Apple and the American Economy, Tablet Market Doubles Over Holidays, Origami iPad Case, and More
This Week's iPad, iPhone, iPod, and Apple TV News
All prices are in US dollars unless otherwise noted.
News, Reviews, & Opinion
- What Were 15.4 Million iPad 2 Buyers Thinking?
- Apple and the American Economy
- Why a Kindle Replaced My iPad for Reading Books
- Tablet and Ebook Reader Ownership Nearly Double Over the Holiday Period
- Market Force: 100% of Surveyed Consumers Bought an Electronic Device over the Holidays
- Apple Playing 'Second Fiddle' in Electronic Textbooks
- Brother Color Inkjet All-in-One Units Now Support AirPrint
Apps & Services
- Inkling Interactive Electronic Textbooks for iPad
- NoteLedge Note Pad and Navigator
- Free Epson iProjection App for Wireless Projection from iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch
- Cellphone-Repair-Shop.com Offers a Full Range of Apple Products and Services Nationwide
- iPad Users and Others Risk Pinch Grip Syndrome - EyeGrip Tablet Holder Deemed Medically Advisable Option
- USB OTG Cable for iPad/iPad 2
Presentation & Protection
- Kami Origami Folio Case for iPad 2 Features Foldable Creases to Convert to Stand
- WaterField Designs iPad Travel Express and iPad Wallet Take the Backache Out of Student Life
- Predator Zero Carbon Fiber iPhone 4/4S Case
- Crimson Announces New Colors and Finishes Added to Its Aluminum Frame Case for iPhone 4/4S
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News, Reviews, & Opinion
Motley Fool's Rick Aristotle Munarriz is gobsmacked that more than 15 million people bought iPad 2's in the recent holiday quarter, with it pretty widely anticipated that an iPad 3 (or 2S) will land in March, a phenomenon that he says is really stunning the market, and a sucker punch to the gut of every Apple cynic.
Munarriz notes that prior to the release of Apple's fiscal Q1 earnings report this week, analysts had been scaling back iPad sales projections in recent weeks, it being difficult to see Apple moving as many tablets with Amazon.com's Kindle Fire selling robustly and deep discounts on RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook
Given the markdown madness, he says you have to wonder what the 15.4 million buyers of iPads at $499 or higher were thinking, with the the iPad 3 rolling out sometime between February and April of this year - at the same price of an iPad 2 - why rush into an iPad 2 purchase just months or weeks before it's obsolete?
Would it have hurt these 15.4 million new iPad 2 owners to wait a couple of months for either a better price on their own gadget or at the very least a chance to spend the same amount on something better?
"I'm not asking iPad buyers to think different," he says, "as much as just to think, period."
An essay in The Economist says the macroeconomic discussions that Apple's success prompts tend to be very curious things - a company that's been phenomenally successful, making products people love and directly creating nearly 50,000 American jobs in doing so, is criticized for not locating its manufacturing operations in America.
All told, the physical production of Apple's products accounts for hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs.
It isn't enough for Apple to have changed the world with its innovative consumer electronics; it must also rebuild American manufacturing, and not just any manufacturing: the manufacturing of decades ago when reasonable hours and high wages were the norm.
Or so goes one increasingly prevalent trope.
Reality is that as the New York Times recently cited the late Steve Jobs telling President Obama at a sit-down dinner in Silicon Valley last February, those jobs aren't coming back. Americans simply won't work 12 hour days six days a week for $17 a day like the folks who build iPhones and iPads in China currently do.
The Economist points out that Apple does continue to capture most of the value added in its products, with the most valuable aspects of an iPhone, for instance - its initial design and engineering - still being done in America.
That, however, doesn't address the problem of America's growing income inequality, and The Economist says that it's worth asking how the American government might alter its policies so as to make life better for middle- and low-skill workers in America at reasonable cost, noting that jobs matter, but whether they matter enough - and specifically whether these low-skill manufacturing jobs matter enough - to undertake major and costly government interventions in the economy, in the process potentially harming the effectiveness of America's innovative businesses, is the question with which American workers and leaders are now wrestling.
