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iPad 1 Prototype Selling for $5000 on eBay Right Now, Runs SwitchBoard Instead of iOS

By Radu Iorga

I can’t even believe it’s been 7 years since Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPad and took the world by storm. Laughed at by Steve Ballmer and co, the device went on to bury laptops, before they started coming back over the past two years. Now an iPad 1 prototype is being sold on eBay, for a pretty good price of $5000.

There’s no auction involved on eBay and you can just get the product if you pay the amount. In the long run this could be a good business, since such prototypes sometimes reach $20k or so as the years pass. Or maybe you’re a collector, who just has to have it. We’re talking about a prototype 16 GB model here, not the kind you’d find in any store, since it doesn’t even run iOS.

It’s meant for internal Apple testing and has an unsearchable serial number, plus it lacks the standard markings you would find on the back of an Apple slate. It doesn’t run iOS, but uses SwitchBoard. This is Apple’s internal software, used for testing and diagnostics. Other testing apps are also bundled, meant for troubleshooting and such purposes.

Once again this feels like good business, but it’s also a bit of a risk, since you may find out that nobody wants to buy it off you. Released in April 2010 in the States the first iPad feels clunky and huge now, with its big screen bezels, but it was sleek as hell when it launched. It felt like something out of the MacBook family and had amazing power when it came out.

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iPad Drops to Second Place in Tablet Shipments in Western Europe, Samsung Claims First Spot

By James A.

It appears that the iPad’s consecutive quarters of shipment drops are having some effects on the Western European market. According to market analysis firm IDC, the Cupertino firm dropped to second place in tablet shipments in Western Europe. Samsung is now first.

The whole tablet segment contracted by 1.7% compared to last year and 7.1 million units were moved. Android units dominated the field and Samsung was the biggest OEM of them all. They posted growth and pushed the iPad to second place. Sammy moved 1.89 million slates in Q1 this year, compared to the 1.6 million from last year. They have a share of 26.5% of the tablet market in Western Europe, standing for a 17.9% year on year growth.

Meanwhile, Apple shipped 1.54 million iPad units, down from the 1.74 million last year. They have a 21.7% quota of the market in Western Europe, a 11.5% decline from last year. Interestingly, there’s still an area where they dominate, as the firm accounts for 50% of all tablets priced above 600 euros. I’m guessing the Surface models also fare well in that area.

For those wondering, in IDC’s top Lenovo was third, Acer fourth and ASUS fifth.

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iOS 10.3.2 arrives with nearly two dozen security fixes

By Andrew Cunningham

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Apple has just released iOS 10.3.2 to the public, following around a month and a half of beta testing that began shortly after iOS 10.3 came out. It’s available as an over-the-air update or through iTunes for any devices that run iOS 10: the iPhone 5 and newer, the fourth-generation iPad and newer, the iPad Mini 2 and newer, both iPad Pros, and the sixth-generation iPod Touch.

Like the intervening iOS 10.3.1 update, the release notes for 10.3.2 only say that it “includes bug fixes and improves the security of your iPhone or iPad,” which suggests that the release is primarily focused on security updates.

According to Apple’s security update page, it fixes quite a wide range of bugs that affect everything from the iPhone 5 on up: one in the AVEVideoEncoder, one in CoreAudio, two in iBooks, one in IOSurface, two in the kernel, one Notifications bug, one in Safari, four SQLite bugs, one TextInput problem, a whopping eight WebKit-related fixes that address an even larger number of vulnerabilities, and an update to the certificate trust policy. As with any update that fixes a large number of bugs, you should patch as soon as you can to prevent exploits of the now-public vulnerabilities.

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New Apple iPads May Come at WWDC 2017; 10.5 inch iPad Pro in the Cards

By Radu Iorga

WWDC typically doesn’t bring hardware launches, aside from the odd laptop or desktop, but this time we may see a tablet or two debuting at this year’s edition. This rumor already appeared a bunch of times and now it seems pretty solid, especially since reputed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also got involved.

The KGI analyst expects Apple to unveil a 10.5 inch iPad at WWDC and in spite of having such a screen size, the device will get the body of a 9.7 incher. WWDC 2017 starts on June 5th and that’s also the date of Apple’s main keynote. Kuo believes that mass production will start in the late second quarter, basically June, so a WWDC debut seems like a sure thing.

The main innovation here will be the screen of this potential new iPad Pro. We are expected to get a narrow bezel design to mirror the one of the iPhone 8 coming in the fall. There’s also talk of sporting an Apple A10X processor, an upgraded version of last year’s A10. Refreshed 9.7 inch and 12.9 inch iPad Pros should also be available, with slight spec bumps.

One may even expect an OLED iPad or a resolution change this time around and it would make sense, since developers attending the show have to be the first to adapt to the new format. We’ll learn more as the conference gets closer.

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iPad Shipments Drop Again, as Windows 10 Continues to Gain Ground

By Radu Iorga

People didn’t think much of Windows 10 when it came out, especially as far as tablets are concerned. Well, turns out it’s powering a real series of iPad killers and the Apple tablet is seriously affected by them. Apple is now losing 13% unit shipments since last year.

The figures for Q1 2017 are in and Apple moved 8.9 million slates on the global tablet market, a 13% drop from Q1 2016. Their market share remains dominant, with 24.6%. Samsung is second, with 6 million units and a 1.1% drop. Their market share is 16.5% and it’s interesting to notice that while the top of tablets is similar to what we saw in TrendForce’s reports, the figures are slightly different.

According to IDC third placed Huawei is the only one with growth, a 31.7% bump up actually, to a 7.4% market share and 2.7 million units shipped. Amazon and Lenovo are predicted to sustain growth, although even they dropped a bit from last year. The fact that Samsung launched the Windows 10-based Galaxy Book at MWC and Lenovo has a whole lineup of tablets and detachables with this OS is a clear indication where things are going.

Even Huawei went with the MateBook last year and it’s expected to launch several more such Win 10 models this year. If this keeps up and Apple doesn’t launch those new iPad Pros at WWDC or this fall, they may find themselves in second place in 2018 or 2019.

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