Retina iPad mini refurbs now available

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 17, 2014

Apple’s iPad mini with Retina display is great until the reality hits you in your face with a lofty price tag of four hundred bucks for the entry-level model with just sixteen gigabytes of storage and no cellular connectivity. From time to time, Apple makes good-as-new gear such as iPads and MacBooks available for purchase at reduced prices via the refurbished section of its Online Apple Store.

And now, for the first time the company’s iPad mini with Retina display is available refurbished, too, starting at $419 for for the Wi-Fi model with 32 gigabytes of storage. That’s sixteen percent off for a cool $80 savings over the list price. The 64GB Wi-Fi refurb costs $509, or $90 less versus standard pricing for brand new models… Read More

 

Next-gen iPad Air and Retina iPad mini to feature A8 processor, Touch ID

By Cody Lee on Apr 10, 2014

Rounding out our coverage of Ming-Chi Kuo’s lengthy report on 2014 Apple products last night, we have the iPad. We’ve already discussed the analyst’s predictions for the iWatch and iPhone, and now it’s time to take a look at his prophecies for Apple’s next-gen tablets.

According to Kuo, the Cupertino company is planning on launching a second generation iPad Air this year alongside a new Retina iPad mini. He says that both slates will feature new A8 processors, and will finally receive Home buttons outfitted with Touch ID technology… Read More

 

A timeline of all the products Apple is rumored to launch this year

By Cody Lee on Apr 9, 2014

Apple is preparing to release a bevy of new products this year, according to a new research note from KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo. The highly regarded analyst has laid out a timeline of all the products Apple is rumored to launch in 2014, beginning in Q2 and going all the way through December.

Kuo sees Apple starting with an iMac refresh in late Q2, followed by upgrades to the iPad Air and iPad mini. He then sees the company introducing a new 4.7-inch iPhone and the oft-rumored iWatch in Q3, and closing out the year with a refreshed Apple TV, 5.5-inch iPhone and a 12″ MacBook… Read More

 

Apple launches TD-LTE capable iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display in China

By Sébastien Page on Mar 31, 2014

Do you remember these two new iPad models that were discovered following the recent release of iOS 7.1? At the time, we speculated that these were likely releases for future versions of the iPad in China – and we were right.

Apple just announced the launch of TD-LTE iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display models, bringing high-speed performances to its customers in China… Read More

 

Good deal: 42% off Tough Armor case bundle for iPad mini (plus a hot deal for iPhone 5s too)

By Cody Lee on Mar 16, 2014

Folks in the market for a new case for their iPad mini or iPad mini with Retina display may want to check out this new Tough Armor  case bundle from Stack Social. The deal site is offering a case, 3 screen protectors and a 5 foot Lightning cable at a steep discount.

The case is from Spigen’s Tough Armor line, which has churned out several popular iPhone cases, and there are 3 screen protectors—two for the screen, one for the back of your iPad. The Lightning cable is also made by Spigen and has been certified by Apple… Read More

 

Target now lets you trade-in your iPad 2 for nearly half off a brand new Retina iPad mini

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 7, 2014

The American retailing company Target is running various deals concerning Apple’s popular devices on a regular basis. In its latest move aimed at encouraging users to ditch their legacy iPad 2, the retailer is offering at least a $150 gift card for an iPad 2 or newer in good condition.

According to TechnoBuffalo, the promotion begins today, March 9, and runs through Saturday, March 15, and is valid in-store only, through Target’s participating locationsRead More

 

Twelve South launches SurfacePad for the iPad Mini

By Cody Lee on Mar 4, 2014

Mac and iOS device accessory maker Twelve South launched its popular SurfacePad for the iPad mini today. The cover, which hit the market last spring for the iPhone 5, is made up of high-quality Napa leather and doubles as both a stand and typing wedge.

But what sets the SurfacePad apart from other covers and cases is that it uses an adhesive backing to attach to the device, rather than trying to fit around the device, which helps cut down on thickness. The cover comes in at just 0.1 inches (or 3.0 mm) thick… Read More

 

Scotland Yard spending $360M on tablets, trial purchase comprising 600 iPad minis

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 10, 2014

Scotland Yard – yes, Scotland Yard – has joined the post-PC revolution by announcing a tablet investment worth £200 million, or about $360 million, part of which is the trial purchase comprising 600 iPad minis.

Scotland Yard, which is a metonym for the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Service, the territorial police force responsible for policing most of London, said the iPad minis will be used as a replacement for police notebooks.

As part of the trial program, officers in Hammersmith and Fulham will be using Apple’s tablet to record crimes and taking witness statements using custom-made apps by the Metropolitan Police… Read More

 

Target launches time-limited deals on iOS devices

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 7, 2014

Target, the nation’s second-largest discount retailer, is launching some pretty interesting deals on Apple’s iOS devices. Starting this coming Sunday, February 9, and through next week’s Saturday, February 15, customers in the market for an iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPad Air and any iPad mini can get discounts in the form of gift cards.

The time-limited promotion will see some of these devices discounted by as much as $50 versus Apple’s asking prices. Jump past the fold for the full per-product breakdown… Read More

 

University of Wisconsin takes Apple to court over A7′s performance-enhancing tricks

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 3, 2014

The University of Wisconsin via its patent-licensing arm, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, has filed a lawsuit against Apple alleging the company’s in-house designed A7 chip infringes the foundation’s patent designed to improve “the efficiency and performance of contemporary computer processors” by introducing a new process for allowing quicker execution of processor instructions.

It’s been reported Monday that Apple’s 64-bit A7 chip, which acts as the primary engine driving the iPhone 5s, the iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina display, apparently uses this technology without permission… Read More

 

Best Buy hosting 2-day sale: $50 off iPad Air, $30 off original iPad Mini

By Cody Lee on Jan 23, 2014

Those in the market for a new iPad Air or a first generation iPad mini may want to check with their local Best Buy this weekend. The retailer is hosting a 2-day sale that will see all models of the two tablets discounted up to $50.

