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With the iPad Mini just around the corner, will Apple continue to push its iPad 2 as a midrange option or will it eventually be phased out altogether?
Up until now, only older iDevices have had the ability to downgrade to previous firmware versions using the Limera1n exploit and SHSH blobs, but that ability has now been ported to newer A5-powered iDevices like the third-gen iPad and the iPhone 4S.
It turns out that we're wrong and the newer batch of iPad 2 tablets is actually an improvement over the original iPad 2.
Toshiba’s Thrive tablets were certainly not crowd favorites, and the company, after listening to customer complaints, has introduced a new line of tablets in the Excite line. It’s a good thing that they are changing their designs and bringing out pretty looking devices: the 7.7″ tablet which has the same AMOLED display on the Galaxy Tab 7.7 and the 10″ Excite with a resolution of 1280 x 800. But why in the world have they decided to include an unnecessarily large 13″ model in the list?
In the Android world we pretty much have two standard groups when it comes to sizes, that's the 10-inchers and the 7-inchers. That makes Lenovo's IdeaTab S2109 a little different with its 9.7-inch display with a resolution of 1024x768- for those keeping track, that's exactly the resolution and size of the iPad 2.
Part of the reason why the iPad and iPad 2 continued to dominate the tablet space was that most of the "good" Android tablets cost just as much as their iCounterparts and many people viewed Apple's tablet as a premium device. The original Eee Pad Transformer made some headway by launching at $399, digging under the cheapest iPad by a full $100, but even that was met with relatively limited success.
As you might remember, the original iPad and the iPad 2 debuted at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center. It is worth noting that the hall is free for the newly rumored date. Apple might have already booked it and could be keeping silent for now, just to enjoy the misery that we all go through thinking about the next generation iPad. And also March 7th is a Wednesday, a day that Apple is very fond of.
You might remember that Absinthe, the new untethered jailbreak tool from Dream Team, was previously released just a few days ago as a Mac-only solution, but they did promise that Windows people would get it too. So that day is now here.
Dream Team is making some major headway when it comes to jailbreaking the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 running iOS 5.0.1. Pod2g and others on the team have been working hard to jailbreak the iPhone 4S and iPad 2, both of these devices use the A5 chip which has proven to be a tough one to crack.
A Jailbreak Dream Team has come together to jailbreak the unjailbreakable A5 Chip iDevices iPad 2 & the iPhone 4S. Pod2g announced on his official blog that the juggernauts of iOS hacking has joined hands to create an untethered jailbreak for the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S on iOS 5.
CES officially kicks off tomorrow, but there's no lack of news coming out of the desert at all. Toshiba has their new Excite X10 tablet (Regza over seas) which is now claiming the title of "the world’s thinnest 10-inch tablet," impressive.
The latest rumor on the much anticipated device has come from iLounge's Jeremy Horwitz. This isn't as much of a real discovery - like the iPhone 5 having a quad-core A6 - but more along the lines of what someone "thinks" could happen. Horwitz believes that the next iPad will come equipped with better cameras, not much of a shocker there since every Apple device that follows its predecessor has a better camera.
Up until now there has been no viable way to jailbreak Apple's A5 devices (iPhone 4S and the iPad 2) but if Pod2gis correct, this is all about to change.
Both Pod2g from Chronic Dev-team and MuscleNerd from iPhone Dev-team are working hard to provide an untethered jailbreak for iOS5, particularly with A5-powered iDevices. And they're both getting awfully close.
Not surprisingly, the jailbreak solution comes to us from the iPhone Dev Team, the same people that did Yellowsn0w, Redsn0w, and all the other sn0w jailbreaks for previous iDevices.
The iPad is mostly perceived as just a toy. It's something you use to play Angry Birds and update your Facebook status. However, there appears to be a very special place for it in the classroom, particularly when it comes to children with special needs.
Want the iPad look but can't afford the iPad price? There is certainly no shortage of knockoffs and clones coming out of China, but many of them can be spotted as fakes from miles away. That's not completely the case with this iPad 2 knockoff from Grefu.
Tablets are great for a number of reasons. You can easily browse the web, play feature rich games, listen to your favorite music and well, the uses are limitless. But when your kids start to borrow it to play kiddie games, you may hesitate. Your precious iPad 2 might fall victim to their just being a kid.
A factory in Brazil will be manufacturing iPads. To add to this surprise, they will be shipped in Brazil starting in December of this year. Mercadante explained that despite all the doubts, the new iPad factory will be making the gadgets for the first time outside of Chinese territory.
The iPad 2 is not really meant to replace your professional camcorder, but that hasn't stopped some people from trying to achieve YouTube fame through videos shot on the iPad. Now they can step up production a notch or two with the Makayama Movie Mount for the iPad 2.
