TouchMyApps » iPad Mini http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:45:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.3 Rumour Mill: iPad mini 2 will feature high resolution display http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/12/14/rumour-mill-ipad-mini-2-will-feature-high-resolution-display/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/12/14/rumour-mill-ipad-mini-2-will-feature-high-resolution-display/#comments Fri, 14 Dec 2012 16:05:12 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=71348 According to Digitimes’ sources, the iPad mini 2′s display will get a boost in resolution, which isn’t all that surprising considering how most, if not all, consider the current mini’s 1024×768 display to be its weakest link. Apple’s next-generation iPad mini will focus mostly on enhancing the device’s display resolution, according to Taiwan-based backlighting industry … Read more]]>

According to Digitimes’ sources, the iPad mini 2′s display will get a boost in resolution, which isn’t all that surprising considering how most, if not all, consider the current mini’s 1024×768 display to be its weakest link.

Apple’s next-generation iPad mini will focus mostly on enhancing the device’s display resolution, according to Taiwan-based backlighting industry sources.

The sources have yet to specify whether the device will use Apple’s Retina Display technology to enhanced resolution, but market observers said it is highly likely based on the development of past Apple products such as the iPhone and 9.7-inch iPad series.

If Apple does indeed give the next generation mini a higher resolution display, it stands to reason that it’ll have the same number of pixels as the Retina iPads (2,048 x 1,536). This way, developers won’t have to create a third format of Apps just for the 7.9″ iPad (the chances of Apple going this route is next to nil). While it may be safe to assume that Apple will release an iPad mini with a Retina display, there are those (like AnandTech) who believe that we won’t be seeing one anytime soon thanks to the increase in size and cost.

With the mini’s display using a 1024 x 768 resolution, this option would give it a 7.85-inch 2048 x 1536 panel. That would be the same resolution as the iPad 3/4, but in a much smaller display giving it a pixel density of 326 PPI (vs ~263 for the iPad 3/4). Apple could do this, but it would then need to make all of the same changes it made in going to the iPad with Retina Display, primarily the introduction of a larger battery and much larger SoC. The bigger battery is needed to drive the more powerful backlight, and the X-series of SoCs is needed to actually render the UI and games at such a high resolution. Both of these things would increase the size and cost of the mini, which would make it distinctly un-mini.

The other Digitimes rumour makes mention that the 9.7″ iPad 5 will also be lighter than the iPad 3/4.

Meanwhile, the sources also said that Apple will restructure the lighting of the next-generation 9.7-inch iPad from two LED light bars to one in order to decrease the device’s overall weight.

If true, and depending on how much lighter, this could also be rather significant. For anyone who’s held both the full sized iPad and mini side-by-side, it’s evident just how much heftier the bigger sibling is. I know that since I’ve used the mini on a daily basis, every time I pick up my iPad 3, I’ve thought to myself “wow, this sucker is heavy!”.

Now keep in mind that Digitimes has had its hits and misses with its reports, so take it with a grain of salt. Still, it’s exciting to think of the mini 2 with a Retina Display (that for me would be the perfect iPad for everyday use), and a lighter iPad 5.

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Read easier on iPad mini (while surfing the web) with these bookmarklets http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/11/17/read-easier-on-ipad-mini-while-surfing-the-web-with-these-bookmarklets/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/11/17/read-easier-on-ipad-mini-while-surfing-the-web-with-these-bookmarklets/#comments Sat, 17 Nov 2012 17:45:30 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=70619 The iPad mini is a fantastic 7.9-inch tablet, though there’s no denying that there’s plenty of room for improvement when it comes the display. Factor in the smaller screen and only 163 PPI (pixels per inch), browsing the web on the mini with Safari can at times be trying. The easiest way of course is to simply double … Read more]]>

Readability’s bookmarket lets you change font size, themes and margins

The iPad mini is a fantastic 7.9-inch tablet, though there’s no denying that there’s plenty of room for improvement when it comes the display. Factor in the smaller screen and only 163 PPI (pixels per inch), browsing the web on the mini with Safari can at times be trying. The easiest way of course is to simply double tab or pinch-and-zoom into any webpage, or better yet, tap the Reader button located in the url bar once the page has completely loaded, which then strips out everything save for the text, with the option to increase/decrease font size. But for those who like to tinker and tweak, there are other options out there that can get the job done too. More specifically, they’re bookmarklets that you can easily “install” on your mini (or any iDevice for that matter); one works very much like iOS’ Reader functionality, the other lets you change the font size right from the bookmarks toolbar.

