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Apple iWatch poll ends, iOS 7 design poll begins

With over 1200 votes from iLounge readers, our latest recent poll—“What feature would most compel you to buy an Apple iWatch?”—has now ended. With serious rumours of an Apple smart watch surfacing over the past few weeks, we asked readers to let us know what features they would find most compelling in an Apple-designed smart watch, or whether they were even interested in such a device at all.

Thirty-nine percent of respondents were generally uninterested in an Apple iWatch, split about evenly between not wanting a watch at all (19%) and not being interested specifically in a smart watch (20%). Of the respondents who would consider an iWatch, 18% were most interested in seeing notification display from their iOS devices, while 11% felt that the Apple industrial design would be compelling enough. Most of the remaining responses were split fairly evenly, with 10% looking for remote iOS device control, 9% for GPS and navigation features, and 7% for an ability to interact with Siri on their iOS devices. Lastly, 3% of readers indicated that standalone media playback would be a compelling feature, while another 3% suggested they’d want to see some other unspecified feature.

iLounge debuts iLounge NYC accessory event at CE Week 2013

iLounge today announced the creation of iLounge NYC, a curated special event and exhibition area at CE Week 2013. Working with CE Week and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), iLounge will bring the Apple accessory world to Manhattan, beginning with a special event for trade and media members on June 25, and a curated exhibition space on June 26 and 27. iLounge NYC will be the back-to-school/holiday-focused version of the incredibly successful winter iLounge Pavilion at CES in Las Vegas, which now occupies over 120,000 square feet of floor space — the largest unified exhibition area at the show.

“Apple accessory makers know that the iLounge Pavilion is the best place to debut their winter and spring lineups,” said Jeremy Horwitz, iLounge’s Editor-in-Chief. “We’re thrilled to curate a new iLounge NYC event to preview the year’s biggest back-to-school and holiday releases—at a great venue, within a city known for its love of Apple products.”

The full press release follows. Companies interested in additional details on iLounge NYC and the iLounge Pavilion should contact Jeremy Horwitz today.

Accessories trend poll ends, Apple iWatch poll begins

With approximately 900 votes from iLounge readers, our most recent poll—“What do you think the biggest trend in Apple accessories will be in 2013?”—has ended. With thousands of new iPod, iPhone and iPad accessories and several major trends we noted from manufacturers at the 2013 International CES, we asked readers to let us know what they thought would be the biggest trend in the Apple accessory market in 2013.

Forty-nine percent of respondents felt that we would see more Lightning accessories this year, essentially continuing the trend of wired and dock-based iOS device accessories. A general trend toward Bluetooth accessories was suggested by 25% of those responding, with Bluetooth speakers at 14% and general Bluetooth accessories at 11%. Of the remaining responses, 12% felt the trend would move more toward specialized and niche products, 6% toward more premium cases, and 5% to more successful independent projects growing from places like Kickstarter. Only 3% of responses suspected fewer AirPlay speakers this year.

Happy Presidents’ Day from iLounge

Happy Presidents’ Day from all of us at iLounge! We’ll be on a limited publication schedule today; we will return to normal updates on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Current U.S. President Barack Obama revealed what was on his iPod during his run to the White House, and former President George W. Bush showed off his iPod contents while in office. Tell us in the comment: what’s on your iPod these days?

Apple in 2013 polls ends, accessory trends poll begins

With over 1,500 votes from iLounge readers, our most recent poll—“What are you most hoping to see from Apple in 2013?”—has ended. Readers were asked to identify which rumoured or likely new product from Apple they are most looking forward to in the new year.

The top respondents were split pretty evenly between an iPad mini with Retina Display (19%), iOS 7 (17%), an Apple Television Set (16%), and a completely new product such as an Apple Watch coming in at 15%. 10% of readers indicated they they’re most looking forward to a next-generation iPhone, while 9% are hoping for an updated Apple TV set-top box, rather than a full-fledged television set. Of the remaining respondents, 7% indicated that they would most like to see a slimmer, next-generation iPad, 5% were hoping for a major new iPod release, and only 3% indicated that they would be most interested in a subscription music service from Apple.

Happy New Year 2013 From iLounge!

