By Cody Lee on Nov 11, 2013
When Apple took the wraps off its new iPad mini with Retina display last month, it wouldn’t provide a concrete launch date beyond ‘later in November.’ Some have speculated that it would hit store shelves just before Black Friday weekend.
But according to a posting on Apple’s GSX (global service exchange) site for service providers, we may see the tablet as early as tomorrow. In the post, Apple says that it plans to launch the tablet in the US and other countries on November 12… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 8, 2013
Apple’s web page advertises the new iPad mini with Retina display as coming in late November. In Apple’s parlance, that’s probably November 29, a Friday. Apple’s penchant for making new products available shortly following the announcement was not on display at the October 22 media event as the company said the new iPad mini would not launch alongside the iPad Air.
We already heard that Apple was looking to both LG Display and Samsung as the primary iPad mini screen supplier Sharp has been experiencing issues producing high-resolution 7.9-inch IGZO panels, causing limited supplies at launch. A new report alleges Sharp’s LCD panels are actually suffering from burn-in problems, prompting Apple once again to seek help from arch-rival Samsung… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 4, 2013
T-Mobile has caused quite a stir announcing carrying the new iPads with no downpayment, especially the promise of 200MB of free LTE data for life for those who opt for cellular models, as long as they remain customers.
Our own Jeff Benjamin praised T-Mobile’s un-carrier move, noting no other U.S. wireless company has offered free data to iPad users.
The controversy was born after some customers complained that T-Mobile reps told them they couldn’t claim 200MB worth of free monthly data unless they were paying phone customers. Otherwise, it’s a $10 a month On Demand plan charge and T-Mobile CEO John Legere calling it an “executional mistake” didn’t help.
So, what exactly is going on here? Is the 200MB free tier a bait and switch or a legitimate offer, with some strings attached? We lay it all out for you right after the break… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 4, 2013
The iPad Air is without a doubt one of Apple’s most marvelous engineering feats to date. It features a huge screen with a slimmer bezel than previous full sized iPads. It provides an immersive experience that just can’t be achieved on the minuscule iPad mini.
It’s also much lighter than its predecessors, which is obviously something desirable to anyone who’s held a full sized iPad in their hands for any nominal length of time. It’s not just lighter and slimmer and thinner — it feels like a completely different product.
But before I take it too far, let me just say outright that regular iPad mini users won’t be as impressed by the weight loss. It’s still significantly larger, heavier, and harder to handle than the iPad mini, which may lead to disappointment for the looking into getting back into full sized iPads.
I too, suffered from such disappointment, but it was short lived after I took the time to appreciate that the iPad Air isn’t the mini, and never pretended it was. It’s a full sized tablet in a marvelously well put together package, and it’s definitely something you should consider picking up if you want the “true” iPad experience.
As primal as it may seem, there’s just something to be said about using a device whose screen is large and in charge. The iPad Air is sort of like holding a television in your hands, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, given its slimness and light weight.
If you’ve yet to take the plunge, then what should you do? Should you go into the Apple Store and compare both side by side? Should you give Apple’s 14 day return policy a go, and spend some quality time with the Air? Check inside for my opinions on the matter. Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 31, 2013
While Apple continues to keep mum on a specific release date for its iPad mini with Retina display—as of now, it’s sticking with ‘November’—retail giant Target is expecting the tablet to launch the third week in November.
More specifically, November 21. The company let the date slip in its online product listing for the Retina iPad mini at Target.com, where it lists the release date for the device as the Thursday in the week before Thanksgiving… Read More
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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