If you just received a new iPad or iPhone for the holidays, congratulations. But you'll probably notice that the sound from the built-in speakers isn't that great. Apple's emphasis on design and looks means that they put the speaker grill at the bottom of the device, facing down. It's hardly optimal for quality sound. If sound matters to you, you should consider the Soundmatters line of speakers.
Apple TV's AirPlay mirroring feature has been a great reason to own an Apple TV. Users can launch videos on a portable iOS device and "throw" the display to the big screen. Games can be shared with an audience as well. It's a great tool for education, as teachers can find a video on their iPad or iPhone and share it with the classroom.
Videography and the iPad don't usually go together. And that's a shame because the large screen of the iPad and even the iPad mini make for a great video editing tool. Without a USB port or SD card slot, transferring video files to the iPad is a hassle, even with AirDrop. Ideally, you could easily record quality video on the iPad and edit it immediately using iMovie or third party apps.
If you've been waiting patiently, or impatiently, for an Apple Watch but just can't wait any longer, or if you can't justify the $349+ price tag, I have good news for you. You can get an "Apple Watch" today, in the same way that I once bought a "Rolex" for $50 on the streets of Taipei, Taiwan. A Chinese gadget site called Everbuying.com offers a $40 clone of the Apple Watch that is available today.
The odds are pretty good that you got some new Apple gear this holiday season. Apple refreshed their iPhone and iPad product line, and you might need to make room for those new purchases. Companies like SellYourMac are always there to buy up your old Apple gear, and now, for the holidays, they are adding a bonus $20 on trades worth $25 or more, using code Holiday2014. That's almost like doubling your money for that old iPod nano that you don't use any more!
I recently added a new car stereo and it comes with a USB port for charging and music playback. I love it because the sound quality is better than Bluetooth, and I can keep my iPhone charged while on long trips. I have been on the lookout for the right sized cable that's not too long and not too short. The last thing I want in the car is a a forty-inch cable interfering with driving.
Think the iPhone 6 costs $199? According to a new report, the real "cost" of an iPhone should be for the next model up, the $299 64GB iPhone. They claim that, increasingly, a 16GB iPhone is almost unusable. While that's not exactly true, it is correct that iOS consumes a fair chunk of the 16GB, leaving more like 12GB available. While competitors, like Windows Phone, use a lot more, it still limits the capability of that entry level model. Apple's own apps like Pages, Numbers and more are not part of iOS, and will take up part of that 16GB. Music, photos, videos, text messages (including photos and videos) and more increasingly make a 16GB model impractical. Let's not even discuss the 8GB iPhone 5c.
If you bought an iPhone 6 Plus, you probably have enough to carry around, so wouldn't it be nice if you didn't need to carry a separate wallet? After all, you can use Apple Pay to pay for many purchases, and for those times when you need a photo ID or traditional credit card, a fullsize wallet would be overkill. The folks at BulletTrain had a case for the iPhone 5 that doubled as a wallet, and now they are using Kickstarter to fund an iPhone 6 Plus version.
Forget Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Those days are in the past. It is now the week of Christmas and any hopes of getting a gift in time require either spending a fortune in shipping, buying a virtual gift online, or, my preference, buying local. If I needed a reminder of this, all I had to do was look at my inbox this morning. While it's normally full of app review requests, today I saw a ton of "Last Chance" emails!
Every iOS user can use a stylus once in a while, no matter what Steve Jobs said. Some games are easier to play if your finger (and hand) don't obstruct the view. Sometimes you might need to draw or sign a signature. Here are some styluses that work well: