Apple schedules event for 22nd October, Updated iPads expected

This really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone but Apple’s upcoming fall event has been scheduled for 22nd October. Cupertino is expected to show a whole host of devices though the updated iPads will lead the announcements.

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The next gen iPad will see a slight mix up in terms of design. Expect to see a slimmer tablet with smaller bezels akin to the iPad Mini. Internally, it’ll pack the A7x chip possibly paired with double the amount of RAM. The iPad Mini too will see an update with the processor being upgraded as well as RAM. There are conflicting reports out there that suggest that we’ll see either the A6 or A7 processor under the hood. Either way, expect to see a decent speed bump on the tablet. Apple is evidently testing variants of the iPad Mini with and without a Retina Display and is apparently struggling with battery consumption. As is always the case with Apple, nothing is confirmed till the day of the announcement but fret not as updates are definitely coming! Continue reading “Apple schedules event for 22nd October, Updated iPads expected”

Tablet shipments expected to exceed total PC shipments in 2015

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IDC, the analysis company that analyses several markets every quarter has released a report that Tablet shipments are all set to overtake total PC shipments in 2015. With a rapidly growing tablet market, IDC notes that the landscape is changing after the flood of low cost Android tablets with screen sizes less than 8 inches, which might contribute as much as 57% of the total tablet market in 2017, while the rest is constituted by bigger tablets, mostly the iPad. The iPad mini too might be a  proven driver in the sales of small tablets.

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SkyDrive updated for iOS, brings iPhone 5 support and high resolution image downloads

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SkyDrive, the cloud storage solution from Microsoft has its app updated for iOS finally, after a long time. The reason it took so long was due to Apple wanting a cut from Microsoft for an in-app subscription model for SkyDrive storage upgrades, initially planned for the iOS app. The app was reportedly re submitted a number of times until now, when Apple and Microsoft have finally come into a consensus on what to do with the IAP type subscription. Microsoft now doesn’t have an option for storage upgrade inside the app but users can always upgrade the storage from the web.

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FoneArena Apple iPad mini Giveaway !

It is the holiday season and at FoneArena, we have decided that we should spread joy and the holiday spirit! So, we are going to giveaway a brand new “limited edition” Apple iPad mini, the white 16 GB WiFi version! Read on to find out more about the contest.

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Apple Releases ‘I’ll Be Home’ iPad mini Holiday Television Ad

Tonight, Apple released a new television ad featuring the iPad and the iPad mini with a young girl singing Bing Crosby’s “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” to her grandfather via FaceTime.

I’ll be home for Christmas. You can count on me. I’ll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWyZUszyJHg&

 

Apple increases orders for iPad mini, projected to sell 12 million minis by year end

Previously the iPad Mini was expected to sell around 10 million, but now DigiTimes is reporting that Apple has increased the orders from 8 to 10 million, which means that Apple might be selling around 12 million of the 7.9″ iPad Minis.

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Deal Alert : Grab the iPad mini for Rs.19400 at HomeShop18

Apple has launched the iPad mini and the iPad 4th Gen in India yesterday and many retailers have sold out the initial stock.If you are looking to buy the iPad mini at a discount , we wanted to alert you about this deal going on HomeShop18

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Apple iPad mini India Prices Revealed

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Good news for all of you waiting for the iPad mini in India. We have heard from online retailer Saholic about the confirmed prices for the iPad mini for India and it is going on sale pretty soon by this Friday December 7th.The base 16GB WiFi only version of the iPad mini will sell for Rs.21900

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Apple iPad mini WiFi+Cellular Version Unboxing

Here is a quick unboxing of the Apple iPad Mini WiFi+Cellular version. We had already unboxed the WiFi only version few days ago and here we have the Cellular version.We like to simply call as iPad mini 3G or 4G or even the iPad mini with LTE. Since LTE still is not widespread like 3G , we are going to be using this iPad mini over a 3G HSPA network. Watch the unboxing video below

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttsygOxRiOw

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Apple Might Release iPhone 5S in Mid 2013

According to sources, Apple is expected to unveil the next generation of their iPhone and iPad lineup in mid 2013. This would result in an increase in demand for ICs during the second half half of the first quarter of 2013.

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Apple Airs Two New iPad Mini Television Ads

Today, Apple has started to air two new TV ads for the iPad mini. The company previously released  the “Piano” ad that was shown during the iPad mini media event.

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The first ad is called “Books“, which demonstrates the abilities of the iPad mini as an e-reader. In the ad, a full-size iPad and the iPad mini are both side-by-side opening and closing books in iBooks. As MacRumors points out, the ad uses classy pairings of books to show comparisons between the larger and smaller iPads:  The Sun Also Rises and The Valley of the MoonEast of Eden and How the West Was Won; and, Moby Dick and Gone Fishing.

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The second ad is called “Photos“, which uses a similar side by side presentation style as the other two iPad mini ads. This ad shows off iPhoto for iOS with the 60’s classic song Two of a Kind by Bobby Darin and Johnny Mercer in the background.

 

Apple iPad mini Unboxing

The Apple iPad mini was announced on October 23rd and was launched across select countries worldwide on November 2nd. We managed to get our hands on the device and bring this unboxing for you.We have both the white and black versions of the iPad mini with us and we will also be comparing it with Nexus 7 and the iPad 2.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XK3qOCp8XQ

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iPad mini First Impressions and Photos

I received my iPad mini in the mail yesterday. Later next week, I will publish my review, but here are my first initial impressions for now:

  • I like the form factor a lot. It is easy to hold in one hand and typing with two hands is a breeze.
  • The iPad mini feels great, smooth, and really durable. It doesn’t feel cheap at all like the other seven inch tablets out there.
  • The device is very light weight.
  • It is a bliss to use.
  • Existing iPad apps already work on the iPad mini without any updates, which is a huge win for developers and customers.
  • iPad mini charges really fast.
  • The screen is no Retina display, but it is much more crisper than the iPad 2’s display. First time buyers won’t even notice the difference.
  • Switching between apps is fast and I have not noticed any issues of lag.
  • Battery life is great.
  • The entire iPad mini experience feels very polished.

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Apple Store Down Ahead of iPad mini Pre-Orders [Update]

The Apple Store just went down for iPad mini pre-orders. iPad mini pre-orders begin on October 26th, and in the past they come online first thing in the morning. From observations in the past, I have noticed that they usually come online at 12:01 AM PST / 3:01 AM Eastern. I’ll make sure to update this post when things come back online.

Customers can begin pre-ordering all models of iPad mini and all models of the fourth generation iPad on Friday, October 26 through the Apple Online Store in the US, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

The WiFi only model will only be available for purchase in retail stores on Friday, November 2nd, with pre-orders beginning to arrive that same day. iPad mini with cellular capabilities will begin shipping a few weeks after the WiFi models, first in the U.S. on AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon, with other countries following later.

Update: Pre-orders are now live