If you love reading on your iPad mini, but miss the feeling of curling up with a good hardcover book, then the DODOcase is just the accessory for you. Each case is constructed with eco-friendly bamboo, and is bound using traditional bookbinding techniques to give it that hard-bound feel. The case is lightweight, sturdy and doesn't add a lot of necessary bulk to your device, making it easy to transport, or use while lounging around.
The DODOcase is available in multiple colors and for a variety of tablets including the iPad, Nexus 10 and Kindle Fire HD. You can even design your own iPad mini DODOcase, or add a customized foil stamp.
The sleek, metallic BookArc iPad stand now comes with a silicone insert designed specifically for the iPad mini. Twelve South, the makers of BookBook and SurfacePad have adapted the BookArc to fit the smaller device profile without changing its good looks.
The BookArc stand will now hold any iPad in either landscape or portrait orientations, with space built-in to accommodate a plugged-in Lighting cable. The arc-shaped, heavy steel stand is a solid base for the tablet, and provides a comfortable angle for watching video or typing with a Bluetooth keyboard.
There are plenty of ways to download SNES or other retro games if you have a jailbroken device, but non-jailbreakers are stuck with whatever the App Store has to offer. This is fine if you're a SEGA fan, since there are plenty of old school SEGA titles like Streets of Rage 2 and Sonic the Hedgehog available for iOS devices, but Nintendo fans are out of luck. I understand why Nintendo doesn't want to release new games for Apple devices, but not releasing older titles is a bit odd. Especially when millions of gaming fans are willing to pay money to own them a second or third time. Here are five classic cult Nintendo, SEGA and PlayStation games I would buy in a second if they were available in the App Store.
Zombies Ate My Neighbors
When someone says "cult video game" I immediately think of Zombies Ate My Neighbors. It was not an instant hit, but it did gain a following over time. Why is it so popular now? Because everything about this game is great! The music is great, the gameplay is fun, and it's like playing 20 horror games at once. It has everything including zombies, aliens, giant babies and cartoon Jason's with chainsaws. You can't ask much more from a game like this.
I downloaded it from the Wii Shop a few years ago and it's still a blast to play. This would make a great iPad game especially if it featured an online co-op mode.
Glu Games has finally released Samurai vs Zombies Defense 2 for the iPad, iPhone and Android devices. The follow-up to the popular side-scrolling / strategy game features all the fun gameplay of the original, while adding many new and exciting features. Users can now choose from four different heroes, compete in multiplayer games, and take daily challenges to earn bonus items.
The sequel builds on the popularity of the original by adding more zombies, allies, power-ups and special abilities. Gone is the plinko game, and the ability to go back to completed levels, but users can now earn extra artifacts and money by competing in the multiplayer battles, or by completing the Daily Challenge.
There are run-of-the-mill iPad accessories, and then there are mind-blowing concepts that stretch the limits of imagination. The Classic Match Foosball table from New Potato technologies falls somewhere in between. With this device, you can actually connect your iPad via the 30-pin dock connector and compete with a friend in a virtual foosball game.
Eight 2-axis control bars steer the action, right up until you hear the sound of the ball hitting the back of the goal. The companion app Classic Match Foosball is a complete foosball simulation that interacts with the table and shows 3D replays. Real score markers and two ball launch buttons complete the foosball experience.
Case manufacturers lost their credibility when it comes to unannounced Apple products due to the tear-drop iPhone 5 debacle of 2011. However, accessory manufacturer MiniSuit claims to know the iPad 5 design specifications, and has sent out an image of their upcoming iPad 5 case anyway. The image shows how the iPad 5 differs from the iPad 4 by featuring a more iPad mini-like profile.
Recent rumors have suggested the iPad 5 will feature a narrower bezel and thinner design. Jeremy Horwitz of iLounge, who claims to have seen a physical model of the fifth-generation tablet, said "calling [the iPad 5] a 'stretched iPad mini' is very close to entirely accurate". If MiniSuit's "reliable soure" is correct, the nwely designed iPad 5 calls into a question a recent iPad mini leak.
Nickelodeon today announced the launch of the Nick App for the iPad. The app features lots of videos, games and other "Nick content" for children to explore. Users can also watch full-length episodes of Nickelodeon's current top shows with a subscriber authentication code from participating TV providers. The app promises a fun and interactive experience for kids via movable tiles that can be swiped away to unveil new content such as music, weekly videos featuring Nickelodeon's live-action stars, and comedy skits.
The app is updated daily, and users can save videos in their "favorites" drawer to watch at a later date. Other features include: A "Do Not Touch" button that promises some fun antics, a docu-reality series featuring Big Time Rush, and a new live, daily afternoon show entitled Nick Studio 10.
The Chinese website WeiPhone has posted a few images of what they claim is the rear aluminum shell of the second-generation iPad mini. It's unknown if these are real or fake, but manufacturer AU Optronics has purportedly started manufacturing displays for the new tablet. So it's possible that these are in production too.
The images show an odd, possible pre-production, blue logo, and a thicker housing, which does coincide with current Retina display rumors. The iPad 3 saw a bump in thickness when it was released with Retina display in 2012. The only reason we're considering these images is because WeiPhone has a decent record of publishing leaked Apple images, like it did with the iPad 3's logic board in 2011.
Display manufacturer AU Optronics has caught up with iPad mini yields, and is working on Apple's next-generation 7.9-inch tablet, according to the DigiTimes. The original iPad mini has been in short supply since its release, but Apple has recently updated its online store listing as "in stock".
Industry sources also said AOU is working on new displays for the iPad mini 2. The second generation tablet is rumored to be receiving Retina display, which could increase the price. It is estimated that the new displays will raise production costs by 30%. If true, Apple could pass the extra costs onto customers.
Starting at $329 the iPad mini already costs more than most 7-inch tablets on the market, and adding a high resolution Retina display could make it even more pricier. According to iSuppli (via the DigiTimes), bumping the iPad mini's resolution from 1024x768 to 2,048x1536 would raise production costs by 30%. If true, these extra costs would either have to be eaten by Apple, or be passed onto consumers. Apple isn't known for increasing prices from on from one generation to the next, but it is hard to see how they can keep the iPad mini priced at $329 if all the rumored hardware upgrades are true.
A lot of people were displeased with the iPad mini's lack of Retina display, but a lot of people were also shocked by the $329 price tag. So will people be willing to pay more money for more resolution? I guess it depends on why someone wants a smaller tablet in the first place.