Walmart will begin selling the 16GB Wi-Fi iPad Air for $479 beginning on November 1. That's $20 less than buying it directly from Apple, who is selling the tablet for $499. This is not the first time Walmart has discounted a new Apple product, the retailer is currently offering the iPhone 5c for only $45 throughout the holiday season.
Walmart also announced its new in-store trade-in program where customers can receive up to $300 for their current tablet. However, as we've highlighted before you can normally get a lot more money by selling your used devices to electronics re-sellers like Nextworth and Gazelle.
Zagg's Folio keyboard case and tablet screen protector the invisibleSHIELD are now available for the iPad Air. The Bluetooth enabled keyboard matches the thinner and lighter form factor of Apple's new tablet, and it features backlit keys, special function keys and up to three months of battery usage between charges. The Folio case also protects your iPad from damage and offers over 130° of viewing angles for reading, watching videos or working. The ZAGGkeys Folio keyboard case is available now in black for $99 at Zagg.com.
Zagg's invisibleSHIELD screen protector is a popular choice among iOS users. It is a self-healing, military-grade film that protects your device's screen from scratches and smudges. The invisibleSHIELD for the iPad Air is available as a $29.99 basic model, a $34.99 smudge proof model and as a $34.99 HD model.
Both Cygnett and Otterbox have unveiled their new cases for Apple's iPad Air. Cygnett has released a dual-view stand case for $50, a basic folio case for $40, a folding stand with different flexible viewing positions for $40, a dual-pyramid folding stand for $50, and an origami-inspired case for $60. And Otterbox is currently accepting pre-registration for their Defender Series iPad Air cases.
Cygnett's Pardox Sleek is available in black, pink, yellow and light grey, and features a rubberised finish cover and microfiber inner to protect the screen from scratches.
The Paradox Texture is available in charcoal and blue, and features a soft textured finish that mimics cracked granite.
The Paradox Lux is available in black/purple and red/white, and can be folded into multiple viewing angles so you can easily read, play games or watch movies on your iPad Air.
T-Mobile announced its "un-carrier" pricing plans for both the iPad Air and iPad mini 2. The carrier will offer the new Apple tablets on November 1 staring at zero dollars down. T-Mobile will also give every new iPad user 200MB of free 4G LTE data every month for as long as they keep the device.
iPad owners who require more monthly data will be able to choose from T-Mobile's other data options starting at $30. T-Mobile voice customers will have access to T-Mobile's "always-on" iPad plans which start at just $10 a month. You can visit T-Mobile.com for more information on pricing plans.
Accessory maker Belkin has announced its new lineup of iPad keyboard cases, covers and screen protectors. The lineup includes three new Qode keyboards and 10 unique cases and folios that fit the tablet's new form factor. The updated Qode keyboard cases include the Ultimate Keyboard Case made of "thin and light aircraft-grade aluminum," the protective screen cover and Bluetooth enabled Thin Type Keyboard, and the Slim Style Keyboard Case. Belkin has also updated the Classic Strap Cover, FormFit Cover and other affordable cases to fit the iPad Air.
Belkin's iPad Air accessories will be available in early November. Apple fans who plan to buy the fifth-generation Apple tablet can sign up for email notifications for the new cases at Belkin.com.
The iPad Air will be available on November 1, 2013. The Wi-Fi only models start at $499, and the Wi-Fi + cellular models begin at $629 for the 16GB version.
Another Apple keynote speech has come and gone, and the iPad Air is now a reality. After months of analyst speculation, supply chain leaks, and mysterious parts floating around, the time has come again to take stock of the rumors. Right off the bat, Apple is sticking with the current screen sizes found on the iPad and iPad mini, while packing redesigned hardware inside.
As the world now knows, the iPad Air is not surprisingly thinner, lighter and more powerful than its predecessor. The updated tablet includes the same 64-bit A7 processor and independent M7 chips found in the flagship iPhone 5s. Not only this, but the iPad Air has a smaller bezel and comes in space gray and silver. So what does Apple have in store for next generation iPads that didn't make the cut this time?
It looks like another win for the Apple rumor mill, especially the DigiTimes who predicted that adding a Retina display to the iPad mini would raise its retail price. Apple announced today that the second-generation iPad mini would start at $399, instead of $329 like the original.
The new iPad mini features a 7.9-inch Retina display (2,048 x 1,536, 326 ppi), Apple's new 64-bit A7 chip and a superficial release date of "later in November." This adds credence to the numerous reports that Apple does not have enough iPad mini 2 units ready for the upcoming holiday shopping season, and it may be the reason why they decided to keep the original iPad mini around.
iOS fans will be able to watch a live stream of Apple's press event being held today at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco, CA. The event will be broadcast via the Apple Events channel on Apple TV, or on iOS devices and Macs through Apple's online Events Page.
You will need Safari on iOS 4.2 or later, or Safari 4 on OS X v10.6 to stream the event on your iOS device or computer. Apple TV users will need a second or third-generation box with 5.0.2 or later to watch the event live. You can also read many of the live blogs during the event if your device does not meet the requirements.
Here's one last next-generation iPad rumor to mull over before Apple's official announcement tomorrow. Ex-Apple developer Jamie Ryan published a blog post (via Gizmodo UK) claiming Apple is working on an iPad 5 case that "mimics Microsoft's touch cover." The new cover would be an improvement over Apple's current Bluetooth keyboard, and allow the company to "differentiate the larger iPad" from the iPad mini, according to Ryan.
"Apple already sells a Bluetooth keyboard that functions perfectly with the iPad but it’s not quite as integrated as Microsofts offering, requiring a lot more bag space. This is the primary motivation behind the development, as all of the current solutions are fairly inelegant. Apple realises the market for the large iPad is mainly professionals looking to work on it whereas the iPad mini is mainly content consumption.
The latest iPad mini 2 shortage rumor comes from Jefferies & Co. analyst Peter Misek who believes the second-generation tablet will have a Retina display. However, it is the Retina display which makes Misek worry that stock of the new Apple slate will be limited at launch.
"We expect a Retina Display iPad mini to be introduced at $329. Yields for Retina film based display for mini remain terrible, which is why there was speculation (i.e., Reuters) that the launch could be pushed out to CQ1. We think initial launch supplies could be constrained to as few units as 2-5M."