Apple Adds More Market Competition with 8GB iPhone 5C [Updated]

8:38 AM, Mar. 18th, 2014 · · iObserver

True to Monday's reports, Apple launched an 8GB version of the iPhone 5C Tuesday morning. It's available in the E.U. and U.K right now, and will presumably show up on Apple's U.S. website later this morning.

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It'll be interesting to see what the 8GB iPhone 5C does for Apple's sales. The iPhone 5S is selling well, as is the iPhone 4S. At a price point that's just $60 below the 16GB model, the 8GB iPhone 5C may be enough to keep customers who are dead set on buying Apple, but it probably isn't enough to pull in shoppers who are looking hard at Android alternatives.

SoundPad Combines iPad Stand and Portable Stereo Speakers for $45.99

7:32 PM, Mar. 17th, 2014 · · iObserver

https://deals.macobserver.com/sales/turn-your-ipad-into-a-mobile-movie-theater

We have a deal on a cool stand for iPads (and other tablets) designed around watching videos and movies. It's a stand with a built-in rechargeable  battery that powers stereo speakers. The stand is adjustable, and the battery will power the speakers for up to 8 hours. Your iPad sees the speakers through Bluetooth, meaning no wires are necessary. Thanks to our friends at StackSocial, we can offer it to you US$45.99—it has an MSRP of $70.

Apple Might Be Replacing iPad 2 with $399 iPad 4

7:10 PM, Mar. 17th, 2014 · · iObserver

iPad 4 with Lightning Connector

Apple is about to replace the US$399 iPad 2 with a $399 iPad 4, a move that would dramatically increase the value of Apple's entry-level iPad price point. Online reports say that iPad 4 units have been delivered to Apple Store locations with instructions not to open them until Tuesday, March 18th.

Apple Looks for iPhone 5C Sales Boost with New 8GB Model

11:11 AM, Mar. 17th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple is reportedly ready to add a lower cost 8GB version of the iPhone 5C to its product lineup, and the new model could hit store shelves early this week. Apple currently offers the iPhone 5C in 16GB and 32GB versions, and word on the street is that neither are selling as well as the iPhone 5S or the older entry-level iPhone 4S.

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If the iPhone 5C isn't selling well, then adding in a lower priced model could help draw in potential buyers who are worried about their overall smartphone startup costs. The crowd that only wants free phones, however, won't be looking beyond the older iPhone 4S.

iPhone, iPad Apple Store Apps Beef Up iBeacon Support

8:51 AM, Mar. 17th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple has released updates for the iPhone and iPad versions of its Apple Store app that improves iBeacons support, and lets users buy physical gift cards. The Apple Store app is the company's companion app for its retail stores.

MOTO TC Rally Car Controlled by iPhone for $39.99

9:01 PM, Mar. 14th, 2014 · · iObserver

Moto TC Rally Car

We have a killer deal on a fun toy for you, Griffin's MOTO TC Rally Car, an RC car you control with your iPhone through a companion app. This USB-rechargeable car can be raced on pavement, and it has impact sensors that detect damage from other drivers and obstacles. You can add armor (that slows you down), and it's usable with iPhone 5/5c/5s, iPhone 4s, iPod touch (5th gen.), iPad 3, 4, and Air, and the iPad mini. It retails for US$99, but in this TMO deal, you can get it for $39.99, an offer that expires in 11 days.

Apple Reportedly Shelves Plans for a Larger iPad ‘Pro’

7:59 PM, Mar. 14th, 2014 · · iObserver

The Apple Crystal Ball

Apple has reportedly shelved plans for a 12-inch to 13-inch iPad, a device that many have called an iPad Pro. Citing unspecified and unnamed rumors, DigiTimes said that Apple has canceled its plans for such a device even as other companies were running into hurdles trying to bring their own large tablets to market.

iOS 7.1: The Keyboard and Shift Key Apple Should’ve Given Us

9:51 AM, Mar. 14th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple made some great improvements in iOS 7.1. It's faster, more stable, you can add shapes to more easily see buttons, and more. That awesome update didn't, however, hit the mark with its new on-screen keyboard representation for the caps lock key. I have a much better idea for how that could've played out.