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Does the iPhone 5 Make your Old Accessories Obsolete?

I’m on the fence as to how I feel about the new iPhone. I can say that I only recently broke down and got the 4S… only weeks before the 5, which always happens to me. When I start to feel really aggravated I think about all those iGizmo makers, all their stuff just got obsolete as well. The iPhone 5 has a brandy-new plug… it won’t work with things like my old speakers, so now what?

How can I use all my old accessories with this new eight-prong “Lightning” connector. It’s so much smaller than the classic 30-pin connector that graces my iPod, iPad and iPhone. Never fear, of course Apple has you covered, for a price. Check out the Lightening-to-30 pin adaptor already available for pre-order at the Apple Store.

So the new connector will let you get more mileage out of your old accessories although video and iPod out will not be available. So the question is this, is the lure of the new iPhone enough to make you want to shell out an additional 29 bucks to be able to still use your old accessories? or will you step up and buy new ones?

The Lightening-to-30 pin Adaptor is currently available only for pre-order, with shipping expected sometime in October. Sign up for yours at Apple.com and let me know what’s hot (or not) about the new lineup of Apple iGadgets.

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iPod touch enters the fifth generation

Wow, can you believe it? The iPod touch is now in its fifth generation of existence, which is saying something as we do know that Apple takes a slightly different approach to their product line, more often than not using just the same name no matter which generation it is, while their competitors come up with different kinds of names, although lately Samsung has followed Apple in their footsteps with the Galaxy S range. Having said that, just what does the latest iPod touch deliver to the masses? Let us check out whether a dedicated portable media player has a future in the world of smartphones, shall we?

The new iPod touch, just like the iPhone 5, is the thinnest version of the iPod touch to date, where it will share the same display as that on the iPhone 5 – a brilliant 4-inch Retina display, accompanied by a 5 megapixel iSight camera with 1080p HD video recording capability, running on Apple’s beefy A5 chip (which means there is no A6 processor as found on the iPhone 5). Not only that, Apple has also decided to throw in Siri, the intelligent assistant which first debuted on the iPhone 4S, as well as the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 6.

The new iPod touch (5G) will come in pink, yellow, blue, white and silver, black and slate colors, where pre-orders for it will start from September 14th onwards. You will be able to choose from 32GB and 64GB capacities, which will retail for $299 and $399, respectively. Of course, you can make a purchase outright on the Apple Online Store from October onwards. Having said that, the fourth generation iPod touch will still remain available, so Apple has not yet phased that out yet. Has the latest iPod touch impressed you enough to cough up money for it?

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Apple announces iPod nano

So there is no new iPod shuffle at yesterday’s press event by Apple at the Yerba Buena center in San Francisco, California, but that does not mean that things have not gotten slimmer during the announcements. Not only were we treated to the thinnest iPhone to date as well as the slimmest iPod touch ever, we also have another superlative title introduced for the reinvented iPod nano, which is touted to be the “thinnest iPod ever”, measuring at a mere 5mm, now how about that? Despite its small size, do not think that this is an iPod nano to be trifled with, where it will now come with the largest display ever built into an iPod nano at 2.5” so that your eyes will be able to enjoy more of your music, photos and widescreen videos.

The new iPod nano, as mentioned above, will come with a 2.5-inch Multi-Touch display that makes life a whole lot easier when navigating through your music. There is also a home button that helps you return to your home screen quicker than ever before, conveniently located buttons that makes it easy to control volume and quickly play, pause or change songs without having to take a second look.

Music lovers will also appreciate the fact that the new iPod nano comes with built-in Bluetooth for wireless listening with Bluetooth-enabled headphones, speakers and cars. Not only that, boasting a whopping 30 hours of battery life, the new iPod nano delivers the longest music playback of any iPod nano to date, so that you are able to enjoy your favorite music and FM radio longer than ever before. Other integrated fitness features include a pedometer and support for Nike+, meaning you should be able to see newer iPod nano models throughout gyms in the neighborhood.

The new iPod nano will arrive this October in pink, yellow, blue, green, purple, silver and slate for $149 a pop where it has 16GB of storage space to get you started.

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Meet the New iPods®

Yesterday’s Apple event included the announcement of new generation Touch and Nano products. Over 350 million iPod devices have been sold over the years. And the new generations should prove to continue the sales trend.

