June 7th 2012 8:31 pm

Heads up! A newer version of this product is out!


by ryan

Senior VP of iOS Scott Forstall is out at Apple: why, and what it means.
Most people don't know who Scott Forstall is. But to those who do, he's something of a demigod. If the future of mobile is software, and Apple is the company in pole position, then Forstall, Senior VP of iOS, is arguably the guy driving and defining the future. And as of today, he's officially out at Apple.
But don't panic, this is actually probably going to be a very good thing. Here's why:
  • After Steve's death, Forstall was known to...
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by falleninsea

Why do the hardware specs matter?
I have read a lot of reviews and discussions where they are comparing the specs of a device against another. There have been lots of comparisons of late of the iPad, Surface tablet and Nexus 7. Does it really matter what their hardware is when you are comparing devices designed for different operating systems?
The iPad 3rd gen has a dual core processor and only 512 GB of ram and the New surface tablet has a quad core processor with 2 GB of ram and they are both are comparably fast and responsive... Read more →

by frankspin

Apple's "A Little More to Show You" event is underway, what do you think?
Tim is up on stage and talking! What do you think so far of what has been shown off and said? Don't forget we're also there, live! http://live.gdgt.com/live-ipad-mini-launch-event-coverage/
  • MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina display (late 2012): http://gdgt.com/apple/macbook-pro/13-inch-with-retina-display/late-2012/
  • Mac mini (late 2012): http://gdgt.com/apple/mac-mini/late-2012/
  • iMac 27-inch (late 2012): http://gdgt.com/apple/imac/27-inch/late-2012/
  • iMac 21.5-inch (late 2012):...
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by frankspin

Wall Street Journal reports production of iPad mini has begun.
The iPad mini rumors have been swirling for a while and as more pictures of parts continue to leak (http://9to5mac.com/2012/10/02/purported-ipad-mini... they seem to be more and more credible. Well, this morning The Wall Street Journal (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443... sorry, subscription required) has stated their sources have informed them that production has in fact... Read more →

by frankspin

Tim Cook Apologizes for Maps
This morning a letter was posted to the Apple website (http://www.apple.com/letter-from-tim-cook-on-maps... from Tim Cook apologizing for how Apple “fell short on their commitment” with Maps. Here is the full letter if you can not access it at work:
To our customers,
At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers. With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration... Read more →

by webpoet73

Transit Maps
I just watched the end of WWDC 12 and one of the API's that Scott Forestall talked about was "Transit" and said that 3rd parties do it very well and that Apple isn't going to build transit into maps but rely on the Transit API.

With all the hoopla around iOS 6 Maps losing transit maps, it seems as if Apple planned for this.


About 40:30 mark, Scott talks about transit maps. Probably nobody remembers this nugget.

by marc

Avoid getting lost with your new iPhone!
We've all heard the complaints: While iOS 6 brings a few great new features to the iPhone 5 (and some other iOS devices), the new Maps app doesn't match the Google Maps app that came with earlier versions of iOS. Gone are Street View, mass-transit directions, and Google's robust info on points of interest. But all isn't lost. Google Maps will be coming back to iOS, and it's reasonable to expect Apple's native app to improve. In the... Read more →

by cooool

Xperia T, V, TX benchmarks beats almost all of the best phones on the market including Quads
Results, Quadrant, Higher is better. Source http://www.gsmarena.com/sony_xperia_tx_t_and_v_benchmarks_are_here_promising_too-news-4722.php
as of Aug.29. 2012
Sony Xperia T 5675 Highest
Sony Xperia V 6047
Sony Xperia TX 5793
Samsung Galaxy S II I5365
Meizu MX 4-core 5170
HTC One X (Tegra 3) 4842
LG Optimus 4X HD 4814
Motorola Atrix HD 4178
from GSM Arena "The Krait cores helped the three new Xperias pass the BenchmarkPi with flying colors - none of the quad-core smartphones currently on the market could... Read more →

