This is the new iPad lineup

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Apple on Tuesday introduced an all-new iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display, while retaining the original iPad mini and less-expensive iPad 2. The new tablet lineup now consists of the following devices. Do not expect any further iPad product refreshes through at least the end of the holiday shopping season.

  • iPad Air ($499): The all-new tablet is 20% thinner than the previous generation and features the smaller bezels of the iPad mini. This model is also significantly lighter than the previous generation, weighing in at just one pound. Other hardware specifications include the Apple A7 chip with 64-bit architecture, M7 chip, 10 hours battery life, improved iSight camera and more. Available in silver and white and space grey and black.
  • iPad mini with Retina display ($399): The tablet has a 7.9-inch display with 2048 x 1536 pixels resolution, Apple A7 chip with 64-bit architecture, up to 10 hours of battery life, a 5-megapixel rear-facing iSight camera, and more. Available in silver and white and space grey and black. Available later in November.
  • iPad mini ($299): The non-Retina model has been retained in the lineup with an all-new $299 price. That is a $30 discount over the original $329 price tag.
  • iPad 2 ($399): The budget full-size iPad 2 has also been retained in the lineup, at the same $399 price point.
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Introducing the iPad mini with Retina display

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Apple on Tuesday unveiled an all-new iPad mini with Retina display, available in silver and white and space grey and black. The tablet has a 7.9-inch display with 2048 x 1536 pixels resolution, Apple A7 chip with 64-bit architecture, up to 10 hours of battery life, a 5-megapixel rear-facing iSight camera, and more.

A high-resolution Retina display was no doubt the number-one requested feature on the smaller tablet, and Apple has delivered. The new iPad mini is priced at $399 for 16 GB with Wi-Fi, and is available later in November. The original iPad mini has been retained in the tablet lineup, with the original $329 price slashed to $299.

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Apple unveils thinner and faster iPad Air, available in November

iPad Air sideIt appears that there is no fifth-generation iPad. Instead, Apple has replaced it entirely with an “iPad Air,” which is 20% thinner than the previous generation and features the smaller bezels of the iPad mini.

This model is also signifacantly lighter than the previous generation, weighing in at just 1 pound. In addition, it is powered by the Apple A7 chip — that’s right, no A7X processor this time around — meaning that performance should be similar, if not identical, to the iPhone 5S. The M7 chip is also along for the ride, but TouchID doesn’t seem to be included. The update also includes a better camera, all while maintaining the ten-hour battery life.

The iPad Air will ship on November 1st and fill the previous price-points of the fourth-generation iPad, and will be available for $499. The iPad 2 sticks around at $399.

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Will Apple introduce an iPad keyboard case tomorrow?

Will Apple introduce an iPad keyboard case tomorrow?

smartcoversI’ve been speaking to a couple of people at Apple for the last few days and they have told me that a case for the full size iPad that mimics Microsofts touch cover has been prototyped. It’s not clear whether the process is far enough along to make this Tuesdays event but they did say a few different styles had been in testing for a while. This would certainly allow Apple to differentiate the larger iPad from its little brother and market it as the more ’pro’ of the 2. Apple already sells a Bluetooth keyboard that functions perfectly with the iPad but it’s not quite as integrated as Microsofts offering, requiring a lot more bag space. This is the primary motivation behind the development, as all of the current solutions are fairly inelegant. Apple realises the market for the large iPad is mainly professionals looking to work on it whereas the iPad mini is mainly content consumption.

The above blurb is straight from the blog of Jamie Ryan, an ex-Apple Developer Relations employee. Hit the link above to read his whole post. What do you think Apple means by “We still have a lot to cover”? Could the invitation be alluding to a case (or series of cases) to be paired with the newest iPad offerings as Ryan seems to suggest is a possibility?

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Video: iOS 7 multitasking bug causes iPad to crash

iFans forum member Dorian Olarescu has posted the video above to demonstrate a bug that affects iPad multitasking on iOS 7. The issue occurs when using the four-finger multitasking gesture to swipe between apps; after swiping through three to four apps, the iPad 4 in the video immediately crashes to the Apple boot screen.

