Apple has realized their 12 Days of Gifts app. Starting December 26 through February 6, Apple will be gifting apps, books, movies and songs through the app. Think of it as 12 gifts from Apple over the holidays.
To take advantage of this, simply install the app on your iPhone or iPad. Be sure to enable push notifications when you open the app so you get alerts to the gifts.
You can install the app now via this link.
Apple updated their developer support center with the latest stats on iOS 7 adoption. As of December 1st, 2013, 74% of all iOS devices are running iOS 7. 22% are running iOS 6 and 4% are running an earlier version. This puts iOS 7 in-line to be the fastest adopted OS in Apples history. iOS 6 took six months to get to 83% and iOS 7 will surely surpass that milestone.
This fast adoption rate makes life easier for developers. They can develop new software with the latest and greatest features without having to incorporate support for legacy operating systems.
Android has a much harder time with user adoption. This isn’t because of a lack of interest. Android device manufactures must produce a specific version of the OS for each device and carrier. After that is done it has to be tested by the carrier before the device manufacturer can push it out to their users.
Here are current Android adoption rates:
Jelly Bean 54.5%
Ice Cream Sandwich 18.2%
We will see a big jump in KitKat adoption as new devices are released over the next few months.
Looking to help put you in the Holiday spirit, TeleNav released an update to their turn-by-turn navigation GPS app Scout. With the new update, you can now choose your vehicle icon to be a Santa’s Hat, an Elf Cap, Rudy the Reindeer (Rudolph) and a New Year’s topper.
On the non-holiday side, this update also includes the following enhancements:
- Adaptive Routing – Scout looks out for timesaving options as you drive, automatically shows you if a better route is available, and helps you reroute around incidents and hazards.
- Traffic Speed Indicators – See live traffic speeds on a map and along your route, so you know exactly what to expect when you hit the road
- Improved One-Box – Now gives you more intelligent suggestions to help you find what matters faster
Scout has become my favorite GPS-Navigation apps to use, especially to avoid traffic. Throughout the year, it became the #1 download GPS-Navigation app in the Apple App Store and stays in the top of the charts week to week.
The new Holiday icons are also available on Scout for Android. Below is a quick video of them action.
If you are just hearing about Scout, you can download it for free for iPhone or Android.
Google Play Music finally arrived for iOS. I was happy with Apple’s iTunes Match and the features it provided but not the price.
iTunes Match ($24.99/ per year) allows access to your music library from iTunes on your computer or in the Music app on your iOS device. After using iTunes Match for a year, I found that I didn’t take advantage of the service enough to justify the expense. When it was time to renew I went back to manually syncing music from my computer.
I decided to give Google Play Music a shot, mostly because it is free and provided some great features. Right after installing I was impressed with the user interface and the layout of the app. Read more
Between now and January 4th students can go to their local Best Buy or Best Buy Mobile store and get a year of free talk, text, and 1 GB of data. All that is required is that students purchase a new Smart phone or regular phone and activate a new line of service with a Sprint Unlimited My Way plan. Customers will have to pay for the phone and a one-time $36 activation fee. Monthly taxes and surcharges still apply as well. This promotion offers a savings of up to $70 a month, is available only at Best Buy, and only on the Sprint Network.
As mentioned before the plan includes unlimited talk and text and 1 GB of data for smart phones or unlimited talk and text for basic phones. Sprint also does not require a 2 year agreement on Students’ lines. If you think that 1 GB of data is not enough for you unlimited data can be added easily for only $10 a month. Students can also trade in their existing mobile phone for a phone on the new plan.
iPhone’s today are essentially mini computers, and that kind of information and potential at our fingertips everyday has a price. The price on a iPhone is not only data, but more importantly power. Battery power to be more specific. Every device comes with a predetermined amount of power in the battery. That juice has to last to get the user through their day. A day of making phone calls, sending a receiving texts and emails, surfing the web, creating documents, listening to music, watching videos, etc, etc, etc. We use our phones now more than ever, and that use is causing our batteries to drain quick.