From all of us here at iLounge, Happy New Year! We’ll be on a limited publication schedule until the second of January as we celebrate with our families and friends.

While 2012 was an uneven year, it had several highlights, including the debut of the first iPad with a Retina display, the mid-year announcement of iOS 6, and then the near-simultaneous releases of two new iPods, the iPhone 5, and two new iPads before the holidays. With substantial iPad and iPad mini updates expected in 2013, it’s no surprise that the new year is shaping up to be very exciting indeed.

Once again, we are beyond thrilled to be hosting the largest iLounge Pavilion in the history of the International Consumer Electronics Show—this year, with over 120,000 square feet and 500 exhibitors devoted to iPad, iPhone, iPod, and Mac products. The 2013 International CES officially kicks off on January 8, and there will be plenty of news and events before the doors open. Our editors will be there for all of it.

Feel free to browse through our archives until we return, and be sure to join us for our upcoming CES live coverage. Once again, Happy New Year!

iTunes 11 poll ends, Apple in 2013 poll begins

With over 1,300 votes from iLounge readers, our most recent poll—“What is your favorite new feature in iTunes 11?”—has ended. Readers were asked what feature they liked most—if any—about Apple’s latest iTunes release.

A significant 48 percent of respondents indicated that they didn’t care for any of the new features and don’t like iTunes 11 at all. Among the remaining responses, 26 percent liked the new user interface in general, 13 percent preferred the Up Next play queuing feature, five percent leaned toward iTunes in the Cloud integration, and four percent specifically liked the new Mini Player interface. Two percent of readers indicated camera-based gift card redemption as their fave new feature, while a handful indicated a preference for the addition of a Home Videos category and Live Search, coming in at one percent apiece.

Did you get a new iPad, iPhone + iPod? Start here!

Christmas is finally here, and we’re guessing that there are a lot of new iPads, iPhones, iPods, and gift cards making their way into lucky hands today! iLounge has some highly useful resources to help you make the most of your new Apple device—or choose one with your holiday cash.

Our 2013 iPhone + iPod Buyers’ Guide includes the year’s best iPhone and iPod hardware, plus top accessories, apps, and games—including new Lightning accessories for the latest Apple devices.

Our New iPad Buyers’ Guide includes reviews of iPads, as well as their best accessories, apps, and games. Updated reviews of the just-released fourth-generation iPad and iPad mini can be found separately here.

iLounge’s collection of thousands of reviews covers all iPod, iPhone, and iPad models. The latest iPad accessories, iPhone 5 accessories, and iPad mini accessories all have their own galleries, too.

Check out iOS Gems for the latest in App Store purchasing recommendations, and our amazing Tutorials for helpful guides to using iTunes, the Apple TV, and all things iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Great Macintosh computer products can be found in our special curated collection, iLounge + Mac.

And of course, our Discussion Forums include over 200,000 members sharing tips and thoughts on different Apple products, a great place to start if you have questions. If you can’t find the answer by searching iLounge, feel free to Ask iLounge, a column where one of our expert editors provides smart answers to reader questions. Happy holidays!

Merry Christmas 2012 from iLounge!

Merry Christmas from all of us at iLounge! We’re off celebrating with our families on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and we’ll resume our normal posting schedule on Wednesday, Dec. 26. Have a wonderful holiday, and we hope you find some great iPad, iPhone, or iPod goodies under the tree this year!

CES iLounge Pavilion grows to 500+ companies, 120,000+ square feet

iLounge proudly announced this morning that the iLounge Pavilion—the unified exhibition area at the International CES dedicated to iPad, iPhone, iPod, and Mac products—is officially the largest in CES history, by a wide margin. Now featuring over 120,000 square feet of new products, the Pavilion will stretch from the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center to the adjacent Las Vegas Hotel, hosting a record number of exhibitors: over 500 from around the world. Both in size and exhibitors, this represents a major jump from 2012’s CES, which saw a then-record 350 third-party Apple vendors occupy 85,000 square feet of space.

