If you’re in the market for a new iPhone or iPad, Black Friday (Nov. 29) is the day to take the plunge. Actually, many of the great deals start as early as Nov. 28 and continue through the weekend. In a previous post I mentioned two websites tracking Black Friday deals and summarized the best deals. I wanted to also point you to the continuously updated comprehensive roundup posted on MacRumors. Plus, they summarize the best deals in a chart at the top of the page. Some remarkable deals are to be had: iPad Air for $379 at Target, iPad mini (first generation) for $199 at Walmart, iPad 2 for $299 at Target, and iPhone 5s for $114 and iPhone 5c for $0 at Walmart. MacRumors also offers shopping tips, such as which online retailers charge local sales tax in which states.
In addition, eBay has posted their Black Friday deals, a convenient listing of which can be found on The Verge. The deals are available at specific times on specific days, and include the first-generation iPad mini for $239, the fourth-generation iPad for $399, and the iPad Air for $469.
Also, note that Walmart will match any Black Friday deal. You can read more on Techno Buffalo. According to the post, they started this price matching on Nov. 22. This is amazing. You can get Black Friday deals early without having to fight Black Friday crowds on Nov. 29.
If you’re interested in tablet computers, but not necessarily the iPad, Latin Times is tracking the best Black Friday deals on the most popular tablets.
Here’s a big poke in the eye for all those who still claim the iPad is just a ‘consumption’ device: a novel written entirely on an iPad. It’s called ‘The Darkest Lie’ and its author is Angela Day.
Angela was kind enough to email me and let me know about the new book and its Kindle edition yesterday. I have to admit I was initially interested purely because of the written on an iPad angle – but once I read the first paragraph of the Prologue I was hooked by the writing and the story. I got through a couple chapters last night and I’m finding it a very exciting page-turner so far.
It’s also very hard not to love the backstory for this novel that Angela shared with me:
My iPad made my lifelong dream possible for me in a way that no other device could have. I’ve always wanted to be a novelist. By always, I mean it was a clear goal by the time I was 7 years old and my passion has only increased. But life was too busy for me- in college I was double majoring and we had a surprise pregnancy 6 weeks after I got married. Two children and a teaching job later, my passion has never dimmed but my time is all used up.
Getting the iPad and putting Pages on it changed everything for me. The iPad is portable, more so than even my 10 netbook was. It doesn’t click when I type on it so I never had to worry about making noise or interrupting during a boring PTO meeting. It boots literally at the push of a button, so I could write a few sentences in line at the grocery store or waiting in the parking lot to pick up my kids. I typed everywhere. During my kids lessons, waiting in line, one handed while making dinner- internet research, spell checking, iCloud backups, everything I needed to finally write a novel in one device I could carry in my purse.
Read the rest of The Darkest Lie: the First Published Novel Written Entirely on an iPad (310 words)
Here’s a descriptive image for you! In these images we see early pre-production cases for the iPhone 5, the iPod mini and the current generation iPad, alongside the current generation iPhone 4S. This infographic gives a good sense of the relative sizes of the various devices by using two devices most of us are quite familiar with, to represent the sizes of the two devices we’ve never seen. These images were posted to Flickr by Michael Rouser.
In the foreground, we see the iPhone 4S, with it’s 3.5 diagonal screen, 960 x 640 pixel density and 3:2 aspect ratio. The 4S sits inside of a prototype iPhone 5 case. The iPhone 5 will likely sport a 4″ diagonal screen, 1136 x 640 pixel density and a 16:9 aspect ratio. So there’s the iPhone within the iPhone, which, like Russian “babushka” dolls, sit within an iPad mini’s case. The upcoming iPad mini is expected to have a 7.85″ screen and, while it will likely have thinner side bezels than its larger cousin, it will retain the same 1024 x 768 pixel density and 4:3 aspect ratio. Finally, behind the iPad mini is a shell case for the current generation iPad with it 9.7″ diagonal display.
In fact and of course, all of this at this point is only educated guessing and speculation, based on rumors and product leaks from Foxconn factories in China. The iPhone 5 is set to be launced on Wednesday September 12, at which point we can finally all see the official device for ourselves. The iPad mini due to debut shortly thereafter, possibly as early as mid-October. Stay tuned!
I truly want an iPad 2, and that i wanna save up enough money to obtain one. How?
Apple proclaimed that it who has sold 3 million new iPads on less the five days of quantity, calling the item the “strongest iPad release yet.”
“CUPERTINO, California-March 24, 2012-Apple today revealed it has traded three million of their incredible new iPad?, considering the fact that its release on Ending friday, March 17. The new iPad has a stunning completely new Retina? display, Apple’s brand new A5X chip along with quad-core graphics, an important 5 mega-pixel iSight? camera through advanced optics intended for capturing fantastic photos and also 1080p HD picture, and still delivers the same all-day Twelve hour life of the battery life* while staying amazingly small and light. iPad Wi-Fi + 4G holds ultrafast 4G LTE networks in the usa and Quebec, and swiftly networks throughout the world including some of those based on HSPA+ as well as DC-HSDPA.
“The new iPad is a smash with three million sold-the strongest iPad introduce yet,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s person vice president in Worldwide Promotion. “Customers are tender the outstanding new features connected with iPad, including the beautiful Retina display, and we won’t be able to wait to obtain it into the wrists and hands of substantially more customers world wide this Fri.”
Apple didn’t file first saturday or sunday sales stats for the iPad 2 while they were when it comes to extremely small supply, nonetheless company sold more than 309,000 on the original iPad in its primary day, therefore took 28 days to move the 1st million apple ipads.
The iPhone 4S sold Four million units in the first weekend, with a cheaper (to the client) price point along with wider availableness. Considering the huge success Apple has got seen while using the iPhone 4S, the establish of the iPad 3 had been very strong in fact.