The TYLT Energi Sliding Power Case is a great solution to the power problem many of us are facing with our iPhone. Unlike other battery case solutions on the market, the Energi Sliding Power Case comes with two separate pieces that essentially allow the user to have two different case options. One simple lightweight case, and another case that includes a portable battery pack.
The Energi Sliding Power Case has a 2500 mAh battery which claims to give you an extra 9 hours talk time on your iPhone. For comparison, the Mophie Juice Pack Plus comes with a 2100 mAh battery, and is the largest battery case Mophie offers. The price for the Energi Sliding Power Case is just $99.99 as opposed to the $119.95 for the Mophie Juice Pack Plus.
Do you ever get tired of having to carry a wallet and your cell phone? Do you wish there was a case that could hold your phone and your vital items from your wallet? Do you wish I’d stop asking these stupid questions and just get on with it???
Introducing the Otterbox iPhone 5/5s Wallet Case. It is the latest and greatest for the case making people at Otterbox. It combines great protection with the ability to carry around a few of the important cards from your wallet. This is a multilayer case that gives your device some solid protection and offers a slide out tray on the rear that can hold up to three cards of your choice.
I found that this case is very useful when you are wanting to travel light, but yet have the needed items with you. I was able to carry my drivers license, debit card, and a credit card with no problems. The tray compartment adds a little bulk to the case, but it’s not too bad, and definitely not as much as the battery case I usually have on my phone.
The case does not come with a built in screen protector like the Defender Series cases, but you can easily apply a screen protector of your choice on your phone. Overall I think this is a good case and it’s very useful, but I’m not so sure it’s worth the $44.95 asking price. In my opinion, a price tag somewhere in the low $30′s would seem more reasonable.
Apple-tracker.com was shutdown tonight by a DMCA takedown notice. This widely popular, free service that allowed people to quickly check inventory at many Apple retail locations at once has been shuttered. You were able to check for iDevices in realtime and even sign-up for alerts when inventory was replenished. It is a shame that Apple would shut this service down when they fail at providing anything even close to this type of tracking.
I guess making a product look as hard to get as possible adds to the Apple Fanboy culture. I used this site to obtain an iPhone 5S. Apple should be buying this, not shutting it down. DMCA notice after the break. Read more
After spending a week testing this case for the iPhone 5 the question that I was left with was not whether or not it was a good case, but do I need this case. At an entry price of $79.99 it is an expensive investment, but then again so is your iPhone. So here are my impressions of the LifeProof FRĒ.
The LifeProof has expand their lineup with more color choices. As you can see in the photos below, the case I tested was accented with blue, and I feel it is a good looking case. LifeProof provides easy, simple to follow instructions on how to fit the case to your iPhone. They of course suggest you test your case before putting it on the phone. This is a simple process of snapping it together and submerging it in water for a hour. If it leaks, contact them for a replacement. Mine did not, so I went on to the next step. A simple snap together process and a screw in piece for the ear phone jack is all that is required.
The package does include a cloth to clean the screen of the case and phone. I found this part the hardest, simply because I am a perfectionist. However, you simply wipe the screen and case to make sure they are both free of smudges and lint before you put the case on. There is an included adapter for the earpiece socket for those of you that use the earphone jack often. I did not use this piece. Read more
Apple announced new iPad models. The iPad Mini has gone Retina and the iPad has been renamed the iPad Air and lost some weight and size.
The iPad Air is keeping the same screen size of 9.7″, but they have shrunk the bezel by 43% allowing for a smaller form factor and shedding nearly a half pound of weight. This does mean that present cases will not work with the new design.
The iPad Mini has received the long anticipated Retina display it had been lacking.
Both devices now have the A7 processor and the improved iSight camera. Apple will be selling the devices online and in store beginning November 1st.
iPad Air pricing remains the same starting at $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB and $699 for 64GB. The iPad Mini has had a price increase. 16GB starts at $399, 32GB at $499 and 64GB at $599. Adding the cellular option adds $130 to the base price of both models.
The iPad 2 and original iPad Mini in 16GB models will be staying in the lineup as an entry level device. The iPad 2 will now sell for $399 and the Mini for $299.