Apple Certified Refurbished Products tend to be the best deal for your money. Often, but not always, the units are cosmetically like new. And they come with the same 1-year warranty as a new product.
New apps offering a different approach to email is an exciting trend in iOS. And the apps are free! I've recently reviewed the revolutionary Mailbox (for iPhone) and Cloze (iPhone and iPad app), and now comes Incredimail, an email app for the iPad that takes a stunning new approach to visual presentation.
Earlier this week Google released its first major update to Google Maps (free),with new features including integration with Google Contacts. So now, if you’re navigating to the address of someone in your contact list, Google will retrieve the address from your contacts, eliminating the need to manually enter the person’s address. And as CNET points out, the contact information doesn't necessarily need to be stored on your phone; it just needs to be stored in Google's system.
According to a new rumor from a Japanese website, Foxconn, Apple's iPhone manufacturer in China, has begun production of the so-called iPhone 5S. Earlier rumors suggested the next iPhone will launch this summer, either in June or in August. The new rumor confirms this time frame.
iMore, which generally has good sources and a track record for accuracy, reported earlier today that the iPhone 5S will be released in August, according to its sources. It also said the next-generation Retina iPad could appear as early as April. Certainly Apple's plans could change, but as of now, this appears to be Apple's time frame.
Recent rumors and patent applications reinforce Apple CEO Tim Cook's announcement to nervous investors last week — Apple is hard at work on new technologies and will be coming out with new products.
I love free stuff, and there's a ton of it on Apple's iTunes U — full courses, videos, audios, and e-books.
The new Mailbox app is receiving a phenomenal response, with wide coverage in major media, including a highlight in this week's issue of in Time Magazine. The goal of Mailbox is to help you deal with the daily onslaught of e-mail to achieve an inbox with zero messages. Both the app and the service are free.
It's fascinating to see the new approaches to managing e-mail cropping up. We recently covered Mailbox, which is receiving a huge amount of attention and has nearly 1 million people in the rollout queue. Also newly available is Cloze (free), which the developer characterizes as "The noise-cancelling inbox for e-mail and social."