Report: iOS 7 May Hit iPhones and iPods Before it Comes to iPads

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Apple is supposedly having an event on September 10, and one of the rumored announcements for this hypothetical event is the final version of iOS 7. While support is planned for the iPhones 4, 4S, and 5; the fifth-generation iPod touch; and the iPad 2, iPad mini, and both Retina iPads, a report from 9to5Mac says that the tablet builds are running behind the phone builds and may be delayed slightly. Citing “chatter within Apple” and a feeling among developers that the iPad builds are relatively “unstable and unreliable,” the report says that Apple may opt to upgrade its tablets in a 7.0.1 release that trails the iPhone’s upgrade by a few weeks. The beta builds of iOS 7 also came to the iPhones first-the public beta introduced after WWDC supported iPhones and iPods, but it wasn’t until Beta 2 was issued two weeks later that the software could be installed on iPads.

Read the full story at Ars Technica.

T-Mobile Finds That Giving Away Free Data Is Harder Than It Sounds

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T-Mobile figures that by giving tablet users free data, it might turn a few of them into paying customers.

But it turns out that giving away data is sometimes harder than it seems. T-Mobile’s operations – both human and computer-based – were just not set up to have a nonpaying relationship with customers. As a result, some of the company’s new tablet customers were erroneously charged $10 per month for data that was supposed to be free. T-Mobile has since corrected the problem, and plans to issue refunds to affected customers.

“We had a technology glitch and a training issue that caused some people to believe [they were being charged] – and some people to be charged,” T-Mobile chief marketing officer Mike Sievert said in an interview. “That’s just not right.”

T-Mobile’s plan does allow tablet buyers to bring over any new or existing tablet that’s compatible with T-Mobile’s network and get 200 megabytes of free data each month. On the iPad, for example, customers don’t even need to enter a credit card number, Sievert said. Anyone who was charged $10 for the free service will be credited automatically, he added.

“Every single customer gets free data for life if they have a tablet on our network,” Sievert said. “You don’t need to have any paying relationship with us whatsoever.”

The only other catch – and T-Mobile argues it has been clear about this from the start – is that customers who want to finance their tablet purchase through the carrier must have a paid relationship with T-Mobile.

But that doesn’t necessarily need to be through the tablet. For example, a T-Mobile postpaid phone customer could finance their iPad interest free, even without signing up for a monthly plan for the tablet. Those who aren’t phone customers need at least a $20-per-month tablet plan in order to finance the purchase.

Still, some are grousing that T-Mobile did make it sound like every customer could have both totally free data and finance their device.

“By offering free data for life with incredible upfront pricing, T-Mobile is un-leashing customers to fully enjoy iPad as it was meant to be enjoyed – mobile and connected,” CEO John Legere said in a press release touting the free data offer in conjunction with the ability to pay for the device in installments. T-Mobile phone customers can do both, but those without another line of T-Mobile service have to pay for their device outright or sign up for monthly paid data service to get the 200MB of free data.

Sievert said the free data offer is designed primarily to give people who aren’t currently T-Mobile customers a chance to try out the company’s network. “It has so rapidly improved and changed,” Sievert said. “It stacks up to everyone … People will eventually want more data from us.”

Update, 8:20 p.m.: T-Mobile has posted an updated FAQ to its Web site detailing the issues.

“We readily admit that we had some executional issues around our tablet launch on Nov. 1.,” T-Mobile says on the page. “Breaking with the industry norm and giving data away for free is complicated. There were legacy elements in our system and in our training activities that created the confusion. We are actively working to fix and clarify the website while re-educating all of our channel reps.”

Or, as Legere put it on Twitter:

“Bottom line: we are working to clear up the confusion, but at least we admit it & make it right,” he said, before taking a swipe at AT&T.

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Shelly Palmer Radio Report – July 16, 2013

If you’ve been waiting for a price drop to buy a Microsoft Surface tablet, your time is now. Microsoft recently announced a significant price cut in its entry-level Surface RT tablets. These are the less powerful Surface tablets on the market, and don’t run the full version of Windows 8. However, the Surface RTs are decent in their own right, and are now $150 cheaper. A 32 gig model now runs $349, and doubling the storage to 64 gigs will cost $100 more at $449. The price cut was likely the result of a few factors, including poor sales numbers and new models likely to hit store shelves later this year. The line of Surface tablets has yet to truly take off, but Microsoft is rumored to be debuting new accessories for the Surface soon, including a battery-equipped keyboard cover. If you’re looking to try out a lite version of Windows 8 or are just looking for a mid-range tablet option, the Surface RT is now available at $349, its lowest price ever.

New Nexus 7 Leaked Again, Will Be Available for Sale from 31 July

Its literally raining rumors when it comes to the new Nexus 7. We have seen the leaked photos, specifications and what not. A new rumor suggest that the much awaited second generation Nexus 7 tablet will hit the shelves on 31st July with the price tag of $269, for the 32GB model. On the other hand, the 16GB model is expected to be priced at $229.

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Best Buy to Offer $50 Gift Card on iPad Purchase, $25 on iPad Mini

If you are thinking about buying the Retina display iPad or an iPad 2, check the offer Best Buy have for you. The retail giant has a limited time offer going on that entitles you to a free $50 gift card with the purchase of Retina iPad or iPad 2. If you purchase an iPad mini from Best Buy, you will get a $25 gift card. The offer is valid for all the iPad Models – Wifi and Cellular-starting from 16GB to 128GB. The offer is valid from 20 July to 22 July.

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Another New Nexus 7 Photo Revealed

We just saw a leaked photo of the new Nexus 7 tablet and now we have another one, this time showing the side profile of Google’s next Nexus 7 tablet.

The new Nexus 7 tablet is expected to be made official by Google this week, and it will apparently go on sale on the US before the end of July, with a possible release date of the 30th of July.

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Leaked Best Buy ad has Nexus 7 release on July 30th

We’ve seen a few leaks so far that put the release date of the new Nexus 7 on the last day of July. However, a new leaked ad from Best Buy is pegging the release date on July 30th. Yeah, it is just one day, but with the excitement around this device, a day early is great news.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids Tablet Announced

It looks like Samsung has decided to launch an Android tablet designed specifically for children, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids, which is a version of the Galaxy Tab 3.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids features a kids friendly casing as you can see in the photo below. It comes with a bright orange or yellow bumper case.

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