iPads and iPods
This week, Apple's online store has a wide selection of refurbished iPad and iPod models on sale. Right now, the refurbished 16GB iPad mini can be had for just $249 after a $50 discount. A $120 discount slashes the cost of the second-generation 16GB iPad 2 down to $279.
PC spaceship simulation game ported for iPad 2 or later
Subset Games' PC strategy game Faster Than Light (FTL) has been ported for the iPad 2 and later. Gamers are tasked with running a spaceship trying to escape an oncoming rebel fleet. This involves managing crews and subsystems, coping with threats like fires, boardings, and depressurization. The iPad version includes the free Advanced Edition expansion, which adds new ship, enemies, events, weapons, and more. Available for $10 on iTunes, FTL requires iOS 6 or later, and is thus not compatible with the original iPad.
Samsung mulls appeal
Apple didn't infringe on Samsung data communications patents and won't have to pay any damages, a Tokyo District Court has ruled. Samsung had filed a lawsuit that brought Apple's iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and iPad 2 into the crosshairs. "We are disappointed by the court's decision," an emailed statement from Samsung reads. "Upon a thorough review of the ruling, we will determine which measures to take, including an appeal."
Ode to iPad 2
This week in the MacNN forums, Clinically Insane member "subego" was praising the iPad 2, even though he initially wrote it off for not having a Retina display. He soon realized, however, that he had misjudged Apple on this one. Today, Mac Enthusiast "biscuit" started a thread looking for advice on the best way to migrate their data from their old MacBook to the new one.
Retailer ups smartphone trade-in credit by $50 for new iPhone buyers
Beginning on Sunday, the US branch of Target will run another trade-in promotion for iPad 2 owners. People who bring in a used iPad 2 will be awarded a gift card worth at least $150. Although that credit can only be used at Target, the company is also offering an extra $30 card if a person buys a new iPad. $150 is generally higher than most specialized third-party trade-in services offer. The promotion ends March 15th.
Newer iPads overwhelming sales of old model
Apple has decided to start ramping down production of the iPad 2, sources tell AppleInsider. The shift is attributed to sales skewing overwhelmingly towards the iPad Air and iPad mini. It's not clear when iPad 2 production might stop, but that will presumably happen sometime before October or November, when Apple is typically expected to refresh the iPad lineup.
SpiShutter for MacBooks released, protects webcam privacy
Web camera privacy accessory SpiShutter has been released for Mac laptops, offering an always-available physical barrier to block the built-in camera on a Macbook Pro or MacBook Air laptop. Consisting of an opening in the center of the strip that lets its user enable the webcam by sliding the strip left or right, the SpiShutter then blocks the camera physically when not in use. SpiShutter can remain on the laptop when closed, and is coated with low-friction powder to prevent the screen from scratches. Priced at $20, SpiShutter is available in black, silver and yellow through Amazon.
Predicts new iPad mini will still cut into iPad Air share
Well-connected KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a memo to investors saying that while the new releases of the latest iPads will cause a spike in sales for the holidays, he sees a repeat of last year in terms of the smaller iPad mini taking share away from the larger iPad model. He also predicts that the Apple TV segment will grow slowly unless Apple can land more content and app deals. Kuo has had a good (but not perfect) track record in predicting Apple moves and results in recent quarters.
Apple holding back on announcing figures for launch weekend
Launch weekend analytics indicate that iPad Air adoption is proving much faster than what was achieved with the fourth-generation iPad, according to Fiksu. The Air is already up to 0.74 percent of active iPads, whereas its predecessor managed just 0.15 percent in the same timeframe after its 2012 release. The fourth-gen model was generally considered an "interim" upgrade, though, simply adding a faster processor, a Lightning connector, and wider cellular compatibility. The Air is redesigned to be lighter, thinner, and narrower.
Lots of MacBook Pros, iPads, iMacs and Minis on offer
On the heels of new product and software announcements, Apple has also re-stocked its Refurbished online store with a larger-than-normal selection of MacBook Pros, iPads, iMacs and Mac mini models. In particular, the company looks to be clearing out a backlog of older iPad models, ranging from the iPad 2 up to the current fourth-generation iPad and the original iPad mini. Prices are on par for the Refurbished store, and as usual includes a full warranty from Apple.
