Daily Crunch: The new iPad mini, reviewed


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1. Review: Apple’s new iPad mini continues to be mini

Matthew Panzarino tried out Apple’s new tablet with Apple Pencil support, and he says the experience is “aces.”

His only caveat: After using the brilliant new Pencil, the old one feels greasy and slippery by comparison, and lacks the flat edge against your finger for shading or sketching out curves.

2. Windows Virtual Desktop is now in public preview

Starting today, any enterprise user who wants to test out a virtual Windows 10 desktop hosted in the Azure cloud will be able to give it a try.

3. MoviePass co-founder’s new startup PreShow gives you free movie tickets for watching ads

As founding CEO of MoviePass,

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Apple quietly announces 10.5-inch iPad Air and refreshed iPad mini


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Apple's online store went dark earlier this morning, and now it's clear why: The company decided to quietly roll out not one, but two new iPads ahead of its big event next week. The new, larger, 10.5-inch iPad Air will arrive with a 70 percent performance boost compared to its predecessor, thanks to the company's A12 Bionic chip with Apple's Neural Engine. That'll be useful alongside the now 20-percent larger display -- which is compatible with the first-gen Apple Pencil too.

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A new iPad mini is reportedly on its way, but it may not be what you hoped for


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Apple still hasn't given up on the iPad mini, a new report from China Times claims (via MacRumors) citing sources from Apple's supply chain. 

A new version of the iPad mini, which hasn't been updated since 2015, should arrive in the first half of 2019. But according to the report, the new iPad mini 5 will be a low-cost device, meaning it probably won't receive a major upgrade like the iPad Pro did in October.  

The iPad mini has been on its deathbed — but not quite dead — for a while now. Apple hasn't been updating it, but the company CEO Tim Cook mentioned it by name during the October event. This gave me (and other iPad mini fans, if there are any left at this point) some hope that the company Continue reading "A new iPad mini is reportedly on its way, but it may not be what you hoped for"

Here’s how to sell your old iPad in the easiest way possible


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The new iPad Pros have been in the market for a little while, and if you're eyeing one, you may be wondering how much you can get by reselling your current iPad.

Here's how to get the most for that device with a trade-in.

First, you'll need to know some information about your iPad: mainly the model number, what sort of connectivity it has (WiFi only or WiFi+cellular), and storage. If you're not sure, go to Settings>General>About to see the model number and the storage capacity. 

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Buy an iPad mini on sale for $125 off at Walmart


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What's super speedy, incredibly thin, weighs less than a pound, and is now on sale for $125 off its listing price? If you guessed the iPad Mini 4, you're correct. Give yourself a pat on the back and grab your own Mini 4 at Walmart.

We all know Apple deals don't happen extremely often. So when a product like the iPad Mini 4 goes from $399.99 down to $274.99, we just can't afford to miss it. (Hence why the Minis totally sold out a few weeks ago when Walmart took even just $100 off their listing price.)

Talk about an absolute bang for your buck. With a dual-core A8 processor chip, the Mini 4 is lightning fast. Plus, with 128GB of storage, you'll have zero trouble storing all of the apps, games, pictures, or videos you could ever need. The 7.9-inch Retina display gives you seriously Continue reading "Buy an iPad mini on sale for $125 off at Walmart"

There’s still a chance for the iPad mini to become the best iPad ever


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At yesterday's iPad event, despite a late-hour rumor to the contrary, Apple didn't announce a new iPad mini. 

But the company didn't kill it, either. The 3-year old iPad mini 4 even got a mention from Tim Cook, which sounds minor but it's important for a company that obsesses over details. 

This means that the iPad mini is still in the game, and that there's still a chance for Apple to give it an update down the road. And a Home button-less iPad mini with Face ID, tiny bezels and updated internals could very well become the best iPad Apple has ever created. 

