Some iPad mini models suffering from image retention

As the retina iPad mini is getting in to more hands, there have been limited reports of the device’s display suffering from image retention.

Image retention, or ghosting, is an issue that certain LCDs can have. It is usually associated with newer panels, such as the one in the retina iPad mini, though it has also been seen on the first-generation retina MacBook Pro and the third-generation iPad.

Marco Arment was among the first to report the issue, and he put together a web page to test the problem. Since image retention isn’t specifically covered by the warranty, it is likely to be hard to get the device replaced — you could, however, exchange it for another color or capacity.

Luckily, the issue seems limited to a very small number of devices, with most people reporting on Twitter and in forums that their devices do not exhibit this behavior.

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Speed up and improve iOS 7 on the iPad mini, iPad 2, and iPod touch

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iOS 7 brings about various new features and enhancements. These features and enhancements can be very useful, but iOS 7 also currently brings with it decreased performance, particularly on A5-based devices.

Users of those devices, which include the iPad mini, iPad 2, and iPod touch G5, can make certain changes to improve their experience on Apple’s latest OS. While hopefully a future update will improve performance for these devices (two of which are still being sold by Apple), the following settings can all be changed now.

Almost all of these changes are done in the Settings.app, and are located under the accessibility option in general settings. (more…)

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The retina iPad mini’s A7 chip runs at 1.3 GHz

With the latest iPad models, Apple has standardized on the A7 chip originally shown in the iPhone 5S. This chip offers the best performance in the market, besting even Intel’s x86 Atom chip in some benchmarks.

While the difference between the A7 and other market-leaders such as the Snapdragon 800 and Intel Atom is only truly noticeable in benchmarks, the difference between the A7 and the A5 — the chip that powered the original iPad mini — is massive. In fact, the latest upgrade offers 5X the performance of the original model, according to Geekbench 3, all while having twice the number of pixels to power and maintaing the same ten-hour battery life.

[MacRumors]

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The Retina iPad mini is now available

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Following a leaked internal memo and a few hours worth of Apple’s online store being down, the retina iPad mini is now available for sale. The device was announced at the October 22nd event, and will cost you a smooth $399 for the base version.

The device is expected to be in very high demand, so expect the ship dates to slip quickly.

[Apple.com]

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Five year old on Jimmy Kimmel is really smart

“Well you could just give it away because we’re just planning to get an iPad for Christmas.”

Funny. The original video went private for a few hours before coming back online. What changed? The part where the adorable child suggests that he’ll  be getting an iPad has been removed. I’ve added a mirror of the original above.

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Get this iPad Air case for $0.01

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Did you just get your hands on the iPad Air? If so, you’re probably looking for a case that isn’t going to cost you an arm and leg. I can’t attest to the quality of this offering, but I’ve stumbled on an iPad Air case on Amazon going for the low, low, price of just $0.01 (at least at the time of this writing). Yes, there is about a $5 shipping charge at the moment, but that’s not absurd for shipping, is it? The list price is shown as “$49.99,” so this is basically a savings of 100%. Hit the link above to check out this steal.

Note: This is not a sponsored post, and the above link is not an Amazon affiliate link.

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5 generations of iPad compared on video

Mashable has uploaded the above YouTube video comparing the newly released iPad Air and the four iPad models preceding. It’s worth noting that all of the devices (besides the incompatible first-generation iPad) are running iOS 7, likely depicting the older models as slower than they would have been on their launch OS.

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Target offering $200 minimum trade-in credit for any model iPad

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Target is offering a minimum of $200 in-store credit for the trade-in of any iPad model between November 3rd and 9th, according to a banner on the company’s trade-in website. This means that, yes, you can bring in the 16 GB  first generation iPad and you will be handed a $200 Target gift card seeing as the device follows certain requirements. Users have confirmed this to be the case in this Reddit thread, with one user claiming his first generation iPad was even “beat up” and “scratched,” all while still receiving his $200 gift card.

To take advantage of the offer, you must visit your local Target store. While Target’s offers may not be great if you have a higher-capacity 3rd generation model or iPad mini, the $200 minimum offer can’t be beat if you’re looking to trade in an old mummified first-generation device or lower-capacity iPad 2.

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iPad Air kicks butt on Geekbench 3 benchmarks

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The Geekbench 3 benchmark for the iPad Air has been revealed by Primate Labs’ John Poole, demonstrating some fairly impressive numbers. The device’s 64-bit A7 chip, which is the same physical hardware found in the new Apple iPhone 5s, has been given scores of 1465 and 2643 for the single-core test and the multi-core test, respectively. Claims made at Apple’s press event last week have officially been demonstrated as fact, with the device outperforming its predecessor by about two times on both tests. (more…)

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Is using the iPad as a camera acceptable?

Is using the iPad as a camera acceptable?

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Ever since the iPad came out nearly four years ago, users have been mocked and ridiculed for using the tablet as a camera. After all, the iPad is quite large and does look rather stupid when used for photography. But, is it possible that people are finally coming to terms with using the iPad as a camera? That is the message that Apple is attempting to share, at least, as evidenced by the video below.

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