iPhone 4

No iPad Mini! Apple Announces iPhone 5 and New iPods Instead

Tablet fans waiting for a smaller, more affordable iPad will have to wait a little longer. Apple did not announce the rumored 7-inch iPad as some hoped, instead they announced the long-awaited iPhone 5, a 2.5-inch iPod nano, and fifth-generation iPod touch on Wednesday in San Francisco.

iPhone 5

iPhone 2012 Keynote

There weren't many surprises during the iPhone 5 presentation as most of the next-generation rumors finally turned out to be true. The iPhone 5 does feature a hybrid metal and glass back, 4G LTE speeds and a larger 16:9 ratio in-cell touch display. Apple managed to make the new iPhone lighter and thinner without sacrificing battery life, and added a new and faster A6 processor. The iPhone 5 also stayed the same in price. The 16GB model will cost $199, the 32GB model is $299, and the 64GB version is $399. The iPhone 4S was reduced to $99, and the iPhone 4 is free with a new contract. Pre-orders for the iPhone open on September 14. Full shipping and availability will commence on Friday, September 21, and iOS 6 drops on September 19.

iPad 3 Rumors: HD FaceTime Camera, Cheaper iPad 2

The latest iPad rumors come from iLounge‘s Jeremy Horwitz' Twitter feed (via 9to5Mac). According to Horwitz, the next generation iPad will feature a front-facing FaceTime HD camera, and the rear camera will be more "iPhone 4S-like." 9to5Mac also heard Apple was prepping an 8-megapixel camera for the iPad 3 last summer.

iPad 3 Tweet

Horwitz also tweeted that the iPad 3 will be thicker like previous reports have suggested. This is due to the rumored dual OLED backlights for the improved LCD display.

“Curve radiuses on the body will change only a little to accommodate the added thickness, not dramatically. Think iPad 2 Pro, not a redesign."

"Body of the next iPad is, as we previously reported, getting just a little thicker to accommodate new parts - little = 1mm give or take."

Siri's Just as Useless on the iPad as it's on the iPhone 4

It's already been proven Siri can be ported to an iPhone 4. Meaning there is no technical reason for it to be exclusive to the iPhone 4S. This also means it should work with the iPad or iPad 2, but is it really worth it?

Apple Voice Assistant

A hacker known as Jackoplane did manage to add the voice assistant to a jailbroken iPad, but just like the iPhone 4, it isn't set up to communicate with the Apple servers. According to the jailbreaking community, any iOS device should be able to disguise itself as an iPhone 4S, and trick the servers into communicating with it. The voice assistant could also be set up to query Google, but as of right now it's pretty useless.

Supply Chain Suggests iPad 3 is in Production

Many Apple fans were let down by the announcement of the iPhone 4S. Especially since it's been revealed the iPhone 4 can handle its ace in the hole Siri. At least we can realistically dream about the iPad 3 while we grow bored of the new iPhone. Because who knows how long it will take before the iPhone 5 rumors start again.

iPad 3 Release Date

Susquehanna Financial analyst Jeff Fidacaro got the Apple rumor mill churning after he told AllThingsD there are 600,000 to one million iPad 3 builds showing up in the supply chain. Apple's fourth-quarter iPad builds are up to 12 to 14 million, from 11 million to 13 million.

iPad Zip Line Doesn't Beat the Marijuana Catapult

Launching $46,000 worth of iPads from a catapult wasn't an option, so a group of Chinese smugglers came up with a better idea to smuggle Apple devices into China.

Chinese iPad smuggler

Chinese authorities caught six smugglers trying to avoid taxes by transporting iPads illegally across province borders using a zip line. The Apple cargo (including iPhones) was shipped using a nylon bag and a 300-metre line stretched across the Sha Tau Kok River. Hong Kong and Chinese custom officials said it took about 2-minutes to send the goods down the line.

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