So it was a big announcement week with not only the long rumored iPad mini, but surprises like the newly redesigned iMacs, Retina Display additions to the MacBook line up, and the fourth generation iPad. One thing Apple never does is disappoint. So a few other stories happened this week too, so why don't we take a look?
Last week in Free App Friday, we took a look at Fix-It Felix Jr., a movie tie-in app for the celebration of retro gaming taking place in Wreck-It Ralph. However, if I were going to be completely honest, as fun as Fix-It was, that was a representation of a bygone era even by the time I first held up an NES controller. This week we celebrate a free app that harkens to a time that thumbs were blistered, giant robots and monsters were slain, and the guns were entirely unrealistic and awesome.
During the Apple-Samsung patent trial this summer, it was revealed that Eddie Cue, Apple's Internet software and services chief, had allegedly convinced a very reluctant Steve Jobs that Apple should make a miniature iPad as soon as possible. In an email to heavy hitters Tim Cook, Scott Forstall and Phil Schiller, Cue links a GigaOM article, "Why I Just Dumped the iPad (Hint: Size Matters)," and notes that he was beginning to wear down Steve's famous stubbornness.
It's that time of year again, when all the groovy ghoulies and spunky spooks get prepped for a night of mischievous fun, candy questing, and late night costumed prowling. For some folks, Halloween is a big deal each year. It's an excuse to cut loose with crazy costumes and go hog-wild on the front yard decorations. And let's not forget the truckloads of candy. With so many cool Halloween-themed apps floating around, we can't help but get into the spirit of the eerie season. Join us with these awesome picks for everything from scary movies to virtual pumpkin carving.
After Apple's iPad Mini debut, I got to get hands-on with the newest Apple tablet -- or maybe I should say "hand-on" since this thing is so easy to hold in one hand. You'll want to spin it around on your finger like a Harlem Globetrotter. But you probably shouldn't -- even though it's only as heavy as a legal pad of paper, it's significantly more fragile.
So have you heard any good rumors lately? We have. It seems like the rumor mill is on the cusp of being vindicated about the iPad mini as at long last Apple gives the technorati what they've been begging for. Will there be a market for it? Oh, we think a lighter priced smaller tablet might just be stuffing a few stockings this holiday season.
On November 2nd, Disney releases Wreck-it Ralph, a film with a star studded-voice cast and a unique setting taking place across multiple video game worlds. It's also destined to make you feel old. Gaming's hit a bit of a watershed moment, we can now look back on its history of multiple decades and view it in the same kind of nostalgia glasses that were once reserved to TVLand reruns of I Love Lucy and Leave it to Beaver.
AOL isn't exactly the first name in innovative web services anymore, so I was surprised when I was asked to check out a new web-based email client designed to "bring visual relief to overloaded inboxes."
Admittedly, I wasn't expecting much, but Alto is every bit the radical email overhaul AOL says it is. From its vibrant, distinctive interface to its clever handling of message threads and attachments, Alto is like no other email client I have ever used. It's so different, it doesn't just feel like a new email client, it feels like a whole new form of communication.
The iPhone 5 is great in pretty much every aspect, but battery life continues to be an issue for some despite its slightly larger battery than the iPhone 4S. While you can't swap out the battery for a larger one, there are 5 simple usage tips that can keep your iPhone 5 running longer than it would otherwise.
With the potential iPad mini rumor still hot and fresh and percolating out there, we expect next week will be a hot week of leaks, "leaks," and speculation from unnamed sources. Heck, we even have a little of that this week. Meanwhile, other tablets are out there, breaking even, and we've got some reviews and some one on one comparisons. So let's go see what happened this week.