Welcome to this week’s edition of Android Q&A! As always, we try to answer as many of your great questions as possible. This week, we talk about the hype surrounding 64-bit processors, how to convert iPhone users to Android, and fixing your phone charger. Let’s get started!
What does 64-bit (processing) mean exactly? – apetheape9 and Abdul
Imagine that your device is a library, with a librarian (CPU) in-charge of 32 assistants (bits). Let’s say that someone comes in and asks for all the books about dinosaurs. If we assume that there are 64 such books and each assistant can carry only one book at a time, bringing all 64 books will require two trips. Now, instead of 32 assistants, if the librarian had 64 assistants, the same task would be completed in one trip. But, the implication that the speed is doubled doesn’t hold true in most cases. For example, if there were 65 books, the total time taken would be for 3 trips, even if only one assistant has to go and the third trip. In the case of 64 assistants, it would now take 2 trips.
Granted, the metaphor above is an over-simplification of a very complicated idea. There are a few other factors in play here as well. The first is with regards to RAM. Anyone in the know will tell you that to utilize the 64-bit processor, the device will need at 3.2 GB of RAM, so in the case of our mobile devices, at least 4 GB RAM, and ideally 6 GB, which we’re still a while away from. Considering the rumors that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be featuring a 64-bit processor, it’s understandable that a follow up rumor suggests that the device will boast 4 GB of RAM.
The other major factor is that there almost no applications that support 64-bit processing. Of course, with the shift towards 64-bit processors, this issue won’t last much longer, but for now, one of the reasons to pick up a device with a 64-bit processor is basically future-proofing.
Hi, I am trying to convince my mum to change from iOS to Android. What phone should she get? – Manaar Khandoker
The question to ask here is, what do iOS users like about the OS? The answer in most cases will be the simple and quick, albeit restricted, user experience. The phone right now that is closest to providing a similar experience is the Moto X. With its optimal display size (although bigger than any iPhone), voice commands and other features to enhance user experience, and of course, it’s current price point of 0 off-contract, the Moto X is definitely a safe bet. If price is a point of concern, the Moto G is also an amazing mid-range device for its price of 9 off-contract.
How to repair a malfunctioning phone charger?
To help you out with fixing a phone charger that isn’t working, here’s a tutorial to help you out.
Keep in mind that you may end of damaging the charging ports further, so make sure that you follow the step-by-step instructions properly.
When will the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4 get an update to Android 4.4 Kitkat?
If you can’t wait to upgrade to the latest flavor of Android, custom ROMs is the way to go. That will require root access on your devices, and you can find helpful rooting guides for the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S3 in this YouTube channel by InfernoByrd1. Once again, we’d like to remind you that if you’re going to attempt such a procedure, some amount of technical know-how is recommended, as there is always a slight chance that something might go wrong. Also, keep in mind that rooting your device will void the warranty.
And another edition of Android Q&A comes to a close. This weekly show exists because of your great questions, so keep ‘em coming! Let us know what you’d like to see Android Authority cover, and don’t forget to send in your questions in the form below, or by commenting on the Google+ posts and Youtube videos of this show.
Two apps created by the same developer have recently had an update pushed to them – one of which is on my list of top used apps, although both apps have proven themselves to be very useful for me. ReadItNow! just makes life so much easier when it comes to saving articles and websites that I don’t have time to check out straight away and Magic4Square makes checking in quite a breeze.
Cupertino, California – Soccer fans of all ages around the world who can’t get enough of Spow LLC’s remarkable SpoW: Soccer, can now celebrate like their favorite squad has just scored a “Golden Goal” and download the new and improved version. SpoW: Soccer, which is a Top 10 ranked sports app in over 30 countries, and heralded as a “must-have for any soccer fan” by The iPhone App Review, gives folks who love the beautiful game everything they need to stay completely up-to-date, including:
* Live scores for every major soccer league in the world
* Expected line-ups
* Instant updates for goals, red/yellow cards, substitutions, missed penalties, assists, and much more
* Daily hand-picked top matches
* Push notifications for goals and red cards
* Complete standings and team profiles
* Statistics for all of the top leagues, including shots, fouls, corner kicks, offsides, cards and possession time
* Interactive news feeds of top trending matches
* An interaction module to connect with friends, and share info and insights on any soccer match
Plus, users who want to put their soccer knowledge and intuition to the test can predict match scores and win points based on accuracy. The more points they accumulate, the faster they’ll move up divisions, win cups, and compete against the world’s top “SpoWsers”. Users can also examine their personal prediction stats (comprised of: total predictions, average points, % of perfect predictions, and how many times they’ve predicted the winner), and explore news feeds to check out their friends’ predictions.