Keeps pricetag despite two-year-old specifications
In the process of revealing the iPad Air, Apple simultaneously announced that the iPad 2 would remain on sale at its current $399 pricetag for a 16GB Wi-Fi model. A 3G-capable version is $529. The iPad 2 is now three generations old, equipped with specifications such as an A5 processor, a 1024x768 display, and a 30-pin dock connector.
16GB iPad 2 for $350 and more
Right now at Walmart, buyers can find rollback pricing on the 16GB iPad 2 with Wi-Fi, which carries an MSRP of $399, but has been cut to $349 and about $5 for shipping. Even after the shipping is added, this is still the lowest total price we have seen by $45. This iPad features 16GB of storage space, front and back cameras, a rechargeable battery that lasts for up to 10 hours, dual-core A5 chip, Bluetooth 2.1, and Wi-Fi. A one-year warranty on parts and labor is included from Apple.
Last-minute ruling is the first ITC reversal since 1987
US Trade Representative Michael Froman, on behalf of the Obama administration, has decided to invoke a Presidential veto of the recent ITC ruling against Apple that would have resulting in a sales ban on GSM iPhone 4 devices (and other models no longer being actively sold). The ruling, in which the ITC reversed its own prior judgements on whether a Standards Essential Patent (SEP) that is under dispute should ever qualify for a sales injunction, was widely criticized even by Apple's competitors as a poor decision that overstepped the ITC's boundaries.
Refurbished iPads as low as $279
This week at Apple's online store, find reduced prices on iPad, iPad mini and iPod. The refurbished iPad mini with Wi-Fi, 16GB of storage, dual-core A5 chip and 5MP iSight camera is $279 after a $50 discount. For $319, after a $80 price drop, is the refurbished iPad 2 with Wi-Fi, 16GB of storage, dual-core A5 chip, and FaceTime with dual cameras.
win an Acase Arachne, or Acase F1 for iPad
Carry around an iPad long enough, and chances are pretty good that something will happen to it unless it is in some sort of protective case. The folks at Acase have been designing practical and stylish cases for iPads for years, and currently they have a selection that covers all of the modern iPad models. MacNN has two of these cases to give away to our readers. One is the Acase Arachne for the iPad mini, and the other is the Acase F1 Folio for the current (and previous) Retina iPad and iPad 2. Read on to learn more about these cases, and how you can enter to win.
Discounts up to $50 available on iPads, iPods
At its eBay refurb store, Apple is now selling the 13.3-inch MacBook Air for $899 -- $100 less than the price of a similarly refurbished model at the official online Apple store, AppleInsider notes. Other products are also getting unusual deals, such as 32 and 64GB iPod touches, which are going for $179 and $229 -- $30 and $50 off Apple's normal refurb costs. Verizon models of the iPad 2 are listed at $429 for 32GB and $529 for 64GB, in each case $50 less than normal.
Refurbished and new iPads as low as $319
Apple's online store currently offers a wide selection of refurbished iPads, like the iPad 2 with 16GB of storage space and Wi-Fi, in white or black. It has been reduced by $80, bringing the cost down to $319. A savings of $150 is offered on the refurbished iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G and 32GB of storage, it was $629, but is now $479.
Core designs of iPhone 4, iPad 2 secured
Apple has won the rights to several important design patents from the US Patent and Trademark Office. These include the look of the iPhone 4, which is credited in part to lead designer Jonathan Ive, as well as the company's co-founder, Steve Jobs. Ive is also cited in all the other new patents, such as one for the iPhone 4 "Bumper" case.
iMounTEK iPad case, OCZ storage and more
At Amazon.com this week save on the iMounTEK wireless Bluetooth rotating keyboard case cover for iPad 2 which was $49.95, but has been reduced to $24.95 with FREE super saver shipping, making it the lowest price we have seen on this keyboard case by about $10. This carrying case for iPad contains a built-in removable Bluetooth keyboard, is compatible with iPad 2 and 3, and it has a standby time of 20 days from the rechargeable battery. A one year warranty from iMounTEK is included.
