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

 

iPhones and iPads remain the top pick among US teenagers

By Ed Sutherland on Oct 9, 2013

Despite Samsung’s attempt to label the iPhone as past its prime, Apple remains the top pick among US teenagers. More than half of American teens own an iPhone with nearly three quarter of young people choosing an iPad when it comes to tablets.

When it comes to purchasing decisions, popularity of cheaper Android devices have barely moved the needle, if at all. The figures from Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster bode well for Apple and its continued growth among the key consumer demographic now driving technology purchases… Read More

 

DisplaySearch: Retina iPad mini, larger iPhone in the pipeline

By Cody Lee on Oct 9, 2013

Highly-regarded NPD DisplaySearch issued a new research note late last night, offering up several bold predictions for Apple’s future product plans. It believes the company is preparing to revamp the displays across nearly all of its devices.

Among the forecasts, the marketing research firm says it agrees with the rumors that the new iPad mini Apple is expected to unveil later this month will have a Retina display. And it also concurs with the ongoing ‘larger iPhone screen’ chatter… Read More

 

iPad and iPad mini found to have most responsive tablet touchscreens

By Cody Lee on Oct 8, 2013

Apple’s iPad mini has the most responsive tablet touchscreen, according to some new tests by Agawi. The app-streaming company recently ran it and several other slates through its rigorous TouchMark benchmark to measure the field.

The mini registered a 75ms delay on the latency test, coming in just 6ms ahead of the iPad 4, which posted an 81ms lag. And the rest of the competition was pretty far behind, with the Surface RT at 95ms and the Kindle Fire HD at 114… Read More

 

New concepts depict the iPad mini 2 in gold and blue

By Cody Lee on Oct 2, 2013

Last week, a couple of photos popped up on the web of an alleged next-gen iPad mini with a gold shell. If legit, the leak would seemingly confirm reports that the new tablet will be offered in the same 3 colors as the iPhone 5s.

But as usual, the underground photos didn’t do a very good job of showing off the device in its entirety—in fact, you can only see the bottom. But never fear, Martin Hajek has drawn up some concepts to give us all a closer look…
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New report calls for 8MP camera in both iPad 5 and iPad mini 2

By Cody Lee on Oct 2, 2013

Get ready, it looks like iPad-wielding picture-takers are about to multiply. According to a new report, Apple is going to beef up the iSight cameras in both its fifth generation iPad and second generation iPad mini this year.

Highly regarded analyst Ming-Chi Kuo sent out a note to investors this afternoon, claiming that the two tablets—which are expected to be unveiled later this month—will feature 8-megapixel shooters with larger apertures… Read More

 

Retina iPad mini could face severe supply constraints

By Cody Lee on Oct 2, 2013

Despite the fact that we’ve seen conflicting reports on the topic, the consensus seems to be that Apple is working on an iPad mini with a high resolution display. And it’s expected to introduce the tablet at a media event this month.

According to a new scoop from Reuters, however, even if such a product is unveiled in the near future, it may be a while before you can get your hands on one. The outlet says initial supplies for the slate will be severely constrained… Read More

 

Staples now carrying the iPad in the US

By Cody Lee on Sep 29, 2013

As expected, Staples has begun offering the iPad in its United States stores this weekend. You can now purchase Apple’s popular tablet from both the retailer’s online store and select brick-and-mortar locations.

Now for most people, this doesn’t hold much significance—it’s not like it’s hard to find an iPad these days. But for Apple, this means that its tablet is now available to Staples’ collection of corporate accounts… Read More

 

New video offers detailed look at alleged iPad 5 shell

By Cody Lee on Sep 29, 2013

Apple’s next-generation full-sized iPad is expected to sport a redesigned casing, similar to that of the iPad mini. It’s said to be lighter and thinner than the iPad 4, with an overall smaller footprint.

And a new video surfaced this weekend that gives us a good idea of just how much the two tablets will differ in size, by comparing the measurements of an alleged iPad 5 shell with its predecessor… Read More

 

New photos show alleged gold iPad mini 2 with Touch ID Home button

By Cody Lee on Sep 27, 2013

While it’s still unclear if the next-gen iPad mini will sport a Retina display, it seems that it will feature a Touch ID Home button and gold color option. That is, if this pair of leaked photos showing the alleged tablet are to be believed.

The above image, and one we’ve posted right after the break, surfaced on Chinese site DoNews this morning. And as you can see, they show what appears to be a 7.9-inch iPad with a gold-colored shell and Apple’s new fingerprint sensor… Read More

 

New report claims Retina iPad mini may not ship alongside iPad 5

By Cody Lee on Sep 27, 2013

Apple may not be planning to release an iPad mini with Retina display alongside its next-gen iPad 5 next month, according to a new report, which claims that there’s little supply chain evidence suggesting otherwise.

