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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

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

2013: Year in Review

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2013 has been an excellent year for iDevices.  We started out the year with the newly released iPad with Retina (iPad 4) and iPad mini, iPhone 5, redesigned iPod touch and iPod nano, iOS 6 and more.  This year, Apple, planned to show they are still innovating by releasing improved products and a new one too.  Here is the summary of what Apple has released for iDevices over this past year.

May, June:
Until Autumn, Apple had a small presence in iDevices over the year.  In May, they released the fifth generation iPod touch with 16GB of storage.  This iPod is a less expensive version of the colorful iPod touch that lacks the back iSight camera, iPod touch loop and back flash.  It would only be available in silver, but has the same size screen as the larger storage iPods (32GB and 64GB models).  At WWDC, Apple introduced the new operating system for iDevices.  The redesigned OS came straight from the mind of Jonathan Ive, SVP of Design.  iOS 7 eliminated the felt and leather we were used to since the start of iPhone.  It added new colors, redesigned apps, many features, more multitouch/gesture control and increased accessibility to allow more people to use it.

5th generation iPod touch 16GB with iOS 7

5th generation iPod touch 16GB with iOS 7

 

September:
In September, Apple announced the iPhones.  The iPhone 4S was still a major competitor for $0 with a new two-year contract and 8GB of storage.  The iPhone 5 was being replaced by the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.  This iPhone 5s was expected to be announced this year.  It came with a fingerprint scanner, 64-bit A7 processor, motion-tracking M7 co-processor, dual-LED flash and a slow-motion HD camera.  The iPhone 5s is available in space gray/black, silver/white and gold/white, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models and starting at $199 with a new two-year contract.  The iPhone 5c, a mid-range less expensive iPhone, comes in multiple colors with similar specifications to the iPhone 5s. In addition, iOS 7 was released.  We also saw a new case for the iPhone 5s and 5c.

iPhone line-up at Apple's September Media Event

iPhone line-up at Apple’s September Media Event

October:
Apple announced the next generation to the iPad line-up.  The fifth generation iPad, as expected, was announced, but it came as “iPad Air” instead of “iPad 5” or the “new iPad”.  This iPad came with a redesigned form factor, with less weight and similar bezels to the iPad mini, new 64-bit A7 chip with the M7 co-processor, advanced wireless and dual microphones.  Apple retained the iPad 2 and replaced the iPad 3/4 with the new iPad air.  The iPad mini was debated all year to either include a Retina display or to not include one.  In the end, Apple went with the Retina display at 326ppi, 64-bit A7 chip and advanced wireless.  Apple retained the iPad 2 and iPad mini (1st generation) to sell alongside the iPad air and iPad mini with Retina.  We also saw new smart covers and smart cases. 

iPad line-up at Apple's October event

iPad line-up at Apple’s October event

 

Cyber Week 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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5 Hidden iOS 7 Features

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iOS 7 was officially announced in June at WWDC 2013 and was released in September. Along with a brand new user interface that was more colorful and simpler, Apple loaded hundreds of new features into the operating system. The biggest new part of iOS 7 (besides the obvious interface changes) is the gesture control. Apple has really embraced multi-touch and added a lot of new gesture features, which in my opinion should have existed since the birth of the iPhone, but oh well. Here is a list of 5 hidden iOS 7 features I bet you that you didn’t know existed.

Spirit Level

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Apple has added a Spirit and Bubble Level in the Compass app. In the Compass app, you’ll notice two circles near the bottom center of the screen to indicate two pages. Swipe left to reveal the Spirit and Bubble level. Lay your iPhone flat for the bubble level. It is primarily black and white, but turns green at 0°. The Spirit Level is shown when your device is turned on its side. Also it is primarily black and white and turns green at 0°. However, this is not the hidden feature.

Apple has added a memory component to the Spirit and Bubble level. In the Spirit or Bubble Level, tap the screen to turn level into red and white. This causes the level to recalibrate to whatever you are trying to level. For example, say you want two picture frames to be exactly 17° (so slightly slanted). You could either measure one to 17°, remember the number 17 and measure the second one. Or you can take out your iPhone’s Spirit Level, measure the black and white level to 17° then tap the screen and measure the next one to the same angle. It’s difficult to explain, so you should just take out your iPhone and try it. The black line is the saved level (in our example, 17°) and the red line is the current iPhone’s angle.

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Swipe Back

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In many of Apple’s stock apps, such as Mail, Messages and Safari, you can swipe right to go back to the previous screen or reveal other messages. For example, in the Mail app on the iPhone, swipe right to reveal your other emails. The screenshot above is taken while my finger was in the middle of a right swipe. For an example of Back Swipe in Safari, check out my iOS 7 Top Features post.

Undo Email Deletion

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To delete an email, swipe the email from left to right. This has been possible for awhile, but what do you do if you accidently deleted the wrong email? Sometimes the email is completely deleted and not in your Trash, so Apple has finally added a way to get back the email, to undelete it. It’s easier you think! Just shake your device after deleting the email (as shown above), tap “Undo” and your email will magically reappear.

