Retina iPad mini packs power, substance into a beautiful compact design
Apple's long-awaited iPad mini with Retina display has finally landed, although it is possible that stunning iPad Air may have stolen some of its thunder. There is often a lot of hype when it comes to Apple's latest product launch and more often than not, Apple manages to deliver on the promise. Although many users loved the portability of the original iPad mini and bought one even though it used a relatively low resolution display, some people were prepared to hold out for the inevitable launch of a Retina display-equipped model. So was the wait worth it? Read on in our full review of the iPad mini with Retina display .
Apple iPad mini delivers high-resolution display, high performance
In many ways, the iPad mini with Retina display is a smaller version of everything that is great about the iPad Air. It runs the same tablet-optimized version of iOS 7, has access to hundreds of thousands of iPad-tailored apps, it shares a Retina display and is powered by a 64-bit Apple A7 chip. However, on closer examination, there are some subtle differences between the two iPads that may have discerning Apple customers judging one as being preferable to the other.
iPad mini with Retina display now on sale
The highly anticipated Apple iPad mini with Retina Display is now on sale through Apple's online stores in the US, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and China. At the time of writing the shipping times were listed as in 1-3 business days for the 16GB and 32GB Wi-Fi-only models. The Wi-Fi + Cellular models were listed as shipping in 5-10 business days for all models, along with the 64GB and 128GB Wi-Fi-only models. Up until now, Apple had provided a nebulous launch window of 'later in November.'
Apple turns to Samsung to help bolster supply of 7.9-inch Retina panels
The ‘will it or won’t it’ saga surrounding the launch timing of an iPad mini with Retina display has taken a new twist with the WSJ reporting that Apple may have turned to Samsung to help supply sufficient Retina displays for the next-gen iPad mini. With the launch of the Google Nexus 7 (2013), which boasts a Retina display-equivalent 323ppi 7-inch display, the pressure on Apple to deliver an iPad mini capable of challenging the Nexus 7 this year has intensified. According to the Wall Street Journal, with Samsung Display added as a display supplier, the iPad mini will ‘likely’ arrive this year, and will not be delayed into early 2014 as some have suggested.
Apple sale now on, price reductions on most key products
Apple’s Black Friday deals are now live on the Apple Store online. Unlike previous years, the list of items for sale is limited to Apple’s stock only. However, users will find solid saving across Apple’s line up, including discounts on the iPad with Retina display and iPad 2. Apple’s iPod line gets some reductions as does its MacBook line up as well.
Sonnet offering sleeve for 13-inch rMBP
Sonnet Technologies has launched a new sleeve designed for the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display. The 2fit Laptop Sleeve is a titanium-colored cover that is made with a plush microfiber material. The sleeve is completely machine-washable and stretches around the laptop to provide a secure fit. Orders can be placed online for $20, which includes a free screen cleaner that can also act as a buffer between the screen and keys when the laptop is closed.
Android apps also adding bloat, but not as much
The move to a Retina display in the latest iPad as well as the iPhone and now iPod Touch models has resulted in a noticeable jump in the average size of iOS apps in the last six months, reports ABI Research. Apps have seen an average 16 percent jump in size since March, when the third-generation iPad was unveiled. Games for iOS have grown even more, some 42 percent on average. While Apple anticipated the growth and increase over-the-air download limits to 50MB (up from 20MB previously), the increase cramps storage and bandwidth limits for many users.
Photo used in keynote, advertising materials for Retina Display
Swiss photographer Sabine Liewald has filed a lawsuit against Apple for allegedly using her "Eye Closeup" photograph to promote sales of the MacBook Pro with Retina Display. Liewald claims in her court filing that Apple procured the image from agency Factory Downtown for layout purposes only, and not for any advertising campaign.
Road Warriors looking to protect their MacBook should consider Speck
While hard cases for Apple’s iPhones are a dime a dozen, Speck is one of the few manufacturers that makes hard cases for Apple’s line of MacBook computers. Although many MacBook owners looking to protect their investment from damage have been prepared to buy a Speck case in the past, a common criticism is that though tough, they come at the expense of added weight and bulk. Speck has tried to address this shortcoming with its new SmartShell for the MacBook Pro with Retina Display.
Apple suppliers already shipping upgraded iMacs and 13.3-inch MBPs
Apple’s upstream supply chain have reportedly started shipments of new iMac and 13.3-inch MacBook Pro models to Apple, according to Digitimes. The rumored 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display is also said to be included in the new shipments. Digitimes supply chain sources say that the new models should arrive achieve sufficient stock supply levels to debut later in September or in October.
Speck releases new SmartShell for MacBook Pro with Retina Display
Speck is now taking orders for its new SmartShell for Apple’s MacBook Pro with Retina Display. The company seems to have acknowledged a frequent complaint with previous versions of its snap-on hard protective covers, which while effective, are slightly thick and heavy. Speck says that its new SmartShell for the MacBook Pro with Retina Display is 30 percent thinner than previous versions.
Best of Mountain Lion, Windows 8
Parallels has quickly updated its popular Desktop virtualization software for Mac, bringing support for the latest software and hardware: OS X Mountain Lion, Windows 8 and Retina display-equipped MacBook Pros. In our full review, we take a closer look at Parallels' latest attempt to provide a common experience across the competing platforms.
Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac brings speed boosts, better integration
Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac has had its launch pushed forward and is available now. A virtual Windows machine for Apple’s Macintosh range of computers, the latest iteration of the software has been upgraded to support Mountain Lion as well as Windows 8. In addition to performance boosts, it also supports Macs equipped with Retina displays and will reproduce Windows apps at a Retina resolution.
Bolsters rumors of a Retina display release in fall
Rumors that Apple may release a 13-inch MacBook Pro model with a Retina display got a boost when unverified benchmarks of an unreleased MacBook Pro model running an unreleased build of Mountain Lion turned up in logs for the benchmarking tool Geekbench. The unverified report follows another sighting of such a model on the Mini Battery Logger website with matching specs testing a new battery.
Has Apple delivered another winner with the next-gen MacBook Pro?
Apple has attempted to redefine the full power professional notebook with the next-generation MacBook Pro. In doing so it has delivered a notebook that is incredibly thin and light for the performance it offers. However, as is often the case with Apple products, certain design choices and feature exclusions have stirred up some controversy. So is the new MacBook Pro a notebook with compromises, or is it an uncompromising high performance notebook? Read our full review of the next-generation MacBook Pro (mid 2012) with Retina display to find out.
We go hands-on with the genre-bending MacBook Pro
Now that the dust has settled following the launch of Apple’s long-rumored 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, Electronista has had an opportunity to go hands-on with the latest notebook to come out of Cupertino. If you think this notebook is all about the display, you’d be both right and wrong. There is no doubt that the display is stunning -- however, there are many different aspects to the machine that make it special. Read on to find out what our first impressions are.
Wait time up from just two days ago for new Retina Macs
Shipping times for the Retina display-equipped MacBook Pro have increased yet again. The online Apple Store page for the Retina MacBook Pro now shows that shipping delay for both the 2.3 and 2.6GHz models has jumped from the two-to-three week delay seen just two days ago to three-to-four weeks. Non-Retina MacBook Pros show no shipping delay.
Google working on HDPi support for Chrome
The next version of Google's Chrome browser, codenamed 'Canary,' will support Apple's new MacBook Pro with Retina Display. Anandtech has tested the developer version of the browser on Apple's latest notebook and found that it marks a significant improvement over how Chrome currently renders to the display. As can be seen from the images (below), the new browser takes full advantage of the Retina Display and renders text and images much more sharply.
Apple shows off latest high-end notebook
Apple allowed WWDC attendees to take a closer look at the new 15-inch MacBook Pro, which features a 2880x1800 Retina display among other new features. The new design measures just 0.71 inches thick and weighs in at 4.46 pounds, shaving nearly a quarter inch and a full pound off the standard 15-inch unibody MacBook Pro. Check out our live gallery for close-up images of the new device.
Sources suggest Apple objected to blue connectors
Apple's next Macs, which are widely expected to be unveiled within hours, may feature customized USB 3.0 ports. Several recent leaks have pointed to USB 3.0 support as a likely feature, however sources have told Electronista that Apple pushed to get its own exclusive grey-colored connectors for upcoming devices, rather than utilizing the existing blue connectors found on most USB 3.0 products.
Leaked photos on Chinese forum show motherboard
New photos have surfaced claiming to show Apple's next-generation MacBook Pro motherboards. Chinese forum WeiPhone show some images of a motherboard that looks similar to previous versions, with mentions made towards the specifications of the MacBook Pro revisions. There however does not appear to be any sign of a previously rumored Retina-based display joining the updated line.
Sixth-gen iPhone prototypes testing 3.95-inch display
More details have emerged about the new 4-inch display that Apple is rumored to be testing for the next iPhone with 9to5 Mac claiming its sources have confirmed that Apple is currently testing an iPhone with a 3.95-inch display. The new display is also expected to retain a Retina Display level of pixel density, maintain the same width as the current display (1.94-inches), but be stretched to 16:9 ratio at 3.45-inches tall. If accurate, this would permit a 16:9 movie to play in its native aspect ratio using the full display sans the black bars while even potentially retaining the same overall phone size.
WSJ tips larger 4-inch display for new iPhone
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has placed orders for iPhone displays measuring ‘at least 4-inches diagonally’ for its sixth generation iPhone expected in October. Citing ‘people familiar with the situation’ production on the new displays is set to begin next month. Apple is said to be working with LG, Sharp and Japan Display (a newly formed partnership between Sony, Hitachi and Toshiba) on the new screens, which can be expected to be Retina Display-class.
Next-gen MacBook Pro 15-inch to lead redesign
More details have emerged about the next-generation 15-inch MacBook Pro, if 9to5Mac’s sources are correct. As with the first unibody MacBook Pro range, where the 15-inch model led the redesign, Apple is expected to reveal its latest MacBook Pro reboot with a 15-inch model. The inclusion of Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors will allow a thinner design, that will drop its optical drive, center on a new ‘jaw-dropping’ super high resolution Retina Display and also incorporate USB 3.0 ports.