223 posts • joined 27 Sep 2007
Why would anyone want one?
They just feel wrong to use.
It must be the weird screen format, or trying to use a Desktop PC in a tablet format, or seeing those slim keyboards falling apart at PC World but there really is nothing attractive about them.
iPad Air, Samsung Tab, and Xperia are way better tablets.
Asus Transformers are way better convertibles
This article could work the other way
"Bloke called Apple and present fake death certificate to access data on stolen iPad".
The entire forum thread would be about how crap Apple security is.
Re: market share
That was the Microsoft Christmas play?
This is a disgrace.
I bought 1,000 tulip bulbs and 500 shares in 'The Governor and Company of the merchants of Great Britain, trading to the South Seas and other parts of America, and for the encouragement of fishing', using Bitcoins through Mt Gox - and I keep getting error messages on my Netscape browser. And when I search on AltaVista I don't get anywhere
It takes about 3 minutes (you read that right) to open the facebook app on a Nokia Asha 503.
It even lags opening fastlane. Talk about unfortunate.
Re: didn't they do this for netbooks
I remember something about the W7 castrated edition being £15 for OEM so you're looking at $25.
It was painful to use but it did the job and killed Linux on the Netbooks.
Maybe MS hopes that history will repeat itself.
My O2 account manager has been telling me a for a year that they will.
I have lost interest at least 6 months ago..
Please, in order to keep with the non patronising new language now being use, you should not say "rich countries" but "mature markets".
Re: Prior Art.
Does your Sone Xperia Z1 behave differently if you, use the magnetic connector to, let's say, connect to another Sony Xperia Z1?
Then it's not the same thing.
Re: Gaming the suppliers
This would have made sense if Apple wasn't the one paying to build the increase capacity.
They tend to buy years of production in advance in order to give themselves a time buffer with the competition.
They've done it before, with the 1.8 inch HDD on the iPad Mini, for instance.
Re: The server business
Big Blue sold their PC business in 2002. What have you been smoking?
at this point I can only see one potential effect.
We gonna have to spend about 9 months listening to Samsung fans telling us that Sapphire is crap and it's just a gimmick etc. etc. until the S6 comes out sporting a Sapphire screen.
Re: The iPad 2 is used by lots of corporate customers
Although I've upvoted you for a well written and factual post I'd like to remind you that this site is El Reg.
Only crazy fanboys willing to die for their plateform of choice are allowed around here.
Next time, please insert comments such as Android fragmentation, windows empty store, or iOS walled garden so that we can keep up appearances around these shores.
That previous CEO was Wong on so many levels..
Will anyone still care?
By April 2015, Microsoft Windows will probably be considered stone age type technology and as such the real question will probably be how to move away from it rather than how to "upgrade" to it.
Microsoft has got some great technologies, Exchange, Sharepoints, for instance but the rest is legacy and should be treated as such.
i'd do the contrary
There are way more useful Apps on Android than Windows 8.
What we want is an Android Laptop which can run Windows 8 apps rather than the contrary.
You're hanging out too much at Starbucks.
Having said that, I never go to Starbucks and I've never seen a Chromebook outside the stores. This would makes sense. You need Wifi to take full advantage of these devices and the best wifi is at usually at home.
How is giving some people what they want losing its cool?
Looking at Samsung Note 3 sales numbers (15 Millions in one quarter) versus Apple iPhone sales (34M in the September quarter before the launch of the 5S and 5C) Apple would be nuts not to release a Phablet.
It doesn't fit everyone's requirement (I wouldn't want to carry a manbag so that I can put a phablet in it) but as long as one can still get a reasonably sized device (call it 4.3-4.7 inch) what's the problem?
This could actually bring the Apple line up close to the 50 Millions sales in small quarters and around 65 Millions in the last quarter of the year.
Great news if you're a bean counter.
Re: This sort of thing should have become standard by now
Apple prove with the A7 that some guy working in total isolation can come up with something which matches bay trail performancewise while using less power, I am pretty sure that thousands of ARM licensees can pretty much bury it.
Don't get me wrong, Intel is doing a great job but it's one entity against the world.
It will be a while before one can say: "ARM is just cheap"
What are you on about?
Compete with anything Germany might choose to release?
This is an IT forum not a cars one.
Are those Surface sales real 8.1 sales?
Threads explaining how to install Ubuntu or OsX are all over the web.
Even the driver for the wifi card is easy to find.
I don't deny the number of Surface being sold but I have a problem believing the OS market share.
8 and 8.1 scares the hell out of IT department and above 60 users everywhere.
There is no way this thing is hitting the numbers describe in the article.
Re: Where is the Z30 ?
It't not in the first 2 for the following reasons:
- People still think old clunky pull the battery off to make it work, style device when they hear blackberry.
- Nobody wants to take the risk to buy a device from a soon to be dead company
- Shops tell people not to buy it
- The few people who do buy it can't find their apps and complain to their friends
I don't agree with all of the above but these are the reasons why Blackberry is not in the top2 or even Top20 list of devices being sold.
I am glad to see the Nokia 501 at number 10. It's a great little device which totally deserves its success.
I have tried the successor (Nokia 503) on Sunday and I am amazed at what you get for 60 quids these days.
Fast, efficient, bombproof and a great battery life
The next thing those guys need to do it to design a version of sailfish for the main Android phones.
S4, and HTC one for instance and then let the market decide.
Re: Or to put it another way
"Yea they make bs claim the older hardware can't do the work but in the end that is nothing more then isheep BS."
Please Genius, explain to me how not being able to use facetime on my iPhone3GS is not related to hardware.
Ok but does it explain Francois Hollande?
Because personally I am still puzzled by it.
Couldn't have they just adopted lightning?
