopted Quickly By Apple Consumers

The iPad has been buzzed about for a couple weeks now–sometimes for good reasons, and other times for bad reasons (such as heatgate and the reported Wi-Fi reception issues for the device). Here’s a piece of good news for Apple: despite the various complaints that have been lodged against the new iPad, the iPad is already being picked up by quite a few Apple tablet users.

According to Chitika Insights, the new iPad currently accounts for 6.6% of all iPads on the Internet. Now on the surface this might not sound like a huge number; however, considering the fact that the new iPad has only been out for week and a half now (and is also sold out in some places), this is really impressive. What it means is that, of the nearly 60 million iPad owners, a whopping 3,960,000 have already made the new iPad plunge. And that’s not even counting the sales from the past few days.

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Chitika Insights came up with this percentage number by looking at the Internet traffic presence of the iPad. Although this certainly isn’t completely fool-proof scientifically, it’s a very good rough estimate and may even be an underestimate as there are likely some new iPads already in the hands of their owner that just haven’t been online yet (yes, that’s virtually unheard of in today’s highly digital age, but it’s still a real possibility that must be mentioned).

So where does the new iPad go from here? That already impressive number of iPad adoptions is likely to go much higher from here. With the increased production of the iPad thanks to new displays provided by Sharp and LG, as well as the upcoming graduation/wedding seasons, there’s going to be a lot more iPads snatched up by consumers. It wouldn’t surprise us to see the new iPad accounting for 50% of all iPads used by year’s end.

 

iPad Battery Level Reportedly Inaccurate

Although well-received by the public in terms of sales, it appears that the new iPad is having its fair share of problems. First there was the reported issues with overheating, then reported cases of discoloration of the screen, and then an issue with Wi-Fi reception. And here’s one more to add to the growing list of complaints: an inaccurate battery level and considerably longer charge time for the new iPad.

Reports have come in online from users that the iPad isn’t really fully charged when the iPad battery level hits 100%. Instead the iPad battery seemingly continues to charge well after the 100% marker is displayed on screen. Not only that, but the new battery also does not last as long as the iPad 2, with a reported run time of just 5.8 hours as compared with 7.2 hours for the iPad 2. Bare in mind that this is when the brightness is at the highest level, and that when the iPad and iPad 2 are set at medium brightness, the battery life is roughly the same between the two devices.

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According to DisplayMate, who took the time test the iPad extensively, the iPad’s false battery level problems might be caused by an issue with a mathematical charge rate model. DisplayMate President Dr. Raymond Soneira is quoted as saying that, “The charge indicator on all mobile devices is based on a mathematical model of the charge rates, discharge rates, and recent discharge history of the battery. It uses this information to estimate how much running time is left.”

Additionally, Soneira found that the iPad, when tested, continued to draw 10 watts of electricity for roughly two hours after the device was supposed to have been fully charged. That’s a pretty big deal as it indicates that the iPad requires more time to charge than any of the previous iPads, and this may be seen as a huge inconvenience for users.

Just as with the other reported iPad problems, Apple hasn’t come out with any sort of statement regarding the battery level issue. Though if it comes down to being a simple problem with the iOS software on the iPad, we’re inclined to believe that they will ready a fix for the issue ASAP.

iCloud Data Is Safe, Says Ars Technica

When iOS 5 was first announced back in June of 2011, one feature that had many people talking was the addition of iCloud to iOS. The idea of having photos and other important data automatically backed up to the cloud was a very intriguing one for many iPhone and iPad users. However, many have wondered just how safe our data is once uploaded to iCloud. As it turns out, it’s actually a lot safer than some may think.

After all of the concerns about iCloud security, Ars Technica’s Chris Foresman decided to delve into the matter further. What he found is that, unless people are wanting top flight security for extremely sensitive data (such as military-level data), iCloud is perfectly secure.

According to Foresman, iCloud data is kept secure because it is transfered to the remote server through WebDAV, IMAP, or HTTP–and it is then encrypted on Apple’s server. For those who don’t know what encryption is, it essentially means that your data is made so that it cannot be accessed by anyone other than the authorized user (i.e. you).

