Sure the sound you heard around the world yesterday afternoon was a bit of joy, shock, awe and even a few snarky jokes once Apple’s iPad mini was revealed. Aside from the general size, weight & price – you’ve probably assumed that you know all that you need to know regarding the device. If you’re curious about the entire scoop or haven’t gotten the scoop in details before – keep reading…
SPECS: The new model comes in both black and white. The 7.9-inch screen with 4:3 aspect ratio gives the iPad mini a size advantage over 7-inch competitors. The area measures 29.6 square inches to 21.9 on a 16:9 7-inch tablet. RESOLUTION: It has the same resolution as the original iPad and iPad 2, at 1,024 x 768. WEIGHT: At 10.9 ounces, the iPad mini is less than half the weight of the full-size iPad. It’s just 0.28 of an inch thick. PERFORMANCE: The iPad mini packs an A5 chip, the processor that was first seen in the iPad 2, and it’s the same chip that powers the current iPod touch. It has a front-facing FaceTime 720p camera, with 5-megapixel camera in back. It also includes Apple’s new Lightning connector, which first debuted on the iPhone 5. PRICE: The iPad mini starts at $329 for the Wi-Fi-only version with 16GB capacity. Higher capacities and 4G LTE options are available. Prices for Wi-Fi-only versions are: $429 for 32GB, and $529 for 64GB. For the cellular versions, prices are $459, $559 and $659 for 16, 32 and 64GB, respectively. Pre-orders begin Oct. 26. The iPad mini starts at $329 for the Wi-Fi-only version with 16GB capacity. Higher capacities and 4G LTE options are available. Prices for Wi-Fi-only versions are: $429 for 32GB, and $529 for 64GB. For the cellular versions, prices are $459, $559 and $659 for 16, 32 and 64GB.
AVAILABILITY: Pre-orders begin Oct. 26 with delivery dates scheduled for November 2nd.
Are you planning on becoming an iPad mini owner?
As an iPad 2 owner (twice over) – I believe that there are just some things that are inevitable. New products develop, while older products fade out to pasture. With the New iPad release nearly knocking the original iPad product to extinction, it’s only a matter of time until the the natural progression product evolution takes place leaving another product behind. But what do I know? According to CNET.com –
Tablet buyers may see the iPad 2 sink away as the iPad Mini prepares to surface, says Evercore Partners analyst Rob Cihra. According to Chira – Apple could phase out the iPad 2 because the company’s vision leads toward “clearer product tiers,”. Apple is expected to unveil the iPad Mini at a launch event on October 23.
Launched in March 2011, the 16GB iPad 2 is currently available through Apple at a price of $399 for the Wi-Fi only version and $529 for the Wi-Fi + 3G edition. In contrast, the new iPadstarts at a price of $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version and shoots up to $829 for the 64GB model with Wi-Fi and 4G.
Apple has teased at a smaller iPad, using the term “we’ve got a little more to show you” on the invites for the October 23 event. But the company hasn’t yet officially announced any such device, so there’s been only speculation about it. Some reports say the smaller tablet will be available November 2nd and sport a 7.85-inch screen with the entry-level model offering 8GB of storage and Wi-Fi only access and a price tag of $249.
I’ll admit, I was once a faithful iPad 2 user until I purchased my Macbook air earlier this year. My primary love for these Apple products was because of one reason, mobility. Since I’m always on the go, you can most-likely catch me with my Macbook air and doing work while I have free time during the day. However, I probably won’t be intrigued by the the iPad Mini once it’s announce next week and released next month, simply because if it’s anything like the iPhone 5 release, it’ll probably fall short to it’s competing Samsung product.)
Are you excited about the new iPad Mini? Are you an iPad 2 owner or New iPad owner looking forward to getting the new iPad mini counterpart or do you think it’s just another status quo product on the market?
With the clear domination of the Samsung S3 in comparison to Apple’s newest iPhone 5 and my secret obsession with the new Samsung Galaxy Note – I’m beginning to feel “a certain way” about the Apple vs Samsung battle. As an Apple “Trinity” title holder, (Apple Trinity = owning an iPad 2, iPhone 4s and a Macbook Air) I have recently wondered about my decision to go with “All Apple Everything!” versus opting to buy superior tech products no matter what brand they’re affiliated with. (I could easily go into a rant behind the psychological marketing genius of Apple as a company, however – I’ll just leave it to you to form an opinion of your own based on the strength of each competing product in the computer tablet market.)
CNet.com recently explored the battle of the fittest tablet between Apple’s New iPad and the Samsung Galaxy 10.1. Check out this video and vote for your favorite tab device in the comments below…
So what do you think? Are you in the market for a new tablet? Which tab comes out on top for you? Cast your vote below…
If you’ve ever been warned about downloading a new Apple update, and have heard the suggestion to “Wait, until the bugs are worked out.” chances are, you’ve been blessed with great tech advice. With the recent release of Apple iOS6 software update, there have been many praises for several app enhancements but just as the good comes to light, so does the bad. One of the major gripes Apple users are moaning about include the unreliable Apple map app. One notable expression was “Maps takes all the trust Apple has built up among its users over the years — trust that its products just work — and squanders nearly all of it in one go.” – Mashable.com.
New York addresses seem to be completely wrong, turn by turn directions are slightly off and inspite of acquiring three navagation / map companies and having a few years to perfect the iOS map – it’s still #NoBueno.