While I may have switched over to Pocket for saving articles to read later on iOS, I still use Readability’s bookmarklet from time to time on the iPad mini. Like the Reader button, the bookmarket removes all the unnecessary clutter and displays only the text in a easy to read format. The advantage here is that aside from being able to change font size, you can also cycle through several themes (one of which is great for night reading) and increase or decrease the margins.

  1. First head over to www.readability.com/bookmarklets on your iPad mini or other iDevice (you must be on mobile device to see necessary info)
  2. Under the Read Now box, tap Select All and Copy the block of javascript code
  3. Tap the Action Add Bookmark Icon button and then select the Bookmark icon
  4. Give it a different name if you wish (i.e ‘Read Now’) and choose location of where you want to save it (Bookmarks Bar will give it easy access). Tap Save.
  5. Tap the Bookmarks icon (Bookmarks Icon) and locate your newly created bookmark
  6. Tap ‘Edit’ in the corner of the window and delete the URL that’s shown. Now Paste the javascript code you copied in step 2 into this url field, hit ‘Done’ on keyboard and ‘Done’ again in corner to complete the edit.

If you chose to save Readability bookmarklet under Bookmarks Bar, just make sure that under Setting –> Safari –> Always Show Bookmarks Bar is turned to ‘On’. Below you can see how Readability converts a webpage:

…to this after converting webpage into much easier layout for reading on 7.9-inch diplay.

Readability isn’t nearly as fast as iOS’ own Reader, though I do prefer how it formats webpages. And the fact that you can change themes/margins and embedded non-flash videos (Youtube) won’t be stripped out are just an added bonus.

Now onto the other bookmarklet. If you’ve ever wondered how to manually change font size on iOS’ Safari (there is no such feature unfortunately), this “hack” should be right up your alley. Created by Marcos Kirsch, this tweak will let you change font size on the fly, which is a great feature to have on the iPad mini.

As pointed out by Marco, there are two ways to install them. The easiest way can be accomplished on the computer, assuming you use iCloud to sync bookmarks between Safari on your Mac/PC and your iDevices. Simply drag the Font- and Font+ links found in his blog (under Method A) into your Bookmarks Bar and in a short while, they will automagically appear on your mini and other iDevices (just make sure that under Settings –> iCloud, Safari is turned ‘ON’). If you don’t have access to a computer at the moment nor use iCloud to sync your bookmarks, below are steps (Method B) which are similar to the install for Readability bookmarklet.

  1. Copy the following Javascript code on your iPad mini: javascript:var p=document.getElementsByTagName(‘*’);for(i=0;i<p.length;i++){if(p[i].style.fontSize){var s=parseInt(p[i].style.fontSize.replace(“px”,”"));}else{var s=12;}s-=2;p[i].style.fontSize=s+”px”}
  2. Tap the Action Add Bookmark Icon button in Safari and select the Bookmark icon
  3. Tap the ‘x’ to delete the title (first box) and name it Font- (or you can give it a something similar)
  4. Make sure you choose ‘Bookmarks Bar’ as the location and hit ‘Save’
  5.  Tap the Bookmarks icon (Bookmarks Icon) and locate your newly created Font- bookmark
  6. Tap ‘Edit’ in the corner of the window and delete the URL that’s shown (which will be this TouchMyApps url assuming you’ve added it from this page). Now paste the javascript code from step 1 into this url field.
  7. If you have numerous bookmarks in your Bookmarks Bar, there’s one more step to make sure that it’ll always be there for easy access.
  8. Tap Bookmarks (Bookmarks Icon), go into Bookmarks Bar folder and tap “Edit”. Find Font- and drag it (by 3 horizontal stripes icon) to the very top. It will now appear in the top left section of the bookmarks bar. Note: Make sure that under Setting –> Safari –> Always Show Bookmarks Bar is turned to ‘On’.
  9. Now copy the following Font+ Javascript code on your iPad mini and repeat steps 2 – 6: javascript:var p=document.getElementsByTagName(‘*’);for(i=0;i<p.length;i++){if(p[i].style.fontSize){var s=parseInt(p[i].style.fontSize.replace(“px”,”"));}else{var s=12;}s+=2;p[i].style.fontSize=s+”px”}

Here’s what you should see in your Bookmarks Bar after adding both Font- and Font+ bookmarklets.

By tapping on the corresponding -/+ bookmarklets, the font size on the webpage will change accordingly. To reset the size back to its default, just reload the page.

Advanced Tip: There’s a way to make it so that the incremental increases are much bigger (as pointed out by a Macrumors user), should you find that it’s somewhat of a pain to repeatedly tap Font+ to blow up the font. Here’s what you need to do. Tap on Bookmarks icon once again, locate Font+ and hit ‘Edit’. Now tap the box with the javascript code and look for the red bolded part below:

  • %7Ds-=2;

The default value is 2, which you can replace with a bigger number. I’ve been using a value of 8 and it’s worked well for me. Now when you use Font+, the font size will increase significantly more with just one tap. You can play around with the value and see what works best for you. Also, you can do likewise for Font- if you wish.