Much food for thought in this piece.
Cnet's Scott Stein says that while there's a case to be made for convergence devices - and the iPad, in many ways, has been that device for him - he still I bought a Kindle, the $79, no-touch, ad-supported version. Why? The e-ink screen. Stein says that the more he read digital books on the iPad, the more he became aware of eye fatigue, and that began to worry him.
Consequently, part of the Kindle's attraction was its no-refresh, natural feeling and the lack of pixel blur on full-page text. He also says he admires the single-use intent of a book, and Kindle comes closest to approximating that goal.
Stein further observes that while Apple's been focusing on merging media with books via iBooks 2 and the iPad, he's been starting to find himself moving in the opposite direction: basic text, no colors, and when digging into a 1,000-page novel, he prefers a Kindle.
PR: Pew Internet's Lee Rainie reports that the share of adults in the United States who own tablet computers nearly doubled from 10% to 19% between mid-December and early January, and the same surge in growth also applied to ebook readers, which also jumped from 10% to 19% over the same time period. The number of Americans owning at least one of these digital reading devices jumped from 18% in December to 29% in January.
Rainie notes that these findings are striking, because they come after a period from mid-2011 into the autumn in which there was not much change in the ownership of tablets and ebook readers. However, as the holiday gift-giving season approached, the marketplace for both devices dramatically shifted. In the tablet world, Amazon's Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble's Nook Tablet were introduced at considerably cheaper prices than other tablets. In the ebook reader world, some versions of the Kindle and Nook and other readers fell well below $100.
These metrics come from ongoing surveys by the Pew Research Centers Internet & American Life Project aimed at tracking growth in the ownership of both devices. A pre-holiday survey was conducted among 2,986 people age 16 and older between November 16 and December 21, 2011, and has a margin of error of ± two percentage points. Telephone interviews for the pre-holiday survey were conducted in English and Spanish, by landline and cell phone.
The post-holiday data come from the combined results of two surveys one conducted January 5-8 among 1,000 adults age 18 and older and another conducted January 12-15 of 1,008 adults. The January surveys were conducted on landline and cell phones. They were conducted only in English. The combined surveys have a margin of error of ± 2.4 percentage points.
For more information, see the Methodology section of this report.
PR: Electronics were at the top of everyone's shopping list over the holidays. In a new consumer electronics study by Market Force Information, 100% of survey respondents reported purchasing a consumer electronic device for themselves or others during the holiday season. Video games and gear were the most popular items, followed by TVs.
The survey of more than 4,200 consumers by Market Force, a worldwide leader in customer intelligence solutions, was designed to uncover which electronics were most popular among holiday shoppers in 2011, what factors influenced their buying decisions and where they made their purchases.
Brick-and-mortar dominates for CE
Surprisingly, more holiday shoppers got into their cars than logged into their computers to shop for electronics. Of those surveyed, only 35% said they bought an electronic device online, while 100% said they bought at least one device from a retail store.
Why brick-and-mortar and not online? More than half said they bought from a retail location because of the immediacy of the purchase, and 46% were lured by special in-store promotions. Another 39% wanted to avoid shipping costs, while 35% wanted an in-person demonstration of the device.
Best Buy was the most popular retailer for pricey consumer electronics, followed by Walmart and Target. Wireless phone stores, Apple Stores, Staples and GameStop were also called out, although none received more than 5% of the mentions.
Sales associates wield retail power
The survey also discovered that retail sales associates wield enormous clout during the electronics buying process. More than three-quarters of shoppers said they were helped by a sales person, 44% received a specific product recommendation from the associate and, of those, 85% bought the product that was recommended.
We discovered that the human factor in the retail process is incredibly powerful when consumer electronics are concerned, said Janet Eden-Harris, chief marketing officer for Market Force. Not only do shoppers value and trust the opinions of electronics salespeople, they also tend to follow their advice, which tells us this role carries more weight than in other industries.
