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Apple quietly changes iPad Air, Retina mini batteries

“Somebody needs to look into what kind of display tech is in these iPads as well as how much aluminum and other things.  How exactly did they do this with so little battery and so little weight?”

I think the difference is in the improved power efficiency of the A7 chip.

Posted by John on October 24, 2013 at 1:32 AM (CDT)

Apple releases iTunes 11.1.2

Updated both iTunes & to OS X Mavericks and my Library constantly crashes while attempting to scroll down thru the Albums tab.

Posted by Chuck on October 23, 2013 at 11:14 AM (CDT)

Apple releases iOS 7.0.3

After installing the update on my iPhone 5 and iPad Mini and turning on Reduce Motion in the settings, wallpaper images are no longer stretched on the home and lock screens of the iPhone (a good thing), but they still are stretched on the iPad (not good). I doubt this was intentional. It seems like Apple may have quietly attempted to address one of the most common iOS 7 complaints (the stretching of wallpapers and cutting off of heads and other body parts in the process), but didn’t get it quite right across all of their mobile devices. Puzzling. Anyone else experiencing this apparent fix, and the inconsistency of it?

Posted by Test4echoes on October 23, 2013 at 1:37 AM (CDT)

Apple discontinues 4th-gen iPad; keeps iPad 2, 1st-gen mini

Agreed, I could see the 4th gen at $100 under the iPad Air, but the iPad 2 ought to be $200 under ($100 under the new mini).  Anyone clueless/foolish enough to buy an iPad 2 now is getting fleeced.

Posted by rockmyplimsoul on October 22, 2013 at 4:46 PM (CDT)

Apple discontinues 4th-gen iPad; keeps iPad 2, 1st-gen mini

Is Apple engaging in upselling by keeping such disparately functioning products in production and available, or merely predating upon the stupid? The logician in me wants to believe the former since it is arguably smart to be able to point out that for only $100 more you can get all the upgrades the iPad air offers over the iPad 2, but the cynic in me sees how surprised they seemed to be that the iPhone 5C didn’t sell better and assumes the latter.

$100 savings to get an iPad 2 vs the iPad air is fiscally insane. The iPad 2 has been bleeding developer support for the past year, and it is *just* at the cusp of hardware competence for iOS 7.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on October 22, 2013 at 3:03 PM (CDT)

Man sues Apple CEO over automatic iOS 7 download

@5: Perverse? This is exactly why we have a civil legal system. Or did you think there was any other reason why we have a civil torte system in place? This is the ONLY way under civilized law for the little guy to stand up to the big guy, or would you prefer mail bombs and CEO assassinations? The lawsuit is the single mechanism to redress wrongs under all western systems, full stop.

Anyhoo, according to Apple logic, a GB of internal flash storage costs the consumer about $3, the pushed update eats 1.3GB *permanently* if you don’t upgrade. That is a quantifiable reduction in value to every affected device of about $4. With at least 200 million eligible devices out there potentially affected by Apple’s anti-consumer practices, the collective damages to their customer base are approaching a solid billion dollars…

Or Apple could just do what they should have done and add an option to prevent automatic downloads and to delete them after the fact if you find out your device has had its capacity reduced. Of course Apple will never do this because it would require them to update what they consider a relegated OS, hence the lawsuit. Nothing clownish about it.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on October 21, 2013 at 10:48 PM (CDT)

Man sues Apple CEO over automatic iOS 7 download

Really? This is what it has come to? What a perverse use of our legal system. What a waste. I hope this guy spends a lot of his hard earned money on this clown trial.

Posted by Mike on October 21, 2013 at 6:47 PM (CDT)

AT&T announces $5/day 250MB iPad data plan

I get 500MB/month for $4 with freedompop and any or all of our household’s devices can access it from the hotspot that fits comfortably in my pants pocket. Not really sure how the big telecoms have the nerve to rip people off like this… of course, I guess if you’re crazy enough to pay Apple $130 for a $5 cellular antenna, I guess you’ve already made clear your fiscal sanity.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on October 21, 2013 at 11:09 AM (CDT)

Man sues Apple CEO over automatic iOS 7 download

@2: Whether you agree or not, if there is sufficient space to pre-download the update package it will be pushed to all eligible devices with sufficient free space.

I was skeptical of people complaining when iOS 6 came out (guess no one had whatever the determined vacant space was for it to happen) but watched it happen to devices in our household when iOS 7 came out. Boom, 1.3GB gone and no way to remove it or prevent it.

It really is unconscionable as people like myself were waiting on the first bug fix update and prefer to do big updates from a computer anyhow where backups are made. Nonetheless, I had 2 full packages pushed to my 5G touch that I never used - nearly 3GB of data wasted and loss of free space.

It’s dirty tricks like this that allow Apple to claim such high upgrade percentages: they take the choice away from the user. No, you don’t have to upgrade, but you do have to either keep your device sufficiently full or install it once it’s pushed on there if you want your storage space back.

I wish this guy luck.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on October 21, 2013 at 11:05 AM (CDT)

Man sues Apple CEO over automatic iOS 7 download

Good one this hasto be done.

