You already paid big bucks for your iPhone, iPod touch, and/or iPad. You shouldn't have to max out your credit on cases and add-ons for it, too. (Save some dough for apps!) Instead, check out our gallery of 20 handy iOS accessories for under $20. There's bound to be something you'll want to drop a Jackson on.
Logitech makes one of the better iPad keyboard covers around, but what if you prefer to protect the back of your tablet as well? The accessory maker answers the call yet again with its latest Keyboard Folio product.
One of the cooler gadgets for iOS users to show up at this year's CES was the hipKey. The little keychain-sized dongle can attach to nearly any item, helping you figure out where you lost those car keys for the hundredth time, or even keep track of the kids. Today, the device has appeared on the Apple Online Store for immediate purchase.
Hard to believe, but the month of October is rapidly drawing to a close. We've likely seen the last of Apple's 2012 product announcements this week, and with less than a week of this Halloween month left on the calendar, that means iTunes 11 -- which was a total no-show at Apple's Tuesday event -- should be popping up on the radar soon. In the meantime, kick back and catch up on some stories you might have missed yesterday, won't you?
If hotcakes were selling like iPads, IHOP would be the hottest investment on the block. But hold the maple syrup -- despite the higher price tag on most Macs, Apple’s making more money off iPads these days. Its Q3 2011 iPad earnings were $6.05 billion, up 179 percent since the previous year. Meanwhile, Mac sales raked in $5.1 billion…representing gains of only 16 percent.
What’s driving the iPad’s explosive growth? The “cool factor” is certainly part of it, but the iPad’s utility is the foundation of its success. It’s terrific as a second computing device (the first being a Mac or PC), and for many of us, it’s taking the spotlight as our primary platform for work, email, browsing, and beyond. Thanks to the cutting-edge offerings in the App Store (15 billion downloads served!), it’s even more practical than ever before to handle all your productivity needs with an iPad. We’re talking photographing checks to deposit them, piping video calls to your TV, and loads more. But how?
The cottage industries that pop up around Apple products are an interesting phenomenon. On one hand, you have companies that appear seemingly out of nowhere and make a name for themselves creating new products for your iDevices. And then there are the other guys, the ones who repurpose existing products in interesting ways to hop on the gravy train. It’s hard to imagine a car bike rack being rejiggered for your iPad, but the SeaSucker is exactly that.
Apple’s Digital AV Adapter provides video output from your iPad 2 in 1080p—although movies still play at 720p. But it works with any app, mirroring the display to your TV, projector, or other HDMI device. (Bring your own HDMI cable, of course.) It’s even got a 30-pin dock port so you can charge or sync your iPad while it’s connected to the TV. Bonus: it works with the first iPad (running iOS 4.3), the iPhone 4, and the fourth-gen iPod touch, although those devices all top out at 720p output. It delivers audio too! With this $39 dongle, you can “sneakernet” videos from your Mac to your TV via the iPad, instead of needing a $99 Apple TV. Smart.
What if you could just slap a joystick on your iPad anytime you wanted to play a game and get a tactile response and control precision that fingers alone can’t provide? It sounds like some visionary prototype of a distant future, but they exist today, and that futuristic voodoo magic is really just suction cups. Even better, these stick-on accessories can actually improve your iPad gaming experience—or at least one of them can.