Passing earwax-tainted earbuds between friends is nobody's favorite way to share iPod tunes. An integrated speaker in the smaller iPod nano and iPod shuffle models could end that practice for good, and provide opportunity for a host of new iPod possibilities.
Setting sail this weekend and want the latest information to help you along? Well look no further than your phone for everything you need. There is a wealth of data available through the thousands of apps on the market. But how do you know what is best for you?
Ahh, summer -- a time of sun-drenched picnics where one partakes in three-legged races, whimsical games of croquet and copious pours of wine (the sweet nectar sucked from the recesses of paper bags so as to avoid the long arm of Johnny Law, of course).
It seems impossible for Apple to put a decent camera into anything but the iPhone, and despite many hopes, both cameras in the iPad 2 are about as rudimentary as you could get without having to load a roll of film in there.
Apple this week announced a plan to levy a 30 percent fee on publishers who charge subscriptions through its App Store on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The fee applies to newspapers, magazines and digital books (not to mention music and videos).
Apple's latest mobile operating system, iOS 4.3, has gained new four- and five-finger multitouch gestures for the iPad, which have great potential to replace some functionality of the device's "home" button.
This holiday season, any gift that starts with a lower-case i is sure to be in hot demand. Apple's iPhones, iMacs and especially iPads are on most people's wish lists. But at a few hundred dollars a pop, those are expensive tokens of affection.
The iPod helped Apple rise from the dead in the last decade. But the iPod Classic, the device that jump-started that resurrection, didn't get so much as a mention from Steve Jobs at Apple's iPod event on Wednesday.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced a revamped Apple TV device, a new iPod line, an iTunes social network and updates to the operating system for the iPhone, iPod Touch and the iPad at Apple's highly anticipated product launch event on Wednesday.
If you've picked up Apple's iPhone 4, you're probably aware of the new features that can benefit gamers on the go: a higher-resolution display, an integrated gyroscope to complement the accelerometer (for six-axis motion control), longer battery life and faster Wi-Fi.
A rotund, voracious figure follows a trail through a maze. As he rounds a corner, he is confronted by ghostlike monsters attempting to wipe him out. He turns and flees, but soon discovers an additional source of power that briefly turns him from hunted into hunter.
"There's a revolution coming," I said to my two teenage daughters a couple months ago. Say what Dad? It was early February and I had just gotten my hands on an iPad. After playing with it for an hour or so, my response was pretty simple: I want one. "Not until April 3rd," the man told me. Well OK, what's a few weeks -- when you're waiting for the future.
Last week, Apple released a free update for iPhone users, pushing them to the third iteration of their mobile operating system. (Yes, iPod Touch users are welcome to upgrade, too, at a very reasonable cost of $10.)
Apple is rumored to be working on something bigger than an iPod Touch, but smaller than a MacBook. Past patent applications filed by the company and whispers from contract manufacturers point to a midsize gadget with a screen of 7 to 8 inches in the works, perhaps scheduled to debut early next year.
Like many geeks, I love gadgets and I love to read. Since I've found that my rate of giving away old books is slower than the rate at which I get new ones and my bookshelf is always at eyesore-full capacity, I've wondered if e-books are everything they're cracked up to be?
The environmental movement has been around for decades but has never been more mainstream than it is today. Now, organic products, energy-efficient appliances and fuel-friendly cars are all the rage. Of course choosing to go green is very good for the planet, but it can also be surprisingly good for your bottom line.
I'm no Apple lover. Sure, I dig the design coup that is the iPod Touch, the lovely software interface of the Apple operating system, the content of the iTunes service. And I truly believe Steve Jobs is a living, breathing American genius. But Apple's hardware has always been frustratingly limited, particularly for small businesses.
Forget the price cut on the iPhone. The potentially big deal for the wireless industry was Apple's announcement Wednesday of the iPod touch, a music player that also can access the Internet over Wi-Fi networks.