Benchmarks Reveal New iPad Mini is Slower than iPad Air but 5X Faster than Previous Model

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The new iPad Mini is out and benchmark reports are beginning to surface. While its chip is essentially the same A7 as the iPad Air, it is being clocked approximately 100MHz slower. What does that mean for the performance you can expect from it and should this be a factor in whether or not you buy the new iPad Mini? It would be shocking if you could tell the difference in normal usage and the Mini is just as powerful as its bigger sibling.

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Average iPad and iPhone Owners Spend $48 on iTunes each Year

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It is possible to calculate the average amount spent per iOS account if you simply track the revenue and device stats over the past year. Horace Dediu at ASYMCO.com did just that and found that we spend $48 on average. I don’t know about you, but I am way above average in the spending department and this statistic makes me a little nauseous.

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Shipping Time for iPad mini with Retina Display Already Slipping, No in-store Pickup

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When Apple launched the iPad Air on Nov. 1, it was the easiest purchasing transition for the device in more than three years. Thanks to a huge supply of tablets, along with the new in-store pick up option, you didn’t have to wait more than 20 minutes to walk out the door of your local Apple retail store with an iPad Air in hand.

At 12:05 this morning, Apple quietly launched the iPad mini with Retina display to very little fanfare. By 5:30 a.m. EST, the company had issued an official press release and word got out. Only two hours after it’s official launch announcement, the some models of the smaller sized tablet’s shipping time had already dropped from one to three business days to five to 10 business days. In many areas, in-store pickup is not even available.

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Hit Indie Game, ‘Faster Than Light’ Coming to iPad with ‘Advanced Edition’ in 2014

FTL AE_iPad_SS1The space themed real-time strategy game Faster Than Light (FTL) came out in September of 2012 for Mac and PC. The rogue-like adventure immediately became a hit with the gaming community. The two-man development team at Subset Games has been working hard for the past year to create an expansion of FTL. Thanks to all of their efforts, not only will “Advanced Edition” be ready in early 2014, but also the entire game, including the expansion, will come to the iPad at the same time.

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It’s Here, iPad mini with Retina Display is Now On Sale

iPad MiniWhen Apple held its special event on Oct. 22, the company announced that the new iPad Air would go on Sale Nov. 1. Those looking forward to getting their hands on the full sized tablet were happy to know that the big day was only a week away. However, fans of the iPad mini were out of luck. Apple only vaguely offered “later this November” as a release date for the 7.9-inch screen.

There has been much speculation as to the official launch date of the iPad mini, but not a peep has been heard from Apple… until now.

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Flexible iPad mini Stand PED4 Coil IPM10 – Gear Review

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Our friends over at Thought Out have yet another clever and innovative new iPad mini stand – the PED4 Coil IPM10. This is a long, snake like, flexible, gooseneck coil stand that can be manipulated into any shape to hold your iPad mini. Made from solid, yet flexible, steel, this stand can be mounted anywhere.

If your iPad mini goes everywhere you go – this is the stand for you. The coil allows you to bend and flex the stand to work where you need it to go. Prop it up, hang it, hook it – there are endless possibilities.

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Report Finds iPads Most Popular Mobile Device for in-home Video and Audio Use

Sandvine iOS fixed access internetResearch firm Sandvine recently released a comprehensive report on fixed and mobile Internet traffic. The report shows that 20 percent of all in-home Internet use takes place on mobile devices. Thanks to larger screens and better quality graphics, media consumers are spending more time on their tablets and smartphones than ever before.

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PadGadget Daily App Deal – 11 iPad Apps on Sale

PadGadget Daily App Deal – 11 iPad Apps on SaleFor today’s Daily Deal we’ve found 11 great apps to add to your iPad collection.  We have 7 productivity / entertainment apps and 4 game apps in today’s bundle.

We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great deals and we’ll continue to look for the best app deals as they pop-up. Some of these apps are up to 80% off, several are even free, so be sure to check them out because they are on sale for a limited time.

Check out all the sale apps after the break »

Apple’s Maps Strategy Could Still Prove to be a Winner Against Google

Comscore Sept 2013 ReportLast September, Apple launched iOS 6. The remodeled mobile operating system wasn’t quite the overhaul that iOS 7 was, but it did offer some new features that made waves in the tech world. One of them was the introduction of Apple Maps. The iPad maker decided not to renew its contract with Google and, instead, created a proprietary mapping service, specifically for iOS users. It was a disaster.

Apple’s Maps app got things wrong all over the place. Literally. Various European landmarks were mislabeled, directions didn’t work properly, and even misled users into isolated locations, and Apple Maps became the butt of a lot of location jokes, much to the happiness of Google, no doubt.

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Accessory Makers Turn to Signage Enclosures for iPad Marketing

newPCGadget Acrylic iPad Air CaseThe iPad has been on the market for more than three years now. Every year, we find out more about what the tablet is being used for. It has become a digital textbook in schools across America, an in-flight entertainment device on airlines, and a point-of-sale cash register so retailers can come out from behind the counter.

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