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Apple Watch unboxing gallery posted

iLounge has posted an unboxing gallery for the Apple Watch. In a full photo gallery, we take a closer look at the device, along with some comparison photos between the 38mm and 42mm Sport models.

We’ll be putting the device through the paces throughout the weekend, so be sure to check back for our full review on Monday.

Gear section, Disqus comments added to iLounge

iLounge has recently added a new section: Gear. This section will further highlight products we’ve received that have often “slipped through the cracks” in the past — items that don’t fit into our Reviews section. We’ve already featured some new bags and a small battery pack. Apple Watch bands will also have a home in Gear.

Also, for those who haven’t noticed, we’d like to point out that we’ve moved to the popular Disqus system for comments. Our comments system was neglected for far too long, and we’re proud to open the site back up again for feedback. Personal attacks and coarse language still won’t be permitted, but intelligent, reasonable discourse is encouraged.

Follow iLounge’s live Twitter coverage of today’s Apple event

Follow @iLounge on Twitter during Apple’s Spring Forward event today for up-to-the-second coverage of everything new about the Apple Watch, and any other surprises Apple has in store. After the event ends we’ll have all the details here, so check back regularly throughout the day for an in-depth look. Apple’s special event starts at 10 a.m. Pacific time (1 p.m. EST), and will be streaming live on Apple’s website and on Apple TV’s Special Events channel.

Happy Presidents’ Day from iLounge

Happy Presidents’ Day from iLounge! We’ll be on a limited publication schedule today in observance of Presidents’ Day, and Family Day in Canada. We will return to normal updates on Tuesday, Feb. 17. Thanks for reading!

CES 2015: Day Two

It’s the second day of the 2015 International CES, so be sure to keep our CES Special Edition site up for live coverage throughout the day. We’ve already seen new products from more than 60 companies, including Adonit, IK Multimedia, iHome, Incipio, JBL, LifeProof, Logitech, Mophie, Scosche, Speck, Tylt, ZeroChroma, and many, many more.

We’ve got plenty more to sort through today, and we’ll reveal our Best of Show winners on Thursday. Our full CES coverage thus far can be seen on our Special Edition site.

CES 2015: Day One

Before CES even kicks off officially today, iLounge has already seen tons of new products from some of the biggest companies in the industry: Belkin, Griffin, iHome, JBL, Just Mobile, Olloclip, Otterbox, and many, many more. Of course, we’ve also got the details on unique products from smaller companies, too. You can find it all on our CES Special Edition site. Keep hitting the site up throughout the day — and all week long — for our continuing live coverage of the 2015 International CES.

iLounge launches CES 2015 Special Edition site

iLounge has launched our Special Edition site covering the 2015 International CES. We’ve already got the scoop on a number of new products before the show even officially begins — be sure to keep checking the site throughout the week for continuing coverage on what’s going down in the iOS accessory world at CES!

Happy New Year 2015 from iLounge!

Happy New Year from iLounge! We’ll be on a limited publication schedule today and Thursday as we begin 2015 with our families and friends. We’ll return to our normal posting schedule on Friday, Jan. 2.

It’s definitely been an interesting 2014 for Apple, as the company unsurprisingly delayed its biggest releases to a series of fall events. However, we eventually saw the growth of the iPhone into two new, larger-screened models, the introduction of the thinner iPad Air 2, and the announcement of the long-rumored Apple Watch, setting the stage for an interesting 2015. While the iOS accessories and app markets are clearly maturing, there are still cool new products to surprise and delight us, and we’ve highlighted the year’s best Apple and third-party hardware and software releases in a special awards article.

We’ll again be heading out to Las Vegas later this week to prepare for the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show. As always, companies will unveil their latest and greatest iOS products at the show — debuting in our iProducts Marketplace and elsewhere during the week. The 2015 International CES officially kicks off next Tuesday. Feel free to browse through our archives until we return, and please join us for our upcoming CES live coverage. Once again, Happy New Year!

Happy Holidays from iLounge!

On behalf of all of iLounge’s staff and volunteers we’d like to wish the happiest of 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 we will return to our regular posting schedule on Monday, December 29th.

Hopefully, you’ll find a new iPhone, iPad, iPod, accessory, or gift card wrapped in a shiny box over the next few days! Let us know below what sort of Apple goodies you received or gave as gifts for the holidays!

If you’re looking for a way to spend either a gift card or a few dollars, don’t forget to check out our Best of the Year 2014 Awards, which highlight our top picks from the past year in more than 25 different categories of products, from cases to speakers to apps and games. We also have a Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide, which takes a look at some of the best products that came out after our Best of the Year awards were already decided. And as always, check out iLounge’s collection of thousands of reviews, covering products for all iPhone, iPad, and iPod models.

We hope all of you have a great and relaxing holiday!

Happy Thanksgiving 2014 from iLounge!

It’s Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S., and we at iLounge would like to wish you a happy holiday and express how grateful we are for your readership and support. We will be on a limited posting schedule today and Friday; we will return to normal updates on Monday, December 1st. Happy Thanksgiving!

