Apple releases iOS 6.0.2 with Wi-Fi fix

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Dec 182012

AppleApple today released iOS 6.0.2, a small update aimed primarily at the iPhone 5 and iPad mini. According to the changelog, it fixes a single issue: “a bug that could impact Wi-Fi.” It will hopefully address complaints about poor Wi-Fi performance exhibited by some users of both devices.

To update Over-The-Air, users can select ‘General’ > ‘Software Update’ vai the Settings app. It is also available through iTunes.

The next major iOS update, version 6.1, is expected in early 2013. Apple iOS 6.1 beta 4 is currently available to developers.

Read more: AppleInsider

Next-generation iPad mini to sport Retina Display?

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Dec 142012

AppleThe next-generation Apple iPad mini may address one of the biggest complaints against the first-generation model: The lack of a high resolution display. According to Digitimes, enhancements in the iPad mini’s successor will focus primarily on the display.

The report adds that sources are still unsure whether the new tablet will use a Retina Display with a resolution of 2,058 by 1,536 pixels and 326 PPI or one with a somewhat lower resolution – but still higher than the current iPad mini’s XGA (1024×768) display. If so, Apple will need to address the higher power requirements of such a display.

The next-generation iPad mini may not launch until next fall if Apple’s past product refresh strategy is any indication.

Apple will also reportedly redesign the next iPad to use a single LED light bar instead of two to reduce the weight of that device.

Read more: Digitimes

Apple sells 3 million new iPads in first three days

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Nov 052012

Apple iPad miniApple began selling both the iPad 4 and iPad mini this past Friday. Not surprisingly, their debut weekend was strong with three million iPads being sold over the past three days. A breakout of how many iPad minis were sold was not provided though.

“Customers around the world love the new iPad mini and fourth generation iPad,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We set a new launch weekend record and practically sold out of iPad minis. We’re working hard to build more quickly to meet the incredible demand.”

Interestingly, Apple found itself in the rare position of being “practically sold out of iPad minis” rather than fully sold out as it more traditionally has been with other product launches. Was demand more muted than it expected or was it able to get more supply out in time for the launch?

One thing is for sure: Apple can claim yet another successful product launch!

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Apple announces iPad mini tablet

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Oct 232012

Apple iPad miniAs expected, Apple today unveiled the iPad mini, the smaller sibling to the iPad. Featuring a 7.9-inch display, it is 23 percent thinner and 53 percent lighter than the third generation iPad.

“iPad mini is every inch an iPad. With its gorgeous 7.9-inch display, iPad mini features the same number of pixels as the original iPad and iPad 2, so you can run more than 275,000 apps designed specifically for iPad,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iPad mini is as thin as a pencil and as light as a pad of paper, yet packs a fast A5 chip, FaceTime HD and 5 megapixel iSight cameras and ultrafast wireless―all while delivering up to 10 hours of battery life.”

Apple iPad mini specifications:

  • Processor: Dual-core A5
  • Operating system: Apple iOS 6
  • Cellular connectivity (Wi-Fi model): None
  • Cellular connectivity (A1454): LTE/HSPA+/EDGE
  • Cellular connectivity (A1455): LTE/HSPA+/CDMA EV-DO/EDGE
  • Other connectivity: GPS/GLONASS (on cellular models), 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (dual-band), Bluetooth 4.0
  • Display: 7.9-inch LED-backlit IPS XGA (1024×768)
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory:
  • Storage: 16, 32, or 64GB onboard
  • Rear-facing camera: 5MP with f/2.4 aperture and 1080p video capture
  • Front-facing camera: 1.2MP
  • Connectors: 3.5mm headphone jack, Lightning connector
  • Battery:
  • Dimensions / weight: 200 x 134.7 x 7.2 millimeters / 308 grams
  • Colours: Black & slate or White & silver

The iPad mini will go on sale on November 2nd. Wi-Fi models will sell for CA/US$329 (16GB), CA/US$429 (32GB), and CA/US$529 (64GB). The iPad mini with Wi-Fi + Cellular will follow “a couple of weeks after the Wi-Fi models.” It will sell for CA/US$459 (16GB), CA/US$559 (32GB), and CA/US$659 (64GB). Pre-orders begin on October 26th.

