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Top Must Have Accessories for an iPad

iPad Accesories
iPad Accesories

Apple devices have a sleek and delicate built which needs extra protection (accessories) from any kind of jerks and accidents. These accessories must be attractive and practically useful for a person carrying the device. Today, there are different kinds of iPad accessories available in the market to protect your precious device. However, it’s important to invest in right kind of accessories that protects your iPad in long run. Below listed are few of the must-have accessories for your iPad.

  • iPad screen protector: This is one of the most popular and useful accessory which can be easily bought online or from any other store in the market. A screen protector keeps your iPad safe from dust, dirt particles and scratches. It is one accessory that extends the lifespan of your iPad. Definitely an iPad screen protector is a must-have, especially if you are planning to use your iPad for longer hours every day.
  • iPad carrying case: It is very much necessary that you carry your iPad comfortably with you. A good iPad carrying case is another must needed accessory you need for your brand new iPad. A good case not only keeps your iPad safe and protected while you travel, but it also ensures that your precious device does not get damaged from a fall. There are hundreds of carrying case options available in the market and it comes in various shapes, sizes and colors as well.
  • Wireless keyboard: No matter how much we love working on touch screens, we always feel comfortable using a handy keyboard to type long sentences right? If you do lot of writing (i.e. typing) stuff on your iPad, the best way to protect the screen is to buy a wireless keyboard. There are many wireless keyboard options available in the market which comes with a stylus as well. Just go to the market to get a perfect match accessories and price suitable to your pocket.
  • iPad waterproof case: This is yet another best accessory for those who love to stay close to their gadget and actually an add-on for carrying case. Now  I know that you always want to protect your precious iPad from any kind of liquid that can cause possible harm, an iPad waterproof case completely seals your device and provides 100% protection against water, coffee, beer or anything liquid.
  • iPad sound system:  iPad itself comes with a good quality of speakers that produce quality sound, but it wouldn’t hurt to use some extra boost specially on your weekend party!! There are many companies that have designed various sound dock systems on which the iPad itself can be mounted and connected. Seems a nice option to me…. What about you?

There are many cool accessories available in the market. You should always choose the one’s which gets into usage on the regular basis rather than gathering dust on your shelf.

[Rumors] iPad 5 Release Dates, Pricing and Specs Round up

 

Along with so many rumors and leaks all over the web about the new iPhone 5C and 5S and the launch dates of iPad Mini 2, there will be many other speculations going around the web about the announcement of the 5th generation iPad very soon. Hence we have rounded up all the updates and rumors flying on the web about iPad 5’s release dates, pricing and specifications for our valuable readers.

iPad 5 Release Date
iPad 5 Release Date

Let’s check out these rumors:

iPad 5 Release Date:

With the announcement of iOS 7, it is pretty much predictable that Apple will be looking forward to launch the next generation iPad, probably named as iPad 5 in autumn 2013. There are no official announcements from Apple on iPad 5 yet. The tech bloggers around the web have made this speculation based on the last year release of iPad 4 in November 2012, having unveiled it in October. Thus, we can expect a 5th generation iPad revealed soon given the fact that the design of iPad 4 was two-generations old and Apple won’t be waiting longer to release the next iPad powered by iOS 7.

Our tech sources have also hinted that the new iPad may be revealed in October 2013 alongside the iPad Mini 2 which would be just weeks after the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C launch event.

iPad 5: Specs

There are more rumors without many facts when it comes to next iPad specs right now. Apple has a tendency to make their devices slimmer and lighter compared to its previous generation models. Hence we are expecting the new iPad will be somewhere around a third lighter and thinner than iPad 4. Such a design change would make it around 500g in terms of weight and roughly 7mm thick.

Most of the rumors on the specs of the 5th generation iPad are based on iPad Mini. Some reports suggests that making the iPad 5 thinner than iPad 4 can be achieved, if a thinner glass is used while others advice to use smaller or fewer LED backlight. Such a change will also enable the use for a smaller, thinner battery without compromising on battery life. The other trick which is rumored is the one used in iPad Mini, where LCD screen is laminated to the glass reducing the thickness and glare/reflections altogether hence, improving quality.

