What’s under Apple’s tree this season? Could it be the gift of savings? Apple hasn’t announced any deals for Black Friday (yet), but in this season of giving, we can only assume that Apple plans to offer huge savings for Black Friday. If 2011 is any indication as to 2012 savings, we’re in for a treat and it’s safe to write our list for what we want. Last year Apple offered respectable discounted items for the one-day shopping event including iPad savings and savings on the iPod Nano, iPod Touch, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and iMac devices.
We’re checking our list twice and on our list this season, we’re asking the big red man (ahem, Apple) for:
iPad specials: In 2011, the iPad 2 was only a few months old when Black Friday rolled around, and customers enjoyed about a $50 savings. We expect the same level of savings for iPad 3 and older model iPads this year. If you haven’t bought an iPad yet because of the hefty price tag, we suggest waiting until Apple officially announces its specials. Because they will…at least we hope. Apple reduced prices on Mac last year so we predict savings on Mac products as well.
Discounts on Accessories: We expect Apple to reduce prices on accessories. Some stores offer free Apple accessories with your purchase of an iPad so be on the lookout for these savings. There’s nothing better than getting something free especially when it’s from Apple.
Shorter Lines and Less in-store Crowds: Wildly popular is Black Friday so expect to see a lot of consumers. We hope that Apple is well stocked and equipped to handle the influx of customers. How about express lines and customer service oriented sales people to direct the traffic? We don’t want our turkey & stuffing to get cold.
Participating Stores: While Apple is the go-to spot for all things Apple, other retailers like Best Buy will have possible savings on Apple products. Best Buy has its own surge of customers on Black Friday, but it’s a healthy alternative to buying your iPad directly from an Apple store. You can even buy your Apple product online and skip the long lines and overcrowding. However, in store sales seem to be the most lucrative and cost-effective.
You may be wondering about iPhones. Last year there were no iPhone savings, but you never know. These are just our predictions. Apple may have some surprises up its sleeves.
Tell us about your Black Friday experience. Do you plan on going this year? What tech pieces are you looking to get your hands on?
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?
So you didn’t get that shiny new tablet under the tree that you hoped for….WHO CARES! You could be the owner of the hottest new tablet to hit the market in less than 60 days…
Rumor has it Apple will release the iPad 3 on February 24, 2012 in honor of Steve Jobs’ birthday. Asian manufacturers are apparently working up a sweat trying to prepare the third-generation iPad for that date. If true, we’re just two months away from a shiny new iPad.
February 24th is slightly under one year after the iPad 2 was released (remember this?), and the iPad 2 was released slightly under one year after the first iPad was released. The iPad 3 could be the most challenging of them all to manufacture since recent reports suggest it will have a high-resolution 2048 x 1536 retina display. Such a large display would require additional processing power and would ultimately slow down production speeds, so manufacturers have a pretty demanding task ahead of them.
It’s also rumored that the iPad 3 will be a direct competitor of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and other “smaller” tablets currently taking consumers by storm.
With a third iPad already just around the corner, Apple is looking to maintain its strong lead in the tablet arena. Plus with a launch on Steve Jobs’ birthday, who was more than likely involved in the iPad 3?s development, expectations are higher than ever.
So you’ve bought the newest Kindle or iPad 2 for the holidays – why not up the ante by adding a few of the “Best of 2011” eBooks for your reading pleasure? Nearly 1 million subscribers have chosen the most popular eBooks of 2011! The leading eBook website, Free-eBooks.net, is a destination for readers looking for the next big thing or working to stretch their book budgets.
Free-eBooks offers readers additional perks, including formats for all eReaders, tablets and smartphones; quick previews, reader ratings and an active blog used by both readers and authors. It has welcomed and been enjoyed by about eight million visitors in 2011.
These eBooks, based on Readers’ Choices, topped the Best Seller list at Free-eBooks, heading into this 2011 holiday season:
1. Quatrain, fiction by John Medler
A historical puzzler. A father and two teens race to prevent a terrorist attack predicted centuries ago by Nostradamus. But will anyone believe them?
2. Diary of a Serial Killer, fiction by F. Cameron Lee
A serial killer’s world and crimes seen from his own point of view.
3. 101 Romantic Ideas To Woo Her, relationships by Michael Webb
Female readers love this book, which should ensure its wild success with men who could use a little help when planning a romantic surprise. Here’s one: Add an artificial rose to a real bouquet with a card reading “I will love you until the last rose fades.”
4. Clearwater Journals, mystery by Al Rennie
Joe Holiday, an ex-cop pulled into a cold case murder investigation, finds himself and the victim’s sister the targets of a master villain.
5. After the Facts: An After Coffman Mystery, mystery by Vincent M. Lutterbie
After Coffman’s P.I. career pits him against drug lords, gun runners and the local police homicide squad, but his greatest foe may be a cat.
6. A Convenient Solution, fiction by Trevor Whitton
High stakes intrigue ensues when a French Cardinal is arrested on spurious charges and Pope Clement sends an envoy to investigate. Set in 14th century France, whose king is challenging the papacy.
7. Beginning at the End, romance by Nicole Duffeck
A childhood dream draws Ella back from the brink of suicide following her father’s death and her devastating discovery that her husband is cheating on her.
8. The Landlord, fiction by Ken Merrell
Five young girls are dead in a small Utah community. Officer Rick Stacy and his K-9 dog, Sig, are unable to prevent a sixth. Can they forestall number seven?
9. A Bridge of Time, fiction by Lou Tortola
Physics, mysticism or maternal bonds transport William back to the 19th century. Can he return or will the Natural Bridge tie him to a past he never knew?
10. Blindsight, romance by Kait Nolan
A man who deals in death offers to rescue seer Isla from a paranormal crime lord. What does such a man want?
