Posts with tag 2013 iPad

High volume, or low demand?

iPad Air now on sale while consumer interest seems low; reports confirm speedier A7 chip

ipad air

Good news, iPad fans – the iPad Air is now on sale! Yes, that means you can run down to your local Apple Store, slam $500 (or more if you want to get a higher capacity version, which you really should) down on the counter, and walk out with your very own fifth-generation full sized iPad. And I mean it, too – because according to some early reports, Apple Stores don’t appear to really be all that flooded with consumers just begging to get their hands on one. We had heard that Apple would have extraordinarily ample stock of the iPad Air available for just about everyone who wanted one today, but the lack of interest seems almost starling.

We’ve scoured Twitter for some first hand iPad Air launch experiences, and many of them have confirmed what we’ve suspected – there just doesn’t seem to really be anyone lining up to get ahold of one of these things. Joe Hewitt, programmer and designer on Twitter, tweeted his experiences earlier this morning:

Apple Store was a ghost town when I picked up the iPad Air. Something really has changed for Apple. Sad… @joehewitt

Far from being alone in that experience, with TechPops developer Paul Roberts writing:

.@joehewitt I saw the same thing in Northern VA – hopefully people are waiting for the iPad Mini Retina @pauljrob

Of course, Paul could have hit on something – last year, Apple released both the fourth-generation iPad as well as the iPad mini – an entirely new product – on the same day, which would have of course led to increased excitement over the launch. This year, Apple has separated the two launch dates by almost a month, with the iPad mini with Retina Display not expected to launch until late November – likely November 21st.


Also of interest, reports from popular teardown blog iFixIt has confirmed that the iPad Air is running a beefier version of Apple’s A7 chip that was introduced in the iPhone 5s last month. While the iPhone 5s runs at 1.3 GHz, the iPad Air runs at 1.4 GHz – a 100 MHz difference. The iPad version of the A7 is seen with a silver body, seen above, while the iPhone version carries a black body.

Have an interesting launch day story to tell us? Let us know in the comments – we’d love to hear from you!

Source: iFixIt

Three weeks to go

All signs point to a November 21 Retina iPad mini launch


Good news and bad news. Good news, for you Apple diehards? The iPad Air, the long awaited successor to the full-sized fourth-generation iPad and the first redesign the product has seen since 2010, hits stores tomorrow! So that’s exciting. The bad news? The iPad mini with Retina Display, the second-generation iPad mini announced alongside the iPad Air, still has no concrete release date. Boo! But wait, hold up, because according to a trustworthy source alongside a product listing posted on, Apple is currently planning on releasing the long awaited iPad mini equipped with a Retina Display on November 21st – just three weeks away.

Of course, none of this is confirmed until Apple says it is – we all know the nature of Apple leaks, and how this little seemingly trustworthy tidbit of information could easily go one way or the other. But at the moment, things seem pretty concrete – concrete enough that I’m willing to plan my November 21st around the iPad mini.

Via: MacRumors

iPad mini-like design, of course

Apple announces totally redesigned iPad Air

ipad air

As expected, Apple has announced the totally redesigned fifth-generation iPad at today’s special event, and they have decided to dub the new device the iPad air. The new iPad air features a brand new hardware design inspired by the body of the iPad mini, making the tablet both significantly thinner and lighter all while improving performance.

The new iPad 5 comes with a new A7 SoC, the same one found in the iPhone 5s that was announced just last month. The A7 includes 64-bit support that the iPad Air takes full advantage of, which works as it does on the iPhone 5s.

The new iPad Air has the same nearly-10″ display, is thinner than a pencil, and comes with the same 10 hour battery life. The iPad Air begins at $499, the same price as the iPad 4, with 16GB of storage.

Source: Apple

Under an hour to go

Reminder: Apple iPad Special Event taking place at 1PM Eastern

1395168_617923418244005_1426610576_nAs if you needed reminding, but here goes nothing – Apple will be beginning their October 22nd iPad Special Event in less than one hour now at 1PM Eastern, 10AM Pacific. If you’re getting an innate sense of dejavou, you’re not alone – Apple just held one of these a little over a month ago to announce the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.

But if all the rumors were right – and we suspect that they were – we’ll be looking at a very iPad-centric keynote today. All signs are indicating that it’s a-go for a dramatically redesigned fifth-generation iPad, which should take design cues from last year’s iPad mini with a thin, dramatically reduced in size body. We also suspect we’ll see the announcement of Apple’s new A7X processor, which will be powering the iPad 5.

The most recent rumors all indicate that Apple will also be announcing the much anticipated second generation iPad mini with, yes, a Retina Display. It’ll have the same 2048 x 1536 resolution as the iPad 3, 4, and likely the 5, however the body and design is likely to remain relatively unchanged this year. What is up for contention is what SoC this iPad will use – there have been rumors that both the iPad mini and the iPad 5 will be gaining Touch ID, which would mean that the iPad mini would have to come equipped with a current generation A7 or A7X processor due to the SoC’s “secure enclave” – however, that would mean that the new iPad mini is skipping an entire generation, as the current iPad mini comes equipped with only an A5 processor.

Apple is likely to also talk a little bit about their notebook lineup, with the MacBook Pro line in particular looking very ready for an upgrade. We don’t expect to see anything dramatic here – a price decrease for the Retina MacBook Pros might be in order, and all models are likely to see a fairly significant upgrade to an Intel Core i7 Haswell architecture. Apple will likely also take this chance to officially announce that their new Mac Pro professional desktops are now on sale.

