If you’re looking to buy a gift this year for a musician, your iPhone and iPad options have never been better. Digital input adapters for connecting instruments like guitars and the like to iOS devices are now much easier to find, but this year also brought us other musical accessories. And thanks to Apple’s Core MIDI in iOS 7, many of these accessories are able to interact with just about any musical app on the App Store (as long as they support Core MIDI). Let’s cut to the chase, here are my favorite iPhone and iPad accessories for musicians released this year.
It was abundantly clear at this year’s CES and Macworld|iWorld expos that wired speaker docks had been given the old heave-ho, to be replaced by wireless streaming options like Bluetooth and (more rarely) AirPlay. With the holidays upon us, here’s a look back at what we feel are the best wireless speakers from this past year. They cover a wide range of price points and use cases, from the expensive home theater setup to a rough-and-tumble outdoor speaker that’s ready to go anywhere.
Black Friday is upon us, and the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch app and accessory deals have built up like you wouldn’t believe. We’ve got apps on sale and we’ve got apps for free, we’ve got some excellent discounts on all kinds of accessories, and iPhone 4/4s owners can get themselves a StealthArmor skin for free! Head in now for the details, as this’ll be our last update until we see what carries over to Cyber Monday.
Seems Black Friday this year should be called Black Friday and a Good Portion of Thursday. I’ll let you all argue about shopping/family time on your own shopping/family time, because I’m here just to let you know what deals are out there on the online. Plenty of software and hardware developers are discounting their wares, and we’ve rounded them all up right here for you until the madness subsides.
Christmas is fast approaching, and you want to give gifts to your favorite gamers, but you have no idea what to buy. Why not a mouse, controller, headphone or other accessory to go along with their Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch? They’ll be thanking your generosity every time they fire up their games.
Here are five iOS games I’ve played in the last year that would make really good gifts. Because of the free-or-nothing App Store mentality, some of the more “expensive” $1.99 and up games get ignored by iPhone and iPad gamers. This is your chance to make it clear to them that you usually get you pay for. And because any friend of yours is a friend of mine, none of these games require in-app purchases at all.
Yesterday, we showed you how to gift iOS apps for delivery on Christmas day. What we did tell you was what apps you should give. It’s trickier than it seems, especially with games. It doesn’t make much sense to give a $0.99 gift to someone, but you also want to make sure the game doesn’t require a bunch of in-app purchase. The good news, however, is there are many great iOS games available that make outstanding gifts for even hardcore gamers. Here’s a quick list of some of our favorites.
Hopefully, you’ve got your Christmas shopping done and have moved along to wrapping. If so, reward yourself with some iPhone, iPad and iPod touch app sales! If not, round out your gifts with some iPhone, iPad and iPod touch app sales! Deals on games, productivity apps, accessories…they’re now rolling in and they’re changing frequently, so check back often.
The holidays bring an endless stream of gifts: for the office, for family, maybe for yourself. If any of your gift recipients are the proud owner of a new iPhone 5 and like their gadgets to have a bit of style, why not check out one of the X-Doria’s Engage cases? While their Venue rubberized case is good for protection and style, the Form line features striking designs that are sure to draw attention.
iOS apps may dominate the Apple software industry now, but the Macintosh still seems to do better for great holiday sales. Whether you’re looking for games, creativity apps, laptop cases or more, we’ll be rounding up the relevant deals right here and updating the list through the end of the year.
If the folks on your holiday gift list recently acquired an iPhone 5, what better to give than the gift of protection? Hard shell cases snap onto the iPhone and are designed to remain in place; they are typically designed for light protection, mainly from scuffs, scratches and small bumps. They are perfect for protecting an iPhone 5 that spends most of its time in a pocket or a bag, and can be a great way to add some personality to the recipient’s iPhone.
With the holiday season upon us, you may be looking for the perfect stocking stuffer, office gift, or present for an owner of an iPhone 5. With the iPhone 5′s availability finally easing, one great option is a case for that new iDevice. Rubberized hard cases offer a medium level of hybrid protection from scratches while also offering some added shock absorbency for the occasional drop or bump, all with minimal bulk.