More iPad rumors, and a dip into the mailbag

The rumor mills are doing a good job this spring of persuading me to push back my iPad upgrade to later in the year. Especially when they are informed by analysts whose insider sources have a good track record of accurate predictions. Such is the case with KGI securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo, who said in a note to investors that Apple will introduce upgraded iPad Air and iPad mini models in 2014/Q3.

Appidemic: Aspects for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad

Aspects is a tower defense game in which you summon phantoms to attack your enemies and totems to defend yourself. Play as one of three aspects, each with unique totems that give different strengths and weaknesses as you play against the computer or friends.

Appidemic: TAPPD for iPhone, iPod touch

We met David Duncan, co-founder of TAPPD, at Macworld / iWorld 2014. In fact, we filmed an interview with him, then talked about “Australia’s Game” for a while. As fun as that looks, it’s not relevant here, so we’ll stick with TAPPD, your app to help you find good apps, from the sources you trust….because we know you can’t always trust us.

Appidemic: Facetune for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

If you want to edit your photos on your iDevice, Facetune may be the tool you need. As the name implies, this was designed with portraits in mind, putting an array of photo editing tools at your fingertips, literally. In your toolbox, you have access to features such as crop, whiten, smooth, details, red eye, defocus, filters, frames, reshape, and patch.

The 10 most insane Bluetooth speaker designs at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair

I’ve come across some absolutely marvelous Bluetooth speaker systems this week, both in design and functionality. Passing by the booths and sampling the audio, I’ve heard so much Asian pop music that old-school Avril Lavigne was actually a nice respite at one point. But I kept at it, because I never knew when another speaker set designed to look like a crimson aquatic mammal balancing a beach ball on its head was waiting at the end of the aisle.

Hands-on with the Adobe Illustrator 17.1 update

While there are a number of new features and enhancements to Adobe Illustrator v17.1, there are several that stand out for my work-flow. When it comes to the one for I’ve been waiting for the longest, making the choice was about as easy as anything I’ve ever encountered: rounded corners.


The iPad in trouble (and is the mini to blame?)

Motley Fool’s Adam Levine-Weinberg says Apple’s market share lead in tablet computers has crumbled, and iPad sales growth has also ground to a crashing halt. Levine-Weinberg contends that “unless Apple can deliver vastly improved iPads later this year, the iPad’s growth days are over.” Is he right?

Appidemic: Polar Bowler for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

Can’t get enough snow? Do you like bowling? With a bear? In an inner tube? Great, we have just the thing for you. Polar Bowler puts your furry hide in an inner tube and slingshots you across the ice and snow in search of pins to knock down. There are more than just the same old 10 pins to hit, and there are target amounts of pins you will need to knock down before advancing to the next level.

AppleTell interviews Dean Graziano, Founder and CEO of Lively

Smartphones have changed the concert experience, which means I now have to look past countless people with their arms up high, trying to capture unwatchable and unlistenable videos to upload to YouTube. Thankfully, there’s a better way. It’s called Lively, and its founder and CEO, Dean Graziano, recently took time to answer our questions about his app, beginning with my problem with all the amateur concert film directors.

TiPX iPhone cases are as fun as the apps they protect

This year’s Hong Kong Electronics Fair marks the first time there’s been an i-World section, and it’s there that I’ve been spending most of my time, talking with vendors such as Raymond Ho, marketing manager for TiPX. He had myriad cases on display for iPhone, iPad, and other mobile brands, some of which were amongst the most unique I’ve ever seen.

Hands on with the UNIBAT 6″ Braided Nylon Lightning Cable

The UNBIAT Lightning cable is tiny but tough. Sheathed in braided nylon and strengthened to stand up to the roughest treatment, this little cable can keep you charging on the go without fraying.


Latest iPad rumors complicate upgrade decisions

It is a constant given that whenever one takes the plunge with new computer hardware, something faster, with more desirable features, and sometimes at a lower price, will be along within a year—usually sooner. It was ever thus. But I’m still dithering over which model iPad to replace my faithful iPad 2 with. And the latest product rumors aren’t helping me shake off my inertia.