Maybe there was a bit of arm twisting needed with Apple but the lightning plug pretty much does already what that thing is going to do in two years just call it USB3.1 and you're done.
Re: Foxconn doing UI debugging? NOT
Back when I was doing my degree, these curves were all the rage. (15 years or so ago)
I remember about 4 different ways to take one point in the past and one in the present in order to calculate the future. (adding years was just adding accuracy)
It was total bollocks obviously as following these curves would show that by 2022 30% of the US population would be Elvis impersonators.
All we know so far is that Apple is testing some 4k 12.9 inch screens.
Next month the original MacbookAir released in January 2008 will be 6 years old and the redesigned version released in October 2010 close to 3.5 years old.
The screen will probably be used in that MBA replacement which is also rumored ro repalce both the 11.6 and 13.3 current models.
Re: How many are waiting for Windows 8 to be "retired"? @Steve Knox
Don't know which Atom and which ARM you're talking about but the ARM in my iPad Air is anything but a slouch and I am pretty sure this type of power will be available to anyone for less than $200 before 2014 is nigh.
Atom on the other hand even with the right power/watt envelop and the advantage of legacy support, which is less and less relevant, will still be sold by Intel and therefore will still come at a cost.
Re: "must have" apps
When people refers to "must have" apps they're talking about the top 50 or so Apps at a given time.
Yes it's a moving target so when WP8 finally got Instagram (still half baked by the way) after 18 months waiting, Instagram is not what people are after any longer.
One can't hit a moving target..
Re: Message to mobile operators
It has been tried before and failed.
O2 Czech republic refused to pay the subsidize and remove the iPhone from their range. Their marketshare suffured dramatically.
All operators in Russia tried it all at once.
That kind of worked as everone played ball, but now Russians customers buy their iPhone unlocked directly from reseller instead meaning the operators lost the iPhone margin and the lock in on the clients.
Registry Hack for screen size below 1024+768
There is a simple registry hack to get the store to work on old style netbook.
My brother has been running Windows 8 and now 8.1 on his Vaio netbook since earlier this year and this has never been an issue.
The author should try and key an 8.1 key and give it another go.
Elop Elop Elop...
What they need is Stephen Elop.
I can see it not.
Burning platform, switch to Linux, a couple of so so products and bought by Oracle in 3 years time.
Step 1: Install Antivirus
Step 2: install CyanogenMod
Step 3: Get used to lags and inconsistencies
Apple and Google will love these guys.
Whilst I was reading about this impressive piece of wizardry, I had images of Apple and Google head-hunters circling around Waterloo, Ontario like vultures around a dead horse.
Re: I know this'll bring on a world of hurt but ..
Pinch to zoom might have existed before but I had never seen it or used it until it came up in the iPhone.
Yes it's obvious but beforehand it wasn't there and should be patentable. Meaning whoever use it should be paying royalties for a given time.
Rounded corners however should be a copyright not a patent and yes it's a really stupid patent.
Don't know what to think about lock screen though. .
Re: How the fcuk...
Cool, How is that instagram app working for you?
Re: 12.9" high resolution panel?
There were a rumours a few months back about Apple merging the 11.6 and 13 inch MacbookAir into something around 12.5 inch, thinner with a high resolution screen.
That could just be it.
I for one is waiting for this.
There are so many Mba lookalike these days that Apple needs to reset the bar and go thinner.
Re: Mass starvation and widespread looting.
We tried to be clever and ask for licence change on our XP boxes.
Basically changing from XP to XPe in order to get the 2 years of additional support.
Microsoft asks 150 pounds per box for the privilege. Well we'll be late with the changeover then..
Re: uncritical acceptance?
Real work on a Windows tablet?
Yes, there was some serious work involved in getting the thing to connect to a Domain..
Re: News flash - iPads available from non Apple Stores
Absolutely. If you've got the O2 Moments App on your phone, you could get 20 pounds off at Curry and PC world.
That's a nice discount.
Re: I suppose...
This post can only be described as TrollTastic.
It's a pity you weren't using a Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro, and dropped a couple of FUD about HTC whilst you were at it.
You probably could have got paid in the process.
Re: Brenkel might not be able to capitalize on his observation for HP,
There is a thing called "back up to iCloud" which works without iTunes.
The reason you can't reset a PIn on the iPhone is that their isn't one, but you can force the use of a PIN though exchange on an iPhone.
Nobody needs iTunes to install Apps on an iPhone. This has been the case since iOS5 (three years ago).
I sincerely hope you're not working in IT, otherwise it's time for a career move.
Re: a lot of companies have had a lot of success rolling out iPads
He was referring to 90% of top 500 listed companies are using or trialling iPads in their business.
Just like you need a Google account to use Android or a Microsoft account to use Skydrive.
What's your point?
Another comment by someone who never saw let alone used an iPad.
Our IT department have been testing and securing iPads since they've been on the market.
We have 3000 of them in the field and nobody uses iTunes for anything other than their music library which users are allowed to have.
Business Apps are pushed through a MDM and documents are stored on a privately owned cloud. Devices are secured down to their IP addresses.
When I hear about the "problems" other companies seems to be having with tablets, all I can think of is that their IT department is either too incompetent or too lazy to make them work.
Re: For all those that slam Apple
Ballmer would not sell his soul, he'd rent it.
I never thought I'd say this but it looks like those Landfill Androids are actually good for something.
Re: And now the world waits... @ Michael Habel
I would bite if it was XP to 8.1
8 really should have been called Beta
Re: And now the world waits...
Such an uninformed comment hardly warrant a response but I am in charitable mood so here are just 10 of them.
Tabbed Finder windows
Safari bookmarks sidebar
Shared browser links
Driving directions for iOS
Map integration in Calendar
Automatic app updates