Interested in picking up an iPad at a great deal? Look no further than the Apple Store. Apple is now selling refurbished original iPads and iPad 2 units at a nicely discounted price. In fact, the new prices are up to $50 less than previous refurb prices. Now, the cost of entry to owning an iPad is down to $299 for the original 16 GB Wi-Fi model, while the 16 GB iPad 2 Wi-Fi tablet is down to $349. All Apple refurbished purchases include a year of AppleCare as well, so you can buy with confidence knowing that if anything goes wrong within a year, Apple will happily replace (and sometimes, upgrade) your iPad.
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Apple has released iOS 5.1.1 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and with it comes various bug fixes and improvements. According to Apple, you should expect the following:
- Improves reliability of using HDR option for photos taken using Lock Screen shortcut.
- Addresses bugs that could prevent the new iPad from switching between 2G and 3G networks.
- Fixes bugs that affected AirPlay video playback in some circumstances.
- Improved reliability for syncing Safari bookmarks and Reading List.
- Fixes an issue where "Unable to Purchase" alert could be displayed after successful purchase.
iOS 5.1 was released two months ago, right before the release of the new iPad. You can grab iOS 5.1.1 by going into the Software Update option within the Settings app on your device, or you can connect your device to iTunes and do it there.
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In this episode we give you a look at MyStream, an iOS (and soon, Android) app that lets you share your music with multiple devices, eliminating the need to share headphones. Sharing of content happens over Bluetooth, streaming to up to 5 devices, or Wi-Fi, which will stream to up to 30 separate devices.
The Apple Smart Cover is a convenient way to protect the display of your iPad, and can also double as a simple stand. However, there are times where you'd prefer to have something a little more sturdy, and a little more elegant, and that's where something like the Ten One Design Magnus Magnetic Stand for iPad comes in. The Magnus is a magnetic stand that works with the new iPad, as well as with the iPad 2, and even the original. I was able to get my hands on one and have been testing it for a bit. It's really a simply-but-elegant product, so there isn't much to it. How does it work, and will it fit in with your workflow? Head on down for our full review of the Magnus to find out!
We just got our hands on the Ten One Design Magnus, a magnetic stand for the Apple iPad. The stand features a striking minimalist design that works with all three generations of iPad that have been released to date. It's made of a nice, hand-finished brushed aluminum look that matches the rear metallic casing on the iPad itself. They sell out pretty regularly, but you can find them on Amazon for $47. We'll have a full review up later today, but for now, enjoy these images showing off the Magnus.
Edit: And here's our Magnus iPad Stand review!
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Some buyers of the new iPad have been reporting that it gets considerably warmer than the previous iPad 2 model. Jim Dalrymple from over at Loop Insight was able to get a statement from Apple regarding the increase in temperature:
"The new iPad delivers a stunning Retina display, A5X chip, support for 4G LTE plus 10 hours of battery life, all while operating well within our thermal specifications,” Apple representative Trudy Muller, told The Loop. “If customers have any concerns they should contact AppleCare."
In other words, Apple is well aware that the new iPad can get a bit warmer, but that is because of all the new technology that it's packing. Tests have shown that the new iPad gets about 10 degrees warmer than previous models under heavy usage.
At yesterday's iPad event, Apple unveiled the final piece of the puzzle as it pertains to bringing the full iLife suite to iOS with the release of iPhoto for iPad and iPhone. Similar to GarageBand and iMovie, iPhoto is available now as a universal app for $5. So, what's the draw? Well, iPhoto lets you use your iOS device's multi-touch display to perform basic photo editing function like simple one-tap white balance, red-eye removal, and exposure adjustments. You can also crop and straighten images, and remove blemishes with ease.
You can pull up your photos that are stored on your device, including the camera roll and Photo Stream, and compare images side-by-side. Edits are non-destructive as they save a copy rather than editing the original. You can process images that are up to 19 megapixels, which should be fine for the vast majority of people out there, but for those of you shooting with a Canon 5D Mark II in RAW format, you may wanna look elsewhere for your photo processing software--but in that scenario, why would you be using an iPad for that function anyway?
You've got a bunch of sharing options, including Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr. You can also export photos to your Camera Roll and to iTunes and email them to contacts. One new feature is Journal, where you can select a group of photos that iPhoto then puts together in a unique gallery with dates, weather information, maps, and more. It's like making a diary out of photos relating to an event or range of dates.
For $5, you can't go wrong with iPhoto for iOS. You can get it now on the App Store.
As Apple promised this morning during its iPad event, iOS 5.1 is now available for download. What's new? Well the major items include the fact that Siri can now speak to you in Japanese, photos can be deleted from Photo Stream (finally!), and a camera shortcut is now always visible on the lock screen of the iPhone and iPod touch. Other additions include a 4G indicator on the AT&T iPhone 4S, and optimized audio for iTunes TV and movies to make the audio louder and clearer when watching on an iPad. Download it now!
Alongside the new iPad that was announced at today's iPad event, Apple has also introduced a new AppleCare+ for iPad warranty. AppleCare+ for iPad provides 2 additional years of coverage on top of the built-in 1-year warranty (so you get a total of 3 years,) and even covers two incidents of "accidental damage" for $49 each.
At this morning's iPad event, aside from the new third-generation iPad, Apple announced that it would continue to make and sell the iPad 2. The iPad 2 will be available with 16 GB of storage, and you can choose between the Wi-Fi model for $399, and the Wi-Fi + 3G model for $529. Definitely a good move if you ask us.
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