An alleged iPad 5 case showing off the device's rumored "iPad mini-like design" has popped up at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair. Engadget got an early look at the fifth-generation iPad accessory, which was modeled after a leaked mold of the device. The Engadget staff compared the case to older iPad cases, and discovered that the new iPad will be "slimmer and narrower," if the case's design is accurate.
This is not the first time we have heard the iPad 5 will feature the same screen size as its predecessors, while sporting thinner left and right-side bezels like the iPad mini. In February, case manufacturer MiniSuit claimed to know the next-generation tablet's official specs, and built a similar case based on the leaked info. iLounge's Jeremy Horwitz also claimed to have seen a "physical model of the completely redesigned fifth-generation iPad", and said it resembled a "stretched iPad mini".
It seems like an odd move to name anything after Michael Vick these days, but for those of you who have already forgiven him, Mike Vick: GameTime is a fun football game. If you enjoy tossing Hail Mary passes on Madden, then this will be a great time killer for you. The object of the game is to score as many touchdowns as possible in 60 seconds. You only control the offense, no defense, in a 4-on-4 football game. The other team earns points every time you fail to score. Very simple.
You do not play as Vick, instead you control and build your own team from the ground up. You start with a limited playbook, and a few rookie players. You earn money by playing and winning games to spend on new plays, upgrades and uniforms. There are of course in-app purchases for those who don't mind spending real money on digital money to improve their chances.
Music enthusiast will want to check out the new iPad app called Concert Vault. The app offers access to thousands of high quality live audio and video files to Concert Vault members. The extensive music collection comes from over 10,000 live audio and video recordings acquired by Wolfgang’s Vault since 2003. The app features a wide array of genres from the '50s to the present day, suggested playlists, photo slideshows and AirPlay support.
Users can search through channels or by artists to find their favorite music, or use the similar artist engine to discover new talent. The app also features artists and band biographies, and the latest music news.
“Unlike other music platforms like Spotify and Pandora, you can’t find the music on Concert Vault anywhere else,” says George Howard, COO of Norton, LLC, the parent company of Concert Vault, and Wolfgang's Vault. “We hope people will use the app to discover music from the past, and remember what it was that made music important to them.”
The iPad 5 could be delayed as Apple works on improving the technology in its next generation tablet. A report from CNET points to a thinner display that will reduce the side profile and weight of the iPad 5. Switching to a film-based touch sensor and smaller LED backlights would also improve power efficiency.
Apple is widely expected to duplicate the iPad mini design on the next full-sized 9.7-inch tablet, shrinking the bezel thickness on the device. Despite rumors, Sharp's IGZO display may not be included in the iPad 5. Any move to reduce the display component thickness could bring the next generation iPad back down to a size more comparable to the iPad 2.
Retailers seem to be clearing out iPads. Best Buy has put the iPad 3 on clearance, and now Walmart is selling the iPad mini for only $300. That's $30 less than buying it directly from Apple. This is also the lowest price we have seen for the 7.9-inch tablet since it was released last year.
While this a good deal, you should remember that Apple is rumored to be working on an upgraded version of the iPad mini which could be released soon. However, the iPad mini 2 is only expected to get a small bump in the specs department, like better resolution, an upgraded processor, and more RAM. The next-generation device may also see a slight increase in cost. So if price is your main concern, you may want to take advantage of this sale now.
SEGA's newest Sonic the Hedgehog game is now free for a limited time. Sonic Dash was released for the iPad and iPhone in early March. It is the eight iOS game starring SEGA's iconic hedgehog.
Sonic Dash offers a Story mode, where players can play as either Sonic, Tails and Knuckles to stop Dr. Eggman, or an endless runner Arcade mode like Temple Run. There is also a Challenge Friends mode where players can try to top other users' best scores. Story mode offers 48 different levels and boss battles, and all three modes offer leader board support.
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.
Logitech has expanded its tablet accessory lineup with two new keyboard folio cases for the iPad and iPad mini. The new cases both feature built-in Bluetooth keyboards, and are designed to protect both the front and back of your tablet. Logitech promises the keyboard provides a "traditional typing experience" on both the iPad and iPad mini. The Bluetooth keyboard also helps conserve screen space on the mini's smaller 7.9-inch display.
The Keyboard Folio for the iPad and iPad mini also offer two different viewing angles, and the same built-in wake/sleep magnets seen in most folio tablet cases. The hidden magnets not only keep the case securely closed, but they also help preserve battery life thanks to the automatic sleep function.
T-Mobile announced its plans for the iPhone on Tuesday in New York, but did not mention the iPad. The carrier's "Uncarrier" event was mainly focused on the company's new pricing plans for smartphones rather than upcoming devices. However, T-Mobile did mention it would be offering the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One and BlackBerry Z10 on its newly launched 4G LTE network.
T-Mobile also announced a release date and pricing for the iPhone 4, 4S and 5. Customers can buy any iPhone model without agreeing to a two-year contract. This is how it works: Qualified customers can make a small down payment for an iPhone, then pay off the remaining balance over a two year period. For example, the iPhone 5 from T-Mobile is $100 down with 24 monthly payments of $20. The $20 is added to a person's normal monthly service charge for data. T-Mobile is offering monthly data plans starting at $50/month for 500MB, up to $110/month for 12.5GB. Unfortunately all models are locked until the phone is paid off, however, users can upgrade a device whenever they want by trading it in for "fair market credit".
Making restaurant reservations has never been easier thanks to Open Table. Fans of the iPad app may have already noticed a major update that streamlines the process is now available. The free Open Table for iPad app provides access to local restaurants participating in the service, making finding and reserving a table simple and seamless.
The update brings improvements to the user interface as well as behind-the-scenes performance tweaks to keep the app running more smoothly. The iPad's screen real estate is used efficiently, with search results on the left next to a map of restaurant locations. Fields for entering time, date and party size are conveniently located right on this page.