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Siva Om is a freelance writer and blogger. He's covered the latest trends and developments in mobile tech for over a decade. Siva founded iDoc Tech Support computer services in 2002. He has been an avid gamer ever since getting his Atari console in 1977. When not working, Siva enjoys adventuring off the beaten path.

The iPad mini: New design mockups are spot on, Unlike anything we envisioned.

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Ah, now that's more like it! The blogosphere is abuzz today, with new and improved mockups of the speculated, soon-to-be-released iPad "mini".

 

 

These mockups show the new iPad looking more like an enlarged iPod touch, a device that can be held and even operated one-handed! This is a marked difference from previous design mockups which have the purported iPad mini looking more like a shrunken down iPad.

 

 

These redesigned concepts of the iPad mini reveal a device that is incredibly thin, incredibly light and rather than having the thick and bulky bezel of the iPad, these renderings show an iPad that for all intents and purposes, looks much more akin to a large iPhone "5".! Though we must be clear, this new iPad will of course, be running the iPad version of iOS, and will (may or may not) have the same aspect ratio as the current iPads. I love it and can only hope that IF indeed Apple does unveil an iPad mini on September 12th, that it will look something like these images.



The iPad Mini [Rumor Round Up]

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For many months now, the rumors and whisperings have been building as to the purported existence of a smaller version of the iPad. In fact, as a tech journalist, I've been discussing the importance of Apple releasing a smaller format iPad ever since the iPad was initially released years ago! Even though Steve Jobs clearly stated that he wasn't keen on a smaller iPad, not only had he been known to change his mind, but a smaller format iPad just makes sense, just like a larger iPhone just makes sense. Further more, and with all due respect, Mr. Jobs is dead, and he left the company in what he deemed were capable hands, and these capable hands can direct the course of Apple in ways that they see best.

 

So, keeping in mind that Apple has yet to confirm an official name for the rumored iPad mini, or if in fact there even is an iPad mini about to be released, and if there actually is an iPad mini in the works, if that announcement will come on September 12th (which is the date current rumors have pegged for the announcement of the new iPhone), keeping all that in mind, here's a round up of what information we have so far. Please note, if I’ve included the rumor in here it's only if the rumor is being floated around by multiple reliable sources. That said, a rumor is a rumor and can't be taken to the bank, so only time will tell...



What's Next? You Ain't Seen Nuthin' Yet... [on the evolution of Apple]

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With all the chatter in the blogosphere, about new products soon to be released, and patent battles being fought on all fronts in the courts of law, I think it's important to keep in mind the old expression: "You ain't seen nuthin' yet!" Truly, hasn't this week been a great example of that.
 
With the court cases bringing out details Apple would just as likely have preferred to keep private, we have been granted a rare insight into the evolution of products in the Apple iDevice chain, as well as having been given glimpses into what Apple had in mind, in prototype form, two years ago.
 
That said, can you imagine what Cupertino has in store for us in say, 5 years? That's not that long. Think about it. Within 5 years, devices and functions that are now, only in prototype/patent form, may very well be seeing the light of day. It's not for nothing that Johny Ive says that the products Apple is working on now, are some of the best, most exciting products Apple has ever invented!



Weekly Recap: Current iOS News, Rumors and Updates in Review.

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Welcome to my weekly recap here at iPhone Life. Each week I take a look back at some of the top news headlines, rumors and updates in the world of iOS that made headlines.

 

*Apple’s iOS: The most popular gaming platform ever? 

*Apple vs Samsung: The ongoing battle continues. 

*Are you “Hackproof”? A Tech Journalist's example to us all. 

*First crop of refurbished current generation iPads hit the Apple store online. 

*Apple drops YouTube as an included app in iOS 6.



Introducing the new HEX/The Hundreds Code Wallet iPhone case. Organization and protection in a simple and elegant design.

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The Hundreds has teamed up with HEX to produce a new series of classy yet practical iPhone cases called the HEX Code Wallet. This collaboration Code Wallet is a stylish leather iPhone case/wallet that will appeal to kids and adults alike. The newest iteration Code Wallet features embossed leather motifs featuring The Hundred's signature “Jags” pattern, and the understated yet electric, trademark "Adam Bomb" accent colors and patterns in low-key card pockets, and more prominently in the lining of the iPhone’s protective polycarbonate shell.

 

 

I could just as easily see an urban executive using this case as I could see a high school student. These cases provide a uncomplicated and elegant solution for anyone looking for a moderate level of protection in a case that also provides space for credit cards, an emergency key, cash and IDs.



iPhone, meet the CellHelmet case. You break your iPhone, they replace your iPhone. Guaranteed!

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It's no secret, there are a plethora of cases out there that offer extreme protection for your iPhone. Some are definitely designed better than others, and some are bulky, and others less so. In fact, many cases offer protection from water, dust, shock, vibration and impact, but only one company offers the assurance that if your iPhone breaks while it's in their case, they will replace your device.



Reports of Verizon and AT&T scheming to direct buyers away from the iPhone seem to be true. [Special Report]

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Could it be a result of rumors that Apple is showing possible interest in purchasing Sprint?

 

To me, that's really the only thing that would make sense. Else, why not promote the best-selling and top quality smartphone on the market? If you didn't know, both AT&T as well as Verizon have been accused as of late, of directing people away from the iPhone, with AT&T even having been rumored to be offering extra commission for non-iPhone sales.



Real Racing 3. A Sneak Peek!

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Last month it was reported that Electronic Arts (EA) was combining two of its mobile game design studios. Firemint, who make the hit racing series Real Racing, with Iron Monkey, who have developed for EA, stellar games like Mass Effect: Infiltrator as well as the award-winning Dead Space, have now been consolidated to form Firemonkeys. What can we expect to see from the joining of these two great design studios?
 
Well, good news racing fans! Now hot on the heels of this merger, Firmonkeys has just released a trailer for the upcoming Real Racing 3.



An Unreal Tease: Gameloft drops a hint at their amazing new game, powered by Unreal Engine!

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It’s a unique move on the part of the French game designing company Gameloft, and an ingenious marketing strategy. Yesterday they dropped a hint on their Facebook page in the form of a wicked screenshot, of their soon-to-be-released mobile game. While they provided few details, they did invite followers to guess what the game is, noting that a clue to the name of the game, as well as the storyline, could be found within the image. Additionally, they opened up voting as to whether they should release another teaser image or a video trailer. I vote trailer!



Introducing: Scosche's RAILKASE. Rugged protection for your iPhone 4/4S.

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Introducing the RAILKASE, from Scosche.

 

 

Scosche’s has entered into the  diverse and extensive field of rugged protection iPhone cases with what they call, the RAILKASE. The RAILKASE is a clever design that offers should offer a significant amount of protection for your iPhone, in most of the everyday circumstances you might encounter. This case isn't necessarily an extreme duty or military spec case, and it does lack one essential component that I feel any case claiming to be truly "ruggedized" ought to have, that being a built-in screen protector, but for most people in most situations, the Scosche RAILKASE will be more than enough to keep their iPhone safe and sound.



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