So there you have it. Several ways to increase font size on your iPad mini while surfing the web. iOS’ Reader functionality is the easiest and fastest way to go about it, though depending on how a particular webpage is designed, these bookmarklets could come in handy as well.

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Thoughts on the iPad mini (after a week+ of use) http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/11/13/thoughts-on-the-ipad-mini-after-a-week-of-use/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/11/13/thoughts-on-the-ipad-mini-after-a-week-of-use/#comments Tue, 13 Nov 2012 20:24:27 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=70687 With the release of the iPad mini, Apple has finally entered the small tablet market. Much has changed since the first iPad ushered in a new era of mobile computing, as tablets like the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD have become even more portable, with higher resolution displays to boot. And so with great expectations, … Read more]]>

With the release of the iPad mini, Apple has finally entered the small tablet market. Much has changed since the first iPad ushered in a new era of mobile computing, as tablets like the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD have become even more portable, with higher resolution displays to boot.

And so with great expectations, it’s somewhat strange to find the mini to be one of the most polarizing Apple iDevices ever. It’s beautifully crafted, extremely light and fun to use, and yet, it also houses the same A5 processor from the iPad 2 and a display with a resolution of just 1024 x 768 pixels . That said, after a week of using the mini, these initial concerns have been put to rest and I’ve come to love this 7.9-inch iPad.

Design and hardware

For the very first time, the iPad mini doesn’t quite look like the iPad we’ve come to know and love. Resembling more like a giant 5th generation iPod Touch, the mini’s back is made of anodized aluminum (though unlike the two-toned back of the iPhone 5, it’s just one single color here) and its sides much rounder. This makes it significantly easier and more comfortable to hold, whereas the iPad 3/4 tends to dig into the palm of the hand due to its edgier form factor. Coupled with its impressive weight (just .68 lbs/308 grams – more than half as light as the new iPad), the mini is an absolutely joy to pick up.

Holding the mini with one hand almost feels natural, like you would with any ebook reader. It’s certainly light enough that you practically won’t feel any strain to your hand and arm, which the same can’t be said with the full sized iPad. At 5.3 inches wide, its also fairly easy to palm the back of the mini with one hand. I have (what I assume are) average sized hands and I’ve had no issues palming it from its rear – a nice change from simply holding it from its side or lower left corner.

On the outside, the mini comes with the new lighting port (lighting cable and iPhone-sized charger are included), similar speaker grill as the iPhone 5, an earphone jack located at the top left corner and sleep/volume/side switch buttons found on previous iPads. The rear sports a decent enough 5-megapixel camera, while the front has a 1.2 megapixel FaceTime HD camera. While I haven’t gone all around taking pictures with the mini (and I don’t think I ever will with my iPhone 5 and Sony NEX-5N close by), the camera is quite capable from my test shots, similar to the quality of the iPhone 4 in fact. Just don’t expect much when shooting in low light.

The Display

Much to the dismay of diehard Apple fans around the world, the mini’s (non-retina) 7.9 inch display packs 163ppi (pixels per inch), a small jump from the iPad 2’s 132ppi. By comparison, the iPad 3/4 has 264ppi and the iPhone 5 a whopping 326ppi. Naturally, the higher the ppi, the less discernible the individual pixels to the human eye.

Since the official unveiling, I seriously questioned whether I could comfortably go back to a non-retina iDevice after having spent so much time with my iPad 3 and iPhone 5. After all, this was the very reason why I was ecstatic to upgrade from the original iPad to the 3.

Upon powering on the mini for first time, I was mildly surprised by the display – it actually wasn’t all that bad, or at least as bad I’d initially imagined. Sure, text is more fuzzy and less crisp than its retina siblings, but I didn’t find it to be a deal breaker, like it has been for some early adopters. The thing I’ve found with the mini – and tablets in general – is that unlike on the iPhone (which I normally bring closer to my face), I tend to hold it at arms length for the most part. As a result, the display is slightly further from these 34 year old eyeballs and the pixelation isn’t as obvious.

Brightness wise, it’s comparable to the iPad 3, though sadly, the colors are less rich and vibrant. DisplayMate recently did an in-depth study of the mini’s display and found that it has a smaller color gamut than the new iPad (62% vs 100%). This is pretty evident when placed next to the Retina iPads. I noticed too on my mini there’s a warm yellowish tint on the whites, though again, not completely noticeable unless viewed right next to the iPad 3. But other than the fact that it’s not a retina display, I’d agree with DisplayMate’s assessment: the iPad mini’s screen is ‘very capable’, though not great by any means.

