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 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!
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!
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!
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 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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Our latest poll, What would you most like to see in a new Apple TV set-top box?, has now closed. With reports that a next-generation Apple TV could be adding game support, we wanted to know what our readers would most like to see in the next Apple set-top box.
The majority of responses were for more content channels or a full App Store for the Apple TV, almost tied at thirty-two percent for each. Of the remaining responses, eight percent indicated they were waiting for a full Apple TV set, while another eight percent expressed no interest in the Apple TV at all. Seven percent of respondents suggested on-board storage would be the best option for the new device, with only five percent of responses indicating an interest in seeing built-in games come to the Apple TV. Five percent suggested they were looking for a new design, while four percent indicated they are actually perfectly happy with the Apple TV just the way it is.
Happy Presidents’ Day from all of us at 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. 18. Have a great day!
With over 1,800 votes from readers, our latest poll—Do you use a screen protector or film on your iPhone or iPad?—has now ended. With the evolution of Apple’s device lineup over the years and iPhones and iPads becoming more common, we were curious to know how many of our readers still use screen protection, and if so what their reasons were for doing so.
Responses from the overall majority of our readers were pretty closely split between those who don’t feel a screen protector is needed at all (40%) and those who use one primarily for protection (39%). Of the remaining responses, twelve percent indicated that they’d like to use one, but really don’t like its impact on their device’s screen, seven percent indicated that they do use a screen protector for oth protection and anti-glare, and two percent use one primarily for anti-glare purposes. One percent of respondents indicated that they simply don’t want to pay for one.
The official opening of the 2014 CES was absolutely packed with new iPad, iPhone, iPod, and Mac product debuts—so many that you mightn’t have caught them all yesterday. Here’s a recap of the over 30 company reports we filed from the show on Tuesday, ahead of our annual Best of Show Awards announcements coming later today.
Adonit’s stylus-holding iPad Air/mini shell
Bluelounge’s Mac-ready USB port extender and MacBook stand
California Headphone Company & sister companies’ new speaker, cases, and headphones
ConnecteDevice’s new smartwatches
En & Is’s iPhone-sized sound amplifiers
HMDX/Jam’s Bluetooth speakers and headphones
iBattz’s new battery cases
iCoreGear’s Mac hub and iPad speaker
Idapt’s new mobile batteries, chargers, and stands
iDevices’ new Bluetooth thermometers
IK Multimedia’s music accessories
IN1’s tool-holding iPhone case
iPort’s iPad Air and mini charging docks
Lenmar’s new batteries for Mac and iOS
Lepow’s new batteries and bag
MarBlue’s new cases
Mobee’s new stands and chargers
MacLocks’ new security solutions for iPads
Mimobot’s new batteries and USB flash drives
Mophie’s new battery cases
myCharge’s new battery packs
MyKronoz’s new watches
Native Union’s new Lightning cables
Noble Locks’ new digital security lock for Macs and iPads
Odoyo’s new iPhone 5c-specific battery case
Otterbox/Lifeproof’s new resilient cases
Powerocks’ new batteries
PureGear’s new armband and case for iPhones
Rokform’s new motorcycle and stroller iPhone mounting solutions
Skech’s new iPhone and iPad cases
Speck’s new iPad and iPhone cases
The Joy Factory’s new styluses and stands
Yellow Jacket’s new iPhone case-slash-stun gun
iLounge saw more new Apple accessories on Monday as top developers continued to reveal their new products at the 2014 CES. Our CES mini-site already has dozens of new reports — here’s more of what we’ve seen.
ZeroChroma’s Flux-Stand cases
Scosche’s MagicMount system and new boomBottles
iHome’s waterproof industrial speaker iBN26
Stelle Audio’s Pillar bags and new speaker colors
Incipio’s new collection including Bluetooth batteries and controllers
Braven’s wireless distribution and Bluetooth speakers
Just Mobile’s new Lightning docks and AluPen Digital
LaCie’s Fuel battery-powered Wi-Fi hard drive
Seagate’s Backup Plus Fast, the first portable 4TB hard drive
Brookstone’s ambient noise generators and a digital bartending scale
Thinium’s Lightning wall chargers and batteries
Goji’s Bluetooth door lock
The Martian Notifier smart watch from Martian Watches
Speakers and baby monitors from Philips
Tylt’s battery packs
Hyper by Sanho debuted a HyperJuice Expand battery collection
ION Audio’s PA systems
Gameloft’s Brothers in Arms 3: Sons of War
BuQu Tech’s battery pack for its wireless charging system
iHealth showed wearable Bluetooth health monitoring devices
Zagg’s ZaggSparq plug-in battery packs
myCharge’s battery packs
Pebble’s metal version of its smart watch
iDevices had a kitchen version of its Bluetooth cooking thermometer
It was a busy Sunday as leading developers began to unveil their first round of new Apple accessories at the 2014 CES. Our CES mini-site is packed with photos and details - here’s a quick summary of what we’ve checked out so far.
Belkin’s new WeMo LED Smart Bulbs, Crock Pot (!), and Maker
Clearview Audio’s new clear speaker
Dropcam’s iOS Wi-Fi camera, Dropcam Pro
EnerPlex’s solar-charging iPhone 5/5s battery case
Griffin’s new Merchant case, StudioConnect HD and PowerMate Bluetooth
Holi’s new LED desktop lamp
Macally’s new Bluetooth keyboard, battery pack, and car mounts
Netatmo’s June sun exposure wristband
Olloclip’s new iPad lens and iPhone 5s-ready lens colors
Orbotix’s Sphero 2B
Parrot’s Minidrone and Jumping Sumo
Soundfreaq’s Pocket Kick, Double Spot, and Sound Rise
SteelSeries’s Stratus iOS Bluetooth Game Controller
STM’s Dux, Drifter, and Skinny Pro
Supertooth’s Disco 4
Sen.se’s Mother and Motion Cookies trackers
Swissvoice’s next-gen ePure and Voice Bridge
uNu’s Ultrapak rapid-charging battery packs for iPhone and iPad
Withings’ Aura active smart sleep system
Expect much more today, with updates regularly posted to CES.iLounge.com!