Continuing coverage of Apple's iPad
IDC forecasts deeper declines in PC shipments for 2014
Shipments of new PCs, most of them equipped with Microsoft Windows, will decline more in 2014 than thought a few months ago, according to IDC.
Kenneth van Wyk: Apple's big fail
It's disturbing that Apple would release an essential fix for iOS while ignoring the exact same problem in OS X.
What if Microsoft threw an iPad Office party, and no one came?
Microsoft will make a killing when it launches Office apps for Apple's iPad and tablets powered by Android. Or will it?
Apple takes top spot in brand value computation
Apple was appointed the world's highest-valued brand today by Brand Finance, which said the Cupertino, Calif. company's brand is worth nearly $105 billion.
Perspective: Microsoft hedges on Office for iPad, cites 'thoughtful' decisions
'Thoughtful' was the watchword yesterday for Tami Reller, Microsoft's chief of marketing, when she was asked how the company plans to extend its lucrative Office franchise to mobile platforms other than Windows
Apple shifts to hardware-first TV strategy with revamped set-top box
Apple is gearing up to launch a revamped Apple TV, but will not push into the television market this year, as many assumed.
iTunes is almost as big a biz as OEM Windows
Apple's iTunes, software and services group generated almost as much revenue in 2013 as the Microsoft division responsible for licensing Windows to computer and smartphone makers, according to comparisons of the companies' financial statements.
Icahn says 'I can't' and stops $50B fight over Apple stock buyback
Investment agitator and former corporate raider Carl Icahn today ended his fight to get Apple to boost its share buyback program by another $50 billion after an influential proxy advisory service nixed the idea.
ConnectED brings in $2B in federal funds for high-speed Internet at schools
The FCC will invest $2 billion during the next two years to expand high-speed Internet at America's schools and libraries, and major tech companies will chip in another $750 million.
Office 365 turns one, but success is tough to tally
A year after the launch of Microsoft's ambitious Office 365, it's almost impossible for outsiders to get a grip on how the software-by-subscription program has done, analysts admitted today.
Everyone bets on bigger iPhone for '14
Virtually every analyst who follows Apple has jumped on the bigger iPhone bandwagon, asserting that the company will step into the quickly-growing large-screen market this year.
Perspective: If Windows 8 = Vista, what's Microsoft's next move?
As Windows 8 struggles to gain traction, you can hear the criticism mounting that Microsoft's latest OS is the new Vista. If that turns out to be true, the company has some big decisions to make.
24 milestones in the Mac's 30-year history
Today marks the 30th anniversary of the arrival of the now-iconic Apple Macintosh computer. Columnist Ryan Faas looks back over the past three decades at some of the highlights and lowlights of the Mac's -- and Apple's -- evolution.
How to choose the right enterprise mobility management tool
As mobile device management continues to morph, consider what's 'good enough' for what you need right now -- and don't neglect the user experience, whatever else you do.
Tablet trends for 2014: More Windows tablets, 3G/4G and phablets
Android and iOS tablets will both begin to lose global market share in 2014, while Windows ramps up slightly, according to research firm IDC.
iPad sales skew even more toward Mini
iPad sales shifted over the last year, with fewer buyers purchasing the aged iPad 2 and more choosing the lower-priced iPad Mini, a research firm said today.
Windows 8's complexity tax shackles Microsoft
Complexity may be Windows' downfall, and Microsoft has not only failed to address the problem, but exacerbated it by shipping the dual-threat, two-UI Windows 8.
Apple CEO Tim Cook boasts of record iPhone sales in China
Apple CEO Tim Cook's claim today that the company broke iPhone sales records in China during 2013's fourth quarter meant that the firm sold in excess of 10.4 million smartphones in the region, an IDC analyst said today.
Apple's Mac ends up in tablet cannibal pot, too
Tablet cannibals have taken as big a bite out of Mac growth as they have out of PCs in general, showing that Apple is not immune to the seismic shift it triggered with the iPad.
