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Excited to Learn What 2015 Holds

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Apple_logo_blackWith the beginning of each New Year it brings excitement of what lies ahead. Here at DGB, we had an amazing year of growth in 2014 and we’ve enjoyed reporting everything to you. With that in mind, there were a lot of great things to come out of 2014, the perfected iPad Air 2, the larger iPhone 6 and the even bigger iPhone 6 Plus, and iOS 8. Now with 2015 finally here, I’m starting to get all giddy and a little down about a couple things all at the same time.

First off, the Watch. I can’t even put into words how excited I am to finally get this device in my hands and on my wrist. Yes, I know it’s just a feature watch and I know it’s been done before. What I find most exciting about this device is discovering how well it will integrate into the iOS ecosystem and what third party apps will do to enhance the overall user experience.

There are a few things I’ve thought about involving the Watch but one I seem to continually revisit concerns its capabilities. I really want the Watch to further tap into my VIP list. If you’ve setup favorites and VIP contacts for emails, the Watch needs to be capable of recognizing these settings and allow you to customize how you receive notifications from other iOS devices.

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If you’ve taken the time to identify specific priority settings for certain contacts, I feel the Watch should recognize this and allow you to setup notifications accordingly. There are countless times I’ve received texts messages or phone calls from contacts I really didn’t need to dig into my coat, pants pocket or bag to retrieve my iPhone for. The same applies for most of the emails I receive these days. If I’m able to setup the Watch to notify me when specific people are trying to get in contact with me, that’d be excellent.

Pay is amazing and I never get tired of using it. One aspect of Pay I don’t like, more of a minor inconvenience, is digging my enormous iPhone 6 Plus out from its resting place to pay (#firstworldproblem). The Watch will make it even more convenient at the point of sale, which I never thought I’d hear myself say after using Pay the very first time.

I listen to iTunes radio quite a bit and I’m looking forward to discovering how well the Watch functions with iTunes. Will I be able to select or add different radio stations from it or will I be limited to skipping and pausing songs from the Watch?

App Store for Apple TV

App Store for Apple TV

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Report claims iPad mini 4 coming in early 2015 and will replace two generations

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In October, Apple refreshed their iPad lineup with the introduction of iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.  The Air gained many improvements, like a thinner body, Touch ID, more efficient A8X processor and higher storage capacity, while the mini only received a couple updates.  We concluded that either Apple was discontinuing the iPad mini or they wanted to differentiate the two products since they are practically the same tablet with two sizes of displays.  Mac Fan is posting some details for the iPad Air Plus in their magazine for January and also claiming the iPad mini 4 will be coming out in the Spring, supporting our theory that Apple wants to differentiate the mini.

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The iPad mini 4 will be receiving the updates it should have received in October.  The processor powering the tablet will be upgraded to the A8X processor, like the iPad Air 2 and unlike the iPad mini 3.  It will also receive the same design that the Air 2 has and the tablet will replace the iPad mini 1st generation and iPad mini 3rd generation.  The iPad mini 4 will come out alongside the iPad Air Plus in the Spring.

It appears that instead of discontinuing the iPad mini, Apple is looking to change the release date so it will be viewed differently than the iPad Air.  Since they are virtually the same tablet with different screen sizes, Apple did not update the iPad mini in October so the Air looks like the superior product. It has the better processor and camera, faster Wi-Fi connection and more features.  When the mini is updated in the Spring, it will look like a better product, but in reality, it will be the same as the iPad Air. Perhaps with six months between the two tablets, they will appear different. Personally, I have the iPad 3 and iPad mini 2, but I prefer my mini.  My full-sized iPad doesn’t have much of a need since my Mac does the same things and it’s a lot more powerful.  My iPhone still has a small screen (iPhone 5) so that’s where my mini comes in.

Where to save the most for the iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 and more on Black Friday [Black Friday Deals]

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Black Friday is coming up in a few days and it’s time to decide which stores to shop at and which ones to skip.  We have compiled all of the ads we have seen for Apple and Beats by Dr. Dre products to determine which retailers will have the best deals. Apple has not announced their sales yet, but they typically have modest price decreases. In this post, we look at the iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad mini, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPod touch (5th gen.), Apple TV and iTunes gift cards. We display the top three deals with the lowest starting price.