Game on for holiday electronics sales
In the blazing battle of consumer electronics dominance, the video game industry proved victorious. 32% of survey respondents reported buying gaming gear for themselves or others, just edging out the 31% who bought TVs, DVD players and other TV components. There was a tie for third between smart phones and digital cameras, each with 24%, while 23% bought a computer. Despite the hype, tablet computers like iPads and e-readers like Kindle were only purchased by 21% and 20%, respectively.
Market Force conducted the consumer electronics survey in January 2012. The pool of 4,206 survey respondents ranged in age from 18 to more than 65, and reflected a broad spectrum of income levels, with half reporting household incomes of $25,000 to $50,000 a year. 72% were women, the primary household consumer purchasers. More than two-thirds are married.
Halifax Chronicle-Herald Business Reporter Bill Power reports that when Apple Inc. announced the company's entry into the brave new world of digital textbooks last week, there were a few knowing winks around the struggling Nova Scotia pulp mill town of Port Hawkesbury.
Port Hawkesbury native, Harvard graduate, and former Apple executive Matt MacInnis is CEO of San Francisco's Inkling Systems, Inc. (see press release below), which entered the digital textbook market more than two years ago.
"Tell those guys at Apple they're playing second fiddle," John MacInnis, father of Inkling's founder, told Power in an interview Friday, also noting that the younger MacInnis applauded Apple's official entry into digital textbooks when contacted, anticipating that Cupertino's foray into digital textbooks will create a large and accepting market for the sort of experience Inkling is promoting.
PR: Brother International Corporation has recently launched several color inkjet all-in-one products that support AirPrint. AirPrint is a wireless technology that allows users to print from their iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch without having to first install a printer driver. The supported models include the MFC-J280w, MFC-J430w, MFC-J625dw, MFC-J825dw, and MFC-J5910dw. (Links are to Amazon.com.)
In July, Brother released a new line of small office/home office inkjets that now support AirPrint. AirPrint is a convenient feature for busy small business owners who need immediate access to high-impact images and on the go information, such as realtors, event managers, and architects. All future Brother wireless printers will feature AirPrint support.
HP has announced that it's begun executing its plan to deliver an open webOS by committing to a schedule for making the platforms source code available under an open source license.
The company aims to complete this milestone in its entirety by September.
HP also announced it is releasing version 2.0 of webOS's innovative developer tool, Enyo. Enyo 2.0 enables developers to write a single application that works across mobile devices and desktop web browsers, from the webOS, iOS, and Android platforms to the Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers and more. The source code for Enyo is available today, giving the open source community immediate access to the acclaimed application framework for webOS.
By contributing webOS to the open source community, HP unleashes the creativity of hardware and software developers to build a new generation of applications and devices.
"HP is bringing the innovation of the webOS platform to the open source community," says Bill Veghte, executive vice president and chief strategy officer, HP. "This is a decisive step toward meeting our goal of accelerating the platforms development and ensuring that its benefits will be delivered to the entire ecosystem of web applications."
The webOS code will be made available under the Apache License, Version 2.0, beginning with the source code for Enyo.
Over the first half of the year, HP will make individual elements of webOS source code available from core applications like Mail and Calendar to its Linux kernel until the full code base is contributed to the open source community by September.
Enyo 2.0 and Enyo source code
Enyo 1.0 made it simple to write apps that worked on a variety of webOS form factors. Version 2.0 extends this write once, run anywhere capability to a range of other platforms, including mobile and desktop web browsers.
Apps & Services
PR: Inkling Systems, Inc.'s Inkling is a platform for interactive textbooks, built from the ground up for iPad. It turns paper-based textbooks into engaging, interactive learning experiences while staying compatible with the print book for classroom use.
Inkling is a completely new way to learn. It includes:
- Shared Notes that make it easy to collaborate with friends in realtime
- Integrated interactive media in every textbook title, such as videos, 3-D objects, and guided tours
- A simple and powerful user interface that makes it easy to study
- Interactive quizzes that help you immediately gauge your level of understanding
- An intuitive search engine that predicts your search as you type
And while it's entirely new, it also keeps the things you love about the print book:
- All the content of the print edition, and a lot more
- Page numbers you can jump to directly
- Digital media you'd otherwise get online with a "code," integrated directly
Inkling's developers note
When we set out to design Inkling, we thought about the assumptions people make, usually unconsciously, each time they create or consume a book.