Retina iPad to gain Lightning connector, global LTE, perhaps more
Alongside reports that Apple may drop the iPad 2 entirely and replace it with the forthcoming "iPad mini" at its press conference on October 23, unnamed sources are behind a rumor that the full-sized, 9.7-inch Retina iPad may also get a refresh -- but it would be a tweaking of the iPad as it is now to accommodate a change to the company's Lightning connector and possibly the addition of a better, more global LTE radio like the iPhone 5 has. Pricing, storage capacities and other major features, the sources contend, would remain the same.
iPads from $319
At Apple's online store today save on a variety of refurbished iPads. The refurb. 16GB iPad 2 with Wi-Fi has seen a $80 price break to $319 and is available in black or white. A $170 discount is offered on the first-generation refurbished 16GB iPad with Wi-Fi and 3G, now priced at $359.
Refurbished iPads and MacBook Pros
At Apple's online store today save on refurbished iPads and MacBook Pros. A $130 price break is offered on the refurb. 16GB iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G in white or black, it is now $399. Or for $479 is the refurb. 32GB iPad 2 with Wi-Fi, now $479. For $100 more, $579, is the refurb. 64GB iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G. All three configurations are available in white or black.
Forum goers discuss prototype 035 and more
This week in the MacNN forums members discuss images that were released of an experimental model of the iPad from 2002-2004 called "prototype 035" which is pictured side by side with an iPad 2. An unusual problem with a white MacBook only booting when the computer is on an angle has sent Dedicated MacNNer Chips G to the forums looking for answers.
Low prices on refurbished Apple products.
Today at Apple's online store save on refurbished iPads, iPods and iMacs. The refurbished iPad 2 with Wi-Fi and 16GB of storage space is now $319 after a $80 price break. A $150 price cut is offered on the refurb. first-gen. 16GB iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G, now $379. For $629 is the refurb. 64GB iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G in white or black.
Deal will cost city $15 million
San Diego's Unified School District has bought almost 26,000 iPads from Apple to distribute to 340 classrooms this fall, says 10 News. The purchase is coming through a voter-sanctioned funding program, Proposition S, which allocates money toward modern technology in local schools. The District's deal will cost it about $15 million, although it is saving some money by opting for the $399 iPad 2, on top of which it is getting an educational discount bringing the price of each tablet down to about $370.
Feature may be exclusive to third-generation iPad
Apple will finally bring Siri to the iPad with the advent of iOS 6, claims 9to5Mac. The site quotes "trusted sources," who suggest that the change will be one of iOS 6's main selling points. All of the features from the iPhone version of Siri are expected to carry over except for anything specifically phone-related. The iPad interface should also operate in the same way, the key difference being that iPad users will only see a small window slide up from below, rather than a fullscreen interface.
OtterBox Armor should protect against water, hard impacts
Accessory maker OtterBox has announced a new case for the iPhone 4 and 4S, the Armor. Unlike most iPhone cases, the Armor is claimed to be not only drop-proof but dust-, water-, and crush-proof. Few other details are being made public, but the case is set to go on sale June 24th.
Reverses upgrades to iOS 5.1.1
The unofficial iPhone Dev Team has released a new version of redsn0w, its jailbreaking utility for iOS devices. The v0.9.11b4 update lets users restore old IPSW files to A5-based Apple devices, including the iPhone 4S, third-generation iPad, and iPad 2; previously, only devices prior to the iPad 2 could be downgraded, thanks to the limera1n exploit. The update means that A5 devices can now be downgraded from iOS 5.1.1 or 5.1 to 5.0.1.