PCs wrap up 2013 with unprecedented 10% downturn
The PC industry finished 2013 down about 10% compared to the year before, research firms IDC and Gartner said. But both are optimistic that the death spiral will weaken this year.
Apple and Samsung CEOs agree to mediation in court dispute
The CEOs of Apple and Samsung Electronics will participate in mediation ahead of a March trial in a patent dispute in a federal court in California.
Analysts blast crappy Chromebooks reporting, defend platform's potential
Media reports two weeks ago that Chromebooks had had a successful 2013 drew criticism from analysts, including one whose data sparked the coverage.
Roku beats Apple to the TV market
While Apple has called its Apple TV set-top box a "hobby," rival Roku has teamed up with two manufacturers to build its popular video streaming service directly into TVs. Columnist Ryan Faas weighs in on the consequences.
The case for an iPad Pro
Apple will move upmarket to an iPad Pro tablet, perhaps this year, as it faces pressure from Android device makers searching for profits, an analyst said today.
2014: Does Apple still look doomed?
Don't be fooled by the company's rocky 2013. There are strong signs that it has turned the corner.
Is Apple's 13-in. iPad a desktop for kids?
Rumors about Apple building a very large iPad have been unavoidable for seven months. But does a giant iPad make sense?
Mobile management: InfoWorld's expert guide
iPhones, iPads, BlackBerrys, Androids -- learn how to secure whatever smartphones and tablets your employees have
Chromebooks' success punches Microsoft in the gut
Chromebooks had a very good year, according to retailer Amazon.com and industry analysts. And that's bad news for Microsoft.
Cook's 'big plans' remark reveals nothing about Apple product timing, everything about what fans crave
A leaked email from Apple CEO Tim Cook touting "big plans" for 2014 renewed speculation that the company could soon make good on expectations by launching new product lines.
Balky browsers tick off tablet owners
Browser problems are the most common complaints of iPad Air and Fire HDX tablet owners, an online community of troubleshooters said.
The PC's fate hinges on tablets, but it's 2014 or bust
The downturn in the PC industry may soon reach rock bottom, where it could stabilize even as cheap tablets stay hot, an analyst said today.
iPhone, iPad dwarf mobile rivals in small- and mid-sized firms
Apple has won the hearts and minds of small- and mid-sized businesses, which have overwhelmingly adopted Cupertino's mobile devices over rivals powered by Android or Windows.
iPad grabs top spot in tablet purchase poll
Apple's iPad was the preferred pick of prospective tablet buyers this holiday season by a huge margin, according to a market research firm's survey of 25,000 Americans.
South Korea court denies Samsung a ban on Apple's iPhone and iPad
A South Korean court on Thursday ruled against Samsung Electronics in a lawsuit that threatened to ban older iPhone and iPad models in the country for alleged patent infringement.
Dell's Chromebook is a sign of shakier times for Windows
Dell's debut of a Chromebook, an inexpensive laptop that runs Google's browser-based Chrome OS, is a sign that the platform has gone mainstream, an analyst argued today.
Tablets remain tops in American gift-buying plans
A slightly-smaller percentage of American families plan to buy a tablet during the holiday season than last year, but tablets remain a hot-ticket item, a market research company reported today.
Mobile browser usage share hits 20% for the first time
Mobile devices generated 20% of the world's browsing activity last month, the first time that the surging category reached the 1-in-5 milestone, according to StatCounter, a Web analytics company.
iOS 7 now powers 3 out of 4 Apple devices
Nearly three months after the launch of iOS 7, three-quarters of all mobile devices from Apple are running the newest operating system.
Black Friday bargains prompt consumers to self-gift iPad Air
Aggressive discounting by Apple and its biggest retail partners last week resulted in a surge of new iPad Air tablets going online.
7 business card apps for smartphones: Scan 'em and store 'em
If you can't keep track of your business cards, one of these 7 smartphone apps will help you scan and store all those new contacts.
