iOS News Review

iPad Most Satisfying Device, Refurb iPads Available, iPad Disrupting PC Market, and More

This Week's iPad, iPhone, iPod, and Apple TV News

Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2010.09.24

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iPad Earns Higher Satisfaction Rating Than Mac

Digital Daily's John Paczkowski notes that the latest American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) this week gave Apple its highest-ever score - 86 points out of 100, a new record in the personal-computer category, and one that is nine points higher than Apple's closest PC competitors, with Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and Acer tied at a satisfaction rating of 77. Paczkowski observes that Apple has claimed top spot in the ACSI's personal-computer rankings for seven straight years, since it beat Dell by one point in 2003.

Impressive, indeed, but Paczkowski informs us of something the ACSI survey abstract didn't, giving only passing reference to the iPad's inclusion in the computer category. ACSI's managing director David VanAmburg told Paczkowski that the iPad actually scored higher than the Mac, making Apple's tablet the highest-scoring product Apple sells and therefore the highest-scoring product ACSI has ever recorded consumer satisfaction data on.

See our full report on the ACSI survey in today's Mac News Review.

Editor's note: I find Digital Daily's headline somewhat misleading, as it implies that those who use both an iPad and a Mac find the iPad more satisfying. What the headline should say is that the iPad earns a higher satisfaction rating than Macs - quite an accomplishment! dk

Apple Certified Refurbished iPads Now Available

Apple now offers Apple Certified Refurbished iPads through the online Apple Store. Your editor is generally a big fan of ACR products. My last two Mac systems and two iPods have all been ACR units, and all have been excellent performers, with no problems noted, and for a substantial discount from list prices for new machines, with the same warranty coverage and AppleCare eligibility. However, these ACR iPads are selling for only $50 less than a new one. Reportedly they have completely new outer cases and batteries, but personally I think I might opt for a new unit with the difference in up-front cost so slight.

Apple Certified Refurbished Products are preowned (and "open-box") Apple products that undergo Apple's stringent refurbishment process prior to being offered for sale. While only some units are returned due to technical issues, all units undergo Apple's stringent quality refurbishment process, which means that they are very likely more thoroughly vetted and tested than new units.

Apple cautions that since ACR units have been unpacked and manipulated, they might however exhibit some minor cosmetic imperfection, such as scratches, marks or discolorations, although I have never detected any such flaws on the four ACR products I've bought personally.

Each Apple Certified Refurbished Product:

  • is fully tested (including full burn-in testing).
  • is refurbished with replacement parts for any defective modules identified in testing.
  • is put through a thorough cleaning process and inspection.
  • is repackaged (including appropriate manuals, cables, new boxes, etc.).
  • includes the operating software originally shipped with the unit and the custom software offered with that system. See each products "Learn More" for more details.
  • is given a new refurbished part number and serial number.
  • is placed into a Final QA inspection prior to being added to sellable refurbished stock.

Refurbishment procedures follow the same basic technical guidelines as Apple's Finished Goods testing procedures.

Apple Certified Refurbished Benefits In Summary:

  • Substantial savings
  • A fully functional unit with complete documentation
  • The assurance that the unit meets Apple's premiere quality standards, and that its defective components have been replaced by genuine Apple components
  • All Apple Certified Refurbished Products are covered by a one-year limited warranty. For extended coverage, you have the option of purchasing the AppleCare Protection Plan with your Apple Certified Refurbished Product. The AppleCare Protection Plan extends the complimentary coverage on your Apple Certified Refurbished Product to up to three years of world-class support for Mac, and up to two years of world-class support for iPod, iPhone, and Apple TV.

Refurbished unit supply is usually limited and first-come, first-serve. Apple recommends that you act quickly if you see an item that you like. A product will be reserved for you once you've completed checking out and Apple has received full authorized payment.

Pending availability, the 16 GB WiFi model goes for $449, the 32 GB is at $549, and the 64 GB unit is $649. 3G model refurbished iPads have yet to become available, with all three 3G models listed as out of stock, but will sell for $50 off new list, starting at $579 for the 16 GB model.

'Liquid Contact Indicator' Could Change Repair Policies

MacFixIt's Joe Aimonetti reports:

"Apple has changed the name of one of the key components used to determine whether or not damage was caused by liquid submersion. Though the change is subtle, now the Liquid Contact Indicator, it could signal a change in Apple's repair policies . . . By changing the name of the sensor, Apple has quite a bit more wiggle room when dealing with customer service issues regarding liquid damage...."

