Logitech has announced four new covers and cases for the iPad Air, three of which include a keyboard. FabricSkin Keyboard Folio ($150) is a thin, light water-repellent folio case with a rechargeable Bluetooth fabric keyboard. Logitech’s Ultrathin Keyboard Cover ($100) is an aluminum screen cover with a built-in Bluetooth keyboard.
Logitech’s Ultrathin Keyboard Folio ($100) is similar to the keyboard cover, but in a full folio case. All three keyboards can be charged through micro-USB and are said to last up to three months on one charge. The Folio Protective Case ($50) offers folio protection without a keyboard. All of the new Logitech iPad Air products are available for pre-order in various colors, with no release dates announced yet.
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Also don’t forget about our iBattz Mojo Refuel Aqua Case Giveaway this month, in which iLounge and iBattz are giving away five Mojo Refuel Aqua Battery Cases for iPhone 5/5s. Simply fill out and submit the form on the giveaway page to enter; the giveaway will end on October 31, 2013 at 11:59PM Pacific Time. Good luck!
An iPhone game controller from MOGA has been leaked in a tweet from @evleaks. The MOGA Ace Power reportedly contains a 1800mAh battery in addition to controller functionality, offsetting the heavy battery drain caused by iOS games.
Apple has released version 6.0.1 of its Apple TV software. It’s currently unknown what changes have been made or what features may have been added at this point; updates are available through the Settings menu, General, then Software Updates. As a patch, the update should take less than a minute to download.
Tesla Motors has hired away Apple’s Doug Field, who worked at the company in design and engineering capacities since 2008. Field was most recently Vice President of Mac Hardware Engineering at Apple, leading development of the latest MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and iMac, according to a Tesla press release. His 2008 hiring from Segway was rumored at the time to be for a “moonshot” project, details of which were never confirmed. Field will be Vice President of Vehicle Programs at Tesla. [via Electrek]
A favorite of one of our editors, Frogmind’s Badland ($4) has received a Halloween update in version 1.6. The addictive physics-based side-scroller now has a Halloween theme and a new multiplayer level. Four new multiplayer characters have also been added to the game. Badland is $1 for a limited time, due to a special Halloween sale.
Gameloft has added a number of new features to Gangstar Vegas (currently $3) in version 1.2.0. The Gangstar Superhero update brings five new hero costumes to the game, in addition to nine new vehicles, and three new weapons. Gameloft also added 14 new missions and some limited-time events to the game.
Apple has confirmed on its website that its retail stores will open at 8 a.m. Nov. 1 for the launch of the iPad Air. Customers will also be able to order the iPad Air online on Nov. 1. Apple still lists the iPad mini with Retina display as “coming to stores later in November,” and will not be selling that model in stores during the Air launch.
JBL has announced Pulse ($200), a wireless speaker featuring a customized LED light show. The Pulse delivers sound from two 40mm drivers and a built-in bass port, using Bluetooth stereo streaming with NFC. Pulse’s LED lights feature five pre-programmed patterns, but users can also program their own light shows by changing the patterns, brightness, and colors.
JBL claims Pulse’s rechargeable Li-ion battery offers up to 10 hours of music in one charge, or five hours of music with a light show. Pulse is available for pre-order, and JBL lists the expected shipping date as Nov. 13.
With the debut of two new iPad models at yesterday’s Apple Event, voting has now opened in our final Readers’ Choice Awards category: Best Apple Product of 2013. It was an interesting year for Apple with all of the company’s major product releases occurring in the fall, the debut of two new iPhone models, a completely redesigned iOS version, and a new name for the full-sized iPad. We’d like to know which of these you, our readers, feel Is the best new product that Apple released this year. Vote in our poll for Best Apple Product of 2013 and let us know!
Be sure to also vote in the rest of our Readers’ Choice Awards categories here if you haven’t already to let us know who you think were the best Accessory makers, App Developers and Game Developers of 2013. Voting closes at 11:59 Pacific Time on October 31, so don’t wait — cast your vote today!
Our latest poll – Have you been waiting for the Apple event to buy a new iPad? – has now ended. With Apple’s iPad event held this week, we asked our readers to let us know if they were planning on purchasing a new iPad following the event.
A clear majority of respondents—sixty-seven percent—indicated that they were in fact planning on purchasing one or both of the new iPad models, with thirty percent opting for the full-sized iPad model—now known as the iPad Air—and twenty-six percent opting for a new iPad mini. Eleven percent indicated that they intended to buy both of the new iPad models. Of the remaining responses, twenty-two percent indicated that they were happy with their current iPad model, while four percent are waiting for the next generation model. Seven percent of readers indicating that they are simply not interested in owning an iPad at all.
