Not Sure about Apple Watch? You can Rent Before You Buy

11:18 AM, Feb. 4th, 2015 · · iObserver

If dropping between US$350 and $5,000 on an Apple Watch without trying one out first doesn't sit well with you, Lumoid thinks it has a solution. The company plans to rent Apple's smartwatch once its available in April so you can test one out before spending your hard earned cash to buy one.

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Renting before you buy an Apple Watch sounds like a pretty cool idea. This will be the first watch purchase over $100 for a lot of people, so having the option to try before committing could take the pain out of that decision.

iOS: Hiding iCloud Books

9:05 AM, Feb. 4th, 2015 · · iObserver

For today's Quick Tip, Melissa Holt's gonna talk about how to remove old purchased items from iBooks under iOS, so if you don't want to see every single book you've ever bought at once, you don't have to. You can always re-download past purchases, of course, but at least they won't just be hanging out in iBooks forever!

What the Apple Watch Purchase Experience Will be Like

3:30 PM, Feb. 3rd, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple Watch Purchase Experience

Slowly, we're coming to appreciate how Apple is going to create the purchase experience for the Apple Watch. Because of the unique nature of this product, combined with supply constraints, Apple will probably have several, tweaked rollout stages.

Rocketcases Afterburner iPhone 6 3200mAh Case: $40

6:20 PM, Feb. 2nd, 2015 · · iObserver

Rocketcases Afterburner iPhone 6 3200mAh Case: $40

We have a deal on the Rocketcases Afterburner iPhone 6 3,200mAh Case, a case for your iPhone 6 that includes a built-in battery charger. At 3,200mAh, the battery in this case will recharge your iPhone 6 one and a half times. According to the company, it will add less than half an inch to the height of your phone and less than a quarter of an inch to the depth. It also has a built-in kickstand for propping your iPhone up. This device retails for $60, but through our deal you can get it for $40.

Apple Seeds 5th Beta for iOS 8.2 to Developers

2:09 PM, Feb. 2nd, 2015 · · iObserver

iOS 8.2

Apple released iOS 8.2 Beta 5 to developers on Monday. The update includes only minor bug fixes to previous developer seeds—iOS 8.2 as a whole focuses on the addition of WatchKit for Apple Watch, improvements and changes to HealthKit, changes with Notification Center, and more.

iOS: Save Your Hearing with the “Late Night” EQ Option

8:55 AM, Feb. 2nd, 2015 · · iObserver

Have you ever heard of the "Late Night" EQ setting? Well, you're gonna love this Quick Tip if you haven't. This cool feature will compress your audio output on your iOS device to make it easier to hear when you're in a noisy environment. We're gonna go over its details right here!

Peri Duo Case for iPhone Marries Speaker, Battery, and Wi-Fi Audio

5:18 PM, Jan. 30th, 2015 · · iObserver

Peri Duo Case

Bryan Chaffin met with the folks at Peri this week to check out their Duo Case. This device is an iPhone case with a built-in 2,500mAh battery for charging your iPhone. It also has two speakers built into the back of the case, making it the most portable of speakers. But what really got him excited is its support for Wi-Fi Audio, which sets this product apart.

iTunes gets OS X Yosemite Notification Widget

9:05 AM, Jan. 30th, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple rolled out iTunes 12.1 on Thursday with a new feature just for OS X Yosemite users: a Notification Center widget. The widget lets iTunes users play and pause songs from their personal music library or from iTunes Radio, skip ahead, and purchase streaming songs from the iTunes Store.