If you’re going to SXSW but eager to get your hands on an iPad 2 when it drops on Friday – you were probably stuck in a conundrum figuring out how you can do both at the same time. Don’t worry, Apple has you covered.
Apple is set to open a temporary store this Friday in the Scarbrough Building at the SXSW (South by Southwest Interactive Conference) in Austin.
Earlier this week construction workers started retrofitting a 5,000 square foot area of the building which Apple has leased for two weeks only.
Rance Wilemon, a partner in Plat.Form Real Estate said, “Apple real estate representative notified him Monday that the company had settled on Sixth and Congress for the location. “They came in town on Monday, did a quick tour, found a spot, and they’re in there working and will open by Friday.”
The store, classed as a popup store is interesting to retailers due to the low setup costs and short term commitment. This allows a retailer to test the water prior to making a large investment. In this case however, it is more about having a brand recognition presence at the SXSW event and to coincide with the release of iPad 2.
Now that the iPad 2 has been officially announced, let’s dive into some tips and tricks that you can use to personalize your iPad and make it more efficient. (Hint: You can use these tricks on the iPad that you can ENTER TO WIN HERE too!)
5. Quick Mute – So you’re at your desk at work watching a YouTube tutorial on how to apply your new red lipstick and your boss waves from the office and begins heading your way. Instead of scrambling to turn down the volume – just simply press and hold the volume down button on the side of the iPad. Within two short seconds you will be regaled with the sweet sound of silence and can pretend to be working on that report….
4. Dock more apps for easy accessibility – Your iPad normally keeps 4 apps docked for your convenience. As easy as you can rearrange the apps on your homescreen (By pressing & holding an app until the surrounding apps “shake”) Once the apps shake you can drag the selected app down to the dock and press the home button to lock it into place.
3. Safari Quick Zoom – When you’re on a webpage with columns, you can quick-zoom by double-tapping on the column (just don’t tap the link or else you’ll end up opening it and not zooming in on the page.) When you’re finished with the reading, just tap again to quick zoom out. (Pinching to zoom in and out still works, however the double-tap is quicker and more accurate.)
2. Transport Scroll to the Top – You’re online perusing through a lengthy article about the Spring trends for flirty fashions in Paris and now you remembered that there was an interesting contest link at the top of the article…instead of scrolling and scrolling and scrolling up to the beginning – there’s a quicker way to the top. Just tap the Status bar located at the very tip-top of the iPad screen and there you are! Within Safari, Mail and Notes you can use this time-saving gen.
1. Forced re-boot – Sometimes in everyone’s life a little frozen iPad must fall. When this happens don’t fret. You can do a forced re-boot of the system. Simultaneously press and hold the Sleep/Wake (aka Power) buttons until everything powers down. Just ignore the “slide to power off” message and keep holding! This only takes a few seconds. Now that the iPad is off, press the Sleep/Wake button to start your refreshed iPad up again.
This is just a short list of tricks that you can use — make sure to check back as we’ll have more tricks soon!
Everyone knows it….from the Geeks to the fashionably Chic —-> Apple iPads are the best and they are here to stay! Even the top fashion designers of your favorite brands have to come to the eppiphany to cash in on the gadget obsession sweeping the nation and creating fashion friendly designer iPad cases.
10. Clad in unquestionable class, the beige and embody diamante iPad case features a strap with a hook and loop closure and camel brown leather trim. Plus, the suede lining will prevent any scratches on the screen. $230 | Gucci.com
9. Made from Italian leather, the front of this iPad sheath is embossed with the classic Burberry logo. The zip closure and protective interior leather keeps your tablet secure. Available in Black Patent, Gold Oxide, Jet Blue, and Rasberry Sorbet.
$475 | us.burberry.com
8. Sporting the classic and timeless design known to all Chanel products, this clutch is the little black dress to your iPad. It’s made from quilted lambskin and features the signature Chanel logo on the zipper pull. $1,555 | www.chanel.com
7. Cole Haan’s sleeve is made from snake print leather, and is embossed with the designers subtle logo on the bottom right. The leather tab closure and suede lining offers some protection for your favorite tablet. Also available in Black/Red, Whiskey Burnished, and White Patent Croc Print. $99 | www.colehaan.com
6. On the lighter side of fashion, Juicy Couture’s iPad case is fun and luxurious. It’s shimmery leather features custom cutouts and a soft cotton polka-dot interior. It also does double duty as a stand for easy media watching. It’s also available in black. $128 | www.bloomingdales.com
5. From the cutting edge of fashion, Oscar de le Renta covers the iPad in colored snake skin; choose from blue, red, or yellow. The ultra suede lining and snap closure keep your iPad secure, while the inspired design sends out a message of fearless style.
$390 | www.oscardelarenta.com
4. The simple, yet sophisticated black leather is the epitome of understated class. The classic gold Y monogram closure hearkens a timeless pocketbook from this same designer. $795 | www.ysl.com
3. Ferragamo products are known for their exquisite craftsmanship, and the two iPad cases here are no exception. The envelope-like design with magnetic closure is made from European farmed calfskin leather or beige canvas and brown leather trim. The inside is lined with Alcantara, which will help prevent scratches. $290 | www.ferragamo.com
2. Slim clamshell luxurious design.Iconic detailing and customized design with contemporary style and quality.Michael Kors silver color signature … $129.99 | MichaelKors.com
1. Set to release in early 2011, Louis Vuitton’s iPad sleeve comes in two of the brand’s most famous patterns, the classic Monogram and the monochrome Damier Graphite. Stylish and practical, the canvas exterior provides protection against dings, as do the microfiber lining. $390 | www.louisvuitton.com