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iPad Mini appears in Apple code as iPad 2 redux

iPad Mini appears in Apple code as iPad 2 redux

Instapaper creator Marco Arment is reporting that he has discovered references to two new iPads in Instapaper's device stats: iPad2,5 and iPad2,6. He's never seen these devices before, and he's thinking that they might be references to the long-rumored iPad Mini. Of course, he also points out that these entries could have been faked by hackers, but he doesn't think that's likely, and makes the case for the iPad Mini pretty well.

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Octa iPad TabletTail Whale Kit Review

Octa iPad TabletTail Whale Kit Review

This week we're taking on one of the strangest accessories in the history of mobile devices, the iPad-friendly TabletTail Whale Kit. This accessory comes in two pieces: one of them bubble you see connected to the back of the tablet, the other being the adjustable WhaleTail. You pump the plunger to the tablet and connect the tail and you're ready to go - in as oddball a fashion as you could ever have hoped for.

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Amazon Instant Video for iPad takes media mobile

Amazon Instant Video for iPad takes media mobile

Amazon's Instant Video app for iPad has arrived in the App Store, offering subscribers to Amazon Prime a way to stream content as well as download it for offline viewing. The app, a free download though membership in Amazon Prime - currently $79 per year - is required for streaming, also supports rented and purchased digital content such as movies and TV shows.

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iPad original prototype re-appears with 12-inch display

iPad original prototype re-appears with 12-inch display

This week several black and white photographs taken back around the year 2002 appeared containing what may very well have been the original iPad prototype - today some much more impressive images have been dropped. The images you'll see here show not just the supposed original "035 prototype", but a brand new iPad 2 as well. It seems that someone who owns one of these original beasts found themselves suddenly free to tell the truth about it and took immediate action to make it so.

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Sonos for iPad gets Retina upgrade

Sonos for iPad gets Retina upgrade

Sonos has updated its free controller app for the new iPad, bringing Retina Display graphics support to the multi-room remote software. Sonos Controller for iPad v3.8.1, fresh to the App Store today, also introduces a new - and much requested - feature for controlling volume, repurposing the iPad's physical volume buttons to control audio levels from Sonos rather than the tablet's own media playback.

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iPad mini rumors reignite over Nexus 7

iPad mini rumors reignite over Nexus 7

Google's own-brand entrance into the 7-inch tablet market with the Nexus 7 has refueled speculation about a so-called iPad mini, with Apple expected to face increasing pressure to compete at the tweener size. Rumors of a smaller iPad - which would slot into the mid-point between the existing, 9.7-inch model, and the 3.5-inch iPhone and iPod touch - have circulated for as long as the iPad has been on sale; however, the arrival of the new Nexus 7 running Jelly Bean is arguably the biggest motivator yet for Apple to make good on the heresay.

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Samsung scores 3G patent win over Apple: Seeks compensation

Samsung scores 3G patent win over Apple: Seeks compensation

Samsung has secured a win against Apple in The Hague, with the Dutch court ruling that older iPhones and iPads contravene a 3G patent held by the Korean company. Although Samsung's earlier attempts to have the products - which include the iPad 2 and iPhone 4, though not the latest iPhone 4S and new iPad - blocked from sale were rejected, the company says it will now use this ruling to obtain compensation for the infringement from Apple.

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Spotify Radio hits iPhone and iPad for free

Spotify Radio hits iPhone and iPad for free

Spotify has brought its free mobile radio service to the iPhone and iPad, offering both ad-supported and premium subscribers unlimited streaming song access while on the move. A free download [Update: Spotify now says the app will be released in the "next few days"], the newly updated Spotify app allows listeners to construct personalized radio stations from the 16m-strong catalog, save individual tracks from them to their own playlists, and share radio stations with friends.

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Mozilla Junior wants to revolutionize iPad browsing

Mozilla Junior wants to revolutionize iPad browsing

Mozilla has revealed a new iPad browser project, Junior, which the company promises will rebuild the concept of tablet internet surfing. Described as "an iPad browser that makes browsing more fun, more ergonomic and re-thinks browser user experience from the ground up", Junior is part of Mozilla's Product Design Strategy work, aiming to cut off rivals at the pass by outthinking them in advance.

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Smarter Stand for iPad braces Smart Cover for better angles

Smarter Stand for iPad braces Smart Cover for better angles

Sometimes it's the simplest ideas that are the most useful, like adapting Apple's iPad Smart Cover so that it can be used to prop up your tablet in a more flexible range of positions. Smarter Stand for iPad, currently $2,000 shy of its $10k Kickstarter goal, consists of a pair of sliding clips that together brace the flexible ribs of Apple's own iPad Smart Cover, meaning it can support the tablet at an angle midway between the existing two extremes.

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