• Focus on WWDC 2013: All iPad Mini 2 Rumors Sum-up

    Posted on May 29th, 2013 David Brooks | 66 comments

    Opening worldwide from June 10 to June 14 at the Moscone West in San Francisco, this highly anticipated WWDC 2013 will be worth the wait. The WWDC has been the legendary platform for some major announcements in Apple’s devices, hardware and software. At the countdown for this massive tech giant Apple’s annual developer conference, you may guess what new things can an Apple enthusiast wait for unveiling at this event? Here’s a list of rumored/expected things:

    * iPhone 5S/iPhone 6
    *  iOS 7
    * MacBook Air with Retina
    * 5th generation iPad
    * Apple TV
    * Second generation iPad Mini

    WWDC 2013

    There are a lot of speculations earlier about things being launched at WWDC 2013, today we will get down to concluding the second generation iPad Mini rumors.

    The first generation iPad Mini came to stores to rival with a series of market-hit midsize tablets that mainly include Amazon Kindle Fire and Google Nexus 7. But, the Apple rival has been feeble and less powerful to lock horns with its alternatives. What is more, it has also been missing Apple’s landmark Retina display. So a second upgrade to iPad Mini can ne keenly expected, and it will be rolling out with a Retina display, better processor, a refurbished design and a lot of similar advances.

    Display: flexible?

    Drawn from rumors, the next generation iPad Mini is with 2048×1536 pixel Retina display so that the pixel density of the 7.9-inch screen can achieve to 326ppi which is higher than iPad 4 (264ppi). For the sake that mass production of flexible OLED TV display from LG has started, and more importantly LG has became the display supplier of next generation iPad Mini, there is great possibility the second generation iPad Mini will be equipped with flexible display.

    iPad mini 2

    Appearance: ultra-narrow frame or become thicker?

    News from Holland website MobiLeaks indicates that the next generation iPad Mini is 0.3mm thicker than the first generation iPad Mini (7.5mm VS. 7.2mm). The reason of the increased thickness lies in the fact that there must be sacrifice in hardware upgrades of iPad Mini 2.

    Inner specifications: upgraded camera or vibration function?

    Many people think that iPad Mini 2 will take A6X processor into use, but Holland website MobiLeaks states that next generation iPad Mini will be applied with A7 processor and quad-core GPU. Battery capacity will be improved simultaneously.

    The front-facing camera will be upgraded from 1.2 million pixels to 2 million pixels, at the same time the rear camera will be upgraded from 5 million pixels to 8 million pixels.

    In addition, vibration motor may be added to next generation iPad Mini so as to enrich experience while playing games with this tablet.

    Will iPad Mini 2 debut on WWDC 2013? Just wait and see…

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  • Top 10 Free and Most Essential Apps for Apple iPad mini

    Posted on November 15th, 2012 David Brooks | 338 comments

    The more compact, portable and lighter 7.9-inch Apple iPad mini is here. Apple has itself released some of the best apps for iPad mini in the App Stores and they work perfectly well. That is why you should definitely check out the iLife suite of applications including iMovie, iPhoto and GarageBand. And if you want to use the 7.9 incher for productivity, the iWork suite with Keynote, Pages and Numbers should be your thing. Of course, we could never be restrained to the apps released by Apple on this $329 tablet. To make this 7.9 incher more productivity, more apps should be included and made use of. But what apps do the most for iPad mini? And, what free apps could people get to make iPad mini more enjoyable?

    iPad mini

    Today, I have collected some 10 free apps that are most essential to your iPad mini. You can take use of these free apps to empower your iPad mini. Check the below and there is at least one app that meets your needs.

    Skype: As the most popular VoIP client, Skype needs no introduction. With both a front and rear cameras, you can enjoy video calling at its fullest with this app.

    Kindle: The 7.9-inch iPad mini is not better than the standard iPad in terms of specs, while its smaller size is more comfortable for reading. The Kindle app gives you access to Amazon’s huge catalog of books.

    Pocket: Previously known as Read It Later, Pocket is a tool to save things for offline reading. They sync across all your devices.

    Flipboard: Flipboard is probably close to visual perfection when it comes to fun and modern pictoral representation of news. With a magazine-like design you just flip the screen as it turns in a page-like fashion.

    Jasmine: Jasmine is an alternative of Google YouTube application in iOS 6. It is a brilliant YouTube client which works perfectly well on the iPad mini.

    Netflix: Watching Netflix movies in bed with your tablet at hand is close to the perfect cozy experience and the iPad mini makes it possible. The Netflix app is free, simple and a direct gateway to movies.

    Hulu Plus: Besides movies, you can also watch TV shows on your iPad mini. That is what Hulu Plus do for you.

    Pandora: In the world of Internet radio, Pandora is one of the biggest names. The personalized Internet radio lets you just type in the name of your favorite artist and listen on as the service builds a playlist around that.

    The Weather Channel: Weather is something we get to know everyday. Having the most up-to-date and detailed information about the capricious weather can mean a lot, and with The Weather Channel for iPad mini you get virtually all the information meteorologists have.

    Google Drive: There are many apps to keep your notes online, craft documents, spreadsheets and so on, but little come even close to Google Drive. Google’s online collaboration productivity suite bests all similar online offerings and is close to being a worthy competitor to the iWork suite. It works only when you are online though.

