3 Free iOS Note Apps

7:38 PM, Mar. 21st, 2014 · · iPad

Free on iTunes

Need a better iOS note app? Vern Seward points out 3 that might fit the bill in this week's Free on iTunes: DraftPad, Squarespace Note, and SwiftKey Note.

iPad Switch Out Takes On Samsung’s New Tablets

10:21 AM, Mar. 19th, 2014 · · iPad

Apple dropped the iPad 2 as its lower priced tablet on Tuesday and replaced it with the formerly discontinued fourth generation iPad with Retina Display. Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um thinks that was a smart move because it puts Apple in a better competitive position against Samsung and its new Galaxy TabPRO product line.

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Apple's fourth generation iPad may be old gear in technology terms, but it still offers a great feature set at a good price point. It beats Samsung's new Galaxy TabPRO price point, and for consumers who were already thinking about an iPad, that may be enough to keep them from looking at Samsung's tablets.

Microsoft to Finally Bring Office to the iPad in April

10:24 AM, Mar. 18th, 2014 · · iPad

Microsoft is reportedly ready to release a version of its Office suite for the iPad this month, which seems like something of a contradiction considering former CEO Steve Ballmer routinely said Apple's tablet isn't a device for serious work. The new CEO, Satya Nadella, is expected to announce Office for the iPad ahead of the company's Build conference in early April.

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If Office for the iPad is little more than a shell for Office 365, Microsoft shouldn't even bother. There are already plenty of Office-compatible alternatives that run natively on iOS.

Apple Drops iPad 2, Brings Back iPad 4

9:27 AM, Mar. 18th, 2014 · · iPad

Apple unceremoniously put the iPad 2 out to pasture on Tuesday when it replaced the entry level model with the fourth generation iPad. Apple had offered the iPad 2 as a lower priced option to the iPad Air at US$399, and now it's offering the previously discontinued iPad 4 at the same price point.

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As of now, the only non-Lightning connector iOS device in Apple's lineup is the iPhone 4S. Bonus: Your $399 gets you a lot more iPad than it did on Monday.

SoundPad Combines iPad Stand and Portable Stereo Speakers for $45.99

7:32 PM, Mar. 17th, 2014 · · iPad

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We have a deal on a cool stand for iPads (and other tablets) designed around watching videos and movies. It's a stand with a built-in rechargeable  battery that powers stereo speakers. The stand is adjustable, and the battery will power the speakers for up to 8 hours. Your iPad sees the speakers through Bluetooth, meaning no wires are necessary. Thanks to our friends at StackSocial, we can offer it to you US$45.99—it has an MSRP of $70.

Apple Might Be Replacing iPad 2 with $399 iPad 4

7:10 PM, Mar. 17th, 2014 · · iPad

iPad 4 with Lightning Connector

Apple is about to replace the US$399 iPad 2 with a $399 iPad 4, a move that would dramatically increase the value of Apple's entry-level iPad price point. Online reports say that iPad 4 units have been delivered to Apple Store locations with instructions not to open them until Tuesday, March 18th.

iPhone, iPad Apple Store Apps Beef Up iBeacon Support

8:51 AM, Mar. 17th, 2014 · · iPad

Apple has released updates for the iPhone and iPad versions of its Apple Store app that improves iBeacons support, and lets users buy physical gift cards. The Apple Store app is the company's companion app for its retail stores.

MOTO TC Rally Car Controlled by iPhone for $39.99

9:01 PM, Mar. 14th, 2014 · · iPad

Moto TC Rally Car

We have a killer deal on a fun toy for you, Griffin's MOTO TC Rally Car, an RC car you control with your iPhone through a companion app. This USB-rechargeable car can be raced on pavement, and it has impact sensors that detect damage from other drivers and obstacles. You can add armor (that slows you down), and it's usable with iPhone 5/5c/5s, iPhone 4s, iPod touch (5th gen.), iPad 3, 4, and Air, and the iPad mini. It retails for US$99, but in this TMO deal, you can get it for $39.99, an offer that expires in 11 days.

Apple Reportedly Shelves Plans for a Larger iPad ‘Pro’

7:59 PM, Mar. 14th, 2014 · · iPad

The Apple Crystal Ball

Apple has reportedly shelved plans for a 12-inch to 13-inch iPad, a device that many have called an iPad Pro. Citing unspecified and unnamed rumors, DigiTimes said that Apple has canceled its plans for such a device even as other companies were running into hurdles trying to bring their own large tablets to market.