The iPad mini is expected to be introduced next week, on Tuesday October 23rd at 1pm EST. Let's take a moment to look at all that we "know" so far about this marvelous new iDevice...
In the world of modern consumer technology the iPad mini is like the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot or extra terrestrials. Lot's of folks claim they exist, but there's no solid, public evidence. When it comes to the elusive iPad mini, we know nothing officially. Invitations to a supposed October 23rd media unveiling haven't even been sent out yet, and those were rumored to have been scheduled to go out back on October 10th. This wouldn't be the first time that the media's buzz got ahead of itself, with predictions of an Apple device that wasn't due to be released.
As of yet, Apple still hasn't offered any official comment as to whether the rumored 7.85 inch screened iPad mini even exists. So keep that in mind as you read on. That said, at this point there's been an abundance of leaked prototype and part images, along with confirmation of the iPad mini's likely existence from numerous reliable sources, including the Washington Post and the Loop's Jim Dalrymple, enough so as to make me feel like the Apple iPad mini is more than just a speculative lark. I'd say it's relatively safe to think that the iPad mini is going to hit the market, and very soon.
Now, according to German website Mobile Geeks (via SlashGear.com), an internal document has surfaced from German retail chain Media Markt, revealing a definite pricing structure for the mythical iPad mini.
The Next Web is reporting that the upcomming October 23rd media event and supposed unveiling of the highly-rumored and greatly-anticipated iPad mini will focus largely on iBooks after the introduction iPad mini. The iPad mini is expected to go head-to-head with other well-established, smaller tablets on the market, all of which also serve as E-readers, and all of which are roughly around the same price point.
According to The Next Web, "In what will likely be completely unsurprising news to many, we’ve now heard from multiple sources that Apple’s as-yet-unannounced iPad mini event will have a strong focus on iBooks. Since an iPad mini would likely be squarely aimed at those who wish to partake of media on their tablets, that would make a lot of sense.
The event will, of course, be primarily devoted to a new hardware device, which iMore first reported would be a thinner, cheaper version of Apple’s iPad. But the primary purpose of such a smaller tablet would be to act as a conduit for Apple’s content, namely iBooks publications and movies."
News of the enigmatic iPad mini has been filled with some of the most back and forth, on again/off again rumors in recent history of Apple product releases. In fact, I'd have to look back to 2007, when the rumor mill was in full grind over the purported existence of the original iPhone to find a time when an Apple product was shrouded in this much secrecy and uncertainty.
With rumors swirling for months about the actuality of the iPad mini, and most recently, pointing to specific release dates this month, it’s no wonder the Apple community is waiting with bated breath for some official word from Cupertino. Well, I'm not saying you can stop holding your breath just yet, however, AllThingsD
has encouraging news this morning.
If you follow my articles, you know that I am a big fan of products that allow us to better merge our technical, mobile lifestyles with accessories that allow us to live our life on the go. I appreciate tools that support us in being as mobile with our gadgets as possible, and along those lines, I'd like to bring to your attention a neat little accessory that will be high on my wish list when it becomes available, the Jorno mini, Bluetooth keyboard.
With its rechargeable lithium ion battery, and measuring 3.5 by 3.5 by 1.2 inches when folded, and 8.5 inches wide, by 3.5 incehs high, and less than half an inch thick when opened, the Jorno is a functional godsend to all business folks, power users and prolific writers out there.
Apple and House of Marley have joined forces for a limited time to promote the children's charity Little Kids Rock.
House of Marley, the lifestyle accessory company formed by Bob Marley's offspring, Rohan Marley, brings to market an original, earth-friendly and conscientous brand of quality gear. House of Marley is already recognized for it's charitable works and environmentally responsible business model, annually giving 5% of their profits to the 1Love Foundation, which was formed by Bob Marley's wife Rita. Now, and for the rest of October, Apple is proudly featuring House of Marley audio products and carry bags in the Apple store. Together, they are "doubling the love" and doubling the ammount donated to charity. Through the month of October, 10% of House of Marley's profits from Apple store sales will be donated to the charity Little Kid's Rock, which serves to bring musical intruments and music education to under-served schools and students.
Today the CEO of Lifeproof, Gary Rayner, addressed the leigons of Lifeproof fans who are eagerly awaiting the release of the iPhone 5 Lifeproof waterproof and shockproof case. Even though the iPhone 5 became available almost a month ago, Lifeproof's award-winning case design has yet to go on sale for the new device. Read on after the break for Rayner's message.
The Wall Street Journal has reported that Apple has ordered as many as 10 million units of the as-yet-unconfirmed, iPad mini. This information comes on the heels of CNN's Fortune reporting to us that invitations to the iPad mini's media event will be sent out on October 10th, heralding an October 17th product unveiling, with the iPad mini becomming available by early November.
Time for my game reviews of some of the latest and best newcomers to the App Store! We have a whole slew of new games with more on the way, so let’s take a minute to recap what we have so far. These are a few of my favorites of the new crop of games that have popped up in the App Store! This week's reviews include the smash-hit Apocalypse Max as well as new endless runners, Zaxxon Escape and Amazing Runner.
Feast your eyes on these latest images...
The folks at Gizmodo (courtesy of designer Martin Hajek) have published the latest renderings of the upcoming iPad mini based on leaked images, details and specs. The iPad mini promises to not only be one of the best tablets on the market, mini or otherwise, but it also seems like it will be the most elegantly beautiful. Maybe I'm biased, as a lifelong Apple loyalist, but I think most of you would have to agree with me when you look at the images here, that Apple hasn't just released a product that represents a masterpiece of craftsmanship and technology, but also looks like pure eye-candy!