Posts tagged iPad Mini
If you go into your local Apple store or really any retailer big or small you will see dozens of cases for the iPad Mini. While some are great and functional, a lot them lack style. And if you find one that does have style it lacks functionality it seems. It’s hard to find the balance. Noreve, a France based company has seemingly found the balance and every time we get a chance to review their cases here at AlliOSNews, we jump at the chance. Recently they sent us the Noreve leather case for iPad Mini to review and it is the perfect balance of style – couture – and functionality. The supple leather is pleasing both to the eye and the touch and the snug fit of the iPad Mini into it makes it feel secure. But the beauty of the Noreve leather case is beyond just looks: This is a very functional case.
For this review Noreve sent us the black leather traditional leather case that retails for $89.64 (price adjusted for the
exchange rate). As you would expect from from a company that has “Haute Courture” (High Culture) in their tagline, the presentation of the case by Noreve is just as exceptional as the case itself. The case comes in a sturdy red box with a black lid and the case it self is snuggled into a red dust bag for protection. This presentation immediately sets apart the Noreve leather case apart from others on the market. You know this is going to be special just by the attention to detail they have put into the box and a dust bag. It sets the mood if you will for when you open up that dust bag and handle the case for the first time. Luxurious should come to mind almost immediately.
Just Mobile has been churning out some outstanding looking accessories for iPhone, iPad and Mac users lately and today’s announcement is nothing short of what has become expected from the San Mateo company.
Today they announced the Just Mobile AlueBolt stand for iPhone and iPad Mini and it looks sleek, stylish and flat out awesome. It will be available in December and will be $49.99/£39.99/€49.99.
Here is the Press Release from Just Mobile
Just Mobile AluBolt™ is the high-design dock for Apple iPhone and iPad Mini. With its stylish curved backrest and sprung Lightning connector, AluBolt™ is designed to allow total control of your docked device – even if it’s in a case.
The iconic AluBolt™ is finished in high-grade aluminium and features an integrated USB cable to keep your precious device charged, synched and ready to use – whenever desire strikes.
- Made for iPhone certified
- High-quality aluminium construction
- Fully sprung Lightning connector
- Lightning-to-USB cable built in
- Compatible with iPhones with Lightning Connector and iPad mini
- Works with most iPhone cases
You can check out more high resolution photos of the AluBolt – and other Just Mobile products – on their Flickr stream
For more information on the Just Mobile AluBolt, check out the website
For those who missed the Apple Special Event, there are now two ways for you to view the special event video from your PC, Mac, iPad or iPhone.
First, you can stream the video directly from your AppleTV by going to the Apple Special Events section. This will allow you to stream the video directly from Apple without having to actually download it. Likewise, you can stream the video in HD from YouTube on the Apple YouTube channel. For Apple fans, this is a channel to subscribe to as you can see all of the Apple special events and adverts in one place.
Second, you can subscribe to the Apple Special Events podcasts in iTunes. This will allow you to download the SD or HD version of the broadcast to your PC or Mac then use iTunes to copy it to your iPhone or iPad for viewing on that device. Likewise, you can setup the Podcast app on your iPhone or iPad to automatically download the latest videos Apple posts to the podcast straight on your device and bypass iTunes synchronisation.
Here are all the links that you need in order to view the Special Events video on your iPhone or iPad:
- First, get the Apple Podcasts app (which is a universal app) for your iOS device(s) - Download it here
- Second, subscribe to the Apple Keynote Podcast – SD Version - HD Version - 1080p Version
Unlike the iPhone event, there is an Apple live stream of today’s event where the new lineup of iPads are expect to be announced. You can follow the event live from Apple at http://www.apple.com/apple-events/october-2013/
In order to view the stream you will need the following according to Apple:
Live Streaming video requires Safari 4 or later on OS X v10.6 or later; Safari on iOS 4.2 or later. Streaming via Apple TV requires second- or third-generation Apple TV with software 5.0.2 or later.
As we posted yesterday, there is a lot of things expected to be launched at today’s event including the 5th generation iPad, the 2nd generation iPad Mini, Mac updates, iWorks apps updates and likely a surprise or two.
Tomorrow is going to be a big day for those of us who use and love Apple products. The Apple event scheduled for tomorrow promises to bring a lot of new products to us including new iPads, OS X Mavericks and perhaps even a new MacPro. In fact you could argue that the event on Tuesday could be one of the most important ones that Apple has held in some time – even more important than the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c launch just 6 weeks ago. This event should give us the full breath of products that the Cupertino company is going with into the holiday season. Here then is what we at AlliOSNews expect to see on Tuesday. As we have done in the past, we will bring up the topic and our prediction of if that will really happen in the event. For the iPhone 5s event we were 90% spot-on, not bad if we say so ourselves. Let’s see how we fair this time!
iPad (5th Generation) – Chance of Happening: 100%
The star of the show will be the next generation iPad. In fact I would contend based on conversations with friends and colleagues that there is more anticipation for the new iPad than there was for the iPhone 5s. I for one have every intention of updating my 3rd Generation iPad as soon as possible.
