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Apple has decided to start ramping down production of the iPad 2, sources tell AppleInsider. The shift is attributed to sales skewing overwhelmingly towards the iPad Air and iPad mini. It's not clear when iPad 2 production might stop, but that will presumably happen sometime before October or November, when Apple is typically expected to refresh the iPad lineup.
Web camera privacy accessory SpiShutter has been released for Mac laptops, offering an always-available physical barrier to block the built-in camera on a Macbook Pro or MacBook Air laptop. Consisting of an opening in the center of the strip that lets its user enable the webcam by sliding the strip left or right, the SpiShutter then blocks the camera physically when not in use. SpiShutter can remain on the laptop when closed, and is coated with low-friction powder to prevent the screen from scratches. Priced at $20, SpiShutter is available in black, silver and yellow through Amazon.
Well-connected KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a memo to investors saying that while the new releases of the latest iPads will cause a spike in sales for the holidays, he sees a repeat of last year in terms of the smaller iPad mini taking share away from the larger iPad model. He also predicts that the Apple TV segment will grow slowly unless Apple can land more content and app deals. Kuo has had a good (but not perfect) track record in predicting Apple moves and results in recent quarters.
Launch weekend analytics indicate that iPad Air adoption is proving much faster than what was achieved with the fourth-generation iPad, according to Fiksu. The Air is already up to 0.74 percent of active iPads, whereas its predecessor managed just 0.15 percent in the same timeframe after its 2012 release. The fourth-gen model was generally considered an "interim" upgrade, though, simply adding a faster processor, a Lightning connector, and wider cellular compatibility. The Air is redesigned to be lighter, thinner, and narrower.
On the heels of new product and software announcements, Apple has also re-stocked its Refurbished online store with a larger-than-normal selection of MacBook Pros, iPads, iMacs and Mac mini models. In particular, the company looks to be clearing out a backlog of older iPad models, ranging from the iPad 2 up to the current fourth-generation iPad and the original iPad mini. Prices are on par for the Refurbished store, and as usual includes a full warranty from Apple.
In the process of revealing the iPad Air, Apple simultaneously announced that the iPad 2 would remain on sale at its current $399 pricetag for a 16GB Wi-Fi model. A 3G-capable version is $529. The iPad 2 is now three generations old, equipped with specifications such as an A5 processor, a 1024x768 display, and a 30-pin dock connector.
Right now at Walmart, buyers can find rollback pricing on the 16GB iPad 2 with Wi-Fi, which carries an MSRP of $399, but has been cut to $349 and about $5 for shipping. Even after the shipping is added, this is still the lowest total price we have seen by $45. This iPad features 16GB of storage space, front and back cameras, a rechargeable battery that lasts for up to 10 hours, dual-core A5 chip, Bluetooth 2.1, and Wi-Fi. A one-year warranty on parts and labor is included from Apple.
US Trade Representative Michael Froman, on behalf of the Obama administration, has decided to invoke a Presidential veto of the recent ITC ruling against Apple that would have resulting in a sales ban on GSM iPhone 4 devices (and other models no longer being actively sold). The ruling, in which the ITC reversed its own prior judgements on whether a Standards Essential Patent (SEP) that is under dispute should ever qualify for a sales injunction, was widely criticized even by Apple's competitors as a poor decision that overstepped the ITC's boundaries.
This week at Apple's online store, find reduced prices on iPad, iPad mini and iPod. The refurbished iPad mini with Wi-Fi, 16GB of storage, dual-core A5 chip and 5MP iSight camera is $279 after a $50 discount. For $319, after a $80 price drop, is the refurbished iPad 2 with Wi-Fi, 16GB of storage, dual-core A5 chip, and FaceTime with dual cameras.
Carry around an iPad long enough, and chances are pretty good that something will happen to it unless it is in some sort of protective case. The folks at Acase have been designing practical and stylish cases for iPads for years, and currently they have a selection that covers all of the modern iPad models. MacNN has two of these cases to give away to our readers. One is the Acase Arachne for the iPad mini, and the other is the Acase F1 Folio for the current (and previous) Retina iPad and iPad 2. Read on to learn more about these cases, and how you can enter to win.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE