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October 22 Event: What to Expect

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Apple sent out invitations last week for the October 22 event which should be primarily focused on updated iPads, updates to the MacBook Pro line, updated Apple TV and release dates for two already-revealed products (Mac Pro and OSX Mavericks).  This post is a quick guide to the details on the event tomorrow, what we expect Apple to reveal tomorrow with tech specs of the new products and the release date and finally a recap of the Mac Pro and Mavericks.

The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater is prepared for Apple's event on at 10am PT on October 22.

The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater is prepared for Apple’s event on at 10am PT on October 22.

October 22 Event:

Apple’s invitation was released last week showing an apple with transparent leaves and the words: “We still have a lot to cover.”  The event will take place in San Francisco, California at 10am PT. or 1pm EST.  Apple has not yet announced they will be live streaming the event, although they may wait until the last minute to reveal this.  I will not be attending this event and any news I find will be posted on my Twitter.  There are links below to live blogs where they will actually be in attendance for the event.  However, if you live in London, there will be a live stream that will take place at the Kings Place Hall at 6pm GMT.  Finally, if Apple chooses to live stream their event at last minute, check it out here.

Live Blogs:

iPhone 5S sitting on an iPad mini 2 on an iPad 5 (rumored)

iPhone 5S sitting on an iPad mini 2 on an iPad 5 (rumored)

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App of the Week: Scan

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Good morning, I’ve been considering the idea of a featured “App of the Week” in addition to the “iOS 7 Tip of the Day” that is on Facebook. This week I’m trying it out and the App of the Week is Scan. This app is available on both the iTunes Store and the Google play store. The user scans a barcode or QR Code with their smartphone and the app gives them more information about the product they scanned. For example, I scanned a can of air freshener and it gave me 5 online prices (OfficeMax, BuyTheCase.net, Pricegrabber, etc.), the ability to add it to my wish list and save it for later, a review on the item and I can also google the UPC number. This app is only $1.99 for a limited time, but it will increase back up to its original price of $4.99 relatively soon.

Check it out on the App Store (either Apple or Android) or like this post today on Facebook before midnight and you will have a chance to win the app for your smartphone. The app will be electronically delivered through email, so anyone can like it. Also, like the Facebook page as well for chances to win more products.

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October 22 Event Invitation Released

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Yesterday afternoon, Apple finally released their event invitation for the iPad-focused event on October 22.  We expect Apple will announce the slightly thicker Retina iPad mini (second generation), the slimmer iPad mini-shaped iPad 5 (fifth generation full-size iPad), the release date of OSX Mavericks and the Mac Pro.

October 22 Event

 

Invitation Clues:

“We still have a lot to cover”

  • “We still” –> Apple isn’t finished yet announcing products, the iPad mini 2 and iPad 5 are expected to be announced around this time and Apple is secretly confirming that “yes, we know and yes are going to be talking about iPads.”  Also, “still” refers to them updating their products, not necessarily announcing new ones.
  • “a lot” –> 2 new iPads do not qualify as “a lot”.  Apple is expected to announce the iPads in addition to the release date for OSX Mavericks and the Mac Pro.  Does 4 new products count as “a lot” to you?
  • “cover” –> very interesting choice of word, could it refer to the new color choice for the iPads (Space Grey, White and Gold) or maybe a new Smart Cover because their iPad 5 is changing form or something.
  • The colors of invitation and transparencies are interesting, I don’t think it has a direct referral to the iPads.  The leaves could represent Autumn, since the event is in Autumn and the colorful transparent leaves could relate to iOS 7.
  • Here’s a crazy theory: I mentioned on Facebook that 71% of users have upgraded to iOS 7 within a month.  What if the leaves represent people who have upgraded.  The non transparent leaves represent people who have not upgraded (they are in the minority towards the top of the invitation) and the transparent leaves are users who have upgraded (the majority towards the bottom of the invitation).  Or the leaves are covering one another, directly relating the the “We still have a lot to cover”.
  • We will know within a few days.

 

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iPad 5 Tech Specs:

  • Touch ID
  • 7.2mm thin due to thinner display
  • iPad mini-like design, narrower bezels
  • storage: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB
  • camera: 8MP rear facing, 1.2MP front facing
  • colors: Space Grey, White, Gold
  • same prices as previous generations

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iPad mini 2 Tech Specs:

  • Touch ID
  • Retina display with 324ppi (2048×1536 resolution)
  • same form as previous generation, maybe slightly thicker to incorporate Retina display (like the iPad 2 vs. iPad 3)
  • A6X processor (same as iPad 4)
  • storage: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, potentiall 128GB
  • camera: 8MP rear facing, 1.2MP front facing
  • colors: Space Grey, White, Gold
  • same prices as before

 

 

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the iOS Tip of the Day, new rumors that don’t make it on to the blog, news and other information.  As always tweet or share this post for fun.  Next month’s contest starts November 1st, 2013.

