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Apple iPad 3 expected on 7 March following press event

Apple has announced an event on 7 March at which the company is expected to launch its latest iPad tablet.

Invitations sent to journalists read: “We have something you really have to see. And touch.”

While not officially confirming the product’s launch, the message was accompanied by an image showing what looked to be an iPad touchscreen.

The iPad range, which first launched in 2010, has sold more than 50 million units worldwide.

It is not yet known when the new device will be available for sale.

Last year, sales of the iPad 2 began in the US nine days after the launch announcement – which also took place in March.

Apple’s first two versions of the iPad transformed the market for tablet computers and made it one of the fastest-growing sectors of the computer industry.

Patent woes

However, recently Apple’s dominant position in the tablet market has been challenged by a string of tablets powered by Google’s Android operating system.

Later this year, industry experts expect a new category of tablet devices powered by Microsoft’s forthcoming Windows 8 operating system.

Microsoft will announce details for the consumer versions of Windows 8 at an event in Barcelona on Wednesday evening.

The tablet market – just like the smartphone market – has been subject to intense patent wars, chiefly between Apple and its key challenger Samsung.


Apple chief Tim Cook in $378m pay package

Apple chief executive Tim Cook was awarded a pay package worth $378m (£244m) in 2011, most of which came in shares payable in the coming years.

Tim Cook was previously chief operating officer at Apple

Apple’s board granted Mr Cook 1 million restricted stock units, worth $376m, to signal its confidence in him when he took over from Steve Jobs in August.

His salary and performance bonus, about $900,000 each, made up the rest, a company filing showed.

Mr Jobs, who died in October, owned 5.5 million Apple shares.

He famously received a salary of only $1 a year.

Aaron Boyd, head of research at Equilar, an executive compensation data firm, said Mr Cook’s stock award was the largest single award given by a company for a decade.

Mr Cook will receive half of the shares in 2016 and half in 2021.

Analysts expect the Apple chief to have been the highest paid chief executive in the US in 2011.

The best paid boss in 2010 was Viacom head Philippe Dauman, with an $84.5m haul based on a new contract that granted him shares and stock options.


Original Apple contract may sell at auction for $150K

The documents were signed by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and "forgotten founder" Ron Wayne.

Forgive the pun: Want a slice of early Apple history?

Three of the legal documents that detail the founding of the revolutionary computer company are going up for auction soon — some two months after the death of co-founder Steve Jobs.

Sotheby‘s, the auction house that’s hosting the sale, expects the legal papers to sell for $100,000 to $150,000.

“The 1976 document, which once belonged to Ronald G. Wayne, one of Apple’s founders along with Steven P. Jobs and Stephen G. Wozniak, is the first chapter in the story of one of America’s most important companies,” Sotheby’s says in a press release.

Here’s a list of what’s included in the auction:

— Apple’s original partnership agreement, signed on April 1, 1976, by Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Apple’s “forgotten founder,” Ron Wayne. According to Walter Isaacson in his new “Steve Jobs” biography, Jobs signed the document in lower-case letters, “Wozniak in careful cursive and Wayne in an illegible squiggle.” The trio signed the document in Wayne’s apartment and split their stakes in the company unevenly: Jobs and Wozniak both got 45%; Wayne, who came to the confab late as a consultant of sorts, got a 10% share.

— A dissolution of contract, in which Wayne excused himself from the company for $800. He later received an additional $1,500 payment. Bad move, right? His stock options today would be worth more than $30 billion. But Wayne told CNN in 2010 that he doesn’t regret the decision, which he based on the fact that another company he founded had gone poorly. “What can I say? You make a decision based on your understanding of the circumstances and you live with it,” he said.

— And a second founding agreement, in which Jobs, the marketing master, and Wozniak, the coding genius, outlined their plans for the company that would help bring about the personal computer revolution and create the iPod, iPhone and, most recently, the iPad.

The documents originally belonged to Wayne and were given to Sotheby’s through a university archives, the auction house’s website says. A Sotheby’s spokesman said the company could not provide more information but emphasized that Wayne had not sold the documents directly to the auction house.

“The consigner bought the documents in the mid-1990s from a manuscript dealer who had acquired them from Wayne,” Bloomberg reports, citing Richard Austin, head of manuscripts at Sotheby’s in New York. Austin told that news organization: “It was right before Jobs rejoined Apple. At the time, everyone thought that Apple was pretty much finished.”

The auction will be held on December 13 in New York. People can also bid on the documents simultaneously online.

So far, Twitter chatter about the sale is mostly positive, with online pundits joking that they want to add the documents to their holiday shopping lists and pondering what will be the ultimate sticker price of these bits of history.

Lines expected for iPhone 4S sale Friday

New Apple CEO Tim Cook unveils the iPhone 4S at a media event last week at Apple headquarters.

With the memory of Steve Jobs looming large, the iPhone 4S goes on sale Friday — the first model of the groundbreaking phone to hit the market without the iconic co-founder at Apple’s helm.

