The third-generation iPad finds itself at the tender mercies of iFixit, baseball players can't wait to trade in for their new iPads, and the British are coming, the British are coming (to dinner). The remainders for Thursday, March 15, 2012 are so hungry they could eat a house.
iPad 3 4G Teardown (iFixit)
Those guys at iFixit are so fast at breaking down new technology, I'm starting to suspect they've stashed a DeLorean somewhere in their labs. Anyway, as you might guess, the new iPad 3 is chock full o' batteries, helping to keep its Retina display and 4G networking chugging along at the same great battery life you've always expected. Just once, I'd like them to find something really surprising: "Hey, look! A quarter!"
MLB players, staff eager for new iPad release (USA Today)
When iFixit tears apart iPads, you know who goes wanting? Major league baseball players. Turns out that the pros, and the sport's other personnel, are big iPad fans. They use them for scouting reports, to show video on players' own habits, and even just to kill time. You know, Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane does the same thing, but only with undervalued tablets like the PlayBook and TouchPad.
2012 U.S. Wireless Smartphone And Traditional Mobile Phone Satisfaction Studies - Volume 1 (J.D. Power and Associates)
The folks at J.D. Power (and, naturally, their associates) have compiled their latest study of customer satisfaction in the cell phone market. Unsurprisingly, Apple has taken the number one spot for the seventh consecutive time, scoring 839 out of 1000. You think that's good? You should see the company's SATs.
Dinner at the White House: the Brits on the guest list (The Guardian)
Oh, to be a fly on the wall of the White House dinner party with Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville, golfer Rory McIlroy, Homeland's Damian Lewis, Virgin founder Richard Branson, the band Mumford & Sons, and Apple design guru Jonathan Ive. I love all of these things. Except for golf. (Oh yes, and some dude named "David Cameron" will be there too. Whatever he does.)
Well, it wouldn't be an Apple device launch without some controversy. Change.org wants customers to protest outside of Apple stores in Washington DC, New York City, and San Francisco tomorrow. The organization is concerned that the manufacture of Apple products harms the company's workers in China.