First-, second-gen iPads included in discounts
Apple has further knocked back the cost of refurbished iPads at its online store. The iPad 2 is now available for as little as $319 in the case of a 16GB Wi-Fi model, a $30 price drop. Other models have had their prices reduced by up to $50, such as the 64GB 3G tablet, which is just $629. The only other exception in fact is the 16GB 3G, which has been slashed by $30 to $449.
iPad 2 shifts 32nm process for A5 processor
Apple’s cut-price iPad 2, which it continues to sell alongside its new iPad, has been given a boost with a shift to a new 32nm A5 processor from the original 45nm iteration. Although using fundamentally the same architecture, the die-shrunk version has been shown by Anandtech to draw less power offering significant improvements in battery life. The latest iPad 2’s carrying the updated dual-core processor are designated by the model number ‘iPad 2,4’ and utilize Samsung’s 32nm high-k + metal gate LP transistors, which helps to explain the performance differential.
iPad almost totally dominates
The iPhone 4S was far and away the most-activated device during the March quarter by Good Technology enterprise customers, a new study by the firm says. The phone represented 37 percent of activations, roughly four times the amount of any other device. The iPad 2 took home second place at 17.7 percent; the third-gen iPad came in fourth at 4.3 percent, but was only available for less than one month in the quarter, and nevertheless accounted for 12.1 percent of all of the March activations Good tracked.
Low prices on iPads, iMacs and more
Today at Apple's online store prices continue to fall on refurbished iPads, iMacs and more. The refurbished 16GB iPad 2 with Wi-Fi is now $349 after a $50 price cut and is available in white or black, while the 16GB iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G is now $479. The refurb. 32GB iPad with Wi-Fi is now $399 after a $100 price break. Also priced at $399 is the refurb. first-gen. 16GB iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G.
Logitech launches iPad Ultrathin Keyboard Cover
Logitech has taken the wraps off its new Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for the new iPad and the iPad 2. The device is touted as an all-in-one solution that offers an ultrathin screen protector and built-in keyboard. The cover utilises aluminium in its construction to help keep weight down and includes a stand to hold the iPad at a suitable angle for typing over a Bluetooth connection.
Features USB port, charging, tactile keyboard
A new notebook case for the iPad 2 has been announced from a distributor in Japan, offering a tactile, MacBook Pro-like "chiclet" keyboard and styling to resemble a netbook. The unit allows both the keyboard and the iPad to be charged using an optional multi-headed connector and includes a standard USB port. The combination case, which is also offered via Amazon Japan, is made of silicone rather than metal for lighter weight.
Third-gen iPad yet to be approved
Apple has received certification to start selling locally-assembled units of the 16GB iPad 2 in Brazil, MacRumors claims to have learned. While Apple already sells every model of the iPad 2 in the country, most are assembled in China. The third-generation iPad has yet to be certified for sale in Brazil, whether from Chinese or Brazilian factories.
Survey covered 'younger, tech-savvier' sample
A new survey from Baird Equity Research paints an even brighter picture for Apple's iPad, with nearly 40 percent of a sample of 488 US citizens saying they plan on buying either the new iPad or the discounted iPad 2 in the next three months. In a similar group of non-US respondents, 51 percent indicated that one of the two current iPads models were in their short-term future. The poll's sample was said to be a "younger, tech-savvier group on average."
2012 iPad LCD given top marks
Continuing some of the more in-depth examinations of the new iPad, a detailed screen comparison at DisplayMate has shown a major improvement in Apple's tablet display quality, albeit at a cost. While the 2048x1536 resolution is an obvious advantage, the display analysis team saw that the new screen saw big improvements in other areas, most of all color accuracy. While the iPad 2's display got just 61 percent of the standard color range, the new iPad's screen was near-flawless, with 99 percent accuracy on top of "perfect" contrast and gamma levels.
New version uses 'latchless' cover
Accessory maker SwitchEasy has released a updated version of its Canvas case for the iPad. The new model fits both the third-generation iPad and the iPad 2. Further separating it from the earlier, iPad 2-only model is an updated lid, which uses a latchless and self-adhesive design. As before, magnets in the lid turn an iPad on and off.