The user notes that all of the apps he has open have been updated with compatibility for the iOS 7 software update, so unsupported apps is not the problem in this case. He goes on to question if iOS 7 was truly ready for a public release in the first place, and we encourage other iPad users to share their responses in the comments.

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How to turn your iPhone into a Pokédex

How to turn your iPhone into a Pokédex

Pokemon Pokedex iPhone Siri WolframMike Wehner of TUAW writes:

The massive information engine Wolfram Alpha just added a whopping 649 Pokémon to its database. For fans of the games, that fact is pretty cool all on its own, but if you happen to own an iPhone or an iPad with Siri, it’s even more awesome. You see, thanks to Siri’s ability to search Wolfram Alpha for information, your iDevice is now as close to a real-life Pokédex as you’ll probably ever have.

Just ask Siri to Wolfram Search for Pikachu, Charmander, Diglet or other Pokémon favorites and, voila, a free Pokédex!

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Surenix releases beautiful wallpapers inspired by the October Apple event

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Surenix, the creator of the famed ayecon iOS theme and known as the designer of the Winterboard icon, has released a slew of wallpapers inspired by Apple’s October 22nd event invitation email. Find the direct download links for the above design below or head over to Surenix’ “goodies” page for more.

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Apple sends out invites for October event: ‘We still have a lot to cover’

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As expected, Apple has today sent out press invites for its October 22nd event. The event, which is expected to feature a slew of iPad updates including a fully redesigned full-size iPad and an iPad mini with Retina display, has been widely rumored across the blogosphere for some time now and today is finally confirmed via an official email containing the tagline “We still have a lot to cover.” Also rumored is the fitting inclusion of Apple’s new Touch ID system on one or more iPad models.

On top of the potential iPad updates, Apple’s product pipeline includes a new version of iWork, a new Apple TV, a MacBook Pro refresh, Mac OS X Mavericks, and the new Mac Pro (which debuted at WWDC). Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac, who has one of the best trak records in the industry, says “the new Mac Pro, MacBook Pros, and OS X Mavericks are the most likely to appear in addition to the tablets…”

As always happens with these invites, Apple has left us wondering what the invitation’s title might mean. “We still have a lot to cover” could simply mean that Apple has a lot of announcements left to share with us (which they do), but there’s likely a hidden double meaning for the word “cover.” What do you think? Maybe we’ll see a new innovative kind of iPad cover. Let us know what you think in the comments.

[9to5Mac]

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Analyst supply chain reports add fuel to retina iPad mini, iWatch fire

Analysts are often very, very wrong. Need proof? The iPhone 5C was supposed to be cheap. The first-generation iPad mini was supposed to have a retina display. The Apple TV (as in an all-in-one display) was supposed to ship… well, a decade ago.

With that massive amount of salt added, the above chart has been presented by NPD DisplaySearch, a group responsible for speaking directly to the supply chain and reporting their findings. Those results were compiled in to the chart above, and would seem to suggest a few landmark announcements and reveals on the horizon. Perhaps most timely is the apparent confirmation that the next-generation iPad mini will indeed ship with a retina display. Other than that, both a 4K panel and a very small flexible AMOLED device appears slated for a late 2014 release.

In addition, it appears that production on a larger iPhone is slated to begin in Q2 of next year, which would validate rumors of a larger iPhone in roughly a year.

[DisplaySearch via MacRumors]

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iPad event on October 22? “Yep.” says Dalrymple

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Earlier today, AllThingsD reported that we’re likely going to see Apple’s new iPad line at a yet-to-be-announced press event on October 22nd. As tends to happen with these kinds of reports, renowned Apple pundit Jim Dalrymple has chimed in with his famous “Yep.” over at The Loop. Jim is rarely wrong, if ever, when he throws out a “Yep.” or a “Nope.”, and I don’t expect this to be any different. Expect a post in this space in the coming days detailing an email sent to the press inviting them to Apple’s next exciting press event.

Sadly, the Apple rumor mill is getting so good at unveiling Apple’s plans that this may be yet another unsurprising and underwhelming day for those of us that follow the tabloids.

[The Loop]

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