Though expected, Apple has announced the iPad Mini with the company’s vivid, pixel-packed Retina Display. The 7.9 inch display gets a boosted 2048×1536 resolution which is powered internally by their A7 chip. Battery life is being held at up to 10 hours so you can get things done, all atop Apple’s latest iOS 7 design. The iPad Mini with Retina Display starts at $399 USD with a release date of late November.
Apple has unveiled the next generation of their iPad lineup, which the iPad Air being the latest addition. It features an aluminum unibody design that weighs a pound and is 20% thinner than the previous iPad and with 24% less volume. Apple’s high-def Retina Display delivers a 2048×1536 resolution and 3.1 million pixels, with internal goodies including their A7 chip and M7 coprocessor which effectively brings 64-bit desktop-class architecture to the tablet. If all this wasn’t enough to win you over, the iPad Air also features two antennas and MIMO (multiple-input multiple-output) technology which brings double the Wi-Fi performance with download speeds of up to 300 Mbps.
At the keynote address, Apple also announced that all iWork and iLife software like iPhoto, iMovie, Garageband, Pages, Numbers and Keynote would now be available for free. The iPad Air will be available through Apple Stores starting November 1st with prices starting at $499 USD.
From the Netherlands comes Mujjo, a brand known for crafting minimalistic yet functional products. In 2012, Mujjo first began developing sleeves for Apple devices such as the iPhone, iPad, MacBook Air as well as the MacBook Pro. The brand’s The Originals collection features a unique combination of wool felt and high quality leather, and they recently added an iPad Mini Sleeve that fits seamlessly into Mujjo’s current product lineup. The folks over at Mujjo were kind enough to send us an iPad Mini sleeve for review and we’ve been quite impressed by its detailing and overall craftsmanship. It’s easy to carry and has a little extra space in a separate compartment that can fit your headphones, some folded documents or even a MiFi. The wool felt contrasts really well with the vegetable tanned leather and we can already tell the leather with age to perfection. The felt can be easily cleaned as a special treatment provides excellent anti-peeling properties and makes the sleeve water repellent. Aesthetically, it may be the best looking iPad Mini sleeve on the market and its ability to blend so well with the iPad Mini’s slim design is what makes it such a great accessory.
Mujjo’s iPad Mini Sleeve is available now in either brown or white leather.
Introducing the new Apple iPad. It looks like the iPad 2 but the changes were made on the inside this time around rather than aesthetic enhancements. Things will look even more real as the screen’s been updated to a Retina Display. It features a new 5-megapixel iSight camera which is backed by a larger ƒ/2.4 aperture and a five-element lens. If you’re more into motion capturing, then you’ll be glad to know you can now grab HD 1080p video. Siri’s sort of onboard this third-gen iPad with the new dictation feature which allows you to write an email, send a text, search the web, and create a note. All with your voice. Travel much? Browse the web at an even faster rate with the introduction of LTE technology. You can even turn the new iPad into a personal hotspot, allowing you to connect up to five devices to the high-speed connection.
The new Apple iPad is available for pre-order now in the conventional white or black, with the official release happening on March 16th. Prices start at $499 for Wi-Fi only models and $629 for Wi-Fi + 4G.
From CÉLINE’s Fall/Winter 2011 collection comes this iPad case box which features a sleek, yet simple exterior with luxurious detailing. It’s made in Italy from smooth, high quality leather and is fitted with two compartments on the inside, one for holding documents and cards and another padded space for your iPad. The gold hardware work well with both the brown and black shells. At $24,000 HKD (~ $3,087 USD), this case doesn’t come cheap. (via HB)
Apple finally took the covers off the second coming of their extremely popular iPad tablet. It’s actually been one of their most successful post-PC products to date and with good reason. It’s one of Apple’s more affordable products with a starting price of $499 and it’s super portable. The iPad 2 is lighter and faster than its predecessor and it packs some new features which we’ve been demanding since before the original iPad even dropped. So what’s changed? The design’s been tweaked as the iPad 2 is 33 percent thinner and weighs only 1.3 pounds. The beauty now houses a dual core processor chip dubbed the A5 for up to nine times the performance speeds.
Want Les Essentiels is known for their well-crafted lineup of bags and other fine leather goods. You can add the Narita iPad Case to the group as it’s a real head turner, and that’s before people even realize what’s inside. The Narita, “Possesses a plethora of highly convenient features customized for the apple tablet computer like 9 card pockets, 2 notebook sleeves, leather cut-outs for charging, and an upright stand.”
With so many different iPad cases out on the market, well-crafted pieces with a high level of attention to detail is what really helps products to stand out. Hard Graft‘s Tilt is made using tanned leather, an array of textures and unique blemishes and shades which add value to the appearance and make every single piece of leather unique. The protective folding case also doubles as a stand and the stretchy bands and leather base help to keep your iPad secure.
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Phaidon’s famous three-volume Design Classics set contains the history of products that were designed from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution up until today. Now, the collection’s making its way over to the iPad, bringing along sketches, archival photos and a whole lot more.
The application offers, at the touch of a finger, access to an encyclopedic, illustrated history of 1,000 timeless design classics by not only renowned designers, such as Marcel Breuer, Achille Castiglioni, Le Corbusier, Jasper Morrison, Dieter Rams, Eero Saarinen, and Philippe Starck but also anonymously designed pieces, such as the clothes peg, the corkscrew, and the chopstick, that have stood the test of time.
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Since Incase is known for having a firm grip over the accessories market for all Apple products, it would only be right that they drop a fury of accessories for Apple’s latest gem — the iPad. “They’ve taken some of their most popular case styles and custom fit them for iPad as well as designed a number of new products specifically for iPad. Amongst these is a new Grip Protective Cover, Protective Cover, Neoprene Sleeve, Neoprene Slip Sleeve, Convertible Book Jacket, Nylon Travel Kit, and Combo Charger and Car Charger. All are now available directly through Incase.”