Get Ready for the 12.9-inch iPad, Maybe

9 hours, 29 minutes ago · · iObserver

Apple is reportedly working on a 12.9-inch version of the iPad with plans to release the device in 2015. The tablet would be even bigger than the 9.7-inch iPad Air and would dwarf the 7.9-inch iPad mini.

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It's a safe bet that Apple has been experimenting with several screen sizes for possible future iPad models. If the company does release a 12.9-inch model, it won't be because analysts demand it, but instead because the company is sure it will sell well.

LA Schools Ditch iPad Contract Amid Controversy

10:30 AM, Aug. 26th, 2014 · · iObserver

Los Angeles schools Superintendent John Deasy has cancelled a year-old contract with Apple to put iPads in student's hands following news that he, along with former Deputy Superintendent Jamie Aquino, had inappropriately close ties to the company. Documents showed the two may have been talking with Apple executives a couple years in advance, and that the bidding process may have been skewed in Apple's favor.

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It doesn't matter if the school district superintendent acted inappropriately or not because his integrity has been called into question, and by extension Apple's has been, too. This isn't going to make it any easier for Apple to score future contracts in Los Angeles schools.

California Gov. Signs Smartphone Kill-Switch Requirement into Law

8:09 PM, Aug. 25th, 2014 · · iObserver

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California governor Jerry Brown signed SB-962 into law on Monday. The law requires all smartphones made on or after July 1st, 2015, to come with a kill-switch that will make the device unusable in the event it is lost or stolen. Apple and Google had both already pledged to do so—and Apple has had kill switches in place for years—but the law makes it mandatory.

ioShutter SLR: Control Your Camera With Your iPhone for $29.99

3:53 PM, Aug. 25th, 2014 · · iObserver

ioShutter SLR: Control Your Camera With Your iPhone for $29.99

Check out the ioShutter SLR, a cable that connects your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad and your Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Pentax, Samsung or Hasselblad SLR camera. The cable connects to your camera and your iOS device, where a dedicated app allows you to remotely control your camera without touching the camera. In addition to landscapes, cityscapes, and the like, where a still camera can be just what you need, ioShutter SLR also allows you to do time lapses. Depending on your camera, you can also control autofocus and do voice-activated shots (think selfies and group selfies). ioShutter SLR retails for $75, but you can get it for $29.99 through our deal.

Report Claims Apple Scrambling After Last Minute iPhone 6 Screen Redesign

10:27 AM, Aug. 22nd, 2014 · · iObserver

A new report claims Apple is in a serious bind as it rushes to get enough screens in place for next month's expected iPhone 6 launch. The alleged issue stemmed from the need to redesign the display's backlight because it wasn't bright enough, which halted production for part of June and July.

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Discovering the iPhone display backlight isn't bright enough well into production doesn't sound like a mistake Apple would make. This is a company known for paying attention to the smallest of details -- down to the finish on internal screws. What's more likely is that parts suppliers are simply speculating based on component shipments and orders.

Apple Adds Humana, UnitedHealth to HealthKit Discussions

9:32 AM, Aug. 22nd, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple continues to expand its circle of potential HealthKit partners with dialogs now happening with both Humana and UnitedHealth Group. Both companies are big-name health insurance providers, and the talks could mean Apple is hoping HealthKit will be part of the incentive programs carriers offer for subscribers who actively work to stay healthy.

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If Apple can get big-name health care providers and insurers on board with iOS 8's HealthKit, it could easily become the standard for health and fitness data collection and sharing -- and that translates to more iPhone and iPad sales.

An iPhone Veteran Evaluates an Amazon Fire Phone

2:20 PM, Aug. 21st, 2014 · · iObserver

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced the Fire Phone on June 18 with several novel features and a 4.7-inch display.  John Martellaro takes a close look at the Fire Phone with a technical review that steers away from politics and towards what the iPhone or any potential owner would want to know about this smartphone.