Running Friday and Saturday only, the sale covers all configurations of the iPad Air and original iPad mini. So for example, a 16GB Wi-Fi only Air would only cost you $450. The iPad mini, with its discount, will start at $279… Read More

 

Skype gains push notifications for chats, two-way video calling in HD on A7 devices

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 16, 2014

Skype for iPhone rolled out the ability to conduct two-way video chatting back in December 2010, but the quality of these video calls left a lot to be desired. Back then, the iPhone 4′s back camera could only capture video in 720p and the front-facing camera was good only for VGA-grade video chatting.

Besides, the handset lacked the processing power to make two-way video calling in high-definition a reality.

Today’s update to Skype’s free iPhone and iPad client brings HD video calling to the iPhone 5s, iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display, along with an improved chatting experience and more… Read More

 

Having issues with Cydia Substrate? Try this

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 31, 2013

I woke up this morning to a pleasant surprise: Mobile Substrate had been updated to support iOS 7 on ARM64 CPUs, making it compatible with all of the latest Apple devices like the iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and iPad mini with Retina Display. As you can imagine, I rushed to the office without even brushing my teeth (I know, gross) and installed the new Cydia Substrate package that appeared on Cydia.

Unfortunately for me, none of the tweaks and apps that I had installed began to work after Cydia Substrate was updated. I think it may, and I’m just grasping at straws here, have to do with the fact that I was impatient, and already had a bunch of stuff installed that didn’t work in the first place. To fix this issue, I took a fairly logical approach; I completely uninstalled Substrate and reinstalled it from scratch. Have a look inside for more details. Read More

 

Target holding last-minute sale on iPhones and iPads

By Cody Lee on Dec 21, 2013

Great news for folks who still have some Christmas shopping left to do: Target has announced that it will be holding a last-minute sale on select iPhones and iPads next week. The promotion is slated to begin on Sunday, December 22 and run through the 24th.

The sale will allow customers to snag a 16GB iPhone 5c for just $30—with a two-year agreement of course—along with a free $30 gift card, or an entry-level iPhone 5s for just $179.99 and a free $25 gift card. The retailer will also discount select iPads as well… Read More

 

RadioShack offering free $100 gift card with purchase of 16GB Wi-Fi iPad mini

By Cody Lee on Dec 16, 2013

Those of you in the market for an iPad mini right now will definitely want to check out your local RadioShack. The retailer has informed us that it is offering free $100 gift cards with the purchase of entry-level iPad mini models for a limited time.

The promotion only applies for in-store purchases of the 16GB Wi-Fi-only first generation mini, and the gift card can’t be used until your next visit. Still, depending on how frequently you shop at RadioShack, this could equate to a $100 discount…

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Retina iPad mini shipping times improve to 1-3 days for many countries

By Cody Lee on Dec 15, 2013

Good news for folks trying to snag an iPad mini with Retina display in time for the holidays. Shipping times for the popular tablet have improved in Apple’s web store to 1-3 days for the US, Canada and several other countries.

This applies to all configurations of the new mini, including both Space Gray and Silver colorways and Wi-Fi + Cellular models. And it means that, if you order soon, you can still get one shipped out for free before Christmas… Read More

 

T-Mobile brings back $0 down deal for select iPhone models

By Cody Lee on Dec 11, 2013

Good news for folks looking to grab an iPhone on the cheap before Christmas. T-Mobile is reviving its Black Friday special for a limited time, taking away the down payments for select iPhone models making them completely free up front.

The promotion starts December 11—that’s today—and includes 16GB models of the iPhone 5s and 5c, along with other devices. This means that, if you qualify, you wouldn’t have to pay for either phone until you got your first monthly bill… Read More

 

Retina iPad mini production bottlenecks easing

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 27, 2013

It looks like Apple’s suppliers and manufacturers in Taiwan in China are finally catching up with demand. First we learned that Foxconn is finally ramping up iPhone 5s production, with handset ship times being lowered earlier this week to three to five days for online orders.

And now, despite the initial rumors of shortages concerning the new iPad mini with Retina display it would appear that production bottlenecks are easing quickly, with the Cupertino company reportedly having ordered a total of nearly four million Retina iPad minis in the month of November… Read More

 

Magpul’s Field Case is now available for iPad mini

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 27, 2013

For those wondering, Erie, Colorado-based Magpul Industries Corporation designs and builds polymer firearms accessories and concept firearms.

As of late, they’ve been churning out semi-rigid phone accessories such as the colorful iPhone Field Case made from a durable thermoplastic designed to provide basic protection in the field.

If you’re a fan of the accessory and wish it were available for the iPad mini, Magpul has you covered. Introducing the Magpul Field Case for the iPad mini. Like its iPhone counterpart, the iPad cover is made from the same durable thermoplastic and features PMAG-style ribs for added grip… Read More

 

16/32GB Wi-Fi Retina iPad mini shipping times slip to 5-10 days

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 23, 2013

Apple’s iPad mini with Retina display used to ship in 1-3 business days for the more popular versions with sixteen and 32 gigabytes of storage, with the more capacious variants with 64 and 128 gigabytes of storage being delivered in 5-10 days.

In another development that won’t please holiday shoppers, the entry-level 16GB Retina iPad mini along with its 32GB variant have become harder to come by as shipping estimates on the online Apple Store slip to 5-10 days. Matter of fact, now all capacities, colors, wireless and carrier models (Wi-Fi-only and Wi-Fi + Cellular) of the iPad mini with Retina display are shipping in 5-10 days… Read More

 
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