The iPad Air is a beautiful tech product and is definitely going to generate a lot of consumer interest after it launches on November 1st. If you have purchased at least one new Apple product so far, then you know that the company isn’t keen on discounting its newly launched products.
However, we’ve recently seen Apple allow retailers like Best Buy, Target, and Walmart to sell the new iPhone 5c for a steep discount. Probably the reason why Apple did that is that it felt the polycarbonate iPhone needed a push to get the consumers’ attention.
The iPad Air, on the other hand, is a product that is on everybody’s lips, so any discount is a good discount. Walmart is the first retailer to sell the 16GB WiFi iPad Air model for $479 on November 1, which is just $20 less than the list price. Even if this is a small price drop, it’s the first there is. Walmart is discounting only the iPad Air, but we must agree that a $379 Retina display will look equally if not even more appealing.
Walmart will also start a tablet trade-in program which means you could get a further discount on the new iPad if you bring in your old iPad. The details for the trade-in program have not yet been made official.
Rival retailers like Best Buy and Target are probably going to offer similar deals in the coming weeks, of course, if Apple allows it.
Oct 25, 2013 - 3:17 PM - by Maura
Disney Consumer Products and Marvel Entertainment have today launched a fantastic new iPad app for comic book fans of all ages who want to start creating their own comic-book art. Marvel Creativity Studio Stylus and App was created exclusively for iPad by eKids, and enables comic book fans to learn to draw, colour and animate their favourite Marvel Super Heroes and villains from Avengers Assemble, The Ultimate Spider-Man and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.
Here’s a list of some of the App and Stylus’s best features, courtesy of Disney and Marvel:
"The Marvel Creativity Studio is an innovative way for fans of all ages to learn how to draw some of Marvel's most popular Super Heroes while allowing them to use their imagination to feel like they're part of the action," said Josh Silverman, executive vice president of global franchise licensing and commercialization at Disney Consumer Products. "Leveraging the comic drawing history of the Marvel brand with the innovation that eKids brings to the table – or in this case, tablet – this product delivers a fun experience with endless play value."
The Stylus is available at mass retailers, for the price of $34.99, which includes unlimited access to all content and future updates. A deluxe version, including a limited-edition zippered carry case, is available for the same price, exclusively from Apple Retail Stores and the Apple Online Store. As Engadget notes, you don’t actually need to have the stylus to use the app, which is a free download, but if you do have one, it will unlock several bonus features.
- Professionally illustrated coloring pages, where you can add your own flare with tons of drawing tools and an extensive color pallet
- Use of the stylus to unlock special tools including the " Reveal" tool to flawlessly color the page like a pro
- An interactive grid system that includes specialty drawing aids such as side-by-side drawing canvas, trace lines and unique "Drawing Scope" – allowing artists of all levels to successfully learn how to draw these characters
- Build and animate action scenes with character stickers, sound effects, speech bubbles and backgrounds
- Create your own custom stickers and add them to animated scenes
Click here to download the free app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/marv...687792353?mt=8
Oct 25, 2013 - 3:08 PM - by dgstorm
According to Industry expert Rhoda Alexander, director of tablet research at IHS, the stock for the new Retina display iPad Mini (2nd-gen) will likely be "ridiculously tight." According to several analysts including Rhoda Alexander, estimates on the amount of new mini iPads that Apple can produce this time around is only about a third of what shipped at this time last year. This is primarily because of supply constraints for the new product.
The new iPad Air will be available on November 1st, but for now Apple is coy about an exact launch date for the iPad Mini 2nd generation. They only proffered a vague "sometime in November." It looks like fans of the iPad Mini who want to pick up the Retina version might have to stand in those long Apple lines this Fall or risk having to wait a while to get one.
The iPad Air and the iPad Mini with Retina display will go on sale starting with November 1st, and after some first impressions and hands-on thoughts, it’s almost obvious that Apple will manage to sell a lot of these shiny toys. But one thing that surprised us during the launch event was that Apple has decided to keep selling the iPad 2, despite the fact that it has been on the market since the month of March, 2011.