Logitech has come up with a Fold-Up Keyboard that works in tandem with Apple's tablet. The core functionality really is no different than any other Bluetooth keyboard. You pair it up with the iPad and start typing away at those documents and e-mails. What makes this product different is its fold-up nature.
The Style-iT stylus from the folks at Bracketron is a "dual function" stylus in that one end is designed to poke at your iPad (or other capacitive touchscreen device), while the other end is a conventional ballpoint pen. That way, you can scribble on both your virtual notepad and your actual paper one using the same product.
Connecting your professional audio and studio equipment to a much smaller, consumer-oriented device like the Apple iPad doesn't have to be a complicated process. Alesis has stepped into this arena with the announcement of its iO Dock, aiming to find that bridge between the audio apps on the tablet and the audio equipment in your recording studio.
Apparently, Apple has started to order some of the key components from suppliers in Asia for development and production of the iPad3. These include sourcing parts like the chips and display panels. With an "early 2012" release window rumored, the iPad 3 will reportedly get quadruple the resolution of the current iPad 2, bumping up to 2048x1536.
You won't be able to jailbreak the iPad 2 a nymore, as a new update from Apple patches up a security hole related to the PDF exploit. That's the exact same exploit that JailbreakMe.com uses to jailbreak your iPad 2, as well as your iPhone, iPad 1, and iPod touch. This is what is known as an "injection" jailbreak.
It's not quite an iPad 3, and probably won't be rocking some sort of quad-core A6 processor, but the so-called "iPad 2 Plus" could be hitting an Apple Store shelf near you before the end of this year. That is, if analyst Craig Berger of FBR Capital Markets is to be believed.
Save you're jailbreak searching fingers, the iPad 2 Jailbreak that was recently leaked by a "beta tester" is just a buggy version that may even give you more trouble than its worth. The leak was done to push Comex to release something soon, as said @Comex "Congratulations, some moron used a dictionary attack(?) to leak a buggy version and put me on a useless time limit."
It was only a couple of days ago that we learned Comex would indeed be working on JailbreakMe 3.0 and it would allow all of the iEnthusiasts in the audience to jailbreak their iPad 2 tablets through the browser-based solution. Now the JailbreakMe website is live and operational... sort of.
We've been spoiled. We've come to expect the jailbreaking, rooting, and unlocking community to work very quickly in hacking through our hardware and software shackles. So, what if you want an easy way to jailbreak your Apple iPad 2? It has effectively been confirmed that Comex's JailbreakMe 3.0 will work with Apple's second tablet.
Remember in May when the Chronic Dev guys promised an iPad 2 jailbreak solution "in a few weeks." Well, we might have to add a few more weeks to that promise, because it's not ready yet.
When it comes to jailbreak solutions for iOS devices, nearly everyone has been turning to the Chronic Dev team for their solutions. These are the guys that came up with the Greenpois0n tool, for example, and now they're promising a jailbreak for the Apple iPad 2 in a few weeks.
OtterBox has ruggedized our lives yet again with the announcement and availability of two tablet protection offerings; the iPad 2 and BlackBerry PlayBook Defender Series Cases.
Ever since the Apple iPad 2 broke cover last month, there have been reports of backlight bleeding and confirmed in our tests. So, you'd think that Apple would try to do something about it and now it seems that they are shopping for new suppliers.
I was quite upset when the news came that Microsoft killed the Courier project. I did not cry, but I felt the way I usually do when Microsoft gives up on something great, heavily disappointed. Steve Jobs always comes through to ease my pain with something new.
Let's forget for a moment what it really means to have a 4G network and just go with AT&T's FauxG definition. The wireless carrier says that its HSUPA network offers 4G speeds. Fine. However, it's not allowing any of its devices to access said network.
Many expected the original iPad to be released with the features the iPad 2 finally came out with, though it took Apple nearly a year after to bring that seemingly basic feature –- a camera -- to reality. But those critical of Apple for their slow moving product releases need to keep one thing in mind, it’s all about the money. Apple, alongside millions of developers single handedly kick started a $2B industry that barely existed before; the tablet computing market.
There's a price to be paid when you want a device with sleek minimalism. While many other tablets on the market are trying to shoehorn a bunch of extra ports, like HDMI and card slots, the iPad 2 takes the same approach as the original. So, what do you do when you actually want that connectivity?
I've got some good news and some bad news for all the Honeycomb fans in the audience. The good news is that you don't have to pony up for a new wireless data contract in order to get your hands on a Xoom; you can get the WiFi-only model instead. The bad news is that it's not particularly cheap.
If you were to believe the team in Cupertino, the iPad 2 is the greatest thing since sliced bread. And what better place to enjoy this newfangled sliced bread than in the dash of your car? Well, it didn't take very long for someone to come up with that idea.
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