Welcome to April’s Best Skins Ever Gadget round up. Here, we bring you the latest and hottest news, rumors, stories and trends for your favorite electronics that we are committed to protecting.
This month, we will be doing a special iPad Only Edition of the Gadget Round Up. Best Skins Ever’s new iPad Skin and HD Display Cover completely dominated our site as the most popular products. So in appreciation of your iPad obsessions, we’re giving you what you want – the latest and greatest Apple news.
Apple iPhone, iPad sales higher than expected, says analyst (CNET)
You knew it, Tim Cook knew it and analyst Mark Moskowitz knew it, Apple was going to sell a lot of tablets and a lot of phones in the first three months of the year. But even JP Morgan could not predict exactly how fierce the tech giant’s first spring release under a new CEO would be.
The financial firm raised their Q1 iPhone sales predictions to 31.1 million, from 28.1 million previously. iPad estimates were already high and still expect to reach 13.8 million, up from the 10.1 million initial forecast.
For the remained of the year, Moskowitz is looking at iPhone sales of 138.2 million, to eclipse the former estimate of 128.7 million. iPad sales could hit 69.6 million in 2012, as opposed to an earlier prediction of 58.6 million. That’s even without any official – but expected – announcement of a new iPhone release later in the year.
"Looking ahead, our assumption is that a new iPhone 5 with a thinner body and LTE capability will be launched in [the second half of 2012], which should sustain the iPhone's above-peer growth trajectory," Moskowitz said.
Moskowitz also expects Apple to refresh its MacBook lineup in the next quartrer, says Moskowitz, a safe bet since Apple unveiled new-model MacBooks in April 2011.
iPad mini to be closer in size to Samsung's Note? (CNET)
While Apple fanatics are still gushing over the latest tablet – Mac fiends are already beginning to look to the future of gadgetry.
Rumors are constantly swirling about new lines of MacBooks, the iPhone 5 as well as the buzz created over Apple’s hunt for some sort of 5-inch display model. Possibly for something bigger than an iPhone and smaller than the iPad. iPad mini rumors will likely continue to swirl until the second half of the year or possibly until another historic spring release.
For reading, the new iPad's screen is underrated (MacWorld)
Editor/Tech writer Dan Frakes from MacWorld likes the new iPad HD display more than most folks, apparently. The Apple savant suggests the new display is not merely a routine upgrade from its predecessors. Rather, the new display lives up to the hype and then some.
“The first time I saw the new display, I was floored, and after my first session using the new iPad, I was a convert.” Frakes writes in his post for MacWorld.
Now it’s up to you iPad owners, in what should be a no brainer, how much more valuable is it to have an HD Screen Protector for your latest precious gadget.