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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.



Screenshots of apps running on 4-inch iPhone display; leaked photos of iPhone 5 battery

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Again, the rumor is that Apple will announce the iPhone 5 on September 12, and that it will have a taller 4-inch display. If you're curious what apps might look like running on a taller display, take a look at some screen shots posted by 9To5Mac. An iOS 6 specialist tweaked the simulator that Apple makes available to developers so that it was taller, and then ran some iPhone apps on it to see what they looked like. A number of them were already engineered to scale up to the larger size.



Sonos adds New Music Services and Features!

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I enjoy streaming music services probably as much as any form of music listening experience, so it's no wonder I am a big advocate of the Sonos line of internet players and accessories (see my related reviews here). For getting your music wirelessly around the house, there are few choices that compare in terms of quality and ease of use. Doesn't hurt that you can use iPhone or iPad to control it all. Sonos recently added a new device that didn't interest me all that much (a pricey wifi sub-woofer called the SUB), but they have been making quiet and steady progress on their apps and services, so I figure a quick repost up is in order. Not only did their apps get a few helpful tweaks (use hardware buttons to control volume, etc.), Sonos has recently added both the Amazon Cloud Player, and the new Songza service to their menu of selections. Now you can play custom music lists for free via Songza, and/or enjoy your own cloud store of tunes (if they're synced to Amazon) anywhere in your house. You can get more info at their blog here...



Easily print to any home printer thanks to Lantronix xPrintserver

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Open it. Plug it in. Print. Such is the claim of Lantronix and their xPrintserver, a much needed device that turns just about any printer into an iPad, iPhone and iPod touch compatible printer without any software changes or specialized apps. Well, I tried it, and it's a valid claim. The xPrintserver is a brilliant piece of technology, especially if you have a favorite printer at home or work that otherwise would be left out of the iOS party.



Apple suppliers prepare for largest launch in history; More photos leaked

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More evidence for the anticipated arrival of the next iPhone in September 12 — and maybe also the iPad mini sometime after that, plus a possible TV set — comes from a survey of Apple's suppliers, which found that they're selling a ton of parts for new Apple devices. The report on AppleInsider says that these sales by suppliers indicate that this is going to be Apple's largest product launch in history. More leaked photos for the new iPhone appeared, this time the protective shield and vibrator assembly. Again, it suggests that the new iPhone will have a 4-inch display.



Consider Joy Factory's DuraLink because it's not a cable, it's a lifeline

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Just like the earbuds that ship with iPods and iPhones, the Apple USB cable isn't meant to be the highest quality item to come out of Cupertino. Apple does a lot of things right, but their cables and earbuds just don't cut it.



myCharge does it all... iPad, iPhone, Android, and does it in style, and talks too!

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I've used a variety of external battery packs over the years, but none have met all of my needs, until now. The Peak from myCharge packs plenty of power, with up to 6000mAh but what really helps is the built-in 30pin Apple PLUS microUSB connectors, and an on-board USB port. And most importantly, that 30pin cable provides enough juice to power an iPad. This means you don't have to worry about lost cables, and you can be charging up to three devices at a time. The other bonus is fold out wall prongs to recharge the Peak.


Altaz merges old school, natural materials with high tech goodness

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You don't have to settle for plastic or even metal accessories thanks to Altaz. I had a chance to use their latest Micro-Fi miniature speakers and they represent such a pleasant juxtaposition of today's technology and real wood speakers. The Altaz Micro-Fi is highly reminiscent of the bookshelf speakers I had in college, back when people cared about how things were made.



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