Using the iPad mini

Without a doubt, the most endearing thing about the mini is how light it is. Just like the iPhone 5, you really have to pick it up and see for yourself just how little this tablet weighs. Because it is 53% lighter and 23% thinner, the iPad mini feels so much more portable. After a little more than a week of use, whenever I pick up the iPad 3, it just seems to be much heavier; almost as if I were holding a jumbo netbook. Given all the traveling I have to do for work, I most definitely appreciate having an iPad that’s easy to slip in and out of my bag (or even large coat pocket), not to mention one that’s much lighter to hold onto. Here are several observations I’ve found while using the mini for different tasks:

Typing - On the full sized iPad, the average user should be able to comfortably place both hands above the virtual keyboard in landscape mode. On the mini, this is still possible, though it’s much more cramped and the keys are of course smaller. I can still type with both hands like I normally would, but I find myself making quite a bit more mistakes. So far, I’ve found that typing in portrait feels more natural, where I hold it with both hands and type with my thumbs (without splitting the keyboard). Depending on how big your hands are, you may likely have a different preference. One thing’s for sure: typing on a full sized iPad is a better experience than on the mini. That’s why it’s mighty handy to have a bluetooth keyboard like the ZAGGFolio laying around for any serious typing.

Web Browsing - This is where it can get tricky for many users. Seeing how iPads are often used for surfing the web, there’ll be some getting used with text appearing even smaller on websites, particularly those that are not mobile friendly. And since there’s no retina display, the text will appear smaller than you’re used to. With the smaller viewing area, zooming in (either by pinching or double tapping a column with text) is pretty much required. A slight pain at first, though after a while, it almost becomes second nature. Also, because the mini has less RAM than the previous two iPads released this year (512mb vs 1GB), you will see the occasional “checkerboard effect” and pages refreshing when jumping between open tabs.

Gaming - This is one area I’ve enjoyed much more on the mini than on the iPad 3. I never was a huge iPad gamer before, mainly for the reason that it was too big (and heavy) to hold for extended periods. Certain games are great on it no doubt – like strategy and board games – though I mainly play most of my games on the iPhone 5. On the mini however, the 7.9 inch screen seems perfect for mobile gaming, and even more importantly, it being so light makes it possible to game longer without feeling arm/hand fatigue. Games like Infinity Blade 2 and Real Racing HD 2 performed well, though the lack of retina means the visuals won’t look as spectacular as on the iPad 3/4.

Reading eBooks - Even though I’ve been listening to a lot more of audiobooks over the past several months, I still take pleasure in reading a good ebook. Most of it was done on my Kobo Touch, and while I love its easy to read e-ink display, I now see myself using the mini as my new main eReader (if for no other reason than being able to read in the dark) It’s light enough to hold with one hand and when held at semi-arms length, you can’t really see the pixels on the text anyway. So far I’ve been reading Hugh Howey’s The Wool Omnibus on iBooks and it’s been a good experience.

PDFs, Comics and Magazines - Using my trusted PDF Expert app, reading PDFs and Magazines on the mini works quite well, though it’s hard to beat the full sized iPad in this regard. With a smaller screen, you’ll have to zoom in to get a better view of the text and because of the A5 processor, rendering pages is slightly slower – especially with larger magazine files. As for comics, they’re completely fine on the mini. Reading The Walking Dead on the 7.9″ screen is still fun, and I was still able to do so without having to zoom in. If you dread small(er) text, be prepared to do some pinching and dragging with your fingers.

Watching movies and tv shows on the iPad mini - For the first time ever, the mini has been given stereo speakers, which is great news for those who love to watch their flicks on a tablet (guilty). Compared to the iPad 3’s mono speaker, I found the sound to be a drastic improvement – it’s not only louder, but also more clear. Now on the mini, I don’t feel as though I absolutely need to bust out my Logitech Mini Boombox to ‘pump up the jam’ during those video sessions. On the flip side, high def movies (1080p) won’t look nearly as awesome as on the Retina iPads. Still, I’ve really enjoyed watching movies (and catching up on Modern Family) on the mini while in bed. Again, those measly 308 grams in weight have definitely not gone unnoticed when having to hold it for longer periods.

mini Smart cover - Like its bigger brother, the mini Smart Cover is composed of polyurethane panels and a magnetic hinge to snap onto the iPad’s side, though the biggest difference is that there are just 3 panels (instead of 4) and the hinge is now covered in fabric. Personally, I prefer this design as you won’t have to worry about the metallic part possibly scratching the iPad, and I’ve also found it easier to snap on. And once attached, it does a good job of sticking to the mini.

