Mac News & Rumors – October 23, 2013


Apple iPad Air

The New iPad 5 and Retina iPad Mini

The products Apple has unleashed this year are out of this world. The October 22nd event will easily be seen as one of the most exciting events Apple has held in the last decade. It saw the company unveil the new iPad Air which is the most powerful iPad yet, the iPad mini 2 which has been stuffed with a stunning retina display, as well as several other updates that were pending for a number of Apple products.

iPad Air at a Glance

The iPad Air stole the show at the San Francisco fall event. This is the fifth-generation iPad and it has been dubbed Air, a name that perhaps made some anticipate an iPad Pro or another Mac-cousin; however, Tim Cook and his team only had an agenda to bring forth the cutting edge iPad 5.

Technology evangelists are going to have a field day reviewing iPad Air. The 9.7-inch, 7.5 mm-thick iPad is a real beauty with its light, thin profile and sharp, boxier edges. On the outside, compared to the fourth-generation iPad, it is 20 percent thinner, has a thickness of just under 0.3-inches, and a bezel that is cleaner and 43 percent narrower when you hold it in portrait mode. It weights 1 pound, making it much lighter than the previous 1.4-pounds 9.7-inch iPad. It comes in space gray and white, with the white iPad Air being more fun and the space gray iPad Air a bit stealthier. It is an ultra-powerful tablet that looks a lot like a larger iPad mini, and even feels like it, but isn’t that much larger.

There is hardly any doubt about the power in the portable iPad. I can say with certainty that it will be a delight to play poker on iPad. Having it in your hand feels like you are holding an Internet-laden big screen powered by an A7 processor. iPad Air is powered by the same A7 chip and M7 motion co-processor found in the iPhone 5s. The features that are similar to the fourth-generation iPad include dual microphones, a Facetime HD front-facing camera, and a 5-megapixel iSight camera with 1080p video capture. This device is basically about a faster processor packaged in a thinner, lighter design.

The TouchID fingerprint sensor is a surprising omission, though, and the white iPad Air appears a bit fingerprint-prone. All the same, this is the one iPad you will not hesitate to put in your backpack and take with you outside the house. The 16 GB iPad Air model will be rolling out with Wi-Fi and for $499, while the 32 GB model with 4G LTE will sell for $629 as of November 1.

Ipad Mini 2 at a Glance

The second-generation iPad Mini is a gadget to reckon with. Its main selling point is its stunning retina display, which boosts its resolution two fold, doubles the speed of graphics, and makes it the epitome of 21st century gadgetry.

The iPad Mini 2 boasts a 7.9” display, just like its predecessor, with a similar 2048 x 1536 display resolution and a pixel density 4 times greater than the first-generation iPad Mini. For the avid book readers, it’s the perfect gadget for reading ebooks, magazines, newspapers, and logging into our best poker sites, thanks to the resolution which instantly increases the sharpness and readability of texts. It is powered by the A7 chip, which is unlike the less powerful A5 processor powering its sibling. The iOS 7 is certainly benefiting from the high resolution of the tablet and a 64-bit A7 processor that has made the performance smoother and faster.

The iPad Mini is highly sought after for its thinner bezels, stunning display, and application compatibility, and it currently has over 300million customized applications. Consumers now prefer the iPad Mini as opposed to the regular iPad. Apple’s new iPad Mini with a retina display comes loaded with faster Wi-Fi, 1 GB of RAM, and a dual core processor. It is such a compact gadget that you can download all your favorite movies, music, series, and games as it comes with a storage capacity of up to 128 GB. The gadget also sports some great applications like iDrop, Apple Cloud, just to mention but a few.

Owning an iPad Mini is a statement of class and style. It’s an all-in-one device as you have your camera, entertainment hub, reading hub, and information centre. Check your email on the go, Skype with business colleagues, take stunning photos with a 5-megapixels camera, listen to your favorite artists, and connect with your virtual lecturers – all with a click of a button.

The light and elegantly designed iPad Mini 2 will redefine what hand-held gadgets can do. A little extra cost of $70 for the high resolution display is no great cost for anyone with a clear inkling of the technology the mini-tablet is all about. The Wi-Fi model will ship at $399 and the 4G LTE model at $529, and this will be going down in November though Apple did not set the release date.

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