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Photo of the Week: iPhone 4 in Bhutan

This week’s featured photo is from our iPhones Around the World gallery, and shows a black iPhone 4 overlooking the Thimpu Valley near Cheri Mountain in Bhutan. To share your photos and to be considered for our Photo of the Week, you simply need to submit your own photo to one of our galleries. So get out there, take some pictures featuring your favorite iPod, iPad, or iPhone and maybe your submission will be our next Photo of the Week!

Apple Fall 2011 lineup poll ends, iOS 5.0.1 poll begins

With over 2,500 votes from iLounge readers, our latest poll—“What’s your reaction to Apple’s Fall 2011 iPhone + iPod lineup?”—has ended. Readers were given options of saying they were or were not planning to purchase an iPhone or iPod, and whether or not the announcement had any affect on their decision.

While not a majority, a large number—38 percent—of readers said that they were planning to purchase an iPhone or iPod, and the announcement didn’t change their mind. They were followed by two groups of readers, both of which constituted 23 percent of responses—those who were planning to buy a new iPhone but decided to hold off because of what was announced, and those who weren’t planning to buy an iPhone or iPod, and were not persuaded otherwise by Apple’s announcements. Both those who were planning to buy a new iPod but are now holding off and those who weren’t planning to buy an iPhone but had their minds changed accounted for seven percent, while only one percent of readers said they weren’t planning to buy a new iPod, but would based on what was announced. Thanks for all your votes!

Our new poll focuses on iOS 5.0.1. We’d like to know whether or not iOS 5.0.1 has fixed any issues you might have had with the prior release. Did it fix your battery life issues, AirPlay issues, or both? Or did it fail to fix your issues, or worse yet, make them worse? Or did you not have an issues to fix, or do you not own a device capable of running iOS 5.0.1? Our new poll—“Did the iOS 5.0.1 update fix anything for you?”—lets you answer that question. You can find the iLounge Poll in the left-hand column of the main iLounge.com homepage. Cast your vote today!

Photo of the Week: iPhone in California

Today’s classic image from our iPhones Around the World archive shows a first-generation iPhone looking up a tall pine tree at the top of Big Bear Summit in Big Bear, CA.

We’re looking for your great iPad, iPhone, and iPod images to add to our galleries! Springtime shots and anything else you might be able to contribute would be appreciated! So get out there, take some pictures featuring your favorite iPod, iPhone, or iPad and maybe your submission will be our next Photo of the Week!

iLounge sponsors Monster Cable 8X iPhone 4S Sweepstakes

This week, iLounge is co-sponsoring Monster Cable’s 8X iPhone 4S Sweepstakes. In the sweepstakes, readers can register to win an iPhone 4S and a Monster Accessory Pack by visiting Monster’s Facebook page and liking the company to learn how to enter. The Accessory Pack includes Turbine In-Ear Monitors, a Monster iCable 800, a Monster Mobile PowerPlug Dual USB 700, and a CleanTouch Pen. You can enter once for a chance to win every week until December 23rd.

In addition, this week only, we’re giving away a Monster Accessory Pack on our Facebook page.

iLounge 2011 Best of the Year, Readers’ Choice Awards revealed

Along with our 2012 iPhone + iPod Buyers’ Guide, iLounge today announced the recipients of its 2011 Best of the Year and Readers’ Choice Awards. Encompassing the very best releases from the last 12 months, the Awards featured several multiple award winners, including Bowers & Wilkins, LunaTik, Gameloft, Speck Products, and Apple; single 2011 Best of the Year Award recipients include Epic Games, Ideal Binary, iHome, Logitech, Nosy Crow, Rovio, Scosche, and SuperTooth. For full details on the winners, runners-up, and hundreds of other accessories and applications, download the 2012 iPhone + iPod Buyers’ Guide, available immediately for free.

iLounge releases the 2012 iPhone + iPod Buyers’ Guide

It’s here: iLounge’s annual guide to the iPhone and iPod, plus their accessories, apps and games has arrived! Download the 2012 iPhone + iPod Buyers’ Guide today!

The 2012 Buyers’ Guide is a one-download shortcut to all of the best iPhone and iPod holiday shopping information we’ve compiled over the last year, designed to be useful for any sort of reader. As always, the Guide contains plenty of accessory shopping information for new users, alongside more in-depth analysis and suggestions for experienced owners. Additional details are after the download links below.

 


Now 218 pages long, the 2012 Guide includes over 15 different brand new and refreshed features, including full guides to the best iPhone and iPod accessories, lists of the smartest places to buy Apple products, selling prices so you can trade up your old model, and tips on shopping for digital content. In addition to a new guide to iPhone and iPod touch digital photography and a redesigned timeline of iPod/iPhone/iPad history, you’ll also find sections dedicated to the best 100 games and 100 essential apps for the iPhone and iPod, plus discussions of new products for the Mac and iPad.

