Restoration Hardware’s Gramophone docks for the iPhone and iPad take Thomas Edison’s phonograph invention from the late 1800s and blend it with modern day elegance. The iconic speaker horn from those early machines amplified sound with the power of pure physics, essentially taking the sounds from a small source and stretching it. Simply set your iPhone or iPad in the solid wood dock, and the metal horn will boost its volume by three to four times, with zero need for electricity. Though this isn’t the first horn speaker we’ve seen on the market, it’s definitely the sleekest and with two subtle color options in the mix as well, we think it’s one that will be a great addition to any upcoming remodeling plans.
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.
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.
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.
For those not familiar, Edition29 ARCHITECTURE is a visually invigorating magazine made exclusively for tablets (iPad and Android/Kindle Fire) that focuses on showcasing the new generation of modernist architects and their creations through cinematic photographic storytelling. Each issue contains over 150+ pages of full screen photographs, audio commentaries, video, text and pages that are in motion. The magazine is now on its eighth issue and features some really rich content. The video below gives us a preview of the issue, running through some great highlights of the 150 pages in 30 seconds. Grab the iPad app here (iTunes link).
CdG drops this fine leather iPad case in a few different colorways, each made of fine leather and design with a minimalistic approach. The case features a few interior pockets as well as credit card slots, all fitted with leather lining. Each case all features branding in gold print on the inside.
Root Cases has ditched their plastic cases for the iPad 2 and gone with a few different ones made from wood instead. You can opt for either North American Walnut or eco-friendly, South Asiatic Bamboo.
After tons of rumors and speculation, Facebook has officially unveiled their iPad app.The app’s well designed, and puts a ton of emphasis on the iPad multitouch interface. Expect some of the features to trickle down to the iPhone app in the near future as well. The app features hi-res photos, access to games, chat and more. Everything is accessible with a simple dropdown menu and navigation bar helping you when needed.
From Porter comes this multi-purpose case for the iPad. The soft, black leather shell feels great and features three zipped compartments for added usability while a large back section is filled with handy pockets and compartments to really kick it up a notch.