Here in the U.S., low cost means more sales. We want the best of the best, but we want it at half the price. However, not everyone around the world feels the same way. In some places, the pricier iPhone is proof of status. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that worldwide sales of the iPhone 5c are lower than expect, causing one to wonder whether Apple made a mistake in spotlighting a low-cost phone, and whether they will trash any ideas to sell a low-cost iPad in the future.
Only a few days ago, we got a closer look at a model replica of what Apple intends to bring to Curpertino with its new corporate headquarters, dubbed “Apple Campus 2.” Yesterday, the Cupertino City Council voted on whether or not the spaceship-designed building was a good fit for the small town. According to the Mercury News, Apple Campus 2 was approved unanimously.
Welcome back to another edition of our do-it-yourself project spotlight column. By now, you probably know how much we love DIY projects, especially when they are relating to making our iPads unique in one way or another. Each week, we search the over-stuffed Web to find DIY iPad projects we think you will love. Last time, we found a project that turns a simple block of wood into an elegant, minimalist iPad stand. The 50-Cent iPad Stand is similar to the $5 iPad dock, but about a tenth of the cost.
Now that technology leaks have become a business unto themselves, there are seemingly few surprises left for the big announcement next week. The latest leaked photo from C Technology points towards a finger print scanner on the next generation iPad and it isn’t a surprise.
3M has announced a product that I plan on buying immediately for use in meetings on campus and as long as I remember to turn off the sound then no one will know I am not paying attention. Seriously though, the innovative 3M Easy-On Privacy Filter is both functional and smart because you can put the privacy screen on when you need it and then remove it when you don’t.
The same company that just recently received a spotlight award as App Store Editor’s Choice for Pocket Trains is just about to launch the cutest addition to the Star Wars universe. Yes, even cuter than Angry Birds. In collaboration with LucasArts (now owned by Disney), Nimblebit (also known for Tiny Tower, Nimble Quest, and more) has created Star Wars: Tiny Death Star for iOS. Now, you can help the Empire build the ultimate 8-bit power in the universe.
We’ve known it was coming ever since AllThingsD reported about it last week. The tech blog let slip a little secret that Apple would be holding a special event on Oct. 22. The news was not official, and until now was considered one of the many rumors floating around about the next generation of iPad and iPad mini tablets. However, just as they reported the rumor first, The D has just reported that Apple has officially sent out invitations to the Oct. 22 special event.
Yesterday, Macorakara reported that, thanks to information from case makers at the China Sourcing Fair in Hong Kong, the next generation of iPad mini will be just a teensy bit bigger. Additionally, Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White told investors yesterday that Apple will be revamping its line of Smart Covers to accommodate the new iPad dimensions. He also noted that vendors at the trade show were selling iPad cases and covers that match the rumored specs of the fifth-generation model.
Apple is making some more changes to its chain of command. This time, the company’s retail department is getting a new boss. Today, Apple announced that former Burberry CEO, Angela Ahrendts, will join the family under a newly created position as a senior vice president, overseeing the expansion and operation of the company’s online and retail stores.
Last week Arturia released its latest synth call iSEM for iOS and I decided to put it up against the real thing, which I happen to own and use on a regular basis. I am always impressed with Arturia because they are bringing classic synthesizer technology to a new generation of mobile musicians and they are doing a great job!