Well, the iPad minis are hitting the refurb market for real now, just as we predicted. Not so long ago, it seemed like everyone loved their mini and they were few and far between anywhere, but now, just as with all things, the bloom is off the rose and minis can be had in nearly every configuration. Verizon buyers seem more smitten than AT&T customers, but if you're hankering for the little iPad, you've come to the right place, accessories and all.
Apple's anticipated reveals of new iPad hardware may only be a couple of months away (unless they shock us all and reveal them at WWDC), and it looks like they're trying to move as much of the old stock as they can. That's good news if you've been looking for a comparatively low-cost iPad directly from the source, as Apple today announced discounts of 15 to 17 percent for refurbished iPad 4 units and iPad Minis for the Apple Store.
Sometimes you want all new Mac goodness, and sometimes you want a little upgrade or accessory action for that Mac. We've got you covered in both cases this week, along with the usual bevy of iOS accessories, one of which is especially useful if you drive a car from the 1990s.
If you life webcomics then have we got a news item for you. And if you're a big fan of streaming movies and YouTube, your life is about to get better, but if you're looking to upgrade to Windows 8, you may have to wait a little on your iTunes. That and more in this week's hot topics.
If you've been holding out for a iPad mini with a retina display, you won't have to wait much longer. According to a statement by NPD DisplaySearch to CNET this morning, Apple will start mass producing Retina iPad minis later in the year, and as a bonus, it'll have one of the highest tablet resolutions currently on the market.
Of all the rumors circulating in anticipation of the release of the next iPhone, none seems to bear as much promise as the supposed low-end iPhone that Apple may release to compete with its cheaper alternatives. That'd be a big move, but one that seems out of character considering Apple's past releases. Yet, as AllThingsD reports, J.P. Morgan analysts Gokul Hariharan and Mark Moskowitz have put forward what seems like a more enticing theory--that the next iPhone may not be a low-end model at all, but rather a "mid-end" phone aimed at capturing the best of both ends of the market.
Garmin is a heavyweight in the navigation space, with a plethora of GPS-enabled mapping apps for all sorts of uses -- which is great as long as your device has a GPS receiver. But what about owners of the iPad mini, or iPod touch? Now they're covered. Garmin's GLO is a stand-alone GPS receiver that connects to your iOS device via Bluetooth, giving your GPS-less iPad or iPod navigational capabilities.
You already paid big bucks for your iPhone, iPod touch, and/or iPad. You shouldn't have to max out your credit on cases and add-ons for it, too. (Save some dough for apps!) Instead, check out our gallery of 20 handy iOS accessories for under $20. There's bound to be something you'll want to drop a Jackson on.
When a product is as simple as an iPad sleeve, it's the little touches that matter. iDreamCase crafts the iDC Sleeve in San Francisco, using a leather-like fabric from Italy, and it feels much more expensive than it is: just $10.95 for the iPad mini, and $14.95 for the big iPad.
The perfect quality for an iPhone or iPod accessory, in our opinion, is if you can use it with not only more than one current device, but also devices of the future. I've had this Nest stand since shortly after the iPad's launch in 2010, and it's been a great little companion for every tablet I've had since. (Only when putting together our list of 20 iPhone and iPad Accessories Under $20 did I realize we'd never reviewed it formally -- sorry, Bluelounge!)