The 4S, unveiled last week just a day before Jobs’ death, isn’t the mythical iPhone 5 that many Apple fans had expected. But while the refresh of the current iPhone 4, with its lack of striking hardware updates, landed with something of a thud, online pre-orders have been strong.

Apple sold 1 million of the phones in the first 24 hours via its website and carriers AT&T, Verizon and — for the first time — Sprint. By comparison, Apple reported 600,000 iPhone 4 pre-orders last year in 24 hours, but that included orders placed with overseas carriers.

The iPhone 4S goes on sale Friday at all 245 Apple stores in the U.S., in addition to the following countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK. The new iPhone will be available in 22 additional countries by the end of October, Apple says.

Apple stores and other retailers will open Friday at 8 a.m., and shoppers have started lining up outside many of them. Online orders can be made at Apple’s online store, as well as on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint’s websites.

If you’re hoping to pre-order now and pick up the phone Friday, you’re out of luck. Pre-orders at AT&T, Sprint and Verizon are sold out, and phones ordered through Apple’s website may not be delivered for several weeks.

All of those brick-and-mortar retail stores also will carry the phone, along with select Apple-approved retailers: Radio Shack, Best Buy, Target and Sam’s Club. (Word of warning: Check availability before lining up at one of those third-party sellers. Inventory is limited, and some will be filling pre-orders before selling whatever stock may remain.)

Customers who buy the phone at an Apple retail store will be offered free in-store setup service, personalized instruction on how to set up e-mail and download apps.

So why buy a iPhone 4S?

One of the major selling points for the new phone is Siri, a voice-activated “personal assistant.” The built-in artificial-intelligence app can answer questions, read or set calendar items, read texts and e-mails aloud and perform other tasks. She uses Wikipedia, search engine Wolfram Alpha and other sources to find answers to user questions. And, she apparently has a sense of humor.

The rest of the major updates are on the inside, which may not have made much of a splash but, according to Apple, will enhance the user’s experience.

It contains an A5 processor (the same one in the iPad 2), which Apple says will render data twice as fast as the iPhone 4 and graphics up to seven times faster.

It will feature an 8-megapixel camera, up from the 5-mp camera in the current model, HD video and a stabilization feature the company says will make videos less shaky.

The phone sells for $199 for 16GB of storage, $299 for 32GB and $399 for 64GB, marking the first time an iPhone has had that much memory.

It also seems impossible to separate interest in the iPhone 4S with news of Jobs’ death last week.

Among the legions of Apple’s diehard fans, some have taken saying the “4S” in the phone’s name represents the words “For Steve.” Although it’s virtually impossible that the company would have done that on purpose (the phone’s development happened largely when Jobs was still CEO) it speaks both to the long reach of Jobs’ legacy and the cult-like devotion that some Apple loyalists feel toward the company and its products.

Next iPhone to be unveiled October 4

New Apple CEO Tim Cook is expected to be on hand for the upcoming launch of the next iPhone

Apple will unveil its next-generation iPhone at an event on Tuesday, October 4, according to a report on AllThingsD, a Wall Street Journal blog network.

The phone will be available to consumers “within a few weeks” of that announcement, the publication says, citing unnamed sources.

CNN has not confirmed this news and AllThingsD acknowledges the date could change.

The smartphone likely will be called the iPhone 5 or the iPhone 4S, according to the common wisdom on tech blogs.

A version of the phone was reportedly found in a San Francisco bar earlier this summer, according to the tech site CNET, but few details about the phone’s hardware are certain.

AllThingsD also expects Tim Cook, Apple’s new CEO, to handle most of the announcement. Cook took over leadership of the much-scrutinized tech company after its iconic co-founder, Steve Jobs, stepped down from the post after going on medical leave.

“The pressure will be on Cook to turn in a good performance at the event,” writes John Paczkowski, “especially after what has so far been a very smooth leadership transition at Apple.”

New iPad joystick promises more precise gaming actions

This joystick uses suction cups to anchor itself on an iPad touchscreen for more precise gaming controls.

Need proof that the iPad and other tablets are geared toward playing games? Now they’ve got their own joystick.

Logitech has leapt into the gadget-accessory fray with a tool it claims will help you avoid a poorly aimed rocket blast or a pass that sails over your wide-open receiver in the end zone.

The Logitech Joystick is clearly aimed at making the gaming experience on the iPad closer to what gamers have come to know and enjoy on more dedicated gaming devices.

“No one likes to lose a point or go down to defeat because their thumb misses the control area,” the company says on its Web page for the $19.99 gadget.. “The Logitech Joystick gives you a thumb-stick style game controller for iPad that you can use with just about any game with an on-screen joystick or d-pad.”

The joystick attaches to the iPad screen with suction cups, letting the user move it around depending on the game. A coiled spring keeps the stick centered.

The site lists 32 games that the joystick is currently compatible with. That list is heavily weighted toward sports games and shooters that made a splash on traditional gaming consoles before being reworked for the iPad.

