Apple’s big iPad event is set to kick off in around 30 minutes. If you’re wanting to follow the announcements of new iPads and whatever other goodies Apple has in store, here are some good options for live coverage:
Apple’s Own Live Stream: available in a web browser or on Apple TV
The Verge Live Blog: this great all-round tech site’s live coverage of recent Apple events has been stellar
Ars Technica: one of the venerable old school Apple tech sites is live blogging the event.
GigaOm: One of my favorite mobile tech writers, Kevin C. Tofel, will also be live blogging the event with Om Malik. This may be my big favorite, apart from the live stream itself, just to get Tofel’s platform agnostic view on things.
I’ll be sharing my thoughts on all the new iPad news of course as the day goes on – so I hope you’ll check back here often today.
What are your plans for taking in the event today? Are you able to with work and life schedules?
One of the latest rumors leading up to Apple’s iPad announcement event today says that Apple is testing new ‘Surface-like’ keyboard cases for the new iPad 5 that’s expected to be unveiled at the event.
As MacRumors reports, at least one former Apple staffer thinks a new keyboard case could be announced alongside new iPads today:
According to ex-Apple Developer Relations employee and industry analyst Jamie Ryan (viaGizmodo UK), Apple has been testing a first-party keyboard case to be potentially released alongside the upcoming fifth-generation iPad. The case itself would reportedly be similar in nature to Microsoft’s Touch Cover, which is made for the Surface line of tablets.
I’ve been speaking to a couple of people at Apple for the last few days and they have told me that a case for the full size iPad that mimics Microsofts touch cover has been prototyped. It’s not clear whether the process is far enough along to make this Tuesdays event but they did say a few different styles had been in testing for a while.
This is an iPad rumor that doesn’t seem at all far fetched. A number of 3rd party vendors have been making iPad keyboard cases for years now. Some of them are very good too – like the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad mini shown above.
If Apple offers a keyboard case that rivals or betters some of those from companies like Logitech and ZAGG I’d definitely be interested in trying it out.
What do you all think? Would you be interested in an iPad 5 keyboard case?
Apple will be live streaming their special event today where they’ll announce new iPads and plenty of other fun stuff by the sound of things.
The live stream will be available on the web and on Apple TV starting at 1:00PM Eastern today. Here’s the link to use in a web browser to tune into the live stream:
And here are the system requirements:
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.
It’s been a long year waiting on new iPad announcements, and now the waiting is almost over.
Well, tomorrow is the big day – the day when Apple is going to announce new iPads. After almost a full year of new new iPad release tomorrow’s special event is expected to include the unveiling of a new iPad 5 and a new iPad mini 2, or whatever names Apple decides to give them.
Once again this year the Apple Rumor Mill appears to have taken a lot of suspense out of these announcements and uncovered major details on how both the big and small models will change in their next generation.
The consensus on the iPad 5 is that it will be ‘minified’, as Apple Insider reports via The Wall Street Journal:
As for the full-size iPad, the WSJ reiterated claims from an August report that said the fifth-gen tablet will employ GF2 thin-film screen technology to make the device slimmer and lighter than its predecessors. The larger iPad is also said to feature a redesign with thinner bezels and rounded corners, bringing it more in line with the current iPad mini.
As far as the iPad mini 2, there’s been a whole lot of back and forth as to whether Apple could manage to upgrade it to a Retina display this year – but all the latest reports (again including the WSJ) now indicate this will happen.
So of course I’ve got my own little wish list for the new iPads we’ll be introduced to tomorrow – but it is a very short one this year.
As expected, Apple has confirmed it will be holding a special media event next Tuesday, October 22. Invites went out yesterday to lucky media members and of course it’s widely expected that Apple will be unveiling new iPads at this event.
The event will start at 1PM Eastern on October 22 and Apple has not yet announced whether they’ll be doing a live stream during it.
The general consensus of rumors leading up to the announcement is that we’ll see a new slimmer, lighter iPad 5 and an iPad mini 2 with Retina display. Apple has not been able to keep too many secrets over the course of their last few big new product announcements, so I’d imagine these latest rumors won’t be very far off at all.
Other news that is likely or possible at the event may include word on new MacBook Pros and /or Mac Pro, OS X Mavericks, and possibly an update for Apple TV.
It’s Hurry Up and Wait time of year for iPad fans.
As the expected new iPads announcement event looms just a week away now, the rumors and leaks about the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2nd gen continue to spread.
A couple that have caught my eye this week relate to slight changes in size for both the iPad 5th gen and the iPad mini 2. The iPad 5 is expected to adopt a more ‘minified’ style and becom slightly slimmer and lighter. Along with this slimming down, Apple Insider reports that Apple will offer a new iPad Smart Cover to fit the new iPad 5.
While the iPad 5 gets trimmer, the iPad mini 2 is expected to get bigger – though only by a tiny bit – to be able to support a Retina display. MacRumors outlines how very small the iPad mini 2 size increase may be:
Some Chinese case-makers expect the new iPad mini to be roughly 0.3mm thicker than the current model, going from 7.2mm to 7.5mm, according to a report from Mac Otakara. The cases also indicate the device will be 0.2mm wider, growing from 134.7mm to some 134.9mm.
