Third party iPad keyboards are not only a great way to free up space on your iPad or iPad mini's display, but most of them offer full-size keys and iOS shortcuts to make life much easier. And now with iOS 7, Apple has added the ability for developers to add these shortcuts to stock apps like Safari, Mail, and Pages. Not every OS X shortcut is available on iOS, but a few Apple bloggers have taken the time to sniff out what is available. Here is what they found using an iPad mini and a Logitech Tablet Keyboard.
Apple supplier Quanta Computer Inc. is reportedly working on a 12.9-inch iPad for 2014, according to the DigiTimes. The publication also noted Quanta is competing with Foxconn Electronics over Apple iWatch orders. The larger iPad will allegedly go into mass production in the second half of 2014, while the iWatch is purportedly already in "pilot production."
"Quanta is expected to encounter several challenges in terms of industrial design and assembly when making the large-size iPad. And since the size is not the mainstream specification, order volumes are expected to be limited, the sources said."
"As for the iWatch, component makers have already started the pilot production, but because of low yields, mass production is rumored to have been postponed from the first quarter of 2014 to the second."
Several outlets are reporting that the iPad mini with Retina display is available for walk-in purchases at a few Apple retail locations. Up until now, the second-generation tablet was only available through Apple.com, with the option to have it shipped to the nearest Apple store for in-store pickup.
Apple has since removed any mention of Personal Pickup from its iPad page, and the new device has been spotted for sale at a number of New York City stores. However, supply is still very limited, and you should order now if you plan to receive an iPad mini before the holidays... Especially if want a cellular model.
If Apple's iPad mini with Retina display is on your holiday shopping list you better buy it right now. The 7.9-inch tablet is heavily back-ordered and shipping times could grow longer as the holidays get closer. As of right now most Apple stores are not offering the cellular model for in-store pickup, and individual carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile are quoting up to 6-8 week delivery times.
Verizon has also pushed its iPad mini shipping date back from November 25 to December 2, and Apple's online store is estimating cellular versions will ship in 5-10 business days from all five major US cellular providers. Meanwhile the Wi-Fi only models are more readily available.
Apple has finally released the Apple Store app for the iPad. The Apple Store was originally released for the iPhone in 2010. The app allows iOS users to shop Apple's Online Store directly from their iPhone, iPad or iPad mini.
The iPad version features the ability to use pinch gestures to zoom, browse and compare products, and features high resolution images that take full advantage of the iPad's Retina display. Users are already praising its interface and design, but have also noticed that some features from the iPhone version like EasyPay are missing from the iPad app.
The creators of the popular Paper drawing app for the iPad have released a Pencil stylus for Apple's tablet. The stylus utilizes Bluetooth 4.0 and the Paper app to allow users the ability to easily sketch, write and create on their iPad. Fifty-Three's software is able to decipher your hand from the Pencil so you can write from any angle just like you would on paper. Even cooler, you can flip the stylus upside down to erase your mistakes just like a real pencil.
The Pencil charges off any USB port and the battery can last for up to a month on a single charge. The pencil tip and eraser sensors are plated in 14kt gold, and the body is crafted from a "solid piece of premium-grade walnut," according to Fifty-Three's website. The solid black brushed aluminum model is $50, and the Walnut model is $60.
An official at a local Apple supplier in Korea told The Korea Times that a "first-tier display supplier is now producing a 12.9-inch Retina display" for a new iPad. The larger iPad is slated for a 2014 release and it will boast an "almost ultra high-definition (UHD) quality" screen with more pixels than the current iPad Air model.
“The 12.9-inch iPad will have improved picture quality. As the Apple partner intends to boost its lineup for displays that have almost ultra high-definition (UHD) quality, the upcoming iPad will provide very clear quality similar to that of UHD."
The PlayStation 4 is already one of the most sought after items this year, and analysts are predicting that it may be sold out until 2014. However, some online shoppers are using a new iOS app to help them locate and buy the next-generation console before Christmas. The free whohas.it app allows users to track out of stock products so they can be alerted when they are back in stock. The service is easy to use, and it has already helped hundreds of shoppers purchase both the PS4 and Xbox One, plus other hard to find products, this year.
iPad and iPhone users can download the app for free from the Apple App Store, and Android users or people without smartphones can use the online service. You can get started by taking a few seconds to register for a free account, then navigate to the product page you want to follow, and just tap or click the "follow" button to start tracking that item. You can then choose to have whohas.it send you a mobile alert, email or desktop alarm when that product becomes available for pre-order or is back in stock.
So far it looks like Target will have the best iPad deal on Black Friday, unless you're looking for an older model. Shoppers who buy an iPad mini after Thanksgiving will receive a $100 gift card from Walmart, and Best Buy will be offering $100 off the 16GB iPad 2. Meanwhile, Target is offering the 16GB iPad Air Wi-Fi model for only $479, and they're tossing in an additional $100 gift card to sweeten the deal. If you count the free gift card, you can nab the latest iPad for $379, compared to paying $299 for an iPad 2.
Other Walmart Black Friday deals include $75 gift cards with the purchase of the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s. Walmart also has the best deal on the iPhone 5c which will be $45 until December 1st, and the iPhone 5s is $189 with a two-year contract.
Best Buy will also be offering discounts on 32GB iPod touches, 16GB iPod nanos, all MacBook Air models, and select Pro models.
Apple has officially announced that the second-generation iPad mini is now available to order through the Apple Online Store. This means the new iPad mini is still not available at Apple retail locations. Instead customers must order their tablet through www.apple.com and have it shipped to their home. Shipping times are currently listed at "1-3 business days."
Customers can also opt to have their iPad mini delivered to an Apple retail store, or to the AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless location of their choice.