Editor's note: It was previously called the Liquid Submersion Indicator. dk

Touch Panel Supply Chain Gearing Up for 2G iPad in Early 2011

DigiTimes' Susie Pan and Yvonne Yu report that component suppliers including touch panel and reinforced glass suppliers for Apple's iPad are completing validation with Apple for the second-generation 9.7" iPad, according to sources at Taiwan-based component suppliers, with Apple expected to launch the second-generation iPad in the first-quarter of 2011 and shipments for the second-generation iPad at "the beginning" of the year.

iPad Will Disrupt PC Market by Creating a New Usage Model

A recent study by leading market research firm Technology Business Research, Inc. (TBR) finds that the tablet will displace many consumers' secondary PCs, creating a third major device category for personal computing and connectivity.

The study points to the success of Apple's iPad as a demonstration that the consumer seeks quick, easy e-mail and Web access via a device that features more portability than a laptop PC while providing instant-on and more usability than a smartphone.

Although laptop PCs will lose some ground to tablets, TBR believes the market will support all three device styles for computing and connectivity, including the laptop, tablet and smartphone.

"The rise of tablets is a clear signal of consumers' desire for different forms of information consumption. Tablet devices, such as the iPad, will shake up the personal computing ecosystem and the PC market," says Ezra Gottheil, Senior Analyst at TBR. "Tablets will displace sales of consumers' secondary laptop PCs, while their primary PC will continue to maintain its role for tasks such as document creation, storing files, and editing photographs. The majority of consumers will still own a PC two or three years down the road, but they will increasingly leverage other devices for computing and web access needs."

TBR's iPad & Web Tablet Buyer Study surveyed 500 United States-based iPad owners and future buyers, who plan to purchase an iPad in the next six months. Key findings include:

  • About a third of buyers replaced or will replace their PC with the iPad.
  • Almost half of buyers use their iPad as their primary computing device.
  • More than 80% of buyers stated the iPad met or exceeded expectations.
  • The TBR iPad & Web Tablet Buyer Study report documents the emergence of a third connectivity device in the consumer arsenal. The tablet category will be a vital piece of the computing ecosystem.

"The tablet device will rapidly establish itself as a powerful information consumption device in both the consumer and business markets," says TBR President Jon Lindy. "All those in the computing ecosystem must keep the tablet in mind when putting together their strategies for 2011 and beyond."

Survey data included:

  • Respondent demographics and technology profiles
  • Purchase criteria and purchase process
  • Device usage and anticipated usage
  • Satisfaction and desired improvements
  • Attached purchases

iPad Way Better than a PC in Two Areas

TechRepublic's Editor in Chief Jason Hiner observes that because of the iPad, 2010 will likely be remembered as a landmark year in computing, ranking with 1984 when Apple introduced the first mass-market graphical user interface with the original Macintosh, and 1995's Windows 95 launch that made PCs much easier to use on the cusp of the Internet revolution.

However, Hiner contends that as groundbreaking as the iPad is, its capabilities sometimes get exaggerated. He sums the paradoxical nature of the iPad up with the shorthand evaluation that the iPad is only good for two things: Reading/viewing and multitouch interaction.

However, he thinks it has plenty of room to grow.

Samsung Galaxy Tab: First Real iPad Competitor and How It Compares

Tablet Computer Geeks reports:

"So it appears that the new Samsung Galaxy Tab may be the first real tablet of any significance to hit the market. It's an interesting device that runs on the Android Operating System. Here we show you a little bit more about the Galaxy Tab and then we compare it to the iPad.

"The Galaxy Tab is significant for two reasons. It is the first major competitor to the iPad to come to market and it is also the first Android tablet to hit the market...."

Editor's note: That first sentence implies that the iPad was not "the first real tablet of any significance to hit the market." Color us confused! dk

BlackBerry Tablet May Be Unveiled Next Week

IDG News Service's Nancy Gohring says that Research in Motion may introduce a tablet computer next week, according to a Wall Street Journal report that cited unnamed "RIM insiders," and outlined some details of what such a tablet might look like with a 7" touchscreen and one or two built-in cameras, and running new OS software developed by recently acquired QNX Software Systems instead of the BlackBerry 6 operating system

Apps & Services

Ford Debuts Fiesta App on the App Store with Interactive Sales Brochure

PR: Ford's new Fiesta is adding an app for the Apple iPad to its list of technology offerings, providing users with interactive product information, photos, videos and available custom offerings

Fiesta is the first Ford vehicle to use an app to deliver a one-of-a-kind interactive brochure experience

The now available Fiesta App for iPad offers an interactive perspective on the vehicle's 15 class-exclusive features, 40 mpg story, connectivity and accessories. With more than 3 million Apple iPads sold, launching the Fiesta App in the App store is the perfect opportunity for Ford to reach out to customers, by creating an interactive sales brochure that provides a depth of information not found in a typical dealer brochure.