We’ll be here covering the event live, so be sure to check back throughout as the excitement unfolds!

iPad 5, Retina iPad mini

Apple announces October 22nd Special Event, iPads expected


As expected, Apple today formally issued invitations to the press for the company’s next keynote and special event, scheduled to take place on October 22nd. For those who have been keeping up with the latest leaks and media there should be little to no surprise as to what the company is actually planning on announcing – remember those shiny new iPads we told you about not too long ago? Well, I don’t want to be too forward, but I’d expect a certain fifth-generation iPad with a slim, iPad mini-styled body, Touch ID, A7 processor, and an iPad mini with a little something called a “Retina Display” to make an appearance.

As to whether we can expect a little more from the event, like, say, brand new Apple TV hardware, well I wouldn’t necessarily hold your breath – but hey, this is a whole new Apple. Anything could happen. We’ll be sure to bring you the latest from Apple leading up to and during Apple’s next big event.

Goodbye, fat iPad 3 enclosure

iPad 5 enclosure leaks again in new video, looks like iPad mini’s grown up brother


The original, full-size iPad (you know, the one that was all the rage before the iPad mini came around and sort of became the more popular brother) has been slow to evolve design wise since its inception, with the iPad only getting 1 major redesign since its inception in 2010 – and that was two generations ago with the iPad 2. It’s been clear for a while now that that’s about to change – photos of a radically redesigned full-sized iPad have been making the rounds since early this year, depicting a much thinner, iPad mini-like all metal design. Today we’re getting yet another look at the next generation iPad, and we have to admit, we like what we see.

The new iPad 5 will retain that same Retina Display, a 9.7-inch display with a 2048×1536 resolution, front facing and rear cameras, Apple’s fancy new(ish) lightning connector, and all the iOS goodness you’ve come to either love or hate – only this time in an iOS 7 flavor. This will make for a dramatically better device than the iPad 4, which was certainly getting just a wee bit dated looking.

There’s no firm expected launch date as of yet for Apple’s new iPad lineup, which is expected to include the iPad 5 and an iPad mini with Retina Display. Recent rumors have suggested an October launch event, however we’re far from certain on that one and that expectation could change at virtually any time.

Interested in checking out that YouTube video? Check it out embedded after the break.

Via: TechCrunch
Source: UnboxTherapy (YouTube)

Later than iPhone / iPod touch

iOS 7 to launch for iPad in October?


This is another rumor we’ve heard swirling around in the past but didn’t feel comfortable enough to post, but with 9to5Mac’s sources confirming the news to them we now feel comfortable posting about – according to various sources, iOS 7 for iPad will see a delayed launch, appearing this October alongside the Retina iPad mini and the iPad 5. Whilst iOS 7 for iPhone and iPod touch is on track for a September 10th launch date alongside the next-generation iPhone, the iPad builds continue to be behind the iPhone builds in terms of quality and stability.

Indeed, we’ve heard reports from various sources that iPad builds of iOS 7 are behind the iPhone/iPod touch builds in terms of development. Apple first released iPad support for iOS 7 for developers with the launch of iOS 7 beta 2, weeks after first releasing iOS 7 beta 1 for other devices. Apple appears to have made the decision to delay iOS 7 for iPad in order to improve quality of the operating system whilst simultaneously further hyping the next-generation iPad releases.

iOS 7 is expected to support the iPad 2, third-generation iPad, fourth-generation iPad, iPad mini, and any new iPad released this fall.

Source: 9to5Mac

A busy autumn for Apple

Apple to release Retina iPad mini and iPad 5 in October


As we all eagerly await the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C next month, there is one small other product category that’s just as ripe as the iPhone for updates – the iPad lineup. Both the original 9″ iPad and the iPad mini are due for pretty significant upgrades this year, and now two trustworthy sources are “confirming” that Apple will be updating their iPad lineup this October.

A recent Bloomberg article is claiming that Apple will be releasing the new iPad lineup some time within the last three months of the year, likely between October and December. Bloomberg is also confirming that the iPad mini will indeed be picking up that Retina display, which we’ve all been suspecting since the Wall Street Journal confirmed the news just a couple of weeks ago.

What’s more, John Gruber of Daring Fireball – who has been known to have extremely reliable sources within Apple – has also just claimed in a recent post analyzing the iPhone 5C that Apple will be updating the iPad lineup this October.

All in all, it’s looking more and more like a busy autumn for Apple this year. After remaining relatively quiet leading up until WWDC this year, Apple is now poised to explode into the marketplace, likely in an effort to maximize profits going into the holiday season.

Source: Bloomberg / Daring Fireball

To launch in September?

iPad 5 back casing leaks again, this time in silver


September is quickly ramping up to be quite the busy month for Apple, with the company reportedly planning on launching iOS 7, the iPhone 5S, the budget iPhone, and an iPad 5 all in September. While we wouldn’t necessarily guarentee that this is exactly how things are going to pan out – I wouldn’t be surprised if Apple decided to delay the iPad launches until October or November – that’s certainly now it’s looking right now. Adding credit to these rumors are some photographs of the brand spanking new upcoming iPad 5 that leaked onto the web today.


This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the iPad 5 leak – we got our first look at the new iPad mini inspired casing of the iPad 5 all the way back in January of this year in black, so this new design should come as no surprise for those who remember that earlier leak. Still, this is a clear radical departure from the iPad 4 Apple sells today. The body is noticeably thinner – approaching iPad mini thin, in fact – and the bezels have been reduced to barely anything more than what’s found on the iPad mini or iPod touch.  The iPad 5 is expected to rock an as-of-yet-unannounced A7X processor that should bump up performance nicely.

Design wise, it’s clearly a huge step up from the current iPad design, which hasn’t changed in the slightest since the iPad 2. We’d say it’s about time for a little refresh, and this looks like just the thing to bring the iPad into 2013 and beyond.

Via: MacRumors
Source: FanaticFone