16GB iPhone 6: $99 at Sam’s Club

  1. Sam’s Club: $99
  2. Best Buy: $99.99 with trade-in of any working iPhone
  3. Walmart: $179 with $75 Walmart gift card (total price: $104)

16GB iPhone 5s: $1 at Best Buy

  1. Best Buy: $1 with trade-in of any working iPhone
  2. Walmart: $79 with $75 Walmart gift card (total price: $4)
  3. Target: $79.99 with $30 Target gift card (total price: $49.99)

iPad Air: $295 at Sam’s Club

  1. Sam’s Club: $295 for 16GB
  2. Staples: $319 for 16GB, $359 for 32GB
  3. Walmart: $397 for 16GB with $100 Walmart gift card (total price: $297)

iPad Air 2: $399 at Best Buy

  1. Best Buy: $399.99 for 16GB, $499.99 for 64GB, $599.99 for 128GB
  2. Target: $499 for 16GB with $140 Target gift card (total price: $359)

16GB iPad mini (1st gen., non-Retina display): $199 at Walmart

  1. Walmart: $199 with $30 Walmart gift card (total price: $169)
  2. Target: $249 with $80 Target gift card (total price: $169)

16GB iPad mini 2: $239 at Staples

  1. Staples: $239
  2. Target: $299 with $100 Target gift card

16GB iPad mini 3: $324 at Best Buy

  1. Best Buy: $324.99
  2. Target: $399 with $100 Target gift card (total price: $299)

Apple TV: $79 at Staples

  1. Staples: $79
  2. RadioShack: $85
  3. Target: $89

16GB iPod touch (5th gen.): $149 at RadioShack

  1. RadioShack: $149
  2. Best Buy: $149.99, 16GB iPod nano for $119.99
  3. Toys R Us: $149.99

2 x $100 iTunes gift card multipacks: $158.94 at Sam’s Club

  1. Sam’s Club: $158.94 ($100 iTunes gift card multipack for $79.47 or $50 iTunes gift card for $39.98)
  2. Walmart: ~$167 ($30 iTunes gift card multipack for $25)
  3. Target: $170 (Buy one iTunes gift card and get one for 30% off)
  4. RadioShack: $170 (15% off all iTunes gift cards)
  5. Staples: $170 (15% off $50 or more in iTunes gift cards)
  6. Best Buy: $170 ($100 iTunes gift card for $85)
  7. Cosco: $170 ($100 iTunes gift card multipack for $85)

For the iTunes gift cards, many retailers advertised buy one and get one for less, so we calculated the price of two $100 gift card multi-packs (or $200 in gift cards) to find the best deal.  We included the other retailers on this list since it was difficult to compare them and everyone else tied for 3rd place.

Check out full Black Friday 2014 Guide for store hours, sales flyers, deals on other Apple products (like iPad 4) and more. 

Apple's 2014 iPad Product Lineup

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Apple held three special events over this past year: the Worldwide Developer’s Conference in June and two special events in the Fall.  They announced a plethora of new products in terms of hardware and software. We don’t expect Apple to hold another event this year, but the next one should be in early 2015. Apple is currently selling two different generations of the full-sized iPad and three of the miniature iPad.  Here’s the iPad lineup for 2014:

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iPad Air 2: released October 2014

  • successor the iPad Air
  • thinner by 18%
  • new anti-relective Retina display
  • A8X processor with 64-bit architecture and M8 co-processor
  • 8MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera
  • Touch ID
  • gold, silver and space gray
  • 16GB, 64GB and 128GB
  • starting at $499

 

iPad Air: released October 2013

  • successor to the iPad 4
  • complete redesign of the iPad
  • A7 processor with 64-bit architecture and M7 co-processor
  • 5MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera
  • silver and space gray
  • 16GB and 32GB
  • starting at $399

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iPad mini 3: released October 2014

  • successor to the Retina iPad mini
  • a few new features
  • A7 processor with 64-bit architecture and M7 co-processor
  • 5MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera
  • Touch ID
  • gold, silver and space gray
  • 16GB, 64GB and 128GB
  • starting at $399

