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Apple selling refurbished 128GB iPads online

  • September 30, 2013
  • iPad

Apple is now selling refurbished fourth-generation 128GB iPads in its online store. Currently available are Wi-Fi models in black or white, for $679, and a Wi-Fi + Cellular AT&T model in white, for $789. The latter model is the only Wi-Fi + Cellular option available. Apple is expected to announce the fifth-generation iPad sometime in October. [via MacRumors]

Boost Mobile to get iPhone 5c, 5s

Boost Mobile will carry the iPhone 5c and 5s, according to a tweet from @evleaks. It will be the first time the prepaid carrier will sell the iPhone.

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No availability or pricing information was announced. Both Virgin Mobile and a number of regional carriers will start selling the new iPhones tomorrow, Oct. 1. [via 9to5Mac]

Apple to pay $40 to some older iPad 3G owners

A ruling has been issued in a class action lawsuit filed in 2010 against Apple and AT&T, with Apple agreeing to pay $40 to U.S. customers who bought or ordered an iPad 3G before June 7, 2010. Customers who didn’t sign up with AT&T are eligible for a $20/month discount for up to a year on the carrier’s 5GB monthly plan. The lawsuit stems from AT&T advertising an unlimited data plan for iPads, then eliminating the unlimited data plan. Reportedly, the deal will be finalized in February, when Apple will try to contact eligible customers. Due to anti-class action provisions in the AT&T contract, payouts will be limited; the AT&T discount will be offered to those who no longer own their original iPad and didn’t sign up for any AT&T data plan. [via GigaOM]

Apple motion against Lodsys dismissed

Apple’s motion to intervene in a patent infringement lawsuit Lodsys filed against numerous iOS developers has been dismissed by US District Judge Rodney Gilstrap, according to a report. Lodsys originally sued seven third-party iOS developers, which prompted Apple’s motion to intervene more than two years ago. Apple proposed to claim alleged infringements by iOS developers were covered under its existing license to Lodsys’s patents. Lodsys’ original claims were related to patents involving in-app purchases and “upgrade” buttons. Martha Stewart, who was just in the news recently for tweeting about her broken iPad, recently sued Lodsys after the patent troll demanded Stewart pay the holding company for each of her company’s apps. Lodsys’ case is still on track for trial. [via Ars Technica]

Adonit unveils Jot Script Evernote Edition

Adonit has added the recently announced Jot Script Evernote Edition ($75) to its website. Jot Script Evernote Edition features a 1.9 mm tip, designed to feel like a real fine point pen. The stylus is part of an Evernote initiative to create a series of branded products in its Evernote Market, such as this Côte&Ciel Diver Sleeve for Mac. The AAA-battery powered Jot Script Evernote Edition uses Bluetooth 4.0. Available to order now, the stylus ships in three to four weeks.

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Adonit has also been working with Adobe. The companies have teamed up to bring Adobe’s cloud pen, Project Mighty, and digital ruler, Project Napoleon, to market. Adobe announced it has plans to ship the devices in the first half of 2014.

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Apple hires Nike design director Shaffer

  • September 27, 2013
  • Apple

Apple has hired Nike design director Ben Shaffer, according to a report. Shaffer was Studio Director of Nike’s research and development lab, and he played a key role in developing the company’s lightweight Flyknit shoe; some reports have suggested, perhaps erroneously, that he was involved in the FuelBand as well. Shaffer’s hiring and Apple’s earlier hiring of another Nike Fuel Band developer, Jay Blahnik, lends further credence to a report that the company’s rumored “iWatch” would be focused on fitness. Another report made note of Apple “aggressively” hiring for the project — a trend that appears to be continuing. [via 9to5Mac]

[Editor’s note: This report was updated after publication to reflect ambiguity over Shaffer’s role in FuelBand development.]