And now in SpoW: Soccer, users can also enjoy:
* A completely re-designed interface inspired by iOS7
* Twitter feed integration that provides Home and Away news for over 450 teams
* On-field lineup information for even greater visibility and convenience
“Since launching SpoW: Soccer, the positive feedback we’ve received from both users and App-related media has been incredible,” commented Guillermo Plaza of Spow LLC. “We love soccer, and this passion, dedication and attention to detail is reflected in every aspect of the app. It doesn’t matter whether someone is a casual soccer fan, or a hard core supporter who lives and dies with their beloved team, SpoW: Soccer has something for everyone!”
* iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 5.0 or later
* 25.7 MB
Pricing and Availability:
SpoW: Soccer 2.0.2 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Sports category.
SpoW’s goal is to expand the world of sports by providing users a new platform to follow, play, and interact with others around their favorite sports. SpoW: Soccer is the firm’s first edition, with many more to follow soon. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2013 Spow LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.
Find and enjoy TV shows and movies better than ever with these amazing companion apps for iPhone and iPad
Forget tuning in and turning off, modern TV is all about the second screen. Coach potatoes have become coach surfers, passive watching has become active engagement, and a lot of that is thanks to iPhone and iPad companion apps. Not only can they help you find more of what you love, they can help you enjoy what you love more than ever. However, not all companion apps are created equal, and it can be tough to tell the App Store’s greatest hits from its biggest bombs. That’s where iMore comes in. Here are my favorite iPhone and iPad companion apps for TV and movie watchers!
GetGlue is available for both iPhone and iPad. On the surface, GetGlue may appear to be your run of the mill social check-in app, but don’t be fooled. It contains a vast amount of information on your favorite TV shows and movies. I’ve been using GetGlue pretty much since it launched and I’ve discovered tons of shows that I never would have even known about otherwise. If I’ve ever been bored and wanted to find something to watch, the first place I check is my GetGlue feed. The fact that you get virtual stickers you can turn into real ones is just an added bonus!
If you want to add a social component to your TV and movie watching routine, GetGlue is the best possible option out there.
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If you’ve got lots of TV shows and/or movies on your Mac or PC, Plex is an awesome option to stream them all to your iPhone or iPad without eating up any of the precious storage space on your iPhone or iPad. Plex can connect to your library and let you access any of your content that isn’t DRM protected. If you already use services like Plex Media Center, Plex is an absolute no brainer. Plex has support for both iPhone and iPad.
For digital video hoarders, Plex isn’t an option, you need it.
TeeVee 2 lets you easily track your favorite TV shows and can then notify you when a new episode is coming up. Not only is it easy to use, it’s one of the best looking TV tracking apps you’ll ever lay your eyes on. It comes complete with episode and show summaries and video when available. You can also share your shows and episodes socially through TeeVee 2. Right now TeeVee 2 is only compatible with iPhone, but a little birdie told us TeeVee 3 is on its way and adds support for iPad as well.
If you want to know what’s on and when, you want TeeVee!
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Many of us are still accustomed to looking at TV guides in order to find content to watch. While most of us can do this when in front of our TV’s with a remote and a tap of a button, when you’re not at home, i. TV is the best you’ll find. Not only does it have a great interface, it’s got guides for all the major providers with detailed descriptions. i. TV also integrates Netflix, Hulu, and IMDb support so all the information you could want about your favorite movies and TV shows is just a tap away.
If you like traditional guides and want information quick, look no further than i. TV.
IMDb, or internet movie database for those not familiar, is one of the most authoritative sources for anything you could ever want to know about a movie or TV show, as well as any actor, actress, or director involved with it. As you could have guessed, IMDb has an iPhone and iPad app that makes it easier than ever to look up information about movies and shows. From cast lists to director profiles, every piece of information you could ever want is there.
If you consider yourself a TV or movie buff, IMDb is an essential app to have in your collection.