There are a few reasons why Apple continues to sell the 2-years old iPad and we’ll try to explain them.
First of all, as we have reported earlier this week, according to data usage reports from mobile analytics company Localytics, the iPad 2 still remains the most popular Apple tablet on a global scale with a percentage share of 38%. The third generation iPad is on second place, with a share slightly below 20%. Now, a new report (you can see it above) seems to show the same thing, but referring to the United States market.
According to CIRP (Consumer Intelligence Research Partners), the iPad 2 accounted for 22 percent of the iPads sold in the U.S. during the quarter that has ended on September 30, this year. It’s impressive that a device that might seem “obsolete” has managed to snag so many sales, right before a much-expected unveil event. Simply put, the research from CIRP shows that customers are still buying the two-year old tablet.
Actually, when asked at Apple's event, Tim Cook himself said only that there was still demand for the iPad 2 so they just wanted to meet it. CIRP co-founder Josh Lowitz told AllThingsD:
As mister Lowitz points out, what particularly seems to be the reason for good iPad 2 sales is the fact that schools and enterprises buy in bulk quantities. iPad 2’s 30-pin connector is also particularly important to education institutions as they seem to have a large investment in charging racks and other accessories the depend on the 30 pin connector. A commenter on TheVerge puts it very simple:
“The conventional wisdom on the iPad 2 is that education and corporate customers still need that device. But we think that consumers are going to show less and less interest in it. Already we have been seeing some decline in the iPad 2 share of overall iPad sales.”
When it comes to businesses, here is another interesting input from a commenter on MacRumors:
“If they are unable to replace a broken iPad with another that has a 30 Pin connector it would cause problems with their iPad support infrastructure.”
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“As an interesting side anecdote, something like 90% of the small coffee shops, cafes and local stores I go to are using Square. Not to mention farmers markets, food carts, massage therapists with folding tables, dog walkers, baby sitters, etc.
One cafe I know was spending $1000 a month for a
The iPad Air and the Retina disply iPad Mini are two tablets that are quite similar, as we've showed in our comparison article. So, if you're looking to buy one of these two, you're probably interested in seeing what are the first impressions and hands-on thoughts. After having a look at the iPad Air roundup with the first impressions, we know turn our attention to the iPad Mini 2.
Dieter Bohn with TheVerge:
Eric Franklin with Cnet:
"The same 7.9-inch display now features four times the pixels, a full 2048 x 1536 resolution, which makes text sharp and readable. Just as importantly, it makes iOS 7 look much better than it does on the original iPad mini, which often feels a little out of place on lower resolutions. iOS 7 also benefits from the iPad mini’s new 64-bit A7 processor, making scrolling and everything else notably faster and smoother."
Brad Molen of Engadget:
"However, while it feels great, it’s all about that screen. And given the Mini’s smaller 7.9-inch size, it looks even sharper than the full-size iPad Air. But to take advantage of the new pixel-dense screen, you will be paying up over last year’s Mini. It’s gorgeous, though, so I’d imagine the new premium will definitely be worth it to some people."
Kevin C. Tofel of GigaOM:
"There isn’t much on the outside that we haven’t seen before – in fact, it still sports the same home button, indicating that it doesn’t feature Touch ID – but there is one glaring exception: the Retina display. When compared to the original iPad mini that came out last year, this is a rather significant bump in pixel density, and we came away much more impressed with the mini as a result."
Darrell Etherington with TechCrunch:
"Well, if my eyes could talk, they’d tell me to buy the new iPad mini. The display is incredibly vivid, crisp and bright. The feeling I got when looking at the display was the same feeling I had when I first saw the original retina display iPad. The difference is tremendous."
Chris Davies of Slashgear:
“The eye-boggling 2048 x 1536 screen looks excellent in person, and for anyone coming from a generation one device it’s going to be a dramatic change. The iPad mini itself is very slightly thicker and heavier than its predecessor to accommodate the Retina Display with the same battery life, adding 0.01 inches and 0.05 pounds to the specs of the original, but that makes minimal difference to the actual feel of the product in the hand.”
