Office for iPad has arrived, but while there's little question now that tablets can be used for productivity, sometimes it takes a real keyboard to get proper work done. Thankfully even before Office's much-anticipated release, Bluetooth keyboard cases for the iPad Air and iPad mini have proliferated. Head on past the cut as we look at the best from Zagg, Logitech, Belkin, and Microsoft.
This week the folks at Microsoft responsible for Office have revealed that they’ll be releasing the first full-blown iPad iteration of the app today. This release will take place at 11AM Pacific time - that’s 1PM Central or 2PM Eastern - and it’ll be free. You can view documents and give presentations of documents without cost, but you’ll be paying a subscription fee to edit.
This week Apple has made a couple of moves in their iPad and iPhone collections available on the market that might not make a lot of sense to consumers. For the iPhone, they’ve added an iPhone 5c that works with 8GB of internal storage space - the previous smallest model was 16GB. For the iPad, they’ve gotten rid of the iPad 2 (the last model available with a 30-pin connector), replacing it with the iPad 4 (aka iPad with Retina Display and Lightning connector).
Not to be out-done by the Jailbreak-only emulators of gaming consoles of the past, the developer behind GBA4iOS has created a release of his Game Boy Advance that works with all devices running iOS 7 or higher. This includes iPhones, iPod touch, iPad, and iPad mini as well. The re-release of this app brings on a newly refreshed user interface for ease of use as well, while the entire download is free of charge. In other words: this developer is creating this experience for the greater good of cross-platform gaming.
Apple sold 51m iPhones in its fiscal first quarter of 2014, setting a record for its smartphone sales, while iPad sales reached 26m, another record for the firm. The Cupertino company saw demand for both phones and tablets rise compared to the same three month period a year ago, up from 47.8 iPhones in fiscal Q1 2013 and 22.9m iPads.
Amazon has cut the price of a Kindle HDX into four equal pieces for easier chewing. The company is looking to push its flagship tablet as hard as possible this holiday shopping season, and it believes the installment plan will help things along rather nicely. If you're on the fence for one of these fine tablets, this may just knock you right off.
Apple had a somewhat strong year in 2013. The company showed off the iPad Air, unveiled a new iPad mini with a Retina display, and its upcoming Mac Pro might just be the most impressive desktop the company has ever launched. And as its revenue showed during the period, customers seemed to like what the company had to offer.
But I have a bit of a different take on the last year. While Apple had a broad launch lineup in 2013, nothing beyond the Mac Pro was truly “groundbreaking.” And by the look of things, that was intentional. That’s right – 2013 is designed to be the precursor for what promises to be a major 2014.
Premium devices call for premium accessories but such accessories need not be complicated or sophisticated. Sometimes, even just two small blocks of wood can turn into a simple, completely functional, and exquisitely beautiful iPad stands. This is exactly the kind of product being promised in the COBURNS iPad stands that is now rocking on Kickstarter.
It's not been a week since the Retina iPad mini hit shelves in the USA and rumors of the next-generation iPad Pro have surfaced. This comes soon after the in-store availability of the device known as the iPad Air, a name which suggests too that a "Pro" model may be in the works. This larger device would have a display to match its abilities as well: 12.9-inches by rumor's reckoning.