Other reports which are flowing on the web every now and then about the specs and new features of iPad 5 are as follows:

  • Haptic Technology (something Android tablets used for a long time)
  • Upgraded Rear Camera (as seen in iPhone 5, an 8 MP rear camera won’t seem surprising to us.)
  • Faster Processor (Being it the Apple strategy generation by generation models, a faster processor is surely on the list.)
  • New Colors: Slate (offered on iPad mini), Gold and Gray.

iPad 5 Price:

Pricing is the easiest and pretty much the most accurate predictions when it comes to Apple device launches. As it’s been a custom with Apple products the prices of the current iPad 4 will reflect onto the 5th generation iPad.  According to industry sources, the fifth generation iPad may cost around $499 for the Wi-Fi  16GB version, $599 for the 32GB, $699 for the 64GB and $799 for the 128GB tablet.

iPad 5 Rumor List

It is no secret that a new iPad 5 is on the horizon. All rumors point to the notion that Apple is once again about to announce the yearly update to its every so popular tablet. With the company most naturally preparing for a March event, rumors have been flying concerning what to expect for the next device. If WSJ and Bloomberg sources hold true we could be looking at not a radically different product, but some fine adjustments to an already great device.

ipad 5It’s been floating around for quite some time now and so far it seems to be pretty accurate, Apple will be updating the iPad casing. If you have seen the iPad Mini you will notice that the back of the device differs from that of the 4rd Generation iPad. Word on the street is Apple plans to bring that design to the entire iPad line and it would make sense seeing that Apple is all about symmetry within its ecosystem. On the downside, for those planning to upgrade, you can bet that the majority of your cases and docks will not work with the new iPad 5.

While you shouldn’t hold your breath for it, there is also evidence that Apple is updating the internals of the device once again. While the company has always been mum on the specifics of the CPU and GPU it uses, tear-downs have proven that the current dual-core CPU runs at 1GHz. If Apple wants to continue to offer exceptionally great hardware and software and keep pace with industry trends, it would only make sense for them to increase the clock speed and or physical cores of the CPU. Of course this means that the battery life would be affected and Apple is very conscious of the battery life of its iDevices. Any increase in the CPU or GPU power most naturally means Apple has found a way to have its core components sip even less power.

While not the worst camera we have tested, it’s not one of the best either. While we will continually lambast the idea of using the iPad as a main photographic device, it’s always nice to have a camera on there for those Kodak moments. Problem is, with the iPad many of your Kodak moments won’t appear as such thanks to the horrible camera. Apple is most naturally aware of this and as such we think it’s about time they address this. While we don’t have any substantial proof for a camera update, we do hope they prove us wrong and bring a better camera to the iPad 5.

As for most other things, it appears that Apple is leaving them the same. We are not expecting a better resolution screen or a bigger screen at that, unless the company plans to decrease the bezel. While it would be cool for some colors other than black and white, we’ll have to leave that to third parties as Apple isn’t interested in adding the rainbow to their iPad 5 line, though they did do that with the iPod Touch.

 

6 Good iPad Apps You Should Download Right Now

Once entered into the fascinating world of the iPad, people immediately start browsing the App Store in search for the latest and most useful good iPad apps. But how to know what to choose when you have so many possibilities? Despite the fact that Apple is in a continuous process of optimizing the App Store, by constantly adding new collections of apps,users still find it hard to choose the best option. In order to discover the apps which enhance the experience of using the most advanced technologies and at the same time fulfill your needs, a possibility would be reading through the reviews and comparing user ratings. But this takes longer than expected and the results may not always be satisfying. A time-saving alternative would be scanning a list of already selected good iPad apps and choosing your favorites based on the accurate descriptions of each of them. As a result, we’ve listed a few apps,divided into two sections: Free and Paid, that would make you enjoy using your iPad to the fullest.

