A new uncovered patent shows that Apple is currently working on a new dock connector design that will let you device with multiple orientations (i.e. portrait or landscape). The device appears to be using an inductive connection for both charging and syncing the device. This new design could allow for device case designs that don't interfere with Apple's dock design.
The Apple iPad was the first iOS-based product that would allow you to use an external keyboard. Apple offers two options for keyboard support: the Apple Wireless Keyboard and the Apple iPad Keyboard Dock, both going for $69. The former connects to the iPad or any iPhone running iOS 4 using Bluetooth. This week, we'll take a look at some tips on how to get the most out of these keyboards.
This week's tips focus mostly on the iPad, but one of them will work on a iPhone running iOS 4. You will learn how to stifle your iPad's loud noise making tendencies, get more out of Mail previews, use the iPad dock more effectively and how to become your own iBook publisher.
In my ongoing quest to never again leave the house without my iPhone,
I’ve tried to adopt the zealous-organizer habit of using a landing
strip inside my front door. This island of unclutteredness is supposed
to give me a place to stash my can’t-forget-’ems--I’m thinking the
modern trinity of keys, wallet, and phone, or anything essential that
regularly hitches a ride in my pocket. Once I’ve fully trained myself
to deposit those items there without fail, I’ll be more apt to remember
to take them every time I leave. And avoid running around searching for
my keys while the carpool idles outside and considers leaving my
lagging behind… well, behind.
While the Apple tablet hype has been in full force for the past few months, the actual tablet rumor has been going on for years. While the tablet has yet to appear, the Mac|Life staff has been hard at work creating mock-ups of the fabled tablet. Check out some of our favorite and one that still makes us giddy when we see it, the tablet dock.
The Icy Dock MB662US-2S is another dual drive enclosure, and you can
get it in two flavors, depending on whether you use eSATA or FireWire
400/800 connections. Both versions also sport a USB 2.0 port. When you
plug two drives into the Icy Dock, it can treat them as two independent
drives or as either a RAID 0 or RAID 1 drive (you use a dip switch to
set the mode). In RAID 0, the two drives act as a single big, utrafast
volume—but if either drive fails, your data is toast. In RAID 1, the
two drives are automatically mirrored, meaning the Icy copies your data
to both drives. The instant, automatic backup is a protection against
either drive biting the dust. The Icy Dock keeps drives cool thanks to
a fan with selectable speeds, but the fan makes almost as much noise as
the Mac Pro we tested it with.