iPad Air 2

Apple phases out iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 2

Apple today bid farewell to both the 9.7-inch iPad Air 2 model and its smaller, older brother—the 7.9-inch iPad mini 2.

As of today, neither iPad Air 2 nor iPad mini 2 are available to purchase from Apple. Earlier this morning, the Cupertino firm announced a new 9.7-inch tablet model, called simply iPad.

Simultaneously, the company phased-out the 32-gigabyte edition of iPad mini 4 while giving the iPad mini 4 lineup twice the storage without increasing prices.

Apple announces new $329 9.7-inch iPad, replacing iPad Air 2 & launching this Friday

Aside from announcing a beautiful new (PRODUCT)RED finish of the iPhone 7 series, Apple today unveiled a new, more affordable 9.7-inch iPad model, its most popular-sized tablet. Featuring a brighter 9.7-inch Retina display and Apple’s previous-generation 64-bit A9 chip, the 9.7-inch tablet will be available this Friday starting at $329 for the 32GB with Wi-Fi model, its most affordable price ever.

A guide to using Travel Time in Calendar on iPhone and Mac

Travel Time is a nifty addition to Apple’s Calendar, capable of precisely estimating the duration of your upcoming trip based on parameters such as milage and traffic. Used properly, it can notably ease some of your daily scheduling woes, but paradoxically, a large contingent of regular Calendar users still routinely overlook the feature.

Formerly introduced as frequent locations and traffic conditions widgets, the service has only slowly gained traction amongst users. Travel Time today however has come of age and is now neatly integrated into one of the most popular productivity applications both on iOS and macOS. So if you didn’t get the memo on the virtues of Travel Time in Calendar, here’s what you need to know.

OtterBox expands uniVERSE system to iPad Air 2 & 9.7-inch iPad Pro, adds new partners

OtterBox’s popular uniVERSE modular case system for the iPhone 6 and later will soon be expanding to the iPad. The company has announced its plans to launch a new case soon for the iPad Air 2 and 9.7-inch iPad Pro specifically, along with a number of new accessories to complement them.

All uniVERSE case systems are designed so you can add or remove compatible accessories to your device, such as camera lenses, external batteries, and tripods among other kinds of things thanks to special adapters built into the back of the case.

Tip: name your Touch ID fingerprints

On iPhones and iPads outfitted with Apple’s fingerprint identity sensor, you can set Touch ID to purchase App Store apps, pay for in-store items with Apple Pay, unlock private data in third-party apps, get into the device by scanning your fingerprint and more.

Enrolling multiple fingers is a great way to improve Touch ID accuracy and make your experience better. By default, iOS names each new fingerprint as “Fingerprint 1,” “Fingerprint 2,” “Fingerprint 3” and so forth.

Thankfully, you can rename your saved prints to something more descriptive so you can quickly distinguish them.

Twelve South updates BookBooks for iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4, previews BookBook for iPad Pro

Premium, Apple-exclusive accessory maker Twelve South has refreshed its lineup of vintage leather cases that offer both protection and nice disguise with two new versions, one for the iPad Air 2 and the other for the iPad mini 4. In addition, the company has previewed a BookBook case for the iPad Pro, which will be shipping this Spring.

BookBook for iPad Pro will have “features that complete your iPad Pro,” including a display stand, a built-in sketching angle and an integrated pocket to protect and store your Apple Pencil.

Dual-layer ArmorBox by i-Blason protects your iPad Air 2 like a boss

We’ve got another rugged case to tell you about as part of our accessory spotlight series, which is where we showcase a variety of accessories, from cases to speakers, which are top of their class. We select the products in this series to highlight based on a high consumer rating, although we may not have tested them ourselves.

You may know by now that I love camping. I also love bringing my gadgets with me when I spend time in the great outdoors. I know that goes against what most people consider “roughing it,” but some of my favorite pastimes involve sitting around the campfire listening to podcasts, or watching a movie in my tent when the world outside is totally black.

If you like to bring your iPad Air 2 with you on camping trips, or maybe you are just prone to accidents and just want to protect your tablet with a rugged case, you should check out the ArmorBox by i-Blason.

Multi-Angle DODOcase for iPad Air 2 is a folio with style

Today’s accessory spotlight series is on folio cases for the iPad Air 2. In this series, we provide information on a variety of different accessories for iPhone and iPad to help you pick the right item for your needs. We choose the products in this series because of their significant consumer rating, even though we may not have tested them ourselves.

Dodo makes high quality, executive style folio cases for all models of the iPad. Current US president, Barack Obama has been spotted with a DODOcase in the past. We want to tell you about the company’s most popular model, the Multi-Angle DODOcase, which has a sleek, business-like look, but also has useful functionality. 

The best accessories for new iPhone and iPad owners

Now that you have your brand new iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, or maybe iPad Air 2 or iPad Pro (or both, for that matter), you’ll need some accessories to go with your new gadgets. Cases are a must have for protection, but there are lots of ways to compliment the look and productivity of your iOS device.

We’ve got a list of our 10 favorite accessories for the iPhone and iPad. But, keep in mind that everyone is different and what we think is perfect, might not fit your needs. If you have favorite accessories for the iPhone and iPad, please feel free to include them in the comments.

The best keyboard cases for iPad Air 2

Since early 2015, we’ve been on the hunt to find great accessories for your iOS devices. We want to provide you with a variety of different types of products, so you can see for yourself, which one is the best for your needs.

This time, we are presenting an accessory roundup for the iPad Air 2. We’ve sought out a half-dozen keyboards for your review and came up with what we believe to be the best keyboard cases for iPad Air 2. If you don’t see your favorite on this list, feel free to add it to the comments section.

Best Buy offering $125 off iPad Air 2, $100 off iPad mini 4 right now

Folks who missed out on all of the Black Friday iPad sales will want to check out their local Best Buy today. The popular electronics retailer is currently discounting all of its iPad Air 2 models by $125, and all of its iPad mini 4 models by $100.

The promotion is available online, and it applies to both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular models. So for instance, you can pick up a 16GB Wi-Fi iPad Air 2 for just $375 (normally $499), or a 16GB iPad mini 4 for just $299.

Apple’s massive tablet gets its killer app: djay Pro for iPad Pro is here

The iPad Pro has just received what could be described as a killer app in the form of German developer Algoriddim’s djay Pro, a brand new iPad-exclusive apps for both pro and aspiring DJs which launched this morning in the App Store.

Joining Algoriddim’s existing djay Pro for Mac, djay 2 for iPhone and djay 2 for iPad apps, djay Pro for iPad replicates the productivity of its Mac counterpart with extensive support for more than 70 keyboard shortcuts and iOS 9’s Split View and Slide Over multitasking modes.

More importantly, the software takes full advantage of the iPad Pro’s A9X chip to deliver pristine sound quality, desktop-class performance and features like high-definition waveforms, four decks, and video mixing with 4K support—all in real-time and without ever skipping a beat.