Apple Bytes #12 – iPad ‘Not-So’ Mini, 128GB iPad 4 & Not a Watch Again!

Apple let loose a 128GB iPad, rumours re-surface about an Apple Watch, and I finally got my hands on an iPad Mini, (but why I swapped it for a Blackberry PlayBook!)

Apple Increases iPad with Retina Display to 128GB

Offers Twice the Storage Capacity to Create & Enjoy Even More Incredible Content – Apple announced a 128GB version of the fourth generation iPad® with Retina® display. The 128GB iPad with Wi-Fi and iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular models provide twice the storage capacity of the 64GB models to hold even more valuable content  including photos, documents, projects, presentations, books, movies, TV shows,  music and apps.

The fourth generation iPad features a gorgeous 9.7-inch Retina display, Apple-designed A6X chip, FaceTime® HD camera, iOS 6.1 and ultrafast wireless performance. iOS 6.1 includes support for additional LTE networks around the world, and iTunes Match℠ subscribers can download individual songs to their iOS devices from iCloud®.

The new 128GB versions of the fourth generation iPad will be available in black or white, for a suggested retail price of $799 (US) for the iPad with Wi-Fi model and $929 (US) for the iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular model.

Apple iPad Mini… Rather a Handful!

Okay, so I’ve been promising myself an iPad Mini, until last week when I finally decided to have a decent play with one – and I’ve changed my mind! Let’s be clear – the Mini is brilliant, and I’d quite happily swap my existing iPad 3 for one. However, the reason I wanted a Mini was to carry it in my coat / jacket… only that’s not going to happen. The Mini is big… with its 7.9″ screen rather than the standard 7″ screen, it’s a stretch to hold in my hand, and will not fit in a coat or jacket pocket. It is light – much lighter than the full-size iPad, and in time I could easily migrate to the Mini, but there is little point in having both.

So, I went to a police auction and picked up a brand new boxed 64GB Blackberry PlayBook instead for £85 incl. taxes. I’m not going to start waving the chequered flag for BlackBerry yet, but they are not where they were a year ago. The new BB10 operating system certainly looks good on their new handsets, and the news is that the PlayBook will support BB10 too. The PlayBook is a great little tablet, supporting email, web-surfing etc, but also has Zinio (which means my entire magazine collection from my iPad: SFX, T3, Maxim, Newsweek etc is now also available on in my jacket pocket), and has a MicroSoft compatible Office Suite. And the BlackBerry Bridge App means I can also connect my BlackBerry phone to my tablet using BlueTooth. It also has a built-in HDMI socket which means I can display my 1.5GB version of Avengers on a big screen in pretty good quality. That’s not bad for under a £100.

Apple iWatch Rumours Again

A recent posting by designer Pavel Simeonov of his vision for an Apple iWatch is just one more reason for rumours re-surfacing about Apple’s iWatch. Apple is under increasing pressure to release something really revolutionary; not just another iPad revamp. There has been increasing talk on the interweb that Apple could release an “iWatch”.

Envisioned features include a full multi-touch 2.5-inch 16:9 curved display that constantly checks the environment. The wearer simply has to twist their arm to check the weather, location or to find the closest cafe. In addition, pulse and body temperature are easily monitored and, with 4G LTE bandwidth and a built-in camera, wearers could FaceTime Campari-style (anytime, anywhere).

Source: Apple, iClarified

Reporter: SilverFox

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