Archive for ‘Apple’

June 24, 2012

Apple Asia Chronicles

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

Owning an Apple product is a symbol of upward mobility among Asia’s fast growing middle class. In my recent trip to Asia, I noticed a common thing between the west and the east. Crowded Apple Stores. The impact of Apple and its products on the psyche of people all over the world is amazing.

I couldn’t get my hands on a fake iPhone 5 or see a fake Apple store, but got some pictures of Apple references and stores and snagged Apple accessories at record breaking discount prices. My advice for anyone going to China – Shop 🙂

Steve Jobs Biography, Tokyo

Steve Jobs Playing Cards – Muslim Quarters in Xi’an, China

Temple Street Night Market, Hong Kong

Temple Street Night Market, Hong Kong

                                                                                                      

iPhone 4 case, Temple Street Night Market, Hong Kong

Street Vendors, Hong Kong

Apple Store, Hong Kong

Apple Store, Hong Kong

Apple Reseller, Bangalore, India

March 19, 2012

The new iPad tops 3 million in under 4 days

 BY THE APPLE GIRLThe new iPad featuring the Retina display, A5X quad core graphics, a 5 MP iSight camera for capturing amazing photos and 1080p HD camera, 10 hour battery life and 4G LTE support, has topped 3 million units in less than 4 daysIn comparison, Apple sold 4 million iPhone 4S units in its first weekend and they were much cheaper and more widely popular.

March 6, 2012

Apple iPad 3 Media Event – March 7

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

Apple’s next media event is coming up on March 7, when it is expected to launch iPad 3. There have been numerous rumors about the event and we have rounded up and classified some important ones. Let us know what you think!

Very Likely

1. Retina Display – It is rumored that iPad 3 will be equipped with a Retina Display – a high-resolution screen found on iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.  According to the rumors, iPad 3 should have 1536×2048 resolution which is twice that of its predecessor, iPad 2.

2. Higher Resolution Camera – The camera on the iPad 2 is pending an upgrade and rumors say that this is coming on iPad 3 – a possible 8 MP camera. 

3. Processor – An improved dual core processor with better graphic processing is expected with the rumored A5X processor. Some rumors indicate a quad-core A6 processor, but it seems to be unlikely.

4. Siri support – This is possible but I am not betting on it as much as I would on the retina display.

5. Form Factor – Some rumors indicate that the device will be slightly thicker than iPad 2 (about 0.81 mm thicker)

Maybe

1. LTE Support – I am on the borderline on this one. Wall Street Journal at one point reported that Apple would release a 4G LTE supported iPad 3. iMore, which accurately reported the iPad 3 Media event date also reported that Apple will be releasing a 4G enabled iPad. If Apple wants to be competitive with its rival tablets this year, this might be happening.

No Way

1. Price Hike – Although rumors suggest that  there might be a slight price hike ($80) on the iPad 3 due to the addition of the retina display, I wouldn’t bet on it. Apple would have figured out its economies of scale to make a Retina Display iPad 3 at its existing sweet spot price.

2. iPad Mini – This rumor has been around since the time the iPad launched and thanks to other Android and Amazon tablets trying to capitalize on an untapped small tablet market, the rumor doesn’t seem to be going away, In any case, I wouldn’t bet on it.

There have been reports of Apple stalling replenishment of Apple TV set-top box at many Apple retailers across the US. It’s possible that an Apple TV update is coming at the media event. Then there is the most famous rumor about the Apple TV sets referred to in Steve Jobs’ biography.

All in all, this will be an exciting Apple Media Event. Can’t wait! 🙂

Source: MacRumors, ArsTechnica, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, iMore

February 26, 2012

Shepard Fairey iPhone cases

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

The popular American street artist, Shepard Fairey, known for his popular HOPE poster, has collaborated with Incase design to release iPhone, iPad and laptop cases and backpacks with his iconic “Obey Giant” street art. The artwork combines symbols of peace from across different cultures with Fairey’s ideology and vision of self-empowerment to promote harmony.

The Fairey-Incase line consists of iPod Touch case (30 USD), iPhone case (40 USD), MacBook Air (79 USD), 13″ and 15″ laptop sleeves (80 USD and 90 USD) and laptop backpack (150 USD).