by frankspin

Apple has scheduled an event next week, Sept. 12th. What are your predictions and thoughts?
Apple has officially announced a press event for September 12th. There have been a lot of rumors swirling over the last month about new connectors, designs and parts for upcoming Apple devices. It looks like we'll get some answers next week!
Here is a list of some of the rumors that could be resolved:
  • iPhone 5 (the name)
  • 4-inch screen on the next iPhone
  • New two-tone body design
  • LTE
  • New earbuds
  • NFC
  • iPad Mini
  • New dock connectors
What... Read more →

by DaveBinM

Should Notification Centre in iOS and OS X have a "Now Playing" widget?
Firstly notification centre is great for, well, notifications, but the iOS version also has "widgets", such as stocks and weather. I think a new widget addition should be "now playing" which would show you the album art, title, artist and album of the currently playing track. Given how quickly you can check the weather, or how your stocks are doing, it seems ridiculous that in order to see all that information, you need to swap to either iTunes or Music, to see that. Sure, you can see the track... Read more →

by peter

Call it the Surface Player: Why Microsoft needs an iPod touch competitor
Maybe I'm only saying this because the Zune HD never got the love it deserved, but Microsoft should come out with a Windows Phone-based competitor to the iPod touch (i.e. a smartphone without the phone part). Why? Because it would help establish Windows Phone as a viable platform. Challenging the iPod touch isn't going to tip the balance for Microsoft all on its own, but having one could make things a little easier (and it probably would not upset Microsoft's OEM partners as much as doing a... Read more →

by nitehawk

LUMOback looks like the beginning of a great fitness device!
This device looks awesome! Lower back pain is such an issue in everyday life that magnifies as one gets older. I really think devices like this can allow people to be more pain free and thus happier (later) in life!
I realize this is the earliest version and so there will be many issues, but posture is a tough issue to tackle and I like this idea a lot. If executed well, creative ideas like this show that tech is forever improving daily life. Hopefully this can be interwoven or mixed into... Read more →

by ryan

An iPhone user five years later: I'm trying Android
Five years ago today the original iPhone launched. I remember it very well -- partly because it seemed like half the staff of Engadget was crashing at my place for the initial US release. The hype was totally out of control considering the first iPhone was a $600 unsubsidized 2G device on a single US carrier. Still, it felt like the future. It WAS the future. I've used every subsequent model of iPhone every day since.
A lot's happened... Read more →

by btate0121

Were we all just hopeful for Google before today.... or was it just me?
Honeycomb was a rushed mess. Gingerbread was good but not good enough and Ice Cream Sandwhich still lacks adoption and tablet specific apps (enough GOOD ones anyway). My friends... if I'm honest I would concede that iOS is the better platform (not with hardware though). When my iOS toting friends... and my wife.... would brandish their fruity embossed device I'd long a little inside for a device that worked as well and was as widely supported by developers... but I was faithful to the "open and... Read more →

by dljune

Extended batteries for mobile phones
After dedicating some time to the subject and also doing work for one of the big extended batteries brands out there, I'm trying to understand where the big blogs like Engadget or CNET stand when it comes to this topic.
Personally I would not use an Android phone without an extended battery because it simply does not make sense to recharge it every 8 hours. So, 2-3 days on my Nexus S with 3900mAh battery really changed everything (hate the bulk though, but I hate low battery alert more than... Read more →

by tatsumaki

Is it okay that $830 only buys you two years of support these days?
I found it very strange that Apple decided to not update 1st gen iPads to iOS 6, particularly when the 3GS (with a weaker processor) and the iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4th gen (with the same processor) are in the running to receive what, in many ways, is an incremental update. Now I understand that not having iOS 6 isn't going to break your iPad, but it does mean you're left out of not only new features, but bug fixes as well. Given that I still remember the days of buying a $2000 computer and... Read more →