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Apple to stream today’s event via Apple TV (Updated)

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Oct 232012

AppleIf you own an Apple TV, you will be able to watch a live stream of the event the company is holding today. A new application called “Apple Events” has been added. Clicking on it gives users a message asking them “tune in at 10 a.m. PT on October 23 to watch this event live.”

Apple is widely expected to announce the iPad mini tablet at today’s event. It could also announce a new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display and a refresh to its Mac Mini.

We will have all the details of today’s event later today so stay tuned.

Update: Better news: Apple will stream the event to iOS and Mac devices (Safari 4 or later on Mac OS X v10.6 or later; Safari on iOS 4.2 or later required). Non-Apple devices appear to be out of luck though.

Read more: Apple and CNET

Apple sends out October 23rd event invitations

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Oct 162012

Apple has begun to send out invitations to its next event. As usual, the invitation reveals little but is widely expected to be the event at which Apple will unveil its iPad mini. With the tagline “We’ve got a little more to show you,” it seems like a good bet.

Apple October 23rd event invitation

The Apple iPad mini has been the topic of rumours for months. It should be out for the busy holiday season.

The event will take place in California at 1000 PT (1300 ET). Stay tuned – We’ll have all the details for you.

Read more: The Verge

Apple to unveil iPad mini at October 23 event?

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Oct 122012

AppleOctober 10th came and went without the expected Apple invitations, putting into question an October 17th event. Speculation suggests that production issues may have caused Apple to push the launch back. It now appears that if the event was in fact delayed, it will not be for long. Citing “people familiar with Apple’s plans,” AllThingsD reports that the event will take place on Tuesday October 23rd.

The report does not provide further details but suggests that the event will be held at Apple’s own Town Hall Auditorium (located on its main campus) where it has already unveiled a number of products including the iPhone 4S.

It remains unclear when the iPad mini will actually launch. If a similar schedule is followed as for the iPhone 5, pre-orders could start later that week with a launch to follow in early November.

Read more: AllThingsD

Mysterious Apple iPad running A6 chip surfaces in app logs

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Oct 082012

AppleWith Apple widely expected to launch its iPad mini later this month, it appears that the company is already hard at work on the next generation of iPads. A mysterious new model identified as “iPad3,6” has been spottted in an app’s logs. MacRumors got the tip from the app’s developer who wishes to remains anonymous. Previous iPad models have born the identifiers iPad3,1, iPad3,2, and iPad3,3, leading to the supposition that the latest ID refers not to the iPad mini but to a new model of the original iPad.

The log files for the iPad 3,6 also suggest a more powerful A6 SoC (or a variation of this design). Given that the iPad mini is expected to share much in terms of specifications with the iPad 2, including an A5 processor, the evidence points at a new iPad model. Lastly, the iPad2,5 and iPad2,6 designations have also been spotted in log files, pointing to the iPad mini.

Assuming that the iPad 3,6 is in fact a new iPad model, it remains to be seen if Apple will introduce it alongside the iPad mini later this month. It could just as well be slated for an early 2013 release. Sadly, there just isn’t much to go right now…

Read more: MacRumors

More Apple iPad mini size comparison pictures surface

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Oct 012012

More pictures comparing the size of the upcoming Apple iPad Mini have surfaced. This latest series not only compares the iPad mini to the iPad and both the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S but also puts it next to the Google Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire. Once again, the comparisons use a full-scale model rather than a functional unit.

Apple iPad mini size comparison

Apple iPad mini size comparison

The iPad mini is thinner but wider and taller than the Google Nexus 7.

Earlier today, a separate rumour indicated that Apple could hold its iPad mini event on October 17th.

Read more: (in French) [Google translation] (Source: Business Insider)

Apple to announce iPad mini on October 17th?

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Oct 012012

AppleEven before Apple failed to announce the iPad mini at its September 12th event, rumours had suggested that the smaller iPad sibling would get its own event in October. We may now have some dates for that event. According to a major Apple investor who says he’s heard it from “multiple sources,” Apple will begin to send out invitations on October 10th with the event likely scheduled for a week later on October 17th.

If the recent iPhone 5 launch schedule is an indication, the iPad mini would go up for pre-orders on October 19th with the launch taking place as soon as a week later (October 26th) or the first week in November.

Fortune’s source is only sure of the October 10th date. We’ll have to see then what the other dates look like, assuming that the rumour is true in the first place.

