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.
It's time to look at some must have iOS tweaks now that you've freed your iPad or iPad mini using the new evasi0n jailbreak tool. Our first tweak isn't a very flashy one, but it will make working or writing emails on your tablet so much easier you'll never want to go back to the old Apple way.
SwipeSelection is based off a concept video created by YouTube user Daniel Hooper. The idea was to make editing text on your iOS device easier by replacing the old tapping method with a more precise finger drag to move the cursor. The video and jailbreak tweak were so popular iPad fans started a campaign to have Apple officially add it to its next iOS update, but unfortunately Apple did not listen. Someone even tried to recreate SwipeSelection by releasing an official app, but it was met with negative reviews since Apple’s TOS prevents access to the global keyboard.
ZAGG is offering 50% off the ZAGGfolio and ZAGGkeys MINI keyboard cases for the iPad 2-4 and iPad mini. The ZAGGfolio case is now $65 (normally $130) and the ZAGGkeys MINI case is only $45 (normally $90). The cases will be half-off for a limited time or while supplies last.
The ZAGGfolio case for the iPad 2, 3 and 4 is a hard-shell case wrapped in leather, with a microfiber interior lining. It features a built-in stand for reading, working or watching videos, and a rechargeable built-in keyboard with iPad specific keyboard shortcuts. The case is available in brown, black or alligator.
The evasi0n iOS 6 jailbreak tool is now the most popular jailbreak with over 7 million downloads in just a few short days. Evasi0n allows any iOS device capable of running iOS 6.0 - 6.1 to be jailbroken with a few simple steps. Not only is it totally safe, but it's probably the easiest jailbreak for users to install. Once installed, users can download free or paid apps / tweaks to customize their iOS devices. Evasi0n is free and easy to use, so there are no more excuses not to jailbreak your device.
First time jailbreakers can follow these easy steps to jailbreak their iPad mini, iPad, iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 6, iOS 6.0.1, iOS 6.0.2 or iOS 6.1. First rule of jailbreaking, always backup your device using iTunes. If you're running iOS 6.1 you should also save your SHSH blobs using Tiny Umbrella. Click here to learn how.
Giving someone special an iPad mini for Valentine's Day is a great way to say I love you, but why not go the extra mile by adding one or two of these accessories?
An iPad mini may be a cheaper alternative to an iPad, but you're still going to want to protect it from bumps and falls. Speck's CandyShell cases for the iPad mini not only protect your device from accidental damage, but they also come in appropriate Valentine's Day colors, such as Flamingo/Fuchsia. If pink and red is not your thing, the CandyShell cases are also available in Black, Harbour Blue or other various colors.
Another must have accessory for your iPad mini is a keyboard case. The built-in iPad mini keyboard takes up precious real estate on your 7.9-inch display. An attachable keyboard case saves on-screen space, making it easier to type, and gives you more room to view or access content while you work.
It seems like all the major accessory manufacturers are finally catching up with the iPad mini. ZAGG, OtterBox, and Speck all recently released iPad mini cases, and Logitech just started accepting pre-orders for its iPad mini keyboard. Now Belkin has announced its own keyboard case for the iPad mini too.
Keyboard cases for the iPad mini are a great accessory since they allow you to get the most out of your 7.9-inch display while typing. They also protect your iPad's screen from smudges and scratches. The FastFit Keyboard Case from Belkin offers all these advantages, plus Belkin claims it will be the lightest and thinnest iPad mini keyboard case on the market.
Logitech has announced the Ultrathin Keyboard for the iPad mini. The keyboard features EasyType and iPad mini function shortcut keys to help it fit the mini's smaller form factor. Its thin and lightweight design doesn't add any unnecessary bulk to the device,and the integrated stand allows you to view your tablet without holding it.
The easy to attach keyboard allows you to get the most use out of the entire 7.9-inch display while typing emails or working. Plus keyboards for tablets also help keep your display clean since they eliminate the need to touch them.
The all-star jailbreaking team known as the evad3rs have finally released the long awaited untethered iOS 6 jailbreak. The new jailbreak entitled "evasi0n" supports all devices capable of running iOS 6 or iOS 6.1, except the third-gen Apple TV. This includes the iPhone 5, newest iPads and the iPad mini. You can now download the Mac OS X, Linux or Windows versions of evasi0n via the official website.
As always, you should backup your iOS device using iTunes or iCloud before using any jailbreak. And the evad3rs also warn to be patient, and not to start iTunes or Xcode while the jailbreak is running.
Skech's new SkechBook for the iPad mini looks like an "artist's sketchpad", but it's really a durable case to protect your tablet. The case also doubles as a stand for reading, typing or watching movies. It weighs a little over 5 ounces and features a “split-back” design with wake magnet and a hole for the camera. The rigid frame makes it easy to slip the mini in and out, and its hard shell will protect your tablet from bumps or falls. The SkechBook website shows it in five different colors, but the official Amazon Webstore only offers it in black. The SkechBook for the iPad mini is $35.
Skech also offers cases for other iOS devices such as the Flipper and the Fabric Flipper for the New iPad, plus various iPhone 4 and 5 cases. The website also lists an iPad mini Flipper case and Anti Glare screen protector, but they do not seem to be available at this moment.
The CamRanger has been turning a few heads at Macworld 2013. It is a small box that gives the user wireless control over Canon or Nikon DSLRs directly from an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. What makes the CamRanger stand out from other devices, is its ability to create an ad-hoc Wi-Fi network. This allows you to remotely control your digital camera without the need of an internet connection. This is a great tool for shooting in remote places that do not offer a Wi-Fi option.
The CamRanger has a range of about 150 feet, and offers LiveView for streaming images, AutoView, and the ability to set camera properties and so on. It is compatible with most Canon and Nikon DSLRs, and features a rechargeable battery with around 3 to 6 hours of battery life. It can be charged using an USB charging cable and US AC adapter, and it ships with a protective case, and an Ethernet cable for future firmware upgrades.