A number of companies have already introduced cases for the iPad Air. While many of these cases are merely remakes for the new device, there are some brand new cases, as well. Belkin has introduced a number of new products, including three keyboard cases: Qode Ultimate Keyboard Case ($129), Qode Thin Type Keyboard Case ($100), and Qode Slim Style Keyboard Case ($80). The company also introduced two new folio stand cases, the FreeStyle Cover ($60) and LapStand Cover ($60). All cases are listed as coming soon.
Grove has introduced its Wood Smart Case ($99) for iPad Air, a lightweight bamboo and maple folio case that also acts as a stand. The case ships in four to six weeks. Speck has debuted a redesigned StyleFolio ($40) case for iPad Air. The new StyleFolio features 14 different designs and is coming soon.
Following the release of iMovie 2.0 for iOS, Apple has added a new iMovie Theater channel to Apple TV. The new iMovie Theater feature in iMovie lets users share home movie clips to any Apple device, which now includes the Apple TV.
No software update is needed to add iMovie Theater to the Apple TV; the channel now appears automatically, having been pushed to devices through Apple’s servers. The new iMovie 2.0 for iOS is free with the purchase of a new iOS device, or as a free update to the previously purchased version.
Following today’s release of iLife and iWork updates for iOS 7, Apple has also released an update to Find My iPhone providing a complete redesign for iOS 7. In keeping with the new iOS 7 design ethos, Find My iPhone 3.0 removes all of the traditional skeuomorphic elements in favour of the flatter iOS 7 user interface. The new update is primarily focused on UI redesign; a prior update already delivered an iOS 7 styled icon along with the new iOS 7 Find My iPhone features supporting Activation Lock and Lost Mode improvements.
Apple has released iTunes 11.1.2, its latest update to its venerable media management app. The latest version introduces support for OS X Mavericks, along with support for Arabic and Hebrew languages and performance and stability improvements. The latest version of iTunes can be downloaded via OS X Software Update or the “Check for Updates” options found within the iTunes app, or directly from Apple at http://www.itunes.com.
The anticipated updates to Apple’s iWork and iLife suite of apps for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch are now live on the App Store. Announced at the company’s iPad Event earlier today, the entire set of apps have been updated for iOS7 along with 64-bit support for the A7-equipped iPhone 5s and new iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display models. All of the apps now include tighter iCloud integration, with iWork supporting new features to allow users to collaborate on documents across devices and platforms.
All of the apps now sport a 2.0 version number, and are a free update for existing users as well as available for free for anybody activating a new iOS device after September 1, 2013. Garageband is now available as a free download for anybody, with additional sounds and instruments available via in-app purchase.
Apple’s new iPads — the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display — have quietly undergone significant battery changes from their prior incarnations, iLounge has learned. The iPad Air actually has a much smaller battery than the fourth-generation iPad — 32.4-Watt-hours compared to the previous model’s 42.5-Watt-hours; as a result, the battery should recharge faster, coming closer to the four-hour refueling times required from the iPad and iPad 2 than the five- to six-hours of the last two iPads.
Meanwhile, the Retina iPad mini is moving up to 23.8-Watt-hours from 16.3-Watt-hours in the original iPad mini—a 46% increase in battery size that will change how the new model works with external battery packs. Apple is now including a 10W charger to reduce recharging time. To read about the battery changes and more under-the-radar features in the new iPads, read our newest Ten Things You Didn’t Know article.
Apple has released iOS 7.0.3, which adds iCloud Keychain and a Password Generator for Safari. The update features a number of bug fixes and tweaks, including an iMessage fix, the resolving of an accelerometer calibration issue, and a lock screen update that delays the display of “slide to unlock” when using Touch ID. The update is available over the air through the Software Update screen in the iOS Settings app or via the iTunes software update process.
As expected after last week’s hint from T-Mobile CEO John Legere, T-Mobile is now offering Apple’s newest Wi-Fi + Cellular iPads — the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display — on its network. The carrier also will reportedly be offering 200MB of data for free each month, with additional data charged at $30 for 2.5GB and $40 for 4.5GB. [via 9to5Mac]
During today’s Apple event, Apple announced it would be discontinuing the fourth-generation iPad, and keeping the second-generation iPad in its lineup. The iPad 2 stays the same price, starting at $399 for the least expensive model. Apple also announced the original iPad mini would remain in its lineup, with its price now starting at $299 for the base model.
In addition to the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display, Apple today announced new protective options for both devices.
The polyurethane Smart Cover will cost $39 for either model. A brand new leather Smart Case will cost $79 for the iPad Air, and $69 for the iPad mini.