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iPad: Latest Rumors

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This past couple of weeks I have written posts about the iPhone 6 and iOS 8, but now it is time for the iPad.  Some rumors came up this week about the 12.9″ iPad (code named iPad pro) and third generation iPad mini won’t be launching until 2015 and the iPad air will have some iPhone 5s improvements.  At this point in time, there are not many rumors for the next generation iPads because they usually don’t launch until October.  With that said, here’s a quick guide to what we know so far about the iPad air, iPad mini and iPad pro.

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The iPad air, credits: Macgasm

The iPad air, credit: Macgasm

This iPad, for those of you who are keeping track, is the iPad 6 (or the sixth generation iPad.)  The redesign of the iPad 5 came with the new name “air” which relates to the lightness and thinness of it.  There’s a lack of rumors for the new iPads, so many of the points will be educated guesses based on Apple’s history.

  • A8 Processor, which is the same processor that will be found in the iPhone 6 (KGI Securities)
  • Touch ID, found on the iPhone 5s (KGI Securities)
  • Similar design
  • Improved internal components
  • Better camera (higher than 5MP)
  • Release date: October 2014, some rumors suggest April or June at WWDC

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iPad mini with Retina display

iPad mini with Retina display

This will be the third generation iPad mini, but the second one to feature a Retina display.

  • Release date: 2015 (KGI Securities)
  • Touch ID
  • They predict the release date won’t be until 2015 because the iPad mini currently has updated internal components (A7 chip and Retina display) and can survive another year.
  • This reminds me of a rumor saying the iPad mini 2 (the current generation) wouldn’t come out until 2014…but the rumor wasn’t true since it came out in October.

iPad pro

One of the iPad pro concepts sitting next to a MacBook Air.

One of the iPad pro concepts sitting next to a 11″ MacBook Air.

This 12.9″ rumored iPad will be aimed at the education market, business market and at developers creating apps for the iPad.  The larger display will be a hybrid between the laptop and a tablet.  Here are some of the latest rumors:

  • Quad-core A8 Processor, available in 128GB size, arriving in Fall 2014 (Patrick Wang of Evercore Partners)
  • Arriving in 2015 because Apple is busy working on the iWatch (KGI Securities)
  • 64-bit computing with an UHD (ultra-high definition) display (Korea Times)
  • Touch ID, 64-bit A7 or A8 chip (TechRadar)
  • Arriving with late spring/winter or October 2014 release, 2 models (2K display launching in April 2014 and 4K display launching in October) (Pad News)

Other iPad Rumors

iPad 4 and iPad air side by side, credit: iMore

iPad air and iPad 4 side by side, credit: iMore

iOS 8: Latest Rumors

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Rumors for the next generation operating system has been increasingly recently.  Likely called iOS 8, based on Apple’s history, it will have a health and fitness focus.  Here is a quick sum up of the rumors (and expectations) of this OS.

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iOS 8

  • health and fitness tracking integration (9to5Mac)
  • “Healthbook” (a new app, like Passbook, from Apple that can monitor and store steps taken, calories burned, miles walked and other fitness statistics in addition to monitor a person’s blood-related data points like glucose levels and heart rate)
  • integration with iWatch
  • new features for Siri, including voices (Macworld UK)
  • no major interface or graphics changes (unlike iOS 7)
  • minor enhancements and bug fixes, like battery bugs
  • will be announced at WWDC in June and then in the Fall with the new iPhones
  • release date (ibtimes): September 17

Expectations for 2014

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2013 was an excellent year for Apple products.  We saw many next generation products and a couple new, unexpected products.  As expected, we saw a second generation iPad mini (although it was unsure whether it would have a Retina display or not), the fifth generation iPad with the redesign, the iPhone 5s (with a similar design to the iPhone 5) and iOS 7 with an announcement at WWDC and release in Autumn.  We saw (and were not expecting) the iPhone 5c and fifth generation iPod touch 16GB.

Tim Cook has reflected on 2013 to Apple’s employees in a memo recently and has cited “big plans” for 2014.  Each year seems to improve for Apple and we are mostly beyond what Steve Jobs has helped develop before his death.  Here are the expectations for iDevices in 2014 (many are a given):

1. iPhone 6 (or iPhone air)

The iPhone 6 will feature a redesign with better internal components then the iPhone 5s, a larger display (possibly 4.8 to 5 inches) and may be released in May.

2. iPhone 6c

Apple may release the next generation device to the iPhone 5c or they may stick with an update every other year.  They have never released a less expensive iPhone so this one is up in the air.  I am anticipating a similarly designed iPhone 6c with updated colors.  The iPhone 5c will likely become free with a new two-year contract.

3. iPad air (2nd generation)

The next generation iPad air should feature a similar design with updated internal components (A8 chip, M8 chip, etc.)  It will likely come with Touch ID, a higher resolution display (Retina HD?) and be released in Autumn.

4. iPad mini with Retina (3rd generation)

This new iPad mini would theoretically be redesigned (based on Apple’s past history).  It will also likely feature Touch ID and also be released in Autumn.

5. iPad pro

A larger iPad has been rumored for the education market with a screen display around 12.9 inches.  It would be a hybrid device between the iPad air and MacBook Air.  The iPad pro could be considered a substitute to the MacBook air.

6. iWatch

The iWatch may be seen in 2014, since Samsung released their Galaxy gear this past year.  Apple has interest in the wearable technology market, but may be holding out for the right moment.  If they are going to release a wearable device, they want to do it right.

