The iPad mini 3 was a bit of a disappointment because Apple really didn’t make any improvements other than adding Touch ID. Big changes could be in order for 2015, though, according to a video of an alleged 4th generation iPad mini rear shell that shows Apple’s smallest tablet is about to get an iPad Air redesign.
We get slammed 24/7 with new Apple rumors. Some are accurate, most are not. To give you a clue about what’s really coming out of Cupertino in the future, we’re busting out our rumor debunker each week to blow up the nonsense.
After staying quiet the past few weeks, the Apple rumor mill is erupting like Mt Kilauea with hot rumors about the Apple Watch’s possible launch date, gossip of the iPad mini getting discontinued, and our first iPhone 7 rumors of the year. Step up to the crystal ball and see which of these rumors are the real deal, and which are just pretenders.
The Verdict: Unbelievable. A tablet that's just 7mm thin and has the battery life and horsepower to be an all-day work machine for professionals? That would be an impressive bit of engineering if Apple pulls it off.
The Verdict: Definitely. Apple's goal to replace all the plastic and paper in your wallet is already starting off better than expected, but Apple Pay and Passbook will need to add some new tricks (like Transit Passes and a Loyalty Program) if it wants to be the undisputed king of mobile wallets.
The Verdict: Probably. Angela Ahrendts told employees that Apple Watch won't hit stores until after Chinese New Year (February 19th). We weren't expecting a January or February launch, but hopefully our wrists will be rocking the Apple Watch before April.
The Verdict: Sounds likely. $500 for a gorgeous stainless steel smartwatch is a pretty decent bargain, especially if you can't swap the bands on the Apple Watch Sport. But $4000 for the gold unit? I hope Apple lets these rich Apple Watch buyers swap out the guts every year, otherwise that $4,000 Apple Watch EDITION will just be a symbol of much you love to blow money.
The Verdict: Too early to tell. Apple invented a new eco-friendly material that could protect Macs from fire damage, but even though Apple's had a few exploding iPhone and iPad incidents, we doubt we'll see this stuff in the Mac within the next 12-18 months. We're still waiting for Apple to make use of its Liquid Metal tech its owned for years.
The Verdict: No way. iPad sales have been struggling lately, but the iPad mini is still the best small tablet on the market, even if it is a gigantic ripoff. Getting rid of the iPad mini so Apple can focus on the 12-inch iPad Pro makes no sense. Apple needs to keep its 7-inch tablet around to cover all sizes.
The Verdict: Say it ain't so Jony. The world doesn't want a 3D display on a smartphone, just ask Amazon. If anyone could pull 3D off, it's Apple, but the only way I see them adding 3D to the iPhone is if it absolutely revolutionizes the iPhone experience, and that just doesn't sound likely.
You can grab an iPad Air 2 at your local Apple Store starting today. Photo: Apple
Apple announced its newest lineup of iPads last week without giving a specific launch date, but if you didn’t get in on the pre-order action you can just go to your local Apple Store and pick up a new unit starting today.
Pre-orders deliveries for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 began earlier today, but Apple retail staff has informed Cult of Mac that stores should receive their first shipments this afternoon, even though most Apple Stores are still waiting for their display units.
This is the source of the iPad’s zombie problem. Photo: Apple
Yesterday, Apple unveiled the iPad mini 3, a slightly updated version of the second-gen iPad mini with Retina display. But even though it’s two generations old at this point, Apple still sells the original iPad mini for $249. That makes it the cheapest iPad yet, albeit for good reason: It packs the same A5 chip and other silicon guts that the iPad 2 did way back in March 2011.
That might actually seem like a good deal for consumers, but it’s turning out to be a nightmare for developers who will likely have to support the iPad mini until 2017.
Until September, 2014 was a pretty quiet year for new Apple products. But the drought is over.
After announcing new iPhones and the Apple Watch last month, another media event is being held October 16th at Apple’s Town Hall auditorium on its Cupertino campus. “It’s been way too long,” joked Apple in its invitation to select members of the press. For those itching to see new iPad and Mac hardware, indeed.
While Town Hall is only a fraction of The Flint Center’s size, October 16th’s event shouldn’t be viewed as any less important. iPad sales are stagnant, and Apple’s desktop displays have been needing an upgrade for years. Apple Pay, an entirely new venture for the company, is expected to come out any day now. And then there’s always the chance that Apple still has at least one surprise up its sleeve.
Despite KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s usually excellent track record on Apple predictions, he messed up his last prediction that the iPad Air 2 would make its appearance at Apple’s iPhone 6 launch event two weeks ago.
Obviously, that didn’t happen. But if you’re eager for an iPad Air boasting an A8 chip, a new report corroborates a rumor we’ve heard before: it’s coming in October. Don’t wait for an A8 iPad mini though: it’s at least three months away.
Former Apple Online Store training manager Andreas Kleinke came up with a unique way of letting people know about his new family member.
How do you celebrate the arrival of a new member of the family? If you’re super Apple fan and former training manager for the Apple Online Store team Andreas Kleinke the answer is that you announce it in the same way Apple introduces a new product.
Adopting the minimalist design Apple is known for, Kleinke created a website for his new baby Jonathan, describing his son’s “20-inch seamless unibody enclosure,” “ten meticulously aligned fingers” and “maximum volume going all the way up to 120 dB.”
The site notes that parental sleep mode is disabled by default, and that gibberish comes as the pre-installed language, although additional language packs are available.
“The response has been truly amazing,” Kleinke tells Cult of Mac. “We already got hundreds emails from all around the globe, and there’s not a single mean one among them. Only very friendly people wishing the best. I’m sure Jonathan will be pleased, once he gets over that whole screaming thing.”