Frequent Locations

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This feature is really amazing, but also kind of creepy at the same time. Frequent locations (when turned on) allows your iPhone to learn places you visit frequently and help predict when you’ll be there next. For example, I am a University of Maine student and (as shown above) my iPhone has recorded 44 visits since September 30 and the times I spent at the University. So according to my iPhone, I was at the University November 15 from 9:28am to 11:33am. Now this sounds creepy that your iPhone knows where you are and how long you are there for, but there are plenty of good uses for this. First and foremost, it is proof that your iPhone was in these locations at these times. Also, my iPhone tells me every morning roughly how long the drive will be to campus, usually between 17 and 20 minutes based on traffic. It can help you remember when you went shopping or hung out with that friend (and the times you were there for). It can help you win arguments too! To access this Setting (or turn it off); open the Settings app, Privacy, Location Services, scroll down to System Services and then Frequent Locations. You can turn it off, turn off improving Maps, check out your history and clear your history.

Create Events in Other Apps

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I always like to create an event if my friends and I plan to meet up for lunch or dinner. Instead of opening the Calendar app and creating an event that way, it is usually easier just to type it out in a message. In the sent message, an underline should appear under the time (and date if applicable). Tap on the underlined date/time to either Create Event, Show in Calendar or Copy. Tap Create Event and the time/date should already be in the event. The title, location, repetition, invitees, alert, calendar group, etc. need to be filled out. See below for a continuation of what to do.

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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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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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The EverDock: Updated

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The EverDock, found on Kickstarter has seen amazing success in their goal to reach $50,000.  The project went live on September 17th, 2013 with the plan to reach their goal amount by October 17th.  I believe they reached their goal in a little over 24 hours.  This project is currently at $319,025 with 3,377 backers and 9 days left.  Their first pledge was $39 for the EverDock in natural aluminum color (silver) with a silicone protector, a micro-USB cable and 2 cable adapters.  This pledge sold out first.  The next pledge is starts at $49 and continues up to $299.  As will all Kickstart projects, if you pledge money, it doesn’t mean you are getting the product.  It is all determined whether the project gets all the funding it needs.  But, as I said above, EverDock has all their funding and you will be getting one if you pledge.  If you missed out on the $39 one, I was lucky enough to pledge and I will be giving mine away to anyone who tweets or shares this post (more details in bold at the bottom).

EverDock

 

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Home Button

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On every iDevice there is a Home button which is used to talk to Siri, exit out of apps, multitask, etc. but sometimes the Home button doesn’t respond. You may press it harder or reset your iDevice, but there is a simpler method that may fix most problems by recalibrating the button.

First, open any stock app (any app that came with the iPhone, ex. Messages, Phone, Clock). Then press and hold the lock button until the “slide to power off” slider appears. Release the lock button, press and hold the Home button like you would normally and this will force quit out of the app, recalibrating the Home button. The recalibrating only works for stock apps. If you tried to use this method for other apps, it would just force quit them.

The Future of the Retina Display

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Right now, Apple is on a roll recently Retinatizing everything.  By “Retinatizing,” I mean installing a Retina display into their devices and computers.  First we had the iPhone 4 that was Retinatized.  With a pixels per inch (ppi) of 326, the eye cannot distinguish between pixels with the phone at a normal distance away from the eye.  Of course all of the iPhones after that had Retina displays: iPhone 4S and iPhone 5.  Then Apple put a beautiful Retina display into the new iPad (or iPad 3rd generation) with a ppi of 264.  Which actually doubled the amount of pixels that were in the iPad 2.  The iPod touch was also given an amazing Retina display and last year, Apple released Retina Macbook Pros, both the 13 inch model and the 15 inch model.  These Macbooks are selling very well because their screens look magnificent.  So what’s Apple going to Retinatize next?

Call me crazy, but within the next couple of product generations, I believe the iPad mini, iPod nano, Macbook air (supposedly this one will happen this year) and the iMac will all feature Retina displays.  The iPad mini will get a Retina display this year, 95% positive.  It has been rumored since the first generation came out and now it needs one.  The iPod nano might become Retinatized.  It may seem far fetched, but the iPod nano exterior and interior components can only change so much, eventually the screen will have to become more advanced.  The Macbooks air are rumored to come with Retina screens later this year, which seems quite realistic.  After all of the portable Macbooks become Retinatized, the iMac will have to be next.  I also think the iMac will eventually get a touchscreen, but that’s another blog post for another day.  When the iWatch gets released, it probably won’t have a Retina screen, but within a few generations, it probably will have a Retina display.  The iTV probably won’t start off with a Retina display either, but it will have one eventually.  Apple, within a few generations, will Retinatize all of their devices.  But, once everything has a Retina display, then nothing will be Retinatized, right?  It’s like the idea that if everyone had super powers, then no one will (from The Incredibles.)

 

So, my crazy theory continues.  Apple will also update their Retina to a Retina Plus or Retina HD and their products will one by one feature this amazingly beautiful display of 2x or 4x the amount of pixels they have now.  Other companies are releasing phones with 300-400+ppi and Apple will need to compete.  So they will come out with an Ultra-Retina display.  However you want to call it, it is going to be like nothing you have ever seen before.  These screens will feel like real life almost, you wouldn’t be able to distinguish the pixels with your naked eye ever.

 

So to recap: Apple is going to Retinatize all of their products within a few generations and then we will see a new Retina display (my codename: Retina 2, Retina HD, Retina Plus or Ultra-Retina) that has 2x to 4x as many pixels as the current Retina display offers.