Retina iPad mini Stories March 20, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: iPad mini 2 $250, LG 50″ 4K UHDTV $1299, Kensington lock $17, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call Updates:

Best Buy 2-Day Sale: iPad mini 2 $250, iMac from $1,000, Pebble Steel $170, much more

HDTVs: LG 50″ WebOS 4K UHDTV $1,299 (Reg. $1,499), Haier 58″ 1080p 120Hz $629 (Reg. $749), more

Kensington ClickSafe Keyed Laptop Lock $17 Prime shipped (orig. $40+)

iTunes Free App of the Week: Dark Echo ($2 value)

You’re going to want this $8 iPhone 6 armband if you plan to workout with Apple Watch

Exclusive: Incase 13-inch MacBook Air Hardshell Cases for $25 shipped (50% off)

More new gear from today:

Headphones: ATH-M50X Professional Over-Ears $129 (Reg. $169), Philips Over-Ears $63 (Reg. $75+)

  • New! Daily Deals: Motorola Moto G $160, Seagate Expansion 5TB External HDD $130, more
  • New! Games/Apps: The Order 1886 $40, Battlefield Hardline $54, Xbox One bundle $349, iOS freebies, more

More deals still alive:

WD Elements 1TB Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive: $50 shipped (orig. $70)

Apple extends deeper discounts to its refurbished store: AirPort Extreme $129, 13″ MacBook Air from $719, more

Apple laptops up to 25% off: MacBook Air from $750 w/ .edu, Pro w/ Retina display from $1,100 w/ .edu

Updated Apple TV pricing gets passed down as players refurbished by Apple hit a new low of $59

New products & more:

Bosch’s new REAXX table saw uses advanced sensors to protect your hands and its blade

Retina iPad mini Stories November 26, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: Retina iPad mini $225, Infinity Blade iOS Trilogy 50% off, JBL Bluetooth speaker (refurb) $29, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Pre-Black Friday iPad sales:

Infinity Blade iOS Trilogy goes 50% off this week: $10 (Reg. $20)

JBL OnBeat aWake Bluetooth Wireless speaker w/ 30-pin Dock (refurb) $29 shipped (Reg. $139)

Amazon Kindle HD6 color tablet will be $79, HD 7 $109, Kindle readers start at $49 shipped

Verizon’s “Connection Day” gives customers 2GB of extra data, Pandora One for free, two months of Audible, more

Small States: JDS Labs makes powerful iPhone headphone amps, giveaway worth $279

Other new deals:

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Retina iPad mini Stories October 23, 2014

Along with Apple’s iPad Air 2, the iPad mini 3 also hit store shelves during a silent weekday release. If you don’t currently own an iPad mini, it’s probably a better time than ever to pick one up, but I wouldn’t really recommend getting Apple’s latest and greatest. Let me tell you why…

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Retina iPad mini Stories July 29, 2014

9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple TV $85, UE Mini Boom BT speaker $79, Samsung EVO SSD 500GB $225, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Apple Deals:

Ultimate Ears MINI BOOM Wireless Bluetooth Speaker/Speakerphone (Red/Black): $79 shipped (Reg. $100)

Samsung Solid State Drives: 840 EVO Series 500GB $225 (orig. $480), 850 Pro Series 256GB $185 (Reg. $200)

Exclusive: Get an extra $20 to trade in your old iPad at Gazelle (up to $430)

Other new deals:

  • New! Daily Deals: Klipsch BT Speakers from $155, Sharp 1080p HDTVs from $600, more
  • New! Games/Apps: Rayman Origins for Mac $10, 50% off Logitech gaming accessories, more

More deals still alive:

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Retina iPad mini Stories March 18, 2014

Despite courtroom battles, Apple picks Samsung to make iPad mini displays, claims report

While there seems no end in sight to the courtroom patent battles between Apple and Samsung, that doesn’t seem to be interfering with the business relationship between the two. Korean site ETnews (via G4Games) reports that Apple is bringing Samsung into its manufacturing mix for display panels for the iPad mini.

Apple currently uses a mix of three manufacturers for its iPad mini displays: AUO for the non-Retina model, and LG and Sharp for the Retina displays. The report claims that Apple is dropping AUO altogether, and cutting back its orders with Sharp, giving the resulting business to Samsung.

While media sources in manufacturers’ home markets are not always reliable where supply chain rumors are concerned, this one has enough specifics to seem credible at least – and the quality of the Retina iPad mini screen has been criticized in both reviews and benchtests.

Retina iPad mini Stories December 17, 2013

Qualcomm employee said Apple’s 64-bit A7 chip was Spinal Tap moment

If Qualcomm seemed rather taken by surprise by Apple’s use of a 64-bit chip in a smartphone, first dismissing it as a gimmick and then hastily backtracking and announcing it would be making 64-bit smartphone chips itself, that’s because it was, says Dan Lyons in a nicely-written piece on HubSpot. The piece includes what has to be a strong contender for tech quote of the year:

The 64-bit Apple chip hit us in the gut,” says the Qualcomm employee. “Not just us, but everyone, really. We were slack-jawed, and stunned, and unprepared. It’s not that big a performance difference right now, since most current software won’t benefit. But in Spinal Tap terms it’s like, 32 more, and now everyone wants it.”

The reference is to a scene in the 1984 mockumentary This is Spinal Tap where the band proudly shows an amp that goes all the way up to 11, explaining that “it’s one louder.” What Qualcomm missed was that while 64-bit smartphone chips may be of limited immediate value, the A7 made for a compelling marketing sell, leaving other companies scrabbling to catch up.

Qualcomm has just created a 64-bit version of its Snapdragon SOC and expects to see it appearing in Android phones sometime in the second half of next year.

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