iPad Mini Event: 5 Things To Expect From Apple’s Special Event

Tomorrow (Oct. 23, 2012)  is the day Apple is planning to hold a special event that will most likely only revolve around the new iPad Mini. There’s been an abundance of rumors about the new mini tablet and it’s supposedly to sport a 7.85-inch screen and give customers up to 24 different configurations to choose from. We’ve been informed that the iPad Mini could start retailing for as little as $249, making it one of the top competitors in the smaller tablet market, alongside the Google Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire HD.

We expect Apple’s special event to mainly revolve around their new unveiling — the iPad Mini — however with occasional tangents here and there. We thought it might be a good idea to look at some of the things Apple will likely do at the Oct. 23 event. 

Apple's Oct. 23 iPad Mini Event

1. The unveiling of Apple’s iPad Mini

There is an extremely strong chance of the iPad Mini being unveiled at Apple’s Oct. 23 event. If all the rumors are correct, the device will sport a 7.85-inch screen and the lightning adapter. Besides four storage options, three connectivity services and two colors, it’ll come in 24 flavors to choose from. — It would be great if Apple were to offer more variety in colors!

2.  A Mac Mini

When was the last time Apple updated their Mac Mini? It has  been quite a while and if the rumors are true, Apple will end up launching a new version of the computer. However, the Mac Mini isn’t the only device in store for an update, as Apple are also looking at updating their Mac Mini servers.

3. The ubiquitous iPad sales statistics

As with every other Apple event, Apple takes pride in showing off their sales and success. It is to be expected that Tim Cook, or one of his colleagues, will take the time to boast about the amount of iPad sales Apple has to this point in time. Apple seem to enjoy a little bit of boasting now and then, however, it is proven to work — it has us running to the stores to purchase their latest product!

4. A starting price of $249

The latest rumors claim that Apple might start the iPad Mini model at $249.  That price would guarantee a customer an 8GB model with Wi-Fi-only connectivity. Too show a comparison, Apple’s current iPad starts at $499. The Wi-Fi only model might not appeal to the majority of customers, however, for the price it’s an excellent buy!

5. 4G LTE support

Apple might go as far as setting a new standard in their newly entered market. There have been rumors regarding 4G LTE support for the iPad Mini. Apple would definitely be one step ahead their competitors if they decided to integrate this into their new device — no doubt. However, small tablets typically only support Wi-Fi so it will be exciting to see what Apple has decided to do.

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FIFA 13 | A New Beginning!

FIFA 13 has not even been on shelves for a month now and EA Sports has already sold over 4,000,000 copies. To be exact, those 4 million copies were sold in just 5 days after the release, which took place on the 25th of September. I guess there is a reason behind FIFA 13 being the best selling sports title in history. That’s quite an achievement EA, congratulations!

The game has attracted hundreds of complaints after online issues plagued users.

Let’s get to the point. FIFA 13 is a major improvement upon FIFA 12 due to numerous reasons. Electronic Arts has implemented a variety of new features such as: EAS FC catalogue, EAS FC Match Day, skill games, and others. The EAS FC catalogue now allows players to purchase various “boosts” and items which give the player certain rewards. For example, I am at level 50 so I could decide to purchase the “Push ups Goal Celebration” for 600 EAS FC  credits. I find the catalogue to be a neat feature because it allows for more fun and less rage, once you start playing you will understand. 🙂

Skill games played a large part in the promotion of FIFA 13, and I find that it has not lived up to its standards. Yes, the skill games are fun at first, however you will find that they become quite mundane as you progress in your FIFA career. With that being said, they are extremely much fun when you’re bored or trying to compete with your friends.

The FIFA 13 game features real players and team, and is the bestselling sports game in history.

FIFA ultimate team is very different this year, not only has the layout changed dramatically, the modes have been affected as well. The single matches have been removed, however, EA has implemented a new “tournament” mode that replaced the single matches in which you start at division 5 and work yourself towards division 1. I found that FUT 13 is very similar to the “seasons” game mode now, since the only two options of getting into a game is by playing FUT seasons offline or online.

FIFA 13 is by far the better game when compared to the previous FIFA’s, however there’s still some bumps here and there. It’s a really fun and enjoyable game that can be enjoyed by nearly any age groups and provides for a lot of fun and competitiveness among friends. I would recommend to pick up your copy as soon as possible, as I think the price has gone down a bit. Watch the official FIFA 13 trailer below!

