I personally sold my third-gen iPad just yesterday, as I didn't use it that much - only for FaceTime with family. But, it looks like I wasn't alone. MarketWatch is reporting that sites that specialize in gadget resales saw a tremendous surge in iPad interest yesterday, with resale submissions smashing up by 700-1000% as Apple announced their fourth-generation iPad, and smaller iPad mini.
Some 140,000 devices were put up for sale on Gazelle.com Tuesday - a 700% spike from the day before, says Anthony Scarsella, chief gadget officer at the site. Half of that increase occurred in the hours just before the announcement, he says - and the most common model put up for sale was the "new iPad" released just six months ago. Another resale site, NextWorth.com , reported that trade-ins for iPads rose over 1,000% on Tuesday.
The new models won't be available until November 2, but it looks like consumers are looking to ditch their current models quick and jump for the new models. The report says that nearly 70% of resale submissions are for the third-gen iPad, with the 32GB Wi-Fi-only model registering as the most popular resale at Gazelle.
The new Mac mini has been benchmarked by colocation data center, Macbinicolo. The site has pushed all three stock models through benchmarks, as well as sharing their initial impressions of each of the machines. Geekbench results focus mainly on processor and memory performance, and show just a slight increase in performance for the entry-level machine when compared to the previous-generation.
The bigger gains come from the quad-core Ivy Bridge-based processors, with early impressions of the device including:
- Don't look now, but the new Mac minis are getting comparable to the last gen Xserve and 2010 Mac Pros as far as benchmarks. Tech progress marches on.
- All Mac minis now come standard with 4GB of RAM. Thank goodness. As of last week, the base Mac mini had 2GB of RAM and that was brutal with Mountain Lion.
- The Mac mini can officially be upgraded to 16GB now. It's been possible for over a year, but it had to be done after ordering. Now, Apple offers the 16GB of RAM.
- The base mini is still i5, but the middle and high end minis are quad core i7 Ivy Bridge processors. That middle mini is the most interesting. Many customers prefer the quad core for things like an Xcode build server or for plenty of cores to spread between virtual machines. That $799 Mac mini is going to be very popular.
- The machines now come with 1600MHz DDR3 Memory. Seriously, 16GB of 1600MHz RAM in such a small machine. It's really quite amazing.
Razer's upcoming gaming tablet currently known as Project Fiona, has reportedly walked through the FCC. The FCC have now had some hands-on time with Razer's tablet, and according to the latest pictures, the slate now loses its handlebars.
Project Fiona's love handles may have gone, but an attached accessory list notes that there will be a Razer-branded controller, which will be powered by a 2800mAh battery, meaning that the prototype's gamepads might be independent, or detachable. The battery in the tablet itself looks to be 5600mAh, with a model number of RZ09-0093.
The new FCC documents point toward a heavily redesigned slate, which we knew would happen because Razer have been listening to community feedback on the device. The community has talked about accessories, CPU/GPU configurations and more. This FCC filing might not be the final design, so expect some possible changes to Project Fiona.
Reports are coming in that the iPad mini will be limited in number at launch, due to supply constraints. This, coupled with a lower price tag that is expected to drive up demand, should worsen the already short supply. The supply is expected to be less than usual, so pre-order quickly or line up outside if you have to have the latest Apple gadget.
The supply constraints are chalked up to issues with producing the new, smaller 7.9-inch display. Reports say that Apple is expanding its supplier chain for iPad mini displays, but the new companies are experiencing issues producing the display. LG will continue to produce displays, though Apple has added AUO to the supply chain.
AUO will supply panels to Pegatron. AUO, however, was only able to produce 100,000 units in September. They hope to reach 400,000 for October, 800,000 for November, and 1 million December. This is compared to LG who shipped 300,000 in September, and plans to ship 1 million in October, 2.5 million in November, and 3 million in December.
As you can see, panels are in limited supply for the launch. However, it looks like supply should pick up before Christmas and Apple should be able to service most customers who will want to purchase one before the holidays.
Apple has announced and released a few more Lightning connector adapters so as to allow you to do more with the newly announced iPad 4G and iPad mini. For instance, they added a Lightning to HDMI adapter that will allow users to watch videos from their iPad on a larger screen, which is especially useful if you buy the now-miniaturized iPad.