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Free Good iPad Apps

iBooks

ibooks for ipad

At a time when people are looking for a way to store all their favorite books in a virtual place from where they could read them afterwards, Apple comes with the perfect solution for the iOS users: iBooks – one of the most elegant, easy to use app for reading. iBooks represents more than a basic e-book reader, due to its friendly interface and unique design, taking advantage of the device’s main features such as the large screen. This way, it truly improves the reading experience, making it as vivid as holding a real printed book in your hands. Works of the classics, best-sellers or science fiction novels, there is nothing you can’t find in the iBookstore. It even supports PDF documents. While reading, you can highlight phrases or even entire paragraphs, look up for definitions of words in the dictionary or on the Web and add notes. The other great features, but at the same time common to the other e-book reading apps, include changing the text size, selecting a different font, adjusting brightness or simply swapping themes according to the amount of light in the room.  Moreover, if you want to get an insight into one of the books before buying it ,you can download a sample free of charge. What’s more,with iBooks 3, Apple made it possible to sync the library with all your devices, in order to read the book from where you left it even if you are not on your iPad.

Flipboard – winner of the “Free Good iPad Apps” Award

flipboard for ipadFor the people who want to stay connected to the media world without respite and be acquainted with the latest news, announcements or arrivals on short notice, Flipboard has it all. This amazing app becomes your personal magazine, where you can add your favorite content such as pages on a certain topic, articles and any other information shared across the Web. With just a flip you can browse through cooking recipes, the ultimate travel destinations, or the extraordinary discoveries made in the world of science throughout the last year. If you prefer any source in particular, use the search bar and you will immediately find it. In addition to news, in the Content Guide you can also choose to follow blogs or connect to social networks, which help you keep in touch with the loved ones, despite the distance. When you find something worth sharing ,why not do this? It is a great way of making your friends aware of a subject and exchange views. With Flipboard it’s easier than ever to share stories, photos and even videos that caught your attention. Named Apple’s App of the Year in 2012, it is certainly the best news application that you can find.

Battle Nations

battle nations for ipadThis is an app which brings strategy ,humor, innovative story-telling and diversity all together in a captivating game. Although the theme is basically virtual war, the approach is exciting as the purpose implies expanding your empire’s settlement and completing the sudden upcoming missions until you reach the maximum level (level 50). While fighting raiders and beasts such as boars and raptors, the player needs to take care of the army, heal the injured troops, build weapons and develop the empire. Growing crops and gathering precious resources is also essential in order to gain money and raw products which are used for trading. All this activities happen in real time, but it is possible to speed up the process by using Nanopods ,which can be bought from the App Store.

 

Paid Good iPad Apps

The Room

the room ipadIf you’re looking for an adventure full of mystery and hidden secrets, The Room would be the perfect choice. This app makes full use of the stunning Retina display which, combined with the realistic graphics, take you into a whole new dimension. The player is transported to a 3D space, a room where there is only a locked safe which needs to be opened.  After having found the first few hints ,by tapping sides of the safe, the story around the mysterious box starts to gradually unravel. The game can be seen as an actual puzzle, with the main difference that you have to first find the pieces, and then match them correspondingly. Moreover, the atmosphere keeps you in suspense, as the sound effects are dark and creepy, almost spine-tingling. This app is definitely worth 1.99$, giving you hours of intricate puzzles. Challenging your brain has never been this exciting!

 

Asphalt 7:Heat

asphalt 7 for ipadEver been caught up in the thrilling experience of the Asphalt series? If the answer is yes, then you will absolutely love Gameloft’s latest edition of the game. Asphalt 7:Heat not only is better in terms of visual effects and content, but also brings new cars and tracks to explore. Virtual racing is now brought to a whole new level on your iPad, making the experience even more lifelike. The different game modes allow you to take a quick spin or race for the golden trophies, depending on your mood. The fact that you can play with another 5 friends locally through Bluetooth or Wi-Fi or online with unknown opponents, is another great advantage. So why not use your device to run the streets of the big cities while drifting and jumping off the bridges in the most powerful cars? What’s more, the app is only 0.99$, unlike the preceding games of the series!