If you have an Apple TV, the Remote app made by Apple is a necessity. I’m thoroughly convinced the little silver remotes Apple sells with the Apple TV have minds of their own. Not only is typing in search terms and WiFi passwords painful, they get lost in the couch, in sheets and blankets, and pretty much anywhere they’ll fit. I’ve spent more time tearing apart my living room in the past looking for the stupid thing than I’d care to admit. The Remote app lets you use your iPhone or iPad to control your Apple TV as long as you’re on the same network. I barely ever pick up the silver remote anymore.
If there is an Apple TV in your home, the Remote app is a must have. Period.
These are the iPhone and iPad apps we pick up when we’re in front of our TVs or afraid we may miss something when we’re not at home. Everyone’s habits are different though, so we want to know what your favorite companion apps are for tracking and watching your favorite shows and movies. Be sure to let us know in the comments!
Fantastical 2 is one of the premiere iOS 7 calendar applications, and today it’s getting an update to make it even more awesome. Top of the list are improvements to the notifications, which now have a sound, and new icon badges options for today’s remaining events, today’s due reminders, and incomplete reminders. It doesn’t stop there either. Here’s what else to expect from this latest version:
Adding a phone number as a location shows a call button in event details
Double-tapping a date picker switches between showing every minute and every five minutes
Added a “reminder” and “due” parameter to the URL handler. Example: fantastical2://parse?sentence=Buy%20milk&reminder=1&due=yyyy-MM-dd%20HH:mm
Fixed a display issue with certain Asian languages
Fixed Dynamic Type not respecting large type settings from Accessibility
Fixed an issue where calendar colors could appear too dark or too light
Fixed an issue when editing events with a custom time zone
Fixed addresses in notes not opening in Google Maps when they should
Various fixes and improvements
Flexibits says that this update should hopefully fix many of the issues reported to them by Fantastical users. Hopefully that’s the case for you, but if you’ve not yet pulled the trigger the good news is that the launch sale price of .99 is still in effect. Let me know if this takes care of any of your own bugs, or if it’s just more awesome for you to use!
CloudMagic is an alternative email client for iPhone that may look like any other third party email app but don’t be fooled. The main goal of Cloud Magic is to provide the best search tools an email client can offer. Not only can you search individual accounts, you can search all your accounts at once, an invaluable tool for those of us with lots of inboxes.
If you find yourself struggling to find emails from a specific person that you know you saved, search can be daunting, especially if you have a lot of email accounts to manage. CloudMagic supports pretty much any account type you could have including Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, Outlook.com, iCloud, Google Apps, Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, Mail.com, GMX, AOL and other IMAP accounts.
CloudMagic is free to use for up to 3 email accounts. Upgrading to Pro gets you faster support (if you ever need it), an unlimited number of inboxes, an option to passcode lock the app itself, and the ability to remove the ‘Sent from CloudMagic’ footer. A Pro subscription will run you a year which makes it a more expensive offering, but still not bad.
If you happen to try out CloudMagic, let us know in the comments what you think!
London, United Kingdom – Quantum Sheep today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Air Supply – Infinite 1.0, its latest game title for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. The followup to 2011′s critically acclaimed Air Supply – 1bit Run, ‘Air Supply – Infinite’ is a new spin on the infinite runner that melds out of this world retro music and graphics with modern gameplay.
Armed with a limited supply of Smart Bombs, and dwindling air, Sam must jump over enemies, avoid UFO tractor beams and handle asteroids as he searches for the legendary Infinity Cups. The eight cups remain hidden across seven planets and one black hole, their strange inscriptions long since forgotten and their locations reverently protected.
As players progress, they will unlock new characters, planets, music and even colour. A total of 4608 different combinations are possible. A wealth of Game Center leaderboards and achievements complete the game, challenging players to better their play, and challenge their friends. The game boasts one of the greatest soundtracks of any game, composed entirely on 8bit ZX Spectrum microcomputers.
* The most amazing retro soundtrack by Yerzmyey, composed on 8bit ZX Spectrum computers!
* Beautifully animated retina retro graphics
* Unlock new characters, planets, music and even colours as you run around the universe – over 4,600 possible combinations
* Run around entire planets
* Collect 8 Infinity Cups to reveal the future
* Avoid hazards like Aliens, UFOs and Asteroids! Or use smartbombs to defeat them all
* Collect power ups to stay alive
* Retro look and feel – modern gameplay and Game Center achievements/leaderboards
* Simple one button gameplay with configurable controls and layers of depth
* No IAP or Ads at all
* Universal build – play on iPhone or iPad
* Adjustable Scanlines for that true retro look
* Play a while – play Forever
* iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 5.0 or later
* 19.2 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Air Supply – Infinite 1.0 is only .99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.