After a 2 year hiatus from new models the 5th generation Touch provides loads of enhancements. Following many of the leads of the iPhone 5, the Touch has a sleeker look. At just 6.1mm and 88g, it is the thinnest and lightest Touch ever. The 4” retina display means more space to view what you choose.  For the first time the Touch comes in silver, black, blue, yellow and red. And as practical flair the “iPod Touch loop” pops up from the back of the Touch so you can attach a wrist strap. Units also come with Apple’s new EarPod earbuds.

Internally the A5 chip with dual core graphics will boost graphics up to 7 times. And iOS6 will give all the latest advantages that the iPhone 5 offers. Feature-wise a built in 5MP iSight camera means autofocus, LED flash, help with motion artifacts and panoramic capability. Battery time will give you 8 hours of video or 40 hours of music and it charges via the new, smaller Lightening connector. The iPod Touch will retail for $299 (32GB) and $399 (64GB) and ship in October.

The small but mighty iPod Nano underwent a massive change too. The Gen 7 form factor – usually a Nano advantage – does not disappoint at just 5.4mm thin and 31g. Apple saw then need that many users did and added big, easy to use controls for common tasks like volume and play/pause/forward and backward. The advantage is that you no longer have to look at the screen to perform basic functions. For those that do want to look at the 2.5” screen, the Nano contains a multi-touch screen. Choose one of 8 colors (including a Product RED option).  EarPod earbuds are also included.

Internally the Nano finally includes Bluetooth, perfect for streaming music to other receivers. The Nano can handle widescreen video too. A full charge via the Lightening connector will get a user 3.5 hours of video or 30 hours of music. The 16GB, $149 Nano will also ship in October.

These majorly revamped products sure do give existing owners reason to upgrade and perfect gift options for the holidays!

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Welcome to the iPhone® 5 and Much More

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In front of the invite only audience and with the world waiting, Apple CEO Tim Cook just hosted Apple’s September 12 event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Performing Arts in San Francisco. Included in the announcements were the launch of the iPhone 5, debut of the new iPod® Nano and iPod Touch and feature demonstrations of iOS6 and the new iTunes. Complete details on each topic are forthcoming, but the short of it is:

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Highly confidential iPad and iPhone prototypes spotted in court documents

We all know just how Apple has been at the forefront of design in their products all these years, and here we are with what was dug up by The Verge – highly confidential prototypes of the iPad and the iPhone. Bear in mind that these are extremely early iPad and iPhone design prototypes, so they are very far from what you see today. The iPhone that you first saw all the way back in 2007 had smooth, curved angles, but those that were in the prototype stage sported an octagonal design – with sharp edges.

The prototypes were discovered in unredacted court exhibits which were filed on Thursday, and it did allow the general masses to be able to check out a rather rare look at Apple’s extremely secretive design process prior to arriving at the doorsteps of consumers, according to The Verge. The reason these prototypes were revealed was not because Apple volunteered to do so, but rather, they were forced to divulge the information after a July 30 jury trial against Samsung.

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Mini iPad? Isn’t that just a Maxi iPod?

If it were not for Apple products I’m not sure the technology rumor mill would be quite as much fun as it is now. There is always some hush-hush secret project going on, with an undisclosed release date, that wouldn’t bother me so much if I hadn’t just purchased the latest gizmo only to find out that there was something neater, cooler, smaller, faster or, with better battery life just around the corner. So let me tell you what might be, in case it saves you from some future disappointment.

Have you heard about the Apple iPad Mini? I hadn’t, so I did a little research, and this is what I came up with… The iPad Mini is most likely a reality and already set to go into production, it will have a smaller-than-8-inch screen, ditching  the retina display in favor of oxide TFT technology, have a differently positioned camera, and will be offered at a lower price point than the regular iPad we all know, and love. (or despise in favor of Android devices, but that a whole other post)

It seems like all the excitement will start this fall, maybe as early as September, when Apple may begin rolling out not only the brand new, diminutive iPad, but the new iPhone (4G/LTE?) as well. I wish I had more details to give you. Oh wait! Sources are also leaning towards a $250 to $300 price point. Come on guys, what do you know? and will you be standing in line for the baby iPad?

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The Lilypad? – Solar Charging iPad Case, and much much more…

I have certainly been enjoying my iPad, it makes the wait at the doctors office more pleasant, I use it to check movie times or to send a quick e-mail. I guess about the only thing that would make it perfect is if you didn’t have to be a slave to an electrical outlet. (and maybe Flash) I don’t know how many times I’ve been right in the middle of something and get the dreaded “dismiss” low battery message. Rats!