 

Pages – Winner Of THe “Paid Good iPad Apps” Award

pages for ipadApple’s word processor, Pages, was especially designed for the iPad, iPhone and iPod in order to manage your documents wherever you are. On the iPad, this is easier than anything, as the large, stunning screen allows you to edit any data with just a touch. It’s like working on your laptop, but in fact all your carry is a light device on which you have it all. It is the perfect app to create reports, articles, letters, essays, flyers and even birthday cards or invitations. Pages appeals to business people always on the go, as well as to students who find it easier having all their assignments stored as virtual files rather than printing them. With support for iCloud, you can easily sync your documents and access them on other iOS devices. In addition to this, another great feature is the compatibility with Microsoft Word: you can open Microsoft Word files in the app and also save your documents as Word files. Moreover,you can export the documents to ePub format, and they will be saved in your iBooks library. To sum it up, Pages is a wonderful word processor with an accessible price (9.99$).

There are even more apps to be found in the huge App Store the iPad comes with. If you liked our choice of good iPad apps, you may want to also check the best games for the iPad for the month of February 2013.

Should I Buy the iPad 4 or the iPad Mini?

Since the release of the iPad Mini, choosing between the Apple tablets has become that much more difficult. The latest sales figures show that the iPad Mini is selling well – even better than some industry insiders expected. But does it have the same functionality as its big brother? If you’re about to buy a new iPad or upgrade to a newer one, which one should you choose?

 iPad 4 Pros

For amazingly sharp images and text, the new iPad 4 is hard to beat. The 9.7-inch Retina Display is perfect for browsing the web, viewing photos and watching movies. The resolution is sharper than a 1080p HDTV, so if you want the best screen display, choose the iPad 4.

With more than twice the processor power and four times the graphics power of the iPad Mini, the iPad 4 is ideal for games and high-end productivity apps. Whether you are using Pages, Numbers, or Logic Studio, the extra screen space will help you get more work done. The iPad 4 also has more storage capacity

iPad 4 Cons

Weighing more than twice as much as the iPad Mini, the iPad 3 is not the easiest tablet to hold in one hand, especially for longer periods. It’s certainly easier than carrying a laptop around, but unlike the iPad Mini, you can’t just pop it in your coat pocket each time you go out.

If you are the first-time buyer of an iPad, the iPad Mini has the functionality of an iPad but not the high price tag. If you don’t need to store many high-quality games and full-length movies on your iPad, perhaps the iPad 4 is not worth the extra cost.

 iPad Mini Pros

Being so light, the iPad Mini is great for browsing the web and also reading. It’s easy to hold in one hand and fits comfortably into a handbag or coat pocket, so it’s ideal if you’re always on the go.

With stereo speakers, the iPad Mini is also a useful portable music player and the sound is good enough for short bursts of music or for watching Youtube. Attach a decent pair of headphones and the audio quality is great.

Despite having a slower processor, the iPad Mini can still run every iPad app in the App Store. Some people may notice a difference in performance, but for most people this would not be an issue.

iPad Mini Cons

With a 7.9-inch screen, the iPad Mini is slightly wider than rival mini tablets, but if you frequently browse the web, you might sometimes wish you had the 9.7-inch screen instead. You’ll still see enough of the page on the iPad Mini, but sometimes you’ll have to pinch-to-zoom to read the text.If you know how good the iPad 4 Retina Display is, the iPad Mini’s display might be a disappointment. It’s fine for general Internet use but if you want the best quality photos and videos, the iPad 4 delivers.

Finally, if you intend to use the tablet for work-related tasks, it’s worth trying out the keyboard before you buy. Some people may find the iPad Mini’s on-screen keyboard too small for prolonged use. Spreadsheet and word processor apps are also slightly more difficult to use because of the reduced screen size.

The Bottom Line

iPad 4 vs iPad Mini

 

There is no perfect choice when deciding between these two attractive tablets. Some people will prefer the larger screen, sharper images, and fast processor or the iPad 4. For users who store lots of games or frequently use productivity apps, the 9.7-inch screen makes sense.

For people looking for a smaller, lighter product that they could easily take on the go and don’t want to spend $500 for a tablet, the iPad Mini may be the way to go.