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In my post last Saturday I noted discounts from AT&T and WalMart for the iPad and iPhone, and I wanted to higlight those prices again. WalMart is offering the amazing deal of an iPhone 5 for $127 with a 2-year contract. The 30-day promotion began last Friday. You can read more on MacRumors. Note, though, that this offer is only available in stores, and apparently only available at WalMart Supercenters. All Things D reports checking a number of stores and finding inventories and pricing of the phones to be quite inconsistent.
As I suggested would be the case when the iPad mini first came out, it's on track to becoming the most popular iPad, outselling the iPad with retina display, according to market analyst David Hsieh with NPD DisplaySearch. Apparently Apple had expected to sell some 6 million iPad minis in 2012, with most of those sales coming in the December quarter. But according to Hsieh, as reported by CNET, Apple has asked the makers of the display panel for the iPad mini to ship over 12 million of them for the quarter.
Welcome to my recap of some of this week's top news and interesting stories in the world of iOS. This week's review includes: the debut of two of Google's most beloved iOS apps in the App Store, Apple's "Best of 2012" picks, new rumors of forthcoming Apple iDevices, and a much loved feature of the App Store returning, and just in time for the holiday season!
Every weekend we will be raffling off tons of great apps and accessories for FREE. Here's how it works: Every Friday we will announce the prizes being given away through iPhoneLife.com, Facebook, Twitter and Google+. To enter the giveaway, go to iPhoneLife.com/giveaways. On Monday morning we will randomly select the winners. If you win an app, we will email you the promo code to redeem the app for free. If you win an accessory, we will mail it to you.
Many of you are probably too young for this, and those that are my age probably had better sense than me, but the phrase “I have the power” was pretty much a regular part of my after school routine in grade school. It was part of the battle cry that transformed mild mannered Prince Adam into He-Man, the most powerful man in the universe. If you think it sounds just a bit corny, try watching the show some time. He-Man makes The Brady Bunch look like intense drama. Anyway, for better or worse – depending on your viewpoint – all the cheese that made the show what it was seems to have ended up in the game. And of course you have many of the main characters and locations from Eternia. Just don’t expect anything revolutionary game play wise.
It was free before...
It may not be free again...
...but either way, go grab BOUNTY RACER while it is still FREE now on the App store! Reviewed on my scrub somewhat-gaming blog here, you can relive Mario and every other cart-like racing game (but better) for FREE!! Ever smell free? Ever taste it? It tastes, well...darn good, so go GRAB IT NOW HERE (in case you didn't see the link posted, like, 2 lines above)! And remember, you heard it here at iPhoneLife! Bounty Racer is totally and completely FREEEE!!!! No strings attached, it really is free... except the IAPs, of course...
Winter is finally making itself felt. When the chill winds blow it can pose a challenge to work with our touch sensitive device screens. Here’s a collection of useful and convenient alternatives for utilizing our iDevices at this time of year, when it can be too cold to have our hands and fingers exposed...
Magic Orbz is a game which was very popular on the Play Station 3 platform and has now been ported over to mobile devices. To play the game you have to throw and bounce balls through the different levels to break all the blocks before you run out of lives. The game seems simple at first, but as the levels get progressively more difficult you’ll find that it can become quite challenging.
Thanks to everyone who entered the iPhone Life Weekly Weekend Giveaway! 290 people entered this week! We have selected the winners of this giveaway. We gave away 20 apps and an accessory!
Announcing a new column in iPhone Life magazine: Ask the Experts!
Got a burning question about your iPhone or iPad? Curious about how your new device works, or just looking for awesome new app recommendations? Let us know!
We’re launching a new magazine column that will address questions from readers like you. So what is it you’ve been dying to know? Go ahead, ask us anything! From broad Apple-related topics to super-specific technical questions, we’ll give you our take and feature the best questions in the magazine.
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What's bigger than an iPhone, smaller than a MacBook, and the most anticipated Apple product since the original iPhone? On January 27, at a special invitation only event at the San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Steve Jobs announced Apple's new "magical, revolutionary product" -- the iPad. Meant to fill the gap between the laptop and phone, Jobs said it was "way better" than either. Let's take a look at it.
Thin, lightweight, and powerful
The iPad shares many hardware features with the iPhone, including an accelerometer, an orientation sensor to switch from portrait to landscape mode, solid-state memory, and the same 30-pin doc connector. Connectivity is also virtually the same, with wireless 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1 EDR included on all models.
iPad runs iPhone apps!
The iPad will run a version of iPhone OS, and the new device can run virtually any app developed for the iPhone or iPod touch. Aps developed for the iPhone can run on the iPad in native resolution but is large enough to touch type on.
The larger screen not only makes familiar iPhone apps like Calendar, Mail, and Safari look stunning, it also provides screen real estate for more complex elements in the UI. For example, Calendar display a split-sreen view that describes the day's appointments on the left and shows you a color map of used time slots on the right. The split-screen view in Contacts displays you contacts list on the left and the full information for the contact you've selected on the right.
An ebook reader and more
Although not build into the iPad, Apple will offer a free app called iBooks, which will allow you to download and read books from it's new virtual bookstore. The new iBooks store will be accessed from and as easy to use as iTunes.
The ultimate media device?
The iPad is not the world's first tablet PC or the first eBook reader. Toshiba, Lenovo, Acer, and others sell Windows-based tablets, and Amazon has had considerable success with it's Kindle. But Apple thinks the iPad will reinvent the category by offering a vastly superior multi-touch interface an easy access to a wide-variety of apps and media via iTunes. Aple hopes to make the iPad the ultimate media device by leveraging it's existing assets which include over 100 million paying iTunes customers, established relationships with music and video content providers, and over 100,000 iPhone OS app developers.