Considering that the iPad Mini 3 was only a slight refresh on its predecessor, packing the same processing speed and power and essentially adding only Touch ID and a gold color option into the mix, many have hoped the fourth generation version of the device would be a more substantial update than last year's. Mac Otakara's report states that the update would replace the iPad Mini 3's current A7 processor and 802.11n Wi-Fi with an A8 CPU and 802.11ac Wi-Fi.
Mac Otakara tells MacRumors, however, that there is some uncertainty with this rumor, and Mac Otakara is not convinced it is accurate.
A short product cycle for an iPad would not be unprecedented, as the 9.7-inch iPad saw a seven-month interval in its third-generation, with the fourth-generation model shifting the iPad update cycle from the early part of the year to the late part and allowing Apple to quickly make the transition to the Lightning connector across its iOS device lineup.
Timing on a potential mid-cycle refresh for the iPad mini is not entirely clear, but the obvious candidate in the near-term is Apple's "Spring Forward" event this coming Monday, March 9. Mac Otakara also says Apple has been pushing out iPad and notebook shipping estimates for resellers to 2-3 weeks, perhaps hinting at some imminent lineup changes.
Apple reportedly has a MacBook Air refresh in the works and shipping estimates for the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro have also slipped today, fueling rumors of updates at Monday's event. The company will, however, most likely dedicate much of the show to details on the Apple Watch, so it is unclear how many other updates Apple will want to include in the event.
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HooToo TripMate Wireless N Travel Router w/ USB port: $15 Prime shipped (Reg. $20)
Apple iPad deals: iPad Air 32GB $380 (Reg. $449), iPad mini w/ free $50 gift card $239 ($299 value), moreApple iPad mini 2 WiFi: 16GB $250/32GB $300 w/ free shipping ($50 off)
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LAST CHANCE! Small States Review – Bolt Briefcase from WaterField Designs is an ideal work and travel companion, $249 giveawayMore new gear from today:
Headphones: JBL J55 on-ears (multiple colors) $20 (Reg. $43), Sennheiser HD 518 over-ears $65 (Reg. up to $130)
- New! Daily Deals: JBL Lightning Docks from $23, Mophie Juice Pack refurb $25, more
- New! Samsung 850 EVO 500GB Internal Solid-State Drive $190 shipped (Reg. $245+)
- New! Monoprice 15% off sitewide: MHD Action Camera $150 (Reg. $177), more
- New! Games/Apps: BioShock Infinite + all DLC 75% off, iOS freebies, more
- New! SAS Handbook The Ultimate Guide to Surviving Anywhere $3 eBook download (Reg. $16)
iPhone 6 ultimate party case includes a bottle opener and flameless lighter for $10
- Download a free copy of the Transformers movie
- PreSonus Speakers + Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Headphones from $229
- Media: Man of Steel Collectors Edition $10 (Reg. $40), more
- Download The Hobbit eBook on Google Play for $3 (Reg. $14)
- Home: Philips AirFryer $150, Thermos Vacuum Stainless Steel Bottle $29, more
- PNY Turbo 256GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive: $70 shipped (Orig. $130)
- Mac App Store sale: BioShock, LEGO, Metro, Transistor, more $10 each (Reg. up to $45)
- Receive up to $100 off or Amazon credit w/ select Bose & HEOS by Denon products
- HDTVs: Samsung 48″ 1080p $545 (Reg. $670), 55″ LG 4K UHDTV $1,300 (Reg. $1,799)
- Download more than 300 hits from the 1960’s for $4
- Apple MacBook Air 13.3″ Laptop (previous gen) 1.3GHz/4GB/128GB $830 (orig. $1,099)
- Free download: Transparent soundtrack featuring Bob Dylan, Neil Young, more
- Incase Maki Canvas Jacket for iPad 2/3/4 case $10 shipped (Reg. $40)
- Google Play’s Birthday Sale includes $0.99 albums, $3 movies, discounted apps, more
- Amazon Spring Break Fashion Sale: Reef Sandal $32, Oakley Sunglasses $72+, more
- Pioneer’s SPH-DA120 adds Apple CarPlay to your car for $445 (Reg. $600)
- Dr. Seuss Birthday Sale: up to 80% off more than 60 iOS book apps/collections
- Mood-Light Your Home From Your Phone, Was $50 now $34
Rock Band 4 slated for a 2015 return w/ song collections transferring + all new hardware
- The second gen Divoom Bluetune Bean speaker comes equipped with a remote selfie button
- Kitchen Tech: Using Nitrous Oxide to make fresh whipped cream, airy waffles, more
- SanDisk’s new microSD card will stuff an extra 200GB in your MacBook, GoPro, more
- Aether’s Cone wireless speaker gains a couple new tricks, still looks beautiful
