Black Friday is two and a half weeks away. It seems like last week I was trying to figure out what to wear for Halloween. Time is flying by this year. Before we know it, retail stores will be taking down the Christmas trees and replacing them with hearts. Part of the reason that the holidays seem to be rushing past might be that retail stores starting stocking shelves with Christmas decorations before Halloween.
Apple is reported to be spending over $10.5 billion towards robot technology and milling machines to work on the assembly line. These robots will help to produce iPads, iPhones, and more–including the MacBook and iPhone 5C’s casing, and the testing of camera lens.
This isn’t the first time Apple had to produce new manufacturing tools to help build its products; back in 2010, the iPhone 4 required a machine to test its new gyroscope technology was working up to par.
Welcome back to our weekly posting about all things do-it-yourself iPad project related. If there is one thing we love around here as much as (or possibly more than) music, its DIY projects. They are especially exciting when they are made for recycled goods from around the house. Last week, we found a cute basket weave felt sleeve for your new iPad Air.
Last Friday, super typhoon Haiyan laid a path of destruction right through the middle of the small cluster of islands of the Philippines. Enormous waves from the record storm destroyed nearly 80 percent of structures in the Leyte province and a reported 10,000 people were killed with more than 600,000 displace in the centralize section of the storm. As is typical in areas suffering from natural disasters, help is difficult to come by.
The United Nations told Reuters that relief operations have been hampered due to damage and complete destruction to roads, airports, and bridges. Some survivors have been without food, water, and medicine since the typhoon hit.
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.
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.
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.
The 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.
When 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.