Quantum Sheep started out many moons ago making iPhone games and now makes games for Android, Kindle Fire, Mac and Windows 8. The company’s aim is to bring something different to the table. Small, affordable games that are, above all else, fun, and have something unique about them. There is something for everyone! Because that’s what games should be all about! Copyright (C) 2013 Quantum Sheep. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.
While there’s a lot to love about Android, timely updates to new versions of the OS isn’t one of those things — at least for most users.
To be clear this isn’t really Google or even Android’s fault, but it’s just part of how an open OS works. Manufacturers and carriers are responsible for rolling out updates, and often enough the process is slow going or non-existent for all but the most popular high-end and mid-range Android devices.
While we still see many active pre-Jelly Bean devices out there, the good news is that number is starting to shrink.
In the wake of Android 4.4 KitKat’s official unveiling, Google has now updated the developer dashboard with the latest Android distribution numbers. Keep in mind that these numbers only apply to official Android devices (those with Google apps).
So what’s the verdict? While we still see many active pre-Jelly Bean devices out there, the good news is that number is starting to shrink. Jelly Bean now accounts for more than half of all Android devices, with 52.1% of all active Android devices running either Android 4.1, 4.2 or 4.3.
Not surprisingly, Gingerbread still hangs in as the second most actively used version of Android, representing 26.3% of Android devices. In third we have Ice Cream Sandwich hanging on with 19.8%, Froyo with 1.7% and Honeycomb barely hanging on with just .1%.
Do these numbers really matter?
We hear it all the time: Android fragmentation is everywhere!It’s true that Android will now have six versions (including KitKat) with active users, but is this really a bad thing? Yes and no.
Some folks really don’t care what version of Android is running on their device, as long as it can handle a few basic apps, check email, browse the web and check their favorite social networks. Remember that even Gingerbread is still compatible with a great deal of the Android apps you find on the Play Store. On top of this, with several ‘core’ Google apps making their way to the Play store as of late, the issue is probably even less significant than it was in the past.
It’s true that Android will now have six versions with active users, but is this really a bad thing? Yes and no.
What’s really the problem is the timely updating of devices that are aimed at more hardcore Android users. This means mid and high-range devices from brands like HTC, Samsung, Motorola, Sony and LG.
Many Android users don’t care if their low-end handset is running Android 4.1 or older, but those that paid top-dollar for a premium Android experience are going to obviously feel differently about the situation.
Will the update cycle get any better with Android KitKat? While history tells us no, the good news is that brands like HTC have really been stepping up their game recently. Even better, many manufacturers are already chiming in with some details about their KitKat plans. This includes HTC, Motorola, Sony and even Samsung.
What version of Android are you currently rocking? Does Android ‘fragmentation’ bother you or are you mostly happy with the version of Android you are currently running?
Google is yet to unveil the Nexus 5, but the phone keeps popping up in various reports, most of them indicating that the launch is imminent.
Nexus 5 release date
As some of the previous rumors have said, it looks like the phone will be unveiled at some point tomorrow, but there won’t be a special event for it. Instead, Google should just launch the device.
Android Police’s Artem Russakovskii has heard from several sources that the launch is happening tomorrow, October 31:
Several previously reliable sources have confirmed that the Nexus 5 (I have no information about KitKat, sorry, just sticking to N5) launch is indeed scheduled for tomorrow, October 31st.
The release should happen no later than 11am Pacific, but knowing Google, it’s probably going to be between 8-8:30 and 10am. 11am is the worst case scenario.
Furthermore, a print ad from Switzerland says that the phone will be available in November, although the ad also tells readers to visit digitec.ch for more details, where the launch date is listed as October 31.
Nexus 5 ad from Switzerland | Image Credit: Tutto Android
This wouldn’t be the first time Google’s partners jumped the gun by leaking details about new Nexus releases well ahead of their time.
However, not everyone is convinced the phone is coming tomorrow.
A T-Mobile employee has apparently confirmed to a customer that the Nexus 5 will be launched by the carrier at the same time with Google, although the price will be slightly higher, just like with the Nexus 4. However, no proof has been provided to support these details, and while the store employee seemed confident in his story, it wasn’t back up by subsequent findings.
