Back in February The Daily, the first iPad-only newspaper, published a report saying that Microsoft was working on a version of Microsoft Office for iPad, it was nearly complete, and they had even got some hands-on time with ‘a working prototype’ of the software.
This week the Boy Genius himself. Jonathan Geller of BGR, says he has learned from a reliable source that Microsoft is planning to release MS Office for the iPad and Android tablets – and they’re aiming for a November launch.
Their source also claims to have seen Microsoft Office running on an iPad and mentions that the splash screen for it says ‘Office for iOS’ – which suggests there would be an iPhone version as well.
If we knew some specific dates for when the new Windows 8 tablets will launch (if ever) then we might be able to start guessing how long afterwards Microsoft would see fit to allow their office suite on other mobile platforms.
If and when Microsoft Office comes to the iPad, I think it’s a clear win-win situation for Apple and Microsoft. For Apple it’s another premier productivity suite and some flagship apps (especially for many corporate iPad users) and for Microsoft it would be a huge boost for their leading software suite in the rapidly growing mobile arena.
Here’s an iPad rumor I can really get behind. Apple’s ‘education announcement’ event in New York is less than 24 hours away now, and it is looking more and more like the event is going to focus on textbooks and education materials on the iPad.
GigaOm cites a Bloomberg report that notes a special focus on grades K-12:
Bloomberg reports that Apple will announce tools that make publishing interactive textbooks on the iPad much easier, and also allow for the creation of other “digital education content,” according to two sources familiar with the announcement’s details. The new tools, which will be introduced by Apple’s SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue, are intended to help broaden the appeal of the iPad for educational institutions, with a special focus on grades K-12, Bloomberg claims.
This is one iPad related rumor I would love to see come true. I’ve got a daughter in 3rd grade and she currently carries a backpack to school each day that feels like it weighs more than she does. I would love to see her class (and her school) using iPads in place of, or as a supplement to, textbooks. I believe this would have benefits for students, for teachers, and possibly even for school budgets if saving on paper and other spending areas is taken into account.
My daughter is an experienced and very savvy iPad user (shocker, eh) and I’d love to see her able to carry a much lighter backpack and put an iPad to use each day at school.
What do you all think about K-12 textbooks on iPad, and iPads in K-12 in general?
iPad 3, or next-gen iPad, rumors continue to heat up this month – and as they do there seems to be a growing consensus on the release timeframe. Here are some of the latest rumors on the iPad 3 that have caught my eye over the last several days:
— A Bloomberg report says that the iPad 3 has entered production and is on track for a March launch, that it will feature a higher-resolution display (probably Retina level) and a quad-core processor, and that it will connect to LTE networks.
— DigiTimes (who are admittedly all over the map lately with their rumors) says suppliers of new high-resolution panels for the next-gen iPad are ramping up production and will ship 6-7 million of the new panels in the first quarter of 2012.
— Finally, the Japanese site Macotakara reports that an iPad 3 launch event will be held in February – with the release likely to be in early March.
Though there’s really not much new or unexpected in any of these, it’s always good to see the consensus building up leading up to the expected announcement / release period. A launch event in a few weeks sounds good, as does a release date in early March. I’m hoping we will not see LTE support in the next iPad though.
As expected, the first week of the new year has seen iPad rumors heating up quite nicely. Given that the original iPad and iPad 2 were released in April of 2010 and March of 2011 respectively, it’s pretty much a given that rumors are going to be flying around almost continually now until Apple puts us out of our misery and announces the next iPad release. Presumably that will happen sometime within the next 6 weeks or so.
Here’s a few of the major iPad rumors I’ve seen over the last few days, along with my quick thoughts on them (in italics):
Via iLounge editor Jeremy Horwitz:
— The next-gen iPad will see upgrades to both cameras. The front-facing camera will go HD for use with Facetime etc, and the back camera will be ‘iPhone 4/4S-like (bigger)’.
