Take a hike iPad 2, there's a new king in town. As with all Apple products, the rumors on the next models start nice and early — months ahead of the unveil day. For nearly a year, we've been following the rumor mill like bees flocking to their hives. Which ones ended up being spot-on and which ones were completely off? Read on for our full confirmed/denied scorecard inside.
Apple CEO Tim Cook fired up the company's big unveiling today by talking mess about the personal computer. "Apple has its feet firmly planted in the post-PC future," Cook declared. "The devices you use the most are more portable, more personal, and dramatically easier to use than any PC has ever been." Cook identified the iPhone, iPad and iPod as accounting for a whopping 76% of Apple's revenue. "We think the iPad is the poster-child of the post-PC world," Cook said, adding, "the iPad had to be the best device for doing the things you do most often, like browsing the web and checking email." With that, Tim Cook rolled right into unveiling the 3rd generation iPad, which the company has so far only referred to as "the new iPad." (Taking a page from the Nook, apparently.)
Nook Tablet owners can finally let out a collective breath of relief. Remember how Barnes & Noble only allowed 1GB of the 16GB of storage to be used for non-Barnes & Noble purchased content? The bookseller is now backtracking on that and letting owners partition more space for personal media.
How RIM shipped the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet without native email, calendar and contact apps is beyond anyone. It's a BlackBerry product for crying out loud. Worry no more, because RIM is finally pushing out PlayBook OS 2.0 and it brings all of that, as well as the long-awaited Android app support.
Barnes & Noble might be feeling the heat from Amazon's $200 Kindle Fire. Although its Nook Tablet is more powerful than the Kindle Fire in virtually every way, it still costs $50 more. A new Nook Tablet with less storage and a lower price tag could make it more competitive with the Kindle Fire.
Look what the cat dragged in. Samsung's finally given its first 7-inch Galaxy Tab Android tablet a proper successor with sharper screen, an additional camera and the delicious Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Talk about long overdue update.
The iPad 2, Amazon Kindle, Transformer Prime, or Galaxy Tab might be the best tablets available right now, but they aren't cheap by any stretch. Sprint's new ZTE Optik is a pretty decent spec-ed tablet that only costs 100 bucks and has 3G.
The Galaxy Note is a different breed of mobile device. With a 5.3-inch screen, it's too large to be a comfortable smartphone and too small to be a real-sized tablet. Yet, it still manages to be a very formidable pocket companion. AT&T's priced and dated the device, so get your wallet out.
Haven't jumped on the tablet train yet? Good, because an informed bee says that Samsung's going to announce the beefiest Galaxy Tab yet, with a fetching high resolution screen and the latest bite of Android Ice Cream Sandwich. Sounds yummy.
DigiTimes is at it again, but instead of talking up info on the next iPad or iPhone, it's reporting that Windows 8 tablets might cost somewhere between $600 and $900. If true, well, Windows 8 tablets could be screwed.