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Apple TV poll ends, iWatch poll begins

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!

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!

Screen protector poll ends, Apple TV poll begins

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.

Tuesday at CES: Over 30 new reports

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

Monday at CES: 25 new previews

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
Typo’s keyboard
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

Sunday at CES: 20 new Apple accessory previews worth seeing

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.

Behind-the-scenes photos of the iLounge Pavilion North Hall under construction
Behind-the-scenes photos of the iLounge Pavilion LVH area under construction

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’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!

iLounge is live at the 2014 CES: follow us at!

iLounge’s editors have arrived in Las Vegas for the 2014 CES, and we’re already scoping out the latest Apple accessories under wraps at the gigantic Las Vegas Convention Center. On our new CES mini-site, you’ll find behind-the-scenes photos and early details from the show. Keep checking out the site over the next week, as we’ll be updating it frequently with new info and imagery.

Happy New Year 2014 from iLounge!

Happy New Year from the entire iLounge team! We’ll be on a limited publication schedule today as we begin 2014 with our families and friends.

There’s no question that 2013 was a slower year for Apple than we (and most people) expected. Like 2012, most of the year went by without major iPad, iPhone, or iPod product news, as Apple again waited until fall to release everything from new iOS software to the widely anticipated new iPad and iPhone models. The year’s best Apple and third-party releases are in our 2014 iPad/iPhone/iPod Buyers’ Guide, which is free to download and enjoy. A timeline showing the year’s major milestones is inside, as well.

We’re excited to head out to Las Vegas later this week to prepare for the International Consumer Electronics Show’s biggest iLounge Pavilion yet. The 2014 International CES officially kicks off next Tuesday, and we expect a lot of news to hit the wires before and during the show.

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!

Welcome, New iPad, iPhone & iPod Owners!

If you’ve just opened up your first iPad, iPhone, or iPod this morning, welcome to the Apple community! Whether you’re looking for help picking accessories or apps, or just need some friendly advice from our expert editors and readers, you’ve come to the right place.

Established in 2001 after Apple announced the first iPod, iLounge is here to help you get the most out of your iPad, iPhone, or iPod. Since the beginning, our staff has been dedicated to providing honest, impartial coverage of Apple’s portable media devices, focusing on the very best products released by third-party developers from around the world.


Want to protect or expand your device? Start with our free, downloadable 2014 iPad/iPhone/iPod Buyers’ Guide. The best apps and accessories of the past year are highlighted quickly and beautifully inside for your reference. Don’t mind hunting for the right option? Check out our ever-growing list of thousands of accessory reviews, sorted neatly by category. Want to know what’s coming next year? We regularly publish the latest news from all across the industry. And a list of major vendors will help you find company contact information if you need sales assistance or customer service.

Need help? You can find answers to reader questions - and pose questions to our staff - in our Ask iLounge column. Meet other users in the iLounge Forums, the world’s largest community of iPod fans. And explore the rest of our site for tutorials, previews of new products, and much more.

Enjoy your new device! You’re at the start of what’s sure to be a great experience, and we’re excited to help you along the way!

Merry Christmas 2013 from iLounge!

Merry Christmas from all of us at iLounge! We’ll be off for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and we’ll resume our normal posting schedule on Thursday, Dec. 26. Have a happy holiday!

New iPad models poll ends, Screen Protector poll begins

With over 1,100 votes from readers, our latest poll—Now that the dust has settled, which of the new iPad models do you prefer?—has now ended. With both the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display available, we wanted to know which device our readers thought was the better of the two.

The overall majority of respondents clearly preferred the iPad Air, garnering fifty-four percent of the vote. Twenty-seven percent chose the iPad mini with Retina Display as their favourite, while fifteen percent of readers found both devices equally appealing. The remaining four percent of the responses came from those who didn’t really like either of the new iPad models.

Happy Thanksgiving 2013 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 2nd. Happy Thanksgiving!

iPad Air poll ends, New iPad models poll begins

With over 1,200 votes from readers, our latest poll—Have you or will you be purchasing an iPad Air?—has now ended. With the iPad Air going on sale when the availability date for the Retina iPad mini was uncertain at best, we wanted to know how this affected our readers’ plans for purchasing one or both of the new models.

The overall majority of responses were from readers indicating that they either had already purchased an iPad Air (41%) or were planning to buy one within the near future (13%). Only eleven percent of readers indicated that they were waiting to see the iPad mini before making a purchasing decision, while twelve percent indicated that they had already decided to pass on the iPad Air in favour of the iPad mini with Retina Display. Of the remaining responses, sixteen percent indicated that they weren’t planning to upgrade their existing iPad to one of the new models, while four percent indicated that they were waiting for the next generation before upgrading, and another four percent indicated no interest in the iPad at all.

iLounge’s Retina iPad mini review details color issue, battery boost

iLounge has posted our full review of Apple’s new iPad mini with Retina display. The comprehensive nine-page review covers a number of important and previously unknown details about the Retina iPad mini, including improved battery life and issues with color performance, which are quite noticeable when compared to the iPad Air.