Don’t miss our Best of the Year Awards 2014

In case you missed it last week, iLounge has released the Best of the Year Awards for 2014, highlighting this past year’s top accessories, apps, games, and more. Our editors have picked the best of the best in more than 25 categories, narrowing down a list of thousands of potential products. The list has been expanded from previous years and is now available here on the site, with no download needed, just in time for your holiday shopping. Click here to discover all the winners and notable runners-up!

iLounge announces its Best of the Year Awards for 2014

iLounge has released its Best of the Year Awards for 2014, highlighting the past year’s top accessories, apps, games, and more. Our editors have picked the best of the best in more than 25 categories, narrowing down a list of thousands of potential products. In the past, iLounge has released a Buyers Guide containing our annual awards — the list has been expanded and is now available here on the site, with no download needed. Click here to discover all the winners and notable runners-up!

Happy Labor Day from iLounge

In observance of Labor Day in the U.S. (and Labour Day in Canada), iLounge will be on a limited posting schedule today. We will return to our normal schedule with regular updates on Tuesday, September 2. Have a great holiday!

Video Review: Otterbox Agility Tablet System


Otterbox’s new Agility Tablet System for iPad Air (reviewed here) is the featured product in our brand new video review. You can see the ups and downs of this multi-accessory case, mounting, and charging solution, complete with iLounge’s honest evaluation of its pros and cons.

We’re currently testing video reviews to give iLounge readers a different way to get a closer look at new products. As this is an early effort, let us know what you think!

Happy Independence Day from iLounge!

As our U.S.-based editors are celebrating Independence Day, iLounge will be on a limited publishing schedule today. A very happy Fourth of July to our U.S. readers. We’ll return to our normal schedule next week.

Poll: What new feature are you most looking forward to in iOS 8?

With Apple having taken the wraps off iOS 8 at this week’s Worldwide Developers Conference, we’re curious to know what you, our readers, think is the single most significant feature that was announced this week. Does the idea of seamlessly integrating your Mac, iPhone, and iPad experience with Apple’s new Continuity feature excite you, or do you have a family full of iOS devices and are looking forward to finally being able to share your content with Family Sharing? Is iCloud Drive a viable replacement for other cloud services you may be using such as Dropbox or Google Drive, or do your interests lean more toward the new Health app features. You can let us know by casting your vote on these and other improvements in this week’s poll: What new feature are you most looking forward to in iOS 8? You can vote below or find the poll by clicking on the “Vote” button in the right column of any of our pages. We look forward to hearing your thoughts!

Accessory poll ends, iPhone screen size poll begins

Our latest poll, What’s the first accessory you consider buying for a new iOS device, other than a case?, has now closed. With the changing iPhone accessory landscape over the years, we were curious to know what types of accessories our readers put the most priority on after buying a new iPhone.

Twenty percent of respondents indicated that new headphones were their first accessory choice, suggesting that the Apple EarPods remain an undesirable pack-in for many users. Running in a close second at nineteen percent was a car mount or charger, while sixteen percent of responses indicated that a stand or dock was the first thing they’d look at buying. Of the remaining responses, eleven percent selected a battery pack, while Bluetooth headsets and fitness accessories came in tied at 5% each. Three percent of readers responding indicated that their first accessory would actually be an iOS Game Controller.

iLounge launches iLounge Deals, offering exclusive discounts on Apple-related gear

As part of our goal to bring you the best in Apple-related gear, iLounge is launching iLounge Deals, a new site that will bring readers exclusive deals on gadgets, iOS accessories, consumer tech software, e-learning, and more. We’re launching with deals on a wide range of products, including iOS toys, charging accessories, app bundles, and audio accessories. New deals will be added daily, and for the first week, customers can get 10 percent off any product in the iLounge Store with the code: iloungeten.

We welcome feedback from our readers. Feel free to let us know if there’s anything you’d like to see in the store by commenting on this post or directly on our deal posts.

Welcome to the new iLounge.com!

Today, we’ve launched an all-new version of the iLounge web site — seriously streamlined to improve as much of the user experience as possible. The biggest change you’ll notice is the replacement of our old top-of-page, ever-moving “randomizer” with a static collection of our most important links, one each for the iPhone, iPad, iPod/iTunes, Apple TV, and Mac, with a large link to the most noteworthy accessory we’ve recently covered. But there are lots of other changes, too.

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Near the top of each page, you’ll see an improved navigation bar, focused more squarely on the news, reviews, features, forums, and Mac coverage we’re highlighting. Hover over or touch the nav bar and you’ll see photographs and links within our site’s sections, enabling you to easily see what individual articles have inside.

Occupying the majority of our main page, you’ll also find an easily browsable stream of all of our latest content, sortable by News, First Looks, Reviews, Apps, Articles, and Giveaways if you only want to see one type of article at a given time. This column is bigger than ever before, so you can enjoy larger pictures and text before you click through to the article. We’ve also moved voting, contests, our newsletter signups, and deals into a box right next to the main column.

We’re still tweaking the new site, so don’t be surprised if you notice a little issue here or there. Enjoy the new iLounge!

iWatch poll ends, first accessory poll begins

Our latest poll, Which potential iWatch feature are you most interested in?, has now closed. With new rumours continuing to circulate about Apple’s coming iWatch, including reports that the device may have a more health or fitness based focus, we were curious to know what our readers would most like to see in the new device.

Interestingly, thirty-two percent of readers responded that they have no interest in the iWatch at all. Twenty-two percent of readers were interested in fitness tracking applications, while nineteen percent wanted to see phone/messaging integration, and sixteen percent thought that monitoring vital signs would be of interest. The remaining responses were split somewhat evenly between media playback controls, induction charging, and a sapphire display.

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