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The only data uploaded to iCloud that is not stored encyrpted, according to Foresman, are emails and notes. These are stored unecrypted so, in theory, they’re not stored very securely. However, it’s important to note that Apple’s servers are very secure, so unless a hacker manages to find their way into the Apple iCloud servers, your data should be just fine.

Foresman also noted that Apple’s iCloud service is pretty much just as secure as other cloud services, like Dropbox or Microsoft’s SkyDrive. And as Foresman points out, iCloud can be made even more secure on your device by simply using a strong iTunes password–which, as we know, is the backbone of many services offered by Apple.

iPad Camera Same As iPhone 4 Camera

When Apple announced the new iPad’s specs back on March 7th, many wondered about the new 5 megapixel camera that the iPad was sporting. Would it be as good as the iPhone 4’s 5 MP camera? Would it be better? And just what sort of imaging sensor would the iPad camera have? Well, now we have some answers.

As it turns out, according to Chipworks, the new iPad has the exact same imaging sensor as was found in the iPhone 4. However, there’s one big difference with the new iPad camera: whereas the iPhone 4 CMOS sensor was only capable of shooting 720p videos, the new iPad’s CMOS sensor can shoot videos at 1080p. As any high definition video expert will tell you, that’s a pretty big differencce in terms of video quality and it should result in some very nice quality iPad HD videos.

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The iPad’s front-facing camera also isn’t really new, as it appears to be the same one used in both the iPad 2 and iPod Nano. As you might recall, the iPad has a 0.3 megapixel front facing camera, which is similar to the one currently used in the iPhone 4S….but it’s not the exact same component and appears to be a slightly cheaper one. We’re not sure how the 4S and new iPad front camera picture taking quality compares at this point, but we’d guess that the iPhone 4S still has the iPad’s front camera beat.

According to Apple‘s iPad specs listed on their website, the camera also features a backside illumination sensor. This is particularly useful for taking images in poorly lit areas. Here, again, it’s worth mentioning that the new iPad doesn’t appear to come with the same camera flash hardware as the iPhone 4S.

There’s no word yet on how images taken with the new iPad compare to images taken with the iPad 2/iPhone 4, though we’d expect some tests to come out in the future. We’re thinking that the iPad camera should perform pretty well given the specs.

Apple Asked By Congress to Provide App Privacy Details

Apple is known to be very selective when it comes to publishing apps in their App Store, as they test apps extensively before they’re published. So it’s a bit surprising that Apple has allowed several apps into the App Store that actually store the private data of users. And understandably, many–including the United States Congress–are deeply concerned by the idea that private data is being stored and potentially accessed unethically. Congress, in fact, is so concerned that they’ve written to Apple twice about the matter, and they’re not exactly satisfied with the response Apple has given them thus far.

Congress Asks Apple to Respond to Previously Unanswered Questions

Back in February, after widespread reports of apps such as Path, Foursquare, and Facebook violating the privacy of Apple users by uploading their address books to their servers without consent, Congress wrote Apple to find out the truth about the matter. Although Apple was quick to respond on March 2nd, Congressmen Henry A. Waxmax (D-California) and G.K. Butterfield (D-North Carolina) found Apple’s reply to be less than adequate.

According to the follow-up letter that Waxman and Butterfield sent to Apple yesterday, “the March 2 reply we received from Apple does not answer a number of the questions we raised about the company’s efforts to protect the privacy and security of its mobile device users.”

Photograph Access by Apple iOS Apps Also Concerns Congress

In addition to the unanswered questions that Congress wants Apple to answer, Congress feels that Apple also needs to give them an explanation about a new issue that has arisen: the possible access of photographs by apps on iOS devices. According to the letter, “concerns have been raised about the manner in which apps can access photographs on your mobile devices and tools provided by Apple to consumers to prevent unwanted online tracking.”

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Congress now wants Apple to send company representatives to meet with them so that the issues can be discussed face to face. It’s now known yet whether or not Apple will comply with these wishes–but we’re pretty sure Apple will want to avoid problems with Congress, so it’s expected that the two will meet.

What This Means For You

The issue at stake here is concerning the possible access of your address book, photographs and other confidential information on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch by third-party apps without your consent. When the news first broke a few weeks ago about Path and Foursquare’s access, both companies were quick to change their policies so that users would have to give permission before data could be accessed. Even then, it was said that the data would only be used for innocent purposes, such as to aid in finding friends on both services that just happen to be in your contacts list.