Aggressive iPad discounts signal Apple's move for market share
Apple's discounts of the iPad Air and first-generation iPad Mini were "very aggressive," a retail analyst said today, and were aimed at scooping up as much U.S. tablet market share as possible.
Apple ditches discounts, goes with gift cards for Black Friday sale
Apple earlier today launched its annual Black Friday sale, but rather than directly discount hardware -- as it's done for years -- it offered gift cards of up to $150 with a purchase.
Apple's new iPad Mini: With a Retina Display, it's a Mini in name only
The new iPad Mini with Retina display offers a no-compromise option for tablet fans who want the speed of an iPad Air and the portability of the smaller iPad.
Computerworld's holiday gift guide 2013: Tablets and accessories
Part 4 of our annual gift guide showcases the best Android, iOS and Windows tablets, plus some choice tablet stands, cases and other add-ons.
Second take: The iPad Air sets a new benchmark for performance and style
Having spent a few weeks with the new iPad Air, columnist Michael deAgonia is ready to declare that it's a stunning improvement on what was already a rightfully successful tablet.
Retina iPad Mini's 'secretive' launch continues, shortages persist
The Retina iPad Mini's "secretive" launch was driven by severe shortages, which have not improved since Apple started selling the smaller tablet a week ago, a financial analyst said today.
Still got a first-gen iPad? Don't ditch it yet
In the life of every device, there's a moment when you wonder whether it's finally obsolete. If you're wondering that about the original iPad, columnist Michael deAgonia has some advice.
As promised, Apple adds real-time collaboration to iWork for iCloud
Apple yesterday updated its online iWork for iCloud productivity apps, adding collaboration tools that let users simultaneously edit documents, spreadsheets and presentations.
Retina iPad Mini inventory tracker returns from dead
A pair of inventory trackers, including one resurrected after Apple demanded it stop collecting data from its online store website, are helping buyers locate scarce Apple smartphones and tablets.
Retailers to slash prices of Apple, Microsoft tablets on Black Friday
Several of the largest retailers in the U.S. will sell older-generation Apple and Microsoft tablets at cut-rate prices during their Black Friday sales drives.
First Look: iPad Mini with Retina display
Jason Snell gets his hands on the new iPad Mini with Retina display. Can its small size beat out the iPad Air for a place in his heart and his backpack? After half a day with it, he shares his first impressions.
Once-pilloried Apple Maps gets the last laugh
Even after its extraordinary rough start last year, Apple Maps was used by nearly six out of every 10 U.S. iPhone owners during September, according to data recently published by metrics firm comScore.
Apple springs Retina iPad Mini on customers
Apple today sprung the Retina iPad Mini on customers, kicking off online sales of the smaller tablet that it introduced last month.
Perspective: What's Microsoft's Office Web Apps strategy?
Microsoft's addition of real-time collaboration to its free Office Web Apps last week was necessary in the short term to counter Google Docs, analysts said.
Apple tries to calm stormy iWork waters with pledge to restore 18 features
Apple today responded to complaints from Mac users over features dumped from iWork, promising to restore 18 of them to the productivity suite in the next six months.
Microsoft's big test: Deciding what stays, what goes in touch-based Office
What Microsoft puts in its upcoming touch-based Office suite will be a huge test for the company, analysts said.
Google escalates offensive against Office with Android 'KitKat'
Google last week again turned the screws on Microsoft and its Office franchise, this time by including Quickoffice with its newest Android mobile operating system, version 4.4 and dubbed "KitKat."
iPad Air's usage share hints at opening weekend sales boom
Apple's new iPad Air got off to a fast start this weekend, according to measurements of its online activity, which was twice the combined shares of 2012's then-new fourth-generation iPad and iPad Mini tablets.
