According to some new reports from the developers of the Instapaper software, Apple's upcoming iPad Mini may not be all that different from the company's low-priced iPad 2. Marco Arment, creator of Instapaper, in a recent statement found previously unseen device identifiers in his application's usage statistics: iPad2,5 and iPad2,6.
From what Arment said, those numbers are in line with the iPad2,1 through iPad2,4 and are used to identify various models in the iPad 2 family. However, Arment is convinced that the identifiers are not for a refresh of the iPad 2, which Apple launched back in early 2011 with the "new" iPad and now sells for $399 in a 16GB WiFi configuration.
"The iPad2,5 and iPad2,6 could be boring: GSM and CDMA versions of the die-shrunk iPad 2...bringing lower costs to the other iPad 2 configurations that are still for sale," Arment noted on his blog. "But now, even later in its life cycle that would be a pretty strange move."
Instead, Arment believes that this is pointing to the new, smaller iPad, dubbed the iPad Mini by most, which Apple is expected to introduce this fall. "The much more likely explanation is that the iPad2,5 and iPad2,6 are the new 'iPad Mini,'" Armen noted. "If so, this suggests that the iPad Mini is, effectively, an iPad 2."
this is true then it is actually a smart idea for Apple. Instead of re-releasing a decreased version of the iPad 2 and calling it something with "iPad 2" in the title, the company can release a smaller version of the device, slap a new name on it and sell it to consumers at a considerably lower cost.
Apple iPad rentals are some of the most popular that Rentacomputer.com has to offer. The devices themselves already come with incredible power and portability, making them very appealing to traveling businessman. If this device really is the iPad Mini then I can guarantee you that rentals of the product will be in high demand. What's better than renting a completely portable tablet? One that is even smaller and more portable!
Source: Computer World - 'iPad Mini' may be spinoff of iPad 2, says dev
If you have been using laptops and desktop computers to survey, take that survey on the road with an iPad.
You can rent from 1 to 1000 iPads for as short a time frame as a day or two. They're perfect for surveys says Darcy Mann of Rentacomputer.com. "More people are moving to the iPad to do surveys. Since the day the first iPad was available for sale, we were renting them and surveys are currently the #1 reason they want to rent an iPad."
Renting hundreds of iPads in hundreds of cities can give you the most accurate and up to date survey results. In fact, results can be polled in real time with apps such as QuickTapSurvey and iSurvey.
Survey apps are a professional market research tool for face to face surveys and kiosk data collection. Apple iPads and iPad kiosks are available to rent from Rentacomputer.com
Conduct surveys, gather survey results and have the results uploaded to corporate for computer analysis. With iSurvey you don’t need an Internet connection while conducting the surveys in the field. Offline results will be stored on the portable device and can be uploaded when an Internet connection becomes available.
If you need an internet connection, Rentacomputer.com can rent that along with the iPads. All models of iPads are available. The most popular unit rented right now is the iPad 2.
Acer recently revised its estimates and, as of right now, doesn't expect "explosive growth" for Windows 8 devices when the operating system launches in October. The CEO of Acer also cited a lack of consumer interest as one of the primary reasons for the new estimate. Acer CEO J.T. Wang was cited saying, "We are still waiting for the signal of the consumers' enthusiasm."
Acer is currently the world's third largest PC vendor and originally expected high growth for the company during the second half of this year. In particular, Acer believed that Windows 8 would help usher in a plethora of new notebooks and tablet devices to the market.
However, the rocky global economy and the uncertainty of the Windows ecosystem have Wang believing that the company will most likely see medium growth. "We see that a lot of PC brand companies and also the channels have a cautious attitude," Wang added. "Although everyone is preparing for the Windows 8 launch, but still there is a lot of reservation, and so we do not see the momentum for very explosive growth has been accumulated."
These "doom and gloom" remarks from Wang don't really surprise anybody though. Wang was quoted earlier asking Microsoft to not sell its own Windows 8 tablet, known as the Surface tablet, as it would hurt the PC vendor partners that Microsoft does business with, including Acer.