Customers Report Receiving Shipment Notifications for New iPad

Customers are reporting having received shipment notifications from Apple for pre-orders of the third-generation iPad, also known as “The New iPad,” with delivery scheduled for March 16 which happens to be the official release date. AppleInsider reader Chris D’Aurora submitted a screenshot of an alleged shipment notification from Apple for a pre-order placed on Wednesday.

“We’re happy to let you know that the items below are on their way to you,” the notification read.

The device is a 16GB black iPad + Wi-Fi. The package was reportedly shipped through Federal Express and was listed as on track for delivery on March 16. Engadget reports that several of its readers have received shipping references as well. Some of them have also received UPS tracking numbers indicating the iPads are shipping from China.

Apple unveiled its third-generation iPad on Wednesday at the Yerba Buena Center for Arts in San Francisco. The new tablet features a Retina Display, optional 4G LTE, a faster processor and a 5-megapixel camera. It will launch first in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Switzerland, UK and the US Virgin Islands on Friday, March 16.

The third-generation iPad launch could be significantly larger than its predecessor’s launch, last year, which landed in the U.S. first before going international two weeks later. U.S. pre-orders for the iPad appear to be going strong so far, as some models of the device are no longer available for launch day delivery. The white 16GB and 64GB Wi-Fi + 4G AT&T iPad models are currently listed as shipping by March 19.

Wall Street’s reaction to the new iPad has been positive overall. Several analysts view the accelerated international roll out as a potential sign of an upside to iPad shipments this quarter.

Apple Unveiling its New iPad!

Today, Apple unveiled their new iPad at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. The new iPad features a 2,048-by-1,536-pixel resolution Retina Display that packs 3.1 million pixels into its 9.7-inch display, along with voice dictation and LTE 4G, coming on March 16 to 10 countries. Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, noted that the screen on the new iPad has more pixels than a 1080p television. Packing 264 pixels per inch, the pixels cannot be distinguished by human eye at a distance of 15 inches. The new iPad also features a remarkable 5 megapixel camera. The third-generation iPad also features voice dictation, which allows users to input text by speaking rather than typing.

“The new iPad redefines the category Apple created less than two years ago, delivering the most amazing experience people have ever had with technology,” Schiller said. “The new iPad now has the highest resolution display ever seen on a mobile device with 3.1 million pixels, delivering razor-sharp text and unbelievable detail in photos and videos.”

Key Features:

  • High-definition Retina Display
  • New A5X chip with quad-core graphics
  • 5-megapixel iSight camera with advanced optics, shoots 1080p video
  • 4G LTE models allow for connections to faster wireless networks
  • Still offers the same 10-hour battery life.

The wireless iPad models now sport 4G connectivity, allowing users to connect to long-term evolution networks from providers such as AT&T and Verizon. The new iPad will be offering download speeds of up to 73Mbps over LTE. Canadian 4G LTE partners are Rogers, Bell and Telus.

Another improvement highlighted by Apple, on Wednesday, was battery life; as the new iPad will support 10 hours of battery life on Wi-Fi and 9 hours on 4G LTE. The new iPad is slightly heavier than its predecessor, the iPad 2, and weighs 1.4 pounds while the body is 9.4mm thin.

The launch will be Apple’s biggest roll-out ever, debuting in the U.S., Canada, U.K., France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. Quick highlights from Wednesday’s event:

  • The new iPad features an A5X processor with quad-core graphics.
  • Compared to the Nvidia Tegra 3, Apple says the A5X is twice as fast with four times the performance.
  • The new iPad also has 44 percent better color saturation on its screen.
  • An improved 5-megapixel camera is on the back of the device. It includes an infrared filter and ISP built in to the A5X chip.
  • It also features auto-focus and auto-exposure, and uses the same optics system found in the iPhone 4S.
  • The new camera can also record video in 1080p.
  • There will be two different versions of the LTE-capable iPad models: one for AT&T and one for Verizon. Both will be able to roam worldwide in 3G.
  • The iPad can also act as a personal hotspot, if supported by a carrier.
  • It will also continue to be available in both black and white models.
  • The iWork applications have also been updated to take advantage of the Retina Display. It will be a free update for those who already own Pages, Keynote or Numbers.
  • GarageBand has also been updated to add Smart Strings and a note editor. iPads can be connected over iPad or Bluetooth to make music together. Content can be shared and pushed to iCloud.
  • iMovie for iOS has also been updated, adding storyboards and new editing capabilities. It’s still $4.99 and a free update for those who already own.

The new iPad Wi-Fi models will be available in black or white on Friday, March 16 for a retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model and $699 (US) for the 64GB model.

