From the Editor

Pop Art icon Andy Warhol once predicted: "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." He probably should have included mobile devices in that prediction. It seems that every 15 minutes another one of these "ground breaking" devices is announced, and "iPhone killer" is one of the most overused phrases in tech journalism! You can thank the fast pace of technological evolution and the short length of 24/7 news cycles for all this.

Journalists may have short attention spans, but tech consumers do not. After spending as much as $299 on an iPhone or $829 on an iPad, the vast majority of users spend a lot more than 15 minutes with their new device before purchasing another one. And once they've learned the basics, they start exploring the possibilities. As it turns out, there's a world of possibilities out there.

Best apps, top tips, great gear

Every issue of iPhone Life explores those possibilities and is packed with stories about the best apps, top tips, great gear, and more. In this issue, we share some top tips on how to shoot better videos; show you how to use iTunes to manage your music; review the top note-taking apps and some great games; report on cutting-edge audio devices, cases, and other accessories; investigate speech recognition apps and online syncing solutions, and more.

Love it! Use it!

We also let real-world users of the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch tell their stories. This issue is packed with profiles of people who love it and used it to survive an earthquake, backpack through South America, teach an online class, and more. Be sure to check out short interviews with a private detective, restaurant owner, comedian, and the 16 year-old race car driver!

Is the iPad 2 for you?

Of course, the iPad 2 is the big news around here, and we spend more than 15 minutes on it. Todd Bernhard bought one the day they came out and shares his experience with it in the lead article. Todd also looks at 10 apps that "shine" on the new device, and David Averbach highlights the best apps and great gear for Apple's new device. If you've been holding off buying an iPad, now is probably the time to act. If you already have the first version of the iPad, upgrading may not be as expensive as you think!

15 minutes of fame… years of productivity and fun!

July-August 2011
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