Its been a busy day for Apple and after taking care of the Mac and iWork Apple gave some love to the iPad announcing the latest updates to the iPad line with iPad AIr and iPad Mini with Retina Display. While the updates Apple did give these two iPads weren’t revolutionary and didn’t include cool features like Touch ID or come in gold, they do help make two of the best tablets out there today even better.
Let’s start with the new full size iPad, the iPad Air. As the Air part of the name would suggest, the latest iPad is much thinner and lighter than older iPads, while still being everything you’d expect of an iPad. It’s got a much faster A7 processor (as seen in the iPhone 5S), faster WiFi chips, a better FaceTime HD camera with dual mics for better audio capture while of course still keeping the same great 9.7 inch Retina Display, 10 hour battery life, and 5 megapixel camera found on the iPad 4. But again, the big thing with the iPad AIr is how much thinner and lighter it is. It’s 20% thinner and at just 1 pound 28% lighter than the iPad 3/4.
Considering how much is in here and how the iPad 2/3/4 weren’t too large already, getting even smaller and lighter without sacrificing anything is pretty incredible. Combine the thinner and lighter design with iOS 7 and free iWork and you’ve got a pretty solid laptop replacement for school.
The iPad Mini also got a pretty nice update today that was needed and expected. In particular it got a bump to a faster processor and Retina Display. The new iPad Mini with Retina Display keeps the same design as the old iPad Mini but adds all the same features the iPad Air has including the Retina Display, A7 processor and better FaceTime HD camera. Adding the new Retina Display and faster processor did cause the price on the Mini to go up a little though, as it now starts at $399 for the 16 GB WiFi version up from the $329 it cost for the 16 GB non-Retina Mini. Though while the Mini with Retina got a price increase, Apple will continue to sell the older iPad Mini for only $299 for the 16 GB WiFi version (down $30).
Both new iPads will come in WiFi or WiFi+4G LTE versions (all carriers will offer the new iPads, including Sprint and T-Mobile) in either white or “space grey.” Pricing and storage for the iPad Air is the same as it was for the iPad 4, so it starts at $499 for the 16 GB WiFi-only version and goes up from there (up to 128 GB WiFi+4G LTE Air for $929). The iPad Mini with Retina Display will start at $399 as we said above for the 16 GB and go up from there (up to $829 for the 128 GB WiFi+4G LTE Mini with Retina).
The iPad Air will be available on November 1st while the Mini with Retina Display will be available “later in November.” For more info check out Apple’s site for the iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display.
Sure the holidays we’re just last week, but if you wanted a new tablet for Winter or Spring Semester, and didn’t get one from Santa, Amazon’s got a great deal for you. For the rest of January, Amazon will be offering students $50 off all versions of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 (both the WiFi and the WiFi+4G LTE versions). This means you can get the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 for just $249 for the WiFi-only 16 GB version. For a tablet with an amazing HD screen (it’s on the same level as the Retina Display on the iPad 3/4), HD front camera for HD video chat, and access to thousands of Android apps and games from Amazon’s App Store, this looks like a great deal.
To get the deal you need to have a .edu email address, and either be enrolled in or sign up for Amazon Student. For those who don’t know, Amazon Student lets students with a .edu email address get things like free two-day shipping, free release date delivery for things like movies and video games, as well as some special student deals (like this one). Amazon Student is free for the first six months after you sign up, and only $39 a year after that (for the next four years or until you graduate, whichever comes first). The $39 a year adds in all the full benefits of Amazon Prime– which normally costs $79 for those without Amazon Student– such as access to sharing Kindle books with friends and watching videos on Amazon Instant Video (Amazon’s version of Netflix).
All in all, If you’re looking for a new tablet for the next semester this looks to be a pretty great option. For more information on the deal and Amazon Student check out Amazon’s site here.
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With Thanksgiving winding to a close, it’s time for the next big holiday, Black Friday. Whether or not you camp out tonight there are a lot of great deals to be had at a whole bunch of stores. We’ve got a few of the tech best deals we could find listed below.
Late last week Apple began selling their long-awaited iPad Mini as well as a new iPad 4. The iPad Mini was the long rumored smaller version of the iPad while the iPad 4 was more of a surprise update to the iPad 3, giving it some nice updates to make the bigger iPad even better. Now we know a lot of you, particularly anyone who just bought an iPad 3 over the last few months, are wondering what exactly is new here, but don’t worry, we’ve got everything you need to know about both of these new iPads ready for you after the break.
Later this week Microsoft will release Windows 8, their latest and greatest version of Windows. Unlike all earlier versions of Windows, Windows 8 is pretty much a complete re-working of the Windows we have today. It isn’t just a few speed improvements and some nicer looking graphics (though it does have those too).
Windows 8 is Microsoft’s view for the future of the computer, but before you run out and buy a new PC, or upgrade your current one, read on. We’ll explain what’s new and different here and what it means for you.
Over the last few weeks there has been a lot of talk that Apple had one more big event up its sleeves for 2012. Well, yesterday Apple confirmed all those rumors, sending out invites to an event next week, Tuesday, October 23rd.
