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FieldFolio For iPad 2: Beautifully Designed & Different [Review]

The FieldFolio case ($70) for iPad 2 is an innovative case that’s inspired by classic cloth-bound notebooks. It’s manufactured by hand from recycled board and cotton-blend bookbinding linens, and traditionally bound just like a real book. But instead of paper inside it, you’ll find a custom-fit cradle that houses your iPad.

The cover boasts a built-in magnetic array that works just like Apple’s Smart Cover — waking your device when you open the case, and putting it to sleep again when you close it.

One of the most attractive things about the FieldFolio is that it’s available in six eye-catching colors, including blue, orange, green, pink, black, and grey.

The Good:

One of the first things I noticed about the FieldFolio case is that it’s a guaranteed head-turner. When you’re sat in your local coffee shop and you pull out what looks like a notepad, only to reveal a half-finished game of Angry Birds inside, you get a lot of attention.

Now, I suppose that could either be a good or a bad attribute depending on whether or not you like the attention, but I thought it was a fitting testament to the FieldFolio’s beautiful design and ingenuity.

It’s also a sturdy case that will keep your iPad protected from dings while inside your bag, and from scratches while being dragged around on the surface of your desk. The built-in cradle clings onto your iPad very comfortably, and provides easy access to your dock connector, volume rocker, headphone jack, and sleep/wake button.

Furthermore, the FieldFolio’s manufacturing quality is evident throughout, with nothing to suggest the case is likely to fall apart after months of general use.

When open with the front folded behind the case, the FieldFolio is elevated just enough to provide a comfortable surface when typing.

The Bad:

While the FieldFolio does provide a good typing surface — just like your Smart Cover — it does not provide a stand. You can stand it up and use the front cover as support, but it’s not ideal at all. On shiny surfaces especially, it’ll just fall straight down.

Despite its build quality, the FieldFolio does damage easily if you don’t take care of it. If you’re keeping in a bag, as I have done, you’ll find after a few weeks of use that the edges of the case begin to bend slightly, and the cotton cover will begin to wear.


As long as you take good care of it, you’ll be very pleased with the FieldFolio. It’s a unique and beautifully designed iPad case will keep your device free from abuse, while maintaining its graceful image. And it’s one of the most attractive iPad cases I’ve seen for some time.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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This Amazing iPad 2 Case Will Cling To Almost Anything — Even A Porsche Doing 60 MPH

Have you ever jumped into your car with your iPad in your hands, slapped it on the dash in a hurry to get going, then had it slide right off into the passenger door the second you turn out of your road? The SofShell case for iPad 2 can prevent that, because this amazing case will cling to almost anything — including a Porsche doing 60 miles per hour.

Not only will it cling to even the most slippery surfaces, the SofShell also claims to reduce shock to your device by up to 43%. That means that even when it does lose its grip and ends up in the gravel, it should be well protected. It’s made from a proprietary elastomer that outperforms silicone, neoprene, rubber, and plastic cases to provide the ultimate anti-slip protection.

If you’re not yet impressed, check out the video below that shows the SofShell clinging onto the trunk of a Porsche:

How about a sheet of glass stood at a 90° angle?

As you can see in the clip above, the SofShell also comes in a Smart Cover-friendly model that allows you to use a Smart Cover simultaneously, protecting the front of your device as well as the back. Furthermore, despite its shock resistance, the SofShell is still only 2mm thick, which means it isn’t going to add a great deal of bulk to your iPad at all.

The SofShell is available now for both the first- and second-generation iPad — with or without Smart Cover compatibility — for $49.50.

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Here Are The Holiday Discounts You Can Expect From Apple This Black Friday [Apple Store Shopping Guide]

The biggest shopping day of the year is fast approaching. This Friday, countless retailers all over the U.S. will be slashing prices for Black Friday, causing a frenzy amongst shoppers who cannot wait to spend some of their hard-earned cash on discounted goods.

Apple famously recognizes the event by discounting some of its hottest products in the Apple online store for one day only, with savings to be made on new Macs, iOS devices, iPods, and even the latest accessories for your beloved Apple gadgets. This year will be no different, so based on the past few years’ reductions, here’s what to expect at the Apple online store on Black Friday.


We’re expecting Apple to slash around $100 off its most popular notebooks and desktops, and that includes its MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and iMac. Last year the company dropped $101 off the price tags of these machines, and we’re expecting much of the same this time around.

It’s unlikely, however, based on previous years, that Apple will reduce its entry-level Mac, the Mac mini, or its high-end Mac, the Mac Pro. Having said that, with no refresh in over a year, there are rumors Apple will kill of its Mac Pro, which could mean we’ll see it discounted on Black Friday in a bid to clear inventory.


The iPad looks set to be the must-have gift this Christmas, and you’re sure to save money on it this Friday. But it won’t necessarily be the best deal. Apple is likely to reduce its price by around $40 — the same reduction made to the first-generation iPad last year.

However, to get an iPad 2 with the best deal, you’re likely to be better off going for a refurbished model. You can get $50 off every model of the iPad 2 if you choose to buy it from Apple’s refurbished section, and it’ll come boxed like new with the same one-year warranty. In fact, if you’re buying it as a gift, its recipient would never notice it wasn’t a brand new model.

For an even cheaper iPad, you could choose to bag the first-generation device, on which you can currently save a whopping $230 if you buy refurbished.


Apple’s Black Friday price cuts usually usually fall very favorably on the iPod, with some of the biggest savings to be made on Apple’s popular iPod touch. And the bigger you buy, the more you’ll save. For example, we’re expecting Apple to cut around $20 off the 8GB iPod touch, $30 off the 16GB model, and $40 off the 64GB model. That’s a generous savings of more than 10%, and the biggest discount we’re likely to see again this year.

