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iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C Tech Specs

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UPDATE: 3:00pm, September 10: The tech specs below have been updated to the beautiful new iPhones that Apple has announced at their event earlier today.  This post will be moved relatively soon to a new page featuring iPhone and iPad comparisons.  Until then, see the specs below. Also, if you tweet or share this post, it will still count as 2x the number of entries. 

It is less than 24 hours until Tim Cook comes on stage at Town Hall at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California to talk about what Apple has done this past year; iOS 7 and of course, two new iPhones.  Apple is expected to announce a release date for iOS 7 (probably September 18th if history tells us anything about past Apple’s iOS releases), the iPhone 5S (the successor to the iPhone 5), the iPhone 5C (a new inexpensive iPhone unlike anything we are used to) and potentially a software update to the Apple TV.  Recently, a rumor came out saying that the new iPad 5 and iPad mini could be announced too, but it is highly unlikely Apple will announce four major products on the same day.

The tech specs of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C are shown below in the style Apple lists tech specs based completely on rumors.  We won’t know for sure about any of the specs until Apple officially announces them tomorrow.  To compare, the iPhone 5 tech specs are also listed.  This blog post should be updated again tomorrow or Wednesday with the legit specs that Apple gives us.

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Apple's Unpredictablity

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Apple Inc. has always been unpredictable when Steve Jobs was in control of the company. Back in 2007, we thought Apple Inc. was just a computer company, that had expanded to MP3 players in the early 21st century. They release an iPhone and completely redefined the cell phone and smartphone. 3 years later, they went further to increase their product line to include a tablet and redefined that category as well. They wanted to prove that they were unpredictable with innovation (iPhone, iPad, etc.) Apple has strayed away from being unpredictable with innovation to becoming unpredictable with their products.

Being unpredictable with innovation is one thing. It gives you the competitive advantage, it gets consumers really interested in your products and shows that you are the better choice among your competitors. The iPhone was the only phone like it when it came out in 2007. There was smartphones, sure like a RIM Blackberry, and flip phones; but there was nothing like the iPhone. Not many bar shaped phones that only used 4 buttons and a switch to control the phone. It was an entire screen that responded to touch, something that would be crazy to think of at the start of the century. The iPad changed things again; it was like a giant iPhone, but it was a tablet. Steve Jobs proudly walked out on stage to announce it and showed everyone that we all needed this product in our lives. He motivated us to go buy one because it was a necessity. The iPad mini came out recently in October and its the closest thing Apple has come to being unpredictable with innovation since the iPad. One could argue that the iPad mini is just a smaller iPad so it doesn’t really count as an innovation. Apple needs to innovate again, create something before everyone else does. iWatch or an iCar, but a full blown Apple TV is not really innovation, because it has already been done. Samsung, RIM, Nokia and other similar companies haven’t created a SmartWatch and it would be perfect for Apple to create it. There would be a big press event, Tim Cook would proudly walk on stage and announce this innovation that was unheard of and create the need for one. He would need to motivate us, almost like Steve Jobs did that we need this product in our lives. They need to show their unpredictability with innovation and creation again.

They tried in 2012 to show their unpredictability with their products, but it didn’t remind us how they are innovative. Starting in the first quarter of 2012, they released the 3rd generation, not called the iPad 3 (as most of us expected), but called the “new iPad”. No one really predicted that Apple would not attach a number to the product to identify the advancement and next generation of the product. A few months later, the iPhone 5 was released with a screen size that was nothing like the past generations of iPhones. They have all had the same screen size, until the iPhone 5. Rumors were spread that the 6th generation iPhone would have a larger screen, but many people dismissed this idea because the iPhone wouldn’t change that much. Then, the iPad with Retina came out this past Autumn. Apple tried to show us that they are not predictable, releasing two iPads in one year?? WHATTTT??? Not calling it the iPad 4 or new new iPad??? All they did was change a few small things of the “new iPad”, slapped a new name on it and angered hundreds of loyal customers that had just purchased the “new iPad”. Apple is stuck in rut of showing that they are unpredictable with products, not with innovation.