Among them: “Madden NFL 11,” “Call of Duty World at War: Zombies,” “FIFA ’11,” “Prince of Persia: Warrior Within” and “Resident Evil 4.”

More casual titles like “Cut the Rope” and “Fruit Ninjas” are nowhere to be seen, a likely nod to the fact that many of those games require swiping at multiple spots instead of being focused largely in one place.

The Wall Street Journal notes that the product is part of an increased focus on tablet accessories by Logitech, which has struggled somewhat as Apple’s ascendance has hurt its PC-accessory trade.

CNET noted that the joystick, which is available for pre-order and set to ship in September, looks similar to the already available Fling Joystick, which performs a similar function and is offered at the same price.

Steve Jobs’ top 5 showman moments

Steve Jobs is a technology innovator: the man who, alongside partner Steve Wozniak, sat in a garage and built a computer that would change the world of personal electronics.

But as Apple morphed from a band of edgy outsiders to one of the world’s richest companies, the Steve Jobs the public saw changed, too.

As an individual, he’s always remained a private man — the consummate techie geek more interested in helping craft the next big thing than giving interviews or chatting with stockholders.

But as head of Apple, he became a world-class showman. In his trademark jeans and black mock turtleneck, he sold product by selling a vision.

And if his public appearances smacked somewhat of P.T. Barnum (and undoubtedly they did), Jobs wasn’t looking for the suckers born every minute. He was looking for fellow true believers to join the fold.

That persona created a host of memorable moments that will live on in the annals of the tech world for years. Here are five of our favorites:

1. The iPhone does it all

For a look at Jobs the showman, it’s hard to do better than his reveal of the iPhone in 2007.

To a typically adoring Apple crowd, Jobs runs down groundbreaking moments for Apple, like the Macintosh in 1984 and the iPod in 2001.

He then announces that he’ll be introducing three “revolutionary products of this class.”

“The first one: a widescreen iPod with touch controls.”

“Second, a revolutionary mobile phone.”

“The third, a breakthrough Internet communications device.”

Then, he grins as the icons for the three devices beginning spinning on the giant screen behind him until they nearly blur into one.

“Are you getting it?” Jobs said. “These are not three separate devices. This is one device. And we are calling it iPhone.”

2. Welcome to the Apple Store

The so-called experts thought a store that sold only one company’s products was a bad idea. Jobs, of course, disagreed.

In a 2001 video shown to Apple developers, CEO Jobs strolls through the as-yet-unopened store in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia, that would be the first of more than 300 Apple stores worldwide.

Jobs strolls around, showcasing then-novel features such as the Genius Bar and nooks for children’s activities.

With nary an iPod or iPhone in sight (the iPod was launched in October that year, with the iPhone following in 2007), Jobs introduced the concept that the stores would be more than just retail space.

“Literally half the store is devoted to solutions,” Jobs says in the video. “Because people don’t just want to buy personal computers any more. They want to know what they can do with them.”

3. The ‘magical iPad’

It was easy to mock the starry-eyed enthusiasm Jobs displayed in January of last year when he unveiled a tablet computer called the iPad.

“Extraordinary.” “Gorgeous.” “Unbelievably great.” “A dream.”

“It’s so much more intimate than a laptop,” he said. This won’t be a purchase, he suggested. This will be a relationship.

Of course, all the gadget went on to do was absolutely dominate the emerging tablet market. By some accounts, the iPad now holds about 90% of the tablet market.

4. Graduation

Jobs’ 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University was the rare instance when his public and private personas collided.

It was rare enough for Jobs to accept a public-speaking engagement. More surprising by half was that he used it to share some of the most personal details of his life.

He began by stoking the flames on one of the famous details of his story — that he was in the process of becoming one of the world’s most famous college dropouts.

“This is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation,” he laughed.

He then goes on to talk about being given up for adoption when he was born, of leaving school in part because of the cost to his adoptive parents, and of dropping in on classes for a year-and-a-half after that.

He later frankly discusses his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer and musings on death.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life,” he said.

5. Tablet computers? What are those?

This is one that’s only fully appreciated as a performance in retrospect.

At the All Things D digital conference in 2007, a meeting of the tech titans happened when Jobs and Microsoft’s Bill Gates sat down together for an interview.

Gates reveals that he carries a tablet computer around with him all the time. He calls the then-nascent gadgets the future of computing.

“I think you’ll have a full-screen device that you carry around and you’ll do dramatically more reading off of that,” says Gates. “I believe in the tablet form factor … and then you’ll have the device that fits in your pocket.”

This was, of course, more than two years before Apple’s iPad would be unveiled, but it’s hard to imagine Jobs and company didn’t already have it in the works.

The first time the word “tablet” is mentioned, Jobs swivels in his chair and appears to literally bite his lip.

The first words Jobs says about the future of computers? “The PC has proved to be very resilient.”

He eventually allows that “post-PC devices” are part of the future. But his poker face is fun to watch with hindsight.