Southwest Airline and Dish launch iPad 2 loan program ahead of holiday travels

By Ed Sutherland on Oct 29, 2013

Just in time for the maddening holiday travel rush, one U.S. airline has announced plans to provide flyers with a loaner iPad and satellite programming. The ‘DISH Anywhere’ offer by Southwest Airlines and the satellite television network is available to passenger flying between Denver, Oakland and Chicago.

The iPad 2 loaner program follows Southwest’s earlier Watch on the Fly service, bringing free DISH programming to airline customers owning an iDevice… Read More

 

Apple may be unable to cope with Retina iPad mini demand, says Cook

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 28, 2013

In addition to the iPad’s outstanding (yet perfectly plausible) 94 percent share in education (bonus: other amazing stats), Apple’s boss Tim Cook cautioned Wall Street analysts and investors on an earnings call that not everyone may get their hands on an iPad mini with Retina display when it starts shipping in late-November.

It gets worse: he wasn’t confident in Apple’s ability to make enough Retina iPad minis to satisfy Christmas quarter demand either… Read More

 

Booqpad combines an iPad mini case and notepad into one

By Jim Gresham on Oct 25, 2013

I like being professional. Sure, being a blogger doesn’t mean my job screams business suit, white dress shirt, and dark blue tie. After all, I’m not rolling down the hallways of an IBM clone factory like my father did before me. But, I love him anyway. Being professional does not require the suit, but it can easily be defined by accessories. No, not a pocket square. I mean your gadget accessories.

For my iPhone 5s, when I am trying to look the part, I opt for the Kouros leather sleeve, because it is simple, streamlined, black, and refined. When it comes to my iPad mini, I also prefer those same characteristics. But, often, the mini is more of my work horse, which should get even better with an A7 processor. I may grab my phone in a meeting to check the calendar or a quick notification about the Virginia Tech Hokies, but iPad is the true go-to for more complex tasks. Keeping things at my fingers, the Booqpad mini by Booq even has a spot for handwritten notes… Read More

 

Some Apple Stores now carrying non-Retina iPad mini in Space Gray

By Cody Lee on Oct 24, 2013

Alongside the new iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display, Apple announced a small update for the first-gen iPad mini on Tuesday. The (non-Retina) tablet has been given a small price reduction, and a new ‘Space Gray’ colorway.

And according to a new report, some retail stores have quietly begun stocking these new minis on their shelves—meaning they’re now available for purchase. So if you’re interested, it might be worth checking your local Apple Store… Read More

 

Old iPads are hot: 81 percent of North American tablet traffic

By Ed Sutherland on Oct 24, 2013

On Tuesday, just a few hours ahead of Apple’s iPad keynote, new evidence surfaced about how entrenched Apple’s device is in the minds of tablet users. Although Apple’s tablet has undergone a number of updates, the old iPad 2 remarkably still accounts for the vast majority of U.S. and Canadian web traffic.

That’s the word from ad network Chitika, showing iPads are 81 percent of North American tablet-based online traffic. The next closest competitor is the Kindle Fire from Amazon, nipping at Apple’s heels with 6.1 percent. This is the second report in as many days showing even the oldest iPads dominate all contenders… Read More

 

T-Mobile to sell 16GB iPads with no downpayment

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 24, 2013

Piggy-backing on Tuesday’s unveiling of the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display, the agile T-Mobile USA immediately tweeted out they’ll be carrying cellular models with a free 200MB plan. Today, the Deutsche Telekom-owned carrier, the nation’s fourth-largest, has shed more light on its iPad strategy.

Your key takeaway: there will be no downpayment for those in the market for a cellular iPad Air or Retina iPad mini variant. However, the no-downpayment bait applies only to the entry-level models with sixteen gigabytes of storage. The full breakdown of T-Mobile’s UnCarrier offering is right below… Read More

 

Apple’s inaugural iPad Air ad – ‘Pencil’ – hits YouTube

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 23, 2013

You’ve read all there is to know about Apple’s iPad Air, watched Jony Ive talk enthusiastically about the crazy attention to detail that had gone into designing the product – perhaps streamed or even downloaded the entire keynote to your computer – and now you can appreciate Apple’s inaugural, feel-good, mission-statement iPad Air ad.