We can expect that the new iPad will have a iPad Mini inspired design with a smaller bezel around the display, a slimmer design and of course a Lightning connector. If that does happen it will be the 2nd major design change of the iPad line up after the change from the original iPad to the iPad 2 (which was virtually unchanged for the 3rd and 4th Generation).
We can also expect to see Touch ID come to the iPad along with the news A7 processor and 64-bit architecture. We would not be surprised if the iPad also gets the new M7 motion co-processor if for nothing more than the battery saving potential it brings. Colour wise we expect to see the Space Grey, Gold and Silver that were introduced with the iPhone 5s to come to the iPad and a wave goodbye to black or white with a brushed stainless steel backing.
We expect that the normal improvements will be made to the iPad that you would expect including improved front and rear cameras.
[Note: The AlliOSNews review of iOS 7 will remain at the top of the home page for several days. Newer news, reviews and information will be available below this article]
With the release of iOS 7, Apple will have developed its 7th major release of its mobile operating system that has powered the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. While the evolution of iOS has been steady since it’s initial release with the iPhone in 2007, it could be argued that this latest release is revolutionary on many levels. While most have focused on the dramatic visual changes in iOS 7, there are plenty of powerful and significant changes under-the-covers that make a big update for the Cupertino company.
In this review of iOS 7 we will look at all of the major changes that come in operating system, looking at both the visual changes along with the system changes that will improve the performance or functionality of your iPhone and iPad. The most logical place to start such a review is with the powerful visual changes to iOS that come in this release.
The Flat, New Look of iOS
The most significant change is the one that everyone has been talking about since iOS 7 was previewed in July at the Worldwide Developer Conference. The visual changes, like them or not, are in stark contrast to every previous release of iOS and mark the significant divergence in attitude towards look, function and feel that was between former iOS director Scott Forstall and new director Sir Jony Ive.
With Ive’s taking over of both the hardware design – which he already had responsibility for in Apple – and the User Experience, the look and feel of iOS 7 was a marked departure from iOS 6. Gone were the Skeuomorphic designs in Calendar, Game Center and in many other parts of iOS. They have been replaced by a lighter, cleaner and more straightforward way in this release.
Along with the streamlined apps come streamlined and notably “flattened” icons for virtually all of the default applications in iOS. During the WWDC conference, a video introducing iOS 7 was presented in which Sir Jony Ive spoke of the symmetry and balance of the new icons. It was clear that the almost Zen approach to minimalism and balance would be felt throughout iOS 7.
Beyond the icons, iOS 7 introduced a new layer concept to the UI. These layers bring depth to the user experience and each layer is effectively a functional layer. For example, with an iPhone 5, as you tilt your device side-to-side, the icons appear to float over your wallpaper and allow you to see around them. This shifting around your icons gives an incredible sense of depth to the device. These layers also bring depth when using different functions within iOS. When you bring up Notification Center or the new Control Center, you will see the colour of whatever is in the background like your wallpaper or a photo you are viewing in iMessage.
Twelve South unveils HiRise for iPhone 5/iPad mini, an adjustable stand designed to work exclusively with the Apple Lightning Cable — and most every case on the market. The beautiful metal pedestal elevates iPhone for FaceTime chats, hands-free calls, desktop charging, viewing apps and streaming music without blocking iPhone’s speakers, mic or headphone port. HiRise for iPhone 5/iPad mini is available now at twelvesouth.comfor just $34.99. More info and images can be found at twelvesouth.com.
Why use an iPhone stand? Andrew Green, Creative Director of Twelve South explains, “We love HiRise because it provides such a great home for your iPhone when you’re not on the go. Park your iPhone on HiRise to keep it fully charged, display
incoming messages and alerts, and video chat, hands-free, with FaceTime or Skype with your camera facing right at you. It’s a simple device, but once you use it, it’s hard to live without it.”
Using one of three different adjustable clips and your Apple Lightning Cable (not included), HiRise positions the Lightning connector at a raised height to connect and charge your iPhone 5 or iPad mini. This allows HiRise to work with most cases, including cases with recessed connections no other dock can fit, like the OtterBox® Defender, Speck CandyShell and, of course, the BookBook for iPhone. The rear support also adjusts forward and back to accommodate the different thicknesses of various cases and shells.