The smaller 7.85-inch iPad mini will likely sport Apple’s new Lightning connector and thinner bezels.

Read more: Fortune (Source: BGR)

Video compares Apple iPad mini to larger iPad

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Sep 192012

Apple may not have announced its iPad mini yet but full-scale models are now on sale in China for about USD$16. GizChina has gotten their hands on one and have put together the following video overview of the upcoming tablet:

The video and picture below includes quick size comparisons to the iPhone 4S and iPad to give us a better sense of the size of the 7.85-inch iPad mini.

Rumoured iPad mini compared to iPad and iPhone 4S

Models such as this one are supposed to allow accessory makers to prepare their products. As such, they should be accurate reproductions of the device’s physical size and characteristics even if they don’t work.

Apple is expected to unveil the iPad mini at an event in October.

Read more: GizChina (Source: BGR)

Is this the back of the Apple iPad mini?

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Sep 062012

New pictures obtained by Chinese site NetEase purport to be of the rumoured Apple iPad mini. The images show what appears to be the back casing and show dual grills framing a smaller dock connector on the bottom of the device. One picture seems to compare it to the larger 9.7-inch iPad.

Rumoured Apple iPad mini back

Rumoured Apple iPad mini back

The part sports the iPad branding and appears to be less tapered than its larger cousin. Apple may have had to compromise to fit all the necessary components into the smaller device.

The report adds that the part in question did not have a SIM slot, suggesting that this part could be for the Wi-Fi-only model.

Apple could announce the iPad mini at its September 12th event. It could also, as rumours have suggested, announce it at its own event in October.

Read more: NetEase (in Chinese) [Google translation] (Source: Electronista)

Rumour: Apple to unveil iPad mini at separate October event

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Aug 272012

AppleApple’s September 12th event may not see the debut of both the new iPhone and the oft-rumoured iPad mini as previous rumours have suggested. Instead, it now appears that each device will be unveiled at its own special event with the iPhone 5 leading things off on September 12th. Given the interest in both devices, the two events would likely give Apple greater media attention as we head into the crucial holiday shopping season.

Citing “several sources,” AllThingsD reports that Apple will unveil the iPad mini at a second special event that will take place once the iPhone 5 has launched. That suggests that it will take place sometime in October.

A separate report from Japanese site Macotakara adds that Apple will call the smaller iPad the iPad mini. It adds that the iPad mini will sport the iPad logo on the back of the device much as the “iPod” can be found on the iPod devices.

Read more: AllThingsD and Macotakara

More evidence for September 12th Apple event

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Jul 312012

AppleMore reports have surfaced that give credence to yesterday’s rumour that Apple would unveil both the iPhone 5 and iPad mini at a special event on September 12th.

The Verge‘s own sources have apparently confirmed the date. The Loop‘s Jim Dalrymple whose own sources have been accurate in the past, added a terse “yep” to the iMore report. AllThingsD‘s sources also indicated that Apple was planning an event for the week of September 9th with the Wednesday (the 12th) the likeliest day.

While the date looks set, it remains to be seen if Apple will unveil both the iPhone 5 and the iPad mini or only the former. Citing Wells Fargo Securities analyst Maynard Um, AllThingsD predicts “a big fall product cycle.” Apple’s latest 10-Q filing reveals that its inventory component prepayments are at their highest level in four years, suggesting either a big product launch or several ones.

It looks like we have a date and a potentially very exciting event!

Read more: The Verge and The Loop and AllThingsD

Rumour: Apple to announce iPhone 5 and iPad mini on September 12th

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Jul 302012

AppleFollowing rumours that Apple would launch the iPhone 5 on September 21st, iMore reports that Apple will formally announce its next smartphone at a special event on September 12th. Citing “sources who have proven accurate in the past,” the report adds that Apple will also announce its oft-rumoured iPad Mini as well as a new iPod nano (and possibly a new iPod touch) at the event.

The release of the iPhone 5 would follow on September 21st, a date that surfaced last week in two separate rumours. It’s not clear whether the iPad mini and iPods would also launch on that day though.

Apple is likely to also announce iOS 6 at the event. If the past is any indication, it would be made available for download a few days earlier than the iPhone launch, perhaps September 19th, as an upgrade for current devices.

Read more: iMore (Source: CNET)