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Report claims iPad mini 4 coming in early 2015 and will replace two generations

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In October, Apple refreshed their iPad lineup with the introduction of iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.  The Air gained many improvements, like a thinner body, Touch ID, more efficient A8X processor and higher storage capacity, while the mini only received a couple updates.  We concluded that either Apple was discontinuing the iPad mini or they wanted to differentiate the two products since they are practically the same tablet with two sizes of displays.  Mac Fan is posting some details for the iPad Air Plus in their magazine for January and also claiming the iPad mini 4 will be coming out in the Spring, supporting our theory that Apple wants to differentiate the mini.

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The iPad mini 4 will be receiving the updates it should have received in October.  The processor powering the tablet will be upgraded to the A8X processor, like the iPad Air 2 and unlike the iPad mini 3.  It will also receive the same design that the Air 2 has and the tablet will replace the iPad mini 1st generation and iPad mini 3rd generation.  The iPad mini 4 will come out alongside the iPad Air Plus in the Spring.

It appears that instead of discontinuing the iPad mini, Apple is looking to change the release date so it will be viewed differently than the iPad Air.  Since they are virtually the same tablet with different screen sizes, Apple did not update the iPad mini in October so the Air looks like the superior product. It has the better processor and camera, faster Wi-Fi connection and more features.  When the mini is updated in the Spring, it will look like a better product, but in reality, it will be the same as the iPad Air. Perhaps with six months between the two tablets, they will appear different. Personally, I have the iPad 3 and iPad mini 2, but I prefer my mini.  My full-sized iPad doesn’t have much of a need since my Mac does the same things and it’s a lot more powerful.  My iPhone still has a small screen (iPhone 5) so that’s where my mini comes in.

Where to save the most for the iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 and more on Black Friday [Black Friday Deals]

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Black Friday is coming up in a few days and it’s time to decide which stores to shop at and which ones to skip.  We have compiled all of the ads we have seen for Apple and Beats by Dr. Dre products to determine which retailers will have the best deals. Apple has not announced their sales yet, but they typically have modest price decreases. In this post, we look at the iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad mini, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPod touch (5th gen.), Apple TV and iTunes gift cards. We display the top three deals with the lowest starting price.

16GB iPhone 6: $99 at Sam’s Club

  1. Sam’s Club: $99
  2. Best Buy: $99.99 with trade-in of any working iPhone
  3. Walmart: $179 with $75 Walmart gift card (total price: $104)

16GB iPhone 5s: $1 at Best Buy

  1. Best Buy: $1 with trade-in of any working iPhone
  2. Walmart: $79 with $75 Walmart gift card (total price: $4)
  3. Target: $79.99 with $30 Target gift card (total price: $49.99)

iPad Air: $295 at Sam’s Club

  1. Sam’s Club: $295 for 16GB
  2. Staples: $319 for 16GB, $359 for 32GB
  3. Walmart: $397 for 16GB with $100 Walmart gift card (total price: $297)

iPad Air 2: $399 at Best Buy

  1. Best Buy: $399.99 for 16GB, $499.99 for 64GB, $599.99 for 128GB
  2. Target: $499 for 16GB with $140 Target gift card (total price: $359)

16GB iPad mini (1st gen., non-Retina display): $199 at Walmart

  1. Walmart: $199 with $30 Walmart gift card (total price: $169)
  2. Target: $249 with $80 Target gift card (total price: $169)

16GB iPad mini 2: $239 at Staples

  1. Staples: $239
  2. Target: $299 with $100 Target gift card

16GB iPad mini 3: $324 at Best Buy

  1. Best Buy: $324.99
  2. Target: $399 with $100 Target gift card (total price: $299)

Apple TV: $79 at Staples

  1. Staples: $79
  2. RadioShack: $85
  3. Target: $89

16GB iPod touch (5th gen.): $149 at RadioShack

  1. RadioShack: $149
  2. Best Buy: $149.99, 16GB iPod nano for $119.99
  3. Toys R Us: $149.99

2 x $100 iTunes gift card multipacks: $158.94 at Sam’s Club

  1. Sam’s Club: $158.94 ($100 iTunes gift card multipack for $79.47 or $50 iTunes gift card for $39.98)
  2. Walmart: ~$167 ($30 iTunes gift card multipack for $25)
  3. Target: $170 (Buy one iTunes gift card and get one for 30% off)
  4. RadioShack: $170 (15% off all iTunes gift cards)
  5. Staples: $170 (15% off $50 or more in iTunes gift cards)
  6. Best Buy: $170 ($100 iTunes gift card for $85)
  7. Cosco: $170 ($100 iTunes gift card multipack for $85)

For the iTunes gift cards, many retailers advertised buy one and get one for less, so we calculated the price of two $100 gift card multi-packs (or $200 in gift cards) to find the best deal.  We included the other retailers on this list since it was difficult to compare them and everyone else tied for 3rd place.