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Apple pays off its future-of-computing promise with iPad Pro


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 After playing with the new iPad Pro 10.5″ for a few days I am convinced that it’s fairly impossible to do a detailed review of it in its current state. Not because there is some sort of flaw, but instead because it was clearly designed too to bottom as an empty vessel in which to pour iOS 11. Read More

The iPad mini isn’t receiving any update


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 The writing is on the wall. The iPad mini 4 is probably going to be the last iPad mini ever. Apple just announced iPad updates during its WWDC keynote. Both the 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models are receiving major updates. In the meantime, the iPad mini feels like the neglected device in the iPad lineup, and it’s now probably on life support. If you want a cheap iPad, you can buy… Read More

Apple, please don’t kill the iPad mini


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The iPad mini might be on its deathbed. 

The 7.9-inch tablet, a recent report says, is cannibalized by the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus, which is big enough for those late-night reading binges, and more powerful in some regards. 

On the other hand, it appears that Apple is positioning the tablet as a larger device, one that competes with your laptop. According to rumors, the next tablet Apple launches will be bigger, not smaller than the iPad, and the iPad mini will likely go into oblivion. 

But ask many iPad mini aficionados, and they will tell you that the mini is the best iPad. I'm one of them, and I'd rather stock up on iPad mini 4s right now than get a bigger, newer variant, regardless of the price.  Read more...

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‘Fierce cannibalism’ might have just killed this Apple gadget


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The iPad Mini is likely going out with a whimper after being gobbled up by its slightly smaller cousin, the iPhone 7 Plus.

Apple's smallest tablet will be discontinued, according to a report from BGR, citing a source "close to Apple."

The Mini is a casualty of the company's move into the phablet market, as the source said “fierce cannibalism of our own products” led to the Mini being “sized out of its own category" by the iPhone 7 Plus and its 5.5-inch screen. The 7 Plus, which has been a strong seller for Apple, is just 2.2 inches smaller than the Mini with a much better camera, making it to difficult for casual users to justify buying the tablet.  Read more...

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Apple could stop updating the iPad mini


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 Rumor has it that Apple is about to unveil a brand-new iPad in just a few weeks. But what about the iPad mini? According to a new report from BGR, the iPad mini is not going to receive an update. In fact, the iPad mini could be reaching the end of the road. At WWDC, Apple could be unveiling a new iPad with a 10.5-inch display and smaller bezels. This iPad is going to be roughly the footprint… Read More

Apple might be launching three new iPads this year


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The iPad mini might be going the way of the Dodo.  According to a note from usually-quite-accurate analyst Ming-Chi Quo from KGI Securities, Apple will be launching three iPads in 2017: a 12.9-inch one, a 9.7-inch one and another model that will have a 10-10.5-inch screen.  The largest of the three will simply be a new version of Apple's iPad Pro, while the 9.7-inch model will be a "low-priced option," Quo claims, according to 9to5Mac.  The 10-to-10.5-inch model will be the most interesting of the three: A "high-end" model with a narrow bezel design, meaning it might actually have a smaller footprint than the 9.7-inch one.  Read more... More about Kgi Securities, Rumors, Apple, Ipad Pro, and Ipad Mini

Apple might release an iPad mini ‘Pro’


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iPad sales aren't what they used to be. With the release of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, it's clear the iPad's future is for professionals. Apple is rumored to be considering an "iPad mini Pro" with a 7.9-inch screen and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro could be replaced with a slightly larger 10.1-inch model, according to the often-reliable Japanese Apple blog Macotakara.

An iPad mini Pro would have all the features that would make it a "pro" tablet, including the True Tone display introduced on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, a Smart Connector on the side for magnetically connecting to accessories like a keyboard, quad stereo speakers, an improved 12-megapixel camera with True Tone flash and a new four-array microphone setup. Read more... More about Tablets, Rumors, Ipad Pro, Ipad Mini, and Ipad

Apple May Introduce iPad Pro, iPad Mini 4 At September 9 Event: Report


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ipad-mini-3 Apple’s upcoming press event, scheduled for September 9, is going to be a long one, if we’re choosing to believe the rumors. Alongside new iPhones and a brand new (potentially world-dominating) Apple TV 4, both of which are reported to debut at the event, we may also get an introduction to the long-rumored iPad Pro and a refreshed iPad mini, according to 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman. Read More