MLB to use iOS 7 iBeacon mapping in stadiums

Major League Baseball plans to utilize Apple’s new iBeacon indoor mapping feature in its At the Ballpark app. The app will use the new iOS 7 feature in MLB stadiums. “Essentially, we want to create micro-locations within the stadiums where you can get different experiences,” said MLB iOS developer Marc Abramson. It’s possible the app could load a ticket through Passbook when a spectator approaches a stadium gate, and present a map which can show spectators to their seats.

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A number of other possible features were revealed, including discounts and loyalty cards at concession stands, and historical information about the park. The New York Mets are currently testing the Bluetooth LE-powered iBeacon for in-stadium use, but Abramson said, “A lot of teams have expressed interest so far.” [via Mashable]

Fifth-gen iPad schematics leaked?

  • September 27, 2013
  • iPad

Schematics of Apple’s fifth-generation iPad have allegedly been leaked, according to a new report. The fifth-gen iPad will apparently be 169.48 mm wide, as compared to the fourth-gen’s 185.8 mm width. It appears the height will be reduced to 240 mm from 241.3 mm, and the fifth-gen iPad will be 7.5 mm thick, a notable drop from the previous incarnation’s 9.55 mm thickness. As long expected, the next iPad will more closely resemble the iPad mini’s design.

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Notably, this new report also notes “main elements of the device, including the home button,” will stay “largely” the same. There is no mention of Touch ID on the device, though a recent report suggests the second-generation iPad mini will have the feature. [via AppleInsider]

Virgin Mobile getting iPhone 5c, 5s on Oct. 1

Virgin Mobile will carry Apple’s iPhone 5c and 5s starting Oct. 1. The carrier announced the news through its official Twitter account. Virgin Mobile didn’t start selling the iPhone 5 until June of this year. A number of regional carriers will also begin carrying the new iPhones on Oct. 1.

Martha Stewart raises Apple’s ire with broken iPad tweets

Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart apparently invoked the wrath of Apple public relations Thursday night with a series of tweets about a shattered iPad. Stewart initially tweeted, “I just dropped my iPad on the ground and shattered two glass corners. What to do? does one call Apple to come and pick it up or do I take it?” After a few other iPad-related tweets, Stewart then tweeted, “i cannot believe that Apple Public Relations is mad at me for tweeting about my Ipad and how to get it fixed! steve jobs gave it to me!” Apparently, Apple PR contacted Stewart at some point regarding the tweets. Stewart appeared to calm down in later tweets about her iPad, and she was soon tweeting happily about upcoming pork- and potato-themed episodes of her PBS show.

Apple to pay $3.35M in Japan for click wheel infringement

The Tokyo District Court ordered Apple to pay 330 million yen (about $3.35 million) to Norihiko Saito for infringing on the Japanese inventor’s click wheel controller patent. Saito’s company applied for the patent in 1998, before Apple used a click wheel in its iPod. Saito sought 10 billion yen in damages, but received only a fraction of that amount. The inventor had previously tried three times to reach a settlement with Apple. [via Dow Jones Newswires]

FAA committee recommends extending in-flight device use

A Federal Aviation Administration advisory committee has voted to recommend letting airline passengers use smartphones, tablets, e-readers, and other electronic devices during takeoffs and landings, the Associated Press reports. The recommendation will be sent to the FAA, which has final say on whether the restrictions will be eased. However, it’s notable that downloading data, using the Internet, and talking on the phone would still be prohibited below 10,000 feet under the recommendations. The FAA began seeking public comments on the issue more than a year ago. While the FCC urged the FAA to expand in-flight device use, another report claimed passenger electronics interfere with equipment.

Staples to sell iPads, iPods online in October

Staples’ U.S. website will sell iPads and iPods starting in October, according to a recent report. “Several versions” of the devices will be sold as soon as Oct. 1. Staples already sells the iPad in its Canadian online store. The report also notes Staples would like to sell the iPad in its retail stores by early next year. Staples started selling Apple accessories online in February. [via 9to5Mac]

Gold second-gen iPad mini with Touch ID?

