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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.

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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.

Vote now in our Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Apple Product of 2013

With the debut of two new iPad models at yesterday’s Apple Event, voting has now opened in our final Readers’ Choice Awards category: Best Apple Product of 2013. It was an interesting year for Apple with all of the company’s major product releases occurring in the fall, the debut of two new iPhone models, a completely redesigned iOS version, and a new name for the full-sized iPad. We’d like to know which of these you, our readers, feel Is the best new product that Apple released this year. Vote in our poll for Best Apple Product of 2013 and let us know!

Be sure to also vote in the rest of our Readers’ Choice Awards categories here if you haven’t already to let us know who you think were the best Accessory makers, App Developers and Game Developers of 2013. Voting closes at 11:59 Pacific Time on October 31, so don’t wait — cast your vote today!

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

Our latest poll – Have you been waiting for the Apple event to buy a new iPad? – has now ended. With Apple’s iPad event held this week, we asked our readers to let us know if they were planning on purchasing a new iPad following the event.

A clear majority of respondents—sixty-seven percent—indicated that they were in fact planning on purchasing one or both of the new iPad models, with thirty percent opting for the full-sized iPad model—now known as the iPad Air—and twenty-six percent opting for a new iPad mini. Eleven percent indicated that they intended to buy both of the new iPad models. Of the remaining responses, twenty-two percent indicated that they were happy with their current iPad model, while four percent are waiting for the next generation model. Seven percent of readers indicating that they are simply not interested in owning an iPad at all.

2013 Readers’ Choice Awards update - time to vote!

Thousands of votes have already been cast in our 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards. Belkin, Logitech, and Unu are in the lead for Accessory Maker of the Year. Google, Nosy Crow, Facebook, and Evernote are battling it out for App Developer of the Year. EA, Epic, Rovio, and Sega are leading the way to be named Game Developer of the Year. Each category has quite a few other options, as well, plus substantial numbers of write-in candidates.

In each category, there’s still time for any company to come from behind and win. Voting ends at 11:59 Pacific Time, Oct. 31. The winners will be announced in early November. Cast your vote today!

Game Controller poll ends, New iPad poll begins

Our latest poll – “What’s the maximum price you’d pay for an iPhone 5/5s/iPod touch 5G-only game controller?” – has now ended. With iOS 7 adding official support for iPhone and iPod game controllers, we asked our readers to let us know what they would consider to be a fair price for such an accessory, assuming it worked only with the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, and fifth-generation iPod touch.

The majority of responses—fifty-one percent—indicated that they had no interest at all in an iOS Game Controller. Of the remaining responses, most were closely split between “under $30” at twenty-one percent and “$30 - $50” at nineteen percent. Only five percent of respondents indicated that they would consider a game controller in the $51-$70 range, and only four percent would consider one in the $71 - $100 range.

2013 Readers’ Choice update; vote now!

The votes are streaming in for our 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards. Early on, Logitech and Belkin are neck-in-neck in the race for Accessory Maker of the Year, with ZeroChroma and Griffin not far behind.

Google has jumped to an early lead for App Developer of the Year, with Orbotix, StoryToys, and Evernote battling it out for the runner-up position. Epic Games is off to a strong start in the battle for Game Developer of the Year, with EA and Rovio following behind.

Voting ends at 11:59 Pacific Time, Oct. 31. The winners will be announced in early November. Vote now today!

Vote now in iLounge’s 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards!

Ahead of iLounge’s upcoming 2014 iPad/iPhone/iPod Buyers’ Guide, we have just opened voting for the 2013 edition of our Readers’ Choice Awards. Held annually for years, our Readers’ Choice Awards give you the opportunity to vote for your favorite third-party developers across both accessories and software.

Vote now using this link. Our three-question survey asks for your choices in the categories of: iOS Accessory Maker of the Year, iOS App Developer of the Year, and iOS Game Developer of the Year. Numerous options are provided for your convenience, and we always consider write-in votes as well. Voting closes at 11:59 Pacific Time on October 31, so don’t wait — cast your vote today!

iPhone upgrade poll ends, Game Controller poll begins

With over 2,400 votes from iLounge readers, our latest poll – “Do you plan to purchase one of the new iPhone models this year?” – has now ended. With the release of not one, but two new iPhone models this month, we asked our readers to let us know whether they were planning on upgrading their current mobile phone to either of the new models, and which one they would be upgrading from.

The overall majority of responses—fifty-eight percent—indicated that they were planning to purchase an iPhone 5s specifically, with thirty-three percent of respondents indicating that they would be upgrading from a pre-iPhone 5 model, and twenty-one percent upgrading from the iPhone 5. Four percent of respondents indicated that they would be purchasing an iPhone 5s as their very first iPhone. Only five percent of readers showed an interest in the iPhone 5c, with four percent buying one to replace an older iPhone model and 1% picking it up as their first iPhone. Surprisingly, 14 people indicated that they were planning to purchase an iPhone 5c to replace their iPhone 5.

The majority of the remaining responses came from twenty-one percent of readers who were happy with their current iPhone and not planning to upgrade at all, nine percent who indicated that they wanted to upgrade, but are stuck on an existing contract, while four percent have no interest in owning an iPhone at all and the remaining three percent noted they’d be replacing their iPhone with something else.