Hands on: At just 1 pound, the iPad Air is worth the weight
The first thing you notice when you pick up Apple's new iPad Air is how light it feels. But there's more to the Air than it's new slender look and feel. Michael deAgonia offers his first impressions of the new tablet.
Samsung squeezes out Apple for J.D. Power tablet satisfaction honors
J.D. Power and Associates yesterday gave its top ranking in tablet satisfaction to Samsung, the first time since it debuted the award that Apple did not take the prize.
iPad trade-in interest doubles over 2012
Long before Apple started selling its iPad Air today, more than double the number of consumers asked for price quotes on their older tablets than last year, a pair of buyback companies said.
Early indicator puts Cook's 'iPad Christmas' prediction at risk
While Apple CEO Tim Cook last week said that it would be an "iPad Christmas" this year for his company, one early demand indicator signals a less than stellar fourth quarter.
Fine young cannibal: Apple's iPad Air competes with laptops for mass market computing
Some analysts and pundits have begun calling Apple's iPad Air a PC replacement, raising the stakes in the tablet vs. laptop war.
How to score an iPad Air on Friday
Apple will start selling the on-an-Atkins-diet iPad Air Friday. And with the reviews positively gushing consumer competition might get heated. Here's how to improve the odds of a first-day purchase.
Mavericks rushes onto Macs as uptake easily beats predecessor to 10% mark
Five days after its release, Apple's new OS X Mavericks had accumulated more usage share than the predecessor Mountain Lion did in five weeks, an ad network claimed today.
Apple's $900 million moment
Apple has put a value on its decision to give away future OS X upgrades to all Mac users and offer the iWork and iLife suites for free to new Mac and iOS device buyers: $900 million.
Apple plays defense and offense with free software, upgrade strategies
Apple's decision to give away OS X upgrades and other software, including the iWork productivity suite, stemmed from both offensive and defensive strategies, analysts said today.
Free iWork upgrade angers Mac users
Apple's iWork free upgrade has angered long-time Mac power users, who have flooded the company's support forum with complaints about lost features.
Microsoft masks Windows, Office performance with new reporting format
Microsoft's new financial reporting format makes it much harder to get a grip on how two of its most important software franchises, Windows and Office, are performing, an analyst said.
Apple cuts MacBook Pro prices up to 13%
Apple earlier this week cut the prices of its Retina MacBook Pro laptops by as much as 13%, a move one retail analyst said was driven in part by increased competition from higher-end Windows systems.
AT&T won't match T-Mobile's free data on iPad Air
AT&T won't be matching T-Mobile's offer of free wireless data for the iPad Air when the device debuts at the company's stores across the U.S. next month.
Microsoft exec scoffs at talk that Apple's free iWork threatens Office
Microsoft's head of communications took shots today at Apple's decision to give away its iWork productivity software, calling the move "an attempt to catch up."
Apple refreshes, renames iPad as 'Air,' goes Retina on the Mini
Apple unveiled a revamped and renamed 9.7-in. iPad, calling it the "iPad Air" to reflect its thinner, lighter form and to evoke the thin MacBook Air laptop.
Perspective: iPad and the keyboard -- getting inside Apple's head
By arming a larger iPad with a 64-bit processor and a keyboard cover, Apple could crack the nascent 2-in-1 device market, noted analyst Tim Bajarin said today.
Apple will webcast iPad event today to everyone
Apple will webcast its San Francisco event today, where the company is expected to reveal refreshed tablets, including an iPad Mini with a higher-resolution Retina-quality screen.
Apple needs 22% of TV set market to stay on top
While the iPod, iPhone and MacBook catapulted Apple into the ranks of the Fortune 50, sales have leveled off somewhat and for the company to continue being a cash-generating machine, it will need new technologies -- a key one being an industry-changing flat-screen TV.
Analyst pumps Tuesday's iPad reveal as 'most important upgrade' since 2010
Apple's expected unveiling tomorrow of new iPads will be the "most important upgrade since the original," a bullish Wall Street analyst contended today.