Apple currently dominates the tablet market with its juggernaut iPad. Things like iPad rentals have been soaring recently, along with other tablet and laptop rentals, and I would expect that number to increase with the release of the Surface tablet. Rentacomputer.com sees the influences that certain products have on the technology industry and the iPad definitely paved the way for things like Microsoft's Surface tablet.
Many people are looking to the Surface to dethrone Apple's iPad. Many have tried and the closest (in my opinion) anyone has come has to be Samsung and the Galaxy Tab. Unfortunately, Samsung and Apple are in a huge patent war right now so we can see how well that worked out. But maybe the Surface tablet has what it takes, we can only wait and see.
Source: PC World - Acer Does Not Expect 'Explosive Growth' for Windows 8 Later This Year
Is your company planning on exhibiting at or planning to host a trade show or event this year? If you are and you really want to impress attendees and leave a lasting impression, look toward a Tech Travel Agent from Rentacomputer.com and a full line of Event Rental Services. But before you do, consider the following tips.
There is complexity and risk of traveling with expensive technology, like a computer or audio visual equipment, and you don't want to do anything that could potentially cost you to lose an expensive piece of equipment. That is why many business professionals book their technology needs with a Tech Travel Agent. Any hardware you need for your show or event can be delivered right to your booth or conference room and set up by trained professionals.
If you have put off exhibiting at a trade show because your display is outdated, in poor repair or because you just don't own one, then call your Tech Travel Agent. Rentacomputer.com's event rental inventory includes trade show displays along with a full compliment of computer and audio video hardware, like floor and wall mounted large plasma screens or a professional grade public address system.
Headed to a large event? If so, you may want to consider a video wall rental or large venue projector rental to get your message or marketing material out to a large audience. A video wall rental can be configured by using large screen plasma displays arranged in a seamless matrix as large as 5 x 5 and a large venue projector can display an image large enough for thousands of viewers.
Large corporate or community events in locations that are not permanently set up for your venue call for a stage rental. With a stage rental, including lighting, sound, and rigging, you can hold your event literally anywhere in the country since all of your infrastructure is delivered right to you.
No matter what you need for your next convention, trade show or conference, your Tech Travel Agent from Rentacomputer.com can deliver. With over 25 years of experience in the industry of computer and technology rentals, no project is too big or too difficult.
A lot of people who seek out Rentacomputer.com for temporary technology have never rented a computer or server before and, like anyone's first time doing anything, these customers usually have a lot of questions on how the rental agreement works, what they can rent, where they can have it delivered and what comes with a rental from Rentacomputer.com.
To help customers better understand the policies and offers that Rentacomputer.com offers here is a handy dandy Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section to help new customers fully understand everything they can get with their technology or computer rental from Rentacomputer.com.
Q. Where can Rentacomputer.com deliver equipment?
Q. Does Rentacomputer.com rent to individuals?
A. We are a business to business rental company only. Exceptions can be made for Professionals working out of home or with other extenuating circumstances.
Q. What is my first step in reserving equipment?
A. Contact us by email with our fast and easy quote request forms, click on any tab on our website and the product listed on that page and we will send you a quotation right away. You can get an Express Quote or a Customized Quote.
Q. Is there a minimum order I must make?
A. No, there are no minimum order requirements.
Q. What other services are available with my order besides the equipment?
A. Shipping or delivery / physical setup / breakdown of equipment.
Q. Can you pre-load software on rental systems in advance of delivery?
A. Yes, simply send us the master CD and we will do the rest.
Q. What shipping companies do you use?
A. We ship all of our freight prepaid and insured via FedEx, Airborne or UPS.
Q. How late can you ship an order?
A. Our national account shipping agreements permit us to take orders up to 3:00pm EST and you still get your equipment by 10:00am the next day.
Q. What products do you rent?
A. We rent all major brands. Specific brand availability is subject to dates and locations.
Q. How does Rentacomputer.com accept payment?
A. American Express, MasterCard and Visa are all accepted. Payment Terms are available upon completion and approval of our Business Application.
Q. What is an FRP?
A. FRP stands for Frequent Rental Point. Points accumulate on every computer rental, notebook rental, projector rental or other technology rental. See your rental quote for the total number of points awarded for each rental.