So apparently there's yet another Apple event next week and most people suspect it's iPad-related, with the possibility of a few surprises thrown in. We wondered ourselves, based on this week's refurb pricing, if there might not be an Apple TV update thrown into the mix (it's the lowest we've seen the price in memory). Meanwhile, we've got some big screen laptop action and more in this week's slice-a-rama.
The perfect quality for an iPhone or iPod accessory, in our opinion, is if you can use it with not only more than one current device, but also devices of the future. I've had this Nest stand since shortly after the iPad's launch in 2010, and it's been a great little companion for every tablet I've had since. (Only when putting together our list of 20 iPhone and iPad Accessories Under $20 did I realize we'd never reviewed it formally -- sorry, Bluelounge!)
Everyone, from the most serious business user to the biggest Netflix junkie, needs to stand the iPad up sometimes. A dedicated stand, like the übercool Fixie from Incipio, provides more stability than a Smart Cover, but be forewarned that your relationship with it might hit a few snags in the beginning.
We all wait with baited breath for what will come next week. With an event scheduled for a mere six days from now, we're sure gear dealers and refurb sellers are waiting for a glut of trade-ins, so be sure to come back next week when the deals will probably begin popping like corn at a theater. For now, here's some pretty sweet deals just for you.
In this week's Mac|Life Show, we show off the iPad Butler, a fantastic, alumnium stand that props up your tablet for those moments you need to keep your hand free and eyes on the crowd. Also, Associate Editor Nic Vargus sings and plays guitar.
It’s not often that we absolutely fall in love with iPhone/iPad stands. Frankly, they’re so utilitarian that there’s not much to set one apart from another. They hold up your device -- and that’s about it. Besides, any inanimate object could theoretically handle that challenge, like a sufficiently sized rock or your sleeping cat. But after spending some time with both the desktop and foldable versions of Rokstand, we don’t want anything else propping up our iOS devices.