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Apple inc Looking to Design 3D Feature for iPhone, iPad

A Look at the Future

Your iPhone or iPad might come with 3D object manipulation in the near future.  Apple currently holds a patent filing that carries implications for the company’s future plans for 3D object manipulation.  The filing, with the revealing title “Working with 3D Objects,” was published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday.  It describes the concept for manipulating objects in three dimensions by way of gestures, meaning that three dimensional object representations will be moved and rotated, stretched and pulled, just by waving your fingers over the device’s screen.


Apple looking to go 3D

How it Works

Users will likely find that getting into 3D manipulation is easier than it might seem.  Common gestures like pinching will allow control in 2D, while getting the object into 3D will only require touching the 2D representation at three points and then lifting your fingers from the screen.  Object manipulation will be simple, requiring only simple gestures above the screen of your device.

Apple’s filing reveals that pinching or pulling gestures will actively affect the representational object by squeezing or stretching specific parts of it, much like working with clay.  This could prove to be a particularly useful modification for use in CAD programs, allowing the designer to modify a 3D object with a whole new set of tools.

The patent application provides the following explanation:

The CAD program may provide a drafting area showing 2D or 3D objects being processed by the user, and menus outside the drafting area for allowing the user to choose from various tools in generating or modifying 2D or 3D objects. For example, there may be menus for 2D object templates, 3D object templates, paint brush options, eraser options, line options, color options, texture options, options for rotating or resizing the objects, and so forth. The user may select a tool from one of the menus and use the selected tool to manipulate the 2D or 3D object.


Viewing in 3D

It’s probable that the use of some type of 3D glasses will be required in order to see the objects properly.  The patent filing allows for a display that utilizes parallax barriers or lenticular lenses.  The display may make use of varied polarizations that are intended for the right or left eye and that will need to be viewed through a polarized pair of 3D specs.  Apple’s technology may be about to take a huge leap forward and users could be looking at it in a whole new way.


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Top 10 Apple gifts – a last-minute buyer’s guide to Christmas morning

Published on December 22, 2012 by in Apple, iPad, iPhone, Mac

“‘Twas the weekend before Christmas/and all through the stores/the shoppers were panicking/what do Apple fans adore?”  If you’re sweating the last few purchases for the Mac and iOS lovers on your Christmas list, we’re here to help. (Of course, we can’t help but think you should’ve been doing all this a bit sooner, but that’s another story…)  So without further ado, we present our Top Ten last-minute Apple gifts list for Christmas 2012.

1. iPod Shuffle – At only $49, this half-ounce wonder is just about the perfect stocking stuffer for anybody on   your list.  It holds 2GB of   music, supports multiple playlists, podcasts, audiobooks and Apple’s VoiceOver technology.  Choose from 8 brilliant colors to suit any taste. iPod shuffle holds hundreds of songs and gives up to 15 hours of playback time from a full charge.

2. iPod classic – This is the best fix for serious music junkies.  The iPod classic is 160GB of anodized aluminum and polished stainless steel, with a 2.5-inch screen and up to 36 hours of battery life on a full charge.  $249 buys the ability to take your entire media library with you wherever you go – up to 40,000 songs, 200 hours of video, 25,000 photos, or any combination of the above.  It also supports Genius mixes and multiple playlists.



3. iPod Touch – This is the best gift to give to someone who wants a pocket-sized iDevice, but doesn’t really want to make the financial commitment to an iPhone.  Also made of anodized aluminum, iPod touch comes in 5 vivid colors that are bonded right to the metal, and in a choice of 32GB ($299) or 64GB ($399). Both models also boast a 4-inch Retina display and 5-megapixel iSight camera. Facebook and Twitter have been integrated into iOS 6, and Siri comes to iPod touch for the first time with this model.



 4. iPad mini – This is Apple’s newest iOS device.  It’s pencil-thin, weighs just over half a pound, and handles all of your apps and media with the greatest of ease.  Want to surf the web? Safari has you covered.  Rather read a comic book? There’s an app for that.  Think you’ll play a game instead?  The App Store is your playground. The 7.9-inch screen is big and bright enough to show you everything you’re looking for, but small enough to fit into a purse, backpack or messenger bag.



5. MacBook Pro (15-inch, non-retina) – Call me just a little bit old-fashioned, but I’m not quite ready to let go of optical drives – or the ability upgrade your own RAM.  The 15-inch MacBook Pro offers users the best Mac OS X experience, along with the ability to be portable at a moment’s notice.  Firewire 800, Thunderbolt and USB 3 ports mean that your notebook should talk to just about anything you can introduce it to.  It also reads SD cards up to 64GB.  Max it out at 8GB of RAM and a 1TB internal hard drive, and you’ll have everything you need to be productive for a good while – at least until Apple releases its next sexy beast of a notebook! 


 6. AppleCare Protection Plan – The very best one-size-fits-all accessory for any piece of Apple gear is the AppleCare Protection Plan.  When purchased at the same time as your new hardware, it provides 3 years of global hardware and software support (2 years for iOS devices), both in person at the Genius Bar as well as over the phone with trained technical professionals.  What that means is direct access to Apple experts for questions on a wide range of Mac topics, including using OS X, iLife, and connecting to printers and AirPort networks. Prices for the protection plan range from $29 to $349, depending on the particular piece of hardware you’re covering.


7. iTunes Gift Cards – Of everything on my list, this is the biggest no-brainer of the lot.  It’s the best all-around stocking stuffer for anyone who has just about any kind of Apple hardware, and your lucky recipient is sure to love what they eventually purchase with it.  Best of all, it never expires or goes out of style.  What’s also lovely about these little guys is that you can buy them practically anywhere (which these days can even mean your local gas station) and they work for anything in any of Apple’s app stores. 


