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.
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.
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.
Tablets From CTIA Round Up: First Looks of Motorola Xoom, LG G-Slate, HTC EVO View 4G and BlackBerry PlayBook
Last weeks CTIA wasn’t all about awesome new phones, we also had the chance to take a look at some of recently released or coming soon tablets that look to give the iPad 2 a strong run for your money: the Android 3.0 Honeycomb running LG G-Slate and recently released Motorola Xoom, Android 2.3 Gingerbread running HTC EVO View 4G with Scribe pen, and of course BlackBerry’s big new tablet, the PlayBook. There’s a lot you’re gonna wanna know here, so let’s get to it.
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With the iPad 2’s launch upon us we’ve been receiving tons of questions on what the differences are between this new second generation and the now much cheaper original iPad. Is the iPad 2 really worth it? Well, before you go out to wait in line for hours this weekend read on to make sure you know exactly what you’re waiting for.
The new March Madness On Demand for iPad
If you’re a crazy basketball fan like me, March Madness is one of the most exciting times of the year. Incredible basketball games pretty much 24 hours straight back to back to back, crazy Cinderella runs, and of course, brackets. For the past few years CBS, who broadcasts the games on TV, has allowed free streaming of all the games online while at the same time offering apps with the same feature on iOS for $10 if you wanted to watch the Madness on the go.
Now of course paying $10 for something that’s free on your computer (and which only lasts a few weeks) is pretty annoying to say the least, but thankfully for any college basketball fan (or someone who’s even moderately interested in seeing if they’ll win their pool) CBS has made this a ton easier this year; well at least for iOS users. Yup, this year you can catch all of March Madness right from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch– for free (and yes, there will be an optimized iPad app in addition to the iPhone/iPod touch app as you can see in the pic above). Sorry Android and any non-iOS users, no word about if you guys will get this just yet (though now that Android has Flash, we don’t see why the normal CBS Sports site wouldn’t work and let you stream games to your phone or tablet that way).
The free app isn’t on the App Store yet, but with Selection Sunday only 10 days away we should see it any day now and we’ll make sure to let you know once its out.
Enjoy fellow basketball fans, and try not to look completely distracted while you watch the games under your desk.
UPDATE: And it’s out. You can now download the app for free for your iPhone, iTouch or iPad from iTunes. Enjoy and good luck with your brackets!
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Yes, as expected the iPad 2 is officially official. Like all of Apple’s big event, the new iPad features some major new changes over the previous iPad. New changes on this new iPad include: the new design that we saw leaked earlier today that’s a third thinner than the first iPad (its thinner than iPhone 4!), a very fast dual core A5 processor with 9x better graphics (this is awesome news for gamers), the dual cameras and improved speaker that everyone has been waiting for (front camera for FaceTime video chat, back for HD video recording), 10 hour battery, and it ships in both white and black from day one for both AT&T and Verizon (this is in addition to the WiFi only versions).
Facetime, now on the iPad 2
The iPad 2 will be available next week, March 11th, for the same prices as current iPads (starts at $499 for 16 GB WiFi only up to $829 for 64 GB WiFi+3G).
Photo Booth on the new iPad 2
In addition to the iPad 2, Apple also announced the next version of iOS, version 4.3. New features in iOS 4.3 (which also comes out next week, March 11th for iPhone, iPod touch and first-gen iPad owners) include Personal Hotspot for iPhone 4 (the ability to turn your iPhone 4 into a WiFi hotspot. This finally comes to all iPhone 4s, not just the Verizon iPhone 4), Photo Booth for iPad (like on the Mac, this is a fun way to mess around with the iPad’s new cameras. See pic above), improvements to Apple’s AirPlay (for streaming movies, music and pictures from your iOS device to your TV through Apple TV), and iTunes Home Sharing (so you can stream your music, movies and pictures from your iTunes on your computer to your iOS device over your home WiFi– no cables required to play).
Is the iPad 2’s back?
We’re only about an hour away from Apple’s big iPad event but that hasn’t stopped the internet from trying to steal Apple’s thunder. What you see above are some of the leaked pix of the iPad 2 from China courtesy of Chinese site DGtle. The pix seem to support a lot of the rumors we’ve heard over the past few months: front and back cameras, improved speaker, and a thinner more iPod touch like design.
Fortunately, we’ve only got an hour to wait until Apple finally and officially shows off the iPad 2– so make sure to check back here for all the info you’re gonna want and need to know.
Few more shots of the rumored new iPad after the break.
As you’ve probably figured, right now is probably the worst possible time to buy any Apple product. In today’s version of the now daily major Apple rumor we have a rumored Apple press event date for next Wednesday, March 2nd for a very special announcement– the long-awaited iPad 2. This rumor comes from a pretty powerful and well-connected source– the Wall Street Journal’s All Things D blog— so we’re very inclined to believe its got some truth to it.
Just as a quick recap on what to expect in the iPad 2. The rumors here are that it will have: 2 cameras– one on the back and a second on the front for FaceTime video chat, faster processor and more RAM for speed (to keep up with the very fast Android tablets on the way), SD card slot built-in (this is huge considering the first iPad needed you to buy a separate $30 piece for this), higher-res screen (debate on whether it will match the iPhone 4’s Retina Display, but regardless it should be much better), better speaker (much-needed if you ask us– the first iPad’s speaker was decent but could use a lot of improvement), thinner design, and even possibly a USB type port in addition to the usual Apple USB connector.
Again, these are all only just rumors for now– but all should be revealed soon enough. And make sure to check back here next week where we’ll have everything you need to know about whatever Apple decides to announce.
UPDATE: And it’s officially an iPad event as you can see from the official invite above. Make sure to check back here next week for all the info on what goes down.