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  • Top 5 Tablets That Could Replace the Rumored Upcoming iPad Mini

    Posted on October 11th, 2012 David Brooks | 175 comments

    According to the latest news, Apple might release the iPad Mini on an October event. There’s a great possibility that it’ll be revealed later this month, although it is still to be confirmed for its final name. As reported, the new iPad Mini is rumored to come with a 7.85” screen display, sporting various wonderful features and functions even comparable to the iPad. But when it gets released, absolutely it will not enter the vacuous tablet market of 7-inch. It would get quite many strong competitors in almost every function and detail, like: price, ecosystem, performance, and features. So many wonderful tablet choices with something unique would be available in the market. To win the competition, Apple must get something really amazing onto their new tablet to answer the challenge. Well, what are these challengers? Let’s take a brief look today, with focus on some top 5 widely well-known tablets:

    iPad Mini

    Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
    The most expensive tablet on the list also includes the most physical features. Given its IR blaster, dual cameras, and microSD expansion, $249 doesn’t look so bad. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 delivers a mostly pure Android 4.0 experience. The tablet also trumps the Kindle Fire in extras by including dual cameras, expandable memory, and TV remote-control functionality.

    Kindle Fire (2012)
    The 2012 update to 2011′s Kindle Fire sports an identical design, but gets a few internal upgrades: twice the RAM, a faster processor, and an update to the latest version of the Kindle Fire OS. With the low price of only $159, the new Kindle Fire is somewhat very challenging to iPad Mini.

    Barnes & Noble Nook HD
    Available later this month, this tablet impressed people a lot with its redesigned interface, extremely light weight, microSD storage expansion, 1,140×900-pixel-resolution screen, and the inclusion of the fastest processor yet in a 7-inch tablet, the 1.3GHz OMAP 4470. At $199, the Nook HD will clearly make its case. If you want large one, the 9-inch Nook HD+ will be available at the same time for only $269.

    Kindle Fire HD
    The first Kindle Fire had been considered a great threat to iPad, so does the Kindle Fire HD. Without doubt, the Kindle Fire HD is your best choice if you like watching books, movies, TV shows, and listening to music on tablet. At only $199, the Fire HD sports an amazing-looking screen, a 720p front camera, Bluetooth, and the best speakers. It also includes both 7” and 8.9” versions for different people upon different screen needs.

    Google Nexus 7
    With Tegra 3-induced performance, NFC communication, and the latest version of the Android OS, Jelly Bean, and $199 cost only, Google Nexus 7 wins its crown in the 7” tablet market. If the iPad Mini wants to win the battle, it has to offer some features really exciting.

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  • Get Ready for the iPhone 5 on Apple’s Special September 12th Event

    Posted on August 29th, 2012 David Brooks | 1 comment

    There were reports that the iPhone 5 might get released on a special September 12th event. And now, it has been confirmed and here I’m really happy to tell you all that the next generation of Apple iPhone has been scheduled for release on Wednesday, September 12th, with a shipment available nine days after that, September 21st, Friday. The new iPhone is said to be released in the event in San Francisco along with the new 7 inch iPad mini, the updated version of the current iPad 3, iPod Touch and iPod Nano. As only less than two weeks from the official introduction of this new gadget, people are becoming even more curious on the specs and features of iPhone 5, which is the name of the next generation iPhone most people prefer, just like the latest hot reports on the pin dock connector and NFC support. Today, let’s just make a preview of iPhone 5 to see what exactly it will be.

    iPhone 5 on Sep. 12th Event

    Firstly, let’s start with the pin dock connector of iPhone 5. There are hot sayings that the new iPhone will include a 9 Pin Dock Connector in place of the previous 30 Pin Dock Connector. From the latest news of 9to5 Mac, Apple will be replacing its current 30-pin connector with a new 9-pin dock connector in the next generation of iPhones, as well as all of its iOS devices in September. A smaller connector would make it impossible to use existing speakers, docks, and chargers without the use of an adapter converting it back to the traditional 30-pin, something that Apple will likely make available.

    Secondly, let’s take a look on the screen and phone body. The iPhone 5 is believed to feature larger screen and thinner phone built. According to the sources, the new iPhone’s taller display screen is designed to accommodate additional five rows of apps. The screen is as large as 4.0 inches, much larger than the 3.6 inches screen display on iPhone 4S, with aspect ratio at 19:9, making it even more wonderful to watch HD videos on iPhone 5. The Phone is also 10% thinner than the iPhone 4S.

    Next, let’s see the network connectivity and processor performance. The iPhone 5 is surely to run on the 4G LTE network connectivity, which is now applicable to most advanced smartphones. For the processor, the iPhone 5 is reported to run on the A6 processor, which is even faster than the A5X processor on iPhone 4S. No doubt, iOS 6 will be adopted in iPhone 5 when it comes out.

    Another anticipating feature of iPhone 5 is NFC. There are reports which say iPhone 5 comes with no NFC support while the majority of reports support NFC capability on iPhone 5. From the reports and information leaked, the latter is more reliable.

    Aside from these, the new iPhone is also reported to have Passbook as its first step into the mobile-payments space. The company has already acknowledged that it will be replacing Google Maps in iOS 6 with its own mapping application with 3D capabilities.

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