Oh, Palm Pre, how
dearly you wish you were an iPhone, going so far as to trick iTunes
into recognizing you as such. But, you know what, Pre? You're not an
iPhone. You're never going to be an iPhone no matter how many times you
update your OS.
Together, the iPhone 3.0 OS update and iPhone 3GS offer faster Web
surfing, gaming, and Twittering than ever. Here's what's new in the
iPhone OS and accessible to all iPhone users. We also review the 3GS,
the fastest, slickest most fun iPhone yet.
perpetual motion machine of rumors, the neverending rumor mill. The
latest -- and greatest -- new factoid coming down the pike is that
Apple's possibly developing a 13" and a 15" tablet, as well as the 10"
The biggest complaint we hear about headphones is the lack of bass. And
it makes sense. Asking tiny speakers that go in your ears to recreate
the boom of 12-inch woofers is a tall order. Now that Apple’s iPhone
comes in a 32GB version, more users can forgo the iPod/cell phone combo
in favor of a single device that can make calls, run apps, and hold a
sizable chunk of your music collection. And bass-heads take note: The
Atomic Bass Earphones are as apt a name as we can think of, although
there are some drawbacks.
If you actually use your iPhone’s best features--the 3G network,
push notifications, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Location Services, all those
bells and whistles that make it so awesome--you’ve probably noticed your
battery needs recharging every day or two at least. We never leave home
without the cable and AC adapter that came with our iPhone, so we’re in
luck as long as we can find a power outlet or USB port to plug in to.
But wandering beyond walls and away from computers requires some extra
gadgetry to keep our iPhone charged, namely Belkin’s Dual Auto Charger
for the car and the iPWR SuperPack backup battery for everywhere else.
It’s disturbing how long it took for manufacturers to create a capable
car stereo for the iPod. Many suffered from a latency issue that made
searching the iPod or even switching to the next song incredibly
frustrating. Add to that navigation schemes that would have led Ponce
de Leon to walk the plank, and you have a user experience that rivals
using the Zune. A new generation of car stereos has appeared lately
that battles the confusing navigation and lag issues associated with
switching tracks. Alpine hopes to lead the charge and bring iPod
enthusiasts a head unit deserving of the “Made for iPod” badge.
You have 10 minutes to get out of your house. What do you grab? Your
pets/kids, your wallet, any valuables you can find, and maybe a few
irreplaceable pics, right? Or, on second thought, you might actually
need your iPhone and something to keep it charged while you’re fending
off disaster. Freeplay’s FreeCharge 12V, a human-powered charger, will
keep whichever gadgets you grab powered when you’re away from your
handy wall outlets.