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.
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.
Two-step verification comes to one of our favorite services at long last, while Google finally appears to be paying some attention to its music service. Speaking of music, how's the iPod doing? That and more in this week's news you may have missed as we take a look back at some hot stories this week here at Mac|Life.
Apple announced today to Jim Dalrymple of The Loop that's it's sold more than 100 million units of the iPod touch since its first appearance in 2007, and while that's an impressive number by any stretch of the imagination, it's a testament to the strengths and popularity of the iPhone and related smartphones that it's not much higher.
Garmin is a heavyweight in the navigation space, with a plethora of GPS-enabled mapping apps for all sorts of uses -- which is great as long as your device has a GPS receiver. But what about owners of the iPad mini, or iPod touch? Now they're covered. Garmin's GLO is a stand-alone GPS receiver that connects to your iOS device via Bluetooth, giving your GPS-less iPad or iPod navigational capabilities.
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.
Milo is a great little stand, with a microsuction pad to hold your iPhone or iPod touch (or other smartphone, I guess, if you gotta play it like that) in either portrait or landscape orientation. Bluelounge has a newer aluminum version for $29.95, but the original plastic version is just as good -- and only $14.95.
Back in 2011, I reviewed the Toddy Cloth, a beautifully patterned, machine-washable microfiber cloth for cleaning your device’s screens. I raved about how its textured side whisked oily fingerprints off my grubby iPhone, and the silky side polished it up with just a few swipes. My only complaint was that it should be $10 instead of $15...and the company actually listened and dropped the price to $10. (You’re welcome.)