Logiix is a Canadian-based company that offers many accessories and products for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. In an earlier review, we looked at Logiix’s capacitive styli, the Stylus Pro & Stylus Pro Jr, which both received favorable reviews. We’re now taking a closer look at Logiix’s Clipstand, which is a unique stand that can be clipped to your iPad. It can also serve as a makeshift stand for your iPhone or iPod touch.
The ability to purchase MobileMe has all but disappeared from the ethers. It seems that Apple is planning to make some major changes to the service (read: make it free), to allow it to compete with certain alternatives. Boxed editions of MobileMe have been removed from brick-and-mortar stores, and the ability to buy it online has vanished. Users can still start a free trial, so it looks like Apple is simply attempting to prevent users from paying for something that will soon become either much less expensive, or completely free. Similarly, Apple removed last-gen MacBooks from its site a few days before the new models were released.
Engadget (that tech blog that has a reliable history of leaks) is now saying that they’ve heard that the new iPad 2 will receive a spec bump, but not much else.
The iPad 2′s RAM will match the iPhone 4 with 512 MB of RAM, an updated Apple A5 processor and graphics chip, and more than likely at least a front-facing camera. Those are all pretty safe modifications to the tablet, and Engadget is reporting that major features like a ‘Retina Display’ will not be on this version. This might set up the iPad 3 for an announcement in the fall, which has been rumored for the past month or so.
On the brighter side, Engadget is also reporting that iOS 5 will be shown off ahead of a June launch, alongside the iPhone 5. There’s been no word on any new features, though a revamped notifications system is a safe bet. There’s also been whispers that Apple will make iOS 5 much more cloud-centric than past versions of the operating system.
Regardless, we’ll know soon enough, and you can be sure the moment we know, you’ll know!
It’s been a busy day for Apple (and one that just so happens to be CEO Steve Job’s 56th birthday!). We’ve seen new Macbook Pros, the introduction of Intel’s ‘Thunderbolt’ technology, and iOS 4.3 going gold master. That’s a lot, but that isn’t quite all of it. Two more pieces of news made waves today from the Cupertino company.
First up, Apple is preparing for their March 2nd iPad 2 event by decorating the Yerba Buena center with the image below.
The second piece of news is pretty huge: Apple has released a developer preview of its upcoming version of Mac OS X. Codenamed ‘Lion,’ the developer preview comes only a few months before the target release date of ‘summer.’ While some of the more striking features were shown off previously at Apple’s ‘Back to the Mac’ fall event in late 2010, they have added even more to the mix. Probably the most interesting is the inclusion of a server right on the regular install disk. Since Mac OS X Server was, in the past, a totally separate product, it is interesting to see Apple giving users something that could potentially be a huge feature. Other features include new gestures, new Mail and other PIM apps, and some tweaking to the overall UI. Our very own Jawcl has put together a fantastic screenshot tour that shows off all of the new features of the new OS.
Also: isn’t it interesting that none of today’s announcements could have waited for the March 2nd event?
Sources for BGR report that Apple has finalized the code for the latest version of iOS, 4.3 (build number 8F190). Luckily for jailbreakers, it looks like it won’t be long before it’s pwned. The release will bring the hotly debated in-app subscriptions, which will finally put an end to The Daily’s perpetual free trial, and could feature WiFi hotspots on AT&T.
@Dontworryjohn Yeah I am working on some untether that should work without any changes with iOS 4.3 – if Apple does not add something awful
Apple has unveiled the new line of MacBook Pros, which feature “Thunderbolt“, a lightning fast I/O interface that promises speeds up to 10Gbps, enough to transfer a full-length HD movie is less than 30 seconds. The port is backwards compatible (via adapters) with USB, ethernet, FireWire, HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI and VGA. Of course, the updated MacBooks also include USB and the standard set of ports, so there is no reason to fret about pricy adapters just yet.
Apple states that “Thunderbolt technology is expected to be widely adopted as a new standard for high performance I/O” so it is very likely that it will be used on future iDevices—possibly including the iPad 2, which will be announced next week. Syncing devices has always been excruciatingly slow, so it’s great to see Apple taking the initiative on introducing the next generation of I/O tech.
The iChair team, based out of Dallas, Texas, brings a feel-good story to the table. Believe it or not, the folks behind this accessory quit their jobs last year, including their steady paychecks, to pursue research and development towards making the perfect stand for iPad. Their motivation behind this idea was the bulkiness or unpractical nature of all other iPad stands that they had came across. As any entrepreneur will tell you, this involved risking nearly everything.
In the months to follow, the iChair team spent time in China researching manufacturers. Development of the iChair began soon after, and their dream product was finally released for iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 3G/3GS, and iPod touch in August of 2010. We’ve got our hands on the iChair for iPad, and will be assessing whether or not it was worth it for the iChair folks to quit their day jobs.
Continue reading for our in-depth review of the iChair for iPad and our giveaway of one iChair for iPad, one iChair for iPhone 4, one iChair for iPhone 3G/3GS, and one iChair for iPod touch 2G/3G.
If Steve Jobs were to leave Apple, their stocks may plummet. However, would it affect a consumer’s decision to purchase Apple products? According to a survey, 84% of Apple customers said that Steve Jobs’ departure would have no impact on their buying decisions. Only 7% of those surveyed said that it would affect their decision to purchase Apple products. These statistics come from a survey conducted by research firms RBC Capital Markets and ChangeWave between January 31st and February 9th, 2011. 3,091 people were surveyed.
A similar survey conducted in 2008 revealed that 18% of consumers would alter their buying decisions with Apple if Steve Jobs were to step down as CEO. Analyst Mike Abramsky provided his own insight into why these numbers have dropped:
“Consumers have had 3 years to evolve their perception of the Apple brand around its creative new products, cutting edge innovation, iTunes/App Store ecosystem and premium quality positioning — beyond the buying pull of Apple’s iconic CEO,” Abramsky said.
Steve Jobs took his fourth medical leave of absence with Apple this past January. The last time Jobs was on medical leave, the company’s stock rose 144 percent, revenue increased by 20 percent, and the company shipped 25 million iPhones. Would you continue to purchase Apple products if Steve Jobs left for good?
iDevices can be used for much more than just playing Angry Birds, and this edition of Apps of the Week shows off some of the most useful applications available for iOS. The newly updated Google Translate and TV-show identifying IntoNow are included among the bunch, so make sure to check it out at the link below.
Whenever a new iPhone user inevitably asked, “what case will offer the best protection for my iPhone?” the default answer had been Otterbox. They make a fantastic product that can hold up to much abuse. And for users prone to dropping their phones, leaving them on top of their cars when they pull out of the parking lot, or working in harsh environments, the Otterbox was the primary choice – until now. Griffin Technology has released their “ridiculously over-engineered” Survivor case. Made of military grade materials, and tested for such harsh conditions as vibrations, shock/drop, wind/rain and sand/dust, the Survivor case is body armor for your phone. But the protection wouldn’t be worth it if the case compromised functionality. Fortunately, because of its thoughtful design, the Survivor does not impede performance, but enhances it. And it works with both the AT&T or Verizon models.
Read on for my full review.