Logitech has announced its Ultrathin Keyboard Cover mini ($80) for iPad mini. Based on the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad, the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover mini features a Bluetooth wireless keyboard with an integrated stand and screen cover. Magnets secure the keyboard to the iPad mini. Battery life for Ultrathin Keyboard Cover mini is up to three months on a charge, based on an average use of two hours per day.
Logitech has also announced that the full-sized Ultrathin Keyboard Cover now comes in red, as well as prior black or white versions, with engraving as an option. It has been one of Logitech’s strongest selling products to date. By comparison, the new iPad mini keyboard cover comes in black or white and is available for preorder.
Apple’s online store has been updated to include the recently announced 128GB capacity fourth-generation iPad with Retina display. Both the Wi-Fi ($799) and Wi-Fi + Cellular ($929) versions are available now in black or white.
The Wi-Fi iPad is available to ship in one to three business days, while the Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad availability differs based on the network carrier — AT&T is currently showing a shipping time of one to three business days for the black 128GB iPad and three to five days for the white version, while Sprint and Verizon are both showing shipping times of three to five business days for both models.
A new report details a number of software-related issues that are impacting Apple users and developers, as Adam C. Engst of TidBITS provides anonymized summaries of “some concerning problems that haven’t gotten as much press” as recent hardware manufacturing delays. Engst notes that iOS 6 has seen “more (and more-troubling) bugs in iOS 6 than any previous version of iOS in particular,” noting that users were hit with problems such as excessive cellular data usage and battery drain, issues that Apple took four months to address with iOS 6.1. Second-hand reports shared by Engst suggest that Apple engineers have left “because they felt their software was being shipped before it was ready,” and that he has also “heard story after story of Apple’s App Store policies and behaviors causing significant headaches.” While developers wouldn’t go on the record with their individual issues, they described iTunes Connect problems regarding app approval, company changes, and customer management that were creating unnecessary problems for users, such as confusing update and upgrade paths for important new releases. Engst suggests that Apple’s success has “effectively blinded” it to the software and developer problems, which he deems “the emperor’s wardrobe malfunction,” issues that “aren’t likely to affect the stock price in the short term, but could have long term consequences.”
Apple and other online retailers did not break the law by requiring consumers to provide their addresses and phone numberes to make credit card payments, the California Supreme Court ruled on Monday, noting that state privacy protections for credit cards don’t apply to downloaded online purchases. Consumer David Krescent had sued Apple after making purchases from iTunes, which sells content exclusively online. Notably, the same court ruled in 2011 that the privacy protections apply to brick-and-mortar retailers, which would not be allowed to request a ZIP code during a credit card transaction. In this case, four California Supreme Court justices backed Apple, while three said that the ruling was “a major loss for consumers.” [via Reuters]
Apple supplier AU Optronics is guiding the production of a Retina display for the second-generation iPad mini, according to a new report. In an item translated from a Chinese tech website, the new iPad mini is reported to have the widely-expected iPad-matching resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels, which translates at 7.9” to a pixel density of 324 ppi. The report is further confirmation of everything we’ve been hearing, with all signs pointing to the next iPad mini iteration containing a Retina display. [via Brightwire]
Third-party developers can now use Apple-provided Appstore.com links to make shortened URL links to their apps, as was demonstrated this weekend. An Appstore.com short link appeared briefly at the end of the commercial for the upcoming film “Star Trek Into Darkness,” which read, “For details and ticket information go to AppStore.com/StarTrekApp.” The Appstore.com domain name, which was given to Steve Jobs as a personal gift by Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, has been used as the official website for the App Store Twitter account since its launch in January 2011.
A new Federal Trade Commission report offers suggestions to “the major participants in the mobile ecosystem” on providing privacy information and transparency to customers. Titled “Mobile Privacy Disclosures: Building Trust Through Transparency,” the report makes a number of recommendations to developers of apps and operating system providers. The suggestions for system providers, such as Apple, include “developing icons to depict the transmission of user data,” making a “Do Not Track” mechanism available that allows consumers to stop third-party tracking, and providing “just-in-time disclosures” to consumers before apps can “access sensitive contact like geolocation,” among other recommendations. App developers are urged to provide similar disclosures while making privacy policies easily accessible within app stores. The FTC recently amended its rules for the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
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Apple is negotiating to carry Time Warner’s HBO Go app on Apple TV by mid-year, according to a report. HBO subscribers would have access to more than 600 hours of TV shows and movies on Apple TV. There are already HBO Go apps for iPad and iPhone, but this would be the first Apple TV app requiring pay-TV authentication. [via Bloomberg]