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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!)
The thing I love most about the iPad mini is how it fits in all my computer bags and purses, even just nestled snug against my MacBook Pro. But I want to keep the screen and back of the mini as pristine as I can, and RadTech's stretchy, soft RadSleevz is just the ticket -- it can even fit over a Smart Cover.
Finding an iPhone case for under $20 is a bit easier than finding a sub-$20 case for an iPad. Cygnett's Red Vector deftly limbos that bar with its price of $19.99 for a glossy red case that protects the corners, sides, and back of your iPad mini from bumps and scrapes.
We're seriously kicking it MacBook Pro style this morning with tons of great deals on what some might call Apple's best laptop. But that's not all we've got in the hopper, so if you're looking to save some dough, check out these great deals.