Basically it works just like the original Smart Cover for the 10″ iPad. At $40 though, it’s a rather hefty price tag for a (smaller) cover that doesn’t protect the backside. One thing I have noticed is that it’s a bit too easy to move the cover while it’s protecting the screen. As such, the Smart Cover will invariably wake up the device when slipping it into a not-so-empty bag. If you were never a fan of Apple’s Smart Cover to begin with, I’d say look elsewhere to protect your shiny new iPad mini.

The iPad mini sitting atop the ZAGG Pro Plus Keyboard

Final Thoughts

I didn’t think that I would come to love the iPad mini as much as I have – especially not when in the back of my mind, I’d nearly convinced myself that it’s retina-or-bust. But then a funny thing happened; I picked up it up and started using it. Being able to hold the tablet in one hand and not feel any strain is quite the eye opener. And to top it off, everything I did on the iPad 3 can also be done on the mini, remarkably with little performance difference. The battery life is equally impressive, considering how thin it is. I’ve gotten over 10 hours of use from a full charge and when gaming or watching movies for extended periods, a little over 9 hours.

That’s not to say that it’s the perfect iPad. Its weakest link – the display – is disappointing, especially coming from a retina iDevice and considering that the competition all have considerably better screens. Perhaps not everyone can overlook the non-retina issue, though I know for a great deal of others (myself included), its light weight and overall package have trumped this fact. The mini certainly isn’t for everyone, particular those who can’t live without a high resolution display or think bigger is better. Photographers, designers, hardcore gamers and those who need the latest and greatest specs will probably want the iPad 4 anyway. But as a do-it-all tablet, the iPad mini is pretty spectacular.

I can’t wait for what’s in store when the iPad mini 2 is released in 2013. Will Apple give it a Retina display? I  sure hope so, because a Retina iPad mini in this gorgeous body would make it the best iPad yet – at least for me it would. As for the fate of my iPad 3, it’s looking like it’ll be finding a new home soon.

The Good

  • Extremely light
  • Easy to hold (even with one hand)
  • Beautifully made
  • Great battery life
  • Stereo speakers sound respectable
  • Rear camera is fairly good for a tablet
  • Size great for gaming

The not so Good

  • Non-Retina Display (low ppi and color gamut)
  • Typing is less comfortable due to smaller screen
  • $329 price tag
  • Have I mentioned the display already?
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iPad mini Review Roundup http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/10/31/ipad-mini-review-roundup/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/10/31/ipad-mini-review-roundup/#comments Wed, 31 Oct 2012 17:24:52 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=70569 With just 2 days to go before the iPad mini’s worldwide launch in 26 countries, the reviews have started to hit the web. Tech bloggers from Jim Dalrymple of The Loop to The Verge’s Joshua Topolsky have all found the mini to be beautifully made, light and easy to hold with just one hand. Not surprisingly, … Read more]]>

With just 2 days to go before the iPad mini’s worldwide launch in 26 countries, the reviews have started to hit the web. Tech bloggers from Jim Dalrymple of The Loop to The Verge’s Joshua Topolsky have all found the mini to be beautifully made, light and easy to hold with just one hand. Not surprisingly, the one thing most noted the 7.9″ tablet could use is a Retina display. While it’s still a good display by many accounts, those used to Apple’s high-res screen on the iPhone 5 and newer iPads will no doubt find that text isn’t nearly as sharp. That said, and despite its $329 price tag, the reviews are still calling the iPad mini the best ‘small’ tablet money can buy. The roundup after the break.

Jim Dalrymple [The Loop]

I use my iPad mini for tasks rather than watching videos or playing games, but I use it a lot. This is a Wi-Fi model, which was on all the time and I have yet to see anything cause a significant drain on the battery. The battery is lasting days for me and it is on 24/7.

If there was one thing I was surprised with, it would be that the iPad mini doesn’t have a Retina display. It surely gives Apple some room to upgrade the device if they want to next year, but that’s the only thing I would really add to the mini.

I am a firm believer in “you get what you pay for.” The iPad mini is a perfect example of that. If you want to save $50 and buy a cheap-ass tablet, go ahead. If you want quality the iPad mini will be waiting for you when you come to your senses.

Joshua Topolsky [The Verge]

Minor quibbles aside, the iPad mini stands head and shoulders above the competition in terms of design, the caliber of its components, and the solidness of how it’s been built. But it also has another quality, one that’s nearly as important: the device has personality. I’ve started to think of it as a constant companion — small enough to throw in a bag or carry around the house. There’s something endearing about the mini that makes you want to keep it on-hand and use it often. It’s a feeling the larger iPad never elicited in me.