Also under the microscope are the performance of the new mini’s A7 processor, and slight differences in the device’s front camera compared to the previous iPad mini. Read the full Retina iPad mini review today.

iLounge announces Best of the Year Award winners

iLounge has announced its Best of the Year Awards across 16 categories, found in our 2014 iPad/iPhone/iPod Buyers’ Guide. This year’s multiple Award winners included:

• Logitech, winner of Keyboard of the Year and Accessory of the Year Awards for the Bluetooth Easy-Switch Keyboard, Headphone of the Year Award for UE 900, and Accessory Maker of the Year Award (Editors’ Choice).
• SwitchEasy, winner of the iPhone Case of the Year Award for Numbers (iPhone 5/5c/5s) and tied winner for iPad Case of the Year Award, Canvas for iPad mini.
• Gameloft, winner of Game of the Year Award for Asphalt 8: Airborne and iOS Game Developer of the Year (Editors’ Choice).
• Google, winner of iOS App of the Year Award for Google Maps, and iOS App Developer of the Year Award.

Apple, G-Project, Incipio, Orbotix, Originator, SuperTooth, and ZeroChroma also received Best of the Year Awards in individual categories ranging from Car Accessory to Innovation, iPod Case to Kids’ App, and Speaker of the Year. Thousands of readers cast votes in iLounge’s Readers’ Choice Awards, praising Belkin, Google, and Rovio for their accessories, apps, and games, respectively. Download the 2014 iPad/iPhone/iPod Buyers’ Guide here for all of the details.

iLounge releases 2014 iPad/iPhone/iPod Buyers’ Guide

It’s here — iLounge’s 2014 iPad/iPhone/iPod Buyers’ Guide is now available for download! The newest edition of our guide is our biggest yet, covering everything from the latest iPads, iPhones, and iPods to their best accessories, apps and games. A complete history of the devices, a guide to current prices for used iOS devices, and many more great sections can all be seen in the guide.


The guide also includes our Best of the Year Awards, including both the Editors’ Choice and Readers’ Choice Awards. There’s also our comprehensive iGlossary, a new Mac section, and a preview of the iLounge Pavilion at the 2014 International CES. As always, the Buyers’ Guide is a free download.

It is available in a single-page or twin-page “spread” format; the former is optimized for iPhone and iPod touch viewing, the latter for iPad and computer reading. Download your copy today - we hope you enjoy it!


Best Apple Product of 2013 poll ends, iPad Air poll begins

Our special edition poll – What is your pick for the Readers’ Choice Award: Best Apple Product of 2013? – has now ended. With the debut of Apple’s last two major new products for 2013, we asked our readers to let us know which of this year’s product releases from Apple represented the best of the year.

The vast majority of responses were split almost equally between the iPhone 5s and the new iPad Air, at twenty-eight percent each. Coming up as a close second as the new iPad mini with Retina Display at twenty-two percent, followed by iOS 7 at nineteen percent. The iPhone 5c put it an extremely poor showing, with only two percent of overall respondents opting for that device as the best Apple product of 2013.

iLounge posts iPad Air review with new battery + A7 findings

iLounge has posted our comprehensive review of Apple’s iPad Air. Nine pages long and packed with over 50 photos, our review covers a number of overlooked but important details, including how the iPad Air’s battery life far outstrips both Apple’s claims and battery life in the fourth-generation iPad, as well as its apparent lack of support for 2.4-Amp charging, negating the need for special accessories that were developed for the fourth-generation iPad. The review details how battery accessories work considerably better on the Air than on its predecessor, as well.


We also found slight differences in audio output, as well as interesting examples of where the A7 processor does and doesn’t show marked differences from the fourth-gen iPad — they’re not necessarily where you might expect to find them. Check our full iPad Air review today.

2013 Readers’ Choice Awards - last chance to vote!

Tomorrow is the last day to vote in our 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards. Thousands of votes have been cast, but a last-minute push could make all the difference. Belkin, Logitech, and uNu are leading the way for Accessory Maker of the Year, and Google, Facebook, and Nosy Crow are battling it out for App Developer of the Year. Rovio, EA, and Epic are ahead of the pack in Game Developer of the Year, but it’s not impossible for another company to make a final victorious surge in any of the categories.

Also vote in our separate Readers’ Choice Awards poll for Best Apple Product of 2013. The iPad Air and iPhone 5s are currently battling for first, with the iPad mini with Retina Display close behind. Voting in both polls ends at 11:59 Pacific Time, Oct. 31. The winners will be announced in our 2014 iPad/iPhone/iPod Buyers’ Guide, coming in early November.

Voting in 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards ends this week - vote now!

Time is almost up to cast your vote in our 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards, which comes to a close this Thursday. With thousands of votes already cast, it’s a tight race between some of the top contenders: Belkin, Logitech and Unu continue on top for Accessory Maker of the Year, while Amazon, Evernote, Facebook, Google, and Nosy Crow are all vying for App Developer of the Year; it’s also still a very close battle between EA, Epic, Rovio, and Sega for Game Developer of the Year.

Be sure you also vote in our separate Readers’ Choice Awards poll for Best Apple Product of 2013, where we have the iPad Air and iPhone 5s neck-in-neck for first place, with the iPad mini with Retina Display coming in close on their heels.

Voting in both polls ends at 11:59 Pacific Time, Oct. 31. The winners will be announced in our 2014 iPad/iPhone/iPod Buyers’ Guide, coming in early November.

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