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iLounge is the Official iPartner of the 2012 International CES!

We have some great news to share with you today!

Three years ago, iLounge partnered with the Consumer Electronics Association to create the iLounge Pavilion—a unified area for iPod, iPhone, iPad, and Mac related products at the world’s largest consumer technology trade show. Today, we’re excited to announce that iLounge has expanded its partnership with CEA, and is now the official iPartner of the 2012 International CES: your prime destination for Apple-related news, pictures, and more, direct from the floors of CES!

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In the past, iLounge was a coordinator and centrally-located exhibitor for the Pavilion, helping to bring hundreds of companies together from across the world to show off new products at CES. Our CES booth has featured History of iPod and iPhone displays, iDevice charging stations, and comfy chairs to accommodate Apple users at the show. This year, our booth is evolving to embrace our media partnership with CEA, and will help guide visitors directly to the best Apple-related products of both 2011 and 2012, independently selected by our editors after covering thousands of new releases. We welcome you to visit us in the center of the Las Vegas Convention Center’s North Hall, booth 3810.

Our editors will be very busy on the show floor. We’ve spent the last two months preparing behind the scenes for this show, which promises to host the year’s largest collection of new Apple-related product announcements. Approximately 350 vendors will be showing off iPad, iPhone, iPod, and Mac products in the massive iLounge Pavilion exhibition area, and based on the early announcements we’ve seen, some very cool things are coming for each of Apple’s devices. iLounge will focus on the best of them—with frequent news updates, hands-on details and photos, and our prestigious Best of Show Awards. The updates will start before the show’s official kickoff on January 10, 2012, and continue through its end on January 13.

“CEA is pleased to expand its collaboration with iLounge to include this media partnership for the 2012 International CES,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president of events and conferences for CEA, the producer of the International CES. “iLounge has experienced exponential growth at CES over the past three years and we look forward to seeing iLounge’s editorial coverage of all the amazing news announcements coming out of this dynamic exhibit area at the 2012 CES.” 

We created the iLounge Pavilion with CEA to help keep the Apple ecosystems strong, and we’re thrilled with the incredible success of the collaboration, which has grown bigger and better every year. Moreover, our editors are extremely proud of our continued pull-no-punches editorial independence, through which we promise to deliver unvarnished, honest coverage of this important event. Please join us here for all of the updates!

Apple to announce Q1 2012 earnings on Jan. 24

Apple has announced that it will report its results for the first fiscal quarter of 2012 on Tuesday, January 24. The release will be followed by the usual conference call to discuss the financial results, which will begin at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. iLounge will be providing coverage of the call. The call will likely discuss the results from the holiday quarter which saw the expanded launch of the iPhone 4S internationally and based on industry estimates is expected to include record iPhone and iPad sales. Depending on the timing the call may also provide some clues as to Apple’s next-generation iPad and iPhone product launches as well as its rumoured plans for iBooks.

Apple to launch iPhone 4S in China on Jan. 13

Apple today announced that it will officially launch the iPhone 4S in China on January 13. “Customer response to our products in China has been off the charts,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “With the launch in China next week, iPhone 4S will be available in over 90 countries making this our fastest iPhone rollout ever.” In addition to China, the company will also launch the handset in 21 additional countries, including Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Grenada, Guam, Guinea Conakry, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Niger, Senegal, St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos and Uganda.

Ballistic to unveil LS Smooth case for iPhone 4/4S

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Ballistic will unveil its new LS Smooth case for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S at the 2012 International CES. The LS Smooth is made from TPU, and features silicone “Ballistic Corners” for increased shock protection, push-through coverage for the volume and sleep/wake buttons, and open access to all other ports, controls, and cameras. Ballistic’s LS Smooth case for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S will be available later this month and will sell for $30.

Plodes Studio offers Tab stand for iPad

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Plodes Studio is now offering its Tab stand for the iPad and iPad 2. Made from solid acrylic, the Tab stand holds the iPad at a 30-degree angle in either portrait or landscape orientation while offering open access to all ports, controls, and, in the case of the iPad 2, cameras. Plodes Studio’s Tab stand for the iPad and iPad 2 is available now in white, black or clear finishes, and sells for $40.

iLounge announces iBattz, Mission Workshop Giveaways

iLounge is pleased to announce its new iBattz Battery Case and Mission Workshop Giveaways. In the iBattz Battery Case Giveaway, iLounge and iBattz are giving away ten iBattz Mojo Removable Battery Cases, while in the Mission Workshop Giveaway, iLounge and Mission Workshop are giving away three backpacks, one each of the Waxed Canvas Small Weatherproof Rucksack, VX Messenger Bags // AP Series, and VX Small Rucksack // AP Series. To enter, simply fill out and submit the form on the giveaway pages, which are linked above. The giveaways will end on January 31, 2012 at 11:59PM Pacific Time. Good luck!

Video shows iPad apps running on Apple TV

A new proof-of-concept video has demonstrated the second-generation Apple TV’s ability to run iPad applications full-screen on an external display. According to 9to5Mac, the hack was achieved by jailbreaking the device, and completely rewriting the springboard, or app launcher, allowing for display of apps at full 720p resolution. As the device lacks any touch input methods, developers Steven Troughton-Smith and TheMudKip use a combination of VNC, SSH, and the Apple TV remote to control the device. It remains to be seen whether Apple will ever allow an App Store-style app experience on the Apple TV, however, the advent of AirPlay mirroring and streaming does offer a somewhat similar experience to those users who own both an Apple TV and a capable iOS device. The video is available for viewing in embedded form below.

Apple to hold iBooks-focused media event this month?

Apple will hold a an “important” event in New York City later this month, focused on publishing and iBooks, according to a pair of independent reports. Citing multiple sources close to the situation, AllThingsD reports that the schedule for the event could change at any moment, and that the event will focus on a media-related announcement — although it states that the event could be related to some kind of advertising or even publishing announcement, and notes that Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue is reportedly involved. TechCrunch claims that it has confirmed the report with an anonymous source, who stated that the event will not involve any hardware, but will instead focus on publishing and eBooks. According to the report, the event will be used to unveil improvements to iBooks, and is not considered to be “major.”

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