The 2013 International CES officially opens on January 8, 2013. iLounge will feature live coverage before and during the show, with a brand new mini-site devoted to all of the show’s Apple-related announcements.

iPad mini poll ends, iTunes 11 poll begins

With over 3,300 votes from iLounge readers, our most recent poll—“Are you ordering an iPad mini?”—has ended. Readers were asked whether they had purchased or were planning to purchase an iPad mini, either as their first iPad device or in addition to or replacing another iPad device, or were not interested in the current iPad mini, due to plans to purchase a different iPad model, wait for the next model, or not purchase any iPad at all.

Only 35 percent of respondents indicated that they had ordered an iPad mini, with 18 percent purchasing one in addition to their current, full-size iPad, 9 percent purchasing one to replace an existing full-size iPad, and 8 percent buying the iPad mini as their first iPad device. The majority of respondents, however, expressed no interest in purchasing the current iPad mini, with over one-third stating that they were satisfied with their current full-size iPad, and 8 percent of readers indicating that they were planning to purchase a full-size iPad instead. Eleven percent of respondents noted that they are awaiting a future iPad mini model, seven percent indicated that they are happy with their iPhone or iPod touch, and three percent expressed no interest in owning any iOS devices at all.

Last day for iLounge November giveaways

Four iLounge giveaways end at 11:59 p.m. Pacific tonight—now’s your last chance to enter giveaways for a Geneva Sound System Gold Model S Speaker, iBattz Mojo Battstation Tough Dual Pro battery packs, uNu Ecopak Battery Cases, and the Kensington KeyFolio Pro 2 and Signature Stylus. Click the individual links to fill out the forms for each giveaway. Good luck!

Happy Thanksgiving 2012 from iLounge!

On Thanksgiving Day in the U.S., we here at iLounge would like to say how thankful we are for your readership and support, and to wish you a happy holiday. We will be on a limited posting schedule today and Friday; we will return to normal updates on Monday, November 26. Happy Thanksgiving!

November giveaways: Geneva Lab speaker, more

iLounge and Geneva Lab are giving away one Geneva Sound System Gold Model S Speaker with stand and remote (retail value $300). The Geneva Sound System Model S is a compact tabletop hi-fi system with features such as TouchLight controls, a PowerDock connector for iPod/iPhone, and a digital clock radio. A Dock Connector accessory, two full-range 3” drivers and two bass ports are included in the Model S speaker.

November is a big month for giveaways at iLounge: We’ve still got ongoing giveaways for the iBattz Mojo Battstation Battery Pack, uNu Ecopak Battery Case, and Kensington KeyFolio Pro 2. All four of these giveaways end at 11:59 p.m. Pacific, Nov. 30, so enter today!

iLounge releases the 2013 iPhone + iPod Buyer’s Guide

It’s back: the 2013 iPhone + iPod Buyers’ Guide is available for download today! Since 2004, iLounge’s famous Buyers’ Guides have given readers a comprehensive look at the growing worlds of Apple products, and our latest edition focuses on the pocket-sized iPod and iPhone families. The 2013 Guide features 208 pages of exhaustive information on the devices — including their histories — in addition to the best new accessories, apps, and games. Winners of our Editors’ Choice and Readers’ Choice Awards are also featured in the guide. Additional details follow the download links below.

New features in the new Guide include smart advice on the eight current iPhone and iPod models, an updated color comparison chart for every iPhone and iPod model, a look at the initial collection of Lightning accessories, and a new section on the best ways to repurpose your old iPhone or iPod.

There’s also an in-depth comparison between iPhone and iPod cameras, a comparison shopping feature offering assistance on where to buy the devices, top Bluetooth speaker recommendations, and the year’s best 100 games and apps for the iPhone and iPod. Also included are brief sections on the recently announced iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad, and what’s new in the world of Macs.

Our 2013 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. We 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. Feel free to share the Guide by telling a friend, or hosting it on your file sharing network of choice. Enjoy!

iPod touch vs. iPad poll ends, iPad mini poll begins

With over 1,600 votes from iLounge readers, our most recent poll—“Which one of the following four products would you be most likely to purchase today for your own use?”—has ended. Readers were asked whether they would purchase a 3.5” fourth-generation iPod touch, a 4” fifth-generation iPod touch, a 7.85” smaller iPad or a 9.7” full-sized iPad, or whether they would purchase none at all, either because they already have an iPhone or simply aren’t interested in any iOS devices at all.