"Fiesta target consumers are heavily digitally inclined and often lead the way with new technology adoption. The Fiesta App gives these customers the information they want, in a format they expect," says Thomais Zaremba, Ford car marketing communications manager. "It's another way for us to reach out to customers in the digital and social media space."

Interactive Information at Your Fingertips

The Fiesta App gives customers interested in a Fiesta a rich experience with Ford's newest small car, providing a depth of information that couldn't be achieved in a typical sales brochure.

"This app is purpose built for the iPad to deliver information in a way that iPad users are accustomed to receiving information. It's very interactive, yet very educational at the same time," says Zaremba. "It brings together the gratification of holding a brochure while sharing interactive content like videos that are typically found on websites."

App users will be able to check out all of Fiesta's 15 class-exclusive features, including keyless entry and available push-button start. The screen lets viewers scroll down to each of the features, where a description and short video then shows how the technology works.

One screen also details all of the available tattoos and graphics, with viewers able to scroll through to see the choices for themselves. The app also describes how the Ford Fiesta with the six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission achieves an EPA rating of 40 mpg highway, delivering class-leading fuel economy.

Additional Fiesta App information includes:

  • Quality: Informs app users about how Fiesta achieved quality through strength and quietness
  • Safety: Details how Fiesta features seven standard airbags, including a new driver's knee airbag specifically developed to help reduce injuries in frontal collisions
  • Connectivity: Includes information on how the latest version of Ford SYNC® with turn-by-turn navigation, a standard audio input jack and an available audio upgrade will keep Fiesta drivers connected
  • Available accessories: Lets viewers see how they can personalize their Fiesta, with accessories like an illuminated gear indicator shift knob, rear spoiler, even a kayak carrier to haul outdoor gear
  • Standard and available features: Details the number of standard and available features that increase convenience and add connectivity on Fiesta
  • Colors: Shows off the choice of nine vivid new colors, from Bright Magenta to Lime Squeeze to Blue Flame

The Fiesta App is available for free in the App Store.

Editor's note: Incidentally, Ford might devote some engineering attention to improving iPhone support in its vehicles. According to Halifax Chronicle Herald photographer and "Gizmo Ninja" Christian Laforce, while his iPhone 3GS worked well as a phone with the SYNC in-car communications and entertainment system in a Ford Fiesta tester, he had heard that SYNC and iPhones don't coordinate very well. That proved true in his case - the proverbial wheels coming off when Laforce introduced Bluetooth music streaming to the SYNC equation. He says he had no problems syncing via Bluetooth and downloading his contact list to the system, but voice commands controlling media functions refused to work beyond the "play" instruction, he couldn't skip ahead using either voice commands or the steering wheel mounted controls, and switching back and forth from music to phone functions sometimes rendered both features nonfunctional, so he can't recommend using an iPhone with SYNC (which, for what it's worth, was developed for Ford by Microsoft), noting that iPhones don't appear on Ford's list of devices tested with the system. cm

The Telegraph for iPad

The Telegraph for iPadPR: Enjoy the best of the Telegraph, every day, with our new iPad app - free for a limited period in partnership with Audi. The app brings you the editors' selections from our award winning daily newspaper from the sharpest political reporting to in-depth sports analysis and must-read columnists.

The best of the Telegraph includes the following:

  • UK news
  • World news
  • Sport
  • Business
  • Comment
  • Features and analysis
  • Daily cartoon by Matt

Download the app from 5 a.m. (BST) every day. Then read it whenever you like, even when you're offline.

Look out for upgrades to the app coming soon.

The Telegraph - delivering quality journalism every day.

Version 1.1 released 20 September 2010

Requirements:

  • Compatible with iPad.
  • Requires iOS 3.2 or later.

VLC Media Player Comes to iOS

PR: Applidium's VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework, that plays most multimedia files and various streaming protocols. It is simple to use, yet very powerful and extendable, and is now available in an iOS version.