This is the same 60-second commercial that was played to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts audience yesterday, and now it’s just gone live over at Apple’s YouTube channel. It’s included for your viewing pleasure right after the fold and I urge you to give it a watch and join the discussion down in the comments… Read More

 

Apple drops refurbished iPad mini entry price to $249, iPad 4 to $379

By Cody Lee on Oct 23, 2013

After introducing of the new iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display yesterday, Apple lowered the prices of its refurbished iPads across the board. The entry-level (first-gen) iPad mini, for example is now just $249.

That’s down $30 from where it was before the new iPad announcements, and $50 less than a new one, which Apple dropped down to $299 yesterday. And don’t worry, Apple has discounted its full-sized tablets as well… Read More

 

Apple unveils new iPad mini with Retina display, A7 processor

By Cody Lee on Oct 22, 2013

Now that he’s finished up his staggering ‘iPad Air’ announcement, Apple’s Phil Schiller has turned his focus to the smaller iPad mini. It too is getting a big refresh today, with the long-awaited display bump.

As expected, Apple has managed to squeeze its Retina screen in the tiny tablet, giving it the same 2048 x 1536 resolution as its larger sibling. And it’s also added its 64-bit A7 processor, and other goodies… Read More

 

Apple updates Smart Covers and Cases for new iPads

By Cody Lee on Oct 22, 2013

Although there wasn’t any mention of the rumored Surface-like keyboard cover at today’s iPad event, Apple did announce updates for its current line of cases that will launch alongside the two new tablets.

Both the iPad Air and new iPad mini with Retina display will get a new set of Smart Covers and Smart Cases. The Covers, again, just cover the screen of the iPad, but the Cases offer wraparound protection… Read More

 

T-Mobile to carry cellular models of new iPads with free 200MB plan

By Cody Lee on Oct 22, 2013

Wow, just when you thought T-Mobile couldn’t get any crazier, it goes and does something like this. As CEO John Leger hinted last week, the [un-]carrier has finally landed Apple’s iPad, but there’s a big twist.

Apparently, T-Mobile will be offering an entry-level data package with 200 MB free of charge alongside the tablet. And of course, higher-limit packages will be available too, starting at $30/month for 2.5 GB… Read More

 

iPad Air vs iPad mini with Retina display tech specs

By Sébastien Page on Oct 22, 2013

We recently published the tech specs for the iPad mini with Retina display versus the original iPad mini. Many of you were curious to see how the new iPad mini with Retina display does when pitted against the iPad Air, in terms of tech specs.

What difference is there between the iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina display, besides the larger screen? You can find out about that, and many more tech specifications differences below… Read More

 

New iPads pricing and availability

By Cody Lee on Oct 22, 2013

Now that you know Apple has a new full-sized tablet, which it’s interestingly decided to call the ‘iPad Air,’ and new iPad mini with Retina display, most of us have two questions on our minds: how much? And when can I get one?

While it looks like the new iPad Air is going to be available within a couple of weeks, there’s no concrete launch date yet for the second generation mini. We’ve posted all of the pricing and availability details for both tablets after the fold… Read More

 

iPad mini with Retina display vs iPad mini tech specs

By Sébastien Page on Oct 22, 2013

Apple quickly unveiled the new iPad mini with Retina display today. The event felt like a non event as the company didn’t spend much time talking about the new device.

Prior to the announcement, I was worried that the mini, my iPad of choice, was going to get a weight and size increase, just like the iPad 3 got when it was updated with a Retina display. Turns out that my concern got confirmed as the Retina mini is indeed a tad bit bigger than its predecessor. Nothing dramatic, as you can see in the iPad mini with Retina display tech specs compared to the original iPad mini… Read More

 

Legit shots of gold iPad mini 2 with Touch ID or an elaborate hoax?

