Allen Engstrom did what many people accidental do, he left his iPad out for someone else to find. Anyone who loses an electronic device knows there is not much you can do other than beat yourself up over it and go purchase a new one. Engstrom left his iPad on a flight from Phoenix to Denver last month. Upon realizing his mistake he wrote the iPad off and moved on.
A month later Engstrom’s son was playing with his phone and asked who the women in the pictures was. To everyones surprise his iPad was updating his Photo Stream with the new users self-portraits. Read more
LifeProof has been in the case game for a few years now. They advertise their cases as being water, dirt, snow, and shock proof. I caught up with the folks at LifeProof at CES this year and took a look at what they had to offer now. They graciously sent me some review samples to put through the paces. This review has been a long time coming, but I wanted to be fair and honest with it, so I used both cases for over a month before deciding to jot down my thoughts. Well, here it goes…
When it comes to Apple releasing new devices the company is usually on point with sticking to their production cycle. According to rumors Apple is looking to release the iPhone 5S this summer, in the August time frame.
With the iPhone 5S it’s said to have the same design as the iPhone 5, but with a better processor and improved camera. That isn’t shocking considering Apple’s history of S devices.
There is also talk about an April launch for the next generation iPads. There hasn’t been much talk about either the iPad 5 or iPad Mini 2, other than back panel leaks.
Amazon has updated their Amazon Cloud Player to version 2.0 for iOS users. The new version has been redesigned to be compatible with Apple’s iPad and iPad Mini. The update also brings a new interface for users and adds a new setting that allows you to configure the size of the cache that is used for storing your music locally.
If you’re not familiar with Amazon Cloud Player, users are able to upload their music to a cloud service and stream it directly to their iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. Cloud Player even scans your music library, searches for matches in the Amazon library and upgrades your files to a high quality copies much like Apple’s iTunes Match.
The free version of Amazon Cloud Player allows users can import up to 250 songs for free. Music purchased from Amazon does not count in the 250 song limit. If your library is bigger than that you’ll need to purchase a premium account, which is $25 a year and allows your library to contain up to 250,000 songs.
Apple has two new iPad ads for both the iPad and iPad Mini. The ads are named “Together” and “Alive”. In both ads there is music playing in the background with a series of words flashing and different apps explaining the words.
The ads are little different from other Apple ads, but like Tim Cook said, “We wouldn’t do anything we consider a great product” and with Apple’s new ads they let the product do the talking. We are just happy they haven’t brought back those “Genius” ads.
Apple’s iTunes Store set a new record with 25 billion songs purchased. The 25 billionth song came from an Apple user in Germany who downloaded “Monkey Drums” (Goksel Vancin Remix) and that lucky fan received an iTunes gift card worth 10,000 euros ($13,537 U.S dollars).
“We are grateful to our users whose passion for music over the past 10 years has made iTunes the number one music retailer in the world,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “Averaging over 15,000 songs downloaded per minute, the iTunes Store connects music fans with their favorite artists, including global sensations like Adele and Coldplay and new artists like The Lumineers, on a scale we never imagined possible.”
Apple has over 26 millions songs in iTunes and is available in 119 countries.
It’s official, the jailbreak for iOS devices has been released. Head over to http://evasi0n.com/ to get started. Please only use this official link. The jailbreak is free, don’t be taken by scammers wanting to charge.
The long awaited jailbreak for iOS devices running iOS 6 and 6.1 is expected to release Sunday. The jailbreak site states that it will take 5 minutes and is easy to use. Please avoid all the scam sites wanting to charge for a jailbreak. Check back here for an update on Sunday and also bookmark the official jailbreak site at evasi0n.com.
Windows PC running at least Windows XP
Mac running at least 10.5
iPhone, iPod or iPad running iOS 6 or 6.1
USB connector from computer to device
It what seemed to be hasty decision without a trip to a keynote event, Apple introduced their latest iPad 4 with 128GBs of storage via a press release. While 128GB is overkill for most people it does have a place in the market. More and more industries are switching to paperless solutions and the iPad is a perfect fit. Both designers working with large image files and doctors with MRI and Cat scans will benefit from the increased storage.
While most users can get away with their data in the cloud some people just don’t want to go that route. While I do use iCloud I have no interested in storing 128GBs in it because honestly Apple has a hard enough time restoring 2GBs.
The new iPad will be available starting February 5 for $799 for WiFi only and $929 for WiFi + Cellar. Sprint has confirmed that they will be carrying the new iPad at launch.
Click here to read the press release from Apple.
Apple released iOS 6.1 early this morning this update is to add a few new features as well as some bug fixes. iOS 6.1 adds LTE support for more carriers, gives Siri the ability to use Fandango to order movie tickets, allows iTunes match users to download songs individually from iCloud, and adds a new button to reset the Advertising Identifier.
iOS 6.1 adds 36 iPhone carries and 23 iPad carriers to the list of LTE network providers. LTE is currently available on iPhone 5 and cellular versions of the iPad mini and fourth generation iPad. LTE will also now be available in Italy, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, and the Philippines as well as several Middle Eastern countries. A full list of available carriers will be on Apple’s website.
If you are an iTunes Match user this update will allow you to download individual songs from iCloud. In addition if you own an iOS device with Siri the voice assistant has learned a new trick. Siri will now have the ability to purchase Fandango movie tickets for you without you ever having to look at your phone, however this feature is only available in the U.S. Read more
Apple has released their 1st quarter financial report of 2013 were the Cupertino-based company posted record quarterly revenue of 54.5 billion and a record quarterly net profit of $13.1 billion ($13.81 per diluted share).
Apple also set records in the sales of iPhones and iPads. The total sales of iPhones were 47.8 million, up 10.8 million from last year. iPads tallied in at 22.9 million sold, up 7.5 million from last year this time.
“We’re thrilled with record revenue of over $54 billion and sales of over 75 million iOS devices in a single quarter,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’re very confident in our product pipeline as we continue to focus on innovation and making the best products in the world.”
As of posting Apple is down 6.27% at $481.79 in afterhours trading. Apple had closed at $514.01 with a gain of 9.24%.
AT&T has announced that the company is going to start enabling FaceTime over their Cellular network at no extra cost to their customers with any tiered data plan using a compatible iOS device.
AT&T had made FaceTime available only to customers who signed up for their Mobile Share plan. Users with “unlimited” plans still cannot use FaceTime over cellular. You will need to switch to a tiered or Mobile Share product. While I give AT&T credit for offering the service to more users, they really just need to open it up to all users.
Senior Vice President of Data and Voice Products, Mark Collins stated, “We have already begun updating our systems and processes and expect to start rolling the update out to customers on an ongoing basis beginning in the next couple of weeks. Customers do not need to do anything – the update will be applied automatically over the next few months.”