“Can’t innovate any more, my ass,” joked Apple’s Phil Schiller last year as he unveiled the latest generation Mac Pro. After accusations of the company stagnating and failing to put out a revolutionary product since 2010’s iPad sparked the post-PC revolution, Apple’s share price tumbled despite record sales figures.
Though targeted at the likes of video professionals rather than you or I, the ‘trash can’ Mac Pro was a sign of bright things to come. With a unique construction designed to save power, space and noise, the desktop workhorse (and Schiller’s comment) appeared to perfectly represent Tim Cook’s all-new Apple. They were going to innovate. They wouldn’t be afraid to have some fun. They were going to strike back.
Along came September 9th and Cook graced the stage at San Francisco’s Flint Center, bringing with him a pair of new iPhones and the long-awaited Apple Watch. All are clear responses to the likes of Samsung and Motorola, though is the catch-up effort enough to restore Apple to the head of the pack? Continue reading →
After numerous leaks including one from retailer Best Buy that allowed customers to begin placing orders prior to launch, Google and Asus today unveiled the latest version of their Nexus 7 tablet. Serving as an identically named successor to the device that was released at Google I/O last year, the new Nexus 7 boasts upgraded hardware and the addition of a 5MP rear camera while maintaining the popular form factor of its predecessor. A 7″ 1920 x 1200 IPS display is powered by a quad core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor (APQ8064) clocked at 1.5GHz. Coupled with 2GB of RAM and either 16 or 32GB of internal non-expandable storage depending on your SKU, stark similarities can be seen with the new 7″ tablet and its smaller sibling, the Nexus 4. The tablet is set to hit store shelves next Tuesday, and price points will lie slightly higher than before, starting at $229.99 for 16GB and extending to $269.99 for 32GB.
We know what we’re going to see, with Galaxy and Ativ stuff having already been leaked and, in some cases, announced, but that’s not going to take away our liveblogging fun. Henry and I will be providing our usual dose of snark and sarcasm along with the news from Samsung’s London event, so join us for a magical journey (if IFA 2012 is anything to go by).