Other adapters include Lightning to VGA, Lightning to SD, and Lightning to USB. They have also released other accessories for the iPad mini. The new iPad mini will get its own version of the Smart Cover, which will offer the same features as its larger and older brother. It is available for the same price and in six different colors.
The Lightning to HDMI and Lightning to VGA cables will set you back $49, which is a bit higher than the previous versions that utilized the 30-pin connector. They are priced at $39 and $29, respectively. The Lightning to USB and Lightning to SD adapters were announced, but have not yet shown up online. A leaked SKU suggests they will set a purchaser back $29 a piece.
Apple's newly-announced iPad mini may be smaller, and thinner than the previous iPad's, but it will lack one serious function of the current slates: GPS. Apple's Wi-Fi-only iPad mini won't sport GPS capabilities which current 7-inch tablets sport, like the incredible Nexus 7 from ASUS.
Apple's Wi-Fi+Cellular iPad mini's will definitely include GPS functionality, but the non-cellular models won't. Apple marketing executive Phil Schiller has defended the company's premium price point for the iPad mini, stating that he expects customers to be "very exited" about the iPad mini and its $329 price tag.
The lack of GPS on the Wi-Fi-only iPad mini will most likely do a number of things to consumers. First, unless they know this fact, they will buy it and expect it to "just work" (Apple's words) and be perplexed when they realize it lacks GPS. Secondly, they'll be educated about the lack of GPS and turn toward another device, not wanting to shell out another $130 to ge the cellular version to gain GPS capabilities. Thirdly, shell out $130 for something that would cost Apple cents on the dollar to bake into the iPad mini.
Here's the HTC DLX. HTC DLX, meet Verizon, the carrier who we believe you will be operating on. The HTC DLX (pronounced Deluxe) will be the first HTC One smartphone to make it to big red. They had passed on the original three devices, announced back in February, and many consumers haven't been happy with the choice.
This device marks HTC's first product that will come with a 5+ inch screen. 5 inch phones, or as I refer to them, tablets, are increasingly becoming the normal screen size for devices, which is interesting considering for a while there, everything and everyone was focused on becoming thinner and smaller.
The new device is said to feature a full 1080p HD screen that reportedly looks extremely good. The back will feature a 8 or 12 megapixel camera. It's supposedly running a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor paired with 2GB of RAM. It's got 16GB of storage and a non-removable 2500mAh battery.
This is reported to launch around Thanksgiving, though there has been no official confirmation from HTC or Verizon.
The new iPad mini is as powerful as the iPad 2, if not more so. It comes with a dual-core A5 processor, FaceTime HD camera, 5MP iSight around the back with 1080p recording, 10 hour battery life, LTE, and 802.11n Wi-Fi. Oh, and it of course comes with the new Lightning connector.
Let's see about the price. 16GB with Wi-Fi is starting at $329. A decent price, almost enough for me to go buy it. iPad 2 continues to sell for $399. 32GB mini is $429, 64GB for $519. Add $130 to each price for LTE connectivity. All are up for preorder on October 26, with the WiFi versions shipping November 2 and the cellular versions coming two weeks later.
"They love the display. They love the camera for FaceTime. They love that they can connect anywhere they go on Wi-Fi or cellular. They love iPad's legendary all day battery life. And they love all of the amazing apps optimized for iPad." Apple says that the iPad accounts for 91 percent of the tablet web traffic.
In June, Apple say they sold more iPads than any PC maker shipped PCs. Bragging about how the iPad is great in education, they are now announcing the latest version of iBooks Author.
Now Tim Cook has moved onto the business sector saying that "almost every company in the Fortune 500 is now testing or deploying iPad, and we're seeing a similar success in smaller business." "We've got some really cool stuff to show you, and to do that I'd like to welcome Phil back up on the stage."
Here comes the new iPad mini. "Just half a year ago we introduced the iPad with Retina display and it's incredible, and it's even more incredible that we're here today to talk about the fourth generation iPad." Woah, 4th generation?? It comes with a new A6X processor, which doubles the CPU and GPU performance and brings it up to the iPhone 5 levels.
