If you've been holding off on buying a new iPad, you might want to check the Best Buy Tablet Clearance Page. The electronics retailer is offering 30% off select third-generation iPads. You can nab a 16GB Wi-Fi-only model for only $314. That's cheaper than buying a refurbished model from Apple, and it's not a bad deal considering the iPad 3 specs are not that different from the fourth-generation tablet.
The iPad 3 was released on March 16, 2012, but was quickly discontinued after the iPad 4 was released eight months later. The iPad 3 features a Retina display like its successor, and Apple's A5X processor. Don't forget the third-generation iPad sports the old 30-pin dock connector, and not the new Lightning connector featured on Apple's newer products.
There are a million three-in-one iPad cases on the market, but if you're looking for a case / keyboard combo for your new iPad, Zagg is offering 20% off its ZAGGfolio portable cover.
The ZAGGfolio all in one iPad companion comes in multiple colors and features a durable microfiber lining, a built-in stand and a built-in rechargeable battery. Its thin form factor and removable keyboard also transforms your iPad into easy to carry mobile laptop.
The cover features convenient access slots for all the iPad's ports and buttons, and the removable keyboard with stand alone iPad dock is Bluetooth compatible. The ZAGGfolio case is available for the second, third or fourth generation iPad, and comes in Metallic Blue, Black Carbon Fiber, Metallic Red, Smart Pink, Smart Orange, White Carbon Fiber or three leather variants.
Some iPhone 4S and iPad 3 owners are reporting that their Wi-Fi is being "greyed out" or disabled after installing iOS 6. A thread about the issue on the Apple Support forums has already reached 93 pages. Users are reporting that their Wi-Fi settings are either disabled, or that they can't connect and are being forced to use a cellular data connection only. There have also been complaints about the problem affecting Bluetooth capabilities as well.
Early iOS 6 users did suffer from Wi-Fi issues when it was originally launched on September 19, however, Apple has fixed the problem. Two users have replied that Apple is aware of the new issue, but the Wi-Fi complaints are still piling up. The Apple Support thread has over 900 replies at the time of this post.
Logitech has finally released a white version of the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for the iPad. Just like the black version, the white version acts like a cover for your iPad when closed, and allows you to easily type memos or emails by auto-waking the tablet when opened. The Bluetooth keyboard easily attaches to your iPad via a magnetic clip, and features 6-months of battery life on a full charge (based on an average use of 2 hours per day).
It looks like Apple resellers and carriers are preparing for both the iPhone 5 and a new iPad to be released on September 21. Verizon has blacked out employee vacations from September 21 to September 30 in anticipation of a new iPhone, and multiple Apple Premium Resellers in Europe are clearing shelf space in anticipation of a new iPad.
One unnamed iPad retailer told MacRumors Apple had requested they set aside additional space for more iPads by September 12.
"One of the sources specifically cites September 12 as the Apple-imposed deadline for the adjustments to be made, while another source indicates that their store is already at work on tripling the amount of display space dedicated to the iPad. We're told that the emphasis on iPad display space is coming at the expense of Apple's Mac Pro and Mac mini computers, which are reportedly being removed from display entirely at these locations."
By now every iOS fan has heard the rumor about the next generation iPhone featuring a smaller dock connector. It was originally reported Apple was working on a 19-pin connector for the iPhone 5, but recent rumors have suggested Apple is going for even less pins, maybe as low as 8... And now, iMore claims the iPhone is not the only iOS device receiving a makeover in 2012.
According to iMore, Apple "intends to update their entire lineup of iOS device products to support the new, miniaturized dock connector, and to do it as early the rumored September 12 special event this fall." This means the iPod nano, iPod touch and a new version of the 9.7-inch iPad will all be receiving a refresh next month. If true, this will be an unprecedented move by Apple.
Streaming may be a great way to watch your favorite movies and TV shows, but content is fragmented amongst the many content providers vying for our money. Fanhattan for the iPad makes searching for content easier by aggregating it from multiple sources. This allows iPad owners to use one app to browse available movies and TV shows, instead of using multiple provider apps like Netflix and Hulu Plus.
Fanhattan has recently grown their roster to 14 different providers by adding networks like NBC, HBO, The CW, and Cinemax. Fanhattan has also added a "watch list" to help users navigate the 175,000 movies and TV show available through the various services. You can even save upcoming movies and TV shows that haven't been released yet. Fanhattan will then notify you when the content has become available to watch on your device.
The popular high resolution WinterBoard theme ayecon is coming to the iPad. Ayecon adds amazingly detailed icons to your jailbroken device's Home Screen. This will be the first time the theme is available for the iPad since it requires a high resolution display to work. Unfortunately this means it will only support the new iPad.
Ayecon includes themes for all of your stock icons, popular third-party apps, jailbreak apps, the status bar, the wallpaper, Notification Center, plus more. The detail ayecon adds to your iPad's interface must be seen in person to truly appreciate it.
According to the DigiTimes, Apple is revising the new iPad's battery and dual-LED bar to fix the overheating problem investigated by Consumer Reports in March. Various tests revealed that the iPad 3 runs hotter than the iPad 2, however, Apple claimed that the new iPad is operating within its requirements.
Unnamed supply chain sources revealed today that Apple is revamping the iPad’s battery in an effort to reduce the heat emission. If the reports are true, the tweaked iPad will be "slightly lighter and thinner than previously designed."
The DigiTimes has restarted the iPad rumor machine by claiming Apple plans to release an "updated 9.7-inch iPad" this summer. The Times cited the Chinese blog Apple Daily as saying the new, new iPad will feature a "indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) panel technology to allow the device to feature an even thinner design and longer battery life."
While a new revamped 9.7-inch iPad seems highly doubtful, Apple did quietly release an improved iPad 2 this year. There were also rumors that Sharp’s IGZO panels were going to be used for the iPad 3. Apple Daily said the panel supply for the new 9.7-inch iPad will be shifted from Samsung to Sharp.