Take the concept of a page, for example. A page is a block of content divided by what "fits" into a given physical space. If you've ever done an essay for a course, you've probably changed the amount of content on a page by changing the line spacing or changing the font size. But the page itself rarely represents a semantic break in the content. That is, a page is a page not because it makes sense for the content itself, but because that's just what happened to fit.
Enter iPad. There's no such thing as a page. There's a 1024 by 768 screen that can change in response to your fingers. There's a display instead of ink. There's memory instead of paper. There's a world of new opportunities, and whole new set of constraints.
Guess what! The iPad isn't a book
Publishing in this new era will cast aside the constraints of the printed book and embrace the opportunity of multitouch devices and their impressive computing power. It will generate content that responds to the user, and it will engage people in new ways that television, newspapers, magazines, and websites never could.
Inkling is the realization of that potential. It's a flexible, interactive publishing platform where the human is at the center of the creative process, not the book. Where the iPad is the canvas, not paper. And as people start to grasp the power of the platform, you're going to see ever more exciting content inside.
- Compatible with iPad.
- Requires iOS 4.2 or later.
PR: NoteLedge is a robust note-taking application that combines handwriting, typing, audio and video recording all in one package. What distinguishes NoteLedge is its patented feature, Navigator, a gadget that enables you to crop the selected contents in your own way and paste them anywhere within the notes. NoteLedge makes an ideal tool for making a scrapbook, composing a brief memo, keeping a daily diary, writing a travel journal, and recording brainstorming results.
- Powerful Editing Tools:
- Realistic handwriting and drawing experience.
- Drag the text box anywhere within the note page to your liking.
- Take notes and record at the same time. Add multiple video/audio recordings to create richer content.
- Rest your palm while writing or drawing with a stylus.
The One and Only Patented Navigator
- The Navigator allows you to crop and copy your texts, pictures and drawings in your own way and paste them wherever you like within the active area.
- A collection of built-in stamps are available.
Customize Your Notes:
- Choose among the blank, graph, ruled, or loose-leaf note templates. You could also customize a template with your own photo.
- Create your note covers with pictures from your photo library.
- WOW others with your one-of-a-kind E-cards.
- Support various photo filters including Lomo, Black and White, Gothic, Sharp Color, and more.
Keep Everything Organized:
- Manage your notes under the calendar view.
- Back up you notes, retrieve saved works, and fine-tune your masterpieces anytime and anywhere.
- Use the file clone feature to create a copy of your files.
- Password protection supported.
Share Your Life the Easy Way:
- Facebook your notes/travel journals.
- Email your notes in either JPG or PDF format within a matter of seconds. NoteLedge also allows you to easily back up notes to a wide range of cloud storage sites including Dropbox, iDisk, Box.net, Google Docs, FTP and WebDAV.
New in Version 1.2:
- Various fonts/colors/sizes supported
- Resizable text boxes supported
- New writing/painting tools available: a pencil, a crayon and three types of brushes
- Magnifying mode
- Slideshow mode
- Canny edge filter supported
- File information provided
- Flexible cropping (photos and images)
- Compatible with iPad.
- Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
PR: Epson has introduced iProjection, its first projection app for wirelessly displaying documents and photos to Epson projectors, allowing mobile professionals and educators the freedom to present content wirelessly with ease. Available for free in the App Store, iProjection enables wireless projection from most iOS Apple devices running iOS 4.2 or later, including the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. iProjection is also cloud-ready, supporting cloud files services such as Dropbox or various email applications.
