If you're in the market for an iPhone, one of the most important things to consider is which carrier to use. Each one has different price structures, coverage, functionality, etc. Fortunately, CNET has posted an article comparing the offerings of the four major carriers: Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile.
It's hard to beat the prescience of market analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who accurately predicted Apple's forthcoming iDevices and Macs last year. Now, according to AppleInsider, he's saying we will indeed be seeing an iPhone 5S with a fingerprint sensor, a low-cost iPhone with a plastic case, and an iPad mini with a higher-resolution screen. That's the good news. The bad news is that each of these technologies are causing the devices to be delayed.
How would you like to have a new iPhone 5 without having to pay any money up front? T-Mobile is now making just such an offer.
Many rumors have said the forthcoming fifth-generation iPad will have a form factor similar to the iPad mini, including narrower bezels on the left and right, such that the device can be smaller without sacrificing screen size. Think of it as an oversized iPad mini.
Keep these simple troubleshooting tips up your sleeve for the next time you have problems connecting your iOS device to a Wi-Fi network. Here are some basic steps borrowed from a short article in Macworld.
Apple has plans to launch a new music streaming service this summer, according to many reports last week. A detailed account from CNET said Apple is close to signing deals with two music labels: Warner Music and Universal Music Group.
The tech site says the service will be most like Pandora, which lets you create free radio stations for a particular kind of music but doesn't offer specific songs on demand.
T-Mobile, the only one of the country's four largest carriers not yet offering the iPhone, has now begun taking preorders ahead of its April 12 launch. Unlike other carriers, T-Mobile has switched to a new model: customers pay the full cost of the iPhone rather than the subsidized price of $200, but their monthly cost for unlimited voice and data is much lower. Over time, you can save quite a lot of money.
If you're looking to buy an iPad, now might be a good time as several models are currently heavily discounted. The best deals, according to 9To5Mac, can be found at a Best Buy clearance sale. Best Buy is offering as much as 30 percent off a number of 3rd generation iPad models (the first iPad to have the Retina display). That includes the basic 16GB model for $314 and the 32GB model for $384, which is $165 off the retail price. It's also offering cellular data models, mostly AT&T but also a 64GB Verizon unit for $546. One iPad 2 model is available: a 64GB Verizon for $511. Two tablets from Amazon are also on sale, along with one from Acer as well as Asus.
Rumor season is heating up, fueled by typical leaks from the Asian supply chain. The most amazing rumor this week says Apple will launch an iTV this year that you'll control by wearing a special ring.
As I've reported in the past, two Steve Jobs biographical films are in the works and slated for theatrical release. But now a third biopic is coming: iSteve, a spoof scheduled for online release April 15. Created by the humorous website Funny or Die, the movie stars Justin Long, who was the "stand-in" for Jobs in the famous "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC" TV commercials.