Last week MirrorCase announced its iPad case on Kickstarter with a splash, raising about 75 percent of their goal in the project’s first week. Already available for iPhone 4, the MirrorCase case design uses a high-quality mirror to reflect back any image that is in front of the device, allowing users to capture images and video from a more natural angle.
Thinking of buying a new iMac, Macbook, iPhone or iPad, but don’t exactly want to pay the full retail price found on launch day? Dealnews has analyzed over a year’s worth of Apple deals to help buyers with when to buy a Mac, or more specially, when they can expect to find the best discounts on Apple hardware. Here’s the quick rundown:
- MacBook Pro 15.4″ with Retina Display - wait 9 months and save $350
- iPhone 5 - wait 3 months and save $73
- iPad (current gen) – wait 1 month and save $59
- iPad mini – wait 3 months and save $29
Since Apple doesn’t normally slash prices on their iDevices (save for perhaps Boxing day and Black Friday), the best places to find discounts are resellers like MacMall, Amazon and even the Apple eBay store (certified refurbished products). Check out the infographic after the break.
Anyone who’s ever travelled to another country with their iPhones (and iPads) have no doubt looked up the App Store for some offline maps solution. With carriers charging an arm and a leg for data roaming fees, it’s no wonder that there are countless travel apps with offline map capabilities. The best I’ve come across so far is City Maps 2Go, which also happens to have gone free today (was $1.99). Using Map data and POI from OpenStreetMap, the app lets you separately download 7,800 maps from all over the globe – all neatly sorted by cities, counties and provinces.
Dar-Soft, developers of several well received printing and PDF apps for iOS has dropped the price of PDF PROvider to FREE. Previously at $6.99, this robust business app lets you convert, view, merge and manage all your PDF files in one place. So whether you’ve found a webpage or have a file in your Dropbox/email that you want converted into a one glorious PDF file, PDF PROvider will do the trick. A recent 2.0 update also added the ability to convert maps (all done from within the app), PDF annotation tools, batch conversions and more. This price drop is only good for today, so if you’ve been looking for a capable PDF manager AND converter for your iPad, be sure to grab it now.
Dar-Soft, PDF PROvider - Free
Apple’s latest mobile operating system – iOS 6 – is finally available to the masses. Available either as a download over-the-air and directly from your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch (go to Settings –> General –> Software Update), or by plugging it into your computer and updating via iTunes, iOS 6 contains over 200 new features, including Apple’s all-new maps app, Passbook, an improved Siri and more. We previous posted about its most notable new additions, as well as a list of features that are/aren’t compatible with older iDevices. For the complete scoop on the latest OS, hit Apple’s iOS 6 page, or start updating your iPhone/iPad to see first hand all the new goodies that are included.
Imagine how disappointed this Ultima idiot was to discover that Ultima V for iPad is nothing but a fan page – sort of. Its author links to various Ultima sundries: Ultima news, fonts, upcoming games, maps, and does it in the classic Ultima style, that promises something dark – something role playing – under the surface. Real Ultima fans still append Dragon to their name. The bloke who made Ultima V for iPad, for example, is Edric Dragon; I’m shigzeo Dragon. I’ve had that nickname for years. I’m sure it’s the same for Edric. What other game series can boast such nerdy fans? And honestly, my lead in is rubbish: I love Edric Dragon’s site. Bookmarked it.
Edric Dragon pointed out something I somehow missed: Exult for iOS. (Exult is a reverse-engineered Ultima 7 engine for modern operating systems. I’ve blogged about it before.) If there is ANYTHING I’m waiting for (apart from soul-pleasing employment), it’s Ultima 7 for iPad. Edric, as much as he is a fisherman, has rekindled hope.
tyype HD, the handy text editor that lets you control the onscreen cursor via gestures (slide a finger above the virtual keyboard to move the cursor left or right, pinch to scale font size etc), has been updated with several new features that give the app even more functionality. Perhaps biggest of all is Dropbox integration; now your text no longer lives on an island and everything can be synced to and from the cloud (no iCloud support just yet). Also, Portait orientation has been added, along with support for Markdown (markup language that lets you convert plain text format into HTML) – which can then be sent via email as HTML text or an attachment, or saved as an HTML file to Dropbox. As someone who makes heavy use of Markdown – particularly when drafting TMA posts on my iPad – this is definitely a much welcomed addition. tyype HD sells for $2.99 and is worth a good look, especially if you don’t have a bluetooth keyboard lying around and do plenty of typing on the iPad’s virtual keyboard.
iApp, tyype HD - $0.99
Reading digital magazines on your iPad has just gotten a whole lot more affordable. Next Issue, the buffet-style magazine app that was first released on Android devices 3 months ago, has finally arrived on iOS. Essentially the netflix for magazines, a monthly subscription of $9.99 will give you unlimited access to 34 titles (which are ”enhanced digital editions, optimized for tablets”) including Car and Driver, Elle, Esquire, GQ, Vanity Fair and Wired. For an extra 5 bucks a month (the “premium” plan – $14.99), you’ll get in addition all the weekly magazines, and they include Entertainment Weekly, People, Sports Illustrated, The New Yorker and Time. As Engadget noted, Next Issue Media hopes to double their catalog by year’s end, as well as add additional publishers to the mix. The iOS app is a free download, and new customers get to try out the service FREE for 30 days. Promotional trailer and how-to videos after the break.
Next Issue Media, Next Issue - Free
The possible release of the iPad mini is one of those rumours that just won’t go away. The latest such rumblings come from Chinese tech site MyDrivers, where ‘anonymous sources’ claim that the 7.85 inch iPad mini will feature Sharp’s IGZO display and retail for under $300. As Wired points out, IGZO is a new and improved manufacturing process that makes displays “thinner, higher in contrast, and less power-hungry than current display technology”. It is worth noting that this technology was rumoured to replace the IPS screens on the new iPad, but this turned out to be false. The report also says that the smaller iPad will be as thin as the iPad 2, have a resolution of 330 pixels per inch and 8GB capacity, which will go for between $250-299. There is no mention of release dates, though a previous report from net portal NetEase claimed that the iPad mini will be launched in the 3rd quarter of 2012. With the recent release of the Google Nexus 7 (among a bevy of other 7″ android tablets), it’s not surprising that Apple reportedly have plans to introduce a more cost effective and portable iPad.
So you’re probably excited about some of the new features of iOS 6, but did you know that not all are available to older iDevices? On the official iOS 6 landing page (the footnotes to more specific), Apple has listed which features require specific devices. For instance, FaceTime over 3G/4G will only work on the iPhone 4S and new iPad, and the highly anticipated Flyover and turn-by-turn GPS will be found only only the 4S and iPad 2/3. And sadly for iPad 2 owners, Siri will only be making its way to the latest (2012) iPad. Thankfully though for Facebook fantatics, FB integration doesn’t appear to have any limitations in regards to hardware. For the complete breakdown of which features/devices are supported in iOS 6, take a peek at the table below.