“Twelve South already makes some of the best Apple stands available, like our Compass for iPad and BookArc for MacBook,” says Green. “But we always wanted to make the ultimate iPhone stand. We wanted one that worked perfectly with cases like our BookBook and that would not block the headphone port or speakers. The HiRise achieves all of these goals…and does it with supermodel good looks.”
All smaller iOS Lightning devices including the iPhone 5, iPad mini, iPod touch (5th gen.) and even the iPod nano (7th gen.) look gorgeous perched atop HiRise. Voice calls, Skype and even music sound crystal clear because, unlike other docks, HiRise does not block or interfere with the downward-firing speakers at all. While working at your desk, HiRise keeps favorite apps front-and-center, displaying news, weather and sports alerts as they happen. HiRise fits in great in the office and anywhere else you park your iPhone, like a bedside table or kitchen counter.
Remember when speakers had docks and charged your iPhone? HiRise brings that handy functionality to your favorite Bluetooth speaker. Set iPhone on HiRise while streaming music to display the current track, while keeping your battery charged and ready to go when you are. Elevate the way you use iPhone 5 and iPad mini. Get your own HiRise for iPhone/iPad mini today. It’s available now for just $34.99 at twelvesouth.com.
Greetings all. To all readers who recently celebrated a national holiday in your respective country, I hope you had a fun and relaxing vacation. I was off celebrating America’s Independence Day, which is why you didn’t see a TechMom Tuesday post last week.
But there was a method to my madness. See, I knew there was a post brewing. Join me on this journey, won’t you?
The TechTots and I took advantage of the long weekend to travel down to see their grandparents. Canvassing the great state of California is a six-hour drive – which translates to eleventy bajillion hours for a toddler strapped into a car seat.
And so, it is with a slightly bowed head of shame that I admit this to you – I have become *that* mom. The TechTots each received an iPad mini.
This was not a spur of the moment decision. My husband and I discussed the pros and cons. Aren’t they a little young? Do they really need one? Respective answers: Yes and no.
Then we consulted my mother, a retired school superintendent and years of being a speech and language pathologist. iPads are all the rage in preschools these days. Given their newness, the jury is still very much out on how all this technology is affecting young minds.
People are very much, um…enthusiastic, about their opinions on this subject. So – I offer mine, and mine alone, along with my reasoning.
Corporate writer by day, mommy blogger by night, Tricia is raising twin toddlers – Search and Destroy. Instead of having one baby after 9 months, she had two after 6; she’s efficient like that. Tricia is a hybrid – running on coffee and chocolate. Tricia also rambles on her personal blog: Stream Of The Conscious.
Apple has released iOS 7 Beta 2 to developers today, bringing with it support for the iPad and iPad Mini. The new beta comes two weeks after the initial release at WWDC and is mainly focused on bringing fixes and improvements to the latest iOS from Cupertino.
With Beta 1, the iPhone and iPod Touch were the only supported devices and many had hoped that Beta 2 would bring iPad
support which it now has done. Given that this is the first beta for iPad, it is our guess that we will see Beta 3 shortly as Apple sorts out “quick hit” fixes for bugs and issues.
Beyond the iPad support, there are several marked changes in this beta that are mostly improvements in performance or functionality.
- Voice Memos (iPhone) has a new UI and performance improvements
- Siri now pronounces names better, not just phonetically
- HDR photos to iPad/iPad Mini
- Google Contacts sync without using CardDav
- Contact Photos to iMessages
As we warned last week, iOS 7 Beta 2 is still very much beta and is open only to those in the developer network. The general release of iOS 7 is expected in the September/October time frame, likely with a new iPhone release.
The Black river Emerald by newcomer developer AppEndix LLC is both: a book, in fact a complete novel in the best tradition of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories, written by renowned gamebook author Peter Ryan; and an interactive app, in which you attempt to uncover the mysterious theft of the famous Black River emerald from the once-exclusive Belton School for boys in Shropshire. Theft, blackmail and attempted murder are not yet part of the curriculum! And if mystery and danger abound, can Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson be far behind?
Sherlock Holmes 2 is the second of eight Sherlock Holmes Solo Mysteries gamebooks by Iron Crown Enterprises to be published as interactive apps, including one title which was never available in English before. The app is universal
(iPad/iPhone) and multi-language: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Brazilian/Portuguese are supported initially.
* New dynamically adapting music
* New atmospheric sound effects
* Supports Portrait and Landscape mode (iPad)
* Create your own detective or play the default character
* Fully automated character/clues sheet and your own digital notebook
* Automatically saves and resumes the story where you left off
* All gamebook rules: virtual animated dice, page flip and random number table
* All the original artwork from the printed book in HD
* Game Center Achievements
* New And Improved: VoiceOver compatible (listen to the text)
Note: This gamebook is an original work. It is not the work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Sherlock Holmes 2 (v1.0) is a Universal App and is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.