The SurfacePad case — a nifty iPad accessory from the folks over at Twelve South — is now available for the iPad mini. The case combines a front cover that makes use of the magnets in the iPad mini, as well as an adhesive back to offer a little more protection than what Apple’s solution offers. The whole case is made of leather, and goes for $69.99 in one of three colors (red, black, or white) on Twelve South’s website. If you’re in the market, I wholeheartedly recommend this case — Twelve South makes excellent accessories.
Mobile World Congress has been taking place in Barcelona for the past few days, and the iPad Air has walked away as the top tablet for the year. The sleek HTC One was named the best smartphone, making it even more exciting to see what the Taiwanese company can deliver with its next-generation handset. Ahead is the official statement for the iPad Air
The official description of the iPad Air follows… (more…)
Apple’s “Your Verse” ad campaign expanded today with “Elevating the expedition,” which includes footage and other information about how mountaineers Emily Harrington and Adrian Ballinger used the iPad to help their climb. It’s an interesting story, though obviously an ad campaign. Frankly, though, I stayed for the beautiful photos — photos that, I’m pretty sure, weren’t captured with an iPad. Still, it’s interesting to see the flexibility of the iPad. Also, Apple is getting fantastic at designing these types of web pages.
Here’s something new. It may look quite familiar, but I’m here today to let you know that a brand new theme, Long Shadow Love, otherwise known as LSL, is now available for free on Cydia. While Long Shadow Love may look a lot like Zanilla and Solstice, the theme aims to be a higher-quality version of those themes. What’s better? The theme is shipping with both iPhone and iPad versions readily available. Read more after the break. (more…)
Apple isn’t slated to release iOS 8 until much later this year, but the announcement is expected in a matter of months at the annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). With iOS 7 still under active development — iOS 7.1 is expected to hit soon, bringing various UI tweaks and bug fixes — most haven’t begun to think about iOS 8. However, there is one question worth considering, particularly when buying new devices: what devices will be supported? (more…)
While an untethered jailbreak was released for iOS 6.1.3 – 6.1.5 just last week, it was restricted to the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and fourth-generation iPod touch. Early this morning, the release of p0sixspwn changed that. The new tool, developed by iH8sn0w and winocm, extends the jailbreak to all devices capable of running the aforementioned software versions.
This jailbreak is compatible with the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 (GSM), iPhone 4 (CDMA), iPhone 3GS, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad mini, iPod touch 4G and iPod touch 5G. If you have a Mac running OS X Lion or later, iFans forum member Tkf1 has prepared a step-by-step tutorial on how to jailbreak with p0sixspwn. There is no Windows version of p0sixspwn as of writing, although it is expected soon.
The release of p0sixspwn has been fairly controversial within the jailbreaking community, as iOS security researcher pod2g claims that it burns exploits that could have been used towards future jailbreaks. Moreover, many iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users have already updated to iOS 7. What do you think? Was the release of p0sixspwn an ill-advised move, or does it remain important to cater to those that have stuck to older iOS versions?
If you still believe in the credibility of Taiwanese blog DigiTimes, which has a mixed track record at reporting rumors, expect for Apple to release both larger-sized iPhones and iPads next year.
According to the report, the larger iPhone will arrive in May with unspecified screen dimensions. The iPhone 5s has a 4-inch screen, while competitors such as Samsung and Sony have gone above 5-inches with their smartphones.
The report claims that a 12.9-inch iPad will follow suit in October, although a 13.3-inch screen has also been rumored. The tablet will be manufactured by Quanta Computer, and there is a possibility it will replace the 11-inch MacBook Air in Apple’s product lineup. The more credible Wall Street Journal reported in July that Apple was testing larger screens for its iOS devices, although it was unclear if those designs would be pushed to market.
If you are in the market for a new tablet, the new Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 by Amazon deserves some consideration. With an 8.9-inch display that packs 1 million more pixels than an iPad Air, the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is also 20 percent lighter and $120 cheaper than its competitor from Apple — starting at just $379.
One caveat to keep in mind is that the Amazon Appstore only has around 100,000 apps, whereas the App Store for iOS devices surpassed 1 million apps last month. But with an ultra-fast 2.2GHz quad-core processor, 2 GB RAM and 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, it’s worth reconsidering which tablet you want under the tree.