Andrew Cunningham of Ars Technica:
“The new iPad mini with Retina display looks just like the old version until you turn it on, at which point life gets pixel-packed. Apple’s 2048 x 1536 resolution looks even more detailed on the smaller, 7.9-inch screen compared to the same res on the iPad Air‘s larger display, and that means more detailed graphics, smoother text, and an iOS 7 interface we kinda wanted to lick.”
Oct 24, 2013 - 4:02 PM - by dgstorm
It was a bit surprising that Apple chose to make the new iPad Mini 2nd generation more expensive than its predecessor, with a price of $399; however, it's not hard to be happy that they dropped the price on the OG iPad Mini to only $299. That is unless you are an Android tablet manufacturer. Analysts are predicting that even with only a $30 price drop on the iPad Mini, the various Android manufacturers around the globe will be under renewed pressure to cut their prices even more. They are already operating on razor thin margins, so at some point it will start to hit their bottom line.
This is especially true considering we are marching closer to the holidays where device sales are the strongest of the year. Here's a quote with more of the details,
What do you guys think of Apple's new pricing plan?
Apple's price cut for its first-generation iPad mini is expected to prompt its competitors to slash their tablet prices, according to sources from tablet vendors.
Although Apple has only reduced the first-generation iPad mini price by US$30 from US$329 to US$299, the sources believe non-Apple vendors will start adjusting their prices in November to defend their market shares during the year-end holidays.
The new iPad mini with Retina display will only create limited impacts on other tablet vendors, while Samsung Electronics is expected to adjust the pricing for its 8-inch Galaxy Tab 3, currently priced at US$279, the sources said.
The iPad Air officially launches for consumers on November 1st, but the journalists present at the unveil event managed to spend a few minutes with Apple’s fifth-generation iPad. We have collected some of the most relevant and useful first impression from the event attendees. As expected, almost all of them agree that Apple’s iPad Air is a well-done upgrade.
David Pierce with The Verge:
Joanna Stern with ABC News:
"Long story short: it looks and feels like a larger (but not that much larger) iPad mini, and that’s mostly a really good thing. It’s really beautiful, with cleaner bezels, a much thinner profile, and sharper, boxier edges
. Along with the new A7 processor and a handful of under-the-hood improvements, this is just about the upgrade we expected, but more than ever the iPad Air feels like you’re just holding a big screen full of the internet. That’s probably a good thing."
Brad Moler with Engadget:
"So, no, the iPad Air isn't an entirely new iPad, but that might not matter. It's that app selection combined with some incredibly beautiful hardware engineering
that will allow the iPad to lead the tablet pack, new name or not."
Matthew Panzarino of TechCrunch:
"Naturally, iOS 7 looks great on that Retina display – but you knew that already right? What’s really notable here, however, is just how zippy things are
, thanks to the inclusion of an A7 chip, the same one introduced on the iPhone 5s. You really notice that speed when launching apps like iMovie, which boots up in an an instant. With a chip like this, you should be getting around the new free version of iLife pretty swiftly."
Andrew Cunningham of Ars Technica:
“In our hands-on tests this difference in weight was marked, and made for a hugely different experience
. Users who may have wanted a lighter tablet, but didn’t want to sacrifice screen real-estate to move to an iPad mini, will probably be pleased.”
Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug of AnandTech:
“The iPad Air doesn’t completely swing things back in the other direction for me
, but the reduced size and weight combined with the 4:3 screen ratio (which I still think is more sensible in a 10-inch tablet than a widescreen ratio) makes the iPad Air the most comfortable large-screened tablet I’ve used.”
Chris Davies with SlashGear:
“In the hands, it’s shocking how much of a difference the change in profile makes
, analogous somewhat to the way moving from the iPhone 4 or 4S to 5 felt. The chamfered edge and narrower profile makes it easier to grip the iPad Air in the hands, and there’s still enough bezel around as well, though it is smaller.”