Well, this nifty little outdoor and  indoor light powered, self charging, battery backup case provides around 12 to 13  days of  iPad use, all without the need for a pesky plug in. The device boasts a laundry list of awesome features including a built in HDMI adaptor allowing you to view  iPad content on your TV or, with the use of an HDMI capable projector. The protective case also contains movie and keyboarding stands, both made out of stainless steel and built to last. More impressive features after the jump.

The case  integrates a special USB-out, that will  allow you to charge another USB powered device, like a camera or a Smartphone and finally, a whistle locator feature that lets you beckon your ipad to reveal itself with, of course, a whistle.

I’d love to tell you the name of this case extraordinaire, but its not going to be the Lilypadfor long, as the folks over at Apple have politely requested a change. The new name should be announced soon, along with the availability of the actual product. The website tells us that we should be hearing some news this month. Visit lilypadcase.com to see video or to sign up for updates. No definite word on price, best guess? at least $165.


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Apple TV receives 1080p High Definition capability

I guess out of the many devices that Apple has rolled out in recent years, the Apple TV never really captured the imagination of many. Sure, it is very compact and would look nice in just about any living room, but does it have the relevant firepower to maintain a stranglehold in living rooms across America? The answer had been no, and Cupertino tries to change that with their latest version of the Apple TV. One of the biggest improvements to the new Apple TV would be 1080p programming including iTunes movies and TV shows, Netflix, Vimeo, photos and more in HD.

When you couple that with iTunes in the Cloud, one is able to purchase and play their favorite movies and TV shows directly from the iTunes Store, watching them on the spot on a compatible HDTV. Apple also hopes to simplify things further by featuring a simpler, refined user interface that makes it a snap to access your purchased movies, TV shows and music with iTunes Match right from iCloud. The inclusion of AirPlay also helps users to stream or mirror their favorite content from their iPad or iPhone 4S to Apple TV.

According to Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, “People are going to love streaming movies and TV shows in 1080p with the new Apple TV, and photos look beautiful displayed at the maximum resolution of your TV. Apple TV is easier than ever to use with its new icon-based interface and the ability to access your purchased movies, TV shows and music right from iCloud.”

Apple TV users have a wealth of choice to pick from, including more than 15,000 movies and over 90,000 TV episodes on the iTunes Store. Not only that, Apple TV also delivers great content from Netflix’s streaming catalog, live sports from MLB, NBA and NHL as well as Internet content from Vimeo, YouTube and Flickr. iCloud lets you purchase movies and TV shows on Apple TV, and you are also able to transfer and watch them on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC.

The world’s in Full High Definition madness, and have been for quite some time already. Glad to see Apple TV play catch up this time around. For those who are interested, the new Apple TV will arrive this March 16 for $99 a pop.

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Rokform’s Rokbed Fuzion iPhone 4/4S case is proudly made in the USA

“Made in USA” used to be a symbol of quality, but over the years, with the manufacturing of goods being outsourced to countries that have far cheaper labor and poorer working conditions in some cases, we see less and less “Made in USA” labels on products that we purchase off the shelf. In fact, Made in China has long been the mantra for many manufacturers, be it clothes, toys, and consumer electronics equipment. There has been some debate as to whether Apple should make less in the name of profit and bring back manufacturing of their iPhones to the US, but at least Rokform is proud to be all American.

This manufacturer of premium protective cases, stands and accessories for the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad, iPad 2 and iPod touch devices has their latest product up for sale – the Rokbed Fuzion Aluminum/Polycarbonate iPhone 4/4S case that is said to be the result of top-quality domestic production. Let us read up more about it in the extended post, and who knows? You might out of the door after that in a jiffy to pick up one of the Rokbed Fuzions.

According to Jeff Whitten, Vice President of Rokform, “At Rokform, delivering the most functional cases, stands and accessories for the latest iPad, iPhone and iPod devices is our top priority. From our raw material sourcing to design and engineering, every aspect of Rokform product development is done right here at our facilities and with our domestic factory partners and suppliers. Our approach to manufacturing and design is unique to the industry. Through this start-to-finish, hands-on method we can ensure the best performance for our customers in every Rokform product.”

The Rokform Rokbed Fuzion is CNC machined from 6061 T-6 aircraft grade aluminum and injection molded polycarbonate, where the polycarbonate lower portion will quickly snap in and out of the aluminum, and yet it is capable of fitting in snugly for a safe and secure protective fit. It will come in a range of anodized colors in order to suit most tastes. Definitely looks mean, this Rokbed Fuzion. You game to dress up your iPhone in this?

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