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Acer's perfect alternative to the iPad mini, which bears more in common with its 9.7-inch ancestor, the Iconia A1, was officially launched. It features most elements borrowed from the two iPad flavors, and mates them with the latest Android 4.2 software.
On-beat pro photographers find Photoshop Touch better for little more than touching up family pics, and can't be satisfied with anything less than the Photoshop Lightroom. Adobe plans an iOS version that slips into the iPad mini, and offer RAW processing on the cloud.
If this picture, allegedly from someone in Apple's supply chain, holds good, the 5th generation iPad could look like what is essentially an up-scaled iPad mini, with thicker bezel along its breadths, and thinner ones along its lengths, framing the same 9.7-inch screen.
To compete with Apple's iPad mini, Acer is working on the same 7.9-inch tablet. Its suggested price tag is around $249, but to be competitive Acer is considering slashing the price. According to sources from the supply chain, Acer plans to sell the tablet for $149.
Acer is ready with what it claims to be a perfect Android alternative for Apple iPad mini, complete with the same 7.9-inch screen, and design aesthetics, backed by the latest Android 4.2.2 software, and a quad-core SoC. A French retailer has it up for pre-order.
According to a source familiar with the situation, Foxconn has already begun mass production of the successor to the Apple iPhone 5. The Apple's next-gen smartphone, the iPhone 5S, is expected to come in August, while a new series of iPads may get unveiled in April.
Apple did a fantastic job with the iPad mini which has an impressive design. However, it does come with one crucial disappointment and that is its screen. According to new rumour, this will be fixed with a second iPad mini generation which should feature Retina display.
Cooler Master brand Luxa introduced a variant of its Wake Up Folio table enclosure for the iPad mini. The 7.9-incher won't look very small when augmented with this thick silicone/fiber casing around its back, and a carbon fiber-patterned smart-cover.
Rumors of the next iPad (5th generation) looking more like an up-scaled iPad mini, with its side bezels trimmed down, and the body made less curvy overall, weren't exaggerated, as 9to5Mac scored spy-shots of its alleged aluminum back panel that confirms the rumor.
Apple rolled out the iOS 6.1 software update for devices that run it: iPhone 5, iPad mini, 3rd and 4th Generations of iPad. The new OS doesn't add much over its predecessor, except support for LTE networks on 36 carriers on the iPhone 5, and 23 for cellular+WiFi iPads.