In honor of next week's big iPhone 5S reveal (which leaks have pretty much guaranteed with be fairly anticlimactic unless Tim's got another Mac Pro style surprise under wraps), this week's deals are all about the iOS. We've got iPod touches, iPads, and more inside. We'll keep it short this week, as we know if you're reading this blog, you're holding your breath and your wallet as you wait to see what next Tuesday will bring.
We've got a bevy of refurb Macs for you back-to-schoolers who want a great laptop at a great price, but we've also got a handful or three of accessories to protect the rest of your Apple gear. Or to turn a decent attempt at drawing on your iPad into an awesome one. That and more after the jump.
If there's one thing as potentially lucrative as the iPad, it's the market for iPad accessories, particularly cases used to protect them — and few companies build them as well as Logitech, which debuted two new folios this week.
Rumors and leaks are heating up and you know what that means: pure speculation! Fakes! A slowly growing fever pitch of excitement as we get closer and closer to the big day. If the 9/10 predictors are right, we'll be seeing Apple invites pretty soon, but only time will tell. That, and a MacLife columnist goes Android rogue — GASP!!!
Been looking forward to the release of the highly anticipated iPad mini with Retina display? According to Bloomberg, you won't have to wait much longer, and if you find that size truly matters, you'll be happy to know we might be seeing the launch of the new iPad at the same time. Unfortunately, we won't see them during the same September 10 event focusing on the launch of the new iPhone, but during a separate event scheduled for the "last three months" of 2013.
An old joke that circulated when the iPad was first announced called the then-new device a "gigantic iPhone," and now it looks as though Apple's taking the same approach to the next iPad by blowing up the iPad mini. The good news, though, is that the move could mean a meaningful improvement as regards the act of handling the device, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.
It's that time again — time for our post-PC world to kick in and for all our refurb deals to not be laptops or desktops, but handhelds and pocket-sized devices. So if you came looking for a sweet MacBook Air, check last week's column or next week, because this week we're all about the iOS.
We got rumors and we got betas this week as Apple news moves into the summer's concluding month before the fall rumor season really heats up. Blackberry tries to stay relevant, some new games hit the consoles, and it feels like Apple TV is getting some of its due. More just like that inside.
While it's not quite a mass exodus just yet, more and more musicians appear to be thumbing their nose in the general direction of Spotify. Rather than view the streaming music service as just one more way to receive royalties, folks like Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke have started pulling their work from the Spotify roster, while others continue to sit it out entirely. As usual, the losers are the end users who just want to hear their music, and the situation is probably going to get worse before it ever gets better…
According to Taiwan's Economic Daily News (via MacRumors), we might not get to see the long-anticipated iPad mini with retina display until 2014. The culprit? Believe it or not, it's the retina displays themselves. Unfortunately, this isn't the first time we've heard of delays, as DigiTimes reported earlier in the year that production concerns were holding up the release until late this year.