This week’s big iPad rumor is all about a much bigger iPad. It’s a rumor that was around for months back in 2013 and has now surfaced again via a report by Bloomberg, which says production of the much larger new iPad is set to get started in the first quarter of 2015.
The report states that the new larger iPad’s screen will measure 12.9 inches – a big step up form the current largest iPad Air model at 9.7 inches.
There would be a number of potentially ripe markets for a jumbo-sized iPad. One that was frequently mentioned when the 12 inch iPad rumors first started was the education market, with the large iPad replacing textbooks. Ironically, I’ve also read a report this morning on how the momentum of the iPad in the education market is on the wane. Maybe this rumored larger model would help address that.
What do you all think about a nearly 13 inch iPad? Would you use one?
I was sent a Belkin BOOST UP Charger and BOOST UP Car charger, both of which feature 12-watt charging for the iPad.
Belkin’s website copy claims that these BOOST UP chargers are 40% faster than a 5-watt charger at fully recharging an iPad Air, which is true, but not really a fair comparison because neither an iPad Air nor an iPad mini with Retina Display ship with a 5W charger. In fact, the newest generation of iPads both ship with Apple’s own 12W chargers out of the box, so they’re exactly as fast as this offering from Belkin. However, that’s not to say that there aren’t some slight differences here.
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Featured this weekend in iPad Insight Deals is a giveaway contest that should grab the attention of any photography buffs here, or even just any of you who fancy a camera that’s a big step up from your iPhone or Android smartphone.
It’s the Rebel Photographer Giveaway, it’s free to enter the contest, and here’s what’s up for grabs:
Ever wanted to take far better pictures then with your camera phone? The Rebel Photographer Giveaway provides you with the Canon DSLR camera kit and e-learning courses necessary to master and shoot amazing photographs you never thought possible.
What You’re Getting
The Canon EOS Rebel T3 DSLR Camera delivers beautiful photos and video with speed, simplicity and fun. It features a 12.2 Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor and Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor for richly detailed images and quick camera response so you never miss a beat.
With the Fantastic Photography Bundle included, you will learn to shoot in all kinds of different styles, letting you develop and master the awesome camera you will receive.
It’s hard to beat a deal that gives you both the skills and the hardware necessary to become an amazing photographer, now you just need to sign-up and click “ENTER NOW”
What You’ll Win
- Canon EOS Rebel T3 DSLR Camera
- Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II SLR Zoom Lens
- 16 Gigabyte SDHC Secure Digital Memory Card
- Focus Secure USB Card Reader
- Universal Memory Card Wallet
- Additional LP-E10 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack
- Focus Well Protective SLR Camera Gadget Bag w/Pockets & Strap
- Focus Full Size 59″ Tripod w/Case
- Focus Lens Care & Cleaning Kit
- HDMI Cable
- The Fantastic Photography Bundle
To see more details on the giveaway and to enter for a chance to win, check out this iPad Insight Deals page.
Today’s featured iPad painting is yet another instant favorite from Deborah McMillion, aka Hotel Midnight. This one is titled ‘Voice of Night’ and is accompanied by these words:
Why look to the dark as a sinister thing. Why look at sinister as anything more than just left. A day without sunshine is just the night!
There’s so much to like an be taken in by in this painting – the sunset, the tornado off to the right, the striking woman, and the gorgeous colors. I especially like the blue of the bike frame.
You can see more of Deborah McMillion’s excellent artwork at her Hotel Midnight Flickr stream.
And you can find more great iPad paintings from many great iPad artists in our own iPad Art section.
Great apps make great platforms, and iOS and iPad are a great proof of that. One of the most captivating things about the iPad is the incredible range of great apps we are able to use and enjoy on Apple’s tablet. Each Saturday we share a favorite outstanding app as iPad App of the Week.
This week’s pick is Star Walk 2 – Guide to the Sky Day and Night. This is the next generation of the excellent and Apple award winning Star Walk app from Vito Technology. I’ve been a fan of the original for years, so it’s great to see this brand new version released.
Here’s a little bit of the App Store description for Star Walk 2:
Star Walk 2 is an exquisite stargazing tool that combines astronomical data with premium technology to deliver an effortless journey through thousands of stars, comets, and constellations. All you have to do is point your iPhone or iPad at the sky.
Universal app that works on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
NEW IN STAR WALK 2
All-new stunning design
- New simpler and cleaner interface in vibrant colors for retina displays
- Atmospheric visual and sound effects, stirring soundtrack
- Exclusive handcrafted artwork for constellations, inspired by minimalist low-poly art
Incredible 3D models of celestial bodies
- Planetary nebulae*
- Dwarf planets, comets, and asteroids*
- Man-made satellites*
*Available through In-App Purchase. Constellations are available for free for limited time.
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