VLC has all codecs built-in. It comes with support for nearly all codec there is. And what is more it can even play back the file or media if it is damaged! Missing or broken pieces are no stop to VLC, it plays all the video and audio information that's still intact.

Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later.

Freeware

WhisperingWord Biblical Apps Offer Daily Updates and Forum Discussions

PR: London, England - Announcing that WhisperingWord Ltd., the developer of the WhisperingWord iPhone and iPad apps, has just released the latest update for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users. WhisperingWord and WhisperingWord Spanish for iPhone (both version 1.1), and WhisperingWord and WhisperingWord Español for iPad (version 1.0), give users access to the wisdom and teachings of Victor Robert Farrell, who has been writing and teaching from the Bible for over 30 years. The apps are updated with fresh writings daily, and offer users in-app ebook purchases and a chance to engage in live forum discussions.

The WhisperingWord Suite of apps features include:

  • Word for the week
  • Wake Up! Morning devotions
  • Night time devotions a.k.a. "Night Whispers"
  • Old and New Testament book overviews
  • Embedded YouTube videos
  • Calendar
  • Book Me
  • Forum
  • Newsletter
  • Inform my friends
  • Ebooks
  • Blog

Through down to Earth, easy to understand overviews, users will come to fully understand every book of the Bible. These four apps are designed to help users grow spiritually through fresh daily morning and evening inspirational writings, called Wake Up! and Night Whispers. These teachings have been well received the world over, and are updated twice daily for users to enjoy. Another timed delivery feature is the Word Of The Week, which is a more in-depth weekly study that often includes embedded YouTube videos. As the name suggests, this feature is updated once a week.

The WhisperingWord apps also give users the option to learn even more by accessing Victor Robert Farrell's daily blog and through in-app purchases of his many Ebooks. New titles are added regularly.

The calendar feature lets users see Victor's schedule of speaking engagements, so they can catch him live when he is in their area, and there's also a "Book Me" feature for those who might want to book him to speak at a function. These are also the only apps of their kind that encourage users to expand their spiritual horizons through lively conversation in topical forum discussions.

Device Requirements:

  • iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
  • Both iPhone apps require iOS 3.0 or later
  • Both iPad apps require iOS 3.2 or later
  • iPhone English version 0.6 MB
  • iPhone Spanish version 0.7 MB
  • Both iPad versions 3.1 MB

WhisperingWord and WhisperingWord Spanish 1.1 for iPhone are free. WhisperingWord For iPad and WhisperingWord Español for iPad 1.0 are $4.99. The entire suite of apps is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Lifestyle category. Promo codes are available for qualified reviewers. Please specify the website or blog you represent when making your request.

YouTube Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SiGE2MdQcQ

The Almighty Bible Goes High Tech: Genesis Available in iPad/iPhone App on Oct. 1

PR: The recently released print version of The Almighty Bible - Genesis (first book in the graphic novel series) has been welcomed with a positive reception from teens, tweens, parents and grandparents in both Christian and secular communities.

Now, in an effort to continue to develop the series, to further capture the attention of youth, the team behind this project has announced the release of an app for the iPad/iPhone. "It is our goal to create a tool that young people will be eager to revisit outside of Sunday school, youth group and Bible study sessions." says Kevin O'Donnell coproducer of the project and creator of the award winning "Liberty's Kids" from PBS.

In print format, the book already includes images that transform the greatest stories ever told into beautiful illustrations. Each page is also accompanied by biblically accurate condensed text that young people nine and up can easily follow. In addition to what the print version already offers, the app will provide the reader with narration, maps, glossary, historical commentary and many other features that are still being developed as a result of feedback from people like you. "Kevin and I both come out of the animation world and we've brought that mindset to creating a bible that we believe will connect with today's young people." - says Dong Chung, Kevin's partner in the project.

Now you can be equipped to minister whenever the opportunity arises. With the app, parents and young people are able to share their excitement for the Bible by telling the stories in a way that cannot be done with words alone. Carrying the app in your pocket, it is easier than ever to share the Bible with your friends, Christians and non-Christians alike, in a fun way. "We are working directly with youth ministers around the country to ensure that the new app provides the tools that parents and youth workers alike will love." - says Pastor Charles Kim, head of the Advisory Board.

The first app in the series - Genesis - will be released to the public on Oct. 1 with a live debut of the app at the National Youth Workers Convention, to be held in San Diego over Oct 1-4.

The Almighty Bible is published by Apple of the Eye Publishing and produced by Golden Dog and My Legacy Press.

