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iPad mini backplate appears in HD photos

iPad mini backplate appears in HD photos

The next-generation iPad mini, a device tipped to work with what's essentially iPad 2 specifications save it's smaller display, has appeared in several high-definition photos this week. The device appears here from Tech163 as a slightly more blunt version of the larger iPad 3rd generation device on the market today, including here a new dock connector hole and two sets of machine-drilled speaker holes. This device's docking port is likely matching that of the rumored 9-pin connector set for the iPhone 5.

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Ten One Design: Magnus iPad magnetic stand Review

Ten One Design: Magnus iPad magnetic stand Review

This week we've had an opportunity to take a peek at a rather interesting - and extremely simple - accessory for the iPad. It's a magnetic stand called "Magnus" and it's made by the folks at Ten One Design. This combination of aluminum and integrated magnets makes for just about as invisible a stand design as you're going to get, and it's essentially the same color metal as the rest of your Apple products - so it matches!

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LifeProof iPhone 4/4S case and NUUD iPad case hands-on

LifeProof iPhone 4/4S case and NUUD iPad case hands-on

The folks at LifeProof have given us a hands-on experience with their iPhone 4/4S case lineup as well as their new NUUD iPad case. The iPhone case we're finding is so thin that it appears that there's no cover over the front - and yet there is. The iPad case allow you to dunk your device underwater - and the iPhone case does this as well. Basically what we've seen is that LifeProof iPhone and iPad cases make their contents impervious to damage - have a peek at how tough they are right this minute!

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iPad mini due October after September iPhone 5 event tip sources

iPad mini due October after September iPhone 5 event tip sources

Apple's fall is shaping up to be a busy one, with two events in short succession tipped as the iPad mini follows on shortly after the new iPhone 5, sources claim. The two products will each get an individual moment in the spotlight, according to AllThingsD, with the next-gen iPhone widely tipped to arrive on September 12 while the smaller version of the iPad will supposedly be unveiled in October.

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New Apple “All on iPad” advert wants you to forget the hapless Genius

New Apple “All on iPad” advert wants you to forget the hapless Genius

Having sensibly retired its Genius adverts, Apple has attempted to wash away the sour taste with a new iPad promo that takes things back to basics. "All on iPad" is, as the name suggests, a testament to how tablet owners can handle all their computing needs with Apple's iOS slate in the "post-PC" era, including image editing, using the tablet as a hub for video entertainment, and mobile payments.

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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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Chinese new iPad launch sidesteps mayhem

Chinese new iPad launch sidesteps mayhem

Apple's new iPad launch in China proved smooth and hitch-feee, with the company's pre-registration rationing system helping prevent the violent crowds that marred the iPhone 4S release earlier this year. Rather than accept walk-in sales, Apple has insisted on a pre-purchase system that requires new iPad buyers to register online the day before they want to collect their iPad in-store; as a result there was no line outside Chinese Apple Stores, and no overnight waiting.

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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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10-inch Kindle Fire tipped as Amazon new iPad challenge imminent

10-inch Kindle Fire tipped as Amazon new iPad challenge imminent

Amazon's larger Kindle Fire is still in the pipeline, sources insist, scaling up from the existing 7-inch slate as Apple reportedly scales down to tweener tablet levels. A namedrop in the same NYT article that threw further weight against the iPad mini rumors, according to unnamed developers the retailer is pushing ahead with what's tipped to be a roughly 10-inch variant of the Kindle Fire, bringing the challenge to Apple's new iPad.

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Google+ released for iPad, we go hands-on

Google+ released for iPad, we go hands-on

Today Google has been so kind as bump up their official Google+ app for iPhone (and iPad) that'll allow people around the world to explore the social network with great ease. This version of Google+ is made for iPhone, but is perfectly suited for the iPad's larger display as well. Graphics come through sharp and well-tuned for the most part, with only a few bits and pieces left for a future version to clean up - gray borders around small images, and other such small matters.

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