If there’s one thing that should be abundantly clear by now, it’s that you don’t mess with the fruit -- Apple, in this case. Best Buy employees are reporting that the electronics retailer is in the doghouse with Apple over some shenanigans with iPad 2 sales.
Apple bills the new A5 processor as “it’s fast, times two,” but at the same time, it suggests that the graphics are “up to 9x faster.” Those two very different claims aren’t contradictory. The A5 is a system-on-chip (SoC), so includes both the CPU, the GPU (graphics processor), and even embedded memory. The A5 is most likely a multi-chip module, combining several different semiconductor parts into a single package. Several sources have suggested that, in addition to the GPU and CPU cores, the A5 incorporates 512MB of fast DDR2 memory running at 1066MHz. If so, that’s double the RAM in the current iPad.
How does the GarageBand that we know and love work on the iPad? Simple. It doesn’t. Instead of futilely attempting to replicate the experience of the Mac version, GarageBand for iPad plays to its touchscreen strengths and ultimately feels more accessible and less demanding. Is it stripped down? Definitely. Dumbed down? Anything but. Make no mistake -- GarageBand for iPad is not an inferior wannabe version.
Little known fact: The iPad 2 is selling well. Like, really well. Just how well, you ask? According to Digitimes, Apple shipped 2.4-2.6 million iPads in March, and according to a conservative source those numbers are set to almost double during the second quarter.
Apple's Smart Cover case for the iPad 2 is unlike any case we've ever seen. Rather than gripping around the iPad 2’s svelte figure to keep the tablet device safe from scuffs and falls, there are magnets that fasten the case to the iPad’s chassis, which makes it feel like you’re carrying a soft-cover book. The true harmony between the tablet device and its multifunction outfitting is a definite step in a new direction for cases. It’s no longer about a piece of material keeping your product protected, but rather how it can interact with the device to perform more than one simple task. And if more case manufacturers follow in the way of the iPad 2, a simple folio may no longer cut it.
Apple’s Digital AV Adapter provides video output from your iPad 2 in 1080p—although movies still play at 720p. But it works with any app, mirroring the display to your TV, projector, or other HDMI device. (Bring your own HDMI cable, of course.) It’s even got a 30-pin dock port so you can charge or sync your iPad while it’s connected to the TV. Bonus: it works with the first iPad (running iOS 4.3), the iPhone 4, and the fourth-gen iPod touch, although those devices all top out at 720p output. It delivers audio too! With this $39 dongle, you can “sneakernet” videos from your Mac to your TV via the iPad, instead of needing a $99 Apple TV. Smart.
While we've been busy cranking out Wi-Fi hotspots, sending music and video to our Apple TVs and generally living it up wirelessly with our iOS devices, developers have been busy coding their fingers down to the bone to bring AirPlay compatibility to their applications. What's that you say? You've been too busy to check in with the iTunes App Store lately? Don't worry: Like always, Mac|Life has your back.
To make sure that AirPlay becomes a part of your glorious Mac lifestyle, we've put together a selection of seven of our favorite AirPlay compatible applications for you to use, peruse and enjoy.
Over the weekend, Apple released their first television commercial for the new iPad 2, likely to the frustration of the many who continue to find their store shelves bare of the refreshed tablet -- but it’s a cool commercial, just the same.
If you’re a musician, you need GarageBand for iPad. But--unlike iMovie--GarageBand is a very advanced tool, capable of making everything from exquisite music to obnoxious noise. Whether you’re Mozart incarnate or musically impaired, our expert advice will help you make GarageBand for iPad your favorite instrument.