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.
We've heard a lot about how the diminutive size of the iPad mini is a great thing. You can use it with one hand, it fits easily inside a bag, etc. But it also turns out the iPad mini is just about the perfect size for installing it in your car's dashboard.
Blame it on the preorders? iPad mini fans lined up worldwide to get their hand (you know, because it's so small…?) on Apple's latest tablet, but compared to other product launches, lines were smaller this time around.
Halloween is over, but that doesn't mean we're any less excited about guts. Well, iPad mini guts, anyway. The fine folks at iFixit have once again broken down Apple's latest device to its base components, and its the first real look at some of the internals lurking inside the littlest iPad.