"We are so far ahead of the competition I can't even see them in the rear-view mirror."
In the United States, Sprint is getting the new iPad. It's coming with new LTE wireless connectivity, a Lightning connector (of course) and the same 10 hours of battery life. It will be available in black and white. 16GB version with Wi-Fi
Tim Cook is on-stage at the California Theater in San Jose and is starting out the event by bragging about how the iPhone is off to a "tremendous start." The event is leading off with talking about the iPhone.
"We sold out the first weekend, selling more than 5 million units. This was fantastic. This is the most iPhones ever sold in the opening weekend, and the most phones ever sold in the opening weekend."
Then, Tim Cook showed a video of the iPhone 5 launch all of the world. "Our teams work incredibly hard to deliver amazing products like iPhone 5, and seeing this type of customer response reminds us why we love to do it."
Today is another big day for Apple as not only are they currently the only website authorized to host the new Iron Man 3 trailer, but it's a day where all techies around the world will sitting at their desk waiting to hear what the company has up their sleeve this time. Judging by the rumor mill for the past six months, it looks like we're going to be hearing about Apple's iPad mini.
Apple's event is set to kick off at 10 a.m. PDT and normally, you'd have to be sitting at your desk following a handful of live-blogs from outlets who were lucky enough to receive an invite to the event. Apparently this isn't just any normal event as Apple will be live-streaming the event for Apple TV owners, iOS device owners and users of Apple's Safari browser.
If you're a T-Mobile fan and were waiting for Samsung's Galaxy Note II, well, the telco is now receiving their stock of the new 5.5-inch Android-powered smartphone.
Phandroid are reporting from a tipster, who sent them images from T-Mobile HQ officially announcing the release date, as well as stating that they're receiving stock as we speak.
The Galaxy Note II looks to be $300 up-front on a contract, but the Note II seems to be worth it from early reports. I'm looking forward to getting my hands on one myself.
Instead of just waiting in line to get the first devices off the press like the iPhone or iPad, Microsoft are putting the reverse actions on the first people lining up for Surface RT.
The first 100 people in line at each Microsoft store will receive a one-year subscription to Xbox Music Pass, for free. This is worth $99 if you were to buy it on its own. Microsoft have already sold out of their pre-order stock of Surface RT tablets online, which means the only way you're going to get one on launch day is lining up at a retail Microsoft Store.
Before the Surface RT launch, the Redmond-based company will have 60 stores open, which gives consumers a bunch of places they can line up for not only the Surface RT tablet, but the free Xbox Music Pass.
October 29 really can't get here quick enough with new reports coming from LG's head of Mobile Product Planning at an Optimus Vu launch in New Delhi saying:
Google will unveil the LG Nexus on October 29 and the phone will be available in the Indian markets by the end of November.
We knew this, but having India availability just a month after the announcement is quite the change. This could mean Google are serious about bursting into more markets quicker than ever before, like the Samsung Galaxy S III did. It could also mean that LG want to tap that Indian market, where most other players aren't as strong.
For now, we'll reserve judgment, as this was from an executive at another event, and not for the Nexus 4 - but it does seem to make sense at the moment.
Windows 8 arrives at the end of the week and there is now another announcement of devices, this time from LG. First up we have the V325 all-in-one PC which sports a 23-inch screen with up to 10-point touch sensitivity.
What will most likely end up as a Korea-only option is a built-in TV tuner, which can be activated without turning the entire machine on. A third-generation Intel Core i5 processor is baked in, as well as NVIDIA's GeForce GT640M.
Next up we have the 11.6-inch H160 hybrid which sports its own auto-slide button, measures in at 15.9mm thick even though it has a built-in keyboard. The 11.6-inch screen is an LG-made IPS panel, with the company expecting around 10 hours of battery life from the device. Connectivity wise it's not a slouch, with Wi-Fi, HDMI output as well as USB, and there should be a microSD card slot in there, too.
Playing games on iOS and Android have been as common as checking your Facebook or Twitter as nearly everyone with a smartphone and some spare time have played at least one game on their device. For those who take their gaming a little more serious, on-screen controls aren't ideal, especially when it comes to first-person shooters like Gameloft's N.O.V.A. series. PowerA's MOGA will finally give gamers the control they want when they game on their mobile device, and best of all, it's available right now.
