Nov 19

iPad mini @ Walmart

Apple’s new iPad mini is now available at Walmart stores around the country. Pricing remains the same as the direct price: $329 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model, $429 for the 32GB, and $529 for 64GB of internal flash storage.

Walmart.com also has many of the new iPad mini models available, though like the retail stores, only Wi-Fi models are being sold at present.  Some configurations are sold-out online, but you can also use the online tool to find out whether your local location has the model you want in stock.

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Jun 29

Chrome Browser for iOS

Yesterday when Chrome hit the iOS App  Store, I allowed myself a moment of geek excitement; Chrome is my preferred browser on the PC, so I was looking forward seeing that experience translate to the iPad. 

Meh.

It’s nice, and has a familiar look and feel, but under the hood – as suspected – Apple’s app restrictions keep the browser from being much more than Safari with a Google facelift.

As confirmed by John Herrman on Buzzfeed, Apple hasn’t lifted its software restrictions, so Chrome for iOS is hobbled and not even really Chrome at all.  The result is an experience that shares little with the real Chrome browser, and one actually slower than Safari on the iPad. 

One good thing about the browser is that it allows syncing your content with Chrome on your Mac or PC.  Actually… that’s about the only good thing.

M. Nichols, Products Editor

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Jun 26

Apple's new Podcasts iOS App

One of the rumors about iOS 6 was that Apple would be moving podcasts from the Music app to its very own application on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.  Well, the rumor was true, but iOS 6 isn’t required:

This morning Apple released Podcasts, a new standalone podcast app for all iOS devices.

Here’s what Apple says about Podcasts:

Podcasts app is the easiest way to discover, subscribe to and play your favorite podcasts on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Explore hundreds of thousands of free audio and video podcasts from the Podcasts Catalog, and play the most popular podcasts, organized for you by topic, with the all-new Top Stations feature.

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May 16

A 4-inch iPhone?

New reports this week from the Wall Street Journal and Reuters have bolstered persistent rumors that the next iPhone will have a 4-inch touchscreen, bringing it closer to competing smartphones with 4.3, 4.6 and 4.7 inch displays. 

Each iPhone released has featured the same 3.5-inch multi-touch display size, though resolutions have varied.  But rumors predating the current iPhone 4S’s announcement have pointed to a larger iPhone screen for 2012, with the exact size of the increase a matter of some debate. In light of these long-standing reports and two leading news sources’ confirmation, the idea that the iPhone 5 will have a larger screen – likely 4-inches – is now all but certain.

According to the stories, screen production will begin next month, with the first iPhone 5 units rolling off the assembly line in August.  It is generally accepted that the U.S. release will follow shortly thereafter, likely in September or October. There has also been a great deal of speculation that the smartphone will feature a new design, as Apple has not updated the size, shape or style of its iPhone since the summer of 2010. 

Rumors have also persisted that a smaller iPad, with a display perhaps 7-inches diagonally, will be released at some point in the not-too-distant future.

Concept image courtesy of BGR
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May 07

iOS 5.1.1 UpdateIt’s been a while since Apple has released a new iOS 5.x update, but today one has been made available.  A relatively minor update, iOS 5.1.1 addresses a 2G/3G network problem on the new 3rd Gen iPad, bugs in AirPlay video playback, and other minor issues.

On our test iPhones and iPads, the update was under 50MB when updating from the device, but you can also update via iTunes.  The update is available for compatible iPhones and iPod touch models, and all iPads.

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