Win an AViiQ Smart Case
MacNN has teamed up with AViiQ to give away two AViiQ Smart Cases for the iPad 2. Read on to find out how you can win one of these high quality, anodized aluminum cases from AViiQ.
Report raises questions about inspections
Apple inspected a Pegatron plant building iPad 2s mere hours before an explosion injured at least 59 people, according to workers interviewed by NPR. The number of injured was initially pegged at 61, but Apple currently claims 59. NPR says it met with 25 victims of the blast last week, such as He Wenwen, who was calibrating a machine used to polish iPad 2 backs when the explosion happened.
Upgraded tablet simply 'the new iPad'
As a part of its third-generation iPad event, Apple announced that iOS 5.1 will be released later today. Few features have been revealed, but the focus is on a Japanese version of Siri for the iPhone 4S. Previously Siri was restricted to English-, French-, and German-speaking users.
Samsung launches latest suit against Apple
Samsung has filed a new lawsuit against Apple in its home market of South Korea. The new lawsuit claims that that the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2 infringe on three of its patents and comes on the eve of Apple’s special iPad 3/HD launch event today. Specifically, Samsung claims that Apple has infringed on three of its utility patents including the way data is displayed, an aspect of the iOS user interface and the way Apple has implemented SMS.
Gear should be backwards-compatible with iPad 2
While accessory makers have prepared new products for the next-generation iPad, most or all of these should work with the iPad 2, CNET reports. The site says it has heard from three company representatives who all say they expect the new iPad to have only minor changes in thickness, even if they're not absolutely certain. "We've been told there will be some minor changes in the thickness, but we don't have any specifics," one representative states.
Ideal for teachers, presenters, developers
A new application for Macs leverages the AirPlay technology found in the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 to mirror the screens of those devices onto a Mac running Snow Leopard or higher. Called Reflection, the app can simply show the screen or put a "device shell" around the screen to simulate the look of an iOS device and its contents. The program utilizes the AirPlay abilities to wirelessly stream visual and audio information from the device to the Mac.
Still thinner than iPad 1
A new photo depicts the iPad 3's shell as being 0.81mm thicker than that of the iPad 2, according to Apple.pro. In the image, both tablets are being measured using digital calipers. The iPad 2 registers at 8.69mm, while the iPad 3 is a straight 9.5mm. Apple's official specifications list the iPad 2's thickness as 8.8mm.
Low prices on refurbished Apple items
At Apple's online store today save on refurbished iPads starting at $399 for the first generation 16GB iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G after a $130 price cut. Refurbished iPad 2 models start at $419 for the 16GB current generation iPad 2, or $499 for a 64GB iPad 2. Or save $100 for the refurb. 64GB iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G, now $729.
Retailer enters clearout mode
Best Buy is taking the step of deleting the iPad 2 from its inventory systems, a leak at the retailer indicates. One screenshot reportedly shows a white 32GB model as deleted, but the source of the leak claims that other models have also been removed. The change comes alongside a confirmed $50 discount on all iPad 2 models.
Knocks $50 off all iPad models in stock
Ahead of strong indications of an imminent iPad 3 announcement, Best Buy has dropped the price of the iPad 2. The electronics retailer has knocked $50 off of every iPad 2 in stock. Such discounts are rare, suggesting a link with the iPad 3.
Attach iPads to front or back seats
Minnesota-based Bracketron and California's Scosche Industries have both recently released new iPad accessories aimed at letting users mount their iPads inside their automobiles. Bracketron is offering both a cup-holder-based mount as well as a headrest mount that is compatible with a wide variety of tablets and e-readers, while Scosche has unveiled an iPad 2-based sequel, the Backstage Pro II mount.
Could signal escalation in Apple vs. Proview
Officials in the Chinese city of Shijiazhuang raided an unnamed Apple reseller over the weekend, reports claim. In all 45 iPad 2s are said to have been confiscated; despite the limited scope of the raid, Chinese news sources indicate that a number of other vendors have decided to hide their iPad stock rather than risk losing it. Shoppers should nevertheless still be able to buy iPad 2s from official and unofficial sources in the city.