Our 2012 iPod/iPhone/iPad Buyers’ Guide is available in a computer- and iPad-friendly wide-screen version, a single-page version suitable for printing, and a small-screen version for viewing on the iPhone or iPod touch. iPad users: The two-page version is entirely readable on the iPad; the one-page version increases the amount of page-turning but makes text larger on the iPad, and is easier to print if need be. We strongly recommend that iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users download the Guide to their computers, then drag and drop it into iTunes for reading in iBooks. Each version is completely free for iLounge readers, and distributed in PDF format for maximum compatibility across devices. For additional details, click here to see the full story. And please do your part to share the Guide by telling a friend, or hosting it on your file sharing network of choice. Enjoy!

Final day for 2011 Readers’ Choice voting!

Today is the final day to get your vote in for our 2011 Readers’ Choice awards. iLounge’s Readers’ Choice Awards let you pick the year’s best from four different categories—Apple’s best new product, iPad/iPhone/iPod Accessory Developer, iOS Application Developer, and iOS Game Developer. The iPad 2, LunaTik, Apple, and Rovio hold the lead in their respective categories, but each race is close enough to come down to some last-minute votes — so why not make yours one of them? Voting ends at midnight tonight, so cast your vote now!

Photo of the Week: iPhone 4 in Taiwan

This week’s featured photo is from our iPhones Around the World gallery, and shows a black iPhone 4 overlooking the Philippine Sea off the east coast of Taiwan. To share your photos and to be considered for our Photo of the Week, you simply need to submit your own photo to one of our galleries. So get out there, take some pictures featuring your favorite iPod, iPad, or iPhone and maybe your submission will be our next Photo of the Week!

Last week for Readers’ Choice voting, vote today!

Voting for our 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards is in its final days, with thousands of votes already tallied. iLounge’s Readers’ Choice Awards let you pick the year’s best from four different categories—Apple’s best new product, iPad/iPhone/iPod Accessory Developer, iOS Application Developer, and iOS Game Developer. The iPad 2 continues to lead the Top Apple Product of 2011 category, but both the iPhone 4S and iOS 5 still have a shot at the title. Apple has widened its lead in the Application Developer of the Year category, with Skype, Adobe, Square, and Autodesk all represented well, while Griffin, Speck, LunaTik, Logitech/Ultimate Ears, iHome, and Incipio continue to battle it out in the Accessory Developer of the Year category. Finally, Rovio has slid further back to the pack in the Game Developer of the Year category, as Electronic Arts/Firemint/Chillingo, Epic Games, Halfbrick Studios, and Gameloft are all within reach of the Angry Birds maker. Every vote counts, and there’s still time to make up ground, so if your favorite company or product is losing out, be sure to make your voice heard before it’s too late. Voting ends at midnight Eastern Time on October 28—and all it takes is filling out a simple four-question survey, so cast your vote today!

iPhone 4S gains in Readers’ Choice voting, cast your vote!

Voting for our 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards is continuing at a brisk pace, with thousands of votes already counted. The Readers’ Choice Awards let you pick the year’s best from four categories—Apple’s best new product, iPad/iPhone/iPod Accessory Developer, iOS Application Developer, and iOS Game Developer. The iPad 2 holds a sizable lead in the race to be the Top Apple Product of 2011, but the recently-released iPhone 4S is quickly making up ground. Apple continues to lead the Application Developer of the Year category, with Skype, Adobe, Square, and Autodesk all making pushes of their own, while Griffin, Speck, LunaTik, Logitech/Ultimate Ears, iHome, and Incipio are in a hotly-contested race in the Accessory Developer of the Year category. Finally, Rovio has seen a slight lessening in its lead for Game Developer of the Year, as Electronic Arts/Firemint/Chillingo, Epic Games, Halfbrick Studios, and Gameloft are all within striking distance. Write-in votes in each of the categories are significant, so if your favorite company’s not on there, write it in! Voting ends at midnight Eastern Time on October 28—and all it takes is filling out a simple four-question survey, so cast your vote today!

2011 Readers’ Choice Award standings update

Early voting in our 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards has been proceeding at a fast clip, with over a thousand votes already counted. Announced last week, the Readers’ Choice Awards let you pick the year’s best from four categories—Apple’s best new digital media product, iPad/iPhone/iPod Accessory Developer, iOS Application Developer, and iOS Game Developer. Currently leading the Application Developer of the Year category are Apple, which released GarageBand, Cards, and an iPad-formatted version of iMovie, Adobe, and Skype, with hundreds of votes for other developers as well. Griffin, iHome, Logitech, and Speck are currently battling it out in the Accessory Developer of the Year category, with EA, Epic Games, Gameloft, and Rovio most heavily supported for Game Developer of the Year. There’s still time for you to cast your vote—voting ends at midnight Eastern Time on October 28—and all it takes is filling out a simple four-question survey, so cast your vote today!

