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Kids Want iOS Devices for Christmas, White iPhone 4 Delayed, iPad Now at Verizon Wireless, and More

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

Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2010.10.29

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iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad Top Kids' Christmas Lists

ToyNews' Katie Roberts says that the latest Duracell Toy Report on the most wanted toys among from five to 16 year-olds this Christmas shows iPhone 4, iPad, and iPod touch take the top three spots on kids' wish lists, with some 39% of the children who took part in the study asking for Apple gadgets this year - 17% of five to eight year-olds, 50% of nine to 12 year-olds, and 66% of 13 to 16 year-olds putting Apple items at the top of their lists.'

Apple Delays White iPhone 4 Until Spring 2011

Apple Insider's Katie Marsal reports:

"Apple on Tuesday announced it was again forced to delay the launch of its white iPhone 4, this time past the holiday buying season until Spring 2011."

Are iPhone and iPad Relevant to the Enterprise?

Computerworld's Richi Jennings says:

"The conventional wisdom is that enterprises aren't impressed by Apple's shiny iDevices, perceiving them as a consumer play. Is that a fair assessment? And if so, could it change in the foreseeable future? Let's take a look, in The Long View...."

How iPads Enter the Workplace

Forrester Research's Ted Schadler notes that the iPad has kicked off an enterprise arms race for smart mobile devices and provides the three ways Forrester see tablets entering the workplace based on over 200 conversations with IT customers about iPads and other tablets since January.

"The interest is incredible," says Schadler, "and IT is ahead of the curve on this one, determined not to be playing catchup as happened with employee and executive demand for iPhones."

US Army Gets an iPad App

9 to 5 Mac's Jonny Evans says:

"Apple's iPad is seeing the same widescale deployment as any previous tablet device, turning up in people's homes, the enterprise, in medical and education and - now - also in the US Army, where Textron Systems has developed a troop movement tracking app for iPad."

Apple iPad Now Available from Verizon Wireless

PR: Verizon Wireless customers can now purchase the Apple iPad at any of the more than 2,000 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores nationwide.

Verizon Wireless offers three bundles, all featuring an iPad Wi-Fi model and a Verizon MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot, for a suggested retail price of $629.99 for iPad Wi-Fi 16 GB + MiFi, $729.99 for iPad Wi-Fi 32 GB + MiFi, and $829.99 for iPad Wi-Fi 64 GB + MiFi. Verizon Wireless is offering a monthly access plan to customers who purchase an iPad with a MiFi beginning at 1 GB of data for just $20 monthly access. In addition, Verizon Wireless will also offer all three iPad Wi-Fi models on a stand-alone basis.

iPad customers can use the Verizon MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot and Verizon Wireless' 3G network to browse the Web, read and send e-mail, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks, and much more, all using iPad's revolutionary Multi-Touch user interface on the go, wherever they are in Verizon Wireless' nationwide 3G coverage area.

The MiFi 2200 is small enough to fit in a pocket and allows customers to create a personal Wi-Fi cloud capable of sharing the high-speed Internet connectivity of the Verizon Wireless 3G Mobile Broadband network with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices.

Verizon Wireless has the largest and most reliable 3G network coverage area in the United States. Verizon Wireless' "most reliable wireless network" claim is based on network studies performed by test men and test women. These engineers conduct more than 19 million data tests annually on the Verizon Wireless network and other national wireless carriers' networks while traveling more than 1 million miles across the nation.

Since it was formed, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $60 billion - $5.7 billion on average every year - to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services.

For additional information on Apple's iPad together with Verizon Wireless' MiFi 2200, visit Verizon Wireless, go to a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, or call 1-800-2 JOIN IN.

Apps & Services

MaxiVista App Turns iPad into a Second Monitor for Windows PCs

MaxiVista turns iPad into a second PC displayPR: Bartels Media GmbH announces a free update of the iPad App "MaxiVista" with increased display performance.

Since 2003, MaxiVista allows using a Windows PC as an additional monitor for another computer. MaxiVista was first to introduce this technology for iPad users who wish to use the tablet as an extra display for their Windows PC.

MaxiVista turns iPad into a second PC displayProgram windows can be shifted seamlessly from PC and on to the high-quality screen of the iPad to alleviate the hassle of swapping between overlapping applications. Photoshop color palettes, toolbars, messenger programs and file folders windows can be moved to the iPad screen to create room on the main monitor.

MaxiVista is the only App that also connects up to three Windows PC plus an iPad to create a giant 4 screen solution.

MaxiVista turns iPad into a second PC displayMaxiVista is a pure software solution and requires no further Hardware. Instead of using a cable connection, the expanded virtual desktop is transmitted digitally and without loss of quality over a normal Wireless LAN network connection to the iPad. Swapping between portrait and landscape can be done by just turning the iPad.

The updated iPad version of MaxiVista now offers an increased display refresh rate that, although wireless, closely matches that of a conventional monitor. Due to a special data compression, the CPU and network load stay mostly within single digits.

MaxiVista is available at maxivista.com for $9.99. The updated version is provided free-of-charge for existing customers.

Accessories

Yamaha PDX-31 Portable Dock for iPhones and iPods

PR: Yamaha Electronics Corporation has introduced the PDX-31 portable player dock for iPhones and iPods, featuring an Aux-in (stereo mini jack) for use with any MP3 player or other audio devices.