After comparing the Retina display iPad Mini with the original iPad Mini and the iPad Air with the iPad 4, it is time for a rather unusual specs battle: iPad Air versus the Retina display iPad Mini. These are two different products, aimed at a different category of consumers, but we can’t neglect some of the similarities they are carrying. And now, after the iPad Air was launched with an iPad Mini-like design, they resemble even more.
This comparison is also meant to help those who are not sure what should they buy - the iPad Air or the Retina display iPad Mini? What you will discover is that the iPad Air and the iPad Mini are actually very similar and most of their features are the same. Each has a 5-megapixel rear iSight camera and 1.2-megapixel front-facing FaceTime HD camera; each comes in either silver or space grey, in four different storage options and they have the same battery lifespan of 10 hours.
As you can see from the above table, the iPad Mini is cheaper by $100, but it is also smaller and more portable, measuring 7.87 by 5.3 by 0.29 inches and weighing 0.73 pounds. Both tablets come with the latest processor, along with the M7 motion co-processor. But while we find the Retina display in the iPad Air and iPad Mini 2, on the latter it produces a bigger number of pixels-per-inch - 326.
For $100 less, the Retina display iPad Mini will come with the exact hardware and an even sharper resolution and is also easier to carry around. But, it's all about choice, as some might prefer a bigger tablet. So, what is your choice?
Source: Apple, GigaOM
There were quite a few surprises at Apple’s iPad launch event from this Tuesday, but what many seem to have overlooked is a small new feature that both iPad models come with - the dual microphone. This is a minuscule thing to observe, indeed, but it can improve a few things on the new tablets.
As you can see from Apple’s official photograph from above, there is the second microphone, being positioned lower on the iPad’s upper back than the first microphone, behind the FaceTime HD camera.
The new second microphone will further improve the reduction of ambient noise, as this is the same usability it has on the iPhone and various other MacBook models. This means that when calling or most likely, when video-calling a friend or a family member, this extra microphone will reduce the amount of ambient noise, so your voice will sound clearer and more accurate.
The second microphone will also help Siri understand better what you’re saying and it will help her give you a more precise answer. Here’s how Apple describes the dual-microphones on its new iPads:
When you get your hands on the iPad Air or Retina display iPad Mini, let us know if you sense any differences thanks to the dual microphones.
”iPad Air hears where you’re coming from. That’s because it has two microphones. And they don’t just collect more sound — they work together to capture better sound by suppressing audio from the source you’re not focused on. So the audio on FaceTime calls is improved because there’s less background noise. Your video recordings sound clearer. And Siri is even better at recognizing what you’re saying.”
The 2013 iPad launch event is long over, but you can still watch it online if you want. And if you will watch closely, you will notice a few surprises along the way. No, we are not talking about the fact that the new iPad Mini is going to be slightly bulkier but more powerful nor do we intend to surprise you with the new announced iPad Air and iPad Mini 2 smart covers and cases. Here are five things that surprised and some of them even managed to delight us:
- new name - iPad Air is a refresh to the branding of Apple's tablets and we must agree it definitely sounds better than iPad 5. After all, some people were wondering how will we call an iPad released twenty years from now - iPad 25?
- T-Mobile uncarrier iPad data plan - T-Mobile users will find this little treat most welcome. The carrier is giving away 200 MB of data without charge when you purchase an iPad with T-Mobile LTE built-in
- free software and apps - Apple is a company that likes to put a premium pricing on its well-designed products. But this time we're being pleasantly surprised that OS X Mavericks is available for free even for users that are looking to upgrade from Snow Leopard. Not only that, but iWork and iLife are also free to new users on OS X and iOS.
- old iPad 2 gets to stay - Apple decided that it can squeeze some sales from the iPad 2, making it available for $399. This the single unpleasant surprise, as you're probably going to be more interested by some discounted refurbished iPad units.
- collaboration in iWork - iWork for iCloud will have collaboration tools like Google Docs letting multiple users edit a document in Pages, Keynote, or Numbers.
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