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iPad mini Refurb Models Start at $299 on Apple Online Store

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Refurbished models of the iPad mini now start at just $299 on the Apple online store. That price is for the baseline 16GB WiFi only model and it’s a $30 discount on the standard price.

There are refurb models available for the full iPad mini range now – from 16GB to 64GB and both WiFi and WiFi + Cellular – though which specific models are in stock at any given moment will vary as many appear to be selling very rapidly. When I first hit the Apple store page today there were no 16GB units available. After a few minutes and a manual page refresh a black 16GB unit showed as in stock and ready to ship.

I’ve bought refurbished iDevics in the past and have had only stellar experiences with them. If you’re looking to get an iPad mini, it’s well worth keeping an eye on the Apple store page for the refurb models.

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What Does a 10 Year Old Do with an iPad mini? Read, Read, Read

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I handed down my still-very-new iPad mini 32GB to my 10 year old daughter, Zoe, a little over a week ago – when I switched up to a 64GB model.

My original plan was to sell my 32GB iPad mini, which is in mint condition, to help cover the cost of the bigger model. Then I thought about how much use Zoe could get out of it, about the outstanding school year she has had as a 4th grader. About how she has been using an original iPad for years now and has become a real power user – and it didn’t take long to change my plan and give her the 32GB iPad mini.

I thought Zoe would get tons more good use from the iPad when she changed to the iPad mini, and that has absolutely proved to be the case. It’s great to see how much she is using it. Even greater: seeing that by far and away her biggest use of it is for reading. She is devouring 1,000 and 1,500 page books in iBooks. The Kane Chronicles series is a particular favorite right now. When I walk past the living room and she’s stretched out comfortably on the couch, she’s reading in iBooks. She now takes the iPad mini to school in her backpack several days a week and is allowed to use it for reading only when her class has their reading periods.

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Apple Now Selling Refurb iPad 4 and iPad mini Models

iPad mini Refurbished Models

Apple has made available some refurbished models of the iPad 4 (or 4th gen) and iPad mini. These are being offered at between 6-10% off at the Apple online store.

For iPad 4, there are 5 refurb models available – one WiFi only and four WiFi + Cellular models.

The iPad mini refurbished selection is much more limited, with just two models currently available – a 16GB WiFi + Cellular at $429 ($30 off) and a WiFi only 32GB for $389 ($40 off).

If you know anyone in the market for an iPad 4 or iPad mini at a little bit of a discount these are good deals.

Hat tip to everythingiCafe for sharing the news.

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My New iPad mini is BIGGER

64GB iPad mini

I bought a new iPad mini yesterday. That’s after I just bought one last November on launch day for the new smaller iPad – and knowing of course that we’ll see a new iPad mini at some point this year, which will in some way or other be much better than the one I just bought.

Sounds a bit crazy right? Well, there’s actually a simple, good reason for the purchase. As I spoke about in my review of the iPad mini, the newest, smallest iPad won me over just about immediately. I knew very early on that the wonderful lightness and form factor of the iPad mini more than compensated for the lack of retina display for me.

Now that I’ve owned the iPad mini for a little over four months, a couple of things have become very clear to me:

— The iPad mini is by far and away my most used device. I’d say the usage breakdown for me between the iPad 3 and the iPad mini is about 80-20 in the small tablet’s favor.

— 32GB is not enough space for me on the iPad mini. When I was buying the iPad mini back in November my thinking was that 32GB would be plenty, as I had another 64GB on the iPad 3. Over the last couple of months though I’ve struggled to keep a decent amount of free space on the iPad mini – because it has become my go-to device.

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iPad mini Predicted to Outsell iPad this Year: Sounds Right

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A post at the NPD DisplaySearch blog predicts that smaller tablets are set to take over in 2013, and that the iPad mini will far outsell the iPad.

The January panel shipment data may be an indicator for 2013, starting with Apple’s product mix shift. As we noted in December, Apple had planned to sell 40M iPad minis (7.9”) and 60M iPads (9.7”) in 2013. However, the reality seems to be the reverse, as the iPad mini has been more popular than the iPad. We now understand that Apple may be planning to sell 55M iPad minis (7.9”) and 33M iPads (9.7”) in 2013.

I don’t find this sort of prediction very surprising. Like many others, I was initially a bit skeptical about how compelling a device the iPad mini would be, especially once we learned it would not have a retina display. But within just a couple days of using one I was already wondering how much use my ‘big’ iPad would get. As it turns out, my usage pattern between the two of them is probably around 80-20 in favor of the iPad mini now.

For me, the wonderful lightness and form factor of the iPad mini more than compensate for the (current) lack of retina display. I know many others have found the same to be true – and they start realizing it within 5 minutes of picking up the iPad mini. And, as I said in my review of the iPad mini, when it gets a retina display it will be damn close to the perfect device.

What do you all think? Do you agree that the iPad mini will likely outsell the iPad by a wide margin this year?

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Review: Moko Slim Fit Case for iPad mini

Moko Slim Fit iPad mini case

As some of you may recall, last year I did a review of the Moko Slim Fit Case for the iPad 3 – and was quite impressed with the low-priced folio case.