However, the concern is that these Apple iOS apps are storing private data on their servers. While this by itself isn’t bad, it could be very disastrous if their servers ever get hacked. That seems to be Congress’ concern here which is why they’re continuing to talk to Apple about the matter.

The bottom line is this: you may want to think twice for now about what information your store on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

What Do You Think?

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Apple is Leader of Pack with $97.6 Billion in Cash

Regardless of the lawsuits Apple may be facing now (and in the near future), one thing’s for certain: the company is doing well. Actually, that’s a bit of an understatement: Apple is actually doing ridiculously well for a company in a relatively rough economy. Up until today, people could only guess at just how much money Apple has on hand. Now we know that it’s a staggering $97.6 billion, according to Moody’s Investors Service.

Apple Leads All U.S. Corporations In Cash Reserve

As anyone who’s worked in business will tell you, it’s not unusual for even the most profitable companies to carry a bit of debt. General Motors (GM), for instance, has been amassing solid profits for several quarters now since the U.S. recession hit and yet still owes money to the U.S. government for loans. Apple, on the other hand, is one of the few major U.S. corporations that can boast about not having any debt whatsoever.

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That’s because right now, Apple has $97.6 billion on hand, largely because of the massive success of the iPhone 4S and iPad 2. Even more impressive is the fact that Apple’s $97.6 billion helped  lead U.S. corporations to amass a record total of $1.24 trillion in cash during 2011. And it looks like tech companies tend to do well in having massive amounts of cash on deck with no debt, as Microsoft, Cisco Systems, and Google all had rather impressive amounts of cash reserve  last year. In fact, these four companies accounted for $276 billion of that $1.24 trillion number.

Will Apple’s Cash Reserve Increase or Decrease in 2012?

With such a large amount of money on hand, it’s no surprise that some may expect Apple’s cash reserves to drop in 2011. After all, the economy is still rather shaky and lots of people may find it hard to justify buying a new Apple gadget.

However, we actually expect Apple’s cash to increase in 2012. Why? Because Apple is already experiencing huge demand for their new iPad, as the pre-orders for the device have already sold out. Not only that, but it’s likely that Apple will release the new iPhone 5 this year as well. And it’s possible Apple may also bring out a new iPod as well as a new MacBook. All of these new devices–assuming that they come with new features that Apple users want–will translate to one thing: bigger sales. And as we all know, the bigger the sales, the bigger the profit. Which means we could be looking at a 2013 Apple with well over $100 billion in cash reserves.

Analysts Agree That Apple’s Cash Reserve May Approach $150 Billion By Year’s End

As mentioned above, we expect Apple’s cash reserves to increase–and analysts at Moody’s agree. They say that “unless Apple changes it philosophy towards liquidity by instituting a one-time or ongoing common dividend, or if Apple starts to buy back stock, we estimate Apple’s cash balances could increase by more than $50 billion in 2012 and approximate $150 billion.”

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iPhone 5 May Simply Be Called the New iPhone, Says Source

After a week in which Apple released both an update to iOS 5 (iOS 5.1) and announced information about the next iPad, many have been talking about Apple’s decision to seemingly ditch the iPad numbering system. That’s because the upcoming iPad isn’t called the iPad 3; rather, it is simply known as the new iPad. Now we’re hearing that the iPhone and perhaps even the next iPod Touch may follow in the iPad’s footsteps with a change to the product name.

iPhone 5 Called the New iPhone?

Ever since the introduction of the original iPhone way back in 2007, Apple has followed a numbering system with their new iPhone releases. Following the original iPhone was the 3G, then the 3GS, then the 4, and then, of course, the 4S last year. It’s for this reason that many people (including iphone5latest.com) expected Apple to follow this naming pattern and call the upcoming iPhone the iPhone 5.

However, given the iPad bombshell this week and what a reliable source told 9to5mac.com, it’s looking like the upcoming iPhone will merely be called the New iPhone. And because Apple likes to be consistent, the next iPod Touch probably won’t be the iPod Touch 5–instead, it will likely be called the new iPod Touch.