The same customer decided to dig deeper and called Best Buy, Staples and Walmart, but neither store confirmed the arrival of the new Nexus smartphone. Upon future checks with T-Mobile, a different employee seemed not to know anything about the launch.
Nexus 5 unboxing in Ireland | Image Credit: @N1troz (Twitter)
Nexus 5 unboxing, hands-on and other sightings
While most buyers will have to wait a few more days to get their hands on the Nexus 5, it looks like one lucky person in Ireland has unboxed a unit. The image above shows the Nexus 5 reportedly taken out of its retail box by someone from Carphone Warehouse Ireland.
Moreover, a reddit user has apparently spent some time with the device – check out the image gallery above.
Nexus 5 in Malaysia | Image credit: +Lin Siong Soh (Google Plus)
However, that’s not the only place the Nexus 5 was last seen, as images surfacing from an LG service center in Malaysia (above) and from a Taiwan NCC filing (below) have also made their way online, although there’s not that much to be revealed at this time.
Nexus 5 at Taiwan’s NCC | Image Credit: NCC
In addition to these images, there’s also a 360 degree GIF render for the Nexus 5, a dummy Nexus 5 phone sighting, and some new benchmark results for the device (all below).
Nexus 5 dummy unit | Image credit: overclockers.co.uk
The story of the iPad, continuing with the iPad 2, which introduced not only a sleeker design, but a more focused purpose
On March 2, 2011, Steve Jobs returned to the keynote stage after a long period of medial leave. It was the second-to-last keynote he’d ever conduct, and he received a long, loud standing evasion. He and Apple had been working on something for a long time, and he didn’t want to miss it. The original iPad was supposed to have been magical, but no one, not even Apple, had known exactly how it would weave its spell. A year later and they had a much, much better idea. Where previously they’d known they’d had something, now they were beginning to understand just exactly what they had. It was thinner. It was lighter. It was faster. It was more smartly covered. And it could hold an entire band in its garage. It was the iPad 2.
“With more than 15 million iPads sold, iPad has defined an entirely new category of mobile devices,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “While others have been scrambling to copy the first generation iPad, we’re launching iPad 2, which moves the bar far ahead of the competition and will likely cause them to go back to the drawing boards yet again.”
During the iPad 2 event, Steve Jobs said people had made fun of Apple for using the word “magical” to describe their tablet, but that it had turned out to be just that. He proclaimed 2010 as the year of the iPad. He teased 2011 as the year of the copycats before announcing what he thought it really was: the year of the iPad 2.
Faster, thinner, Lighter
The iPad 2, code named K94 and model number iPad 2,1, has the same 9.7-inch, 1024×768, 132ppi screen as the original, and came in the same Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G HSPA/EVDO Rev. A – hello Verizon! – models. It was considerably faster, however, sporting a new Apple A5 chipset with dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 processors, dual-core PowerVR SGX543MP2 graphics processors, and double the RAM at 512MB. It was up to twice as fast for CPU, and up to 9 times as fast for GPU tasks.
16, 32, and 64GB of NAND Flash storage remained the same as well, as did the 25 watt-hour battery. Bluetooth stayed at 2.1 + EDR, by a gyroscope joined the sensor array.
Thinner and lighter was taken care of by an all-new design that reduced it from 0.53- to 0.34-inches – making it 33% thinner – and from 1.5 to 1.33lbs. Jobs made sure to mention several times on stage that the numbers were deceptive and at those tiny sizes and weights, small reductions made for big differences in how it felt. It wasn’t a breakthrough, certainly nothing that changed it from a 2-handed to a 1-handed device, or made it easier to use for long periods of time without resting it on a surface, but it was a significant improvement.
The iPad 2 also added cameras. Two of them. a rear-facing 1.3 megapixel/720p camera (what Apple now markets as iSight), and a front-facing 0.3 megapixel/VGA camera (FaceTime). They were… terrible. But they were cameras. It also added a second color. In addition to black and aluminum, you could get the iPad 2 with an iPhone 4-style white front plate instead.
Prices stayed exactly the same, starting at 9.
There were, however, some new accessories. First was a HDMI to 30-pin Dock connector dongle allowed for mirroring the display to an HDTV. Second, was the Smart Cover. It could fold into a typing or viewing stand, and thanks to magnets embedded into the cover and the iPad 2, it stuck on and aligned automatically, and it could wake the iPad when it opened and sleep it again when it closed. They came in polyurethane for and leather for , and in a variety of colors.