Apple to uncover -- or cover -- new iPads, including Retina Mini, on Oct. 22
Apple today issued invitations to an Oct. 22 event in San Francisco where analysts expect the company to reveal refreshed iPads.
Apple hires CEO of Burberry to run retail operations
Apple is hiring Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts to lead its retail business, choosing someone from a fashion brand rather than from a consumer electronics retail chain.
Digital nomad survival tips you can use anywhere
Mike Elgan traveled over three continents in the past 18 months and has these tips for staying connected, keeping powered up and protecting your valuable gadgets from theft.
Smart card readers for the iPhone and iPad
Flexible PKard Reader and elegant Tactivo bring smart card authentication to your favorite mobile device
Apple to reveal new iPads Oct. 22
Apple will introduce new iPad tablets on Oct. 22, coinciding with the unveiling of the company's fourth-generation iPad and iPad Mini in 2012.
Ballmer promises Office on iPad after touch-first apps hit Windows
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer today said that a touch-specific version of Office will, at some point, reach the iPad.
Google may use Flutter's gesture control to boost Android and Glass
With its acquisition of gesture-recognition company Flutter, Google may be looking to beef up Google Glass and its Android products while also looking to win over the hearts and minds of Apple iPhone users.
Apple faces repeat of iMac sales fiasco if Retina iPad Mini supplies are tight
Even if Apple has few high-resolution iPad Mini tablets to sell in November, it will still unveil the new device this month, risking a repeat of last year's iMac debacle, an analyst argued today.
Few use tablets to replace laptops
A new survey shows that only 8.7% of tablet buyers want to use the tablet as a replacement for their laptops.
Review: Xcode 5 makes better, faster and stronger iOS and OS X apps
Major upgrade to Apple's IDE scores high with faster compiling, 64-bit support, easier debugging, source control integration, and automated testing
Dumping a Surface? eBay averages double the return of a buyback vendor
First-generation Surface owners have complained that Microsoft won't buy their used tablets to help them buy the new editions shipping in three weeks, but other markets can actually return more cash.
Touch and type: 3 keyboard covers for the iPad Mini
We look at three keyboard covers for the iPad Mini from Belkin, Logitech and Zagg. Which is best at protecting your screen while typing your data?
Microsoft's Surface to be under revenue microscope
Microsoft plans to make it easier for Wall Street and industry analysts to track revenue generated by the company's struggling Surface line of tablets.
Apple beats Coca-Cola to emerge as most valuable global brand
Apple has emerged as the most valuable brand in the world, passing Coca-Cola which held the top position for 13 years, according to a report released by brand consultancy Interbrand.
Microsoft buys used iPhones in latest attempt to get consumers to switch to Windows
Microsoft on Friday launched yet another trade-in program to convince consumers to switch to a Windows device, this time aimed at iPhone owners.
Microsoft inches toward Office on iPad, Android tablets
Microsoft executives last week came the closest yet to saying that the company will release Office on iPads and Android tablets, but stopped short of specifics.
iOS 7 off to speedy adoption start
Forty-eight hours after its release, Apple's iOS 7 accounted for nearly a third of all North American iPhone and iPad traffic, an online advertising network said Friday.
Google wages war on Microsoft's Office with free iOS, Android apps
Google on Thursday released new Android and iOS versions of its Quickoffice app, a mobile-only alternative to Microsoft's Office suite, and announced they are now free for the taking.
Microsoft expands buyback deal to goose sales of Surface, Windows phones
Microsoft has expanded a buyback program to boost sales of Windows smartphones and tablets, and will pay up to $350 for a wide variety of rival hardware powered by Apple's iOS and Google's Android.
Google Wallet now works with iOS devices
Google Wallet is now available as an app for the first time on iOS 6 and iOS 7 devices.
Mobile app download tally will soar above 102B this year
Mobile apps continue to be a major driver of the smartphone and tablet ecosystem and are a big reason people purchase and use those devices.
