Hands-On with the T-Mobile Test Drive and iPhone

3:25 PM, Jun. 27th, 2014 · · iObserver

T-Mobile Test Drive

Curious about T-Mobile’s service? Have them send you an iPhone to try it out! TMO’s Melissa Holt signed up for the Test Drive, and in this article, she’ll tell us what they sent her, how she liked the experience, and what caveats to remember if you want to go for a Test Drive too.

Analyst: Get Ready for a Fast Move to Blend iTunes, Beats Music

11:47 AM, Jun. 27th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple won't take its time to add Beats to its own offerings once the it completes buying the music and headphones company later this year. According to Credit Suisse analyst Kulbinder Garcha, the iPhone and iPad maker will move quickly to add Beats Music into its own streaming music offerings as a way to grow iTunes marketshare.

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Teaming iTunes Radio and Beats Music could make for a powerhouse in the streaming music market. If that's what Apple has planned, Mr. Garcha's prediction is very likely spot on.

iFixit Teardown Shows no Surprises in New 16GB iPod touch

10:40 AM, Jun. 27th, 2014 · · iObserver

The only surprise surrounding the just updated 16GB iPod touch was the quiet announcement that it was available. iFixit has already stripped one down to a bare frame and what they found inside was exactly the same components from the 32GB model with the addition of a rear-facing camera -- a feature that was missing from the 16GB version until now.

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Looking for something new here? Move along, it's the same as last year. New comes later this year with the iWatch.

iCloud: Resetting Documents & Data

8:25 AM, Jun. 27th, 2014 · · iObserver

There’s a little-known setting on iCloud.com that may help you resolve stubborn syncing issues with (for example) your Pages documents that you edit on multiple devices. So if you’re making changes to files on your Mac and don’t see the results on your iPad, this tip may help you get it all fixed up. 

5.5-inch iPhone 6 May Offer 128GB Option

11:13 AM, Jun. 26th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple's rumored 5.5-inch iPhone 6 may sport more storage to go along with its bigger display. The model will reportedly come with a 128GB storage option, up from the 64GB cap on current and previous iPhones, and will be a feature that sets it apart from the rumored 4.7-inch iPhone 6.

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Assuming Apple does finally offer a 128GB storage option on the iPhone, that'll rock. Limiting it to the 5.5-inch model, however, will suck. Not everyone has giant hands.

Analyst: Apple to sell 80M iPhone 6 Units in 2014

10:00 AM, Jun. 26th, 2014 · · iObserver

Topology Research Institute thinks demand is so high for the unannounced iPhone 6 that Apple will sell 80 million units by the end of the year. Assuming the new model, or models, launch in September, that equates to about 20 million iPhone 6 units sold every month for the last four months of the year.

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There's clearly a lot of interest in Apple's next iPhone model. Assuming the company can produce inventory fast enough, it may be able to hit TRI's numbers.

Apple Adds Rear Camera to 16GB iPod touch, Lowers Prices

8:39 AM, Jun. 26th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple quietly updated the 16GB iPod touch on Thursday, adding a 5 megapixel camera to the iOS-based media player. The company also lowered the model's price to US$199 from $229, and cut the prices for the 32GB and 64GB versions, too.

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Apple introduced the 16GB iPod touch last year in May, so if a rear-facing camera and price cuts are the only updates this year, it's a pretty good indicator the company is focusing more on the iPhone and iPad. That said, the lower prices are a welcome change.

Google I/O 2014 Keynote Highlights: Wear, Cars, and ‘L’

9:03 PM, Jun. 25th, 2014 · · iObserver

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Google kicked off its own developer conference Wednesday, titled Google I/O, with a keynote address. Not content with just phones and tablets, the Android OS has extended to cars and TVs and watches too. With health tracking.

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Different approaches to the same issue are a good thing. It's fascinating to watch Google show an alternate path. I was really interested until I saw that giant slab of glass on each presenter's wrist.

Up Close With the olloclip 4-IN-1 Photo Lens for iPad

5:05 PM, Jun. 25th, 2014 · · iObserver

olloclip for iPad review

olloclip is well known for its lens kits for the iPhone going back to the iPhone 4s. These small, easy-to-attach lenses typically include a wide-angle, fisheye and Macro capability. Now, olloclip has launched the olloclip 4-IN-1 Photo Lens for iPad, and it carries on a great tradition.