Apple announces iPad Mini

As rumored, Apple announced the new iPad mini at today’s media event. The device features a 7.9-inch display with a resolution of 1024×768 pixels, measures just 7.2 millimeters thin and weighs 0.68 pounds.

iPad Mini

With the same resolution as the iPad 2, all existing iPad apps that work on the older iPad 2 will work on the iPad mini without any need for developers to make modifications to their existing apps.

The iPad Mini comes in the same two colours as the iPhone 5, White/Silver and Black/Slate with 16, 32 and 64GB options. The iPad Mini also has the option of celullar support. The iPad Mini includes worldwide support for LTE and will work with Vodacom, MTN and Cell C in South Africa.

However as with the iPhone 5, if you purchase an iPad with Retina Display or an iPad Mini from the USA it may not work in South Africa!

The WiFi version should be available in South Africa in early December with the cellular version expected early 2013.

Likely Price in South Africa for the iPad Mini:

16GB Wifi – R3 599

32GB Wifi – R4 699

64GB Wifi – R5 699

16GB Wifi + Celullar – R4 799

32GB Wifi + Celullar – R5 999

64GB Wifi + Celullar – R6 999

Apple updates iPad with Retina Display

Apple today announced an update to its full-size iPad, upgrading its processor with a faster A6X chip and implementing the new Lightning connector that debuted with the iPhone 5. The new processor delivers up to two times the CPU and graphics performance of the prior chip, while maintaining 10 hours of battery life and the same design as the prior iPad.

iPad

The new iPad comes in Black and White with 16, 32 and 64GB option. There is still the option to have a cellular version which now carries worldwide LTE support unlike the iPad 3.

The iPad 3 had limited support with LTE and would only be compatible with CellC in South Africa, however the new iPad with Retina display will be supported by Vodacom and MTN.

The iPad with Retina display remains the same price as the iPad 3.

The WiFi version should be available in South Africa in early December with the cellular version expected early 2013.

Apple Prepares for iPad Mini Launch

Apple has begun preparing the California Theater for the Media Event to be held on 23 October 2012 at 10am pasific time, 7pm South African time. The last time Apple used this venue they release the original iPod.


Apple is expected to announce an iPad Mini with a 7,85inch screen. There are also suggestions of new iMacs, Mac Mini’s and a 13inch Retina Macbook Pro.

We will be providing updates on Twitter.

Apple issues invite for 23 October media event

Apple has issued invites to the media for an event to be held on 23 October at the California Theater in San Jose. The event is scheduled for 10am Pacific time which is 7pm South African time. The tag line reads: “We’ve got a little more to show you.”

iPad Mini

Apple is expected to release a new iPad called ‘iPad Mini’. The iPad mini is rumoured to have a 7inch screen with the news lightning connector. The iPad mini is expected to come in two colours, Black and White with 3 difference capacities, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. Just like the iPad 3 the iPad mini is expected to have Wifi and the option of cellular data. The Cellular data is rumoured to come with LTE support for all countries, unlike the iPad 3 which only supports a small amount of carriers.

With the release of the iPad mini the iPad is expected to receive a minor update, adding full support for LTE and adding the new lighting connector.

There are also suggestions that a new Macbook with a retina display, new iMacs and a new mac mini could be released.

It is unclear as to when these product will be available. Generally Apple makes them available a week or two after the even. When they will be released in South Africa is still to be confirmed.

The update to the iPad 3 to support worldwide LTE will be a great update for South Africans as the current version will not get LTE from Vodacom or MTN. People using their iPad 3 on CellC will find themselves in luck when CellC makes LTE available before the end of 2012.

iPad Mini

As the stories of the iPhone 5 release become something of the past our attenting shifts to focus on a rumour that is getting a lot of attention.

The iPad Mini!

Apple announced the iPhone 5 on 12 September 2012 with a 4 inch screen that has an aspect ratio of 16:9. Apple has previously stated they they don’t see the benifit of this aspect ratio but I believe they have given in on this one for the simple reason that every tv now days is 16:9.

Why is this significant?

If you use an iOS device to Airplay on a TV the TV displays black side bars because the iOS devices don’t have a 16:9 aspect ratio until now.

With the iPhone 5 you will be able to Airplay and fill the whole TV screen. But the iPad still has the 4:3 aspect ratio.

Apple are very selective about what size screen is correct and also how important it is to be able to reach your thumb to every area of the screen. With the current iPad, the screen is a good size and you can reach every area with your thumb.

But to change this to a 16:9 aspect ratio Apple will have to make the device longer, like they did with the iPhone 5 but this creates a problem because you won’t be able to reach every area of the screen.

What is the solution?

Don’t make the screen longer, make it skinnier! By doing this Apple can create a screen that is 16:9 and is thumb friendly.

Here is a screen shot of the current iPad compared to iPad Mini with an aspect ratio of 16:9

 

 

 

This will make the iPad Mini screen 1,5 inch (4cm) smaller than the current iPad.