This doesn’t seem far-fetched, but I still wonder how many iPad users care that much about the cameras, especially the rear-facing one.
— The iPad 2 will stay around at a lower price point, while the next-gen will ‘sit above it’ due to high-def screen and improved cameras.
I’ve said before and still believe the improved display for the next iPad is just about a lock. I think the iPad 2 continuing as a lower-priced model to compete with the Kindle Fire and others is a good bet too.
— Launch date ‘similar to iPad 2’s’.
So around early-mid March again. Sounds about right to me, if not a bit earlier.
Today 9to5Mac details some new reports that point at an early release for the iPad 3 next year. These say that the iPad 3 will be launched in February 2012, and on a very specific and meaningful date:
According toFocus Taiwan which cited a local report in the Chinese Economic Timesnewspaper, Apple is shooting to launch iPad 3 on Steve Jobs’s birthday anniversary on February 24.
We’ve seen a number of rumors around over recent months suggesting that iPad 3 production was already being ramped up to target a February launch.
I’m sure Apple are not going to rush the release of the iPad 3 just so it can be released on a sentimental date – but if it does happen to be ready to go at that stage and is launched on that day, that would be a heck of a nice little tribute.
Even if these rumors prove way off the mark, the good thing is that as we roll into 2012 the iPad 3 launch is not far off.
It’s getting close to the end of 2011 now – and of course the iPad 3 rumors are starting to heat up. Since the original iPad launched in April (of 2010) and the iPad 2 launched in March (of this year), and since Apple tends to follow regular refresh cycles for its products, it’s not rocket science to predict that the next-gen iPad should be released somewhere close to the fist quarter of next year.
This week’s iPad 3 rumors suggest an early release within that timeframe though. In fact the latest ones – based on an analyst report out of Citigroup – says we should expect the iPad 3 release in February of 2012.
It’s said the iPad 3 will have the much-anticipated retina display at 2048X1536. That seems almost a given by now. Some recent rumors also say the iPad 3 will be thicker while maintaining its 9.7 inch screen size and compatibility with Apple’s Smart Covers.
My quick reaction to these:
Retina Display – let me think about that for less than a second. Yes please!
February release: Yes please with bells on, and also Holy Crap best start saving a few pennies.
Compatibility with Smart Covers: Definitely a big Yes. I don’t consider the smart cover an accessory anymore – it’s more like an essential part of my iPad 2.
Thicker: Ah, not so much. I’d rather if we keep going thinner as far as possible without battery life or other major performance factors suffering.
What do you all think of these latest iPad 3 rumors?
OK, there’s not much to this one yet – but if it proves accurate this will be very exciting news. The Daily’s Word on the Street section reports that Microsoft Office may soon be coming to the iPad.
According to sources, the tech giant is actively working on adapting its popular software suite for Apple’s tablet. With the iPad making up over 80 percent of the tablet market and millions of people worldwide using Office, that could mean big bucks for the tech giant based in Redmond, Wash.
Though this would take away a unique selling point for Windows 8 tablets (if they ever make it to market) it would also be a very smart move for Microsoft I think. I’m not sure they’re ever going to catch up and be a major force in the smartphone and tablet arena in terms of hardware – but there will be huge demand for their Office suite on the iPad, especially if they price it well. If they price it at around the same level as Apple’s iWork suite for iOS ($9.99 per each app) I would imagine they will be best selling apps.
I’m not an Office user anymore and Pages, Numbers, and Keynote work just fine for me when I do need Office-like capabilities. How about you guys? Would you like to see MS Office come to the iPad?
After months of speculation about a release of an iPad 3 or iPad HD / iPad Pro this fall, it now looks very unlikely that we’ll see that happen. If Apple ever was planning for that sort of fall release, it looks like either supply issues or the continuing absence of any real competition has convinced them to back off those plans.
The latest ‘rumor’ reports today are via a report in The Wall Street Journal – the gist of which is that Apple is aiming to release a new iPad ‘early next year’ with a much-improved display.