The news comes from market research firm IHS iSuppi, who is reporting that while the iPad 5 looks to be on track for its expected October launch, manufacturing volumes for the Retina mini point toward a 2014 debut… Read More

 

New South Wales police using iPad minis for traffic tickets

By Ed Sutherland on Sep 19, 2013

After airlines and classrooms, could law enforcement become the next area for Apple’s iPad? In Australia, police near Sydney are using iPad minis to write traffic citations, giving motorists the option of their tickers emailed as a PDF.

The concept is the idea of New South Wales patrol officers looking to reduce the amount of paper work while also keeping driver information secure. The iPad minis are part of a four-week trial which the developer hopes will give police more time for crime-fighting… Read More

 

iPad mini 2 back shell in space gray?

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 18, 2013

With the iPhone 5s and 5c, Apple has clearly adopted a new color scheme for this year’s iPhones. On the plastic end, we have white, red, green, blue and yellow as your vivid color choices. The flagship iPhone 5s, however, has switched to three finishes: in addition to the much talked-about gold variant, there’s also a silver model which closely resembles last year’s white iPhone 5 and an all new space gray model, basically a subtly toned down black iPhone 5 design with a gray backplate that gives it a more metallic feel.

Which begs the question of new iPads. With these design changes in place for new iPhones, will Apple adopt a similar strategy for the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2? A new part that leaked Wednesday shows a new space gray color finish on a back shell said to belong to the forthcoming second-gen iPad mini upgrade… Read More

 

iPad mini becomes in-flight entertainment for Hawaiian Airlines

By Ed Sutherland on Aug 30, 2013

If you plan to fly to Hawaii soon, you may want to spend the travel time with an iPad mini. Hawaiian Airlines says it will offer the iPad as an entertainment option to passengers on more than a dozen aircraft starting September 1, including Boeing 767 flights.

The Apple tablet will be available for rental either before passengers board or during flight. According to the airline, 1,400 tablets will be offered from its Honolulu headquarters to the U.S. mainland, Asia and the South Pacific… Read More

 

HiRise: iPhone’s new throne pedestal by Twelve South

By Jim Gresham on Aug 28, 2013

A couple weeks ago, we highlighted the launch of Twelve South’s newest accessory, the HiRise for iPhone 5 and iPad mini. I was able to finally get my hands on one and can report the excitement is worth the hype. For those new to the Twelve South scene, the company is a premium and Apple exclusive accessory maker, made famous for simple and elegant products like the iPhone SurfacePad, BookBook case, and BookArc.

Humbly setting a company goal to launch 12 Mac accessories each year, each new item is focused on design and function. Often, the elegance and intricacies of Twelve South products are found in the smallest of details, which often make the user experience even more enjoyable.

The HiRise for iPhone is no exception to the quality build and functional design of the product line. The HiRise for iMac or for MacBook Pro are popular items and the ported design easily conforms to iPhone 5 and iPad mini. With a small footprint, the newest HiRise is an excellent desktop companion… Read More

 

Ten One Design introduces new magnetic stand for iPad mini

By Cody Lee on Aug 21, 2013

I’m not what you would call a ‘stand kind of person.’ I don’t have a dock for my iPhone 5, and I’m not sure where the chintzy little tripod thing is that I bought for my iPad a few years back. I just never used it.

If I was in the market for something like that, though, I’d consider this new Magnus Mini stand from Ten One Design. It sports a very minimalistic design, and it uses magnets to hold your iPad mini into place… Read More

 

IDC: China’s iPad market share slashed by strong home-grown competition

By Ed Sutherland on Aug 21, 2013

In every analysis listing market share, there is that mysterious ‘Other’ category which lumps together all the lesser-known players. Now comes word ‘Other’ is making a name for itself, as the Apple iPad’s share of the increasingly important China market was almost cut in half during the second quarter.

Researcher IDC said Tuesday Apple’s tablet market share in China fell to 28 percent during the second quarter of 2013, down from its usual level above 50 percent. Some 46 percent of tablets shipped to China were made by ‘Other’ tablet brands, often low-cost Android devices, according to the research firm… Read More

 

Logitech introduces two new iPad mini folio cases

By Cody Lee on Aug 20, 2013

Logitech must really have a thing for the iPad mini, because for the third time in the last six months it’s introduced a new set of cases for Apple’s popular tiny tablet: the Ultrathin Keyboard Folio and the Folio Protective Case.

The Ultrathin Keyboard Folio is pitched as the company’s thinnest and lightest keyboard folio to date, and features all of the bells and whistles. And the Folio Protective is a hard cover case that doubles as a stand… Read More

 

Wacom unveils new pressure-sensitive Intuos Creative Stylus for iPad

By Cody Lee on Aug 20, 2013

Wacom has just announced its latest entry into the increasingly-crowded space of iPad styli, the Intuos Creative Stylus. The accessory uses low-power Bluetooth 4.0 to connect to your tablet, and includes programmable shortcut buttons.

Additionally, Wacom says the Intuos Creative sports a best-in-class pressure sensitivity of 2048 pressure levels, creating a “realistic pen-on-paper feel” when drawing. The high-end stylus aims to deliver “professional grade” performance… Read More

 
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