Does Apple charge too much for tablet memory?

Today in Apple: Inflated tablet memory costs in iPads? Plus: Fix ugly iPad wallpaper, and Apple supply chain changes

Apple Tablet Memory Costs

Apple has long been known for charging a premium for increased storage on its products. But is it charging too much for tablet memory?

Tablet manufacturers can buy Flash storage at a market price of £5.95 for 16GB, according to a Which? investigation. However, consumers who purchase a 32GB iPad Air will have to pay £80 more than they would for the 16GB version.

Meanwhile, Google charges an extra £70 to increase the memory on its Nexus 10 from 16GB to 32GB, and Amazon charges £40 for the same storage increase on its Kindle Fire HDX 8.9.

More at The Telegraph

Obviously it's not just Apple that's doing this since the article mentions Google. Samsung is also in hot water for its OS and apps taking up a significant amount of the advertised storage space.

Is any of this okay? No, not really. But if you don't buy Google, Apple or Samsung tablets then you really don't have a lot of options. Each company provides a certain amount of value for the money they charge for a tablet. And each user must consider this value proposition and decide if it's worth paying more for more memory, among other things.

I'd like to see the prices cut across the board for increased storage, by all of these companies. But I definitely don't think it would be fair to single Apple out since everybody else seems to be doing it as well.

Fix Ugly iPad Wallpaper

Wired has some tips on how to fix your iPad's wallpaper if iOS 7 has made it ugly.

Apple’s latest operating system, iOS 7, is frustrating a lot of people who just want to set their lock screen to their favorite wallpaper. People are complaining, for instance, that their iPad wallpaper, which wasn’t stretched before the iOS 7 update, is now pixelated. Or it’s not the right aspect ratio. Or there are black borders on each side of what was once a great lock screen image.

These problems arise for two reasons: First, Apple’s parallax feature, which is meant to simulate true depth, needs to resize wallpaper images to work its magic. Second, particularly on the iPad, iOS attempts to find the best wallpaper resolution for both landscape and portrait modes, and that’s where the stretching happens. Even more frustrating, iOS 7 really seems to want to position your wallpaper in its preferred way, and it won’t let you reposition it.

More at Wired

I haven't noticed any of these problems on my iPad Air, but I don't pay much attention to my wallpaper anyway. Hopefully some of these fixes will work well for those who have been frustrated by the wallpaper changes made by iOS 7.

Apple Shakes Up Supply Chain

Apple Insider is reporting that Apple has made changes in its supply chain.

Details on Apple's alleged supply chain adjustments were reported on Wednesday by DigiTimes, which claims that Taiwan-based manufacturing partners are now "purely" responsible for production of devices. The changes reportedly come as Apple has been able to obtain better supply of components from its own sources, allowing the company to cut out an unnecessary intermediary party and increase its profits.

But Apple is also said to have appeased its partners by letting them raise quotes to maintain their gross margins. As a result, Apple is reportedly expected to increase OEM partners' profits in the near-term by between 3 and 5 percent.

More at Apple Insider

It looks like Apple has made a couple of smart moves with these changes, and everybody seems to win. You have to tip your hat to Tim Cook, the guy is amazing when it comes to operations.

What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.

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