Apple turns on iTunes Radio
Apple today launched iTunes Radio, the company's first foray into streaming music, as it upgraded iTunes to version 11.1 and its mobile operating system to iOS 7.
Apple delivers visually revamped iOS 7
Apple today shipped iOS 7, a free upgrade that dramatically alters the look and feel of its mobile operating system. Some users reported problems grabbing the upgrade right after its release.
Our bloggers on iPad
Quick guide: 7 new features in iOS 7.1
Apple's recently introduced iOS 7.1update provides a few design changes and a couple of extra features. Here's what you need to know to access some of these.
Quick Guide: iOS 7, managing Wi-Fi on iPhone, iPad
Wi-Fi management on an iOS device is relatively pain-free, but some small annoyances can take place from time to time. Here's what you need to know.
Student hackers make Apple's iOS 7 Siri way more useful with Spotify support
Four students have hacked Apple's iOS 7s voice assistant to control third-party apps with Siri without jailbreaking their iPhone.
Hollywood's first all-iPhone movie hits SXSW
The iPhone is the Swiss Army knife of the digital age, with the first Hollywood feature film shot entirely on the device shortlisted for an SXSW award.
More than shiny: Apple is an enterprise firm
They say: "Apple is not an enterprise company", but things have changed -- Tim Cook's Apple is an enterprise company, here's some proof.
OS X Mavericks 10.9.2: Using FaceTime Audio on a Mac
Apple's latest OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 update is an essential install for Mac users because it patches the widely reported GoToFail bug. It also brings something new -- the ability to make and receive audio calls using FaceTime.
Apple tells Arizona to drop its anti-gay pride
Apple says there's no saving Arizona if it allows its controversial anti-gay prejudice bill to become law, and it's hard to disagree.
Apple's 'Gotofail' bug sucks, but here's 8 ways to stay safe online
Apple's "Gotofail" bug is a big deal because customers were exposed to risk for a long time. The only positive of this appalling oversight is that it illustrates why users of any platform should embrace the following security tips.
Why is Microsoft dissing Apple when it comes to Office?
Microsoft's so far refusing to release a version of Office for the iPad is not the only way that the company is dissing Apple. It's been more than three years since the company has released a version of Office for the Mac, and there's still no release date. Why is Microsoft treating Apple so badly when it comes to Office?
Mac users four times more engaged than Windows users
Mac users are almost four times more likely to upgrade to the latest edition of their OS in comparison with Windows users, with nearly a quarter of the most active users of both platforms now using Macs.
Apple values your privacy, ads firms complain
Apple puts your privacy way above its own short-term gain -- you can tell that's true because Ad Age calls the firm, "slow, cocky and downright stingy" because it won't share your private data with advertisers, which kind of makes them cry.
Office to be released for the iPad before Windows tablets? What gives, Microsoft?
The on-again, off-again love affair between Office and the iPad continues: The latest rumors say that Office will arrive on the iPad even before it comes to Windows tablets. No matter the truth of things, Microsoft needs to make clear its Office strategy, or else it will give up ground to competitors.
OS X Mavericks, iOS 7: Text Shortcuts explained
Thanks to iCloud, Apple's OS X Mavericks and iOS 7 let you use the same Shortcuts for text entry on your Mac as on your mobile device. Here's how to enable and use the feature.
Microsoft backs off on Office for iPad. Is this the revenge of the company's old guard?
Even though former CEO Steve Ballmer promised last fall that Microsoft would be bringing Office to the iPad, there's a new sheriff in town, and that promise no longer holds. The company is now strongly hinting that Office for the iPad may be a non-starter. Is this a return to the bad old days of Microsoft?
Failing Microsoft must bring Office to iPad
Microsoft may have chosen a new CEO but it seems it still hasn't figured out how to carve a future in the Apple-driven Post-PC computer world. And it all comes down to Office.