If you were waiting for your new LTE-capable iPad or iPad mini to arrive, a brand new device may show up at your door as early as Friday. Emails went out Tuesday afternoon, alerting buyers of both tablets the devices are shipping this week.
When Apple released the iPad, iOS developers had a choice.
While touting the ability to run "almost all of the over 140,000 apps on the App Store, including apps already purchased for your iPhone or iPod touch," Apple clearly wanted its tablet to inspire developers to create bigger and better interfaces that took advantage of all 9.7 inches. But things are trickier with the mini.
It was a relatively quiet weekend on the Apple front (unless you count that settlement with HTC which we'll get into in a moment), with most of the tech world focused on the debut of Nokia's new Windows Phone 8-powered Lumia handsets hitting AT&T and Verizon. Curious about what you might have missed? Glad you asked, because we've assembled a handful of those stories right here for you...
It's Marcia, Marcia, Marcia for all the other iOS devices as the iPad mini captures everyone's heart last week and this week too. So we've got a few stories about everyone's new favorite middle size padlet as well as this that and the other that happened this week. Check it out.
One of the iPad mini's chief criticisms--if not its only one--is its lack of a retina display. To many of who own a post-3GS iPhone or post-third generation iPod touch, new or newer iPad, or one of the two top-of-the-line MacBook Pro models, the difference is immediately noticeable. No matter how stunning the iPad mini is, the 1024x768 screen is a noticeable drawback.
It's hard to believe that the iPad has been with us over two and a half years. In that time a whole new industry has sprung up, businesses are now encouraging employees to use the iPad in their workflow, and it's become a centerpiece of the living room. Despite protesting its existence, the iPad family has extended with the iPad mini giving a wide range of options available for all of those now testing the waters in the tablet world. However, not all iPads are created equally in the eyes of the user, so let's take a look at which model is the best option for you.
New iPad mini, new Smart Cover. This time, Apple ditched the aluminum hinge on the larger iPad Smart Cover, and we’re glad they did. While we enjoyed the metal-on-metal click when snapping on the old Smart Cover, this new one absolutely cannot ever leave tiny scratches on the screen or the edge of the iPad itself, no matter how carelessly you treat it.
For fans of Apple, iPads, and shiny, beepy things, the arrival of the iPad mini is cause for celebration--and that’s before we’ve actually gotten our hands on the thing. Steve Jobs famously said that Apple wouldn’t get into the small-tablet market, and yet here we are just a few short years later with a small iPad seemingly targeted at consumers eyeing the likes of Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindles.
The analysts can stop wringing their hands in anticipation, because Apple has just announced some first weekend sales figures for the company's latest iPad models, and they effectively double the previous launch.