Preview: iPad 5 and iPad mini 2

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We expect Apple to introduce two new iPads again this year, just like last year in October 2012. Moving forward to the next generation iPad mini and the fifth generation iPad, Apple’s iOS tablet experience. 

Just like last year Apple didn’t change the physical buttons or port locations on the iPad and even the iPhone for that matter. The power button will be on the top, home button on the bottom front center, lightning connector on the bottom and a volume and mute or orientation switch on the right hand side of the device. It’s all here. (more…)

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The Biggest Pros and Cons of iOS 7

The Biggest Pros and Cons of iOS 7

iOS 7 ScreenApple claims that over 200 million iPhones, iPads and iPods have been updated to iOS 7 in the last week. As you would expect, there has been a significant amount of both praise and criticism towards the all-new software. iFans has compiled a running list of the biggest pros and cons of iOS 7 from within the discussion forums.

  • Pros: Control Center, battery life, blur effects, redesigned multitasking, live clock icon, the lock screen, and parallax wallpapers.
  • Cons: Animation slowness, album view in Music and Photo apps, overall lag in certain situations, and the dock.

Have you posted what you like and dislike about iOS 7 yet?

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Rumor: Apple Working on 12-Inch iPad

Rumor: Apple testing 12-inch iPad

iPad-Mini-Front1Per AppleInsider:

A report out of the Far East on Tuesday claims Apple is teaming up with longtime partner manufacturer Quanta Computer to develop a 12-inch version of the iPad, reigniting speculation that the company is mulling a larger tablet model.

The question becomes, would you buy a 12-inch iPad or MacBook Air?

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Leaked Photo Shows iPad Case in Space Grey

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Apple is rumored to unveil updated iPad models in October, so leaks are going to happen. While the casing itself looks almost identical to today’s model, there is one major difference: the color. Following the trend that the iPhone 5s set, it appears that the next-generation iPad will be available in a color to match its smaller sibling.

Personally, I really like the space grey color.

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Businessweek Sits Down With Cook, Ive, and Federighi

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Bloomberg Businessweek today published an interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook, VP of Design Jony Ive, and VP of Software Craig Federighi. The interview covers multiple topics, including the latest releases. It also addresses one of the more pressing issues facing Apple: the fact that the company doesn’t have a device to compete with extremely inexpensive devices.

“There’s always a large junk part of the market,” he says. “We’re not in the junk business.” The upper end of the industry justifies its higher prices with greater value. “There’s a segment of the market that really wants a product that does a lot for them, and I want to compete like crazy for those customers,” he says. “I’m not going to lose sleep over that other market, because it’s just not who we are.”

It’s a strong statement: Apple isn’t interested in the low-end markets, where profit margins are incredibly small and devices are so often poorly constructed. It may not be a popular position in some cases, but it is a very Apple-esque stance. And let’s remember: it has worked in the past.

[Businessweek]

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‘Space Gray’ iPad mini Shell Surfaces

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With the announcement of iPhone 5s, Apple introduced a new color option for a variety of its other devices including the iPod touch, iPod nano, and iPod shuffle. The color, dubbed “Space Gray” is a near-black that supposedly has a bit of interstellar inspiration. The introduction of this color to the iPod line, however, has left many wondering if the iPad line will get the same treatment come later this fall when those devices see a hardware refresh.

There have already been plenty of supposed second-generation iPad mini leaks up to this point, but this morning MacRumors has shared (via Nowhereelse.fr) a few new photos displaying the casing in the new “Space Gray” variety. Hit the break for a couple more photos. (more…)

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App Store: How to Download iPhone and iPad Apps on Older iOS Versions

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Apple has maintained its cycle of releasing new iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models once per calendar year, meaning that there is increasing fragmentation of iOS devices and versions in the hands of users. As the hardware specifications of older devices begin to lag behind, Apple has steadily raised the minimum software version for App Store downloads.

At this point, most apps require iOS 4.3 or later in order to be installed. That leaves millions of users with older iOS devices out of luck when attempting to install popular apps such as Facebook, Candy Crush Saga, Temple Run and Minecraft: Pocket Edition. But, fortunately, there is now a solution.

Apple has introduced a new iOS feature that allows for users with older devices to install the “last compatible version” of apps available. The discovery was made on Reddit and picked up by Engadget, which confirmed that it was able to install an older version of Instagram on an iPhone 3GS running iOS 4.3.3.

[Engadget]

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Rumor: Apple to Introduce New iPad on October 15th

iPad-4G-Fourth-Gen-LightningApple is rumored to hold its next media event on Tuesday, October 15th, according to French website MacGeneration. At the event, which should take place in San Francisco, Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation iPad and potentially new Macs or other products.

In particular, the fifth-generation iPad is expected to have a thinner bezel akin to the iPad mini. If there are new Macs released, they are very likely to be updated with Intel’s latest Haswell processors. OS X Mavericks, which is expected in late October, should be preinstalled on these machines.

If this rumor proves true, it would be consecutive years that Apple has both a September event for iPhone and October event for iPad. Last year, the company introduced the iPhone 5 in September and followed up with the fourth-generation iPad and smaller iPad mini in October.

[9to5Mac]

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Microsoft Offering At Least $200 For Your Used iPad

microsoft_surface_tabletMicrosoft has launched a new limited time promotion that allows customers to trade in their iPad for a minimum $200 gift card towards the purchase of a Surface tablet or other products from the Microsoft Store.

The offer applies to the iPad 2 or later — so long as the device is in “gently used” condition — and is available at brick-and-mortar Microsoft Stores in the United States and Canada, not online. The power cord must be included with the iPad.

This promotion is intended to boost sales of the Surface tablet, which has failed to gain traction in the market alongside the industry-leading iPad. Microsoft was forced to make a $900 million write down on unsold Surface inventory, and has been using Siri as part of an aggressive marketing campaign against the iPad.

With the new Surface starting price of $349, coupled with a minimum $200 gift card, customers could potentially purchase the tablet for $149 or less. Prospective buyers may wish to wait a few weeks, however, as Microsoft is expected to unveil the second-generation Surface at a press event on September 23rd.

[The Verge]

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Opera Releases Coast, A Unique Web Browser for the iPad

Opera has been in the browser business for some time, though they have always trailed other options. Their offerings have always been fast, and they have also had certain distinct features that differentiate their products from that of Microsoft, Google, Mozilla, or Apple.

Coast is something different. It isn’t a traditional web browser — instead, it focuses on the touch interactions offered by a large-screen device like the iPad to remove UI elements like the URL bar, tabs, and other controls. (more…)

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