Photo of the Week: iPhone 4 in Germany

This week’s featured photo is from our iPhones Around the World gallery, and shows a black iPhone 4 overlooking Neuschwanstein Castle in Schwangau, Germany. To share your photos and to be considered for our Photo of the Week, you simply need to submit your own photo to one of our galleries. So get out there, take some pictures featuring your favorite iPod, iPad, or iPhone and maybe your submission will be our next Photo of the Week!

Happy Columbus Day!

iLounge will be only modestly updated today as our editors celebrate the Columbus Day holiday in the U.S. and Thanksgiving in Canada. Our team will be back tomorrow, October 11, with regular updates.

We hope you, your family, and friends enjoy a relaxing holiday together.

Vote now in iLounge’s 2011 Readers’ Choice awards!

In preparation for the November 1st release of iLounge’s 2012 iPhone + iPod Buyers’ Guide, we are opening voting today for our annual Readers’ Choice awards. In the short, four-question survey, you’ll have the opportunity to vote for Apple’s top product of the year, iPod/iPhone/iPad accessory developer of the year, iOS application developer of the year, and iOS game developer of the year. You can vote now using this link; voting will end at midnight Eastern Time on October 28. The survey takes less than a minute to complete, so cast your vote today!

Photo of the Week: iPad 2 in Mexico

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This week’s featured photo is from our iPads Around the World gallery, and shows a white iPad 2 overlooking the sun rising above the Caribbean Sea in Cancún, Mexico. To share your photos and to be considered for our Photo of the Week, you simply need to submit your own photo to one of our galleries. So get out there, take some pictures featuring your favorite iPod, iPad, or iPhone and maybe your submission will be our next Photo of the Week!

Steve Jobs poll ends, Fall 2011 lineup poll begins

With over 1,300 votes from iLounge readers, our latest poll—“How do you think Apple will do now that Steve Jobs has resigned?”—has ended. Readers could say that they expected it to continue as it has, continue to make great products but fall behind schedule, become more susceptible to bad ideas, or have issues with both products and timing, with a separate option for those that don’t have an opinion.

A majority of readers—61 percent—said they think Apple will continue as it has, producing great products in a timely fashion. 15 percent said they think it will be become more susceptible to bad ideas, followed by 12 percent that thought it would continue to do well on the product side but might fall behind schedule, and seven percent that thought it would have issues with both products and timing. Another five percent of readers didn’t have an opinion. Thanks for all your votes!

Our new poll focuses on Apple’s new Fall 2011 lineup of iPhones and iPods. We’d like to know if you were planning to buy a new iPhone or iPod, and if so, did Apple’s announcements change your mind? Our new poll—“What’s your reaction to Apple’s Fall 2011 iPhone + iPod lineup?”—lets you answer that question. As always, you can find the iLounge Poll in the left hand column of the main iLounge.com homepage. Cast your vote today!

Apple iPhone event begins at 10am PT/1pm ET

Apple’s special “Let’s talk iPhone” media event will begin later today at 1:00 pm Eastern Time/10:00 am Pacific Time. At the event, Apple is widely expected to introduce at least one new iPhone model, announce Sprint as a carrier partner in the U.S., provide an update on iOS 5 as well as a release date, and potentially offer an update on its iPod lineup, specifically the iPod touch and iPod shuffle. We will be posting regular updates throughout the course of the event; check back later to catch all the latest news as it happens.

Photo of the Week: iPhone 3G in Bangladesh

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This week’s featured photo is from our iPhones Around the World gallery, and shows an iPhone 3G beachside at Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. To share your photos and to be considered for our Photo of the Week, you simply need to submit your own photo to one of our galleries. So get out there, take some pictures featuring your favorite iPod, iPad, or iPhone and maybe your submission will be our next Photo of the Week!

Photo of the Week: iPod touch in Costa Rica

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This week’s featured photo is from our iPods Around the World gallery, and shows a pair of iPod touches overlooking rooftops and the Irazu Volcano in San Francisco de Dos Rios District, Costa Rica. To share your photos and to be considered for our Photo of the Week, you simply need to submit your own photo to one of our galleries. So get out there, take some pictures with your iPod or iPhone, and maybe your submission will be our next Photo of the Week!

Photo of the Week: iPad in NYC

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This week’s featured photo is from our iPads Around the World gallery, and shows an encased iPad overlooking a portion of the skyline from high above Times Square in New York City. To share your photos and to be considered for our Photo of the Week, you simply need to submit your own photo to one of our galleries. So get out there, take some pictures featuring your favorite iPod, iPad, or iPhone and maybe your submission will be our next Photo of the Week!

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