Items tagged with iPod

With the iPhone 5 rumored to launch this September, analysts and users alike have turned to wondering what adjustments Apple will make to its pricing structure. Mike Abramsky, an analyst with RBC Capital Markets, has stated he expects Apple to break with its established pattern where updates are concerned. To date, each successive product launch has heralded the retiring of the company's oldest iPhone model still for sale. If the company keeps to this, it'll stop offering the iPhone 3GS when it launches the iPhone 5. The iPhone 4 (16GB) would then become the entry-level iPhone at a subsidized price... Read more...
Not too long ago, we covered news that Microsoft--in an apparent bid to steal Apple's thunder--was offering a free XBox 360 with the purchase of any qualifying PC. Apple has offered a "free" iPod Touch for several years. The company didn't actually ship an iPod with each system; students were required to order both, then submit a rebate to Apple for the cost of the iPod. In the past, these rebates have been worth as much as $299, making them an attractive treat. Apple's new strategy is to offer all students a $100 gift card for use in the Mac App Store, iBookstore, iTunes, or the App Store. This... Read more...
The popularity of its iPod, iPhone, and iPad product lines have propelled Apple to the top of the charts when it comes to NAND flash consumption. iSuppli reports that the Cupertino-based company has surpassed HP (the former champ), with 2010 purchases coming in at $17.5 billion. That's a massive 79.6 percent jump from 2009, during which Apple bought just $9.7B in Flash. "Apple's surge to leadership in semiconductor spending in 2010 was driven by the overwhelming success of its wireless products, namely the iPhone and the iPad," said iSuppli analyst Wenlie Ye. "These products consume enormous quantities... Read more...
Big news from Apple today, and tons of it. The company used their annual Worldwide Developer's Conference today to talk about a ton of upcoming software changes, and of course, the next build of iOS was one major topic of conversation. The new version of iOS, simply called iOS 5, is slated to be a monumental update over iOS 4. The company previewed it today, and provided a beta copy to developers, which includes some 200 new features that'll be available to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users in the fall. That'll likely coincide with the launch of the next iPhone, but of course that's just speculation... Read more...
These days, it's not enough to just give users the ability to listen to music on their handheld. Any 'ole iPod or phone can do that. It's about bringing that same functionality to the car. XtremeMac is an accessory company that has been doing just that for years now, and their latest product extends that with power and Bluetooth. The new InCharge Auto & Home Bluetooth charging and wireless audio solutions allows users to simultaneously charge and wirelessly stream music from iPod, iPhone or iPad through home stereo system or car radio. The InCharge Home BT and Auto BT are both "Made For iPod,... Read more...
Apple has given up on trying to trademark the term "POD" in Canada, the site Patently Apple said on Monday. PA added in the comments below the story that it feels that the abandonment of the trademark quest in Canada is just a reflection of Apple abandoning the quest worldwide. Apple first filed the trademark application in July 29, 2004. The Canadian IP Office said that the trademark was abandoned on April 13, 2011. PA showed off a long list of responses by Apple to the Canadian IP office, in an attempt to appease the office, but to no avail. To be clear, this does not affect Apple's iPod trademark.... Read more...
You know 3D's taking off when something like this happens. Hasbro is a company more commonly seen in the toy lanes at your local shopping mart, but they're jumping on the 3D bandwagon as well. They've just launched the My3D, a 360-degree handheld viewer for iPhone and iPod touch. It's a lot like those viewers you used to used as a kid, and it provides "3D" to devices without 3D screens. Apple hasn't placed an actual 3D display on their iDevices, but with a little help from the viewer and some specialized content, a 3D effect can still be had. But here's the real question: will people seriously... Read more...
Well, that was quick. Apple's WWDC, which has been the launching pad for the newest iPhone the past few years in a row, was both announced today and sold out today. As the company has become increasingly important in the technology world, the Worldwide Developers Conference has become a hot bed for product launches, software overhauls and masses of people joining in the fun. This year's WWDC will be held at Moscone West in San Francisco from June 6 through 10, and the five-day conference will "unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS, including exciting demonstrations of the new kinds of apps that developers... Read more...
If you've heard of video calling, you've probably heard of Qik. It's a rapidly expanding startup, looking to catch up with Skype and take advantage of the sudden urge to video chat now that 4G services are becoming more available. But to dominate the world, you need to be available on the iPhone. That's where Qik's new application comes into play, Qik Video Connect. This new software is a rival to FaceTime in many ways, enabling users to engage in video calling, video messaging, and video sharing with friends and family. With Qik Video Connect, users can instantly share what is happening around... Read more...
You may have forgotten about Google TV. We can't really blame you, nor can we say that Google TV has really been able to gain traction in the market. Google has shown a willingness to push things out into the market without actually knowing how it'll turn out; Android has taken off and become a huge success, while things like Buzz, Wave and Google TV have faltered. That said, GTV is still around in some fashion, and some folks are definitely still using it. And if you're one of those people, this new development is for you. Early on, Google released an Android application that enabled one's phone... Read more...
She's dead, Jim. According to a report in SAI, Microsoft has decided to kill off the Zune music player.  To be clear, the company will continue to sell existing models. It will not, however, be developing new ones. The original source of the information was Dina Bass, Bloomberg News Tech Reporter. In two Tweets, she said first that Microsoft would eschew any further hardware development on Zunes, but also that Microsoft would take the Zune software and on the Zune software that's used on Windows Phones, Xbox and other devices. Zune was to be Microsoft's answer to the iPod.  However, it... Read more...
Given the lackluster success of the Zune line over the years, would anyone really be shocked if Microsoft pulled the plug? We sort of doubt it, and according to reports, the company may be on the verge of doing so. Numerous sites are noticing that Microsoft executives have been hesitant to use the Zune word in discussions, and it's unusual for Microsoft to distance themselves from something they care about dearly and/or are spending valuable marketing resources on. As for the Zune's future? It's all up in the air for now. There could be a rebranding, or there could be an outright execution. With... Read more...
If you own Seagate's GoFlex TV or FreeAgent Theater+ HD media player, and you also enjoy using your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, there' a new control app that you should consider. For now, the only real way to control either of those boxes is with the remote that ships inside of the box. But that's a hassle. Why not use a device you already own? As of today, there's a new iOS app in the App Store that turns your iPod/iPad/iPhone into a remote for both of these boxes. Not only can you switch through various menus, but you can also use the keyboard to input text in Netflix, YouTube, etc. search boxes.... Read more...
Whether you love or hate Apple, it's impossible to deny the impact that the iPod has had on the world of consumer electronics. It's the de facto MP3 player now, and even vehicles have grown to adopt Apple's technology from the factory. Many new cars are shipping with the ability to tap into one's iPhone or iPod library and play that through the car's stereo. And the same kind of thing is happening in the home cinema world. Many, many new home theater options are now shipping with integrated iPod/iPhone support, and given just how many people now use one of those as their primary jukebox, we can't... Read more...
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