The newly revealed Phorm case for the iPad mini will create disappearing physical key-hump things over the tablet's touchscreen keyboard, and in theory offer what the developers at Tactus hope is a better typing experience.
Earlier this week, a Bloomberg report claimed that the Chinese government excluded a number of Apple products, including the iPad, the iPad mini and a number of MacBooks from a government procurement list due to security concerns. Today, however, a new report out of Reuters, citing China's Central Government Procurement Centre as well as the finance ministry, revealed that the company never applied to be on that particular procurement list, which pertained to energy-saving products.
A new report from NPD DisplaySearch predicts that shipments of tablets that are between 7 to 7.9 inches in size, such as the iPad mini, will begin to lose market share compared to larger tablet products, thanks in part to competition from larger smartphones.
The iPad mini is currently seeing a major discount at Best Buy, with the 16GB Wi-Fi version now available for $199. This is down from the iPad mini's normal price of $299. This deal is only available in physical Best Buy stores. If you want to buy new from Best Buy's website, it will run you $319.
Target now has a sale for the iPad mini that brings the price of Apple's non-Retina 7.9-inch tablet to $199, or the equivalent of last year's Google Nexus 7 when that tablet debuted. The sale price reflects a $100 discount on the iPad mini and the slate is available in either slate grey or white configurations so as long as you choose the 16 GB model with WiFi only.
Following the launch an iPhone trade-in program in Europe, Apple seems to be quietly kicking off an iPad trade-in offer as well. Apple Store locations in UK, Spain, and Germany have confirmed that they're participating. As usual, trade-in values of previous-generation devices like the iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, and iPad mini are up to Apple Store employees, and the credit goes towards your next iOS device.
So, you're wondering if your Verizon device works with that shiny new XLTE network that just went live in your area? Well, here's a list of iOS devices that can currently take advantage of the added speed from AWS spectrum. Of course as new phones and tablets come out, we can expect that they'll support Verizon's XLTE network.
WalMart is running a Mother's Day promotion where the iPad mini is discounted by $30. The sale price is for both the standard iPad mini, which was previously priced at $299, and the newer iPad mini with Retina Display.