Commodore 64 Gets BASIC Again as Apple Eases App Store Rules

PR: The Commodore 64 iOS App is based on the original and all-time famous 8-bit home computer released by Commodore International in August 1982. The most recent addition of the hugely popular blue screen BASIC interpreter enables fans and friends of Commodore 64 to type in their own programs and re-experience the full-blown eighties retro experience.

In addition, Commodore 64 for iOS comes with more than 40 retro classics such as International Karate, Last Ninja I, II & III, Boulder Dash, Space Taxi, Wizball, Paradroid, Super Pipeline, Uridium and Stormlord.

"We are truly excited to bring back BASIC to the millions of iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users globally. I really look forward to create my first few BASIC programs on my iPhone," says Jacob Moller, Chief Executive Officer at Kiloo.

"It has been tremendous fun to produce the official and fully licensed Commodore 64 App for iOS. During the development of this most recent release I've found myself spending hours with BASIC. I hope to emulate the disk drive so user generated programs can be saved and loaded again," says Stuart Carnie, Chief Technical Officer at Manomio.

Commodore 64 is available World Wide for $4.99 from the Apple App Store on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

Accessories

eHolster Introduces Front Pocket Wallet with Cell Phone Pouch

Front Pocket Wallet with Cell Phone PouchPR: eHolster, LLC, creators of the original eHolster Modular Shoulder Holster Case System, introduced the unique and innovative Front Pocket Wallet with Cell Phone Pouch to its expanding product line. These new leather front pocket wallets are designed to comfortably fit in a front pocket and include a soft protective pouch for a cell phone or smartphone.

"The new front pocket wallets combine the best features of a protective cell phone pouch with the security and accessibility of a front pocket wallet," stated Scott Quarterman, President of eHolster, LLC. "Now your wallet items and your cell phone can be safe, secure and easily accessible from your front pocket."

Front Pocket Wallet with Cell Phone PouchThe Front Pocket Wallet with Cell Phone Pouch includes an ID holder slot to hold a drivers license or other form of identification, two card slots to hold credit cards or business cards, and a zippered coin pocket to hold currency, coins and other flat items.

The front pocket wallet includes a universal cell phone pouch with specially designed elastic sides to accommodate most cell phones and smartphones. The universal cell phone pouch will fit Apple iPhone devices (such as iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3g, iPhone 2g, iPod touch, iPod classic), Blackberry devices (such as Blackberry Bold, Blackberry Curve, Blackberry Storm, Blackberry Pearl, and some older Blackberry devices), and other smartphone devices.

The Front Pocket Wallet with Cell Phone Pouch is hand-crafted with soft and supple 100% genuine leather that conforms to a cell phone's size and shape over time. The inside of the universal cell phone pouch is made with soft felt material to surround and protect the cell phone or smartphone.

The Front Pocket Wallet with Cell Phone Pouch is on sale for a limited time for $34.95 (retail price of $39.95), comes with a limited lifetime warranty, and is available exclusively eholster.com.

Kensington KeyFolio and Folio Cases for iPad

PR: Kensington has announced two cool new iPad accessories - the Kensington KeyFolio and Folio Cases that give iPad users the ability to stay protected, connected, and productive with their iPad everywhere they go.

Kensington KeyFolio Bluetooth Keyboard and Case for iPad (K39294US; SRP $99.99)

Kensington KeyFolio Bluetooth Keyboard and Case for iPadThe Kensington KeyFolio not only protects your iPad when on the road but also provides a handy wireless Bluetooth keyboard and handsfree stand when you reach your destination, turning the iPad into a near-netbook. The rubberized keys were specially designed to cushion your iPad screen from bumps and scratches when the folio is closed.

Features:

  • Durable synthetic leather cover protects your iPad in style
  • Provides full access to all iPad controls and 30-pin connector
  • Rubberized keys are spill-proof and also protect iPad screen from scratching when closed
  • Bluetooth keyboard delivers wireless operation and includes iPad specific keys
  • Adjustable stand securely holds your iPad in landscape mode
  • Uninterrupted working time: 90 hours
  • Magnet-free folio case ensures uninterrupted operation of the iPad's digital compass

Kensington Folio Case for iPad (K39296US; SRP $39.99)

Kensington Folio Case for iPadProtect your iPad in style while also gaining a handsfree stand with the Kensington Folio Case for iPad. The padded interior protects your iPad from bumps and bruises while on the road, and is remarkably thin. And when you reach your destination, the folio case with adjustable stand makes it easy to watch videos, surf the web and more.