The iPad mini hasn’t wrapped up the “cheapest tablet” market by any stretch of the imagination. But the “best small tablet” market? Consider it captured.

Tim Stevens [Engadget]

No, this isn’t Retina, but maintaining the same resolution as a 10-inch display shrunken down to 7.9 means a necessary boost in pixel density: 163ppi. That’s a nice increase over the iPad 2′s 132ppi, but it still falls short of the 264ppi of the fourth-generation iPad — not to mention, the iPhone 5′s 326dpi. Naturally, this means that text isn’t anywhere near as sharp as on the newer iPads, but this is still a very nice-looking display.

This isn’t just a shrunken-down iPad. This is, in many ways, Apple’s best tablet yet, an incredibly thin, remarkably light, obviously well-constructed device that offers phenomenal battery life. No, the performance doesn’t match Apple’s latest and yes, that display is a little lacking in resolution, but nothing else here will leave you wanting.

Walt Mossberg [All Things D]

I’ve been testing the iPad mini for several days and found it does exactly what it promises: It brings the iPad experience to a smaller device. Every app that ran on my larger iPad ran perfectly on the mini. I was able to use it one-handed and hold it for long periods of time without tiring. My only complaints were that it’s a tad too wide to fit in most of my pockets, and the screen resolution is a big step backwards from the Retina display on the current large iPad.

If you love the iPad, or want one but just found it too large or heavy, the iPad mini is the perfect solution.

Vincent Nguyen [Slashgear]

It’s the width and length which are most notable, however. Held in portrait orientation, the 5.3-inch frame is easy to grip in a single hand, your fingers tucked around the edges without feeling stretched. It makes the iPad mini a legitimate alternative to a Kindle or other, similarly-sized e-reader, light enough and scaled the right way to grip for extended periods in bed. The 7.87-inch length, meanwhile, makes for a tablet that’s great for thumb-typing when held in landscape orientation, the iPad mini cradled in your hands.

In the end, it’s about an overall package, an experience which Apple is offering. Not the fastest tablet, nor the cheapest, nor the one that prioritizes the most pixel-dense display, but the one with the lion’s share of tablet applications, the integration with the iOS/iTunes ecosystem, the familiarity of usability and, yes, the brand cachet. That’s a compelling metric by which to judge a new product, and it’s a set of abilities that single the iPad mini out in the marketplace. If the iPad with Retina display is the flagship of Apple’s tablet range, then the iPad mini is the everyman model, and it’s one that will deservedly sell very well.

Harry McCracken [Time]

In the camera department, the Mini does outclass the $199 tablets, which come with anywhere from one front-facing camera (the Nexus and Fire HD) to no camera at all (the Nook HD). It’s got the same shooters as the big iPad: a 720p model on the front and a five-megapixel one on the back. The former is great for use with FaceTime, Skype and other video-calling services; the latter is pretty respectable if you’re the type who likes to take snapshots and capture movies with a tablet.

If your budget’s got more wiggle room, the iPad Mini is the best compact-size tablet on the market. Apple didn’t build yet another bargain-basement special; it squeezed all of the big iPad’s industrial-design panache, software polish and third-party apps, and most of its technology, into a smaller thinner, lighter, lower-priced model. The result may be a product in a category of one — but I have a hunch it’s going to be an awfully popular category.

Scott Stein [CNet]

Apps loaded and played at the same speeds as on the iPad 2: good, but not blazing. Apps tended to load a few seconds slower on average than on the fourth-gen iPad, with its generation-and-a-half faster A6X processor. Web pages loaded, on my home Fios network, a few seconds behind the third- and fourth-gen iPads.

The iPad Mini probably isn’t for everyone, and that’s exactly the point. Like the iPod and Nano, it’s another style for another crowd. I will say this: when you see it, you’ll desire it. Just remind yourself you may not need it.

Rich Jaroslovsky [Bloomberg]

The most striking thing about the mini is in how thin and light it is. It is really thin and light. Crazy thin and crazy light, even.

Besides the size and price tag — more about that later — the most notable thing about the mini is the quality of its display, which can be best described as adequate. Unlike the big iPad (just refreshed with a faster processor and graphics chip, plus Apple’s new Lightning connector), the iPad mini lacks Apple’s ultra-sharp Retina display.

I can tell you the iPad mini is the best small tablet you can buy. The question you’ll have to answer for yourself is whether it’s that much better.

Charles Arthur [The Guardian]

It’s not a retina screen! It’s only 1024×768, so that the resolution is 163ppi. This has been a big complaint (or snark, in some cases) that I’ve heard from people who haven’t laid eyes on this device. If all you read is specifications, then the iPad mini screen is far worse than the Kindle Fire’s or Nexus 7′s, right?