One of the many “mock ups” of what the iPad Mini will look like (pic via Apple Insider)
So what can we expect? Well, according to the latest rumors Apple will be taking the wraps off a new, smaller and hopefully cheaper “iPad Mini.” As we wrote before, the iPad Mini is said to have a 7.85 inch screen (down from 9.7 inches on the regular iPad), a thin design with an aluminum back similar to the iPhone 5, the new Lightning port in place of the older iPod dock connector, as well as other standard iPad features like cameras on the front and back for FaceTime, iOS 6, and the availability to buy it in either WiFi only or WiFi+4G LTE versions. Specs wise its said to be similar to the iPad 2, with an A5 dual-core processor with 512 MB of RAM.
Now while this isn’t as powerful as the new iPad, it should still be fine for most things like browsing the web, using apps, reading books etc. And these “older” specs have their benefits as the rumors also say we can expect a cheaper price for the Mini iPad– the base 8 GB WiFi-only version possibly now starting at $249 or $299 and going up to $650 for the 64 GB WiFi+4G version (with options for 16 and 32 GB versions as well). If you want a cheap iPad for internet, apps and books– and don’t plan on storing lots of movies, pictures or music– this may be perfect for you.
There are also strong rumors that Apple is planning to finally introduce that long-awaited 13 inch version of the MacBook Pro with Retina Display, as well as reveal some new designs to the iMac and Mac Mini lines.
As always we’ll have it all covered for you back here. So make sure to check back on Tuesday for everything you’re gonna need to know about whatever Apple announces.
Just because the iPhone 5 was released only a few weeks ago doesn’t mean Apple’s done with big announcements for the year. The Apple rumors of late have been going crazy with talk that Apple will have yet another big announcement this month– an all new, smaller “iPad Mini.”
The iPad Mini is rumored to be just that, a smaller version of the iPad. Specs on the Mini are said to include a 7.85 inch screen (down from 9.7 inches on the regular iPad), a thin design with the same aluminum back as the iPhone 5, the new Lightning port in place of the older iPod dock connector, as well as other standard iPad features like cameras on the front and back for FaceTime, iOS 6, and the availability to buy it in either WiFi only or WiFi+4G LTE versions.
Now while the rumors haven’t said much on what else is different between the iPad and this iPad Mini beyond the screen, they have said one other thing– it will be much cheaper, with a starting price possibly as low as $300 (or $200 cheaper than $500 start price of the current iPad).
Apple is rumored to be sending out invites for this event on October 10th (next Wednesday), so hopefully we’ll know more about this soon. Stay tuned.
Looking for a sleek Android tablet but really want Netflix? Well, then this new tablet from Lenovo is for you. Lenovo just took the wraps off the IdeaPad K1 tablet and while it’s very similar to the other Android 3.1 tablets we’ve seen (like the Samsung Galaxy Tab), it also has something the other ones lack– an exclusive Netflix app. We know, we know, the iPad’s had this for a while now, but it’s still nice to start seeing some other big tablet apps come to Android (though sadly there’s no word on how long Lenovo has this exclusive and if or when it will be available on other Android tablets).
Now beyond Netflix support the K1 is like pretty much every other Android tablet we’ve seen with specs like: Android 3.1 Honeycomb (with a custom Lenovo interface and special Lenovo App Store where you can find apps tested by Lenovo and guaranteed to work on your tablet. And yes, you still have access to the normal Android Market and can download apps from there), 10.1 inch HD screen (so those apps and Netflix videos look great), dual-core 1 GHZ processor and 1 GB of RAM (so everything runs fast), 5 megapixel back camera with 2 megapixel front camera for video chat, and 10 hours of battery life.
Lenovo will also be pre-loading the K1 with apps like Need For Speed: Shift, Amazon Kindle, ooVoo, Angry Birds, Docs to Go (similar to Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel on your computer), Lenovo Social Touch (for easily updating your Facebook and Twitter from one app) along with many other apps so you’re ready to go right out of the box.
And while all this is nice, the biggest part of all this is the price. Unlike the Galaxy Tab and iPad 2 which start at $500 for 16 GB WiFi-only versions, the K1′s 16 GB WiFi-only version will cost only $449 (and it also has a microSD card slot for easily adding for adding more storage when you need it), with the 32 GB WiFi-only version costing $500.
The K1 is available now and for more info check out Lenovo’s site here.
As we begin the dreaded time of back-to-school shopping season there is sure to be a lot of interest in tablets. As we wrote last year, we find tablets to be great for use in school, and over the last few weeks we’ve been testing one of the more recently released tablets that if you’re looking for tablet you should definitely consider: Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. We have to say, out of all the Android tablets we’ve seen recently this is one that gives the iPad 2 a real strong run for your money.
What are you waiting for? Read on for our full Teen Review of the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
Sure summer is just getting started but that hasn’t stopped AT&T from hosting an event tonight to show off some of their upcoming phones and tablets for the rest of the year at today’s AT&T Unwrapped event in New York.
According to the official invite we’re gonna see some of the “hottest wireless products for the upcoming holiday season” but what these exact devices are we don’t yet know (hopefully one of them will be an AT&T version of the new BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900!)
If you have an upgrade on AT&T any time soon you’re not gonna wanna miss this. So make sure to check back here later tonight for all the info on whatever new devices AT&T shows off.