Posts with tag ipad mini

iPad Mini with Retina Display is now available




retina_ipad_mini_space_gray_silverLast night, the Apple Store website quietly went down. Before that happened, there was speculation that Apple would be unveiling the new iPad Mini 2, and they were right. Today, the iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display is now available for purchase from Apple’s website.

Aside from the Retina Display, the new iPad Mini comes in 16, 32, 64 and 128GB versions and the usual assortment of LTE-enabled variants. It also sports the 64-bit A7 CPU and the M7 motion coprocessor of course, and other goodies like 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0 and a 23.8w/hr battery.

I don’t even have to ask if you’re interested in this, so here’s the pricing: the new iPad Mini costs $399 for the base wi-fi only model and $529 for the base LTE model.

Source: Apple


Three weeks to go

All signs point to a November 21 Retina iPad mini launch




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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 Target.com, 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


Bad news for us desparate for one

Apple CEO Tim Cook confirms that iPad mini with Retina Display will see constrained availability




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I admit it – I’m desperate for one of those new iPad mini with Retina Displays. I can’t help it. Right before the big iPad announcement last tuesday, I actually sold my original, first generation iPad mini – I loved it, but between the lower resolution display, A5 processor, puny 512MB of RAM, and the constraints of all of that running iOS 7, the prospect of a beefier, Retina iPad mini was too much not to jump for. But now here comes Apple CEO Tim Cook throwing a bit of cold water on my desperation, tempering my expectations that I’ll be able to nab one on launch day whenever it becomes available in November.

In today’s conference call, Tim Cook claimed that “it’s not clear if we’ll have enough” iPad mini with Retina Displays to go around next month. You know what that’s marketing code for? “It’s absolutely clear that we certainly will not have enough” iPad mini with Retina displays for everyone next month. And while that’s a bit of a bummer, it’s perhaps not a huge surprise – popular rumor sites had been suggesting that supplies would be tight for quite some time now.

Sigh. You know what they say – patience, it is a virtue.

Source: MacRumors


Priced at $399

Apple finally announces the second generation iPad mini with Retina Display




ipadmini-2-retinaAt long last, Apple has announced the second generation iPad mini. Featuring the same design that made the iPad mini so popular last year, the iPad mini with Retina Display features the same size 8″ display with a massively improved 2048 x 1536 resolution display. On top of the obvious display improvements, the new iPad mini comes with a vastly more powerful A7 SoC – the original iPad mini only came with an A5 SoC, which was first released in 2011.

The iPad mini with Retina Display starts at an increased $399 with 16GB of storage, while the last generation iPad mini with the A5 SoC is sticking around at a decreased price of $299 – which should be compelling for everyone who was on the edge on purchasing the iPad mini prior to now.

The iPad mini with Retina Display will begin shipping “later in November”, with no specific date or pre-order dates announced as of yet.

Source: Apple


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Apple announces October 22nd Special Event, iPads expected




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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.


Mark your calenders

AllThingsD: New iPad event set for October 22nd




applelogo-dull-75pxWe’ve heard rumours for some time now about the “iPad 5″ – how the 9” version features an iPad Mini-esque design, how the screen bezel is smaller and how the iPad Mini will ship with a Retina Display, even though inventory will be limited. AllThingsD, who was pretty accurate when it came to this year’s iPhone event, is reporting that this iPad event will come on October 22nd. It’s also likely that Apple will touch on the new Trash Can Mac Pro and Mac OS X “Mavricks”.

The rumours say that this event will be held either on Apple’s campus or at an art centre in San Francisco. We’ll see the rumours either confirmed or denied on that date no matter where it’s held.

Coincidentally, Microsoft’s Surface 2 will also be available to purchase from stores on October 22nd. Guess which tablet is going to be completely ignored on that date (Hint: It’s not the iPad)?

Source: AllThingsD
Via: Engadget


Oh god, it's the gold iPhone all over again

Unannounced iPad mini with Retina Display to experience severe shortages?




iPadminiApple hasn’t even announced the product yet, and it’s already facing shortages – according to Reuters, which has been an accurate source of Apple information in the past, Apple is currently struggling with the production of their as of yet unannounced iPad mini with Retina Display and currently expects there will be “significant shortages” for the device.

We aren’t even totally sure that there will be an iPad mini with Retina Display this year, though the most recent rumors seem to give strength to that belief. Reuters even claims that the shortages will be bad enough to “impede” Apple’s ability to make a butt load of money off these new tablets this holiday season like the original iPad mini did for them last year. Rumors peg the release of the next-generation iPad mini alongside the full sized iPad 5 at a special event next month, and given Apple’s tough competition with the awesome new Nexus 7 and Amazon’s killer looking Kindle Fire HDX, I’d say the sooner, the better if Apple wants to stay ahead of the tablet game.

Source: Reuters


Apple's been quick to act

Apple releases iOS 7.0.2, fixes security flaws




ios7logoHere we are, just one week after Apple has released the most significant software update in the history of the company’s mobile operating system, and Apple has already just today released the second update to iOS 7, iOS 7.0.2. Unlike 7.0.1, which was limited to the company’s new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c handsets, 7.0.2 has been provided to all of the devices that support iOS 7.0.

If you’re looking for any significant changes in Apple’s new mobile vision, you’ll be sorely disappointed however. The new update arrives merely as a fix to a not insignificant security flaw that allowed users to rather easily circumvent an iOS 7 device’s lockscreen. Still, with a turnaround time between the discovery of the flaw and a fix being this short, it once again proves how valuable Apple’s direct-to-device update policy truly is. Such an update could take months to years to be applied to all Android devices as OEMs and manufacturers are under no obligation to deliver their customers with Android security updates.

If you’ve got an iOS 7 device, you can now update either via OTA or through iTunes.


It's out! Update on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Apple releases iOS 7




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And just like that, after months of waiting, six Developer Previews, two Apple Special Events, and hundreds of hours of excitement/anger/anxiety/debate, Apple has released iOS 7 to the general public. iOS 7 is the first significant redesign of Apple’s mobile platform since its inception in 2011.

Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch (fifth-generation) should warn you of an impending update in the coming minutes. Or, if you’d like to force your device to see the update, go to Settings > General > Update to install the update from your device. Alternatively, you can plug your device into iTunes, which should now see the update.

iOS 7 includes a radical new redesign, several new features, and supports the iPhone 4 and up, iPad 2 and up, iPad mini, and the fifth generation iPod touch. You can read our extensive review of iOS 7 here.


For iPhone 4 and up, iPad 2 and up, iPad mini, and iPod touch 5th gen

iOS 7 to be released on September 18th




ios7logoExcited for iOS 7, but don’t really have any plans to get your hands on one of those shiny new iPhones? Good news – Apple has just today announced that they’ll be releasing the final build of iOS 7 to the general public on September 18th, two days prior to when the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C go on sale.

iOS 7 is a radical redesign and reimplementation of iOS, which had been showing its age prior to the upgrade. iOS 7 is a free update to anyone who owns an iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad mini, or iPod touch 5th generation. Most notably, iOS 7 improves the multitasking implementation on iOS, adds a new “flat” design, a new quick settings pane dubbed Control Center, improvements to Siri, and much, much more.


Later than iPhone / iPod touch

iOS 7 to launch for iPad in October?




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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




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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