Well, put them beside each other, and the story changes. Web page rendering on the Kindle Fire is, frankly, awful. It’s blocky, and there’s a yellowish cast which personally I dislike. The iPad mini is bright, and white, and the text rendering is good – and there’s no obvious pixellation.

Lining those pluses and minuses up against those for the Nexus 7 – which garnered four stars – there’s no doubt that this is indeed a five-star device. The 20% 70% difference in comparative price is more than made up by the difference in build quality and software selection.

Shane Richmond [The Telegraph]

The sacrifice in screen size from a 10-inch tablet is balanced out by the more convenient size. You can hold it in one hand, slip it into a jacket pocket or a handbag and still have all the power of an iPad at your fingertips. In practice the smaller screen size is not much of a problem and it is because of that 0.9-inches, which gives 35 per cent more screen area than the Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD.

But it’s with tasks such as web browsing where the extra screen real estate counts. Viewing a full-width web page on the Nexus 7 means the text is uncomfortably small, for my taste, making it essential to zoom in and scroll to read everything. The iPad mini is just about as small as a screen can get without necessitating zooming and scrolling.

Clayton Morris [Fox]

After a few days I started to prefer the mini to my larger iPad despite its lack of a Retina screen. It even made my larger iPad look old fashioned. Awkwardly large. The mini is fast, impressively light — weighing in at just over 10 ounces — and easy to keep with me at all times. The only thing I don’t enjoy as much with the mini is watching videos. It seems the crystal-clear Retina display in the newer (and larger) iPads has spoiled me.

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iPad mini Pre-orders have begun, white and silver models to ship in 2 weeks http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/10/26/ipad-mini-pre-orders-have-begun-white-and-silver-models-to-ship-in-2-weeks/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/10/26/ipad-mini-pre-orders-have-begun-white-and-silver-models-to-ship-in-2-weeks/#comments Fri, 26 Oct 2012 12:06:30 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=70510 As revealed during Apple’s recent media event, the iPad mini is now available for pre-orders on Apple.com (in the US and 25 other countries). While the Black & Slate color is showing a November 2nd delivery date in all capacities, the White & Silver appears to be the more popular choice (either that or stock … Read more]]>

As revealed during Apple’s recent media event, the iPad mini is now available for pre-orders on Apple.com (in the US and 25 other countries). While the Black & Slate color is showing a November 2nd delivery date in all capacities, the White & Silver appears to be the more popular choice (either that or stock was limited to begin with) as its shipping date has been pushed back to 2 weeks. The 16/32/64GB Wifi only models go for $329/$429/$529, and the Wifi+Cellular have a $130 premium, at $459/$559/$659. If you’re planning on ordering the Wifi+3G/LTE mini, do note that these won’t ship until mid – late November, depending on what country you live in. Apple will also launch the iPad mini in stores on Nov 2nd, so there’s still a chance to line up and grab those shiny white ones sooner rather than later.

 

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iPad mini Smart Cover will come in 6 colors, retail for $39 http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/10/23/ipad-mini-smart-cover-will-come-in-6-colors-retail-for-39/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/10/23/ipad-mini-smart-cover-will-come-in-6-colors-retail-for-39/#comments Tue, 23 Oct 2012 20:38:37 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=70454 Just as the iPad mini has shrunk down in size, Apple’s Smart Cover has done likewise to protect the iPad mini’s 7.9-inch screen. The biggest difference from before is that the metal hinge that snaps onto the iPad’s side has been replaced by a new design that essentially wraps the device in a single piece of … Read more]]>

Just as the iPad mini has shrunk down in size, Apple’s Smart Cover has done likewise to protect the iPad mini’s 7.9-inch screen. The biggest difference from before is that the metal hinge that snaps onto the iPad’s side has been replaced by a new design that essentially wraps the device in a single piece of polyurethane material.

The cover that wakes up, stands up, and brightens up iPad has been redesigned for iPad mini.11 And what a smart pair they are. iPad mini and the iPad mini Smart Cover, that is. Magnetic technology built into each one really pulls them together. The Smart Cover snaps perfectly into place to protect your screen — without adding bulk. Open the Smart Cover and your iPad mini wakes up. Close it and your iPad mini goes to sleep. Fold the Smart Cover and it becomes a stand. It’s all just so, well, smart.

The iPad mini Smart Cover will come in 6 colors and retail for $39. Check out the official Apple video after the break.

