Apple’s new iPad Family shows they’re “just getting started”

After almost every Apple keynote I like to step back, try to see the big picture and get my bearings on where Apple is positioning itself and its products. A way to review things we saw that were surprising as opposed to things that were expected. Here are my first impressions of the Apple media event, which was already dubbed “iPad mini Launch” event by many in the tech press, but which surprised in the diversity of its additional announcements and thus turned out to be more significant, in my view. [click to continue reading…]

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Marware’s Lineup of Cases for the new iPad Now Available

CEO Hybrid for New iPad

Marware have got a lineup of cases for the new iPad available to order now, including their popular C.E.O. Hybrid case. I did a review of the C.E.O. Hybrid for the iPad 2 last year, and it’s a very good, versatile iPad case.

Here are the brief descriptions for the new lineup of Marware cases for the 2012 iPad:

– The C.E.O Hybrid: A low-profile case for the new iPad with an automatic sleep/wake lid, adjustable stand and hand strap.

– MicroShell Case for the new iPad: A sleek, ultra-thin polycarbonate shell case for the new iPad that is compatible with the Apple Smart Cover.

– EcoVue Case for the new iPad: An eco-leather case for the new iPad that stands in two angles and features a sleep/wake lid.

– MicroShell Folio Case for the new iPad: An ultra-thin case for the new iPad featuring a hard back shell fused to an automatic sleep/wake lid that stands.

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More Notable iPad Apps Got Retina Display Updates This Week

Screens VNC retina updated

iPad app updates for the new iPad’s retina display are still coming along at a steady pace this week. The ‘Great Apps for the New iPad’ App Store section has now got 70 apps listed in it, up from around 42 last week.

This week I’ve seen retina display updates for several notable iPad apps, including:

– The Weather Channel


– Netflix

– Screens VNC (shown above)

– Things

– OmniFocus (for the second time – this time the change list detail says ‘improves support for iPads with retina displays’)

– Remarks

– Fotopedia Heritage

I’m surprised that the pace of these updates is not increasing a little by now. 70 is a drop in the bucket considering the over 200,000 total iPad apps.

Which retina-updated app have you been most impressed with so far?

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The New iPad and Heating Up = Non-issue

New iPad Heating Issue

It looks like all the fuss last week about the new iPad and possible issues with ‘heating up’ were, as expected, has turned out to be all about a non-issue. This became an issue when some users reported the new iPad getting hot with extended use when doing CPU-intensive things on the device, and when Consumer Reports reported on similar findings.

This subject was put in better context today with a couple of new testing reports that had the new iPad not even showing as the hottest of a number of tablet devices tested.

Wired published results of its testing of tablets and how warm/hot they get – and found that the new iPad ‘landed square in the middle’. As you can see in the Wired graphic above, the Asus Transformer Prime, the Blackberry PlayBook, and the popular Kindle Fire all tested higher than the new iPad.

Not only was the new iPad merely tepid in terms of heat generation, it was also one of the cooler-running tablets in our test.

I felt like this was much ado about nothing from the outset. Even the highest temperatures reported for the iPad by Consumer Reports were within the operating limits for the device,and early reviewers mentioned the iPad getting warm rather than hot. In my ten days with the iPad I’ve never even noticed it getting particularly warm. My MacBook Pro gets substantially warmer than my new iPad ever has.

For those of you who have got the new iPad, what do you think? Has you seen your new iPad getting very warm or hot?

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Some Thoughts on the New 2012 iPad

New iPad Home Screen

I’ve spent a little over a week with the new 2012 iPad now. I’m calling it that at the outset (and will shorten it to just new iPad from here on) just so years from now when there are newer new iPads, we’ll be (somewhat) clear on which one is being talked about here. 

I bought the 64GB WiFi + 4G (AT&T) model in black – lined up for it at my local Apple Store in the wee hours of the morning on launch day and was back at my house by 9 in the morning. Needless to say, I’ve been giving it a heck of a lot of use and by now I have a few thoughts to share on this latest generation of the iPad.

iPad Setup

It was cool to see the largely PC-free nature of setup on the new iPad, the first one to come out since iOS 5 was launched with its support for OTA (over the air) software updates, iCloud, and wireless iTunes sync. I would love to say that once I opened up the new iPad I just used iCloud to restore my apps and settings (from the iPad 2) wirelessly – but with over 31GB of apps on the iPad 2 that just didn’t seem viable over WiFi.

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Twelve South Products & the New iPad

Twelve South, makers of some excellent accessories for iPad and Mac, have sent out an email with their New iPad Product Compatibility Report. The report offers a full rundown of which of their products will work with the new iPad (the vast majority) and which require an update. Here’s the quick summary: What works now […]

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New iPad Status Update – Gonzoed

I’ve written before here about how the Apple Smart Cover and an ultra-thin Gelaskin were my favorite outfit for the iPad 2. As of just a few minutes ago, that is now the new (and favorite) setup for my new iPad as well. I’ve just installed a new Gelaskin – my favorite Dr. Gonzo – […]

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