Posted by Neetu on October 21, 2013 at 8:09 AM (CDT)

Man sues Apple CEO over automatic iOS 7 download

I don’t understand this. You will have to agree to the update to update the phone. It does not do it automatically. On every device I have it says there is an update but it never download unless I agree. Did I miss something?

Posted by georges on October 21, 2013 at 7:22 AM (CDT)

Man sues Apple CEO over automatic iOS 7 download

I was wondering of this automatic undate, is that only if your phone has enough space or is there a way for apple to do it no matter what? i have 4 with only 8GB of space and i have not done the last 4 updates and have not ever had an automatic update done even tho i run wifi at my house, any info would be great.

PS I don’t have the space for the update i only have 1.4 GB of free storage

Posted by CJ 10 on October 18, 2013 at 11:56 PM (CDT)

WSJ: Apple cuts iPhone 5c orders, boosts 5s

The 5C is a perfect example of the “can’t put lipstick on a pig” aphorism. While the masses might not be that up on the nitty gritty details, it’s still immediately obvious that you’re getting a much better product for only $100 more by going with the 5S. And if you’re even passingly familiar with the details, you’re well aware that Apple is merely trying to sell you old tech as a new product by sticking it in a brightly colored plastic shell. There is nothing surprising to me about Apple slashing 5C orders; shake my head every time yet another commercial for the emperor’s new clothes airs.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on October 18, 2013 at 10:01 PM (CDT)

Steve Jobs believed he was WWII fighter pilot in past life

He was also aroused by the sound of a Mac’s startup chime.

Funny how obsessed we are about Jobs.

Posted by choiceweb on October 17, 2013 at 2:13 PM (CDT)

Otterbox intros Preserver waterproof iPhone 5/5c/5s cases

Oddly, it looks like a LifeProof case ;)

Posted by neotrooper on October 16, 2013 at 5:15 PM (CDT)

After iOS 7, dev recommends publishers avoid Newsstand

I’m glad I can finally hide Newstand. I would delete it if I could. On top of that,  prices for most subscriptions are so so at best.

Posted by choiceweb on October 16, 2013 at 1:57 PM (CDT)

After iOS 7, dev recommends publishers avoid Newsstand

Obviously a publisher centric viewpoint. I have used Zinio for years, like the Kindle reader app all my content is kept in one library. I as an end user PREFER that. Imagine if every book was its own app. That might be nice for the publisher, but does nothing but trash up my device with a zillion different icons and apps which I would then manage by stuffing them all in one folder. Sound familiar? Pulling magazines out of newsstand is going the wrong direction, in fact it actually encourages me NOT to subscribe to a publisher’s magazine.

Posted by Rand on October 16, 2013 at 1:47 PM (CDT)

Survey: iPhone 5s outselling 5c two to one

I ordered my 64 GB silver 5s on 9/20 @ 12:02 PST and received it on 9/25. I guess it paid off staying up until 3:00 AM EST. I do miss the ability to preorder, though.

Posted by Mark_42 on October 15, 2013 at 4:29 AM (CDT)

AT&T to only offer Mobile Share plans

I don’t see this as a problem. I was able to upgrade my existing plan at no additional cost from 450 minutes to unlimited (I already had unlimited texting) and got tethering free as a bonus! I don’t see any downside.

Posted by Mark_42 on October 15, 2013 at 4:21 AM (CDT)

Apple releases iOS 7.0.2

@3:  Spotlight search is alive and well, just a different way to get to it.  Instead of pressing the Home button, now pull down anywhere on the screen (but not too high, otherwise you bring up the Notification Center).

Posted by rockmyplimsoul on October 14, 2013 at 6:50 PM (CDT)

Survey: iPhone 5s outselling 5c two to one

At the risk of heresy, I really prefer the iPhone 5C esthetics over the iPhone 5S.  It appears organic, like the Motorola Pebble of old, yet fun with its poppy colors.  I only wish it came in Project (RED) red.

I plan on getting the rumored Apple watch next year which will undoubtedly be groundbreaking and require the M7 coprocessor exclusive to the iPhone 5S.  Therefore, I will likely be picking up an iPhone 5S.  By the time I can find one, Apple will probably have released their watch.

Posted by MobileRonin on October 14, 2013 at 12:28 PM (CDT)

Survey: iPhone 5s outselling 5c two to one

Only if you can get one.

I ordered on 20th September and didn’t even get a dispatch date until Friday October 11th! Even now, there’s no tracking information.
Meanwhile, people in the UK who ordered on 23rd Sep have already received their handsets.
Apple’s supply chain and customer service leave A LOT to be desired.

Posted by Arithon on October 14, 2013 at 10:09 AM (CDT)

Apple releases iOS 7.0.2

I installed 7.0.2 on my iPhone and can no longer find the function to search the whole phone.  I used to be able to enter a name and the phone would generate a list of all references in the phone to that name, categorised by Contacts, email, Meaages, etc.  Where has the function gone?  Originally, I just slid the screen over to the right and there it was.

Posted by Lawrence on October 12, 2013 at 5:29 AM (CDT)

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Posted by ROD on October 11, 2013 at 2:42 PM (CDT)

Some Verizon iPhone 5s units having SIM issues?


Posted by Patricia Daniels on October 11, 2013 at 10:33 AM (CDT)

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