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More iWatch rumors; Report says thinner, low-power IGZO displays coming

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As we head toward the New Year, rumors are floating around of forthcoming goodies from Apple. Many people think, and Apple has hinted as much, that wearable computing will be among the Next Big Things from Apple. It would be great to see Apple do something like Google Glass, which are essentially glasses with all the capabilities of a high-powered smartphone. Today's Apple rumor is that an iWatch is in development.



WINNERS! iPhone Life's Weekly Weekend Giveaway 12-24-12

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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 10 apps!



Initial evidence suggests that iPad dominated Christmas tablet sales

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Christmas has come and gone, and the first hints are coming in that the iPad was the dominant tablet this holiday season. According to Barron's, a market analyst who called Best Buy and Staples stores found that the iPad was the most popular device among tablet buyers. Amazon's Kindle Fire and the Samsung Galaxy tab also had some sales, but apparently there wasn't much demand for Microsoft's Surface tablet. Even more interesting is a clever search of Twitter posts for the 24-hour period over Christmas.



Buyer's Guide for All You New iPad and iPhone Owners Out There. [Reviews]

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Happy Holidays everyone, from all of us here at iPhone Life! Hopefully everyone had a safe and abundant holiday celebration. I know many of you are now very happy owners of the latest iDevices, and whether you just got an iPhone, an iPad or an iPad mini, this little "Buyer's Guide" is filled with handy links with lots of concise and useful information to help you accessorize and personalize your new toys.



LifeProof that new iPad

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A lot of you are going to find a new iPad under the tree tomorrow, and before you put it through its paces, you might want to encase that expensive gadget in a safe case.


The nüüd case from LifeProof offers something no other rugged case does. Of course it's rugged, but it is also waterproof... So far, so good. But LifeProof does something no other case maker has tried. The achieve waterproof protection yet leave the glass screen exposed! The dock and the audio jack are sealed and protected, of course.


Fun videos: Magicians use iPad for some holiday-themed magic tricks

Happy holidays to all our iPhone Life readers. Here are two videos featuring Christmas-themed magic tricks using the iPad. It's amazing what these guys are able to do.

 



App Review Christmas Special - Jolly Jingle Free

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If you're looking for a fun and educational app for you or your children this Christmas, Jolly Jingle might be just the one.  This app is designed to help people learn some of the most popular Christmas songs around, but it really goes a step beyond that for children.  Kids will enjoy listening to and learning their favorite Christmas tunes, but while learning the songs they will also be practicing their reading skill!



What I Played this Week - Angry Birds Space HD, and Starbase Gunship!

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Two awesome 99 cent titles this week, and likely my last WIPTW article of 2012, so a happy holidays to everyone, and here is hoping you have a great new year in 2013! Starbase Gunship is a new game from Capital j Media. A stationary 3D shooting game that puts you at the center of the action as enemy ships and incoming weapons head toward your base station. Blasting through and surviving enemy waves will allow you to build up enough creds to update your base firepower and protection levels. Angry Birds Space HD is pig busting in zero-G, and like every other Angry Birds (all of which are currently on sale), powerfully addictive.



Latest Rumors Point to March 2013 for Next Generation iPad and iPad mini

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Spoiler Alert: That brand new iPad under the Christmas tree is about to be old news, if the latest rumors targeting March 2013 for the introduction of the fifth-generation iPad and second-generation iPad mini with Retina display are accurate.  Forgive me if I've dampened anyone's enthusiasm or spoiled anyone's surprise, but considering the rate at which iPad 4s and iPad minis have been flying off the shelves I'd reckon that many of you already guess/hope/suspect that one of those wrapped gift boxes under the tree is a new iPad just waiting for you to get your hands on in a few short hours. So I know it might not be the most welcome news to hear the latest iPad rumors floating around today, hinting at a possible March 2013 release date for the new, fifth-generation iPad and the second-generation iPad mini.

 

The world continues to turn, and the rumor mill continues to churn out details of the inevitable...



A 6-inch iPad mini? Only a Matter of Time...

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This is what I'm talking about! So many Apple pundits had complaints and negative words to say about the iPad mini before it was released, and now that this tablet-that-should-never-be has hit the market, it is one of the best selling devices in the industry. So mark my words when I say the iPad mini isn't the end of the line for new and different iDevice form factors.

 

This should really go without saying and yet, when I suggest that Apple will need to continue to create new iDevice size options to keep up with the competitive nature of the game (see HERE for my previous post on the topic), the backlash and nay saying can be intense. However, to remain relevant I feel Apple must continue to do as they have done and diversify their line to remain a top player in a world where the lines between tablet, phone and even PC continue to blur more and more with each passing year.



Everything iPad - Apps, Accessories, Reviews, Wallpapers etc | iPhone Life Magazine

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.