Fingerprint scanner poll ends, iPhone upgrade poll begins

With over 1,400 votes from iLounge readers, our latest poll – “If Apple includes a fingerprint scanner in the next iPhone, will you use it?” – has now ended. With rumours of a built-in fingerprint sensor in the next-generation iPhone, we asked readers to let us know if they considered this a feature that they would actually find useful in a new device. Readers were asked whether they would use a fingerprint scanner for device unlocking, secure transactions, or both, or whether they had no interest in a fingerprint scanning feature regardless of whether they otherwise planned to buy the new iPhone or not.

The overall majority of responses—fifty-two percent—indicated that they would be willing to use the fingerprint scanner for both device unlocking and secure transactions. Seventeen percent indicated that they would use a fingerprint scanner only for device unlocking, while three percent felt it was only appropriate for secure transactions. Seventeen percent of respondents told us that they didn’t plan on buying the next-generation iPhone regardless of the fingerprint scanner, while twelve percent indicated that they planned to buy the next-generation iPhone, but had no interest in fingerprint scanning capability.

iOS 7 features poll ends, fingerprint scanner poll begins

With over 1,100 votes from iLounge readers, our latest poll – “What new feature in iOS 7 are you most excited about?” – has now ended. With more information coming out on iOS 7 with every new beta, we asked readers to let us know which of the new features in iOS 7 they were most excited about.

A majority of respondents—thirty-five percent—stated that it’s the new design that they’re most excited about, with the new Control Center coming in second at twenty-eight percent. iOS in the Car support was a distant third with only seven percent of readers choosing that as the feature they’re most looking forward to, edging out the remaining listed iOS 7 features—iTunes Radio, automatic App updates, new camera and photo features, AirDrop, Notification Center, and Activation Lock.

iPhone carrier poll ends, iOS 7 features poll begins

With over 1,600 votes from iLounge readers, our latest poll – “What’s most important to you when choosing an iPhone carrier?” – has now ended. Following the launch of the iPhone 5 on T-Mobile, we asked readers to let us know what was more important to them when choosing an iPhone carrier.

Pricing of monthly plans was the overall most important factor, according to forty-one percent of respondents. Thirty-one percent indicated that coverage area was critical, while thirteen percent indicated cellular data speeds would be their primary consideration. The remaining votes were divided between loyalty to a current carrier at six percent, and contract requirements, hardware upgrade eligibility, customer service and subsidized hardware pricing all pretty closely split at two to three percent each.

Happy Independence Day from iLounge!

As our U.S.-based editors are celebrating Independence Day with our families, iLounge will be on a limited publishing schedule today, July 4, 2013. Happy Fourth of July to our U.S. readers—we’ll be back in full force tomorrow!

Media invited to iLounge NYC at CE Week 2013

CE Week 2013 is quickly approaching, and iLounge is proud to bring the excitement of the Apple accessory industry to New York City. iLounge NYC offers media and trade professionals an opportunity to see the summer lineups of new Apple-related products from a number of top-tier companies.

Today, we’re inviting members of the media to a special VIP lunch on the first day of the CE Week Line Shows and Exhibits, June 26, from 12:00-1:30 p.m. Registered attendees will be provided with a special lunch menu, a wine and beer bar and desserts, with an opportunity to see new Apple accessories within the iLounge NYC area.

Qualified media who haven’t already registered for CE Week 2013 can do so by visiting CE Week’s registration site, which will include access to the special lunch. The iLounge NYC exhibition will run June 26-27 at the Metropolitan Pavilion on West 18th Street.

Happy Memorial Day!

iLounge will be only modestly updated today as our editors celebrate the Memorial Day holiday in the U.S. Our team will be back tomorrow, May 28, with regular updates.

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

iOS 7 design poll ends, iPhone carrier poll begins

With almost 1300 votes from iLounge readers, our latest recent poll—“How should iOS 7 look?”—has now ended. Following rumours about the work being done by Jony Ive on polishing iOS 7, we asked readers to let us know what they should think the next major iOS release should look like.

Responses were somewhat evenly split between the three options, with forty-three percent of respondents indicating that they wanted to a see more exciting and eye-popping design while thirty-four percent said they preferred a simpler and flatter design throughout the entire UI. The remaining twenty-five percent indicated they were fine with the current UI design, and simply want to see new features in the next major update.

iLounge launches Rumor + Speculation Roundups

Today, iLounge is introducing Rumor + Speculation Roundups — a new section of the site to keep readers updated on rumored Apple devices. Each page is designed to help readers quickly canvas all the major credible rumors and speculation concerning a specific upcoming Apple product, such as the iPhone 5S or fifth-generation iPad. While recent months have seen plenty of stories on expected Apple products, these pages will contain our editors’ insights as to what’s likely to be real, and what’s not. We’ll also update each of the pages as more information is released. Our first page is for the rumored low-cost iPhone, with more to follow each day this week.

iLounge releases iPad + mini Buyers’ Guide

iLounge’s 2013 iPad + iPad mini Buyers’ Guide is now available for download! The newest edition of our guide features everything you need to know about the iPad and iPad mini, including an extensive overview of the devices, top apps and games, and of course, our look at the best accessories available for the new iPads.

Additionally, the guide includes a photo gallery of our Best of Show Awards from the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show, and covers new iTunes and Apple TV updates, as well. As always, the iPad + iPad mini Buyers’ Guide is a free download. It is available in a single-page or twin-page “spread” format. Download your copy today!

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