Apple also updates the 4th generation iPad with a new chip, dual-band WiFi, lightning connector and better LTE support. Like the iPad 3rd generation, the new iPad 4 has a 9.7-inch 2048×1536 Retina multitouch display with LED-backlit and IPS technology. It is powered by the new Apple-designed A6X dual-core chip that, according to Apple, delivers up to twice the CPU performance and up to twice the graphics performance of iPad 3‘s A5X chip.
The 4th gen iPad sports the same 5 Megapixel iSight camera with Full HD 1080p video recording, auto focus, face detection, BSI sensor and f/2.4 sensor, and replace the VGA front-facing camera with a new FaceTime HD 1.2 Megapixel camera with 720p video shooting. It uses the new Lightning connector.
While the old iPad 3 supports only LTE 700/1900MHz, the new iPad 4 has better support for LTE. The model A1459 supports LTE AWS/700c MHz, and the model A1460 works on LTE 2100, 1800, 850, 700c, 1900Mhz networks. Both cellular models support GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz) and UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz), and the A1460 adds CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900, 2100 MHz) support. All iPad models include Bluetooth 4.0 and dual-band WiFi 802.11b/g/n with twice WiFi performance.
Apple will ship the new iPad 4th gen on 2 November in white and silver. The WiFi-only model is priced at $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB and $699 for 64GB. WiFi+Cellular model will be available from AT&T, Sprint and Verizon at $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB and $829 for 64GB.
As expected today Apple has today officially announced a new addition to their range of tablet devices with the unveiling of their new Apple iPad Mini, which has been rumoured for sometime and is just 7.2mm thick, a quarter thinner than the new 4th generation iPad.
The new Apple Mini iPad also features a smaller 7.9 inch touchscreen display equipped with a 1024 x 768 resolution, the same as the larger iPad tablet, and the Mini iPad is also powered by a dual-core A5 processor.
All software created for the Apple’s iPad tablet range will work on the new Apple iPad Mini, other features of the new Apple Mini iPad include a FaceTime HD camera on the front, and a 5 megapixel iSight camera on the rear.
The Apple iPad Mini’s wireless connectivity has also been boosted to twice the speed, and the tablet includes a new Apple Lightning connector, and a battery capable of providing up to 10 hours of usage.
The new Apple iPad Mini will start at $329 with 16GB of internal memory, $429 with 32GB and $529 with 64GB of memory Wi-Fi only. The 3G iPad Mini is priced at $459 with 16GB, $559 with 32GB and $659 for 64GB of internal memory.
The WiFi iPad mini will be shipped on 2 November, and the cellular a few weeks after the WiFi model.
The ‘beoplay A3‘ is an iPad stand and speaker unit, designed by danish designer steffen schmelling for the the B&O play company of danish design house bang & olufsen.
iPads snap in and out of the aluminum-trimmed, black wedge-shaped device, which can be held or placed in either portrait or landscape position. the ‘A3′ utilizes bang & olufsen‘s ‘adaptive stereo orientation’ technology, which identifies the orientation of the device and selects which of four speakers need be activated for optimal listening experience.
measuring 14.2 by 8.3 by 2.8 inches (36 x 21 x 7 cm), the ‘beoplay A3′ weighs 2.8 pounds (1.25 kg) and has a five hour battery life. it was just announced alongside the company’s first television, the flatscreen ‘beoplay V1′, as well as a wireless update of ‘beosound A8′ sound system, and blue and light grey colour options for the ‘beolit 12′ portable speaker
Thanks to a Best Buy listing, it seems that the retailer might have let the cat out of the bag a tad early pertaining to a Logitech keyboard case for Apple’s iPad. The keyboard case/stand combo is expected to weigh 15.9 ounces and will come with integrated solar panels in the back. As much as we’d like to think that the solar panels will actually charge the iPad, it’s actually meant for the keyboard which means that you will not have to worry about it running out of battery, unless of course you plan to use it in a dark room for days on end.
It will pair with your iPad via Bluetooth and is expected to retail for $129.99. Oddly enough considering that this appears to be a slip up on Best Buy’s part, the listing for the product is still up (for now) so if you’d like a little more details or some additional photos, head on over to Best Buy’s website for more info.
No word on a release date yet but what do you guys think? Any iPad owners planning on picking this up upon its release?