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iPad Mini page now up on Apple.com, watch the intro video http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/10/23/ipad-mini-page-now-up-on-apple-com-watch-the-intro-video/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/10/23/ipad-mini-page-now-up-on-apple-com-watch-the-intro-video/#comments Tue, 23 Oct 2012 18:40:03 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=70432 The iPad Mini product page is now live on Apple.com. Head over to get a closer look at the latest 7.9-inch iPad and see for yourself why it’ll blow all other similarly sized tablets out of the water. The nearly 5 minute intro video to the iPad Mini has also been uploaded, so be sure … Read more]]>

The iPad Mini product page is now live on Apple.com. Head over to get a closer look at the latest 7.9-inch iPad and see for yourself why it’ll blow all other similarly sized tablets out of the water. The nearly 5 minute intro video to the iPad Mini has also been uploaded, so be sure to check that out if you missed the live stream earlier.

Update: the iPad Mini intro video has been embedded below.

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Apple Introduces the 7.9-inch iPad Mini http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/10/23/apple-introduces-the-7-9-inch-ipad-mini/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/10/23/apple-introduces-the-7-9-inch-ipad-mini/#comments Tue, 23 Oct 2012 18:20:06 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=70424 After months of endless speculation, Apple has finally unveiled the iPad Mini. This slick iPad has a 7.9 inch diagonal display and is just 7.2mm thick, which is 23% thinner than the original iPad. Phil Schiller has compared it to being as thick as a pencil and as light as a pad of paper. Here are … Read more]]>

After months of endless speculation, Apple has finally unveiled the iPad Mini. This slick iPad has a 7.9 inch diagonal display and is just 7.2mm thick, which is 23% thinner than the original iPad. Phil Schiller has compared it to being as thick as a pencil and as light as a pad of paper. Here are the iPad Mini’s main features:

  • 1024×768 resolution – same as the original iPad
  • Weighs only 0.68 pounds
  • Dual-core A5 chip
  • FaceTime HD camera
  • 5 megapixel iSight on the back
  • LTE support
  • 10 Hour battery life
As for pricing, the 16Gb Wifi model starts at $329, with the 32GB going for $429 and 64GB for $529. The 16GB Wifi + LTE will start at $459. Pre-orders for the Wifi models can be made starting Oct 26th, with the official launch date being November 2nd.
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Watch the Apple Special Event at 1PM EST online or Apple TV http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/10/23/watch-the-apple-special-event-at-1pm-est-online-or-apple-tv/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/10/23/watch-the-apple-special-event-at-1pm-est-online-or-apple-tv/#comments Tue, 23 Oct 2012 15:01:57 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=70415 In about two hours time, at 10AM PST/1PM EST, you’ll be able to watch the Apple Special Event (aka iPad Mini Announcement, among other Mac related news) live directly from Apple.com on your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Mac. The keynote will also be streamed live to the Apple TV. Watch a live video stream of … Read more]]>

In about two hours time, at 10AM PST/1PM EST, you’ll be able to watch the Apple Special Event (aka iPad Mini Announcement, among other Mac related news) live directly from Apple.com on your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Mac. The keynote will also be streamed live to the Apple TV.

Watch a live video stream of the special event online or via Apple TV starting at 10:00 a.m. PDT.

Live streaming video requires Safari 4 or later on Mac OS X v10.6 or later; Safari on iOS 4.2 or later. Streaming via Apple TV requires second- or third-generation Apple TV with software 5.0.2 or later.

This will be the first time that Apple has live streamed a product launch event since October 2010.

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NMA.tv spoofs anticipated release of iPad Mini in animated video http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/10/22/nma-tv-spoofs-anticipated-release-of-ipad-mini-in-animated-video/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/10/22/nma-tv-spoofs-anticipated-release-of-ipad-mini-in-animated-video/#comments Mon, 22 Oct 2012 22:56:28 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=70378 Leave it to Next Media Animation from Taiwan to spoof the upcoming release of the iPad Mini in yet another outrageous (and amusing) animated video. Steve Jobs, who had been portrayed as Darth Vader previously, returns to fight off Tim Cook in a failed attempt to stop the launch of the smaller iPad (Jobs had … Read more]]>

Leave it to Next Media Animation from Taiwan to spoof the upcoming release of the iPad Mini in yet another outrageous (and amusing) animated video. Steve Jobs, who had been portrayed as Darth Vader previously, returns to fight off Tim Cook in a failed attempt to stop the launch of the smaller iPad (Jobs had publicly dismissed the notion of a 7″ iPad back in 2010). Besides new features like a killer Android app (quite literally an app that’ll obliterate Android users off the face of the earth), NMA sees Apple fans blowing all their money on new iPad Mini accessories like the “iArm”. Check out the 2 minute video after the break.

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