February 3, 2013
The final week in January saw the arrival of a 128GB iPad, more talk about the iPad 5, and another sound off from the ever-controlling and irrelevant Steve Ballmer. Here are just a few of the stories that made news during the week that was.
As The 128GB iPad with Retina display debuts, talk turns to the iPad 5The biggest Apple news of the week was the announcement by Cupertino that a 128GB iPad would launch on Feb. 5. Primarily for business users, the new iPad is the first to extend storage beyond 64GB. It will be priced at $799 for the Wi-Fi only model, and $929 for Wi-Fi + Cellular. Meanwhile, we've heard a lot more about the fifth-generation iPad, which is expected to arrive in the fall. Apple's next flagship tablet is expected to be thinner and lighter than previous models, and also include a G/F2 thin-film type touch screen structure already found on the iPad mini. For more on the iPad 5 see: Leaked Rear Panel Images Suggest The iPad 5 Will Look A Lot Like The iPad mini, Maybe Apple Will Take A Breather When It Comes To iOS Device Release Dates, and The One iPad 5 Rumor We Haven’t Heard Much About But Really Should. Office 365 Home Premium, Ballmer was asked about the long-rumored Office for iPad. As Brent Dirks reported, Ballmer had a rather interesting response:
I have nothing to say on that topic. We’re very glad with the product, very happy with the product that we’re putting in market. It makes sense on the devices like the Mac and the PC. We have a product that we think makes a lot of sense. We do have a way for people always to get to Office through the browser, which is very important. And we’ll see what we see in the future.Ballmer also used the occasion to bash Dropbox, and the cloud storage service's 100 million users:
Well, you’ve got to remember, 100 million sounds like a pretty small number to me, actually. We’ve got a lot more Office users. And actually if you even want to go to the cloud, we have a lot of Hotmail and SkyDrive users. I’m not beating on Dropbox. They’re a fine little startup and that’s great. We first did our HTML versions of Office, the so-called Web Apps, two releases ago. I think probably six years. We enhanced them three years ago. And this is just another logical step down the path that we had embraced.Ballmer's statements come after reports were published that said the company sold just 900,000 Surface tablets during the holiday quarter. During the same time period, Apple sold 22.9 million iPads. And Wall Street thinks Cupertino has problems?!
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