As for the iPod nano, we’re likely to see similar reductions with around $10 off the 8GB model, and $20 off the 16GB model.

Like Apple’s entry-level Mac, we don’t expect to see any reductions on its entry-level iPod, the iPod shuffle.


Those hopping to bag a cheap iPhone from the Apple online store are going to be disappointed. While carriers will be quick to offer discounts on the device in an attempt to lure you into a two-year commitment, Apple’s generally leaves its iPhone price tags well alone.


We’re expecting Apple to discount a selection of popular accessories for most of its devices. Expect to discounts on the Smart Cover; iPhone & iPad docks; Apple’s wireless keyboard, Magic Trackpad, and Magic Mouse; the company’s in-ear headphones, the iPad camera connection kit, and lots, lots more. Accessories are expected to see discounts of between $5 and $15, depending on their usual price.


Apple is also likely to slash the price of its Time Capsule, and the AirPort Extreme and AirPort Express base stations. You can expect to see around $20 off the 2TB Time Capsule, and $50 off the 3TB model, with around $10 off the AirPort Extreme and AirPort Express.

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iOS 5.0.1 Fixes iPad 2′s Smart Cover Hack

Apple pushed out an iOS 5.0.1 update to registered developers yesterday, which fixes a number of bugs and addresses an issue with poor battery life on a number of its devices. However, it also fixes another glitch that Apple didn’t mention: the iPad 2′s Smart Cover hack, which allowed anyone to gain access to your passcode protected device using only its Smart Cover.

We wrote about the hack a couple weeks ago when it was first discovered by 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman. Mark published a video in which he demonstrated the glitch — showing just how simply it is to access a passcode protected iPad 2:

As you can see from the clip, the hack is performed by closing the device’s Smart Cover while on the ‘slide to power off’ menu. In Apple’s latest iOS 5 update, however, it has disabled the Smart Cover’s ability to put the device to sleep while in this menu, eradicating the security vulnerability.

The company hasn’t turned off the Smart Cover’s ability to put the device to sleep altogether — just while the ‘slide to power off’ button is displayed.

The iOS 5.0.1 update is already in the hands of registered developers, with a public release expected in the coming weeks.

[via 9to5Mac]

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Sena Florence iPad 2 Case: Style Marries Function, Lives Happily Ever After [Review]

No doubt, leather requires some sacrifice. Those who want their iPads wrapped with animal hide usually have to make do with considerably more bulk, less usability or less money in the bank account — or, most often, all three. But Sena’s new Florence iPad 2 case ($70) is a surprising exception.

What’s Hot:

There’s nothing to give up with this case; it offers all the prized  features an iPad user might want in a classy case — with very, very little downside.

Want style? Hand-crafted Napa leather and high-count stitching oozes sophistication. The case looks handsome and feels supple, in a no-nonsense, let’s-get-down-to-business kind of way.

How about practicality? The Florence can be used just like Griffin’s IntelliCase and its ilk, thanks to a tab sewn into the case’s back. Just open the lid and slide it under the tab and the case transforms into a two-position stand. And of course, the lid is magnetized and activates/shuts off the iPad’s screen when opened/closed. getting the iPad in and out of the case is pretty easy, as the iPad is held securely in place with a simple velcro tab.

Afraid your iPad will suddenly get too portly? Not with the Florence — it’s one of the slimmest leather iPad cases we’ve seen, and as slim as some plastic cases, thanks to a simple, uncluttered design.

The kicker is that it’s only about ten or fifteen bucks more than many other plastic cases that are similarly designed.


What’s Not:

Sometimes the cutouts don’t line up quite as precisely as they do with something like Griffin’s IntelliCase, and a little shifting is in order; a very minor issue though.

The suede interior lining tends to attract marks like breadcrumbs attract birds.



Practical, minimalist, elegant: The Sena Florence manages to pull off an almost faultless trifecta.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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Out With the Orange, In With the New: Apple Updates iPad 2 Smart Covers

Apple’s MacBook Pro family wasn’t the only product lineup to get an update today. The Cupertino company has also issued a refresh to its iPad 2 Smart Covers, which has seen the orange cover discontinued in favor of a new dark gray model, and interior lining that’s colored to match the exterior.

In addition to discontinuing the orange Smart Cover for a dark gray one, sources for MacRumors say that the polyurethane models are now more vibrant. Apple has also adjusted the color of its leather Smart Cover in navy to make it “more navy” than the original, and colored the cases’ interior fabric so that it matches that of its exterior.

The Smart Cover page of Apple’s website is yet to reflect these changes at the time of writing, and some of the links to Smart Covers in the online store seem to be broken, but we’re expecting an update to this page shortly.

Smart Cover prices remain the same, with polyurethane models at $39 and leather models at $69.

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Apple changes up iPad 2 Smart Covers

The quieter-than-usual update to the MacBook Pro line wasn’t the only change on the Apple Store on Monday. Updates were also made to the iPad Smart Cover product section. The Smart Cover is Apple’s magnetic flap/stand accessory that protects the iPad 2′s display.

Of the changes made on Monday to the Smart Cover listings, the most noticeable is that Apple has dropped the orange Smart Cover entirely from its offerings and replaced it instead with a dark gray color option. Both the exiting orange design and the new dark gray version are polyurethane Smart Covers, not the more expensive Italian leather variety.

The polyurethane Smart Covers now also feature color-matched microfiber linings for each color option, including light gray, blue, green, pink and the new dark gray designs. Previously, color-matched interiors were limited to the leather Smart Covers.

On Apple’s main iPad site, the orange version still appears as of this writing, the polyurethane versions still all have the same gray microfiber lining, and the dark gray cover hasn’t yet been added, but the dark gray cover is listed as “In stock” and ready to ship on Apple’s online store.

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