If you have an Apple TV, sharing content on your iOS device to your television is super easy using AirPlay, but if you're at friend's house or at your parents', AirPlay may not be available. That's where adapters come into play, and Apple officially released a couple of Lightning adapters today for use on all the newest iOS devices.
Apple just showed off it's newest-generation iPad, and no, it's not the iPad mini (that's still to come). It's the fourth-generation 9.7-inch iPad. One of the big new features in this new iPad is better performance with the A6X chip, which doubles CPU and graphics power, and the Lightning connector is also present on the model.
We're just a day away from Apple's event tomorrow where it's rumored the company will announce the iPad mini. Anticipation is obviously building, but the rumors haven't yet ceased. Over the weekend, photos of supposed Lightning connectors for the iPad mini and for the 10-inch iPad leaked out, revealing that not only will the iPad mini receive Lightning, but a possible iPad 3 refresh with Lightning may be in the cards as well.
The Apple event taking place this week on the 23rd of October has had several of its supposed presentations spilled here in advance of the date with the iPad mini and a refreshed iPad with Retina display pricing included. It's no surprise that the event will indeed be showing off the new iPad mini, but a refreshed iPad full-sized device has not been entirely clear on the radar up until now - though no confirmations have been made. The iPad mini's price scale has been tipped by a leak to 9 to 5 Mac as starting in at $329 USD in the United States.
Apple will soon be holding a meeting with Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad (MFI) group partners to discuss the future of accessories working with their new Lightning connector. This Lightning cord and port has been integrated on the iPhone 5 already and will likely be appearing on the future set of iPad devices including the iPad mini, a tablet that's not yet been confirmed to exist by Apple but will likely appear at an October 23rd event. This MFI meeting will be held in Shenzen, China, according to the source speaking with TechCrunch, and will have USB standards on the ticket.
If you're following along with the iPad mini and its imminent release, there are a collection of details you can readily assume to be true - even without Apple revealing the release date, the models, and the specifications in each device. This release will be primarily a filing of a market hole: where there's no tablet in the market other than the iPad to placate the masses addicted to the idea that Apple's solution is best, there will soon be two - or three, depending on how you look at the situation. If you want an iPad that costs less than $399 and you want it soon, you'll only have to wait until November 2nd - if several sources saying the same thing are accurate.
Inside your the Lighting cord that now connects your iPhone 5 to your computer is a newly discovered set of four chips, one of which may very well be the fabled "security chip" that stops 3rd party manufacturers from reproducing the hardware. All four chips are ever so slightly different, each of them having their own part name. Two of these bits of architecture are transistors, one is an NXP NX20P3, and the final bit is an unknown Texas Instruments-produced chip.
Today it's time to get busy packing for the next big Apple event, set for October 23rd and quite likely to reveal no larger an iPad than a mini. With the iPad mini on peoples' lips and in their dreams now for several months (or years, for some), it comes as no surprise that the device will be revealed just in time for the holiday season. Now we've just got to hypothesize on how many other devices - or device refreshes - will be appearing as well.
Apple's much-rumored iPad mini will make its official debut at an event on October 23, new rumors suggest, preceding Microsoft's Windows 8 launch by just a few days. The exact location of the event has not been confirmed, but AllThingsD's insiders hint that it will be more of an intimate affair than the iPhone 5 reveal, and it's suggested that it could well be at Apple's own Town Hall Auditorium.
Apple's new Lightning interface has caused a bit of a ruckus ever since it debuted on the iPhone 5. It's essentially been forcing previous-generation iPhone users to go out and buy all-new accessories. However, Apple released a Lightning adapter that allows 30-pin cables to be lugged into Lightning ports. One man was brave enough to open it up to see what was inside.