Over 80 percent of respondents indicated that they would purchase at least one of the devices, with about forty percent of readers opting for the 7.85” smaller iPad, 23 percent for the 9.7” full-sized iPad and 17 percent preferring the 4” fifth-generation iPod touch. Two percent of respondents indicated that they would still prefer the 3.5” fourth-generation iPod touch, even in light of these newer devices. 20 percent of readers expressed no interest at all in the iPod touch or iPad models, with most of these people already owning an iPhone.

With pre-orders for the new iPad mini beginning today, our new poll asks whether you are ordering one or not, and why. If you’re ordering an iPad mini or plan to, is this your first iPad device, a second iPad device, or is it replacing a full-sized iPad? If not, is it because you’re waiting for the next model, getting a full-sized iPad instead, already have another iOS device you’re happy with or are simply not interested in owning any iOS devices at all?  Our new poll—“Are you ordering an iPad mini?” lets you answer that question. As always, you can find the iLounge Poll in the left-hand column of the main homepage. Cast your vote today!

2012 Readers’ Choice Awards update, last chance to vote!

Voting is about to close for our 2012 Readers’ Choice awards, and it looks like we have three tight races to the end. The top four in each category haven’t changed much over the past week, but their respective standings have, and very few votes separate winners from runners-up. It’s nearly a dead heat in the Accessory Maker of the Year awards, as STM, Speck, Incipio, Griffin, and iHome are all vying for victory. For iOS App Developer of the Year, Apple, Google, Mundomono, and Facebook lead the way, and iOS Game Developer of the Year is down to Rovio, EA, Zynga, and Epic Games.

Don’t forget to vote for Apple Product of the Year, as well. The four-question survey can be completed in less than a minute. Voting ends at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time, Saturday, October 27. Cast your vote now, before it’s too late!

2012 Readers’ Choice Awards update, five days left!

We’ve already received thousands of votes for our 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards, and with only five days remaining to cast your ballot, we wanted to update you with the latest standings. Accessory Maker of the Year voting is extremely close, with STM, Speck, Griffin, and Incipio all fighting for the lead, and numerous other candidates are in the mix, as well. iOS App Developer of the Year still sees Apple, Facebook, Google, and Mundomono at the top of the large pile, and iOS Game Developer of the Year is a four-way battle between Rovio, EA, Zynga, and Epic Games.

As for Apple Product of the Year, the iPhone 5 is doing very well, but other nominees can’t be counted out yet. If your favorite product isn’t already listed, you can write in any announced Apple product released this year — in fact, all categories feature spots for write-in candidates. The four-question survey can be completed in less than a minute. Voting ends at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time, October 27. Cast your vote now!

2012 Readers’ Choice Awards standings; vote today!

Voting in our 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards is heating up. There’s been a major change in the Accessory Maker of the Year standings: STM has surged into competition with Speck, Griffin, and Incipio for the lead. iOS App Developer of the Year is a four-way race between Apple, Facebook, Google, and Mundomono, while iOS Game Developer of the Year is a race between Rovio, EA, Epic Games, and Zynga. Write-in candidates and plenty of other choices are vying for your votes, as well.

The races are very tight right now, and your vote will make a difference. Remember to vote for Apple Product of the Year, as well! The four-question survey can be completed in less than a minute. Voting ends at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time, October 27, so cast your vote today!

2012 Readers’ Choice Awards update, vote now!

Voting in our 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards has kicked off, and current votes in three of the four categories are very close indeed. For Accessory Maker of the Year, there’s a three-horse race between Speck Products, Incipio, and Griffin Technology. Application Developer of the Year is being hotly contested by Apple, Google, and Mundomono, while EA, Rovio, and Zynga are dominating early voting for Game Developer of the Year. There’s also some exciting voting going for Apple Product of the Year, and we want to see your votes!

Plenty of other nominees are still in the mix, as well, and based on past voting trends, every one of the categories is up for grabs. The four-question survey can be completed in less than a minute. Voting ends at 12:01 a.m. Eastern, October 27, so cast your vote today!

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