- Treat yourself to sharper, better kitchen knives from Henckels and Wusthof for $20+
- Sony’s new BSP60 voice-controlled smart Bluetooth speaker is a virtual assistant on wheels
- Panasonic’s new Bluetooth smart air conditioner does more than just keep you cool
- Best Buy cuts Gamers Club Unlocked to $30, 20% off new games and amiibo
- ADATA found an ingenious home for a microSD card on its new microReader
- senseFly’s eXom drone flies autonomously using sensors or iPad controls
- Pansonic’s Nubo weatherproof, 4G-equipped monitoring camera is poised to slay Dropcam
- NeatherRealm announces Mortal Kombat X hybrid card-battler for iOS and Android
- Mad Catz brings console style controllers to Android devices with the L.Y.N.X.3
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Apple today has listed Jennifer Lawrence’s upcoming film ‘Serena’ on the iTunes Store. The film is not slated to hit theaters in the United States until March 27th, but eager Lawrence fans can rent it on iTunes now for $9.99 in HD. The film also went up on Google Play this morning.
‘Serena’ stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper as the lead couple. The film is set in North Carolina during the Great Depression and focuses on making it through the time period while fighting “blackmail, jealousy, and murder.”
$9.99 is certainly steep for a digital movie rental, but keep in mind you’re also paying for the three weeks early access to the film and not having to go see it in a theater. You can rent ‘Serena’ on iTunes now.
Watch Now Before It’s In Theaters. George and Serena Pemberton (Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper and Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence) are love-struck newlyweds building a business empire. Serena proves herself to be equal to any man: overseeing loggers, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man’s life in the wilderness. With power and influence now in their hands, the Pembertons refuse to let anyone stand in the way of their inflated love and ambitions. But their passionate whirlwind romance is threatened by demons from their pasts, forcing the couple to reckon with blackmail, jealousy and murder in this ravishing period film directed by Oscar winner Susanne Bier.
Typically major films tend to hit iTunes several weeks or months after their theatrical release, of course, with the last big exception being The Interview under admittedly different circumstances.
Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: bradley cooper, iTunes, jennifer lawrence, movie, serena
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Apple discontinuing the MagSafe to MagSafe 2 converter would prove problematic for Thunderbolt Display and Cinema Display users. The company does include the converter in the box for the Thunderbolt Display, but not being able to purchase a replacement if you misplace one would be an issue. Given that, it is possible that Apple could have larger plans in store.
It could be theorized that Apple may be planning a Thunderbolt Display refresh with MagSafe 2, USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt 2, although that is purely speculation. Rumors have also called for a 5K Thunderbolt Display, but several Mac models would need to be updated to support that technology. We have reached out to Apple for comment and will update this story if we hear back.
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There’s a long piece over at the Financial Times today about Jony Ive and Apple’s watch plans. The author, Nick Foulkes, is obviously not a techie, but he does know a thing or two about watches, and the article is worth a read if you have a horological bent.
The article does contain some interesting tech tidbits, too. For example, Foulkes tells us that “Ive explains how the molecules in Apple gold are closer together, making it twice as hard as standard gold.” This claim was greeted in the office by more than a little bemusement. Gold is a metal! Has Apple finally left a reality-based existence behind it?
Perhaps the company is not entirely crazy, though. In June 2014, Apple filed a patent, issued in December 2014, for a “Method and apparatus for forming a gold metal matrix composite.” Metal matrix composites allow manufacturers to develop complex metal components in a similar way to 3D printing with polymers, and from the looks of this patent, Apple may be using this approach for the Apple Watch's case.
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