Because of that good impression I ordered a Moko Slim Fit Case for iPad mini as soon as I noticed they were available – hoping it would be just as good as its big brother. I’ve had the case for several weeks now, used it a lot, and can now share some thoughts on it.

Notes

The Moko Slim Fit for the iPad mini is a folio style case, similar to the Marware C.E.O. Hybrid for iPad mini – but with a few notable differences which I’ll mention below.

The case is made of PU leather on its exterior, with a microfiber interior. Here are some of its notable features:

  • Automatically wake/put to sleep Your iPad Mini. Acess to all feature and control (speakers not blocked).
  • Premium PU leather exterior and microfiber interior. Built-in stand with multiple angles for typing and viewing.
  • Built-in hand strap improves one-handed reading/viewing. Rubber band to hold the front cover open.
  • Padded front cover and plastic hardback offer enhanced protection, at front, back, and all CORNERS.

It comes in a range of colors: black, blue, green, magenta, orange, purple, red, white, carbon fiber black, and genuine leather black. Oddly, the standard black case goes for $9.99 – while all the others colors are priced between $17.99 and $24.99. I didn’t actually notice that until I was writing this post – I ordered the standard black one just because I like that color choice best for this case.

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9 Days of iPad mini Jailbroken: Stable as Heck, But Also Boring

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Last week I posted about jailbreaking my iPad mini for the first time, with the new Evasi0n jailbreak. The jailbreak itself went smoothly and quickly and my iPad mini has been jailbroken for 9 days now.

This jailbreak has proved to be as stable and solid as just about any I can recall over recent years. I’ve had no major issues over these 9 days, and I’m even finding it hard to think of any minor ones. Perhaps an app or two that has some sporadic issues which might be due to the jailbreak or might be completely unrelated. No crashes, no need for any reboots, nothing like that at all.

So here’s the only real ‘problem’ I have with the jailbreak so far: I’m bored.

I’m sure this is very much one of those ‘It’s not you (jailbreak), it’s me’ situations. As I’ve said – the jailbreak process is easy, my device is stable and working great. And there are plenty of jailbreak apps and tweaks available in the Cydia store. I’m just finding that very, very few of them are interesting to me.

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No More Shipping Wait Times for iPad Mini

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Right now there is no shipping time delay at all when ordering an iPad mini from the US Apple online store. All the iPad mini models, WiFi and WiFi + cellular and all storage sizes, are listed as In Stock for the first time I can recall since the smaller iPad launched three and a half months ago.

It was only just at the beginning of this month that ship times for the iPad mini came down to 1-3 days – presumably as Apple’s supply chain began to catch up with demand for the device.

Great news for anyone looking to buy an iPad mini, and hopefully for Apple as well, as long as this is an indication of supply catching up with demand and not of demand weakening.

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Demo: The One Jailbreak Tweak That’s Making My iPad Crazy Fast

Accelerate is a jailbreak tweak that promises to make your iPad (or iPhone) faster – and boy does it deliver. When I think of its effect on my iPad mini the first two words that come to mind are Vrooom Vroom. It has speeded up app launch times, page refreshes, returning to the home screen, and other common actions. It has also just provided a notable speed boost to just about everything I’m doing on the iPad – and I don’t even have it set at any of its maxed out speed levels as yet.

Check out the demo and see what you think.

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LinkedIn Employees Reward: iPads for Everyone

Linked in iPads Stack

It’s always good to see companies recognize and reward their employees when they have success. Apart from doubling up vacation days, there are probably not too many more popular rewards than a free iPad these days.

And that’s exactly what all the employees at LinkedIn got this week. As TechCrunch reported, iPads were given out to all 3,500 of LinkedIn’s employees because of the great success the company had in 2012. A spokesman told TechCrunch:

We wanted to acknowledge the hard work and accomplishments of all of our employees in 2012. During today’s bi-weekly All Hands meeting, we surprised our employees with iPad Minis as a small gesture of the company’s gratitude for their contributions.

Wonder what the company has planned if they have an even greater 2013?

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My iPad mini: Jailbroken for the First Time

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Well, it’s been not far off a year since I last had any of my iPads jailbroken. Until today that is. I succumbed once again to temptation this morning and decided to jailkbreak my iPad mini – largely due to hearing my friend Thomas talk about how much he was enjoying the latest jailbreak on his iPad mini.

I used the new Evasi0n jailbreak and it was a quick and easy process just as it usually is – just a little over 5 minutes for me today, from time of having the Evasi0n  app downloaded to the iPad mini ready to go with the Cydia jailbreak app store installed.

Just in case any of you are thinking about jailbreaking your iPad with Evasi0n, here’s a few notes on the process and how it went for me today:

— My starting point was the Evasi0n jailbreak home page – where I downloaded the latest version for Mac (1.3) and found a link for instructions on doing the jailbreak on iOS 6.1 on the iPad and other iDevices.

— This jailbreak is compatible with the following iPads:

* iPad with A6X chip (4th gen)
* iPad 3
* iPad 2
* iPad mini

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