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 21, 2013

Today, the Wall Street Journal has come to the rescue establishing there’ll be a Retina iPad mini tomorrow. Thank God for that – otherwise we’d be left in the dark. As for yours truly, I’ve had a great time watching some of the respondents in our non-scientific poll go from the previous ‘no Retina = no buy’ to the newest ‘no Touch ID = no buy’ complaint.

Ming Chi-Kuo’s last-minute predictions have only added fuel to the fire by shooting down the gold colorway and Touch ID upgrades for both new iPads, the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2. Of course, not all of this particular analyst’s magic tricks work out as he plans.

For starters, we’ve previously seen high-resolution photographs of purported iPad mini 2 and iPad 5 shells in Space Grey so there could easily be a gold colorway in the pipeline. Let’s also not forget about Chinese sources that have recently leaked out an iPad mini front part with a Touch ID Home button - our strongest indications to date of Apple adopting fingerprint reading as standard across the board.

For doubting Thomas’ out there, here’s another last-minute leak claiming to represent a nearly-assembled iPad mini 2 in gold – and yes, proudly sporting the sophisticated Touch ID thingie… Read More

 

iPhone 5c is narrowing on iPhone 5s lead, according to analytics firm

By Ed Sutherland on Oct 21, 2013

The popularity of Apple’s iPhone 5c is increasing. After a string of reports suggesting more iPhone 5s handsets were being sold, new numbers shop the sales gap shrinking. In a curious move for a smartphone first thought to attract mainly emerging markets, the iPhone 5c popularity in the U.S. is higher than overall global demand.

According to researchers at Localytics, the ration of iPhone to iPhone 5s sales is 1.9, much smaller than the 3.4 ratio reported during the first week of sales for Apple’s two new iPhones… Read More

 

Poll: which new iPad are you looking forward to?

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 21, 2013

We’re less than 24 hours away from tomorrow’s big reveal at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center at 10am PDT / 1pm EDT so all eyes are on Apple’s next-generation iPads.

By all accounts, Tim Cook & his sidekicks should unveil a fifth-generation full-size model featuring bumped up specs and a thinner and lighter iPad mini-style appearance. A second-generation iPad mini with the sought-after Retina display treatment should be on tap as well.

Even though it’s customary for major Apple media events that some of the predictions pan out while others never come to be, these new iPads should be a no-brainer and we’ll find out soon enough for sure.

Until then, iDB invites you to participate in a non-scientific poll and tell us which iPad you are looking forward to the most… Read More

 

Another report claims Retina iPad mini inventory will be limited at launch

By Cody Lee on Oct 18, 2013

With Apple’s tablet event just a few days away, speculation continues to mount on what we may see unveiled on stage. A redesigned iPad 5 seems like a given, but there are still some unknowns regarding the new iPad mini.

The biggest question on everyone’s mind is if the 7.9-inch slate will get the Retina treatment this time around. According to Peter Misek, the answer is yes. The analyst fully expects Apple to introduce a hi-res mini next week… Read More

 

Apple sends out invites for October 22 iPad event: ‘we still have a lot to cover’

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 15, 2013

The Wall Street Journal-owned technology blog, AllThingsD, reported last week that Apple’s next media event will take place on October 22, that’s next Tuesday. Sure enough, the company just sent out invites for the October 22 event to select members of the press. The invitation-only press conference will be held at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco and will begin at 10am PDT / 1pm EDT, John Paczkowski of AllThingsD first reported and The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple subsequently confirmed.

The invite graphics features a close up of the Apple logo set against the white background and a bunch of colorful apple leaves. “We still have a lot to cover,” reads the tagline… Read More

 

iPad rumors: redesigned Smart Covers, Retina iPad mini could bulk up slightly

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 14, 2013

In today’s roundup of the somewhat obvious Apple rumors, a new report has suggested that the upcoming iPad mini 2 will be a tad thicker than its predecessor, presumably in order to accommodate a bigger battery needed to drive Apple’s power-hungry Retina display. This is newsworthy as none of the leaks to date has pointed to added bulk.

The thicker iPad mini meme isn’t unexpected: watchful readers will remember that Apple’s third-generation iPad with Retina display turned out to be slightly thicker than the previous iPads, due to the larger battery inside… Read More