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Report: Apple board ‘concerned’ over speed of innovation under Tim Cook

Report: Apple board 'concerned' over speed of innovation under Tim Cook

Not since the arrival of the first iPad in 2010 has Apple introduced one of the game-changing products, synonymous with the company, and according to reports, the Apple board is starting to worry.

In a new report, Fox Business Network correspondent Charlie Gasparino claimed the pressure on CEO Tim Cook is growing with Apple directors seeking the next breakthrough product, and quickly.

Gasparino claimed the board is “concerned” the speed of innovation seen during the second Steve Jobs era, which resulted in the iPod, iPhone and iPad change the tech world, has not continued under Cook.

He said: “What have they had lately? They have had the iPad, they’ve had a few other things, but they don’t have anything innovating from what came from Steve Jobs.

“And that concern is basically manifesting into pressure on Tim Cook to innovate — do something fast,” added Gasparino who said the concern hasn’t reached the point that Cook’s job is under threat.

Cook on the clock?

Cook has offered numerous hints Apple will be launching an iWatch smart watch and a flatscreen Apple iTV television set, but it does not appear that the launch of either is within sight this year.

Cook himself has claimed new products are coming later this year, most likely at an iPhone launch event on September 10, although those launches are likely to be tweaked versions of existing products.

There is a genuine feeling that Apple long-standing lead in innovation has been eroded since the late Steve Jobs was forced to relinquish the top job due to ailing health.

Others, like Samsung, Microsoft and Google, have certainly made strong efforts to catch up, while Apple’s own innovative spirit seems somewhat stunted in the last couple of years.

Apple itself is conscious of the mutterings. During the launch of the new cylindric Mac Pro at WWDC this year, the company’s bombastic marketing chief Phil Schiller blasted: “Can’t innovate anymore, my ass!

Does Apple still have the ability to wow us with yet another epochal product launch any time soon or is the rumoured pressure on Tim Cook to be more like Steve only going to grow?

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iPad 5, iPad mini 2 release reportedly beset by delay due to Foxconn, Apple rift

iPad 5, iPad mini 2 release reportedly beset by delay due to Foxconn, Apple rift

The wait for the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 release date may have just gotten a little bit longer if the latest rumors about Apple’s next set of tablets prove true.

The reason behind this reported delay stems from the fact that Chinese manufacturer Foxconn is out as Apple’s iPad-producing partner, according to the International Business Times, noting Foxconn itself has hinted it’s not leading the new slate charge.

The Apple-Foxconn split is reportedly “due to the unreliability” of Foxconn, which is said to have created woes for Apple with scratch-prone iPhone 5 handsets and up to eight million returns.

Foxconn is also producing Android handsets and even announced its own wearable tech that could compete against the long-rumored Apple iWatch.

While Apple’s new, unnamed supplier remains unknown, the Cupertino-based company may need some extra time due to the switch.

Release date ring around the rosie

Of course, no one really knows when the follow-up iPads are due, especially as Apple itself has never claimed the tablets are in the works (though, come on, we know how its refresh cycle rolls). To that effect, we’ve heard months thrown out from the left and right.

The IBT report claims that previous predictions indicated an iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 release date in July, before iOS 7 even goes public.

Other release date rumors peg Apple’s next tablets for an October launch, one year after the launch of the iPad 4 and iPad mini.

Today’s report doesn’t have a updated release time frame attached to either the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2, so the launch of these two tablets could possibly have been pushed back to October do the the Apple-Foxconn rift.

iPad 5, iPad mini features

While the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 launch dates are a big question mark at this point, there’s a better indication as to what features we’ll see from the forthcoming tablets.

Rumors have indicated that the iPad mini 2 will be refreshed with a Retina display resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 pixels.

Behind its same 7.9-inch screen the heart of the tablet is likely to be the Apple A6X processor, an upgrade over the current model’s A5 System on a Chip.

The iPad 5, meanwhile, may introduce the Apple A7 chip if the iPhone 5S doesn’t beat it to the punch in September.

Its upgrade in processor speed may be accompanied by a downgrade in weight, as the full-sized iPad for 2013 is said to be 33 percent lighter than last year’s model.

With rumors circulating that the iPhone 5S will launch in late September, it’s only a matter of time before we start hearing about the new iPads coming down the non-Foxconn factory pipe.

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Sony Xperia Z: Specs, Features and Availability

Sony Mobile has decided to up to ante for Smartphone users with the launch of its new flagship handset – the Xperia Z. The phone boasts of some top class features and hardware which are yet to be…

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Top 5 iPhone Apps for Health, Education & Entertainment

With the launch of the iPhone 5, there has never been a best time to reconsider and review the best of the best iPhone apps. Over the years the count of applications accessible for the iPhone has…

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Launch day supply of iPad 4 already sold out

Launch day supply of iPad 4 already sold out

The frenzy over Apple products doesn’t seem to be slowing anytime soon as it appears Apple has sold out of the launch day stock of the iPad 4.

Despite surveys relating consumer outrage at the announcement of a new tablet so soon after the iPad 3 was released, pre-release sales of the iPad 4 indicate customers are just as hungry for the new tech as they were the last time around.

It only took four days for the iPad 4 launch stock to sell out, and customers will now have to wait a bit beyond this Friday to get one if they haven’t ordered already.

Based on the iPad 4 sales page on Apple’s website, a second wave won’t be available to ship for at least one more week.

Can’t stop, won’t stop

The iPad4 is just the latest iOS device Apple has had trouble keeping in stock in time for its debut.

The iPhone 5 sold out in about an hour, prompting shipping delays for subsequent shipments to last multiple weeks.

Similarly, the white and silver iPad Mini stock sold out in just under half that time, leaving many potential customers the choice of either the black model or a multi-week wait.

During its Oct. 23 event, Apple touted that 100 million iPads had already been sold, and that the iPad accounts for 91 percent of all tablet web traffic.

The iPad 4 was recently discovered to be twice as powerful as its predecessor, making it an even more attractive option for new and upgrading customers.

Microsoft finally attempted to curtail some of Apple’s dominance in the tablet market with the launch of its Surface tablet, and Google’s Nexus 10 should provide even more competition down the road.

For now though, consumers seemingly can’t get enough of what Apple’s selling, both figuratively and literally.

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