I love Fairey’s iconic designs and having recently seen his murals around where I live, I am inclined to get one of the iPhone cases. 


[Source]: DesignTAXI via DesignBoom

January 31, 2012

Apple’s $100 Billion cash reserve

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

Infographics seem to be the new norm to convey outlandish information. Here’s one on Apple’s cash reserve..

[Source]: DesignTAXI

January 28, 2012

Apple’s Best Quarter yet!

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

This week Apple announced its best quarter in the history of the company. The fourth calendar quarter of 2011 showed a $46.33 billion dollar revenue and net quarterly profit of $13.06 billion. Gross margin was 44.7 percent compared to 38.5 percent a year ago and international sales accounted for 58 percent of the quarter’s revenue. Apple single-handedly erased  a drop in S&P’s 500 Index earning for the December quarter turning a 4.2 percent decline to a 4.4 percent gain.

To put it in perspective, for the same quarter, Samsung posted $42 billion in sales and a $4.7 billion operating profit – Samsung mobile contributed to 40 percent of the company sales. Again for the same quarter, Motorola reported a net revenue of $3.4 Billion and a net loss of $80 Million (Google acquired Motorola Mobility last year for $12.5 Billion in cash! Ouch!)

January 11, 2012

Apple’s new textbook venture

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

Amidst all the CES news this week, Apple has some news too. Apple is expected to make its big education announcement at New York’s Guggenheim Museum on Jan 19. The word is that there may not be any device launch but Apple will discuss its new digital textbook business.  After music, movies, apps, books , magazines, will textbook industry be the next to be dominated by Apple?

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January 11, 2012

CES 2012: iOS Accessories

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

There are some pretty cool accessories on the CES floor this year. And many are designed for iOS devices. Here are some we thought would interest you

1. Altona LinkCast Wireless HD Audio/Video System

Altona’s Linkcast provides what is called the “wireless HDMI” – peripheral plugs between your media system’s HDMI output i.e. tablets, PS3, DVD players and your TV’s HDMI input. Altona’s solution is getting us closer to a wireless world & your media room free of that wire mangle. The LinkCast is expected to cost $300 and expected to arrive in February.

2. Cellulon’s Prodigy Case with infrared keyboard

Cellulon has improved on its previous keyboard solution by building an iPhone case which projects a full sized keyboard onto the nearest flat surface. It’s expected to cost $190.

3. Targus iNotebook

The iNotebook does handwriting and drawing recognition by wirelessly transferring to the iPad anything you jot down on the notepad. Pretty nifty for those old school types who love hand writing.

[Source]: 9To5Mac

January 5, 2012

The Zen of Steve Jobs – A graphic novel

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

Creative agency Jess3 has collaborated with Forbes to produce a 80 page graphic novel of Steve Jobs when he was fired from Apple. The book goes in detail about the relationship of Jobs with the Zen Buddhist priest Kobun Chino Otagawa, who was a maverick himself. It focuses on Jobs’ intensive study with Kobun and the impact it had on Steve’s career and design philosophy. The book explores how Jobs’ might have honed his design aesthetic via Eastern religion to identify only what he needs and leave the rest behind. It sounds to me as an interesting read!

Click on the slide show below for a few sample pages & you can buy the novel here.

Slideshow

[Source]: LaughingSquid, DesignTAXI

 

January 2, 2012

GamePad for your tablet

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

60Beat – GamePad for your iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch is the new kid in the block. It brings a full-sized game pad designed for iOS devices and it connects via headphone jack. Being an ardent gamer myself, I like the classic touch to the new generation of gaming devices. However, I would rather not shell out $50 for 60Beat if instead I could use my PS3 gamepad to do the same task! 

Android users have an advantage. They can connect their Wii remotes with their Android devices using BlueTooth and the XBox 360 controller wirelessly with an additional device connected to the Android USB port. 

The gamepad though isn’t the future of gaming, in my opinion, Kinect technology is! How would you like to be entertained? 😛

[Source] TechCrunch, Android Simplicity

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