The word "mini" greatly differs when it comes to Android and iOS devices these days. HTC recently announced the 4.3-inch HTC One Mini. The new handset is slightly larger than the iPhone 5, but it is also smaller than the now standard 5-inch Android smartphone. Samsung has also released a 4.3-inch "mini" version of its popular Galaxy S4. Both the HTC One and GS4 mini devices make Apple's largest iPhone seem small in comparison. So it makes sense that Apple is exploring iPhone prototypes larger than 4-inches. However, Apple is also mulling over larger iPad prototypes. The Cupertino, California company has asked its suppliers in Asia for "screen designs for a new tablet device measuring slightly less than 13 inches," according to the Wall Street Journal.
Reuters also reported back in June that Apple was considering introducing a 4.7- and 5.7-inch iPhone in the future. Both the WSJ and Reuters claim Apple is taking a cue from its rival Samsung, who offers a variety of products at different prices and sizes. Samsung has taken an "all things to all people" approach releasing four different versions of its Galaxy S4 handset this year. The South Korean company is also launching 7-, 8- and 10.1-inch versions of its Galaxy Tab 3 later this month.
One week after the Economic Daily News reported that the iPad mini 2 would be delayed until 2014, the DigiTimes claims LG will "ship about 2-3 million" Retina panels a month in preparation for Apple's next-generation iPad mini launch in October. The DigiTimes also reports that LG is prepared to ship "2.5-3 million 9.7-inch panels a month for the iPad in the third quarter of 2013."
Several sources, including Taiwan's Economic Daily News, claim otherwise, citing production issues with the supply chain as the reason for Apple's delay. The Economic Daily News previously reported that low yields of second-generation iPad mini Retina displays have caused Apple to push back the tablet's release to 2014. The outlet also suggested that Apple may release an updated and more affodable non-Retina version of the iPad mini for the 2013 holiday shopping season. However, everyone seems to agree Apple will release a new 9.7-inch iPad in 2013.
A lot of all-in-one chargers made their debut at CES earlier this year, but Griffin Techonology's PowerDock 5 made the biggest impression on iOS users. The space-saving charging station can safely charge up to five devices at once, while helping keep homes and small offices clutter free. The PowerDock's individual charging bays are big enough to hold any iOS device and can accommodate almost any iOS case.
The entire PowerDock 5 charging station only occupies as much room as a single iPad, and it can also charge any USB-chargeable device, not just Apple products. This makes it a great accessory for families or small offices who need to charge multiple tablets or smartphones at the same time.
The classic RPG Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is $5 for a limited time for the iPad. Publisher Aspyr Media has cut the price in half in celebration of the game's 10th anniversary. KOTOR was originally developed by BioWare and published by LucasArts for the Xbox and PC in 2003, before being ported to the iPad in 2013. The game's graphics are a little underwhelming by today's standards, but Knights of the Old Republic is still considered one of the best Star Wars RPG games ever created for consoles and computers.
The game takes place 4,000 years before the rise of the Galactic Empire. Players must search the galaxy for information about the "Star Forge" while piecing together their character's past. The game also features two endings based on a player's decisions in the game. You can either choose to be a savior of the Jedi, or turn to the dark side and join the Sith.
The iPad mini with Retina display could be delayed until 2014, according to Taiwan's Economic Daily News (via MacRumors). The site claims that a shortage of Retina display panels for the second-generation iPad has caused Apple to push back its release date until next year. This is not the first time we have heard about a possible iPad mini 2 delay, the DigiTimes previously reported that the new 7.9-inch slate would not see volume production until November due to production issues.
Back in April, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo at KGI Securities also cited production issues when he predicted that the iPad mini 2 would be delayed until 2014. However, many analysts still expect Apple to launch a second-generation iPad mini in Q4 of 2013, just before the holiday shopping season, and after the iPad 5 is released in Q3.
Using your phone or tablet as a GPS has become a common occurrence amongst electronics users, making an isolated GPS device practically obsolete. Navigating with the Maps app on your iPad or installing Google Maps and using that to get you where you need to be is simple. Yet, unless you've gone out of your way to disable it, your iPad's GPS is essentially tracking you everywhere you go.
Using the location data collected from a device such as an iPad, an algorithm has been determined by a team of British researchers that can predict where the device's user is going to be 24 hours from that moment. This isn't the first time an algorithm like this has been created and tested with the same data, but it is the most accurate.
Square's cash register-like iPad stand is scheduled to start shipping from squareup.com on July 8th, and will land at Apple retail stores on July 9th. The Square Stand which was introduced in May, will also be available at Best Buy and other retailers after its launch.
The iPad stand works in tandem with the Square Register app so small businesses can accept mobile payments. It also allows the iPad to connect to additional accessories like a receipt printer, and can be easily mounted to a countertop to create a cash register-like feel.
Ubisoft has announced that the Prince of Persia: The Shadow and The Flame remake is coming to iOS and Android devices on July 25. The team of developers behind the remake released a video diary chronicling what it took to update the classic 1993 game for mobile devices. Akshay Paul, Product Manager of The Shadow and The Flame, described the game as an "easy to handle but challenging to master" version for touchscreens.
Some fans are already questioning why Ubisoft decided to remake the game instead of releasing a new version for PCs and consoles. The consensus seems to be that the Prince of Persia franchise won't be able to compete with Assassin's Creed. However, porting retro games to mobile devices is currently a popular trend with game publishers.
Griffin Technologies has just made traveling long distances even more bearable thanks to its SkyView travel tray mount for mobile devices. The SkyView clips into the latch of most seat-back tray tables so you don't have to hold your smartphone or e-reader on long trips. The mount also works as a stand on your tray table, and is compatible with most mobile compact devices thanks to its adjustable cradle grips. The SkyView can be used on airplanes, trains or buses, as long as they provide personal tray tables for passengers.
The SkyView supports all of Apple's smartphones and the iPad mini. It can also hold compact e-readers and Samsung smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S4. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to support larger tablets like the iPad or the Samsung Galaxy Tab. You can see a list of compatible devices here.
Rovio Entertainment's new publishing label Rovio Stars will release its second game entitled Tiny Thief on July 11. Rovio created Rovio Stars as a way to launch new developers. The first game released under the label was Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage from UK-based studio Nitrome. Icebreaker is a $0.99 physics-based puzzler with 95 levels of ice cutting viking action.
Tiny Thief is also a puzzle-solving game, but this one comes from the Barcelona based 5 Ants Studio. The official YouTube description promises 30 puzzles with 85 hidden items for you to steal. Based on the trailer, it looks like the goal is to interact with the environment so you can trigger chain events to uncover the hidden items.