A number of iPad mini backplates, supposedly from the new device, have leaked over the past few months, with no hint that the size of the new mini will be different from the old one. However, given the small size changes in the new report — only 0.3mm difference in thickness — it would likely take a micrometer to notice any change.
Both of these latest rumors make good sense to me. A new Smart Cover seems a no-brainer as they’ve been popular and effective cases several generations of the iPad and iPad mini already. And the iPad mini being a little bit larger to handle Retina display would follow the precedent set when the iPad 3 went Retina.
iPad 5 render image above courtesy of Martin Hajek
Here’s some lovely eye candy for those of us who are already daydreaming about the upcoming iPad 5. The talented Martin Hajek has come up with a set of renders that show what the iPad 5 will look like in situ in an Apple store.
And they look like what we’ve ben lead to expect about the iPad 5th gen – a ‘minifed’ look and possibly that gold / champagne back as an option.
You can check out the whole series of iPad 5 in Store images at Hajek’s page for them – which has the excellent title of ‘No Australian Leaker Needed’.
The expected ‘mini style’ look for the soon-to-be-announced iPad 5 is looking pretty darn good in the latest ‘leaked’ high resolution photos of it. The photos come courtesy of Aussie writer Sonny Dickson and he’s got a number of high rez shots showing off the (alleged) new look of the 5th gen iPad.
What does ‘mini style’ mean for the iPad 5? Thinner, lighter and a little smaller in size. Add the new 64-bit Apple A7 processor and the iPad 5 is already sounding great.
Hopefully Apple will send out invites to confirm an October 22 new iPads announcement event on October 22, and confirm most or all of these latest rumors about a minified iPad 5 and a Retina iPad mini.
In the meantime, it’s definitely time to start fattening up the piggy bank for new iPad purchases in the next few weeks.
It looks like October 22 can certainly be penciled in, or even inked in lightly, as the date for Apple’s new iPad event for this year. It’s been widely expected that an iPad event would be held over the next couple of weeks, and following a report listing 10/22 as the date for it we now have The Bearded Unofficial But Damn Near Official confirmation from Jim Dalrymple at The Loop. Otherwise know as The Yep:
The current consensus – which may well change numerous times between now and October 22 – is that we’ll see a new iPad 5th gen that will borrow heavily from the iPad mini, a new iPad mini with Retina display (but possibly in very short supply initially), and Apple’s new 64-bit supporting chip A7 chip in one or both new iPad lines.
I was hoping we might see this event next week, but I can settle for October 22.
** iPad mini 2 render image by Martin Hajek
Best Buy are offering heavy discounts on various iPad 3 models this week. As 9to5Mac reports, current deals at Best Buy offer up to 30% off standard retail prices.
One of the most enticing deals will let online shoppers get their hands on a 16GB Wi-Fi only model for just $314. A 32GB Wi-Fi only model is available for as low as $384 ($165 off retail).
Fortune Tech also has a piece up today, noting that deep price cuts this week at several retailers are also including the iPad mini and speculates that this is an indication that new models are coming soon:
On Wednesday, Wal-Mart (WMT), Best Buy (BBY) and MacMall initiated clearance sales, reducing their 3rd-generation iPad and current iPad mini prices roughly 30% across the board — a pretty good sign that Apple is about to replace the old models with new ones.
I would not be at all surprised to see a new iPad release as early as this month, as I’ve mentioned before when talking about the possible move to 6 month refresh cycles for the iPad. But I expect and hope that Apple will hold off releasing a new iPad mini until they can add a retina display to it – and all the latest leaks / rumors I’ve seen on that topic suggest that’s not likely to happen until towards the end of this year.
It would be great to see a new iPad that borrows a bit from the iPad mini though. If we are going to see that this month then we should see one of those lovely Apple event invites issued over the next week or two.
Image Source: Martin Hajek
So today we’ve got a promising sounding iPad rumor that says Apple may be gearing up for a new iPad release as soon as April. This comes via Rene Ritchie at iMore, who has a very solid recent track record on predicting new Apple product launch and release dates.
Here’s the gist of what iMore has heard:
We’ve also been told an April-ish launch is getting serious consideration for the next-generation iPads, but we’re really not sure what to make of that yet. iPad 5 casings have already begun to leak — the only big redesign in the line — so that could make sense. Retina for the iPad mini, however, still doesn’t sound imminent.
I’ve said before and still think that a twice a year refresh pattern for the iPad sounds right to me. They did it last year and it would make a lot of sense to me if the iPad 5th gen gets a Spring release and then the iPad mini sees a late Fall release. That should allow for substantial upgrades to the ‘standard’ iPad and hopefully enough time for Apple to work out a way to add a retina display to the iPad mini.
My only other quick thought is that while an iPad mini with retina display should be a monster hit right away, the iPad 5 will need some major new features to create anything like as much excitement.
What are your thoughts on the new iPads we’ll see this year?