The EverDock: Updated

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The EverDock, found on Kickstarter has seen amazing success in their goal to reach $50,000.  The project went live on September 17th, 2013 with the plan to reach their goal amount by October 17th.  I believe they reached their goal in a little over 24 hours.  This project is currently at $319,025 with 3,377 backers and 9 days left.  Their first pledge was $39 for the EverDock in natural aluminum color (silver) with a silicone protector, a micro-USB cable and 2 cable adapters.  This pledge sold out first.  The next pledge is starts at $49 and continues up to $299.  As will all Kickstart projects, if you pledge money, it doesn’t mean you are getting the product.  It is all determined whether the project gets all the funding it needs.  But, as I said above, EverDock has all their funding and you will be getting one if you pledge.  If you missed out on the $39 one, I was lucky enough to pledge and I will be giving mine away to anyone who tweets or shares this post (more details in bold at the bottom).

EverDock

 

Tweet or Share this post to be entered to with the EverDock.  When you tweet or share on Facebook, just hashtag idevicegeekblog (e.g. #idevicegeekblog) and you will be automatically entered to win the EverDock in silver.  The contest started October 1 and ends October 15, 11:59pm EST.  The contest is only open to USA residents and the EverDock will be shipped sometime between November and December.  For official rules, please visit here.

Interested in Contributing to This Blog?

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I’m looking for Apple fans and haters, or people who just prefer Android to contribute to my Apple blog. It requires about one post per week. The posts can be opinions, news and information, rumors, etc. pretty much anything. If you are interested, send me an email at kevin.stuckey@me.com.

Thanks 🙂

iPhone 5 Camera

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So now it’s official, the iPhone 5 has come out.  We all know what it looks like and its back ordered into beyond oblivion with the high demand.  Apple made a decent product that is an update to the iPhone 4S.  It feature a taller display, a thinner design, 4G LTE connectivity, iOS 6 and many other new and exciting features.  It has been rated thumbs up numerous times magazines and websites about the strength of the new iPhone 5, but I am not sold.  I think Apple didn’t go far enough with it, starting with the camera.

Let me explain.  The design on the new iPhone 5 is similar two the previous generations.  It still has the bar shape with a flat back and front, the same type of band surrounding the iPhone and it has the same megapixel camera as the iPhone 4S.

Evolution of iPhones

Apple came out with the original iPhone with a basic, two-tone design.  It had a combined both aluminum and plastic onto it’s back cover and only came in one color.  It featured a back camera with the capability of producing 2.0MP pictures.  The iPhone progressed into the iPhone 3G the next year with a completely new design.  The back cover was made of a hard polycarbonate plastic, the camera remained at 2.0MP, but came in both white and black (for only certain models.) The iPhone 3GS came out the following year, with the same outside design, but a new redesigned interior.  It featured the same back cover material as the 3G, but minor changes were made with the text on the back, it had a new 3.0MP camera and came in black and white as well (for special models.)  The iPhone 4 had a stainless steel frame and the back and front of the device were made from an aluminosilicate glass, the camera evolved to 5.0MP  and a front camera was introduced at 0.3MP and came in black and white (although not initially.)  The iPhone was replaced by the iPhone 4S, it featured the same stainless steel frame and aluminosilicate glass, the back camera changed to a 8.0MP one and the front remained at 0.3MP and came in the same colors as the iPhone 4.  Now the iPhone 5 has risen, the back cover is made from aluminum and either ceramic glass (featured on the white and silver model) or pigmented glass (featured on the black and slate model), the back camera has remained at 8.0MP and the front camera evolved to 1.2MP, and its available in white and black as well.

The cameras evolved as follows:

iPhone 1: 2.0MP back only

iPhone 3G: 2.0MP back only

iPhone 3GS: 3.0MP back only

iPhone 4: 5.0MP back, 0.3MP front

iPhone 4S: 8.0MP back, 0.3MP front

iPhone 5: 8.0MP back, 1.2MP front

We expect an iPhone to come out, a new updated version to come out the following year and then a complete redesign to follow.  With the way Apple has been making smartphones, we should expect a new design (both inside and out), every two years.  I feel Apple has fallen short on this with the camera.  The difference between the 3GS’ camera and the 4’s camera is 2.0MP, but the difference between the 4S’ camera and the new 5 is 0.0MP.  Many smartphones that are coming out this year have 8.0MP cameras on them.  The iPhone won’t get updated for another year and we are stuck with a 8.0MP camera until then.  Apple had the opportunity, the expectation to change the camera and get ahead of the competition with a 10.0MP camera, but yet, they fell short.