"As tablet and smart phone popularity continues to grow, both business users and teachers are in need of an intuitive and easy-to-use application that will allow them to leverage content from their Apple iOS devices and project it wirelessly," says Brian Savarese, product manager, Epson America, Inc. "Whether presenting on the road or in the classroom, iProjection expands iOS device's wireless capabilities for collaboration with larger than life images on wireless Epson projectors."
iProjection allows mobile users to present to any Epson wireless projector from mobile Apple iOS devices such as an iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, and is ideal for business users who need to travel light yet maintain the capability of presenting with a full-featured projector. In addition, as more teachers integrate mobile content into their lesson plans, iProjection is beneficial in a classroom environment, allowing teachers the flexibility to move about the classroom while simultaneously sharing larger than life content. This versatile app also allows teachers and business professionals to access files through the cloud, offering the ability to display documents and files not residing on the mobile device. The app is compatible with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Apple Keynote, Adobe PDF, and JPEG and PNG image files, as well as cloud services such as Dropbox and email applications such as Gmail.
iProjection is currently available for free download in the App Store.
PR: Cellphone-Repair-Shop.com has announced the expansion of their product line which now offers a full selection of Apple products and services. Through the site, consumers are able to order the Apple repair parts they need, retrieve helpful information for do-it-yourself Apple repair and fix their own Apple product. Better yet is the option to purchase a repair service for their out of warranty Apple product and send their unit in, to be professionally repaired and receive a warranty on the work done.
Apple iPhones, iPods and iPads are constantly susceptible to becoming damaged, broken or simply to stop working. Many people find that they utilize their Apple products daily for work, personal use or both. The more the device is used, the more opportunity there is for something to go wrong or accidental breakage. When this happens, Cellphone Repair Shop is the only trusted source which offers a complete range of Apple products and services.
Many consumers are taking the do-it-yourself approach which allows them to save money on labor costs. For these consumers, Cellphone-Repair-Shop.com offers a complete line of Apple repair parts including the newest iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S parts, iPod touch 4th generation parts and even the newest iPad 2 parts. All cellphone parts sold on the site are guaranteed to be of the highest quality and are quality tested. For more information on iPhone repair parts or any other Apple replacement part, visit Cellphone-Repair-Shop.com
For the non tech-savvy consumers the company offers Apple repair services which include anything from a cracked glass screen on iPads and iPod touch all the way to broken charge ports and iPhone water damage repair. Finding the repair service that is needed is quick and easy due to the detailed explanation of each repair service, provided by the company. There is even an other Apple repair service, for all Apple repair services that do not fall under a specific section under each of the devices. So if you are not sure what iPhone repair service you need, you can simply choose this one.
To round out the companies Apple products and services, Apple iPhone unlocking is also available for older iPhones such as the iPhone 3G all the way to the newest iPhone 4. As new unlocking solutions are released for the newer iPhone 4S, Cellphone Repair Shop will add these services so that consumers have the option to do what they wish with their Apple iPhones and move around to different cellphone service providers if they so wish. Cellphone Repair Shop can even jailbreak your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad so that you have the freedom to add Apps which have not yet been approved for the Apple App Store.
For more information on Apple products and services offered by Cellphone Repair Shop, locally in California and nationally through their state of the art website, please visit Cellphone-Repair-Shop.com or contact Cellphone Repair Shop at Toll Free (877) 288-4488.
iPad Users and Others Risk Pinch Grip Syndrome - EyeGrip Tablet Holder Deemed Medically Advisable Option
PR: Introduced by Capsicum Sports, the new EyeGrip tablet accessory provides users with a simple, ergonomic alternative for holding tablets while lowering the risk of developing this condition.
EyeGrip is a single-hand tablet holder with a built-in universal tripod mount. The understated, low profile handle and tripod mount is designed to not compromise the original sleek design of the iPad or other tablets, and is easily detachable for regular desktop use, using a patent pending design. Prior to the EyeGrip, there were few inexpensive options available for mounting a tablet to a tripod for photography, video and presentation purposes.
Tenosynovitis is a painful inflammation of the tendons on the thumb side of the wrist. Although this inflammation is commonly due to repetitive motion such as knitting, playing an instrument, or chopping with a knife, it can also be caused by little or no motion at all. The mere act of pinching an object with sufficient force for a prolonged period of time has been shown to cause this disorder.