 

iPad mini 2: released October 2013

  • successor to the iPad mini
  • new Retina display
  • A7 processor with 64-bit architecture and M7 co-processor
  • 5MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera
  • silver and space gray
  • 16GB and 32GB
  • starting at $299

 

iPad mini: released October 2012

  • miniature version of the iPad
  • new product category for Apple
  • A5 processor
  • 5MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera
  • silver and space gray
  • 16GB
  • starting at $249

 

Throughout the week, we will explore the 2014 lineup. There’s iPods, iPhones, the Apple TV and the Apple Watch.

iPad Mini "Air" Coming Soon, iPad Pro Coming in 2015

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We have primarily been focusing on the next-generation iPhone, but Apple also has new tablets in their Fall lineup.  Taiwan’s Economic Daily believes that this lineup will consist of a thinner iPad mini (with a new name) in addition to the expected iPad Air 2.  They also believe the rumored 12.9″ iPad Pro will be delayed until 2015.

He added Touch ID to his concept and the current iPad mini just for fun.

Retina iPad mini and iPad mini 3 concepts with Touch ID.

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Kickstarter Project of the Week: MagBak and MagStick

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iPad stands are excellent for holding your iPad up against a flat surface when you’re making a recipe, watching a show on Hulu or FaceTiming with a friend, but stands are limited to tables and counters.  Have you ever wanted to mount your iPad onto the wall to watch your shows or maybe on your desk for Skype.  Well now you can with MagBak.  MagBak, brought to you by Alex Baca and 1Lss Inc., is the very creative iPad mount that allows you to put the iPad on virtually any surface (metal and non-metal).

The blue pieces made up the MagBack.

The blue pieces make up the MagBack.

MagBak is made of soft silicone and attaches your iPad to any metal surface (refrigerator door, whiteboard, filing cabinet).  For non-metal surfaces, there is MagStick.  Using double-sided tape supplied by 3M, MagStick works on any non-metal surface, like in your car, on cabinets and furniture.

With the use of the MagStick, you can attach your iPad to wood.

With the use of the MagStick, you can attach your iPad to wood.

MagBak not only allows you to mount your iPad anywhere, but it provides an excellent grip, protects the back and keeps the Smart Cover in place.  This product works specifically with the iPad mini and iPad Air.

The MagBak supports the iPad Air and iPad mini.

The MagBak supports the iPad Air and iPad mini.

I love my iPad, but my problem is that is does not stand up by itself.  I purchased the Smart Case, which works well, but if I am on an uneven surface (like my bed) I have to move pillows around to get the iPad in the perfect position.  The MagBack would allow me to attach my iPad to the wall and become like a mini HDTV.  I can see even more uses, then just watching TV.  This would be great for watching videos in the kitchen while making a recipe, getting directions in the car from Siri and doubling as picture frame on the wall.

Pledge now

Pledge now and get your MagBack in late April

The MagBack team has already received all its funding with 28 days to go.  If you are interested and would like to purchase one, a pledge of $34 gets you one MagBack and one MacStick (if you share with friends, you get a second MagStick free).  For more information, check out their Kickstarter page and be sure to pledge before April 17.

If you have a Kickstarter campaign and you would like it to be featured on the blog, send me an email at: info@idevicegeekblog.com. All photos are credit of the company creating the project on Kickstarter.

iPad: Latest Rumors

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This past couple of weeks I have written posts about the iPhone 6 and iOS 8, but now it is time for the iPad.  Some rumors came up this week about the 12.9″ iPad (code named iPad pro) and third generation iPad mini won’t be launching until 2015 and the iPad air will have some iPhone 5s improvements.  At this point in time, there are not many rumors for the next generation iPads because they usually don’t launch until October.  With that said, here’s a quick guide to what we know so far about the iPad air, iPad mini and iPad pro.

iPad air 2

The iPad air, credits: Macgasm

The iPad air, credit: Macgasm

This iPad, for those of you who are keeping track, is the iPad 6 (or the sixth generation iPad.)  The redesign of the iPad 5 came with the new name “air” which relates to the lightness and thinness of it.  There’s a lack of rumors for the new iPads, so many of the points will be educated guesses based on Apple’s history.