The iPad Wi-Fi + 4G for either AT&T or Verizon will be available for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model and $829 (US) for the 64GB model.

iPad will be sold in the US through the Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores, and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPad will also be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Switzerland, UK and the US Virgin Islands on Friday, March 16.

Customers can begin pre-ordering their new iPad today, and the iPad 2 is now offered for $399 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $529 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G model.

Rumors Claim Apple’s third-gen Tablet to be named ‘iPad HD’

It’s been reported that Apple is said to be stepping away from its usual numerical naming convention in favor of the more descriptive ‘iPad HD’ when it unveils the expected next generation tablet on Wednesday. Citing inside information from a developer who has previously provided “reliable information” on upcoming Apple products, CNET claims that the much rumored device will not take on the “iPad 3” moniker as many have speculated, but will instead be called “iPad HD” to highlight the most prominent and talked-about feature of the upcoming tablet: a high-resolution “Retina Display.”

Another report from VentureBeat claims that Apple will indeed depart from its traditional naming scheme, and notes that the “HD” title is further proof that the tablet will not ship with a new A6 processor but will instead be equipped with a modified A5 chip, seen in a purported prototype photograph as the A5X. Last week, Gizmodo published a leaked list that detailed “iPad HD” products from accessory makers Griffin and Belkin.

As of right now, it seems as if the “HD” tag could be akin to Apple’s “S” naming convention that took place with the iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 4S, which marked incremental updates to the smart phone that weren’t substantial enough to warrant a complete number change.

Apple’s next generation tablet is expected to be launched at a media event in California scheduled for Wednesday, and is widely thought to sport a Retina Display, thicker chassis and extended battery life, among other improvements.

Retina Display

25 Billionth Download from Apple’s iOS App Store was ‘Where’s My Water?’

A user from Qingdao, China, downloaded the free application “Where’s My Water?” as the 25 billionth download from the App Store, Apple announced on Monday. User Chunli Fu was the winner of Apple’s contest, earning them a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card. “Where’s My Water” is a mobile game available on the App Store and published by Disney available both as a free “lite” version and a full paid copy for 99 cents.

“We’d like to thank our customers and developers for helping us achieve this historic milestone of 25 billion apps downloaded,” Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, said a press released. “When we launched the App Store less than four years ago, we never imagined that mobile apps would become the phenomenon they have, or that developers would create such an incredible selection of apps for iOS users.”

There are currently more than 550,000 applications available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch in 123 countries around the world. MOre than 170,000 of those applications are available natively for the iPad.

Applications on the App Store are available in 21 different categories ranging from games to sports to business or health and fitness. More than $4 billion has been paid out to developers who sell software on the App Store.

App Store 25 billion downloads

The App  Store reached the 25 billion download milestone on Saturday, though Apple didn’t announce the winner of the $10,000 gift card until Monday. Over the weekend, the page counting down to the number was updated to say: “A billion thanks. 25 times over. The App Store has reached 25 billion download. Thanks for getting us there.”

‘iPad 3’ Cases Shipping To Best Buy ahead of Apple’s Announcement On Wednesday – Report

Best Buy stores have reportedly begun to receive cases sealed in boxes for Apple’s 3rd generation iPad ahead of Wednesday’s unveiling. The cases have shipped in boxes with a pink sticker stating “Do not display until official iPad 3 launch,” an anonymous tipster told PhoneArena.com. Cases for the dubbed “iPad 3” are said to be shipping in bulk, as third-party manufacturers are planning for Apple to begin selling its next iPad soon after it is officially announced.

The report states that:

The shipment is not of just a few cases — there’s over 1,000 Targus Versavu 360 stands for the next-gen iPad shipping to Best Buy, meaning that it won’t be long until the actual tablet hits shelves.”

Multiple leaked components from Apple’s supply chain have suggested the next iPad will feature an external design largely the same as the current iPad 2; however, the “iPad 3” is said to be slightly thicker, with edges mroe tapered than its predecessor. It’s expected that the Apple magnetic Smart Cover will still work with the next iPad, despite minor tweaks to the design. However, Apple’s protective accessory only covers the front, flat screen of the iPad, while many third-party cases cover the aluminum back.

Accessories 2

The rumour that third-party cases are being delivered to Best Buy is supported by a picture that srfaced las week, showing the retailer’s inventory system listing “iPad 3” accessories set to be in stock by next Sunday, March 11. The leaked inventory listings included ZAGG’s InvisibleSHIELD.

The next iPad is expected to be unveiled at Apple’s media event this Wednesday at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, California. The event will commence at 10 a.m. Pacific and 1 p.m. Eastern.