Dr. Randall West D.O. of Folsom, California, has recently diagnosed a number of patients with DeQuervain's Tenosynovitis. In all cases, they appear to be related to the continuous pinching force required to hold an electronic tablet.
"Recent cases have appeared that have been diagnosed as being caused by holding an electronic tablet using a pinch grip with one hand while typing with the other. The forces exerted by the thumb required to counteract the cantilevered mass of the tablet, coupled with the downward pressure from typing with the opposite hand, are quite significant. An alternate means of supporting the tablet is preferred over using the pinch grip," explains Dr. West.
"The EyeGrip product is a medically advisable option for users of tablet devices to prevent this disorder, which can be painful and debilitating," adds West.
- Single hand tablet holder with built-in tripod mount.
- Compatible with iPad and other electronic tablet devices.
- Eliminates "Pinch Grip" hand fatigue.
- Installs in seconds. Simple and secure.
- Detachable strap holder/tripod mount.
- Ultrathin base supports landscape and portrait orientations.
- Adjustable Velcro strap.
- Includes four polyurethane corner bumpers.
- Compatible with the iPad Smart Cover.
- Patent Pending Design.
The EyeGrip is compatible with nearly all electronic tablets and has proven to be a useful tool in the workforce, especially to those who have taken their business mobile. Real estate agents, sales reps, medical personnel, retailers and athletic coaches are just a few of the many professionals that have already embraced the simple functionality of the EyeGrip. Manufactured in the USA, the EyeGrip retails for $19.95 and is now available online (free shipping and handling).
PR: With this USB OTG adapter cable, it is easy to transfer data files from devices with USB interface like digital camera, digital audio device, USB keyboard, or memory card reader to your iPad.
- Support standard photo formats, including JPEG, RAE (Not support for iPhone 3G, but it supports external keyboards)
- Supporting external input when connect normal USB keyboard to iPad
- Supporting external input when connect to digital audio device with standard USB interface
- Compatible with USB Camera that support Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP) or mass storage class devices
- Just plug it into the dock connector port on your iPad then attach your digital camera or iPhone using a USB cable.
- Your iPad automatically opens the photos after you making a connection. which lets you choose the pictures you wanted to import. When you sync iPad to your PC or Mac, the photos are added to your PC photo library.
This accessory if compatible with:
- Apple iPad
- Apple iPad 2
- Use for pendrive, digitizer cabera, or mouse keyboard
- White color;
- With chipset inside;
Note: iPad only reads data (graphics files) from devices / Memory cards with a folder "DCIM".
Presentation & Protection
PR: IPEVO, Inc. has announced the release of Kami Origami Folio Case. Designed for Apple's iPad 2, Kami is a slim case whose cover can be folded to convert the case into a stand. Kami is now available for purchase through IPEVO's online store.
Taking inspiration from origami, the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, Kami's cover features creases which can be pinched and folded inward by the user. The resultant triangular support can then be used to prop up the iPad 2 for either a 20° or a 70° viewing angle, depending on orientation. The folding action requires no fasteners, Velcro, or similar, and can be accomplished in a few seconds.
When unfolded, Kami's cover along with the case serve to protect iPad 2 from everyday wear and tear and superficial damage. The light gray case is made from microfiber, which is sturdy yet soft to the touch. This microfiber, an alternative to the leather common with many iPad cases, is moisture- and stain-resistant, including resistance to fingertip acid. The material may be spot-cleaned.
At 4 millimeters thick, Kami is among the slimmest and lightest iPad 2 cases on the market. The iPad 2 fits snugly into Kami, and cutouts keep the controls, camera lens, charging port and speakers exposed, such that the user does not need to remove the iPad 2 from Kami.
Special magnets in the cover of Kami cause the iPad 2 to enter Sleep Mode when the case is closed, resulting in more efficient power management and a longer average per-charge device life.