2013 needs to be the year that they release a new innovative product that changes the way we currently think about a technology. Whether it be a watch or a car or a television (although the latter has already been done and redone), it needs to be something or else Apple is going to continue downhill and be wiped out within a decade. Apple needs to get back to what it does best. Yes, be unpredictable with products. Release two iPhones this year, release two iPads and give us some new MacBooks, but give us another product to be excited about. Give us an innovation that would blow Apple out of this rut and back on top where it belongs. Give us something we need, something unheard of. If the market doesn’t exist for the product, Apple will make it exist. Apple is very powerful and can convince everyone that this product is a necessity in our lives. Apple Inc. is no longer Steve Jobs, but it is Tim Cook. It is under a new leader and new management and needs to show us that it has new ideas. It has new innovations and it is unpredictable because it thinks different.

-Kevin

iPod Christmas Guide 2012

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So you may be interested in getting your friend, a relative or someone really close to you an iPod for Christmas and the biggest problem that you may face is not only what color to get, but what type of iPod. There’s the iPod shuffle, the nano, the touch and the classic (yes it still exists.) Sure you may know the difference on a basic level, the shuffle shuffles your music, the nano stores only a few songs, the touch is pretty much an iPhone without cellular and the classic is old and holds a lot of music. But this guide will help you decide which iPod is perfect for the right person.

Let’s start with the inexpensive:

iPod shuffle 2GB $49

(comes in blue, green, yellow, pink, purple, grey, black and product red)

The iPod Shuffle features a clickable control without a screen. It won’t show you your music, but it will tell you with the push of a button what song is playing (called VoiceOver). It also features a clip on it to attach to clothing and comes with the regular Apple Earphones.

The shuffle can survive being dropped, being submerged in water, thrown around and an entire marathon. Plus its only $49 so it’s not that expensive to replace. It only holds hundred of songs, so its best for someone with a small library or someone who knows which songs they want on their iPod. If they have 1200 songs and are indecisive like me, I’d try something with more room for music.

iPod nano 16GB $149

(comes in blue, green, yellow, pink, purple, grey, black and product red)

The nano features a multi-touch display, bluetooth (to connect to speakers, headphones, etc.), plays videos (such as movies and podcasts), stores photos and even plays the radio. It is thin and very lightweight and comes with the new Earpods.

The new nano is very small and is great for an indecisive person that has a couple of thousands of songs and doesn’t really want to pick and choose which songs to put on their iDevice. It is small enough to be carried in virtually any pocket and is a cheap addition to the iPhone. Since it has 16gb, it can hold almost as many songs as an iPhone and it devotes its space to only music, videos and photos. Whereas the iPhone has to split its memory among a few other areas. So in theory, the nano could be reserved for music and the iPhone for everything else.

iPod classic 160GB $249

(comes in black and white)

The classic has more gigabytes than any other iPod. It features a click wheel, a 2.5-inch diagonal screen and comes with regular Apple Earphones. This iPod can hold 40,000 songs.

The classic would be great for someone who has thousands upon thousands of songs and wants a device to carry all of their songs. It is pretty much built for capacity. Since it can hold 40,000 songs, it would be perfect for someone that actually has that many songs.

iPod touch 32GB $299, 64GB $399

(comes in blue, yellow, pink, grey, black and product red)

The touch is now as tall as the iPhone 5 (20 apps on each screen), features a Retina display, has two cameras (a 5MP on the back and a 1.2MP on the front) and comes not only with the new Earpods, but an iPod touch loop. Oh and it has Siri.

Finally, the touch is a really great iPod. It is basically an iPhone without cellular capabilities. It can text message (called iMessage) anyone with an iPod touch, iPhone, iPad or Mountain Lion on their Mac. It can connect to WiFi to allow users to video chat, download music, play apps plus a million other things. The iPod touch is perfect for someone who doesn’t have an iPhone yet. The iPhone and iPod touch are too similar for me and I see it as redundant to have both. But if someone has an Samsung Galaxy S3, an iPod touch would be perfect for them. (What’s the worst that could happen? They fall in love with the iPod touch and ditch Samsung for an iPhone in the future.)

Pictures of these beautiful devices can be seen here.

Apple Store – Black Friday

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It’s almost Thanksgiving, which means that it’s almost Black Friday. The day that officially kicks off Christmas shopping. Many places will offer amazing sales on Apple products (such as Walmart and Best Buy), but both the physical Apple Store and online Apple Store will be offering discounts too.