It’s even been reported that there was a parody account poking fun at the new unreliable app…
(the account has since been removed…)
You can’t expect for Apple to get it right 100% of the time can you? After all, there are some great updates as listed in yesterday’s post – however, some of my favorite discoveries include the new ‘Do Not Disturb” feature, Phone call decline/ automatic text function and a variety of new emoticons added to the animated gallery. My least favorite has to be loosing Google Maps (and transit reliability) and the send read receipts option (this isn’t BBM...).
Have you tried out the new iOS6 update and features? How long did it take to update? Which features did you try first? Which functions do you love?
According to Gizmodo, the Chinese site Bolopad claims that these are exclusive shots of the upcoming Apple iPad Mini release. The 7.8-inch iPad looks like the real deal – but is it legit? Are releasing leaked pics Apple’s newest ploy in positioning themselves against the competition? Just yesterday we questioned Apple’s latest iPhone 5 release & disappointment in the loss of surprise that Apple once had. Apparently, we’re not the only ones questioning Apple…
The author states,
“I have to admit that I’m starting to think that all these leaks can’t be just a coincidence. The iPhone 5 has been the most broadly leaked product in Apple’s history. The new iPad mini is going to be the next. It almost feels like Apple is letting these products out of the factories to control market expectations and backlash from the press and consumers. Or perhaps Foxconn’s workers are getting smarter at smuggling them out the factory. Or things have gotten so massive that it’s impossible to control.”
What do you think? Would you rather have leaked images or would you prefer the element of surprise when it comes to new tech releases?
Bare Necessities, the leading online destination for brand name bras and lingerie, today launched two new catalogs without printing a single page. The editions are completely digital and designed specifically for a tablet shopping experience. The catalogs are available today via the free Google Catalogs and Catalog Spree tablet apps for both iPad and Android, and can be viewed on BareNecessities.com as well.
The first new catalog features Bare Necessities’ incredible new swimwear collection, featuring brands such as SPANX, Elomi, Freya, and Fantasie.
The second digital catalog highlights Bare Necessities’ Spring bra and lingerie collection from Wacoal in a rich, sensual experience that is accentuated by being designed for an interactive, tablet environment.
Bare Necessities also launched www.Bareplus.com in February 2012, which features more than 1,200 styles of full figure and plus size bras and lingerie.
“We are excited for the opportunity to use digital technologies to connect with consumers in new and engaging ways,” said Bob Vitale, President of Wacoal America. “Through the digital catalog, Bare Necessities has made our bras and lingerie really come to life for women of all sizes.”
Google Catalogs and Catalog Spree are available free on Apple’s App Store for iPad and on Google Play for Android.
Fresh off our stiletto sneaker obsession – Be&D brings stylish accessories from the feet to the geek. Girls with a lot of tech toys deserve a stylish bag to stow them in. With its “tech toy” clutches and cases, Be&D comes to the rescue of your iPad, iPhone, and other gadgets. The cases are made from mixed materials like embossed leather, lambskin, canvas, and cotton, and the statement pieces come in punchy colors like lime green and tangerine and flashy gold-stud details. Click through to take a look at the Spring and Summer collection.
It’s crunch time! The time you begin to stress about what to get the moms in your life for Mother’s Day (which is Sunday, May 13th by the way…) Why not show mom a little tech luv this year by getting her products that’ll enhance her love for technology! iLuv has the solution, the iLuv Epicarp Slim Folio Cover, Calvados & Pure Cleaner for managing squeaky clean gadgets.
The iLuv Epicarp Slim Folio Cover is one of the slimmest & lightest folio covers I’ve seen in a while. Made for the iPad 2 and now the New iPad the Epicarp cover is reminiscent of the iPad smart cover but with a few upgrades. Instead of the four column like the Apple smart cover, the Epicarp comes with three columns on it’s cover. This makes use for the cover to fold into a triangular typing stand, along with a raised of plastic flap on the back which transforms the case into a viewing stand. (Which is great for reviewing reciepes while in the kitchen).
The iLuv Calvados High Fidelity headphones are a great alternative to the Apple brand headphones (which tangle obnoxiously.) Compatable with iPhone, iPad, iPod and more, the Calvados provide full range sound to your favorite music while the noise canceling feature ensures that you only enjoy the sounds that you want to hear. All of this, plus the tangle-resistant flat cable makes these headphones a must have for any tech lover. The Calvados aren’t just headphones either, they also offer in-line speakez remote & microphone for easy hands-free calling, online chatting & digital music playback.
If mom’s electronics get a little dusty, the iLuv Pure Cleaner is the optimum alternative to dust pads or feather duster cleaning. The Pure Cleaner completely removes dirt, fingerprints, greasy stains & kills germs on contact – all without damaging the electronic device. Good for iPads, iPhones, iPods, Computers and LCD TVs. The Pure Cleaner kits comes with the bottled spray, swab for keyboard cleaning, disposable wet wipes & a microfiber cleaning cloth.
Even if your favorite mom isn’t an Apple fan, iLuv offers alternative products for eReaders like the Kindle too…
Looking for another reason to splurge on Mom for Mother’s Day? From now until Sunday, May 13th – iLuv is offering 25% off everything online at i-luv.com for Divas And Dorks’ readers.
What are you looking forward to buying mom for Mother’s Day? How would you like to WIN an ‘iLuv Mom’ Mother’s day bundle of products featured in this article? Visit DivasandDorks.com this week to find out how you can win!