"Kami is our answer to customer demand for a lighter, less bulky case," says Royce Hong, CEO and big head of design of IPEVO. "iPad underwent a slimming down from the first to second generation, and we approached Kami with the same mentality. Kami also addresses a 'leather fatigue' among some iPad users who are tired of leather cases. Microfiber is an attractive alternative, and the fact that the case doubles as a stand through its unique origami design adds practical utility, which is unusual for such a slim case."
Kami Origami Folio Stand is now available exclusively through IPEVO's online store.
PR: With Apple's new iBooks 2 and iTunes U, the iPad will become students' digital course hub for everything from studying texts to taking notes. With a WaterField Designs protective case, iPads can withstand the inevitable student use-and-abuse.
WaterField Designs, a San Francisco manufacturer of custom laptop sleeves, bags and cases for digital gear, offers the iPad Travel Express and the iPad Wallet - svelte and highly-protective, all-in-one, iPad carry solutions.
"Finally students can unload heavy course books and get some back relief," notes WaterField Designs owner, Gary Waterfield. "The iPad Travel Express and the iPad Wallet have protective pockets for the iPad with room for other student necessities - a wireless keyboard, mouse, charger, keys, phone, and wallet. Toss either in a backpack or opt for the shoulder strap and they're ready for class, the library or anywhere - minus the backache.
iPad Travel Express
- Horizontal, lightweight and protective, all-in-one iPad messenger bag
- Black ballistic nylon with bold stripe in choice of six vibrant colors
- iPad-specific, scratch-free pocket for the iPad, iPad 2 or iPad 2 with Apple Cover
- Apple Wireless Keyboard slides into main compartment
- Scratch-free inside pockets for cables, adapter, cell phone, keys, wallet, cafeteria card, etc.
- YKK zipper opens case along top and side panel for easy access to contents
- Two impact-resistant plastic inserts protect screen and accessories
- Toss it in a backpack or opt for D-rings & a strap to wear as a stand-alone bag
- Colors: Black Ballistic with a bold stripe in Black, Copper, Flame, Green, Pine, or Pearl
- Dimensions: 12 x 9 x 1.5 inches.
- Weight: 10.5 oz.
- Vertical, lightweight and protective, all-in-one iPad shoulder bag
- Choice of six colors each flanked by eco-friendly, distressed, brown leather
- iPad-specific, scratch-free pocket for the iPad, iPad 2 or iPad 2 with Apple Cover
- Designated, scratch-free, Apple Wireless keyboard pocket
- Soft pockets, foam lining, and impact-resistant plastic inserts separate the two devices
- Lightly padded internal pockets plus a stretchy outside back pocket to stow cables, cell phone and other necessities
- YKK self-locking zippers along the top and side of case for easy access
- Use it in another bag or add the optional strap to wear it on a shoulder or across the chest
- Colors: Black, Copper, Pine, Green, Flame and Pearl - each with brown distressed leather trim.
- Dimensions: 11.5 x 9 x 1.5 inches.
- Weight: 15 oz.
- iPad Travel Express Price: $69
Optional add-ons: D-rings, $5; Simple Shoulder Strap, $12; Suspension Shoulder Strap, $22
- iPad Wallet Price: $79
Optional add-ons: D-rings, $5; Simple Shoulder Strap, $9; Suspension Shoulder Strap, $19
PR: The carbon fiber components found on the world's most exclusive supercars get translated into an exquisite protection case for iPhone 4.
PredatorZero features a uniquely built-in Iridium chassis, with zero signal interruption and zero flashlight interference.
- snap-to-fit hard grip cover
- compatible with all iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S
- zero iridium coating
- zero signal interruption
- reinforced chassis
- new elastic formula polycarbonate plastic
- ultra-slim protection without adding bulk
- moir-free / antiglare screen protector included
Comes in Gold, Black, Silver, Copper, Cobalt Blue, Violet, and Cherry.
PR: Crimson has announced an exciting expansion to its Aluminum Fame Case (AFC) product line for the iPhone 4/4S.
Available online and the through the Crimson Amazon store, and coming soon to a growing list of resellers around the globe, the AFC is a touted as a secure, jewel-like enclosure that delivers extremely high levels of protection and aesthetics, worthy of the iPhone 4/4S itself.