How to set up Home Sharing on your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

With the release of iOS 4.3 Apple opened up the option to steam content from your iTunes library onto your iOS device. People who have use an Apple TV will know how this works.

When I heard about this I was extremely excited but couldn’t get it to work. After much searching I found out how to steam content from my Mac to my iPhone and iPad. Steaming can also be done from a PC.

How to set up Home Sharing…

 

  1. Open iTunes on your Mac/PC
  2. Go to Preferences
  3. Select the Sharing option at the top
  4. Select “Share my  library on my local network”

 

You can select what content from iTunes you want to share or you can share all content. You can add a password by it is not required.

From your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch

 

  1. Open Settings
  2. Select the iPod option
  3. Under Home Sharing fill in your Apple ID and password

 

Home sharing will now allow you to listen to or watch contact from your itunes library on you iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch within your local wireless network.

To play content from your Mac/PC on your iPhone or iPod Touch…

 

  1. Open iPod Application
  2. Select “More” at the bottom left
  3. Select “Shared” from the options
  4. Then choose the library you wish to use and enjoy!

 

To play content from your Mac/PC on your iPad..

 

  1. Open iPod Application
  2. At the top left of the screen under the volume slider it says Library, Select it
  3. Choose the Library you wish and use and enjoy!

 

If you wish to view video’s on the iPad (because there is a separate application)…

 

  1. Open Video Application
  2. At the top it has the following options – Movies, TV Shows, Podcasts, Shared.
  3. Select Shared
  4. Choose the Library you wish and use and enjoy!

 

If you wish to download iOS 4.3 for your iPhone 4, click here

If you wish to download iOS 4.3 for your iPad 1, click here

If you wish to download iOS 4.3 for your iPhone 3Gs, click here

 

iPad 2

Apple released the iPad 2 at a special media event. Not much has changed from the previous model but as always it is a much better product.

There is nothing revolutionary about the iPad 2. It is fast and slimmer. It is available in black and white (from the beginning). It carriers the same battery life (10 hours), storage space (16GB, 32GB, 64GB) and price (starting at $499) as the iPad 1 and comes in either WiFi only or WiFi plus 3G. It has a front (VGA) and back (HD 720) facing camera which is the biggest plus for me.

Some thing that Apple has done which is pretty cool but I’m not sure how popular they will be, is they have created this great covers that magnetically cover the front of the iPad 2 and keep it clean.

They also come in a range of different colours

The other thing Apple released was iMove and Garageband for the iPad. These apps look really amazing and i look forward to playing with them. Both are priced at $4.99

I think the question most people will ask is “should I buy the iPad 2 if I already has the iPad 1? As always my advice… it depends. I was looking forward to the iPad 2 because of FaceTime which is now available which means I am going to be getting one when I have some money.

iPad 2 release 2 March

Companies have begun receiving invitations to a media event next week from Apple.

 

The invite suggests the release of the new iPad 2, as the picture in the background is the current iPad. There have been many rumours about the iPad 2 but I am sure we will see plenty more come in the next week.

WiFi Hotspot + iPad

iStores in South Africa have started selling iPads with WiFi Hotspot devices that can be used on the cellular network of your choice.

The Huawei E5 device is a similair size as a 3G dongle that you would normally use but doesn’t use any cables to connect. It connects to your selected mobile carrier and then creates a wireless network that can be used by 5 different devices to connect to the internet.

The device can be purchased from any iStore in South Africa for R1499.

Here are the option with an iPad

16GB iPad – R5599

32GB iPad – R6599

64GB iPad – R7599

This is an awesome idea however there are some limitations to this device. It you are considering this option I suggest you go with the MiFi device or wait until Apple release the next software update for all iOS devices that will enable you to create a hotspot from your iPhone or iPad.

Update

on 2011-02-22 13:04 by Apple News

The prices display above are actually the exact same as buying a 3G version of the iPad, which with the next software update will allow you to do what this device is offering. I suggest you don’t buy one and wait for the software update.

3G contracts are not included in this price and will add extra fees.

Which iPad should I buy?

I get asked this question a lot so thought I would give you the best answer and that is that I can’t tell you, you have to decided but I will help you understand which one will suit your needs.

The first thing to not is that if you have an iPhone you should buy a WiFi only iPad because with the next software release you will be able to use the internet from your iPhone on your iPad

There are two questions you need to ask to determine which iPad to buy. First – Do I need to use the internet on the go? If you answer yes to this question you will need a 3G iPad if No that you will need a WiFi only iPad.

I know a lot of people that have bought WiFi only iPad to just use at home on their wireless network. This is a great option if that is what you want it for.

Secondly, how much space do you need? If you are not into putting music and movies on your iPad then get the 16GB, but if you are like me and want everything on your iPad then get the 64GB.

The second question is really important because it you go too small then you will get frustrated. I always suggest that you buy a little bigger than your current needs because there is always the chance that your needs might change.

My personal recommendation is if you own and iPhone buy the WiFi only 64GB and if you don’t have an iPhone then get one!