They haven’t released their pricing plan yet, but we should see it real soon. But here is the sales offered last year:

iPad 2 – $41 to $61 Off
iPod nano – $11 off
iPod Touch – $21 to $41 off
MacBook Air – $101 off
MacBook Pro – $101 off
iMac – $101 off

We will probably see something similar this year, lasting from early Black Friday morning to24 hours later.

If you want really good discounts on Apple products, I suggest shopping elsewhere (like Walmart or Best Buy). With that said, don’t forget you can only get iDevices engraved and purchase (Product) Red iDevices via the Apple Store. Also you can do it in the comfort of your own home without having to leave and freeze to death outside.

I’ll post the Apple prices on here once they are released 🙂 stay tuned and Happy Thanksgiving!!!

iPad Mini Event

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Calmy waiting for Apple to start their event…10 more minutes. I got my iPad ready, Facebook ready, I’m on the Apple website to watch the live stream and my blog ready to add new information too with updates every few minutes 🙂

The live stream isn’t working on this computer, but I have it on my new iPad 😀

Updates with iPhone 5:

  • sold out the first weekend (5 million sold)
  • most iphones ever in opening weekend (or most phones)

Updates with iPods:

  • sales are fantastic
  • sold over 3 million iPods since new ones released

Updates with iOS 6

  • 200 million devices running ios 6
  • fastest upgrade rate of any software in history

Updates with Mountain Lion:

  • documents in the cloud: 125 million documents placed in cloud
  • iMessage: sent 300 billion messages sent, 28,000 per second sent
  • 160 million game players on game center
  • shared photo streams: 70 million photo shared

Update with App Store:

  • 275,000 iPad apps (not stretched out smart phone apps)
  • milestone: customers have downloaded 35 billion apps from the store
  • 6.5 billion dollars paid to developers

iBooks: AVAILABLE NOW 🙂

  • 1.5 million iBooks (downloaded 400 million of them since store opened)
  • iBooks 3.0 😀
  • a bunch of new features

Macbook: AVAILABLE TODAY 🙂

  • number one selling mac: macbook pro 13″
  • so here’s the new product! new Macbook Pro 13″ (.75 inch thin, 3.5 lbs weight, retina display, 2560 x 1600 pixels, more pixels than any competition, dual microphones, stereo speakers, 7 hour battery life)

Mac mini: AVAILABLE TODAY 🙂

  • quad processors, WiFi, bluetooth 4.0, starts at $599

iMac: AVAILABLE NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER:)

  • next generation iMac announced
  • omg its so thin (holy cow lol)
  • edge to edge glass
  • specs (5mm thin edge, friction stir welding, no optical drive, 27 or 21.5 inch screens, anti-reflective coating on display, plasma deposition process, individually calibrated, dual microphones, 720p HD camera, stereo speakers)
  • flash, hard drive or fusion drive avail (fusion drive: 128gb flash storage, 1TB or 3TB hard drive, fused into one volume, etc.)

iPad:

  • 100 million ipad sold 2 weeks ago 🙂
  • 90% of web traffic of tablets
  • new version of iBooks Author (AVAILABLE TODAY)
  • iPad 3- top selling tablet in the world

iPad 4th generation announced 😀 (SEE IPAD MINI BELOW FOR AVAILABILITY)

  • A6X chip, 10 hour battery life, facetime HD with 720P, expanded LTE, 2x faster WiFi, lightning connector, black and white, starting at $499

iPad Mini!!! Preorder October 26, NOVEMBER 2 WIFI ONLY VERSION and CELLULAR 2 WEEKS LATER

  • 7.2mm thin, thin as a pencil, .68lbs (light as pad of paper), black and white (like iphone 5), screen size: 7.9″ screen, 1024 x 768 pixels (like iPad original)
  • FaceTime HD camera, A5 dual core chip, 5MP iSight Camera, 4G LTE, faster WiFi, lightning connector, smart covers are avail as well
  • 16gb starting at $329 with WiFi only

iPad mini starting at $329

iPad 2 starting at $399

iPad with Retina starting at $499