Apple Quietly Kills Original iPad mini

10:30 AM, Jun. 19th, 2015 · · iPad

Good bye, first generation iPad mini

The original iPad—the iPad model you probably didn't realize Apple still made—unceremoniously vanished from Apple's online store early Friday morning. The original 7.9-inch iPad first went on sale in late 2012, and was the last of the non-Retina resolution devices in Apple's iOS product lineup.

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The original iPad mini is still a great little tablet, but it's just too far out of Apple's current spec lineup to keep making. At least it'll run iOS 9 this fall, so there's a little consolation for those of us who are still rocking a first gen model.

Pluto Safari iOS App Lets You Experience the July Flyby

2:10 PM, Jun. 17th, 2015 · · iPad

After a nine year journey, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will arrive at Pluto on July 14. The Pluto Safari iOS app from Simulation Curriculum has all the details: news, the spacecraft's timeline, current location, various views from different locations and a countdown timer. John Martellaro takes a quick look at this terrific free app. 

Braided 10-Foot MFi-Certified Lightning Cable: $19.99

4:06 PM, Jun. 16th, 2015 · · iPad

Braided 10-Foot MFi-Certified Lightning Cable: $19.99

Check out this deal on a braided, 10-foot MFi-Certfiied Lightning cable. It retails for $30, but through us you can get it for $19.99. Compare that to a three-foot and change cable from Apple for $19, and that's not braided. 

Instacast Podcast App Shuts Over Financial Issues

9:13 AM, Jun. 15th, 2015 · · iPad

All of Vemedio's app pages, including Instacast, now say

The popular podcast client app Instacast was shut down over the weekend after its parent company, Vemedio ran out of money. The company plans to keep its servers running as long as possible, but some subscribers are already having issues accessing their accounts.

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Using apps and services you pay for makes it far more likely they'll stick around instead of quietly fading away in the night. Sometimes, however, they still fail and it looks like that's what happened to Instacast.

iOS 9 Gets a Taste of the Finder with iCloud Drive App

2:39 PM, Jun. 12th, 2015 · · iPad

You can view your iCloud Drive in iOS 9

Apple has always kept file storage hidden away on the iPhone and iPad, but that's changing with iOS 9. Thanks to a hidden app you'll be able to see the folders on your iCloud Drive— much like you can in the Mac's Finder—on your iPhone and iPad.

Apple’s Lack of Nostalgia Is Its Super Power

7:46 PM, Jun. 11th, 2015 · · iPad

Apple Music

There is no company less inclined towards nostalgia than Apple. We got another example of that this week when the company pulled "iPod" from its main menu bar. In its place is "Music," a link to the company's newly announced Apple Music service. This may be Apple's most important super power.

Continuity Breaks Free from WiFi in iOS 9

9:24 AM, Jun. 11th, 2015 · · iPad

iOS lets you answer calls from your iPad or Mac when you forget your iPhone at home

When iOS 9 is released this fall you'll be able to answer phone calls on your iPad or Mac even if you left your iPhone at home. Continuity, the feature that currently lets you make and answer calls from most of your Apple devices on the same network, will add the ability to do the same over a cellular connection, and that means forgetting your iPhone when you go to the coffee shop won't lead to missed calls.

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Most people carry their iPhone everywhere they go, but Continuity over cellular will still be a big deal because it means you'll have your mobile-based communication hub available all the time instead of only when all your devices are on the same network.

It’s Finally Time to Buy a New iPad

4:29 PM, Jun. 9th, 2015 · · iPad

At WWDC, Apple announced some very nice new features for iOS 9 that bring the iPad up to date but require the latest hardware. Is Apple being callous in an attempt to get us to buy new iPads? Will the changes in iOS 9 be enough to spur sales? John Martellaro ponders.

iOS 9 Brings Multitasking to iPad

2:39 PM, Jun. 8th, 2015 · · iPad

iOS 9 brings multitasking to iPad

The iPad is going to get more useful when iOS 9 ships this fall because it introduces multitasking, or the ability to work with two apps at the same time. Apple also redesigned the on-screen keyboard to make it easier to t