Also debuting at the same event as the iPad 2, adding to the 65,000 tablet-optimized apps that were already in the App Store – were two new Apple apps, mobile versions of Apple’s iLife mainstays, iMovie and GarageBand. They were, to put it mildly, a revelation. Randy Ubillos showed off iMovie, with an old time movie theater main screen, and what would become Apple’s new, signature, editing interface. It was precise, it was multitrack. It was amazing. GarageBand was perhaps even more impressive. You could plug in and use real instruments, but it also supported touch instruments right on the iPad. Xander Soren handled that demo, and immediately set a new standard for mobile apps. They showed, arguably for the first time, what the iPad really meant for the future of personal computing. It mean very personal computing. or as Apple had come to call it, post-PC.
Jobs ended the event by focusing on that, and repeating his belief that “technology alone was not enough”, while standing at the crossroads of technology and liberal arts.
The iPad 2 launched on March 11 in the U.S., and 25 additional countries on March 25. Apple:
While competitors are still struggling to catch up with our first iPad, we’ve changed the game again with iPad 2,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We’re experiencing amazing demand for iPad 2 in the US, and customers around the world have told us they can’t wait to get their hands on it. We appreciate everyone’s patience and we are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone.
The headline additions to iPad 2 are front- and rear-facing cameras, the absence of which was my biggest disappointment with version one. Now you can plunge into FaceTime, Apple’s nifty video chat program previously available only on the iPhone 4, iPod Touch and some Macintosh computers. With a brand new Apple A5 dual-core processor, the iPad 2 is snappier, too, though it’s not as if the first-generation model was a laggard. Apple claims the graphics in the new machine have nine times the horsepower of the original. That’s difficult to measure, but Epic Citadel, a stunning, graphics-rich game, played smoothly in my tests.
For Apple’s competitors in the tablet-device market, the iPad 2 is a bucket of water to the face. After more than a year of struggling to catch up to the original iPad, here’s a new model that addresses many of the iPad’s deficiencies, dramatically improves its speed, and doesn’t cede any ground on price, features, or battery life. The iPad 2 raises the bar Apple set a year ago—and it’s time for the rest of the industry to scramble again to catch up.
For everyone else, the iPad 2 is a triumph, an iPad that’s even more iPad than the original. And the original one was really good. The first iPad was a bolt from the blue, a device that defined an entire category, and a tough act to follow. The iPad 2 follows it with aplomb.
I used my original iPad a lot… until iPhone 4 was released. I still kept most of my apps and games on iPad but because iPhone 4 was so much faster I just picked it up far more often. iPad 2 has changed that paradigm again. The combination of the big screen and Apple A5 processor has made it my go-to device once more (when I’m not in feet-down mobile, of course.) It’s by no means perfect, and we’ve listed many of the most glaring and frustrating imperfections above, but iPad 2 looks better, it feels better, and it just works better.
Cliched as it sounds, the iPad 2 was the first complete iPad, and the template from which all others have followed.
The experience fight
The iPad’s competitors remained confused. They saw the tablet post-iPad the way they’d seen it pre-iPad – as simply another form factor for the traditional PC. Like a laptop or netbook was simply a smaller PC, so too they felt the tablet was simply a smaller laptop or netbook. It was evident in their marketing. “Amateur hour is over.” “Tell your wife it has a dual-core processor.”
Competitors told people they could have a more traditional PC experience than the iPad. They could have multiple windows and desktops. They could have Flash. They could have everything the vast majority of them never, not ever wanted.
Despite Apple having spent over a year teaching the world just exactly how to sell hundreds of thousands of tablets, no one else seemed able to leave the PC behind. Yet that’s exactly what mainstream customers wanted. The PC alienated them. It was intimidating and inaccessible, and more of the same was the so much less appealing, they stayed away in droves. They brought specs to an experience fight, and their primary use case ended up being preventing warehouse shelves from floating up off the floor.
To this day, it’s a lessen very few outside Apple have learned, and one Apple themselves don’t always remember – The tablet wasn’t meant to replace the PC for mainstream users. It was meant to succeed it.
One year later
Apple sold 15 million iPads in 2010, more than all Tablet PCs sold in history before that. They sold 15.4 million iPad 2 tablets in Q4 2011 alone. Almost 30 million from March to December. From 65,000 tablet-optimized apps, they reached 200,000. Year of the iPad 2 indeed…