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.
So how is everyone enjoying their first weekend with the iPad mini? Judging from our own Twitter feed, it seems like the junior iPad made an impressive debut on Friday and the smaller, lighter sibling appears to be favored by those who have put their hands on one. It's a shame there's no Retina Display, but we figure that oversight will get rectified next year with the second-generation model...
So the people have begun to get iPad minis in their hands, the reviews are in, and now we move on. Biggest tech news this week was Scott Forstall's sudden descent, though even that story was fairly (and rightly) crushed by Hurricane Sandy. As things slowly return to normal, what else did we miss amidst the storms?
Earlier this year, Boinx Software's iStopMotion for iPad received high praise in our review. We loved the app's simplicity and 1080p HD recording. Today, iStopMotion updates to version 1.5, and beyond a few appreciated changes, iPad mini owners can get in on the fun.