UPDATE: The Best Way to Pre-Order your iPad Mini

If you are like me you are going to be up at about 2:30AM tomorrow waiting for the store to open to get your iPad mini just the same way you might have done with the iPhone 5. Given the fact this is an Apple device and it is new it means the store will go down or be very slow with everyone trying to pre-order the new device. So here is how you should pre-order the new iPad Mini so you can be done fast and let others have a shot.

The first thing you want to do is enable express checkout with your Apple ID. This will store your credit card and shipping information so you can quickly just review it and press order and be done with it in a matter of seconds (or minutes depending on traffic). Here is how to enable it:

  1. Head to the Apple Store Account Manager. This will allow you to set up express checkout.
  2. After the link loads Scroll to the “Account Settings” in giant letters. Under that you will see “Update Express Checkout” click that and sign in with your Apple ID that you want to purchase the device with.
  3. When you log on you will see your Apple ID, Payment Information, and Shipping information. Make sure those are all filled out.
  4. UPDATE: Under The Payment and shipping information there will be a switch to turn express checkout on. Move the switch to ON

From there you should be done but here is the thing: During the iPhone 5 launch the only way to pre-order the device was through the Apple Store app on your iPhone unless you had luck getting through to the servers. So before the time make sure your device’s store is signed into the Apple ID you used for express checkout. To do that open the app store scroll down till you see your account sign out and sign in with the new. From there you can open the Apple Store App and pre-order easily. You may be able to pre-order in the store but that is if it is online during the chaos. I will be tweeting if the store is up for the first half an hour or less and experiences. Good Luck everyone!

Follow the iPad Mini Event with Apples-Genius

It is that time again where we get to see that magical new device rumored for oh so long come into the wild. Today Apple is expected to announce the iPad Mini, new iMac, and retina 13 inch MacBook Pro. To follow the event you can use our twitter widget to the side (or use this link) or eventually when I can I will start posting on the site. Also you can use the Apple TV to stream the event but there is no word if you will be able to do that from the Mac, iPad, or iPhone yet.

iPad Mini and Retina 13inch MacBook Pro to be announced the 23rd

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I am late on this yes but I haven’t been feeling well if you follow my twitter so stick with me here.

The new iPad mini is set to be announced soon. Actually October 23rd according to many sources and it is actually what you think it is a smaller version of the iPad. There is no say if the iPad mini is going to have a retina display but you will have a 7inch display for your viewing pleasure. Also of course you will have the new lightning connector currently shipping with the new iPods and iPhones. Of course the new iPad Mini will have LTE support much like it’s big brother but will run you some extra cash for the extra antennas. Of course if you want the wifi one you can always pick that one up for a lower price.

Along with the notorious iPad Mini rumored ever sense the iPad first came out we should see a 13inch retina MacBook Pro. We saw the first retina MacBook Pro come out a couple of months ago and it has a gorgeous screen USB 3.0 and a new thinner DVD-less design sort of like the MacBook Air. The MacBook Air is being worked on at Apple and if we don’t see it with the new Pros then we are going to have to wait till the summer.

So both of these devices are expected to make their way into the official world on October 23rd and when they go on sale is anyone’s guess.

New iPad Mini mockups show possible design

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Ahead of Apple’s special october event to show off the “iPad Mini” reports are coming out showing what the device could like like. The images appear to be close to the iPad Mini design information we have been hearing. Note that the dock is the new 9-pin connector we have been seeing on iPhone mockups. The device shows little bezel around the right and left of the screen. However I still see the iPad mini as pointless it could be a good idea for someone who would want a small e-reader.

The iPad mini is rumored to be 7 inches and to be announced at it’s own event in October. The device is rumored to take rumored characteristics from the New iPhone which is rumored to be announced September 12th and go on sale September 21st.

[Apple.pro, Giga.de]

New iPhone and iPad Mini Parts Show Smaller Dock Connector and Repositioned Headphone Jack

 

 

We have seen photos of parts that have been said to have a new dock connector and a repositioned headphone jack to have all devices similar in ports.

New leaked parts for what is said to be the new iPad mini and the new iPhone have been released. High res shots of the dock connector reveals a smaller 8 pin dock that is rumored for all the upcoming iOS devices.

A new dock connector seems to worry a lot of people with accessories for the current dock connector. Hopefully for all of you Apple will release an adaptor like they did with Magsafe to Magsafe 2.

[iResq repair lab]

 

New Apple Goodies Rumored for launch around September and November

 

This morning iMore gave us launch details for the iPhone and iPad mini launch and now iLounge gives us more information.

  1. Next iPhone will ship in Mid-September
  2. 2 new iPhone cases will be released. The first will like the current bumper case and another will have additional features which may come after launch.
  3. iPod Touch will be released alongside the new iPhone like in the past with the same screen resolution.
  4. New Nano could be bigger.
  5. 7.85 iPad Mini  with a new 19 pin dock connector and will ship in November just in time for the holidays. This follows many reports that Apple is working on Mini smart vases and Smart covers that resemble the current iPad screen size.
  6. Finally, Apple will be updating it’s new full sized iPad line with a thinner design less than a year after release. The New 4th gen iPad will be tweaked with a new back side mic and a less hot thinner design. Sharp’s rumored late IGZO displays would have made the iPad thinner and less thick and power hungry/hot.

“Apple’s current plan for the fourth-generation iPad is to release another relatively modest body tweak, which would keep the shape basically the same while introducing the new small Dock Connector, a rear-side microphone, and spec-improving/heat-reducing changes to the hardware inside. The rear-side mic might aid in noise cancellation or improve audio quality during rear video recording, and is apparently just like one found on the iPhone 5, between the camera and flash; prototype iPad minis apparently have a mic on the back in the same place.

However there has always been a rumor of a New iPad being launched with the New iPhone every year and it never happens. I would bet we wont see another full sized iPad until early 2013.

And finally iLounge says that all of this could happen at 1 event or could be multiple events.

The next iPad’s release date is a big question mark right now. As noted with the * above for the iPad mini, Apple could hold a special event just to announce the sub-8” tablet, and our source suggests that Apple might be ready to refresh the iPad at the same time.

I still would like to think the next iPad will be announced early 2013 keeping Apple’s yearly schedule but who knows maybe they will surprise us.

[iLounge] [iMore]

[Report] Apple Preparing 7.85-inch Mini iPads to Cost $250-$300

Kokatu translates a Chinese report on the once again iPad mini tablet:

Chinese net portal, NetEase, has a story on a rumored new mini Apple tablet. NetEaseclaimed that the device will be released around the third quarter of this year to “counter attack” the upcoming Windows tablets. The report further claims that the devices will cost anywhere from US$249 to $299 and that there will be an initial 6 million units ready for launch.

This would be of course to compete with the other smaller tablets on the market such as the Amazon fire. However I don’t see a need for a smaller iPad. I can see why some people would want one though. However apps would be a hassle. Developers would have to make a 3rd version of their apps and that’s a pain for developers and consumers. I don’t see a need for it but others would disagree with me.