Yamaha PDX-31 Portable DockAvailable in three colors (dark red, black, and light gray), the PDX-31's superior sound quality is delivered by a Yamaha digital amplifier with extremely low noise distortion. The PDX-31 offers reinforced, dual wall "box-within-a-box" construction with twin 3-1/4 -inch speakers to provide rich dynamic bass response for powerful, clean sound from any music library.

The PDX-31 is compact, light enough, and cosmetically versatile to be placed anywhere in the home. The flat-top design provides an attractive and sophisticated touch to any home interior. The supplied small, handy remote control works like your iPod controls, making it easy to browse menus and select songs. Embodying Yamaha's continued drive toward environmentally sound products, the PDX-31 incorporates the advanced power management feature Auto Power Off which automatically powers the unit off after a certain amount of time to conserve energy.

The PDX-31 remembers the volume level when you remove your portable device, so the next time you dock it, the volume is set to that level.

"Yamaha places a high premium on versatility in designing its products," says Tom Sumner, President, Yamaha Electronics Corporation. "The PDX-31 allows you to enjoy song files in several different ways, while offering great sound, effortless operation and sleek styling."

The Yamaha PDX-31 carries an MSRP of $169.95.

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Caze Announces World's Slimmest Frame Case for iPhone 4

PR: Caze released ThinEdge frame case for iPhone 4. Constructed of lightweight, hard-shell plastic, ThinEdge frame case offers sleek and stylish protection for the iPhone 4 and comes with a wallet-size stand for easy viewing of your wide screen. Designed as the ultimate balance between case-minimalism and protection, the ThinEdge wraps the edges and corners to cushion and protect and keeps the front and back of the iPhone 4 from coming into direct contact with flat surfaces when laid down. To ensure the iPhone 4 is fully protected from everyday bumps & scratches, a front & back film set is provided.

ThinEdge frame case for iPhone 4ThinEdge adds just a millimeter in thickness to the sides of the iPhone 4. It fits tightly around the edges of the iPhone 4 and protects its sides by protruding slightly above the front screen & back glass and can address the antenna concern. The result leaves the back and front fully exposed visually, but shielded against scratches. It is made of Grilamid® TR-90, which is a plastic polymer commonly used in the creation of sport and other impact-resistant eyewear frames. TR-90-made products are lightweight, remarkably tough, highly flexible, shatterproof and highly resistant to UV damage. An edge connector is provided for fastening the frame case and personalizing the iPhone 4. Each case comes with two different colored connectors.

ThinEdge is easy to install. Its anti-slip property gives the iPhone 4 more grip on surfaces. Easy access to all phone functions without having to remove the case. It has complete access to all the main ports and buttons of the device. Charging has also never been easy since you do not have to remove the case.

To ensure all-around protection, the ThinEdge comes with a free screen protection kit (front & back film) for added shield.

If you find Bumper a bit too bulky or are looking for a minimal case that will add protection without getting in the way, ThinEdge looks like a great place to start. You can order now at their official website. ThinEdge is available in 4 stunning colours (Black matte, White matte, Blue gloss, Pink gloss).

Speck Unveils Complete Collection of All-New Case Colors and Styles for 4G iPod touch

PR: Speck promises new iPod touch owners one thing - no matter their mood, style or view of the world, Speck has a full complement of vibrant colors, styles and choices to protect and personalize their favorite new device.

Among Speck's new cases for the recently released 4G iPod touch are:

  • GeoMetric - A flexible and slim protective case with triangular contrasting-textured facets. The unique texture provides a better grip with its perfectly contoured form-fit design. Available in Black, Cyan and Purple for MSRP of $29.95.
  • Fitted - Original, genuine fabric patterns and designs give your iPod a fabulous tailored look. This form-fit fabric-wrapped two-piece hard shell case protects from scratches and scuffs and is soft-touch finished for a comfortable grip. Available in MisKerChief Red, TastyCakes Pink, SpexyHexy Purple, TartanPlaid White, Darkest Tartan Plaid, Dalmatian Houndstooth and CookieCamo Brown for MSRP of $29.95.
  • PixelSkin HD - A flexible high-contrast skin case with a smooth HD pixel texture. It's perfectly contoured, single-piece skinny fit makes quite a style statement with its matte-finish pixels and shiny glossy grid. Available in Black, Purple and Bright Red for MSRP of $29.95.
  • PixelSkin - This rubbery matte finish case and its extra-grippy grid texture provides unmatched pixel insulation for serious protection from bumps and drops. Fun, flexible, and available in Black, Kelly Green, Hot Pink, Cyan and Purple for a MSRP of $24.95.
  • SeeThru and SeeThru Satin - A one-piece flexible hard shell case for a sleek look, a smooth finish and total device functionality. Its rubberized edge and button cover provide extra grip and protection. The soft-touch finished SeeThru Satin offers an extra-smooth comfortable grip and a frosted appearance. The SeeThru is available in Clear while SeeThru Satin is available in Black and Dark Blue for MSRP of $29.95.
  • CandyShell - A one-of-a-kind single-piece patent-pending design; a hard shell case with soft, rubberized interior lining and button covers. It's the standard in both style and shock absorbing protection. Available in Batwing Black, Moonsicle White, LoveHate Pink, PaleMoon Grey and MoonRock Grey for MSRP of $34.95.
  • ShieldView Protective Screen Films - Protects iPod touch screens from scratches and smudges with a glossy finish that provides maximum image clarity. It's non-adhesive, easy to apply/remove and comes in a three pack. Available for MSRP of $9.95.

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