  • September 27, 2013
  • iPad

A Chinese site has allegedly leaked photos of a gold second-generation iPad mini. One of the photos shows the device’s Home Button surrounded by a Touch ID ring. If real, this would be the first photo seen of a gold iPad mini — a space gray iPad mini 2 shell was recently leaked on Sonny Dickson’s website.

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There have been conflicting reports on whether or not the new iPads will use Touch ID, though Dickson tweeted that the second-generation iPad mini would have the feature. Dickson also tweeted that the new iPad mini will share colors with the iPhone 5s — it will come in gold, silver, and space gray. [via DoNews]

Kopi intros Kbar Multiple with iPad charging ports

Kopi has announced Kbar Multiple, a power strip that allows multiple iPads to be charged simultaneously. The power strip uniquely offers 2.4-Amp charging on each of its eight USB ports, allowing for full-power charging on up to eight iPads at once.

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Kbar Multiple features a built-in surge protector and comes in orange, purple, black, blue, gray, and pink. Pricing and release information are currently unavailable.

Apps: 2K Drive 1.6, Lens Tutorial 1.4, Memoir + Pocket Casts 4.0

2K Drive ($5) from 2K Sports has updated to version 1.6. The new British car pack brings four new cars from Land Rover, Vauxhall, and Jaguar to the game. New events have also been added to 2K Drive, and users who were completely unable to play the game before can now get past the tutorial level and purchase cars. Additionally, vehicle control improvements have been made, including steering sensitivity tweaks, though the default steering is pretty challenging.

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Lens Tutorial (free) from Smart Learn Apps isn’t the prettiest-looking app around, but it makes up for its lack of aesthetic appeal through education. The app, now updated for version 1.4, shows how to use a variety of camera lenses, demonstrating visually how their aperture, distance from subject, and width/zoom level change their depth of field. More than 3,400 digital cameras are now included after the most recent update. The app also offers a high-contrast scheme with large fonts for outdoor use.

iPhone upgrade poll ends, Game Controller poll begins

With over 2,400 votes from iLounge readers, our latest poll – “Do you plan to purchase one of the new iPhone models this year?” – has now ended. With the release of not one, but two new iPhone models this month, we asked our readers to let us know whether they were planning on upgrading their current mobile phone to either of the new models, and which one they would be upgrading from.

The overall majority of responses—fifty-eight percent—indicated that they were planning to purchase an iPhone 5s specifically, with thirty-three percent of respondents indicating that they would be upgrading from a pre-iPhone 5 model, and twenty-one percent upgrading from the iPhone 5. Four percent of respondents indicated that they would be purchasing an iPhone 5s as their very first iPhone. Only five percent of readers showed an interest in the iPhone 5c, with four percent buying one to replace an older iPhone model and 1% picking it up as their first iPhone. Surprisingly, 14 people indicated that they were planning to purchase an iPhone 5c to replace their iPhone 5.

The majority of the remaining responses came from twenty-one percent of readers who were happy with their current iPhone and not planning to upgrade at all, nine percent who indicated that they wanted to upgrade, but are stuck on an existing contract, while four percent have no interest in owning an iPhone at all and the remaining three percent noted they’d be replacing their iPhone with something else.

Apple releases iOS 7.0.2

Apple has released iOS 7.0.2 for all iOS devices — unlike the previous iOS 7.0.1 update, which was only for the iPhone 5c and 5s. The release fixes bugs that could allow someone to bypass the Lock Screen passcode.

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Also included in the update is a Greek keyboard option for passcode entry. It’s available for download now through the Software Update screen under Settings.

Apple TV adds Major League Soccer, Disney Jr. channels

An over-the-air update for Apple TV has added two new channels to the device — Major League Soccer and Disney Junior. MLS has experienced a recent spike in popularity, and the new channel will let users watch live games and highlights.

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Disney Junior is the third Disney channel to hit Apple TV, joining the flagship Disney Channel and Disney XD. As one would might guess, Disney Junior is oriented toward younger viewers. It requires a cable provider-specific login, as did the prior Disney channels.

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