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Best IPhone Rumor Article of the Day

Actually, yesterday, The Register posted an article reporting on iPhone rumors which was titled, “What’s THAT, you say? Apple MIGHT be making a NEW iPHONE, iOS?

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What I love about this article is the “No shit, Sherlock” attitude they take as they report that

Third-party programmers have claimed a gadget identifying itself as an “iPhone 6.1” running “iOS 7” has turned up in usage log files, which record information about the devices used to run their apps.

I’m always amazed when people act surprised that Apple is working on their next generation iPhone, if not two or three gens down the line. But these are usually the same people who then turn around and complain that the iPhone is updated too often, which is equally baffling.

The Register, on the other hand, totally gets it. Click HERE to read the rest of their report.

 
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HiveDock for iPhone review- Better Than Nothing

Published on November 13, 2012 by in Apple, iPhone, Reviews

 

 

(photo courtesy of HiveDock.com)

The HiveDock for iPhone is a wireless and powerless dock that amplifies your iPhone’s sound magnifies the screen without the use of any extra wires or power source.

How the HiveDock works is simple. The sound from the iPhone is funneled through a concave chamber and towards the listener in a way that makes the audio louder.

How much louder is a slightly more complicated question. The HiveDock website doesn’t specify how much amplification you can expect from your HiveDock. My wife and I spent several minutes playing videos, placing the iPhone in the dock and then removing it to see if we could hear a difference. In the end we decided the sound was louder when in the dock, but the fact that we had so much trouble deciding doesn’t bode well for the product.

Then there is the Fresnel lens provided to magnify the iPhone’s screen. With the HiveDock sitting on a table in my normally lit living room there wasn’t a viewing angle that didn’t have glare. Even the pictures on their own website give you a sense that it really doesn’t offer a pleasurable viewing experience.

(photo courtesy of HiveDock.com)

The HiveDock sells for $22.99 (even the price point is awkward) and can be purchased through their website. When trying to decide if this was a product I would purchase I made myself imagine all the situations in which I would use the HiveDock. Personally I can’t see this product fitting into my daily, weekly, or even yearly routine.

AppleApproved Rating: 2.5 out of 10- Works as advertised.

 

 
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“The iPad Mini is the Real iPad” Says Dan Frommer

Published on November 5, 2012 by in Apple, iPad, Reviews

Another week in, though, and I’m more convinced than even a week ago that the iPad Mini is the best size for most people. It’s last decade’s iPod story all over again.

John Gruber adds some commentary to Dan Frommer’s article which asserts that the iPad Mini truly is the “Real iPad.”

 
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Here’s the thing: Apple Product Updates

I love Jimmy Kimmel. His show is killing it. He’s a great comedian/host and is quickly becoming a comedic icon. But the other night he showed this fake Apple iPad Mini ad on his show.

Here’s the thing…Apple doesn’t release each new iteration of their devices with the hope that all of their current customers will ditch their old iDevices and immediately buy the new one. Apple doesn’t mind if you do that, but that isn’t why they update as often as they do.

Apple has perhaps the most aggressive product cycle of any company today. The reason for their rapid updates is simple: To ensure that their products are always the best. Everyone else in the tablet industry is scrambling to produce something that can kill the iPad. And they are all doing that by looking at what the iPad is, and what the iPad has, and trying to one-up that. The problem for them is, Apple just keeps one-upping itself.

Apple doesn’t expect you to buy every new iPad or iPhone that they release. If you have an iPad already, Apple doesn’t think it is a given that  you will also buy an iPad Mini. But where it stands now, Apple has the most complete post-PC computing line up on the market. From the iPod Touch and iPhone to the iPad Mini and up to the iPad, no one else can offer what Apple is currently offering: an array of options that are still very simple and easy to understand.

I get the joke that Kimmel’s ad was making, but the joke shows that Kimmel doesn’t get what Apple is really doing.

 
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Don Lehman Interprets the Apple Executive Lineup

Published on October 31, 2012 by in Apple, Commentary

This seems pretty dead on.

You get the sense that though each may recognize they are the best at what they do, they aren’t angling for more power inside Apple or elsewhere. Amazingly, they seem to know that they can do the best work of their careers and make the biggest historical impact by working together at Apple. Their individual talents and demeanor perfectly compliment each other and I think could be best summed up in this way: the Head, the Heart, and the Voice.

Read the whole piece here.

 
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