8. Apple EarPods w/Remote and Mic – It used to be that if you wanted to get decent earbuds for your iDevice, you either had to cough up $79 for Apple’s in-ear headphones, or try to navigate the zillions of different 3rd-party options available at every electronics store and mega-mart from here to Timbuktu.  Now, with the release of iPhone 5 and the new iPod touch, Apple has stepped up its headphone game while dropping the price at the same time.  EarPods are less than half the price of the alternative to the original ubiquitous white earphones, but still have better customer ratings at Apple’s online store.


9. iFlash Dual USB (3 Amp) car charger (USB-to-microUSB cables included) – This is the first 3rd-party hardware to be included on our list.  It’s not something that you’re going to need right on Christmas morning, the hot second you unwrap your new shinies from Apple, but it’s something you’re going to want to order from Amazon pretty quickly.  $11 buys an amazing amount of peace of mind for families with multiple mobile devices and want to travel without worrying about batteries dying.  This unobtrusive little dual-USB car charger will top up both tablets and phones, and comes with 2 USB-to-microUSB cables.

10. iCade –  For those who remember a time when video games were fed with quarters and played in public, we offer this nifty trip in the WayBack Machine.  iCade started its life as a ThinkGeek April Fools’ gag, but there was such an overwhelming demand that the retailer actually partnered with a manufacturer to make it a reality.  Pick up the free Atari’s Greatest Hits app from the App Store to get Missile Command for free; the rest of the retro games in the bundle can be had via in-app purchase for $9.99.  Then all that’s left is to slip on your Vans, crank some Journey on the radio and get your old-school game on!

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iTunes offers Free Learning from World Class Institutions! (Homework Not Required.)

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iTunes U

Free Education via iTunesU

Apple has great products and services- a lot of them, any of which I am more than happy to wax poetic (okay, maybe not poetic!) about at a moment’s notice. Airport express base stations? Let me tell you how easy they are to fix. iPod touch? Can’t live without mine and friends know better than to let me get started going on about it. iBooks store? Samples of every book so I can decide what I want to buy, not to mention the selection of free books! Today though, I’m talking about a frequently overlooked service which I personally believe is the single best thing to ever come out of Cupertino: iTunes U.

You’ve probably noticed it while poking around iTunes on your computer, maybe wondered what it was. But have you actually checked it out? If not, I urge you to right now.
Introduced in 2007, iTunes U has a twofold purpose: incorporating learning materials for classes into a format easily portable on one’s computer or mobile device allowing a great opportunity for the integration of technology into education at any level; and distributing educational materials to iTunes users to learn anything they want, anytime, anywhere.
You might not be able to afford the time or money required for a Harvard or Oxford or Yale education, but with iTunes U, you can take a few of their classes at your convenience, all you need is time, an internet connection, and a computer with iTunes installed or an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with the iTunes U app installed. It might not get you a degree, but it will definitely get you started on learning just about anything you can imagine.
Learn iOS apps development. A foreign language. Economics, literature, film criticism, world history. These are just a few examples of the topics offered from schools at all levels, around the world.
iTunes U, along with free books on the iBooks store, the apps store, and podcasts are the only services available in all countries where there exists an iTunes store (in other words, it’s more widely available than the iTunes music store!)
So whatever you’re interested in learning about, iTunes U will have something to grab your interest. Next time you’re on your iPhone or computer, why not go and check out iTunes’s quieter, more studious cousin and see what it has to offer you?
Ready to Learn
(all photos are from of Apple.com)
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Black Friday 2012 at Apple

Published on November 20, 2012 by in Apple, iPad, iPhone, Mac, News, Rumors

The holiday seasons are here and for all everyone who is looking for a deal the infamous Black Friday is coming up very soon, actually some stores are doing it on Thursday.  For everyone looking to get an iPad, iPhone, iPod or mac at a discount…  this Friday would be the best time to buy.  We all know that the folks at Apple are very good at sticking to their manufacturers suggested retail price (MSRP) and so are their retailers, however on Friday as early as 3am you can shop online and pay less than MSRP.

To give everyone an idea of what type of discounts Apple may provide us on Black Friday 2012 lets take a look at last years price reductions.

Apple 2012 Black Friday

Black Friday 2011 Apple Discounts

-Apple Macs saw reductions by about $100

-Apple iPads had discounts anywhere from about $40 to $60

-Apple iPod Nano’s had a discount of about $10

-Apple  iPod Touch was down by about $40

-Accessories had discounts too, but they were all over the board, hard to narrow it down to a dollar figure


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Apple May Be Breaking Up with Samsung

Published on October 13, 2012 by in Apple, iPad, iPhone, News, Rumors

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It’s amazing to me that this didn’t happen any sooner, but it looks like Apple may be breaking up with Samsung.  And I will give everyone one guess what the top reason is that they are doing this. That’s right, they have been fighting over PATENTS.

According to CNET and Taiwan Economic News Apple is considering a deal with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) for the processors and other chips that go in its mobile products like the iPad, iPhone , and iPod Touch.

I am sure feuding about the patents had some influence in the decision, but I think that TSMC’s 20 nanometer technology may be a bigger reason. For those who don’t know, this means a smaller processor is possible and more efficient.  Currently, Apple has commissioned Samsung to build it’s A6 processor which uses a 32 nanometer design for the iPhone and iPad.

If Apple does make this move it would be a huge loss in revenue for Samsung.  On the other side, TSMC would be seeing a huge spike in growth, but its current customers might see less attention.  We will keep our readers up to date as things unfold.

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