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Happy Holidays from iLounge!

On behalf of all of iLounge’s Editors, forum administrators, moderators and helpers, happy holidays to you and yours. We will be on a limited publication schedule for the next few days as we celebrate with our families and friends, and will return to our normal posting schedule on December 27.

Hopefully, you’ll find a new iPod, iPhone, iPad, accessory, or gift card wrapped in a shiny box over the next few days! Tell us below what sort of Apple goodies you received or gave as gifts for the holidays, and in our poll, which you can find in the left-hand column of our homepage.

If you’re looking for a way to spend either a gift card or last-minute shopping dollars, here are a few useful parts of the site to check out.

Our iPhone + iPod and iPad 2 Buyers’ Guides with shopping, Apple hardware, accessory, and app picks.
iLounge’s collection of thousands of reviews covering all iPod, iPhone, and iPad models.
iPod, iPhone, and iPad Gems/Tutorials, for the latest in App Store purchasing recommendations, and helpful guides to all things iPod, iPhone, iPad, and iTunes.
Our Discussion Forums, with over 200,000 members sharing tips and thoughts on different Apple products.

Have a great and relaxing holiday!

iOS 5.0.1 update poll ends, holiday poll begins

With over 2,100 votes from iLounge readers, our most recent poll—“Did the iOS 5.0.1 update fix anything for you?”—has ended. Readers were given various options to indicate that the update helped with battery life and/or AirPlay issues, didn’t fix their issues, made things worse, or to say that they either didn’t have any issues to begin with or didn’t have an iOS 5-capable device.

A large number of readers—42 percent—said they didn’t have any issues to fix, followed by 22 percent who said the update didn’t fix their issues. While 10 percent of readers said the update fixed their battery life issues, another 10 percent said it made their issues worse, and yet another 10 percent said they don’t own a device capable of running iOS 5.0.1. Finally, four percent said the update fixed both battery and AirPlay issues, while only one percent said the update fixed their AirPlay streaming issues only. Thanks for all your votes!

Our new poll focuses on this season’s holiday gifts. We’d like to know: what was your favorite Apple product you received as a gift this season? Was it an iPad, or maybe an iPhone or iPod? Or was it an Apple TV, or perhaps even a Mac? Our new poll, “What was your favorite holiday Apple gift?” lets you answer that question. As always, you can find the iLounge Poll on the left-hand column of the main iLounge.com home page.

Photo of the Week: iPad 2 in Belgium

This week’s featured photo is from our iPads Around the World gallery, and shows a black iPad 2 in front of the Maison du Roi in the Grand Place of Brussels, Belgium. 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!

Developers: Best of Show Award deadline is Dec. 23

Just a friendly reminder to accessory and application developers that may want to submit their latest creations for our 2012 Best of Show Awards consideration: the deadline for submissions is coming up next week on December 23. Our annual Awards honor the very best new Apple-related products debuted at CES, and are limited in number; they are open solely to official exhibitors with booths at the Las Vegas Convention Center. For more information, continue reading.

Photo of the Week: iPad 2 in Texas

This week’s featured photo comes from our iPads Around the World gallery, and shows a black iPad 2 in front of The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. 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: iPad 2 in the Philippines

This week’s featured photo is from our iPads Around the World gallery, and shows a black iPad 2 sitting near the monument to General Douglas MacArthur on Corregidor Island in the Philippines. 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: iPhone 4 in Indonesia

This week’s featured photo is from our iPhones Around the World gallery, and shows a black iPhone 4 in front of the Shiva Temple of Prambanan, outside of Yogyakarta, Indonesia. 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 Thanksgiving 2011 from iLounge!

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As today is the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S., all of us here at iLounge would like to take this opportunity to say how thankful we are for your continued readership and support, and to wish you a happy holiday. We will be on a limited posting schedule today and tomorrow; we will return to normal updates on Monday, November 28. Happy Thanksgiving!

Enter the V-Moda Headphone Giveaway

Don’t forget to enter our V-Moda Headphone Giveaway. In our Giveaway of the Month for November, iLounge and V-Moda are giving away one pair of V-80 On-Ear Headphones, one pair of Crossfade M-80 On-Ear Headphones, and one pair of Crossfade Custom LP2 On-Ear Headphones. To enter, simply fill out and submit the form on the giveaway page—the giveaway will end on November 30, 2011 at 11:59PM Pacific Time. Good luck!

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!

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