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Refurbished iPads are Great Deals for Consumers

I have been looking for a used iPad for my kids to share (and to stop the fighting for mine).  I looked on the typical sites like Craigslist and was shocked to see how much money some people are asking for a used iPad 2 or the new iPad.  Talk about a product that retains its value!

Beyond the cost of the device, though, there are a few other issues to think about when considering an iPad purchase from a non-retail environment like Craigslist:

  1. There is no way of knowing if there something wrong with the iPad beforehand.
  2. The owner could have the iPad as a result of theft.
  3. The person could be planning on taking your money without giving you the product, maybe even by force.
  4. The iPad could be a fake.

The above concerns inspired me to check other options. Apple has a section of its online store where users can look at refurbished iPads, which come with a full 1-year warranty from Apple. This started to look interesting considering the cost was very similar to what the people on Craigslist were asking for their used iPads.

I found out that the Apple refurbished units are actually a very good deal, because they could actually be considered better than new. A new unit goes through an assembly line whereas a refurbished iPad will get the dedicated attention of a tech who will look over the whole unit and then fix whatever was wrong. They also install a brand new battery and a new outer shell.

Basically you get a new iPad, remanufactured by a real person, for less money than a new one in a retail store.

If you are looking for a used iPad or a less expensive one, take a look at a refurbished version. For a similar price to a used one that you find on Craigslist or nolongerneedit.com you get a practically new one with warranty.

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Users Report iOS 6 WiFi Connectivity Issues

Is anyone else having connectivity issues after installing iOS 6?

After loading your iPhone or iPad with iOS 6 are you having problems staying connected to a WiFi signal?   From what I have been hearing, many users that have upgraded their iDevice to iOS 6 are having issues with their Wi-Fi.

Some people are not able to stay connected or even connect to their local WiFi and some are not even able to turn on the WiFi on the device.

There is no official word from Apple that this is a wide-spread issue, though we’ll keep our ears to the ground and let you know if a solution arises. In the meantime, try resetting your device (hold the top Sleep/Wake button and the Home button at the same time until you see the Apple logo). You can also try resetting your WiFi settings then reconnect to your network.

Have a fix not mentioned here? Let us know in the comments!

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iPad Mini Production in Brazil Rumored

Published on October 1, 2012 by in Apple, iPad, Rumors

It is with great excitement that many blogs will be posting this story — the iPad mini is now in its production cycle in Brazil. This according to Japanese blog Macotakara (via AppleInsider) which has been the source of many rumors in the past, many of which did not pan out.

The source of the rumor, a shocker, is unnamed and was not familiar with whether the units where being completely built in Brazil or in China as well. The source did, however, mention that the smaller iPad would not have a rear microphone, similar to the one found on the iPhone 5 (and widely rumored to be on the iPad mini).

For now, consumers may want to keep their pants on about the iPad mini — nothing has been mentioned in an official capacity from Apple. Stay tuned to Apple Approved and we’ll be sure to keep you informed!

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Non-MacBook Air Ultrabooks Have Failed, Just Like I Predicted

Published on October 1, 2012 by in Apple, Commentary, iPad, Mac, News

It was April of this year, while writing for CNET’s iPhone Atlas, that I took issue with two Intel executives claiming that new Ultrabooks would make people forget about the MacBook Air and iPads.

Unfortunately for Intel’s line of thinking, a key aspect of consumer buying habits has become the user experience. The entire Mac lineup, as well as the iPhone and the iPad, has demonstrated this over the last few years. Despite Apple being considered a luxury brand with prices that seem to outweigh the features available when compared with cheaper PCs, it continues to dominate profit share in the mobile space.

Now, John Biggs over at TechCrunch has some numbers to prove my prediction:

An IHS report has estimated that 10.3 million Ultrabooks shipped (not sold) worldwide in 2012, a considerably change from their original forecast of 22 million sold this year. 2013 should be OK, though, right? Wrong. IHS is expecting sales of 44 million in 2013, down from a forecast of 61 million.

Despite Samsung and others outright copying Apple’s MacBook Air design, their versions aren’t selling. What the PC manufacturers failed to understand is that copying Apple’s style is not cheap. In fact, prices of Ultrabooks are in the $1000 range, exactly on par with Apple’s MacBook Air and considerably more expensive than the new iPad.

The difference is that PC manufacturers are cutting corners to save on production which results in junky products. Consumers are smarter than they have ever been and know (and want) quality more than ever. Side-by-side, now that price is not a factor, Apple is winning.

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