Features:

  • Durable synthetic leather cover protects your iPad in style
  • Provides full access to all iPad controls and 30-pin connector
  • Padded interior delivers ultra-thin cushioning
  • Adjustable stand securely holds your iPad in landscape mode and offers multiple viewing positions
  • Magnet-free folio case ensures uninterrupted operation of the iPad's digital compass

Keycase Folio Deluxe with Built-in Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad

Keycase Folio DeluxePR: The Keycase Folio Deluxe case is a perfect companion for the daily iPad user. Typing emails and documents, and chatting online on your iPad has never been easier. The case opens up into a laptop position giving you optimal viewing while you type. It can be easily folded when the keyboard is not in use.

Built-in Bluetooth 2.0 Keyboard

The Bluetooth 2.0 keyboard allows you to connect to your iPad seamlessly. The silicone construction helps to protect your keyboard from accidental spills and allows you type quietly. It is a perfect companion for typing notes in meetings, at the library, or in class. The keyboard has a built-in rechargeable battery which lasts for 45 hours per charge and can be charged using the USB connection. Also, the Bluetooth keyboard can be used to connect to your iPhone, PS3, and any other Bluetooth device.

Keycase Folio DeluxeCase Design

The clean design of the case allows you to have easy accessibility to all the buttons on the iPad. The Magnetic clasp takes up the whole height of the case which helps to secure your iPad in place.

Brief Overview of Features

  • Bluetooth 2.0 Silicone Keyboard
  • Leather Style Exterior
  • Magnetic Clasp
  • Rechargeable keyboard lasts for 45 hours per charge

Keyboard charges through USB cable (included)

  • Automatically reconnects when turned on
  • The case comes with a 1 year warranty.
  • Ships in 1-2 business days and ships from NY

MSRP $129.99

Currently on sale for $99.99

BMW First Automaker to Offer OEM Seat Holders for iPad

PR: In the press release issued by BMW for the 2010 Paris Auto Show, the company announces a BMW holder for the Apple iPad to debut in the new BMW X3 and to be made available for all other model series from spring 2011.

The BMW iPad cradle supports portrait and landscape mode viewing, and rear seat passengers can connect to available WiFi hotspots or using an Internet-compatible mobile phone or data-enabled SIM card.

BMW holder for the Apple iPadAt the 2010 Paris Motor Show, BMW showcases a new Bluetooth interface technology that was created for the Apple iOS 4 operating system and allows the new Apple iPhone 4 to be integrated, among other devices. Also on show is the iPod Out function, which optimises the operation of various Apple devices in the vehicle. New possibilities for online use are opened up by the WiFi hotspot function that provides rear-seat passengers using a notebook or iPad with wireless Internet access while on the move, as well as a globally unique technology for integrating BlackBerry smartphones in the car, which among other things permits the display of emails including the text-to-speech function.

BMW is also incorporating a new Bluetooth interface technology created specifically for the Apple iOS 4 operating system to allows integration of the new Apple iPhone 4 and iPod. Introduction of a new interface technology in 2011 will enable all new BMW models to support the new iPod Out function of iOS 4. iPod Out broadens the range of iPhone and Apple iPod touch functions that BMW drivers can use inside their vehicles.

The iPod Out function allows display and control capability for music playback from an iPhone or iPod touch using the onboard monitor and vehicle controls to give drivers direct access to the latest iPod functions, such as a custom playlist and the Genius function, which searches the user's library to compile a playlist of tracks that go well together.

6x Telescope for iPhone USB Fever 6x Telescope with Crystal Case for iPhone 4G

PR: Don't want to be limited by the iPhone's built-in camera, now you have a way to "expand" its functions.

This telescope has a 6x expansion that can help you to close up any objects from afar 6 times.

Advantages:

  • avoid contortions of image
  • larger luminous flux
  • higher visual acuteness
  • good for color reduction
  • detachable from the crystal case
  • 6x optical lens

Recommend usages:

  • 6x Telescope for iPhone Watching sports matches,
  • Watching concerts
  • Travel
  • Remote shots at the zoo

This accessory is compatible with iPhone 4G

Package Contents:

  • Crystal Case for iPhone 4G
  • Telescope
  • Neck Strap

Note:

  • This is a fixed 6x optical lens, not a gradual/changeable optical zoom.
  • The crystal case is either in smoky black or Crystal Clear

$18.99


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