If you like old-fashioned gadgets, then check out the iCog Hades keyboard for Apple’s iPad. This gadget will turn your iPad into a steampunk laptop.
The iCog Hades keyboard is basically a wooden iPad stand with a matching keyboard. Use the two together, and you can transform your close-to-brand-new device into a vintage, steampunk laptop. You can also detach the top lid from the keyboard to use it as a standalone bumper case for your iPad, if you prefer. The keyboard has custom brass covers and hooks up to your device via Bluetooth.
The iCog Hades keyboard for iPad is priced at $424 a pop. [Technabob]
There are no shortage of iPad 3 rumors out there. Quad-core A6, LTE radio, Retina Display — we’ve heard it all, but haven’t actually seen much in the way of evidence. Now MacRumors claims to have gotten its paws on part of the mythical beast. The site has a 9.7-inch LCD, in the same aspect ratio as the iPad and iPad 2 that certainly appears to be rocking a full 2048 x 1536 resolution. Without a way to power the screen its a little tough to be certain, but the same area of the alleged iPad 3 panel does seem to house twice as many pixels as its predecessor when viewed under the same magnification.
Could this in fact be the Retina Display destined to put iOS 5.1 in the hands of millions of tablet fans? We’ll just have to wait for Tim Cook to reveal of its secrets to us, which should be happening sooner, rather than later
We have already featured some of the fun iCade gaming controllers for the iPhone and iPad, the latest one has been inspired by an NES controller, the iCade 8-Bitty.
The iCade 8-Bitty connects to your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad via Bluetooth, and it features a directional pad, two shoulder buttons, four face buttons and a select and start button.
The gadget features a classic D-Pad and 8 button controls including 4 face buttons, select, start, and two shoulder buttons. The iCADE 8-Bitty draws its power from a pair of AAA batteries (not included). If you are interested, you can buy this gaming controller for $24.99 each.
The new Buffalo LT-V200 Link Theater media player provides a SATA port and a USB port, so you can turn this media player into a Network-attached storage. The device also has a Remote Play function, allowing you to stream content to your Android tablets or iOS devices. The Buffalo LT-V200 supports most of famous multimedia format such as MPEG-1/2, WMV9, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Divx HD, FLV, Real Video, AAC, MP3, WMA, WAV, OGG, FLAC, Dolby Digital and DTS. The Buffalo LT-V200 Link Theater media player will be released in Japan next month for 14,000 Yen ($180). [Akihabara]
IK Multimedia’s never fallen short of giving you some of the better tools for all your on-the-go music-making utilizing your beloved iOS device as the main rig. Now, the peripheral connoisseur’s taking the wraps off its iRig PRE, which aims to help you digitally process those glorious vocal chords by allowing you to plug in any XLR mic into it without the need for other adapters or cables.
Furthermore, the dongle features a 3.5mm jack for audio monitoring, gain control and can squeeze a runtime of up to 40 hours (dynamic microphones) or 15 hours (phantom powered condenser mics) from a standard 9V battery. The PRE amp will also come included with two of iRig’s usual suspect apps (iRig Recorder and VocaLive) to help you get started in your quest to be the next idol. We know you can’t wait to get your singing on, but you’ll have to wait until “early Q2″ to do so, for a moderate price of $39.99 — perhaps the iRig Mic can get you through the days in the meantime.
iConnectivity has unveiled an ultra-portable digital audio mixer designed to work with your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The mixer is called the iConnectMUSE and promises to bring studio quality mixing capabilities to your iOS device. It allows you to capture multiple channels of sound and output them to your iOS or computer software for mixing.
The iConnectMUSE features six stereo inputs and six stereo outputs, each with its own unique mix. It converts studio-quality analog audio into digital, offering higher quality audio processing and the ability to share and mix audio through an iOS device. It can even charge your iOS device at the same time. And all this is packed into an ultra-compact palm-sized device that the aspiring or professional musician can easily travel with to compose while in a hotel room or on tour and between gigs.
The mixer also features two USB ports, two 1/4-inch output audio jacks, a headphone monitor jack, Ethernet connection, and a MIDI pass-thru interface with limited DSP processing. The iConnectMUSE will be available in the second quarter of 2012, priced at $229.99.