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.
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We’ve all been there – that moment when the world completely halts to slow motion as you watch your smartphone swan-dive headfirst, ever so slowly, into your kitchen sink, pool, toilet.. you get the picture.
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At this week’s WWDC, Apple has unveiled the latest version of their mobile Operating System, iOS 7. It’s the biggest overhaul to date and features a completely new design and hundreds of new features to boot. Some highlights include Control Center, AirDrop for iOS, and smarter multitasking. Everything looks different but the functionality is as you’ll remember it. The overall design is beautiful and simpler than before.
When you pick something up for the first time and already know how to do the things you want to do, that’s simplicity.
Well said, Apple. iOS 7 is available to developers starting today while a public release is expected in the fall.
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.
Three months after iOS 6 hit the market with a brand new Maps application, an official Google Maps app is now available in the App Store. With this comes a welcomed competitor to the native Maps app as well as a pretty clean aesthetic that matches that of other Google iOS apps. What did we miss the most, you ask? Well, public transportation directions was a huge gap and Google’s filling it quite nicely with this one. We’ll have to see how it performs in NYC. Also, Google Maps for iOS comes with a beta version of Google Maps Navigation, which has voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation, and live traffic conditions as well. Signing in with your Google account also lets you sync searches, directions and favorites. Google Maps also has Street View for anyone that missed that.
The new Google Maps app is available for the iPhone and iPod Touch (4th gen) iOS 5.1 and higher, in more than 40 countries and 29 languages, including Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish.
Along with the release of the iPad Mini, Apple also unveiled the latest iPad, this time featuring the brand’s Retina Display to beef up resolution and detail. The Retina display on iPad features a 2048-by-1536 resolution and four times the number of pixels in iPad 2 and a million more than an HDTV. Everything’s powered by Apple’s A6X chip, a powerful workhorse that delivers up to twice the CPU and graphics performance of the A5X chip. You can shoot 1080p video or capture 5-MP images via the latest iSight camera and share your creations over “Ultrafast” wireless. The Wi-Fi’s dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) 802.11n and can support for channel bonding. The Cellular data’s now LTE ready so you can even more, faster.
The iPad will be available for pre-order on October 26th.
Apple’s finally released the highly rumored iPad Mini, and it doesn’t disappoint in terms of features or design. You get the “full iPad experience” but at a 7.9-inch display size rather than the iPad’s 9.7-inch display. However, there are some key differences that need to be mentioned. The iPad Mini doesn’t come with Retina Display so expect screen quality to be that of the original iPad and iPad 2. Also, the iPad Mini features an A5 processor compared to the A6X processor of the latest iPad. What you will get is a HD FaceTime Camera, a 5 MP iSight camera, 1080p video recording, the ability to buy it in both a WiFi-only or with Cellular capabilities via a nano-SIM (not Micro-SIM of generations past), Siri, and up to 10 hours of battery life.
The iPad Mini will be available for pre-order on October 26th with WiFi-only models being available at 8am on November 2nd. WiFi + Cellular will be available later in November.
Another year, another iPhone 5, folks. Apple’s released the highly awaited hardware and it’s everything the rumor mill’s been swirling around over the past few months. It’s a thinner and lighter design than its predecessor and features a larger 4-inch Retina Display as well. More details on some of the iPhone 5′s new features after the click.
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.