7. iOS 8

The next generation operating system is a given and will likely be announced at WWDC and released in the Fall (unless the iPhone 6 is released in May like rumored to be).  It should feature more gesture/multitouch controls, the same design with many bugs fixed and a lot of new features.  I am still hoping for widgets.

8. iPods

Apple released new iPods in 2012 and we should see updated models this year.  The iPods should roughly stay the same, but include better internal components.  I doubt Apple would kill off the iPod classic (unless they updated it) because there still is a market for 160GB of music.

9. Innovative Technology

Although not completely rumored, Tim Cook did hint at something in 2013.  I expect we will see a new product, unforeseen.  You may argue I expect this every year, and that is true.  The past year, the unexpected product was the iPhone 5c.

Wishlist for 2014:

  • iCar- the next generation of cars featuring smarter technology
  • more integration between iDevices and Mac (i.e. wireless charging for iPhone within 1 foot of iMac or something)

The featured image of the iPhone 6 is from TechFaster and created by Jared DiPane.

Cyber Week Deals

Cyber Week 2013 Walmart deals
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Black Friday was almost a week ago already and we are on our way to Christmas.  For the rest of the month, my blog posts will be about iDevice deals, potential rumors for next year’s iDevices, this year’s roundup and expectations for next year.  While we wait, let’s look back on the expectations I had for this year.  It is still cyber week, at least for a little while, so here are some great deals you can score on this week:

Walmart:

  • iPhone 5c: $45 (with free $75 Walmart gift card) until December 7th
  • iPhone 5s: $189 (with free $75 Walmart gift card) until December 7th

There are new deals every day of this week.  Click on each retailer below to be directed right to their deals page.

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Regular Deals:

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Map Out Your Black Friday

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Black Friday shopping has officially started, thanks to Kmart.  For all others, Black Friday shopping starts tonight at 6pm or 12am depending on local laws.  Below you will find store hours, the links to the store maps and the best deals at each store. For all store hours in your local area, check out the International Business Times and for every Apple deal on Black Friday, check out my Black Friday Survival Guide.
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Black Friday Deals Update

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Why look online through Black Friday advertisements looking for Apple iDevice deals when I have already done that for you.  Come back here often to see the iDevice deals. (Updated 11/12 8pm)
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iPad Air

iPad Air
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The iPad Air (the fifth generation iPad) was announced at Apple’s October 22 Event.  In addition to a brand new design for the full-sized iPad (mostly taken from the iPad mini), Apple updated its internal components.  This iPad will be available for purchase starting November 1.  Here’s a breakdown of the new iPad Air with features, tech specs and what’s included along with rumors for future iPads.

iPad Air weighing in at only 1 pound

iPad Air weighing in at only 1 pound

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Features of iOS 7

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My post about the Top Features of iOS 7 has been very popular and it seems like there is no place on the Internet that actually lists all the features of iOS 7.  There are some books on the iBookstore where you can learn about some secret features.  Here is my free list of 100 features of iOS 7.  Enjoy!

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October 22 Event Invitation Released

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Yesterday afternoon, Apple finally released their event invitation for the iPad-focused event on October 22.  We expect Apple will announce the slightly thicker Retina iPad mini (second generation), the slimmer iPad mini-shaped iPad 5 (fifth generation full-size iPad), the release date of OSX Mavericks and the Mac Pro.

October 22 Event

 

Invitation Clues:

“We still have a lot to cover”

  • “We still” –> Apple isn’t finished yet announcing products, the iPad mini 2 and iPad 5 are expected to be announced around this time and Apple is secretly confirming that “yes, we know and yes are going to be talking about iPads.”  Also, “still” refers to them updating their products, not necessarily announcing new ones.
  • “a lot” –> 2 new iPads do not qualify as “a lot”.  Apple is expected to announce the iPads in addition to the release date for OSX Mavericks and the Mac Pro.  Does 4 new products count as “a lot” to you?
  • “cover” –> very interesting choice of word, could it refer to the new color choice for the iPads (Space Grey, White and Gold) or maybe a new Smart Cover because their iPad 5 is changing form or something.
  • The colors of invitation and transparencies are interesting, I don’t think it has a direct referral to the iPads.  The leaves could represent Autumn, since the event is in Autumn and the colorful transparent leaves could relate to iOS 7.
  • Here’s a crazy theory: I mentioned on Facebook that 71% of users have upgraded to iOS 7 within a month.  What if the leaves represent people who have upgraded.  The non transparent leaves represent people who have not upgraded (they are in the minority towards the top of the invitation) and the transparent leaves are users who have upgraded (the majority towards the bottom of the invitation).  Or the leaves are covering one another, directly relating the the “We still have a lot to cover”.
  • We will know within a few days.

 

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iPad 5 Tech Specs:

  • Touch ID
  • 7.2mm thin due to thinner display
  • iPad mini-like design, narrower bezels
  • storage: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB
  • camera: 8MP rear facing, 1.2MP front facing
  • colors: Space Grey, White, Gold
  • same prices as previous generations

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iPad mini 2 Tech Specs:

  • Touch ID
  • Retina display with 324ppi (2048×1536 resolution)
  • same form as previous generation, maybe slightly thicker to incorporate Retina display (like the iPad 2 vs. iPad 3)
  • A6X processor (same as iPad 4)
  • storage: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, potentiall 128GB
  • camera: 8MP rear facing, 1.2MP front facing
  • colors: Space Grey, White, Gold
  • same prices as before

 

 

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