Check out full Black Friday 2014 Guide for store hours, sales flyers, deals on other Apple products (like iPad 4) and more. 

Apple's 2014 iPad Product Lineup

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Apple held three special events over this past year: the Worldwide Developer’s Conference in June and two special events in the Fall.  They announced a plethora of new products in terms of hardware and software. We don’t expect Apple to hold another event this year, but the next one should be in early 2015. Apple is currently selling two different generations of the full-sized iPad and three of the miniature iPad.  Here’s the iPad lineup for 2014:

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iPad Air 2: released October 2014

  • successor the iPad Air
  • thinner by 18%
  • new anti-relective Retina display
  • A8X processor with 64-bit architecture and M8 co-processor
  • 8MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera
  • Touch ID
  • gold, silver and space gray
  • 16GB, 64GB and 128GB
  • starting at $499

 

iPad Air: released October 2013

  • successor to the iPad 4
  • complete redesign of the iPad
  • A7 processor with 64-bit architecture and M7 co-processor
  • 5MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera
  • silver and space gray
  • 16GB and 32GB
  • starting at $399

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iPad mini 3: released October 2014

  • successor to the Retina iPad mini
  • a few new features
  • A7 processor with 64-bit architecture and M7 co-processor
  • 5MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera
  • Touch ID
  • gold, silver and space gray
  • 16GB, 64GB and 128GB
  • starting at $399

 

iPad mini 2: released October 2013

  • successor to the iPad mini
  • new Retina display
  • A7 processor with 64-bit architecture and M7 co-processor
  • 5MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera
  • silver and space gray
  • 16GB and 32GB
  • starting at $299

 

iPad mini: released October 2012

  • miniature version of the iPad
  • new product category for Apple
  • A5 processor
  • 5MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera
  • silver and space gray
  • 16GB
  • starting at $249

 

Throughout the week, we will explore the 2014 lineup. There’s iPods, iPhones, the Apple TV and the Apple Watch.

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.

iPad air 2

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

iPad mini 3

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

October 22 Event: The Full Breakdown

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Here is the full breakdown of all the new products that Apple announced at 10am PT today.  Check us out on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date with tips, news and rumors for next year’s Apple devices.  We should see a large iPhone 6, full-sized Apple TV and iPads with Touch ID.

Apple covered a lot of new products today.  Click below to see them all!

Apple covered a lot of new products today. Click below to see them all!

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October 22 Event: The Day Of

Apple October 22 Event
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Check out Apple.com to see this beautiful advertisement for today's event.

Check out Apple.com to see this beautiful advertisement for today’s event.

“In just a few short hours” (thanks Apple!) Apple’s new products will be revealed.  We expect a new Retina iPad mini 2, a slimmer iPad 5, Macbook Pro updates, a new Smart Cover/Case and the release date for two already-announced products: Mac Pro and OSX Mavericks.  The Apple Store has already been shut down ahead of today’s event and they announced  earlier a live stream of today’s event is available here.

After the event today, I will post a full breakdown of Apple’s new products including lots of pictures and the tech specs.  For when my post goes live, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

Apple will be revealing the new iWork in the Cloud today at their event.

Apple will be revealing the new iWork in the Cloud today at their event.

Attention ladies and gentlemen: the Apple Store has been shut down for the iPad event.

Attention ladies and gentlemen: the Apple Store has been shut down for the iPad event.

In other news, Nokia is expected to reveal today an iPad and iPod competitor.

 

October 22 Event: What to Expect

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Apple sent out invitations last week for the October 22 event which should be primarily focused on updated iPads, updates to the MacBook Pro line, updated Apple TV and release dates for two already-revealed products (Mac Pro and OSX Mavericks).  This post is a quick guide to the details on the event tomorrow, what we expect Apple to reveal tomorrow with tech specs of the new products and the release date and finally a recap of the Mac Pro and Mavericks.

The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater is prepared for Apple's event on at 10am PT on October 22.

The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater is prepared for Apple’s event on at 10am PT on October 22.

October 22 Event:

Apple’s invitation was released last week showing an apple with transparent leaves and the words: “We still have a lot to cover.”  The event will take place in San Francisco, California at 10am PT. or 1pm EST.  Apple has not yet announced they will be live streaming the event, although they may wait until the last minute to reveal this.  I will not be attending this event and any news I find will be posted on my Twitter.  There are links below to live blogs where they will actually be in attendance for the event.  However, if you live in London, there will be a live stream that will take place at the Kings Place Hall at 6pm GMT.  Finally, if Apple chooses to live stream their event at last minute, check it out here.

Live Blogs:

iPhone 5S sitting on an iPad mini 2 on an iPad 5 (rumored)

iPhone 5S sitting on an iPad mini 2 on an iPad 5 (rumored)

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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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