With the boom in sales of the iPad and similar handheld mobile computers, many users are discovering the convenience of the tablet form factor for the first time. But while this new style of computer is extremely popular, it presents a host of new ergonomic challenges that could have lasting implications on the health of our bodies. As we spend more and more time holding, typing, and swiping on our iPads, we’re putting new stresses on our bodies that can have serious physical implications down the line. Because we spend as much time on our iPads as anbody, we set out to examine the best practices of iPad ergonomics that will keep tablet usage efficient, comfortable, and–most of all–healthy. (more…)
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With schools across the country expanding their budgets for iPad purchases–especially relative to their existing PC buying budget–there’s no better time to explore the function of iPads in the classroom. We’ve taken a look at if iPads are a good match for school, and what the best apps are for iPad-aided learning. (more…)
While the recent flood of leaked photos and specs might’ve dulled some of the excitement over Apple’s latest phone release, it’s is still an important day for iPhone. Today Apple officially introduced the latest in their mobile phone line, iPhone 5! They also made a couple less-expected announcements, including two new iPods, a new iTunes, and even some new headphones. We’ve sifted out all of the most important bits of news from today’s Apple event, so keep reading to find out the details.
iPhone 5 - A new form factor, a new processor, and a new operating system are some of the highlights of Apple’s press conference today.
Most importantly, the size and shape of the phone has changed: iPhone 5 sports a larger-than-ever 4-inch retina display. While the same amount of pixels-per-inch as the iPhone 4, this new screen is stretched nearer to a widescreen, 16:9 aspect ratio. This will mean more screen real estate for future apps and multimedia to take advantage of, and a longer physical device to hold in your hand/pocket/purse. This also means that the iPhone 5 will stick out visually from all other iPhones, rather than blending in as the iPhone 4S did–making it a must-have if you need to be seen with the latest and greatest Apple device.
While there are no true stand-out new features in iPhone 5, virtually every component of the phone has gotten a slight upgrade. Components have been made thinner to fit into the new body, which is only 7.6mm thick. The rear camera has gotten 40% faster, so there should be less delay as you snap photos, and a new panorama feature will be available for stitching multiple shots together. The front camera has gotten a 1.2 megapixel sensor, for HD FaceTime chats going forward. The fragile glass back of the phone has been replaced by a tougher aluminum casing, making this bigger phone a bit less breakable than in the past, and giving it a unique two-toned appearance. And the processor that pushes it all has been bumped up as well; the A5 processor will stay with the iPhone 4S, while the iPhone 5 will get a shiny new A6 processor. Sounds much faster! Looking for additional things to wow us with, Apple has even upgraded the microphone for clearer voice recording, and swapped out the old dock connector for a slimmer solution they call “Lightning.” The prices haven’t changed for a new iPhone, and this one will cost a similar $199-$399, depending on how much memory you need.
iPod Touch - Like a cuter clone of the iPhone 5, the brand new iPod Touch will feature the same 4-inch screen as its cousin, but come in a variety of colors like blue, red, and green. It’s extremely thin (6.1 mm) and includes two HD cameras, 1080p on the rear and 720p on the front. At $299+, it’s not cheap–but it will include a full version of iOS 6 for running all of the same apps as any iPhone, and the included A5 processor makes it as powerful as an iPhone 4S, minus the ability to make cellular calls.
iPod Nano - The iPod Nano might exist on the cheaper end of Apple’s product line, but it too got an upgrade today. The new version is thinner, it’s lighter, and has a bigger (2.5-inch) screen. It’s packed with features specific to the fitness crowd, including a pedometer and bluetooth for quick data offloading, making it an attractive device to take on a run or workout session. And sweating fingers will appreciate the new control scheme, which features both touch controls and physical buttons. And it also comes in a range of colors, like purple, blue, green, yellow and red, for just $149.
EarPods - Even those little white headphones got an upgrade. Now called EarPods, they’ve gotten a new look and a promise to stay in your ears better, thanks to their asymmetrical design. They follow the same high standards that Apple has always held their earbuds to, promising to compete with high-end headphones from other manufacturers. And sold separately, they’re just $29.
Alexei Bochenek is a lifelong tech nerd & film buff based in Los Angeles. When he’s not playing with his phone, it’s because the movie has started. Shhhhh!
This year, Fashion Week officially became futuristic. As designer Diane Von Furstenberg showed off her latest collection of designs, there was more on the runway than just the bright, exotic colors of her flowing lime and tangerine-colored dresses. Some models also took their lap through New York’s Lincoln Center wearing Google’s brand new interactive head-mounted displays (read: high tech camera glasses) called “Glass by Google.” Don’t worry–the actual products proved much sexier than their name, appearing in shades of white, blue, and orange and falling in line with von Fursterberg’s recent color blocking ways. This got us thinking about the intersection of high tech and high fashion, so we’ve rounded up the best ways to catch up on the designs from this year’s New York Fashion Week with the help of your trusty iPhone or iPad. (more…)
Every iPad might be pretty much the same, but that doesn’t mean we all have to use them the same way. Etsy, the online marketplace for handmade goods, is a great place to find unique accessories that you won’t see anywhere else. We’ve gone on the hunt for an interesting iPad Stand or iPad Handle to make our iPad stand out. Take a look at what we found. (more…)
If you believe what’s floating around the internet (and why wouldn’t you?) then we’re close to seeing a brand new i-device from Apple, to be announced less than a month from now. Referred to by the press as the “iPad Mini,” the device would be a tablet computer just like the iPad, but smaller. The rumors are strong with this one, and we think we know why: because a device like the iPad Mini would make a lot of sense, especially for younger users.
If you’ve recently set foot in a craft fair, farmers market, or convention center and done some shopping, you’ve probably seen an iPad cleverly acting as a mobile point of sale register. With the help of a wireless connection, your tablet can be used to process and accept credit card transactions wherever you are, just like an established brick and mortar shop. We decided to check out the most popular solutions for making an iPad into a register for ourselves, so read on to see what we found. (more…)
Now that your iPhone and iPad are packed with all of your favorite apps, nobody really expects you to travel without them, even if you’re planning on “roughing it” through a hiking or camping trip into the woods. So we’ve rounded up some great hiking-related apps and accessories for taking with you on your next outdoor excursion. (more…)
Hand your iPad to a small child, and you can be sure their eyes will immediately widen as they realize the simple but intense joy of what we (boring) adults call “touchscreen computing.” The bright, responsive screen is like an imagination-magnet for little kids, who take to tablets like fish to water. But if your device is devoid of any quality children’s iPad apps, expect to find your app drawer and e-mail account a mess when you pry it out of your companion’s tiny hands. Here are some of our favorite iPad apps designed specifically for the youngest iPad users out there, which will keep a curious kid busy poking and swiping for hours. (more…)
Productivity be damned! Sometimes you just want to grab your iPhone or iPad and kill an hour or two with nothing to show for it except satisfaction. To help on your mission of screen tapping, time wasting app-induced euphoria, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite goofy iOS downloads. (more…)