  • A8 Processor, which is the same processor that will be found in the iPhone 6 (KGI Securities)
  • Touch ID, found on the iPhone 5s (KGI Securities)
  • Similar design
  • Improved internal components
  • Better camera (higher than 5MP)
  • Release date: October 2014, some rumors suggest April or June at WWDC

iPad mini 3

iPad mini with Retina display

iPad mini with Retina display

This will be the third generation iPad mini, but the second one to feature a Retina display.

  • Release date: 2015 (KGI Securities)
  • Touch ID
  • They predict the release date won’t be until 2015 because the iPad mini currently has updated internal components (A7 chip and Retina display) and can survive another year.
  • This reminds me of a rumor saying the iPad mini 2 (the current generation) wouldn’t come out until 2014…but the rumor wasn’t true since it came out in October.

iPad pro

One of the iPad pro concepts sitting next to a MacBook Air.

One of the iPad pro concepts sitting next to a 11″ MacBook Air.

This 12.9″ rumored iPad will be aimed at the education market, business market and at developers creating apps for the iPad.  The larger display will be a hybrid between the laptop and a tablet.  Here are some of the latest rumors:

  • Quad-core A8 Processor, available in 128GB size, arriving in Fall 2014 (Patrick Wang of Evercore Partners)
  • Arriving in 2015 because Apple is busy working on the iWatch (KGI Securities)
  • 64-bit computing with an UHD (ultra-high definition) display (Korea Times)
  • Touch ID, 64-bit A7 or A8 chip (TechRadar)
  • Arriving with late spring/winter or October 2014 release, 2 models (2K display launching in April 2014 and 4K display launching in October) (Pad News)

Other iPad Rumors

iPad 4 and iPad air side by side, credit: iMore

iPad air and iPad 4 side by side, credit: iMore

2,000 Views

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I am very excited to say that the blog has now reached 2,000 views. The blog started in September of 2012 and it took a year to get the first thousand. The second thousand was accomplished in a little under 5 months. Thank you so much for reading my blog.

To celebrate this excellent accomplishment, here are the top 5 posts with their respective views.  If you have or haven’t seen these posts, check them out below.  They have been updated with better readability and with recent content.

1. iOS 7 Top Features and iOS 8 Wishlist: 553 views

2. New iPhone Dropped in Water: 92 views

3. EverDock: The Dock for Every Smartphone: 54 views

4. 5 Hidden iOS 7 Features: 53 views

5. iPhone 5C Pics and Specs: 42 views

There is not much in the news for Apple this month as we patiently await for more rumors of the iPhone 6 and iPad air 2. The iPad pro (or larger screen iPad) is expected to be announced at the annual iPad focused event in the Fall. This iPad will have a 12.9 inch display and A8 processor. It will primarily be aimed towards the education markets as a hybrid between the MacBook Air and iPad. IDownloadBlog believes that the display may be used for a Retina MacBook Air because there is no physical evidence for a larger iPad.

Cyber Week Deals

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Black Friday was almost a week ago already and we are on our way to Christmas.  For the rest of the month, my blog posts will be about iDevice deals, potential rumors for next year’s iDevices, this year’s roundup and expectations for next year.  While we wait, let’s look back on the expectations I had for this year.  It is still cyber week, at least for a little while, so here are some great deals you can score on this week:

Walmart:

  • iPhone 5c: $45 (with free $75 Walmart gift card) until December 7th
  • iPhone 5s: $189 (with free $75 Walmart gift card) until December 7th

There are new deals every day of this week.  Click on each retailer below to be directed right to their deals page.

Cyber Monday Week:

Regular Deals:

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Map Out Your Black Friday

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Black Friday shopping has officially started, thanks to Kmart.  For all others, Black Friday shopping starts tonight at 6pm or 12am depending on local laws.  Below you will find store hours, the links to the store maps and the best deals at each store. For all store hours in your local area, check out the International Business Times and for every Apple deal on Black Friday, check out my Black Friday Survival Guide.
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