"When we first launched the AFC, we thought we'd have a winner on our hands. But the response from both users and the press has been virtually overwhelming," says Ben Yang, CEO of Crimson. "So, we did what comes naturally to us. We took a great product and made it even better. Based on feedback from our users and resellers, we have expanded the AFC line . . . not just with new colors, but with new finishes as well including Chrome and an absolutely beautiful 24K gold-plated edition that has to be seen to be appreciated."
Weighing in at only 19 grams and CNC machined from aircraft-grade aluminum and engineering-grade resin, the AFC provides much needed protection without adding significant weight or bulk. The frames of the case cover the edges of the front touch screen and back glass plate of the iPhone 4/4S which, when combined with robust resin corner guards and integrated shock absorption, means that it is fully protected. Best of all, the AFC provides this protection while revealing not concealing the beautiful design and engineering of the iPhone 4/4S itself, leaving the camera, as well as all ports and buttons, open and fully accessible.
The Inevitable Antenna Question
The AFC provides its protection without touching the sensitive, side-mounted antennas of the iPhone 4/4S. Blocking of these antennas is so often the source of reception loss encountered with other aluminum case designs.
The AFC for iPhone 4/4S is immediately available in a variety of new colors and finishes:
- Anodized Silver
- Anodized Black
- Anodized Red
- Anodized Orange
- Anodized Purple
- Anodized Pink
- High-gloss, Polished Gold
- 24K Gold Plate
- Aircraft-grade anodized aluminum frame case with stainless steel Allen head screws
- Engineering-grade acetyl resin corner guards
- Two (2) spare stainless steel Allen head screws (just in case!)
- Allen driver for installation
- Microfiber cleaning cloth
- Installation instructions
- Each AFC includes a bonus set (front and back) of Crimson Film Surface Protectors (Anti-fingerprint)
- Anodized (Red, Black, Silver, Orange, Pink, Purple): $39.95 (MSRP)
- Polished (Gold): $39.95 (MSRP)
- Chrome: $59.95 (MSRP)
- 24K Gold Plate: $69.95 (MSRP)
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- Tips for New MacBook Users, When (Not) to Buy AppleCare, and More 'Book News, 2012.12.29. Also inside Retina MacBook's asymmetric cooling fans, Windows 8 means lower Windows PC sales, and more 'Book news.
- Confessions of an Apple Store Employee, Refurb Mac Bargains, and More Mac News, 2012.12.29. Also save old RAM when upgrading, latest Geekbench results, use TextEdit as an HTML editor, and more Mac news.
- The Case Against PPC Linux, OS X Tiger on Facebook, ResExcellence Rebirth, and More, 2012.12.22. Also sharing files between OS X, Classic, and Linux; remembering the 20th Anniversary Mac, iMac, SuperDisk, and G3 PowerBooks; and TenFourBird 17 email client released.
- Google Maps #1 iOS App, Android Share Dropped in 2012, New Apps, and More iOS News, 2012.12.22. Also Google Maps drives users to adopt iOS 6, Walmart iDevice price rollback, Easilydo life assistant, waterproof iPhone 5 case, and more iOS news.
- 2012 a Year of Great Change in Apple Portables, Desktop to MacBook, and More 'Book News, 2012.12.22. Also can an iPad replace your MacBook?, EFI update for 13" Retina MacBook Pro, $249 Matrox Thunderbolt dock with video output, and more 'Book news.
- Apple Services Status Monitor, Macs Users the Most Charitable, and More Mac News, 2012.12.22. Also Yahoo mail viewed as platform neutral, EFI update for Late 2012 iMacs, Logos and Photoshop Elements sales, and more Mac news.
- iPhone 5 Is Time's Gadget of the Year, Fundamental iOS 6 Complaints, and More iOS News, 2012.12.17. Also former Mac evangelist an Android fan, iPad changes the way you write, Microsoft Surface falling flat, Google Maps for iOS 6, and more iOS news.
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