HOUSTON – Apple is reportedly preparing to unveil a new iPad and iPad Mini in the next week or two; also, Netflix is talking to cable operators about a new offering. This and more in today’s Tech Talk…
== New iPads on the way ==
Apple could unveil its new iPad “5” at an event next Tuesday, Oct. 22. According to a CNET report, the new tablet will look mostly similar to the current iPad, but it will have a faster processor. It’ll also be thinner and lighter. Although the iPad “6” (coming out in 2014 or so) is rumored to have a larger, higher quality display, the fifth-generation iPad will likely not be any larger than 9.7 inches. Other rumors suggest it will have better battery life and a better camera with a slow-motion feature. It’ll likely start at $499 and come out in November.
As for the new iPad Mini 2, it will reportedly feature a retina display and a faster processor.
Of course, all of these specs are just rumors from “employees” and analysts within the tech industry. Apple hasn’t confirmed anything -- not even the date of the unveiling.
== Netflix talking to cable operators ==
The Wall Street Journal reports Comcast and other cable TV providers are in talks with Netflix about adding a streaming service to set-top boxes. This would allow customers to watch both live/cable TV and Netflix streaming through their cable box. It’s a love-hate relationship since many people who have “cut the cord” say they turned to Netflix to save money. Even if Netflix makes an appearance in set-top boxes, it won’t be for quite a while.
== Yahoo! Mail complaints ==
The new Yahoo! Mail launched last week, and the good news (for those who welcome change) is the revamp looks a lot like the more successful Gmail service. The bad news is some users have reported issues with the new layout. Many logged in only to find their e-mail inbox empty. Apparently a glitch forwarded all incoming mail to some users' alternate address. Yahoo! didn’t official comment on the apparent issue but responded to some complaints about it via Twitter.