The next generation iPad is expected to feature a high resolution display – 2048 by 1536 compared with 1024 by 768 in the iPad 2 …
Shocking eh? A new iPad early in 2012 – say somewhere around March like the iPad 2 – and an upgraded display. In other words, Apple is sticking with its existing release pattern for the iPad.
I think the baseball equivalent of this ‘rumor’ would be that the Yankees will spend a lot of money this offseason and probably be strong contenders in the AL East.
This is the iPad rumor that just won’t go away: that we’re going to see another iPad model released this fall. Dubbed the iPad HD it is said to be not an iPad 3, but an addition to the iPad line, with upgraded display and targeted at a ‘Pro’ market. Here’s what Joshua Topolsky, the former editor-in-chief at Engadget and now writing at ThisIsMyNext, had to say on this yesterday:
Our sources are saying that not only will there be a newly designed iPhone coming in the fall, but there is going to be a new entry into the iPad family as well. As hard as it might be to believe, the new tablet is said to sport a double resolution screen (2048 x 1536), and will be dubbed the “iPad HD.” The idea behind the product is apparently that it will be a “pro” device aimed at a higher end market — folks who work in video and photo production possibly — and will be introduced alongside something like an iPad version of Final Cut or Aperture. This product is specifically said tonot be the iPad 3, rather a complimentary piece of the iPad 2 line. Think MacBook and MacBook Pro.
MG Siegler of TechCrunch also posted on this yesterday, with a reminder that he first reported on this (an iPad refresh this fall) back in February.
I have zero inside sources on this or any related subjects, but if I were betting I’d be awfully tempted to bet on this one – as usually when Apple rumors are as persistent as this one has been, they end up being proved true.
According to recent reports in The New York Times and elsewhere, Facebook are in the final stages of working on a Facebook for iPad – and it should be released ‘in the coming weeks’.
For many Facebook fans this rumor will have just one word springing to mind: Finally. Facebook had an official iPhone app on Day 1 of the App Store. It was one of the first native apps shown off by Apple and proved to be a hugely popular and critically acclaimed iPhone app as well.
So it’s been a little bit of a shock to find that there’s still no official Facebook app for the iPad over a year after it was launched. Sure, you can access Facebook via the Safari browser and via several 3rd party apps, but many iPad users have still been chomping at the bit to see an official app from Facebook themselves. Now they may not have much longer to wait.
Facebook for iPad will reportedly include everything that the website offers and also some iPad app exclusive features, including the ability to upload pictures and videos.
I’ve never been a big Facebook user but I do find myself using it more often recently, and the Friended app has served me very well on the iPad. What’s your favorite way to use Facebook on the iPad? Do you think you’ll immediately switch to an official Facebook app if one comes out in the next few weeks?
Today there are further reports circulating that indicate the release of a new iPad model in the last quarter of this year. This rumor has been around off and on since late last year and doesn’t seem to ever completely go away.
There seems to be a lot of consensus around two major reasons for this release timing: to crush the new crop of iPad rivals (the first real competition) that are coming out this summer; and to switch the iPad annual refresh cycle to take full advantage of the more target-rich winter holiday period. Both of those seem plausible enough to me.
Also getting a lot of coverage today is the discovery of images in the iOS 5 beta that show doubled-up resolution (to 2048X1536) and quadruple the number of pixels for the iPad. This is fueling further speculation that the iPad 3 will have a greatly improved display, up to near ‘Retina’ quality.
Honestly, I think the major display upgrade for the iPad 3 is one of those rumors that Vegas probably would no longer take bets on, as in there’s almost no chance at all that Apple would release a next-gen iPad without that upgrade.
Although it gets tiresome trying to wade through Apple and iPad rumors at times, I’m always happy to see the iPad 3 ones, as I hope the persistence of these means the odds are increasing that we’ll see it before the end of the year.