It’s worth mentioning that 9to5mac.com actually received this tip a couple weeks ago–but didn’t report on it because, at the time, they found it to be a bit far fetched. However, with the iPad announcement this week, they now feel it holds more weight.

What’s Wrong With Calling the iPhone 5 the “New iPhone”

We can certainly understand why Apple may be getting tired of the numbering system. It can be a bit repetitious to simply tack a new number onto the end of the iPhone for a particular year and call it good. Plus, Apple likely wouldn’t want to go so high with the number scheme that they have an iPhone 10 (because, at that point, where does it end? The iPhone 20?).

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On the other hand, calling the upcoming phone the New iPhone isn’t very practical. For one, what is Apple going to do next year when they release the follow-up to the New iPhone? Will they call it the New New iPhone? And for two, if Apple just calls each new model of the device the New iPhone, customers will get confused. It will make getting support for the specific iPhone model they own difficult.

What would work better is to do what HTC, Motorola and Samsung do: give each new iPhone a different codename. For instance, HTC has the Incredible, the Rezound; Motorola has the Razr, the Bionic; and Samsung has the Nexus and Galaxy S2. Apple could do the same with the next iPhones.

New iPhone Could Still Be Called iPhone 5

On the flip side of things, it’s still possible that Apple may keep the iPhone 5 name. After all, people probably wouldn’t be as accepting of a new iPhone known as the New iPhone as they were of the New iPad. At this point, we don’t know for sure which way Apple will go;.

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iPad 3: Four Facts About the New iPad

While the iPhone 5 may be months away from its release, Apple fans have a new device to look forward to seeing soon: the iPad 3. The iPad 3 is rumored to be a big improvement over last year’s iPad 2, with a reported higher resolution display and other features that we will elaborate on here. To get you brought up to speed on all of the latest on the iPad 3 and to prepare you for the upcoming launch, we’re going to present four important facts about the new iPad 3.

Fact #1: The iPad 3 Will Most Likely Launch on March 7

Apple tends to follow a consistent release schedule for most of their products. For instance, most of the iPhone models were released in June (the iPhone 4S being the exception with an October 2011 release) and both iPad models were released in the spring.

Many sources expect Apple to follow this same schedule with the iPad 3, with several outlets reporting that the iPad 3 will launch on March 7th at an Apple event that is planned. While this isn’t 100% certain at this point, it seems like the most likely launch date. If the iPad 3 isn’t announced on this date, we expect it to come out in April at the very latest.

Fact #2: The iPad 3 Will Come With a Better Camera

The original iPad came with no cameras, while the iPad 2 came with a reportedly paltry 0.7 megapixel rear camera and 0.3 megapixel front camera. Many are hoping that Apple changes this with the iPad 3, and given Apple’s desire to please their customers, that’s exactly what they’ll likely do with the iPad 3 cameras.

No one knows for sure how good the new iPad 3 cameras will be, but it’s anticipated that the rear camera will be at least 5 megapixels and the back camera will be at least 1.3 megapixels, which makes it comparable to many Android tablets on the market. Some even think the iPad 3 will come with an iPhone 4S-like 8 megapixel camera, but we doubt that will happen with this iPad. Maybe the iPad 4 will, though.

Fact #3: It Will Be Faster

When Apple first introduced the iPad 2, many people were excited to hear about the brand new A5 processor, and understandably so: the new processor meant that the iPad 2 was significantly faster than the original iPad. Still, as with other Apple products, there’s always room for improvement, which is why we think the iPad 3 will come with a much better processor.

As we reported in a recent article about the iPhone 5, it’s possible that the iPad 3 may get an A6 processor. The A6 processor means better graphics, speed, and more efficient task handling. In short: the iPad 3 will be much more comparable to a PC in terms of speed and efficiency.

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Fact #4: It Will Likely Have 4G

When many people think of the iPad, they seem to always think of the WiFi-only model and not the AT&T/Verizon capable model. As with the iPad 1 and 2, Apple will be coming out with an iPad 3 that works on the major cell phone networks (AT&T, Verizon, and perhaps Sprint). And it’s likely  that the iPad 3 will be the first 4G-capable Apple device, with the iPhone 5 following in its footsteps.

So for those who want to experience the lightning fast speed of 4G on an iPad, the iPad 3 will likely be your first opportunity to do so.

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