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iPad mini LTE shipping and are in stores now

Published on November 16, 2012 by in Apple, iPad, News


Its been since November 2nd since Apple had released the 4th generation iPad ( iPad mini) in WiFi only model and for some WiFi only is not good enough and LTE is a must have.  Well  for those who have been wanting an iPad mini with LTE… your wait is now over.   Both Sprint and AT&T have announced they will be carrying the LTE iPad mini, sorry Verizon fans.

 

 
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“The iPad Mini is the Real iPad” Says Dan Frommer

Published on November 5, 2012 by in Apple, iPad, Reviews

Another week in, though, and I’m more convinced than even a week ago that the iPad Mini is the best size for most people. It’s last decade’s iPod story all over again.

John Gruber adds some commentary to Dan Frommer’s article which asserts that the iPad Mini truly is the “Real iPad.”

 
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Despite Skepticism, iPad Mini Sells Out on 5th Avenue

Published on November 2, 2012 by in Apple, Culture, iPad, News

It is an inevitable occurrence after every Apple product is released. First, the fanboys Ooh and Ahh, gushing about the greatness of whatever gadget the men and women at 1 Infinite Loop have bestowed upon the world. Then, shortly thereafter, a slew of tech writers talk about how that same product is doomed, destined to fail at the hands of a plastic-laden competitor’s offering. Then, MacRumors sets us up with this:

Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White is also at the Fifth Avenue store and has been monitoring availability of the various models. According to White, all three models of the white Wi-Fi iPad mini sold out in a little over an hour, with the black models following suit after about two hours.

Skeptics say that won’t matter because the fanboys will buy up the first couple-hundred iAnythings no matter what. Even if a hurricane has just destroyed a significant part of the country. But wait, there’s more:

A similar pattern was seen in online pre-orders, with the white models selling out in just 17 minutes and the black models taking a few days to run out of availability.

Yep, looks like another doomsday scenario for Apple.

 
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Amazon forced to pull Kindle Fire ad … Ooooops!

Published on October 31, 2012 by in Apple, iPad, News, Rumors

Amazon thought they would put up an ad to fight against the Apple  iPad mini and do a comparison of the Kindle Fire HD and the Apple  iPad mini.    Unfortunately for Amazon they made the mistake of stating that the iPad mini only has a mono speaker set up and their Kindle Fire HD has stereo speakers… well Amazon was wrong.

Like many of the early reviewers of the iPad mini we also have confirmed that it does indeed include stereo speakers.   We will be posting our unwrapping of the iPad mini later this week so stay tuned.

 

 
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Apple Product Announcement Roundup: iPad mini, New 13-inch MacBook Pro, Mac mini, iMac

Published on October 23, 2012 by in Apple, iPad, Mac, News

In case you managed to ignore most of the Internet this morning (or this afternoon if you are on the East Coast), Apple, after much speculation over the last few months has released the smaller version of its iOS 6-running tablet, aptly named the iPad mini.

But the iPad Mini was not the only exciting product revealed on Tuesday in San Jose — Apple also let fly a 13-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro, a gorgeous new, impossibly thin iMac, and a refreshed Mac mini.

iPad mini

Spinning an iPad 2 to show the new iPad mini hiding coyly behind it’s bigger brother, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Hardware Phil Schiller unveiled the eBook reader-sized tablet, sending a life-threatening shockwave through the hearts of small tablet makers like Amazon, Samsung, and Google.

The iPad mini will come in White/Silver and Black/Slate, pairing nicely with the iPhone 5, released just a few weeks ago to rave reviews. As with the full-sized iPad, the iPad mini has a Wi-Fi-only option as well as a Wi-Fi plus cellular option.

The iPad mini weighs in at a nearly fictional 0.68 pounds and measures 7.87 inches tall and 5.3 inches wide with a 7.9-inch diagonal display at 1024 x 768 resolution.

Storage options include 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. The iPad mini features Apple’s A5 chip, a front-side 720p HD FaceTime camera, a back-side 5MP camera that records video in 1080p, and the new Lightning connector.

If you’re planning on purchasing an iPad mini, check out Apple’s comparison chart:

[Check out all the tech specs.]

iMac

With the major focus of Tuesday’s event being the iPad mini, the introduction of the latest version of the iMac lineup may have been slightly underwhelming. That, however, should not be the case. The new iMac is every bit as impressive in terms of engineering and build quality. And if you are even remotely in the market for a desktop computing solution, Apple just released the best option.

The iMac still comes in its traditional 21.5-inch and 27-inch display sizes, but both have been significantly whittled down to an amazingly thin machine, boasting 40% less volume than its predecessor. Of course the iMac comes in a variety of configurations, including Apple’s new storage and speed solution, Fusion Drive, which combines the speed of a flash storage drive with the capacity of a hard disk drive.

Fusion Drive automatically and intelligently manages your data so that frequently used apps, documents, photos, and other files stay on the faster flash storage, while infrequently used items move to the hard drive. You’ll enjoy shorter boot times, and as the system learns how you work, you’ll experience faster application launches and quicker file access.

The 21.5-inch model starts at $1299 and will be available some time in November, while the 27-inch will start at $1799 and be available some time in December.

[Check out all the tech specs.]

13-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro

Apple’s notebook lineup also saw a major refresh when the 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina Display was announced. With a resolution of 2560 x 1600, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro boasts 227 pixels per inch. At a $1699 starting price, the upscale technology, wrapped in a thinner, lighter machine body makes high-quality, professional-level computing extremely accessible.

[Check out all the tech specs.]

Mac mini

The most under-stated, though equally interesting, announcement of the day came when Phil Schiller previewed the refreshed Mac mini. The updated tech specs for the Mac mini include the 2.5GHz dual-core Intel i5 chip, a 500GB hard disk drive, and 4GB of onboard memory — all starting at just $599.

[Check out all the tech specs.]

 
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