The MOGA Mobile Gaming System is compatible with only Android devices right now running Android 2.3 and above and will house your Android device of choice within the top bracket, which may be a familiar angle for you Nintendo DS & 3DS owners.
The first Windows Phone 8-powered smartphones reach Best Buy, cheaper than the iPhone and Galaxy S III
AT&T's Windows Phone 8 handsets have reached Best Buy's pre-order list, with the Nokia Lumia 920 available in an assortment of colors for $149.99 on a two-year contract. Contract-free pricing for the Lumia 920 sets at $599.99.
HTC's high-end Windows Phone 8X smartphone is also available for pre-order, available in indigo-blue for $99.99 on contract, and $599.99 outright. Best Buy aren't showing any shipping dates for both smartphones, stating they will "ship when available".
The Lumia 920 is priced quite well, at just $149.99 on a two-year contract, bettering the price offered by Apple's iPhone 5 and Samsung's Galaxy S III which are both priced at $199.99 on two-year contracts.
We're only days away from Apple's iPad mini unveiling, Microsoft's Windows 8 and Surface launch, as well as Google's October 29 event, and to top it all off we're now hearing about Apple's iPad 4.
Yes, iPad 4. This would be Apple's fourth-generation slate, and the photo above is of the purported iPad 4's lightning dock connector. The photo compares it to Apple's fourth-generation iPad dock, to the iPad mini dock, where the connector looks to be a completely new design.
This would then lean credit toward a fourth-generation iPad sporting a totally redesigned interior in order to house different components. It shouldn't just be a refreshed lightning dock connector for the third-gen iPad, but something new entirely. Apple are going to need it as competition in the tablet space is heating up, and fast.
RumorTT: Google and Samsung to unveil Nexus 10 at October 29 event, would sport 10-inch 2560x1600 display
This week is really going to be important for Google coming off of their sharp dive on the stock market last week, and if The Next Web is right, it could be quite the week indeed.
TNW are reporting that Google, along with Samsung, could unveil "Manta", which would sport a 10-inch 2560x1600-pixel display. This display would give it iPad-beating specs with 300ppi, and would arrive as the Nexus 10 to be sold alongside ASUS' Nexus 7 tablet.
Along with the news of LG's Nexus 4, Google would be really rounding out the Nexus family of devices. Google are poised to unveil a refreshed Nexus 7 sporting 3G, as well as the increased internal storage of up to 32GB to be put on offer. The Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 should be unveiled with Android 4.2 onboard.
Well, HTC is about to get a whole lot more awesome with the release of their "DLX" smartphone, which is headed to Verizon. We heard about this last week as the J Butterfly which is headed to the Japanese market.
HTC's DLX is the company's 5-inch smartphone, which sports a 1080p display. Along with its awesome high-res display, we're pleasured to see Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 1.5GB of RAM, 1.5GB of internal storage, a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, and 2,500mAh battery.
Software wise, something else great to see is that the DLX will come with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box. The above specs are according to the smartphone's spec sheet, but the pictures from today's report point to 2GB of RAM, which could spice things up just a bit. DLX is also 4G LTE-capable, and should be on Verizon in the near future.
We've been hearing nearly every rumble of the coming iPad mini, but one point has eluded most until now, price. We know it'll most likely replace the iPad 2 in the market, that it'll want to compete with the Nexus 7 from ASUS and Google, and that it won't be as fast, or sport a high-end screen like the third-gen iPad.
Well, now 9to5Mac are reporting that Apple's starting price for the new iPad mini should float around the $329 price, somewhere in between the fifth-generation iPod touch priced at $299, and the Wi-Fi-only 16GB iPad 2 at $399.
The two higher capacity iPad mini's should be priced at around $100 extra per step, so 32GB for $429 and 64GB for $529. The base price for the new iPad mini could be higher, but 9to5Mac reckons it will hit $329. I do agree, as Apple have an uphill battle with their iPad mini. The Nexus 7 is doing wonders for Google and ASUS, with customers completely smitten with their Jelly Bean-powered 7-inch wonder tablet.